Matthew 6:5-13 | Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer is complicated. There is probably no part of the Christian faith that is at the same time so universally valued and respected, and at the same time so diversely understood, or openly not understood.
John 20:19-23 | 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 Who are we?
Why are we here?
Why do we get together, week by week, in this strange little gathering?
What is this thing that we call Church?
Isaiah 58:1-9a | Luke 4:16-19 Lying at the very heart of the story of the people of God; the defining origin story for the people of Israel; an event that echoes through the whole of the Old Testament and into the New; is a story of slavery and freedom.
Matthew 18:15-20 Now here’s a phrase that we certainly hear and use in the community of Christian faith:
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.
We claim this as a promise, we value it for Jesus’ commitment to us, to being with us, to standing alongside us as we gather to worship.
Romans 12:9-21 So in Christ, we talked about last week, in Christ we are one body. Our unity as the people of God is not something that we earn, not something that we create by our actions, but is our very nature, the gift of God.
Our unity does not depend upon our uniformity; quite the opposite, in fact; the functioning of the body depends upon our difference.
Romans 12:1-8 Today is the first in a short series in which we’re returning to the book of Romans as it comes to its conclusion, and exploring the idea that Paul develops there – and in several of his other letters – that we, the Church, the people of God, are the body of Christ. I guess its an image that most of us are pretty familiar with; we use it in our Church language, and in our liturgy all the time. But lets just take a couple of weeks to pause, and reflect on what it might mean for us, here in Roseville in 2017 and beyond.
Matthew 15:10-28 I guess if you were to make a list of adjectives that you would apply to Jesus, “racist” probably wouldn’t be amongst them. And yet here he is, meeting with a gentile, a Cananite woman, in desperate need of help for her afflicted daughter, and basically calling her a dog – by contrast with the Jews, Jesus’ people, who are the children.
Matthew 14:22-33 And so, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus finally gets the time alone that he was looking for.
Matthew 14:13-21 So, the feeding of the five thousand. Surely a Sunday School favourite – all those people, a small boy with a packed lunch (although he doesn’t get a mention in Matthew’s gospel), Jesus says grace and five thousand people have enough to eat with twelve baskets left over.
Romans 8:26-39 And so today we come to the last of our series on the promises of God from these few chapters of the book of Romans.
Romans 8:12-25 So after all his talk of grace taking the place of law in control of our lives and our destinies, after all the talk of freedom from addiction to sin, and from the condemnation that is the logical consequence of the harm that we do one another and the world – after all this talk of freedom, suddenly Paul changes tack.
“Brothers and sisters, we are debtors”
Listen! Romans 7:15-25a | Matthew 11:25-30 Last week we talked about how Paul describes the fundamental difference between the status, the reality, of the believer, the one who is, and knows that he or she is, no longer under law; no longer bound by the rules of transaction, of “if I do this then God will…”;
Listen! Romans 6:12-23 So today we begin a new series of services in which we’re going to be focussing on these three amazing chapters in the book of Romans, and in particular on the promises of God found in this, often convoluted, certainly very compact, piece of writing.
Listen! So just over 40 years ago, in 1977 – the year of Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Uniting Church in Australia came into existence; merging the Methodist Church, most of the Presbyterian Church, and most of the Congregational Churches in Australia to form something new.
Acts 2:1-21 Listen! In the very opening words of the Bible, the Spirit of God was there, active, creating:
“When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and the Spirit of God swept over the waters”
When the earth was without shape or form, the Holy Spirit hovered over the chaos like a mother bird over her nest: nurturing, protecting, forming, and guiding the cosmos into life.
Listen! Acts 17:22-31 So how should we live?
Last week we heard the story of Stephen, the first to die because of his insistence that he would both live and speak his faith in Jesus Christ, whatever the consequences.
Today our story moves to another witness to Jesus – Paul, the great evangelist of the first century, the one who, more than any other, took the good news across the ancient world.
Listen! Acts 2:42-47 So how should we live?
Last week we reflected on Peter’s words at Pentecost, calling upon the faithful Jews of the day to recognise their need to change; to repent; to live differently. He called on them to mark this change of life in the symbol of baptism; and we read that three thousand people did so, that day alone.