Our Spiritual Journeys, Part 3: Looking Forward

Sunday 2 September - 5pm

Last week Malcolm talked about what we can gain from looking back into our pasts. This week we will talk about going the other way, looking forward into our futures. The challenge with the future is the unknowns. It is easy to see how the Lord led us even in hard times when we look back. It is more of a challenge to look forward and trust that the Lord will continue to lead us. And this is as it should be: the Lord asks us to plan for an uncertain future, and work towards it, so that He can direct us down the right path. When we find the right balance of planning and trust we can face what is to come with confidence.

This Sunday: Our Spiritual Journeys – Looking Back

Sunday 26 August - 9:30am

Last week Joel spoke about the importance and value of telling the stories of what the Lord has done for us on our spiritual journeys. When we do look back on what happened in the past, however, there are also dangers. Our memories of the past have a powerful effect on our present experience. When should we try to leave behind what has happened in the past and not dwell on it and when is there value in reflecting on the past? This Sunday we will try to understand how the Lord would like us to hold our memories of the past.

This Sunday: Our Spiritual Journeys

Sunday 19 August - 9:30am

We all have a story. It is a story of our life, the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, the winding ways that we have come from where we were to where we are now. These stories are not just a dry account of our past. The story of our life is the story of the Lord’s power and guidance, if we are willing to see it that way, and through retelling our stories we share that power with others. This Sunday we will look at the command given to the Children of Israel to constantly retell the story of how the Lord had saved them from slavery, so that generations to come would know the Lord’s power and love.

This Sunday: Ideals – Sorting Out What Matters and What Doesn’t

Sunday, 12 August - 9:30am

We can’t live up to all ideals. We have to choose between them and then prioritise which of our ideals or values matter more or less in different situations. And what if we get it wrong? What if we reject a true ideal? What if we buy into a false ideal? What if we give something too much weight or too little? These are the questions we’re going to wrestle with this Sunday.

Sunday Sermon – Singleness and Marriage

Sunday 5 August - 5pm

Last week Malcolm talked about how we can hold ideals, especially around marriage. Next week he’ll carry on with that theme. But this week, we are going to take a break from talking about marriage and put the focus on the other side: on singleness. Some of you are single yourselves; some of you are recently married; and some of you probably can barely remember what it was like to be single. In any case we will look at what the Lord has to say about this state of life and what even the long-time couples can learn from it.

Sermon This Sunday – Ideals

Sunday 29 July - 9:30am

Ideals are great when we feel like we’re living up to them. But what about when we don’t? What about when we fall short? What about when it’s impossible for us to live up to certain ideals, through no fault of our own? Do we abandon our ideals? Do we change our ideals to fit our circumstances? How does the Lord want us to hold our ideals?

This Sunday – The Spirit of the Law

Sunday 15 July - 9:30am

We all break rules from time to time. We speed. We tell a little lie. We browse Instagram at work when no one is around. We always tell ourselves that it is justified. But then someone else does the same, and our righteous indignation bristles: well if they speed, I can cut them off! They lied, so I can bad mouth them to others! They slack off at work, so I can too! What we fail to see is that we are using the technicality of breaking a rule to justify us harming someone else. The Lord calls us to something greater: to look beyond just the letter of the law and focus on the spirit, and from there to have compassion on those who perhaps don’t stay within bounds as much as we might hope.

This Sunday: Eternal Waters

Sunday 8 July - 9:30am

We all have times when we thirst. We thirst for understanding; for insight; for justice; for knowing how to get through. We thirst for a better life or a better job or a better family. The kind of thirst we’re going to look at this Sunday is the thirst for truth. Now you might not feel like you have a strong thirst for truth. But we all have a thirst for the truth that teaches us how to navigate the challenges of life and that leaves us feeling satisfied; the kind of truth that when it hits you suddenly know everything is going to be ok. If we are willing,  this is the truth that the Lord will feed us with and satisfy our lounging.

This Sunday – “The Blessedness of Forgetting”

Sunday 1 July - 5pm

This Sunday evening will be a lay service, led by Warwick Schuurman. The sermon that I’ve picked for him to read is really good. It’s a sermon by the Rev. Frank Rose about how the Lord carefully looks after our memories and sometimes helps us forget. We tend to think of forgetting things as a bad thing but really it’s such a blessing that the Lord lets us forget things. A better understanding of how the Lord works with our memories gives us another window into seeing just how much and how well He cares for us.

This Sunday: Face to Face with God

Sunday 24 June - 9:30am

If we were to fully comprehend the love of God in a moment, it would be like standing in the sun itself. Its immensity and power would blow us away and consume us. Yet just as the light and warmth of the sun finds its way to our little earth and gives us life, the Lord finds a way to bring His immense love down into our lives. He did, and continues to do this, by showing us His humanity. When we look to God and think of Him as a person, we have an opportunity to connect with that endless, boundless love that is His heart.