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12 And the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Mark 1:12 Desire is an innate part of our human condition. We can desire what’s good and not so good. The Church season of Lent is a holy time of reflecting on the forty-day journey of Christ into the wilderness as He prepared for his Father’s mission. Observed by Christians down the centuries, Lent calls followers of Jesus, to self-reflect and prepare for the enormity of Easter and all the implications this has for how we live our lives. What’s significant about the journey for Jesus, is that scripture tells us… “the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness”. In the loneliness of the desert, Christ faced his temptations, spent time with the wild beasts and was then taken care of by the angels. It seems to be intrinsic to our spiritual growth, that when we are prepared to spend time in self-reflection, we will firstly meet with the ‘wild beasts’ and the shadow parts of our hearts that we sometimes ignore, bury or deny. But if we have the desire to do this difficult interior work, we do arrive at the place where the ‘angels minister to us’ and we can grow in the depth of our relationship with God, through Christ. There are times in our lives where the Holy Spirit may be driving us to a place of facing up to our shadow parts, so that we can emerge more fully human, fully alive. Looking through the lens of The Book of Mark’s Gospel we will explore this interior journey and ask how we deal with all our desires, both positive and negative, to grow in our likeness to Christ.



Date:24 March: Desire and Denial - Gareth Walters - The Desire for Material Things

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Date:17 March: Desire and Denial - Kate Berkley - The Desire for Significance



Date:10 March: Desire and Denial - Josh Jones - The Desire to Deny




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One of the ways in which God speaks to, in and through us today, is through the ‘power of the story’. Our own Christian faith makes most sense when it is found within God’s wider story, from Genesis to Revelation and the way in which God, even today, seeks to share His story of restoration and hope through the pages of Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and all of Creation. At the centre of this incredible story, of course, is Jesus whose own Kingdom story is arguably, the ‘greatest story ever told’, and has been the ‘seed’ and beginning to every story of redemption that’s ever followed. One such person to encounter that story was Saul, a religious zealot and persecutor of the early church. Radically transformed by the grace of Jesus, renamed St. Paul – now under house arrest, writes to a group of churches, called the Philippians, about how God can be at work in our own stories and how the telling our stories of encountering Christ, can bring the kind of lasting remedy, that we ourselves have received and the world aches for.



Date:03 March: Sharing our Story - Josh Jones, Gareth Walters - Embodying our Story/Vision Sunday...in the way we live



Date:24 February: Sharing our Story - Gareth Walters/Maree Walters - Building (rather than resting) on our Story



Date:17 February: Sharing our Story - Gareth Walters - of what Jesus has done



Date:10 February: Sharing our Story - Kate Berkley - ….with Humility

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Date:03 February: Sharing our Story - Josh Jones - Jesus, Paul, You and Me




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“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” - Romans 1:20 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” - Psalm 19:1-3 At the birth of our universe, God materialized and revealed who God is. The magnitude and splendour of God’s handiwork declares His glory and is there for all to see. Reverence for all that God created and declared very good, has to be central to our declaration, that we love God with all our heart, soul and minds. There have been times when Christian theology has lost sight of this truth of Scripture and limited salvation to a form of God’s evacuation project from this earth. The Bible makes it clear that God is in the business of restoring all creation. The Celtic Christian tradition is a good example of a more authentic, integrated Christian Spirituality that existed in the early church traditions and is in need of recapturing and reclaiming. Mātauranga Māori (Maori knowledge) is also a similar expression of the indigenous Māori sense of an intricate, holistic and inter-connected spirituality that speaks into this reverence for God’s great gift to humanity. All through January, we will be celebrating the immense gift we have of God’s good creation and the splendour and majesty of The Triune God’s revelation.



Date:27January: Listening to God speak through His Creation - Gareth Walters - The Gifts of Creation



Date:20 January: Listening to God speak through His Creation - Kate Berkley - Healing in Creation



Date:13 January: Listening to God speak through His Creation - Josh Jones - Everything Belongs



Date:06 January: Listening to God speak through His Creation - Eamon Butler

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Date:30 December: Epiphany - Stan Thorburn

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“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” Hebrews 1:2 The season of Advent (meaning ‘the coming, the arrival’) is a key formational part of the Christian, yearly calendar. It’s when we explore the most significant thought it’s possible for humankind to ponder, namely ‘the Incarnation’. At a point in human history, in the person of Jesus Christ, God broke into His own creation to heal and restore it: ‘Immanuel’ (God with us). It’s a belief that has inspired people to glimpse a new vision for humanity and with this to know ‘hope’. Jesus as the ‘light of the world’, came into the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it. Many have tried to capture this ‘miraculous’ concept in words: “And in the Incarnation the whole human race recovers the dignity of the image of God. Through fellowship and communion with the incarnate God in Christ, we recover our true humanity.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering humanity and to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him.” ― Athanasius of Alexandria “Christ is everywhere, closer to everything created than these things are to themselves. God's embodiment through Christ encompasses the world.” ― Vitor Westhelle Over the next four weeks, up to Christmas Day, we will explore this season of anticipation and expectation through the traditional four Advent expressions of HOPE - PEACE - JOY and LOVE



Date:23 December: Love - Kate Berkley



Date:16 December: Joy - Gareth Walters



Date:09 December: Peace - Kate Berkley



Date:02 December: Hope - Josh Jones




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The perennial challenge for Christians the world over, is the practice of cultivating a deep, rich and sustained prayer life. Scratch the surface and genuine believers speak of their mixed experience of prayer: “How do I fit prayer into my busy schedule, when life is already full to the brim?” “What’s the point of praying? When I do pray, God seems a million miles away…!” “What difference do my prayers make, when God’s purposes seem to be already worked out?” Yet read the Scriptures and we see how for Jesus and the early Church prayer seemed to be the ‘life-line’ to the Father and Holy Spirit, that enabled Christ and the church to complete the mission and ministry of God, in its fullest sense. Jesus, Himself, taught His disciples the importance of prayer and St. Paul encouraged the church, ‘to pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17). In this series, we consider some of the key passages on prayer, with a view to getting us to think, reflect and respond to this invitation to pray…



Date:25th November: Unceasing Prayer-Gareth Walters



Date:18th November: How Should I Pray? Jesus' Own Approach To Prayer-Josh Jones



Date:11th November: Frustration in Prayer: Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers-Kate Berkley



Date:4th November: What Should I Pray For?-Kerry Davis



Date:28th October: Formed by Prayer: What Happens To Us When We Pray-Gareth Walters



Date:21st October: Encountering God in Prayer-Holy Longings-Josh Jones



Date:14th October: Resistance to Prayer: Why is Prayer So Hard-Gareth Walters




Date:07 October: The Question of Jesus - Barbara Fraser




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"Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3 'Sir, we would like to see Jesus' are the words from John 12:21 that are also enshrined in our church building. As we have emphasized many times, this is the central motivation of all our ministry endeavours. In our next sermon series, "Let’s be Honest”... we want to look honestly and sincerely at the attitudes and perspectives, in both our own hearts and in others, that can get in the way of 'seeing Jesus' more clearly. Having considered the call to share Christ’s ‘light and salt’ in the contexts we find ourselves, we can often be aware that in our discussions with others, that there are barriers to people exploring the Christian faith. Holy Scripture shows us many examples of Jesus challenging attitudes that he considered barriers to people seeing and knowing Him more clearly. He also praised and encouraged those people he regarded as having hearts and minds open to His way and truth. Some of these were surprising people. In this series, we want to zero in on these encounters with Jesus and ask where we can see both the challenge and the encouragement for ourselves and the wider church of Christ. Looking honestly in the mirror with sober judgment, can be an uncomfortable experience but also a deeply liberating and hopeful one. Let’s be honest, we all need help to identify our blind spots, and Jesus does exactly that.


Date:30th September: Lets Be Honest-Honest for a purpose-Gareth Walters




Date:23rd September: Lets Be Honest -Welcome Home-Chris Clarke




Date:16th September: Lets Be Honest -Tribe vs Tribal-Josh Jones




Date:9th September: Lets Be Honest -Wells and Fences-Youth




Date:2nd September: Lets Be Honest -Gareth Walters




Date:26 August: Lets Be Honest - Kate Berkley



Date:19 August: Lets Be Honest - Eyes to See and Ears to Hear- Josh Jones



Date:12 August: Lets Be Honest - Gareth Walters




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Date:05 August: Overseas Missions - Sanders & Bissett's



Over the last four weeks, we’ve been exploring what it means to be, “The City on the Hill". Over the next eight weeks, we delve deeper into this theme through our “Faith in Context’ Sermon Series. When we think of this idea, of being ’salt and light', we can often presume it’s referring only to the gathered ‘church’ meeting Sunday by Sunday, and what we do collectively as St George's. But perhaps, more significant is the question, ‘How do we all shine with God’s colours as the ‘scattered’ people of God, in the places we do life?' If you’ve ever struggled to connect your Sunday worship with the 'Other Six Days’, then this series is for you. We have selected a spread of different people to speak into our home life, work life and other places, so that we might understand how to live ’salty' lives. Scattered throughout the next eight weeks, there will also be interviews with people from our congregations, who are trying to prayerfully work out what it means to follow Jesus through the vagaries of their own experience.

Date: 29 July: Faith in Disability - Mike Potter



Date: 22 July: Faith in Creativity - Josh Jones



Date: 15 July: Faith in Medicine - Helen Saunders



Date: 08 July: Faith in Commerce - Chris Clarke



Date: 01 July: Faith in Culture - Jay Ruka



Date:24 June: Faith in Family - Kate Berkley



Date:17 June: Faith in Education - Andrew Saunders



Date:10 June: Faith in Context - Gareth Walters




You are a light on a hill

Date: 3rd June: You are a light on a hill : Josh Jones "Affect Change by our Presence"



Date: 27th May: You are a light on a hill : Kate Berkley "Trinity"



Date: 20th May: You are a light on a hill : 7.45am, 9am Judy Carey 10.45am Tim Costello



Date: 13th May: You are a Light on a hilll : Gareth Walters and Josh Jones





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Jesus is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn resurrected from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. Colossians 1:18 "The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.” ― N.T. Wright  For so many the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is THE greatest moment in all of human history and has caused more ripples throughout our world than any other single event. As followers of Jesus, those 'ripples' find their best expression in what are called “The Five Marks of Mission”, a phrase coined by the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Resurrection of Jesus was the inauguration of the 'new creation', the first fruits of a brave new world of resurrection hope, where we can all live out Christ-shaped lives. “The Five Marks of Mission” are a tangible picture of how we can all do this in the everyday reality of our lives. Proclaiming the Good News; Nurturing Christian Faith; Loving Service to Others; Transforming Unjust Structures; Caring for God’s Creation. Some of you will remember that we explored these “Five Marks” three years ago but given that Mission (in its fullest sense) is core to who we are as a Christian community, we felt the Spirit leading us to reaffirm our understanding and commitment to God's Mission in the world.  We invite you to tune in and consider how the Resurrection of Jesus speaks into each of these “The Five Marks of Mission”, as we think about what it means to be a church and people ‘alive’ in our new life with Christ.


Date: 6th May: Resurrection, Hope and The Five Marks of Mission : Josh Jones



Date: 29th April: Resurrection, Hope and The Five Marks of Mission : Diane Miller-Keeley



Date: 22nd April: Resurrection, Hope and The Five Marks of Mission : Josh Jones



Date: 15th April: Resurrection, Hope and The Five Marks of Mission : Gareth Walters



Date: 8th April: Resurrection, Hope and The Five Marks of Mission : Wilson Chan




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A number of biblical scholars have referred to the 'scandal' of the cross. We began the deeply profound Christian season of Lent and this year we explore the theme, ‘The Scandal of the Cross’. For those of us who have been on the Christian journey for some time, we can become lulled into a familiarity that forgets the scandal of Jesus – the Son of God dying on a Roman instrument of torture. This Lent we’re going to be reminding ourselves what the scandal of the Cross is, and consider the different perspectives, contained within Scripture, of what took place when Jesus died on the Cross. All of us are aware, that on the Cross, human history changed forever. In this series we’ll look at the different ‘pictures’ of the Cross and what implications each one has for the way in which we live out daily lives, as we seek to follow Jesus.

Date: 1st April-Easter Sunday: The Scandal of the Cross : Gareth Walters



Date:25 March: The Scandal of the Cross - Kate Berkley



Date:18 March: The Scandal of the Cross - Josh Jones



Date:11 March: The Scandal of the Cross - Gareth Walters



Date:4 March: The Scandal of the Cross - Chris Clarke



Date:25 February: The Scandal of the Cross - Josh Jones



Date:18 February: The Scandal of the Cross - Gareth Walters




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"Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3 'Sir, we would like to see Jesus' are the words from John 12:21 that are also enshrined in our church building. As we have emphasized many times, this is the central motivation of all our ministry endeavours. In our next sermon series, "Let’s be Honest”... we want to look honestly and sincerely at the attitudes and perspectives, in both our own hearts and in others, that can get in the way of 'seeing Jesus' more clearly. Having considered the call to share Christ’s ‘light and salt’ in the contexts we find ourselves, we can often be aware that in our discussions with others, that there are barriers to people exploring the Christian faith. Holy Scripture shows us many examples of Jesus challenging attitudes that he considered barriers to people seeing and knowing Him more clearly. He also praised and encouraged those people he regarded as having hearts and minds open to His way and truth. Some of these were surprising people. In this series, we want to zero in on these encounters with Jesus and ask where we can see both the challenge and the encouragement for ourselves and the wider church of Christ. Looking honestly in the mirror with sober judgment, can be an uncomfortable experience but also a deeply liberating and hopeful one. Let’s be honest, we all need help to identify our blind spots, and Jesus does exactly that.


Date:30th September: Lets Be Honest-Honest for a purpose-Gareth Walters




Date:23rd September: Lets Be Honest -Welcome Home-Chris Clarke




Date:16th September: Lets Be Honest -Tribe vs Tribal-Josh Jones




Date:9th September: Lets Be Honest -Wells and Fences-Youth




Date:2nd September: Lets Be Honest -Gareth Walters




Date:26 August: Lets Be Honest - Kate Berkley



Date:19 August: Lets Be Honest - Eyes to See and Ears to Hear- Josh Jones



Date:12 August: Lets Be Honest - Gareth Walters