Sermon This Sunday: The Dragon and the Church

Sunday 12 June 9:30am

Rev Jim Cooper an old Pastor of New Church Westville, and visiting our congregation for the next few weeks is preaching this Sunday.

The Hebrew word for “dragon” is translated in different ways when it is used in different parts of the Old and New Testaments. Sometimes its a “serpent” and in the story of Jonah its a “great fish.” In this sermon we’ll be looking at some of these stories to see the different way the “dragon” tries to interefere with our spiritual growth and the health of the church.

Sermon This Sunday: Debts and Debtors vs. Trespasses

Sunday 5 June 5pm

Have you ever wondered why people in the New Church say the Lord’s prayer a bit differently from a lot of other churches? One of the differences is that we say, “and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.” Do you know what that means? How are debts different than trespasses? Come find out this Sunday evening.

Sermon this Sunday: Holy Supper and Repentance

Sunday 29 May 9:30am

This Sunday we will have Holy Supper or Communion at the end of the service and we will be talking about the meaning of this sacred practice. We have just finished a sermon series on repentance and so we will be talking particularly about the power that taking the Holy Supper can have in the process of repenting.

Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 4 – Begin a New Life

Sunday 22 May 9:30am

For the past 3 weeks we’ve been looking at the steps of repentance, the spiritual process the Lord calls us to go through to reject what is evil and harmful in our lives and begin a new life. This week we come to the final step: actually beginning a new life. Scared? Does it even seem possible to make a real and lasting change in your life? Join us this Sunday to take an honest look at the challenges of beginning a new life and to learn how the Lord makes it possible for us to do this.

Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 3 – Pray to the Lord

Sunday 15 May 9:30am

The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. This Sunday we’re digging into the 3rd step: praying to the Lord. Prayer can sometimes feel pointless and ineffectual but that’s why I love the chance to get to think about it and talk about it in the context of repentance because then we can really see it’s importance and power.

Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 2 – Recognise & Acknowledge Sin

Sunday 8 May 9:30am

The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. This Sunday we’re digging into the 2nd step–a step that is easy to overlook but essential to real repentance: recognising and acknowledging our sin. Sin is a scary word but learning how to recognise and acknowledge it in ourselves in a healthy way is a key step in moving beyond it.

Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 1

Sunday 1 May 5:00pm

The first thing Jesus said when He began public preaching was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). But how do we repent? The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. Can you guess (or remember) what they are? And, more importantly, do you know how to use them to repent? Come on Sunday at 5pm to learn what the 4 steps are and how to do the first one.

Sermon this Sunday: What is worship?

Sunday 17 April 9:30am

What is worship? What makes worship genuine or fake? What’s the purpose of worship? These are some of the questions we’re going to be exploring this Sunday in Part 1 of a two-part series we’re running called, “Worshiping the Lord in Spirit and Truth.” This Sunday we’re going to try to get to the heart of internal side of worship and next week we’ll wrestle with questions about how this comes down into external forms

Spiritual Health Snapshot

Overview How are you doing? How’s your life going? How’s your spiritual life going? These can be hard questions to know how to answer and hard questions to want to answer. Especially if things aren’t going well we can feel a lot of shame and resistance around directly thinking about how we’re doing. But, the…