This Sunday: Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World, Part 3: The Future of the New Church

Sunday, 21 June 2020 - 9:30am

What’s going to happen in the future of the New Church? What are things going to look like in the next 50 years or the next 1000 years? Will there be a need for another new church? This Sunday, as we celebrate the founding of the New Church 250 years ago, we will try to get a picture of the future of the New Church and an understand of what our role is right now.

The service will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live. You can also watch the service later at that same link.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

Online Holy Supper

Sunday 21 June 2020 - 9:30am

We will be offering Holy Supper remotely during the regular 9:30am Sunday service on 21 June. The Holy Supper portion of the service will take place between the children’s talk and the adult sermon. If you would like to participate, you will need to prepare the elements at home. You will need red wine and…

This Sunday: Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World – Part 2 – New Foundations

Sunday 14 June 2020 - 9:30am

The New Church teaches that the Apocalypse has already taken place: in fact, it took place over 250 years ago, as the New Church was being born into the world. Understanding the spiritual events from that time period can help us better understand the world we live in today. Last week, Malcolm talked about how the mere existence of the New Church did not automatically make people better: even New Church people have, and still can, support abhorrent practices. This week we will talk about the difference the New Church does make, and why it matters that a New Church was established and continues to exist.

This Sunday: Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World, Part 1

Sunday, 7 June - 9:30am

Things in the world these days can seem rather apocalyptic. Intriguingly the teachings of the New Church say that the apocalypse has already happened, over 250 years ago in fact. What does that mean for us today? How can that larger narrative help us to understand what’s going on in the world at the moment?

The service will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live. You can also watch the service later at that same link.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.
  • Recommended Reading
    The main article referenced in the sermon is “200 Years and 100 Miles: Doctrine’s Failure to Settle the Slavery Debate in the New Church” by the Rev. Christopher A. Barber. It was published in New Church Life in 2019. Go here to download the issue it’s in: https://bit.ly/2MCup68 and then go to page 416.

This Sunday: How You Doing?

Sunday, 31 May - 9:30am

Why would the omnipotent God of the universe ask a mere mortal a question? Wouldn’t He already know the answer? Yet there are many examples of God asking questions in the Word. God does not ask questions so He can learn the answer; He asks questions so that we have a chance to reflect and respond in the context of His perspective. In a similar vein, there is value in letting the Lord know “how we’re doing.” He already knows of course; we don’t have to tell Him anything. But this Sunday we will explore the value of reflecting on how we are doing and sharing that reflection with the Lord.

The service will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live. You can also watch the service later at that same link.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.
  • A Prayer for South Africa
    A text version of the prayer shared during the service can be found here.

This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence, Part 3: It’s All God or It’s All Me

Sunday, 24 May - 9:30am

In this sermon series we’ve talked about how the Lord is working in every little detail of what happens in our lives. That can be a profoundly comforting thought but, in other moods, it can make us feel like it doesn’t matter what we do. If it’s all in God’s control, then our decisions mean nothing, really. In other moods, it can feel like God is just some distant force (if He’s there at all) and it’s entirely up to us to figure out what we need to do with our lives and what God is doing or not doing is largely irrelevant to our daily lives. The teachings of the New Church provide another option for how to understand this.

This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 12 minutes before the service starts (9:18) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence – 2 – Coincidence? I Think Not!

Sunday 17 May - 9:30am

This week we continue our series on misconceptions about Divine Providence. There are moments when something so unlikely and unexpected, and yet so wonderful, occurs, that we cannot help but see is as the hand of God at work in the world. But if God intervenes so forcefully in the world sometimes, it serves to highlight the many times when He does not (apparently) intervene. Why is one person miraculously spared from cancer, while thousands of others are condemned to die? The truth is that God’s Providence is not just at work in the unlikely and the obvious ways we see. His Providence extends to each and every moment of our lives, even down to the most mundane. He is never absent.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 10 minutes before the service starts (9:20) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

New Church Day Banquet at Home

Saturday, 20 June - 5:30pm for 6pm or 7pm for just the formal portion

Everyone is invited to attend our New Church Day Banquet at Home via Zoom. There will be a chance to connect with other New Church people, there will be speeches, it will be a good time. Read all the details…

This Sunday: Misconceptions of Providence, Part 1: If It Happened, It Was Meant to Be

Sunday, 10 May - 9:30am

We’re starting a sermon series on misconceptions about Divine Providence. Often when something difficult happens we want to know why—why did this happen? Sometimes the answer that people come to is that “it was meant to be”. But is that true? What does that even mean? How should we think about all the different things that happen in our lives?

This service will be streamed on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/newchurchwestville/live where there will be a live video from about 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to start.

  • Song Lyrics
    About 15 minutes before the service starts (9:15) we will have some songs that you can sing along with at home. You can download the lyrics to the songs here.
  • Readings
    The readings for the service can be found here.
  • Text Sermon
    A PDF of the text version of the sermon can be found here.

This Sunday: The Tabernacle, Part 3: Wrapped in Garments of Salvation

Sunday 3 May - 9:30am

As we have seen in the past two sermons, the Word’s description of the Tabernacle is, spiritually, a description of the many complex things that make up our lives. This week we look not at the Tabernacle itself, but the clothes that the priest had to wear to be able to work in the Tabernacle. These garments stand for the ways that we weave love and goodness into our outer lives so that we can truly reflect the Lord’s work in the world.