Searching for more

Posted: 29 December 2016

G.K. Chesterton famously said, “Every man who knocks on the door to a brothel is really looking for God.”

Serious? Yep! He’s making the point that within us all there’s an insatiable search for something more. Join us over summer as we consider Jesus’ answers to our deepest longings.

In search of meaning
Sunday, 8 January

In search of satisfaction
Sunday, 15 January

In search of freedom
Sunday, 22 January

In search of identity
Sunday, 29 January

Please note that during January, all services will be held at St Michael's Church, cnr Flinders and Albion St, Surry Hills.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

5 questions to ask of 2016

Posted: 28 December 2016

Just recently as a staff team, we took stock of what has been a busy and exciting year. Someone described the year as like being on a rollercoaster. Only the whole year was like the drop as we held on to the safety bar for dear life.

As we looked back on the year we could see the way that God had been working through each of the team members and in our people in so many ways. It was encouraging to see that we had grown in our love of God and in our love of each other. As we were doing this we reflected on how we had grown personally this year. We looked back at the areas where we had not grown in the way that we had hoped. Then we looked forward to the year to come, to think...

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Author: Andy Bryan / Categories: Reflection

A hope that establishes justice

Posted: 16 December 2016

Earlier this year I watched the HBO documentary, The Jinx. It tells the story of Robert Durst — a man who has either gotten away with three murders, or someone who is strangely jinxed, because people around him keep getting killed. At one point in the doco, just after Durst has been acquitted, an investigator turns to the camera and says, "As a homicide investigator, you work for God. Because the victim isn’t there to tell his story. You’re there to represent the victim, you’re there to tell his story, you’re doing that for God.”

This Sunday we're looking at the hope Jesus brought with his birth – specifically by looking at the justice he has the power to establish – from...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

A hope that restores peace

Posted: 09 December 2016

It’s summer and we’re having a great time at church this month!

We’ve had one Christmas Party, and have the Kids Christmas Party coming up soon.

We’ve shared the joy of seeing people baptised, and we’ve been comforted by the news that light has pierced the darkness with the coming of Christ.

And this week we’ve got more in store.

Joel Hollier is preaching on Isaiah 11, and how Jesus is the only one who can restore peace to our restless world.

Also this week we’re holding our second ever Wimblepong Tournament after both 10am and 4.30pm church. Come ready to pick up a ping-pong paddle and get your pong on. Bring $5 for Mexican lunch/dinner.

Looking forward to sharing in...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

A hope that pierces the darkness

Posted: 02 December 2016

This Sunday we’re starting our Christmas series called A Thrill of Hope.

Human beings cannot live without hope. I do not mean wishful thinking, I mean absolute certainty about the future.

Hope is the way we overcome the lurking suspicion that all our getting and spending amounts to nothing more than fidgeting while we wait for death.

Are your moments meaningless? Is death final? Is your getting and spending devoid of purpose? If not, then its because you have a hope — certainty that death is not the end and that your life will count for something.

That’s what Jesus offers, and that’s the message we’re going to be reflecting on over the next four weeks....Continue Reading

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

4.30pm services at St Michael’s

Posted: 02 December 2016

A reminder that starting this week and for all of December and January, we're moving our 4.30 service to St Michael's. We're doing this for 3 reasons:

  1. to make setup and packup easier while people are away
  2. to make the most of the opportunity that people are more likely to come to a traditional church over Christmas
  3. to enjoy the Christmassy vibe which some of our wonderfully creative members have been working on in the church.

Parking will still be available at the school. Please leave extra time to walk over to the church so that we can be ready to welcome visitors.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News

5 ideas for embracing Advent

Posted: 30 November 2016

Translated from the Latin meaning ‘coming’, Advent is the period in the lead-up to Christmas where Christians reflect on and look towards the coming of Christ. Here are some simple ways to connect with the true meaning of Christmas and to enjoy this season in light of Christ.

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Author: Esther Neate / Categories:

At the heart of God

Posted: 18 November 2016

Somebody asked me once, 'If what you think about God is wrong, would you want to know?' My answer was 'Yes, of course!' I said this because how we understand God radically shapes how we relate to him. Isaiah 1 throws us into a tumultuous period in Israel's history as God reveals himself to be the surprising pursuer of people's hearts. In this rich chapter, we discover that God is a father, a spurned deity, a judge and a redeemer. Join us this week as seek to get to what is at the heart of God.

P.S. We've been so encouraged by the pledges that have already come in since Commitment Day. This Sunday is the last day that you can make a pledge to the work of God in Surry Hills and...

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Author: Joel Hollier / Categories: News, Sermon Series

A thrill of hope

Posted: 17 November 2016

In a world where hope is elusive and uncertainty abounds, the story of Christmas promises peace on earth, justice for the oppressed and comfort to the afflicted.

2,000 years ago, the universe watched on as a baby was born – he was God become man to rescue our broken world. This Christmas, join us as we discover the hope that dawned with the birth of Jesus Christ.

Please note that during December and January, all services will be held at St Michael's Anglican Church, cnr Flinders and Albion St, Surry Hills.

A hope that pierces the darkness
Isaiah 9:1-7
Sunday 4 December

A hope that restores peace
Isaiah 11:1-10
Sunday 11 December

A hope that establishes justice

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: Events, News, Sermon Series

Devoted to liberation

Posted: 11 November 2016

This Sunday we’re wrapping up our series on devotion by looking at what it looks like for our church to be devoted to liberating people from the power of Satan and sin from Luke 11. The subject of deliverance and spiritual warfare is a key theme in the Bible, but one which many Christians either ignore or obsess over. We need to study the life and ministry of Jesus so that we understand how he overcame the evil one, and what that means for us – how we are liberated and liberate others.

Also this Sunday is Commitment Day. We’ve already received a bunch of generous pledges to the work of the church next year, and I’d encourage you to spend some time before Sunday praying over...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series
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