Sermon this Sunday: How Are You Doing?

Sunday 3 April - 5:00pm

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 first step in getting healthier is to take an honest look at how we’re doing right now. That’s what we’re going to do this Sunday.

This Sunday, during the adult sermon, I will give a short talk and then give people about 10 minutes to privately fill out a series of pages called the “Spiritual Health Snapshot” and “Spiritual Health Plan.” It’s a tool for evaluating how you’re doing spiritually, picking an area to focus on, and then making a plan to work on it.

If you’ve done it before, it can be useful to do it again and see how things have changed since the last time. If you haven’t done it before, I hope you’ll give it a try. Let’s each do our individual work so that we can become more healthy as individuals and as a church.

Sermon this Sunday: Do you believe?

Sunday, 27 March - 9:30 AM

This year, as we celebrate Easter, we are focusing on the Gospel Mark. One of the features of the account from Mark is a strong emphasis on belief—people who believe that Jesus has risen, people who do not, what will happen to those that do and do not believe. This Sunday will be an opportunity for each person to reflect on what they believe about Jesus and the Easter story and how the Lord can strengthen each person’s belief.

Sermon this Sunday: A Spiritual Kingdom

20 March 9:30am

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King. We know that He came to be a spiritual king rather than a worldly king – but what does that mean? Come hear how the Lord’s spiritual kingdom is actually MORE real than a worldly kingdom – and how we can participate in making it a reality. There will be a palm procession for the children followed by a family talk for everyone together (rather than separate adult sermon and Sunday School).

Godly Play Starting at New Church Westville

Sunday, 3 April, 3 PM

Overview Sunday School at New Church Westville is becoming Godly Play. Godly Play is a program designed for nurturing children’s spiritual development, and has been used for more than 30 years around the world. It is just getting started in South Africa and we are excited to be a part of it. We will be…

This Sunday: Living Gratefully Week 6: The Gift of Uncertainty

Sunday 13 March 9:30am

Most of us like to know what is happening and why. We like certainty. But this week, we are talking about the gift of uncertainty. Why does God sometimes seem to be hiding? Why doesn’t He clearly show us the path He is leading us on? And how can uncertainty be seen as a gift? Come and hear!

Sermon This Sunday: Living Gratefully – Part 4: the Gift of Love

Sunday 28 February 9:30am

God’s goal for each one of us is that we experience genuine love: love for Him and for other people. We know from experience that love that is forced is not really love at all; and so God never compels us to love or believe against our will. Instead, He calls us to follow Him freely, and to compel ourselves. This week, we will talk about how we can follow His example in our interactions with others – how we can resist the urge to control and dominate others, and instead appeal to what they love.

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This Sunday: Living Gratefully – Part 1: The Lord’s Goals

7 February 2016

This Sunday evening we begin our Living Gratefully program. “Living gratefully”–it sounds good but does it feel like something you could do or just like something for really spiritual people? Is it possible to live gratefully in the midst of the mess of a normal person’s life? What does that look like? What difference can it make?