Sermon: 4Giving

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, September 17th, 2017

The maths of forgiveness point to outrageous grace and outrageous obstinacy and call on us be forgiving people.

Sermon: Battle of Britain 2017

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Preached by Chaplain Peter Friend RAAF on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Battle of Britain was a battle of two Nations, two Empires, two Leaders with many caught up in the conflict.  Jesus speaks of a similar battle but in him the one serves the many.

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Sermon: Wedded To Marriage

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Heart ExclaimWhat do we learn from Scripture in the current marriage debate.

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I want to start in perhaps a surprising but I believe necessary place, and that is with an apology to the LGBTIQ community on behalf of the Church for the way we have failed to live up to our own teaching.

Doctrine of Creation

Our Scriptures give us a doctrine of Creation in which we are all created in the image of God, with equal dignity.  For the ways in which we have failed to treat you our brothers and sisters with that dignity and respect we are sorry.

Gospel of Salvation

Our Scriptures show us a gospel of salvation in which God so loved the whole world that he sent Jesus.  For the ways we have failed to show the same welcoming love and open grace we are sorry.

Ethic of Jesus

Our Scriptures teach us the ethics of Jesus that we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  When we have vilified, disparaged and judged we have failed to live up to our calling and caused trauma, grief and despair.  For the ways we have failed to love you Jesus calls us to we are sorry.

When we fail to live up to the teaching of our own faith we denigrate God’s creation, misrepresent his love and disobey our saviour and have caused anguish and suffering.  We are sorry and seek forgiveness.

Sermon: Chosen

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Preached by Ruth Hanlon on Sunday, August 6th, 2017

A part of the series.

Do you remember, back in school, when the teacher would pick two captains who would then go choose the teams?

They would usually pick their friends or the popular ones first until there were only the unpopular ones left.

This picking system either lift your esteem, or broke it. So how uplifting is it to know that you are picked to be on God’s team?

We are chosen to be living stones, not stony faced.