Gideon: Weakness and Strength

Part 1: You Mighty Man of Valour This week we begin a three-week series on the story of Gideon, one of the Judges of Israel. This week, we hear about his startling call: an angel appeared to him, called him a mighty man of valour, and told him he would rescue Israel from their enemies….

This Sunday: Those Who Are With Us

The prophet Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a huge enemy army. It seemed hopeless – until Elisha prayed to the Lord and the servant’s eyes were opened to see the angelic army that vastly outnumbered the enemy. When we feel alone, how can our eyes be opened to the reality that “those who…

This Sunday: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

In the parable of tThe Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarushe rich man and Lazarus, Jesus describes the eternal consequences for a rich man who refused to have compassion for the poor man on his doorstep. What is this parable saying to us? What are our responsibilities to the poor – both the physically…

This Sunday: The Parable of the Talents

Our sermon this Sunday focuses on the parable of the talents. In English, a “talent” means a skill or ability, but in Biblical times it was a very valuable coin. The parable describes two “good and faithful” servants who use their master’s coins well and make more for him, and a bad servant who buries…

This Sunday: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son tells the story of a young man leaving his father’s house, wasting all that he had, returning to his father, and finding forgiveness. How are we like that prodigal son, and what does it mean for us to find our way back to our Father’s house again and again?

This Sunday: Now I See

This week we will have a lay service. Justin Mansfield will be reading the sermon by Walter Orthwein about the healing of the man born blind.

This Sunday: A New Heaven and a New Earth

At the end of the book of Revelation, John records seeing “a new heaven and a new earth,” and the Holy City descending out of heaven. As we’ve talked about for the last few weeks, in the New Church we believe this prophecy has been fulfilled and is continuing to be fulfilled. But where is…

This Sunday: The Last Judgment Has Already Happened

Some of the prophecies of the Lord’s coming are beautiful and hopeful but others sound rather cataclysmic and disturbing.This Sunday we’re continuing our series on the coming of the Lord by talking about the Lord coming to perform a Last Judgment. The New Church teaches that the Last Judgment has already taken place. Wondering how…

This Sunday: What is the Second Coming of the Lord?

When the Lord was in the world, He promised that He would come again. In the New Church, we believe that this Second Coming has already happened, is happening now, and will continue to happen in the future. What does that mean? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about three aspects of the…

This Sunday: Judging Others and Being Judged

We make judgments about other people based on how they look, what they eat, how they raise their children, how they spend their time and money, and the list goes on. What should we do with these thoughts? Are they bad? People often quote Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1)….