Posted: 04 January 2019
It's a new year and we are turning, as a church, to a new book of the Bible: the gospel of Mark. Over the next few months we will be diving into what I would consider to be the most exhilarating and breathless account of Jesus' life.
I'm not sure how 2018 was for you or how 2019 will go. If it is anything like mine there will be ups and downs and plenty of times where you wish for a life less broken, less hurt or less fragile. The beginning of Mark's gospel is a mind-blowing announcement that there is something better for us in this life even with its ups and downs.
Join us this Sunday as we listen to this great announcement.
Posted: 28 December 2018
Christmas is over for another year but the message of the saviour born in David’s town is still there for us to think about. This week Simeon Cumberland will say farewell to us by speaking to us from an important passage in Luke. His namesake was there in Jerusalem soon after the birth of Jesus ready to welcome the king. The challenge for us will be to maintain a similar attitude.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,
Posted: 28 December 2018
The most successful election campaign ever run in Australia was the 1972 “It’s time” campaign which brought the Labour party out of the political wilderness. Most people over 45 still know the song that went with the campaign. For Australians, it was something like Obama’s famous “Yes we can” campaign.
The very first words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark are, “The time has come.” Jesus says, “It’s time!” and his campaign is not political spin, but the genuine announcement by the one who has the power to bring us out of the spiritual wilderness into a better world.
Join us as we start 2019 looking at what Jesus offers the world.
Starting Sunday, 6 January
Posted: 22 December 2018
Part of the Christmas tradition involves getting the family together. You might not have family around, but we'd love to have you part of our church family this weekend.
On Sunday we've got an amazing service lined up. I am speaking about how Christmas involves waiting: we live between the first Christmas and the second Christmas. We have peace in our hearts but long for Jesus to come and make peace on earth.
Then on Christmas Eve (Monday) we have two special services.
- At 5pm, we have a massive family Christmas service. There will be interactive talks, carols and a BBQ dinner afterwards.
- At 9pm, we have a candlelight service with carols plus wine and cheese before the...Continue Reading
Posted: 14 December 2018
As we near Christmas, we are spending our time as a church reflecting on the early moments of Jesus' life. Last week we heard about Jesus' family tree. This week Al Stewart will be speaking on his birth and the way he presented a threat to the rulers of his day, and how even as a baby they sought to kill him.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Posted: 05 December 2018
We are finally in summer and into the swing of the Christmas season. We've got a bunch of special services over the next couple of weeks, the highlight of which will be our Christmas Eve and Day services which you can see here.
This Sunday and next we've got Al Stewart speaking on the gospel of Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus. This week Al is looking at Jesus genealogy, something surprisingly rich in meaning. Remember that our afternoon service will be starting at 5pm from this week.
Also, last Sunday we finished our vision series on joy. If you missed any of the messages you can catch them here.
Hope you have a great end to the week, and look forward to seeing you...Continue Reading
Posted: 03 December 2018
Whether you go to church or haven't been in years, we'd love to invite you to celebrate Christmas with us.
Christmas Eve family carols service – 5pm
With BBQ, jumping castles and activities for kids
Christmas Eve candlelight service – 9pm
With cheese and wine
Christmas Day service – 9.30am
With special program for kids
Posted: 30 November 2018
Jonathan Swift once famously said:
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
That line could sum up the problem in the life of Jonah. His hatred ate away at the walls of his soul. Nowhere is that more clear than in Jonah 4:3:
“Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."
Growing up hearing the story of Jonah, I thought that he ran away because he was scared of the big bad Ninevites. Turns out it wasn’t the Ninevites he was afraid of, it was God's mission to save the lost he was afraid of.
Come this Sunday as we wrap up our vision series by looking at the joy of joining God in his...
Posted: 23 November 2018
I wonder if you've ever thought of God being happy. Yes he's loving. Yes he's compassionate. Yes he's angry at injustice. But is he happy.
The Bible's teaching is that there is no being in all the universe who is happier than God.
What does that mean? Where do we learn that? Join us this Sunday as we stop to pause in our series rediscovering joy, by looking at God's own happiness.
Don't forget this Sunday is our Commitment Day. It's a chance to make your pledge towards the work of the gospel in our city which will help us plan for 2019. You can pledge online here or via the cards in your outline on Sunday.
Posted: 16 November 2018
Over the past 4 weeks we have been looking at joy in our life as Christians. It’s a joy in God which grows from knowing him in his word, and expresses itself in practical love for others. This week we are looking at how it’s possible to give generously and with joy.
For many people this subject scares them. But God doesn’t want us to miss out on the enormous joy of being generous. That’s right, the Bible says you’re happier to give than to receive. Don’t believe that could be true? Just have a read of the Macedonian Christians in 2 Corinthians 8-9, and come ready to explore this on Sunday.
Also, don’t forget:
– The Christmas Party is fast approaching. Don’t miss out.