An Open Invitation, Part 1: Goodness vs. Rightness

Sunday 28 May - 9:30am

What does it take to be part of the New Church? Being part of the New Church takes many forms but at heart it is all about looking to the Lord and repenting of evils. As we approach the celebration of the New Church’s birth in June, we will explore how we look to the Lord and repent, and so become part of His Church. Specifically we will explore the letters to the seven churches, each of which reveals some new quality of the Lord and some new evil that we can work on. This Sunday we will look at the letter to the Church in Ephesus, which urges those who put great weight in being right to focus more on doing good.

Sunday Sermon: Celebrating Harvest and Gratitude

21 May - 9:30am

“O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for His mercy is forever.”
This Sunday the topic for the service will the harvest and gratitude. To celebrate this important topic we are inviting all children to bring fruit and vegetables up to the altar at the beginning of the service. All food collected will be donated to The White House Community Care Centre, which is our current outreach focus. Any non-perishable items will also be gratefully received.

Sunday Sermon: Finding Jesus in the Life of Abraham, Part 3: Belief

Sunday 14 May - 9:30am

This Sunday we continue with our exploration of the Abraham story and how every detail speaks directly to the heart and mind of Jesus Christ. As our final entry in the series we will look at the near sacrifice of Abraham’s son Isaac. While horrendous on the surface, the deeper meaning reveals the trauma that Jesus faced as He fought to embody Divine Love in everything that He did.

This Sunday: Finding Jesus in the Life of Abraham, Part 2: Bargaining

Sunday, 7 May — 5pm

This Sunday evening we’ll be exploring a difficult story—the story of Abraham bargaining with God and asking Him if He will still destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if even just a few good people are there. The teachings of the New Church say that, in this strange and somewhat disturbing story, we can actually find a glimpse into the heart and mind of Jesus Christ when He was in this world and gain a better understanding of His incredible love for people who are trapped in evil.

Sunday Sermon: Finding Jesus in the Life of Abraham, Part 1: Beginnings

Sunday 30 April - 9:30am

What can the life of a man, dead now for thousands of years, teach us about our God? The story of Abraham, called to leave his home, tasked with producing a new nation, a people for God, may seem a distant fable. Yet in the details of Abraham’s life we can find, if we look deeply enough, insight into the life of God Himself. This Sunday we will look for some of these insights and find a deeper understanding of our Lord.

New Church Essentials | Thursdays in May

Thursday Evenings in May, 7 to 8:30pm

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This Sunday: Other People’s Spiritual Lives

Sunday, 23 April - 9:30am

One of the ways we evaluate how we are doing spiritually is by comparing ourselves to how other people seem to be doing. This can be a positive thing: being in community with other people who are striving to uphold the same values as us can inspire and encourage us to do better. And it can be a negative thing: comparing ourselves with other people can lead us to be envious or judgmental or it can even lead us to the absurd situation of trying to prove that we’re more spiritual than other people. Let’s talk about how the Lord can help us to deal with these challenging dynamics. – Malcolm, Head Pastor

Sermon Easter Sunday: Failure is an Option

Sunday 16 April - 9:30am

In fact, it’s inevitable. From our point of view anyway. If the Lord hadn’t “failed” the expectations of His followers, He never would have achieved His goals. He needed to face hell, be crucified, and die in order to achieve the greater victory of the resurrection. We cannot avoid the apparent failures that come our way. We can, however, trust that in letting us fail the Lord has a greater plan for us, and if we are willing we will find something better than any of our expectations.

Sunday Sermon: Palm Sunday

Sunday 9 April - 9:30am

Palm Sunday represents a crucial turning point in the Lord’s ministry: It was the point at which He went from preaching in the outskirts of the countryside to directly challenging those at the heart of religious life. It also led to His death and eventual resurrection. There is also a turning point for us when we submit to the Lord as King: as He enters we find new challenges, unseen evils, and deep spiritual struggle. Yet ultimately it is all for the good: just as Palm Sunday points through the Crucifixion to Easter Sunday, the Lord’s presence with us cuts through temptations and brings us to eternal peace.