This Sunday – Finding Jesus in the Life of Joshua, Part 1

Sunday 6 May - 5pm

People have been drawing parallels between the stories of Joshua and Jesus for a long time (which makes sense considering that Jesus is the Greek version of name Joshua). But the teachings of the New Church indicate that the connections between the stories go much deeper than a shared name and some intriguing similarities. Every detail of the story can be read as a way for us to get a deeper understanding of the Lord’s experience while He was on earth. This Sunday we will explore the early stories of Joshua, before he became the leader of the Children of Israel, and what those stories can show us about the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This Sunday – Correspondence—The Relationship Between Physical and Spiritual Things

Sunday 29 April - 9:30am

How do physical things relate to spiritual things? What is the connection between our body and our spirit? How do we make sense of the confusing physical imagery in the Bible, a book that is supposed to be about spiritual things? New Church teachings explain these things using a fascinating concept called correspondence. This Sunday we will explore this concept and how it can change how we look at everything in the Bible and the world around us.

This Sunday – Freedom From Anxiety

Sunday 22 April - 9:30am

Fear and anxiety are inevitable in life. Nor is that a bad thing. Fear of failure motivates us to succeed, anxiety brings our attention to problems that we need to overcome. But when we are crippled by these things, and our choices are limited by our fears, we cannot grow the way we would want. The Lord tells us what we can do then: seek first the kingdom of God. If we manage to get our priorities right, then our anxieties, although still present, will be longer control us.

This Sunday: What Dreams May Come

Sunday 15 April - 9:30am

Dreams play an important role in many stories of the Word. Joseph, Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and others had dreams sent by the Lord that revealed the His will to them. Today we rarely put much importance on dreams. And yet they remain a universal experience. Is there a way that dreams still connect us to the Lord and the spiritual world? This Sunday we will explore what dreams can mean for us today and how they can reflect a spiritual influence on our lives.

Easter Sunday: An End and a Beginning

Sunday 1 April - 9:30am

Jesus mission in life was both incomprehensibly massive and truly simple: to save all people, for all time, from the threat of hell. Throughout His life He accomplished this mission by fighting against and overcoming every last evil impulse that hell could throw at Him. By the end of His life, on the cross, He had so completely overcome hell that nothing of it remained in Him. On Easter Sunday we celebrate this victory because of what it means for us today: just as Jesus overcame hell in His own life, He can overcome every bit of hell that shows up in ours.

This Sunday: Practicing Forgiveness: Transformation

Sunday 25 March - 9:30am

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the last Sunday of our Practicing Forgiveness programme. Throughout these past few weeks we’ve talked about the difference that forgiveness can make – in an individual’s life and in society in general. We understand the before picture and we like the after picture but how do we get from one to the other? This Sunday we’ll try to understand more of what comes in between in the process of being transformed by forgiveness.

This Sunday: Practicing Forgiveness – Forgiveness Within Ourselves

Sunday, 18 March – 9:30am

We have talked about how we are called to forgive those who have hurt us, and to seek forgiveness from other people and from the Lord for the things we have done. This Sunday we will consider another important aspect of forgiveness: forgiveness within ourselves. There are times when other people may have forgiven us and the Lord certainly has but we still beat up on ourselves and we can’t seem to let it go. The Lord can help us to understand why this happens and help us to get free.

This Sunday: Practicing Forgiveness: Being Forgiven

Sunday 11 March - 9:30am

We have all needed to be forgiven at one time or another. It’s tempting at these times to think a simple “I’m sorry” will suffice. But when it comes to forgiveness “sorry” just doesn’t cut it. Although when we say sorry it may be heartfelt it does nothing to change us or our situation. It is when we recognize our fault and make an effort to change that we can receive real forgiveness.