All are warmly invited to the following special Christmas services:
- Christmas Eve Family Service – Monday, 24 December, 5pm
- Christmas Day Family Service – Tuesday, 25 December, 9:30am
An opportunity to remember those who have served their homeland with honour, and to reflect on the spiritual causes and meaning of war itself.
What does out Heavenly Father want from us His children? Perhaps more importantly, what does our Heavenly Father want to do FOR us? According to what He has said in the Word, He wants to show us the way to get ourselves ready for heaven. Like a good Father He wants us to try things out and learn for ourselves, but He also knows when to step in and help us when we run into an obstacle that we can’t overcome by ourselves.
The primary way the Doctrines of our church refer to our organisation is with the use of the name “The New Church”. So now with well over two hundred years of existence, the obvious question that gets asked is ‘What is so new about it?’ Part of the answer lies in the Lord’s reference from the book of Revelation that “I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Another powerful reference referring to renewal says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). The New Church offers people doctrinal and spiritual support in discovering remarkable renewal to anyone who is willing to enter into the life offered by the church. This renewal, while amazing, does not happen without our participation – a participation that requires change. What do those changes look like and how do we grow to be better more satisfied people through those changes?
This Sunday the Executive Bishop of our church, Brian Keith, will be preaching. His topic is sins of omission. Are we responsible for things that we have not done? Come and find out.
Why can’t we just choose to love what’s good and attain it without having to battle for it? The internal sense of the story of the older son in the Prodigal Son story gives the answer, and gives us serious encouragement.
When we break trust, with the Lord or with others, how can it be restored? When someone breaks trust with us, how can we work with him or her to rebuild it?
This sermon is written and will be delivered by the Rt Rev Peter Buss Snr, who is visiting from the USA.
Last Sunday we talked about the purpose of life in this world and got into ideas about heaven and working to bring heaven to earth. This week it gets more personal—and potentially more difficult. Yes, we’re supposed to be useful and bringing heaven to earth but what does that mean about what a person does on a Monday morning?
What if a person hates their job or is just entirely uninspired about doing their job? Should they quit or stick it out? What if a person knows what they want to do but can’t due to bad health, injury, old age, or any number of other factors? How can the Lord help each of us to answer the question, “What’s the point of me?”
Sometimes, in the midst of all the busyness, bizarreness, and belly-punches that life in this world can involve, we need to take a step back and ask what’s the point? Why are we here? What are we spending all this time and energy for?
The Lord can help us with this—if we’re willing to take the time to listen.
This will be a two-part series. This week: what’s the point of life in this world? Next week: what’s the point of me?
This Sunday we have the privilege of witnessing an infant baptism. And so, in the sermon, we’re going to be talking about baptism and Holy Supper. Here’s a passage to get you thinking about the topic. Have you ever had thoughts along these lines?
If the spiritual meaning of the Word had not been disclosed,… [people] might mutter and say to themselves, “What is baptism but pouring water on a baby’s head? What does that do for the baby’s salvation? What is the Holy Supper but taking bread and wine? What does that do for our salvation? For that matter, what is holy about these rituals, other than the fact that the ecclesiastical hierarchy has traditionally accepted them as sacred and divine and has commanded us to observe them? Although the churches claim that when the Word of God is brought near the elements they become sacred, these rituals are essentially just ceremonial.” … Yet from the point of view of their spiritual meaning, these two sacraments are the holiest acts of worship. (True Christianity §667)
When we understand the significance of baptism and Holy Supper they can become a very meaningful part of our spiritual lives, rather than just arbitrary seeming rituals.
Email me or SMS me if you have questions about baptism or Holy Supper that you’d like answered or if you’re interested in getting baptised or taking Holy Supper for the first time (email@example.com, 084 513 6727).
– Malcolm, Pastor