May Mission Month

Heather WaldronEvents, FrontPage, News, Pastor

We firmly believe God loves our whole world. Every person in every place! God’s rescue of our world is in a continual movement across local homes, neighbourhoods across his world. As a local church we join with God when we share faith in Jesus in our neighbourhood. We also join with God globally when we support those who bear witness to Jesus internationally through mission agencies we support. Today … Read More

Using Equality for the good of others

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

The Apostle Paul speaking of Jesus writes in Philippians 2:6 – 7 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” Some people have thought this means Jesus was divine, then … Read More

A brutal cross and empty tomb

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Welcome to our Holy week. This is the most significant Christian celebration in the year. ‘Celebration’ does the week an injustice. The Easter story travels the full distance of our human drama. Through Jesus we see surrender, betrayal, evil, defeat, death, grief, waiting, hope, resurrection life, triumph. This week holds epic themes of cosmic significance. Attempting to convey its depth … Read More

Jesus makes every difference to everyone’s lives

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-16 Easter regularly reminds the Church of its loss of place in society. The core Jesus stories are not told or known. Our public schools are often willing to have Christian seminars at Christmas, not Easter. Our sadness as followers of Jesus is Easter makes no difference to most people’s lives. The … Read More

LOVE THAT CAN’T GO BACK

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 119:9-16, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 Mary – John 12:1-8 monologue from Good Friday Service 2018 We organised a dinner in honour of Jesus. My sister Martha served the meal, of course. My brother Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus and other guests. You remember what happened to Lazarus don’t you? It is … Read More

HOW DOES GOD SEEK LOST PEOPLE THROUGH US?

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Readings: Readings: Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32  The ‘lost’ stories in Luke 15 Jesus tells to explain his behaviour of eating with sinners are very familiar. Jesus asks his audience if you had 100 sheep and lost one, would you not look for it? Given that most people wouldn’t have owned more than 15 animals, … Read More

Disaster falls on those who deserve it

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Week 3 Readings: Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9, Disaster falls on those who deserve it. If only, I say. If only God’s judgement might bring such trouble on the wicked. But take a moment to think, am I in trouble if this is the rule? After all how wicked do you need to be? People … Read More

BE CAREFUL WITH WHAT YOU WANT

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Week 2 Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Luke 9:28-36  There are powerfully competing desires in Luke 13:31-35. Herod wants to kill Jesus, Jesus wants to rescue Jerusalem and her people, Jerusalem does not want Jesus. The result of this unhappy triangulation is Jesus will be killed in Jerusalem and Jerusalem will be destroyed. Despite Jesus wanting better things, why did it come to this?  It is clear what … Read More

HOW TO DEFEAT TEMPTATION

Heather WaldronFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Week 1 Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13 1 John 2:15-17 sums up well the temptations the world offers: “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. John is blunt, we cannot love these cravings and say we love God. Theologian Dallas Willard notes temptation becomes sin when … Read More

Two Holy Habits

Jason HoetFrontPage, News, Pastor

This coming week we begin two healthy holy habits. The first and oldest is Lent. In the 40 days before Easter, Christians fast by giving up something for Lent. To fast means we eat something we want or don’t engage in some activity we prefer. The fast begins this Ash Wednesday (Wed 6 March) and it ends on Easter Sunday. … Read More