Weekly Church Service: Epiphany 7; 24th of February 2019 – includes sermon audio

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Sentence:

Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.
You will be children of the most high, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Luke 6:35


Collect of the day

God of compassion,
keep before us the love that you have revealed in your son,
who prayed even for his enemies,
in our words and deeds, help us to be like him,
through whom we pray Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service: Epiphany 6; 17 of February 2019 – includes sermon audio

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Sentence:

Blessed are you when people hate you on account of the son of man. Rejoice and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.
Luke 6:23


Collect of the day

Righteous God,
you challenge the powers that rule this world and you show favour to the oppressed:
instil in us a true sense of justice,
that we may discern the signs of your kingdom
and strive for right to prevail;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service – Epiphany 4 – 3rd of February 2019 – includes sermon audio


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Sentence:

Now we see in a mirror dimly; but then we will see face-to-face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:14


Collect of the day

Living God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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Weekly Church Service – Epiphany 3 – 27th of January 2019 – includes sermon audio

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Sentence:

Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah; “the spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives.”
Luke 4: 18


Collect of the day

life-giving God, who sent your son Jesus to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority; anoint us with your spirit, that we too may bring good news to the poor, bind up the broken-hearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service – 13 January, 2019: baptism of our Lord – includes sermon audio

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Sentence:

The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form like like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “you are my son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22


Collect of the day

Almighty God, by whose grace alone we are accepted and called to your service, strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service; Christmas 1, December 30th 2018 – Includes Sermon Audio

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Christmas 1, December 30th 2018


Sentence:

I bring to you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10 – 11


Collect of the day

Gracious God, Creator and mother of the universe, be born in us again, as you were born long ago. Be born in us as you continue to be born again and again in the words and deeds of faithful people. Be born in us, as is light, as in Joy, as in Peace, as in Justice. Be born in us so that we may be the body of Christ in this time and this place. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service; Advent three – 16 December 2018 – Includes sermon audio

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Sentence:

Do not fear, the Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory, he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love. Zephaniah 3:16 – 17


Collect of the day

Almighty God, you sent your son into the world where the wheat must be winnowed from chaff and evil clings even to what is good, let the fire of your spirit purge us of all corruption, so that, purified, we may wait eagerly for him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near, your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

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Weekly Church Service; Advent one – 2 December 2018 – Includes Sermon Audio

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Sentence:

Stand up and raise your hands, your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28


Today’s readings


Daniel 7: 9 – 10, 13 – 14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1: 4b–8


Collect of the day

Eternal God, you have taught us that the night is far spent, and the day is at hand. Keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we may go out joyfully to greet him, and with yours saints, may worship you forever: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. Amen.


A thought to ponder upon

Bethlehem and Bedlam: Weren’t they intimately related at the first Christmas when Jesus was born? Sometimes we forget that. Remember that Bedlam in Bethlehem that night? Just think of it – a crowded inn, a stable, a census, political intrigue, soldiers marching in the street, a busy city, people pushing and shoving, people scrambling for shelter. In that Bedlam in Bethlehem so many centuries ago, Christmas happened. Christmas broke through in that busy hectic uproar, it happened here and those with the eyes, ears, and hearts of faith saw it, heard it, and felt it.

This is the good news of Christmas; God meets us where we are. God breaks into our uproar, our busyness, our hectic pace, our darkness, and our confusion through the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem – Jesus, who we know as the King of Kings, the light of the world, and the gracious, forgiving one who understands.

In Jesus, God gives us a new understanding of what God is like, a new experience of God’s compassion and tenderness, a new relationship with God, not built on fear but built on love. Every now and then, in the mists of Bedlam, we find Bethlehem. We are reminded that God loves us, and that’s the thing that keeps us going. James W Moore


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The Reverend Josie Steytler preaches from the text after the gospel reading.

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Weekly Church Service Christ the King – 25 November 2018 – Includes Sermon Audio

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Christ the King 25 November 2018


Sentence:

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing.              Revelation 5:12


Today’s readings

Daniel 7: 9 – 10, 13 – 14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1: 4b–8


Collect of the day

Everlasting God, whose will is to restore all things in your well beloved son, our Lord and King; Grant that the people of earth, now divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his gentle and loving rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


A thought to ponder upon – John 18:33 – 37

We celebrate the kingship of Jesus with John’s Gospel account of what is perhaps Jesus’s most humiliating moment: his appearance before Pilate. It is a strange exchange: Pilate had been blackmailed by the Jewish establishment into executing Jesus for their ends: it is the accused who dominates the meeting and takes on the role of the inquisitor: Pilate has no idea what Jesus is talking about what he speaks about “the truth.”

Pilate, a man of no great talent or exceptional competence, was under a great deal of political pressure. He had needlessly alienated the Jews of Palestine by his cruelty, his insensitivity to their religious customs and his clumsy appropriation of funds from the temple treasury for public projects. Reports of his undistinguished performance had reached his superiors in Rome. Jesus proclaimed himself the ruler of the kingdom built on passion, humility, our love and truth – power that Pilate cannot comprehend in his small, narrow view of the world.

The kingdom of Jesus is not found in the world’s centres of power but within human hearts; it is built not by the deals among the power elites but by compassionate hands: Christ reigns neither by influence the wealth but by selfless charity and justice.

Are we a people who radiate thankfulness and appreciation?


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The Reverend Josie Steytler preaches from the text after the gospel reading.

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