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Next week, we begin a sermon series called ‘Set the Captives Free’.

These are the electrifying words that Jesus Christ read out in his home town synagogue at the very beginning of his ministry. Quoting words from the prophet Isaiah, Jesus announced his statement of intent. He’d come to free people from all that holds us captive - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We will continue to run this series through to Christmas incorporating the season of Advent in which we celebrate the incarnation of Christ. Theologically, the incarnation is about God coming among us in Christ to free us from the stranglehold of all that separates us from the way of God, so we felt that this was a theme to be explored in depth right through to Christmas Day.

A thread running through this series, will be the idea that respected and renowned Bible scholar and theologian Walter Brueggeman calls the 1st and 2nd scripts of life. The first script is the dominant script of culture which involves the false Gods of power, possessions and prestige. The second script, of course, is the one given and lived out by Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, the narrative of the kingdom of God.

All of us are in some way or another bound up and captive to aspects of the first and dominant script. We will explore how Jesus intended to set us free from all that holds us captive.


We begin a 5-week sermon series drawing from Old Testament characters entitled “Finding God in the Tough Places”.The motivation for this series, is to explore the very real trials and challenges we all face as Christians in the testing circumstances that life will inevitably bring us. Situations that can stretch our faith and at times threaten to overwhelm us. It’s clear that our faith does not make us immune to these challenges and even Jesus found himself so anguished and tormented that his sweat fell like drops of blood to the ground. The Old Testament is rich in characters that endured these times of trial and we want to explore how their faith was tested, changed and deepened in the raw humanity of life.

Date:15 October: In a tough place: Deep calls to Deep - Stan Thorburn



Date:08 October: Finding God when you are so angry - Judy Carey



Date:01 October: Into your hands I commit my spirit - Josh Jones



Date:24 September: Forgotten - Gareth Walters




We begin an important, 8-week series, exploring four of our core vision values.

  • Daring greatly - Taking Risks by following the Spirit's leading
  • To be a place of grace – recognising that we are all here by the gift of God’s grace
  • Diversity as a gift not a threat - Life affirming, life enhancing community
  • Creativity and Justice - Our creative prophetic endeavours proclaiming the gospel

At the heart of who we are as God’s church, is the call to reach and connect with those (who for many reasons) no longer reach out and connect with the church. Not just the unchurched but also those who have been part of church and faith all their lives but are sadly drifting away. This is the defining challenge for the Church today! Any church that isn’t recognising and trying to meet this challenge is failing in its mission and ministry and our core vision and values speak into our desire to meet this challenge. The aim of this series is to start conversations among each other as a community around these values as we aspire to deepen our faith in a way that’s fully integrated into all parts of our lives.

Date:17 September: Creativity and Justice - Josh Jones


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Date:10 September: Creativity and Justice - Josh Jones


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Date:03 September: Father’s Day - Gareth Walters



Date:27 August: Diversity as a Gift - Chris & Chelsea Kirby



Date:20 August: Diversity as a Gift - Jacynthia Murphy



Date:13 August: A Place of Grace - Gareth Walters



Date:06 August: A Place of Grace - Gareth Walters



Date:30 July: Dare Greatly - Josh Jones



Date: 23 July: Dare Greatly - Josh Jones




Every year on Easter Sunday, we rightly proclaim “Alleluia! Christ is risen! HE is risen indeed!” But each day as we travel to our work and study spaces, as we face the challenges of our family and friend relationships, come to terms with a rapidly changing world and generally grapple with a myriad of life’s experiences. How does the resurrection of Jesus Christ impact and influence who we are and how we live in this ‘real world’? We know that this inaugurated ‘New Creation’ of which Christ was the ‘first fruit’ - dramatically changed the disciples forever but how can we experience and live this kind of transformational hope in the rigours of everyday life? On May 7th we begin a look at the Resurrection stories from the BOOK OF JOHN to explore these questions.

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The word revolution has different connotations for different people. Not all of them are healthy ones. But the word revolution comes from the Latin revolutio, which means ‘a turn around’ - a fundamental change in the structure of societies that takes place in a relatively short period of time.  This, of course, is the story of Christianity after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To ‘turn around’ carries the same implications as the word repent, which means to change direction—change how you live your life and walk ‘towards’ God and His kingdom ways as revealed in Christ. As St Paul urged, ‘be transformed by the renewing of your heart and mind’. In his new book, Tom Wright describes the Cross as ‘The day the revolution began’: the pivotal turning point in the history of humanity with cosmic repercussions and significance. We explore all this as we travel our journey of Lent over the next 6 weeks.  How do the events of the Cross ‘turn around’ and revolutionise the way we live every aspect our lives? 

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Sabbath is the biblical principle of setting aside a day for rest and worship. In Exodus 20:8 the Sabbath is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of restoration, as God rested from creation. In our ultra busy, noise saturated world, it’s essential to make space in our lives to take stock and savour life’s rich blessings given by God. To soak in the presence of God that permeates all life. Throughout this series we explore aspects of this principle.

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25_December_-_Christmas_Day_-_Gareth_Walters.MP3

 

                                                                       

 

 

Christmas_Eve_.MP3

 

                                                                       

 


18_December_Josh_and_Gareth.MP3

                                                                       


Gareth_-_4_December.MP3

                                                                       


Phil_McCarthy_Sermon.MP3

 

                                                                       

 


20_November_2016.MP3

 

                                                                       

 


13_November_-_Chris_Farrelly.MP3

                                                                       


Gareth_-_6_November.MP3

                                                                      

 

Josh Jones - sermon_30_October.MP3

 

                                                                       

 

Joc_Grantham.MP3 - Wednesday 26 October

                                                                      


Gareth_Walter_-_23_October_sermon.MP3

                                                                      


Josh Jones -_16_October.MP3! - 16 October

 

                                                                                                                                                  



Selwyn_Fraser.MP3 - 25 September 7pm

Karen_Bycroft.MP3 - 25 September, morning services.


Steve_Maina_-_18_September_2016.MP3


11 September 2016

Why_Streams_of_Living_Water.MP3

Sermon:  Gareth Walters


4 September 2016

The_Incarnational_Tradition.MP3

Sermon: Josh Jones


28 August 2016

The_Proclamation_Tradition.MP3 

Sermon: Gareth Walters


 


 21 August 2016

 The_Social_Justice_Tradition.MP3

Sermon: Chris Clarke



14 August 2016 - The_Charismatic_Tradition.MP3

Sermon - Josh Jones


 



 

7 August 2016 - The_Holiness_Tradition.MP3

Sermon - Gareth Walters

 


 



 



31_July_-_The_Contemplative_Tradition.MP3

Sermon:  Josh Jones


 



24_July_2016_-_The_Young_Ones.MP3

 


Co-workers for God's creation

Sermon - Lou Hawkes/Neil Broom - 10.7.16.MP3


Taking Risks

Sermon - Josh Jones - 3 July 2016.MP3


Formation in Christ

Sermon - Gareth Walters - 26.6.16.MP3


The Great Co-Mission

Sermon - Josh Jones - 19.06.16.MP3


Resurrection Hope

Sermon - 12.6.16 - Danielle Lewthwaite.MP3