Forgetting the past and looking forward – Full service October 20, 2020

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                      18th October 2020            It is amazing how simple and routine things unite us and motivate us when they have little value in God’s economy and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we have as much excitement in the general public as the annual festival of Jesus’ birth returns, not for the lavishness and expense, but because of its significance for the world. This year will be a more subdued affair, but let’s use the opportunity to show

Safeguard your faith – Full service

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                                 11th October 2020        But now is the time to see with spiritual eyes the future that God has ordained, both in the eternal and even in the immediate years to come for our little bit of God’s kingdom that gathers on the corner of Oakridge and Jubilee Roads. I encourage you to stay for the AGM as we elect and acknowledge our leaders and then for the church meeting which has a couple of significant decisions to take. I am

BMS Sunday – Full morning service October 19, 2020

Maureen Rose      BMS Sunday                  4th October 2020

Full service including the sermon – Swords into plough blades October 1, 2020

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                 27th September 2020      Land and faith in the Old Testament are inseparable and people understood their dependence on a good harvest blessed by God. The Gospels are full of allusion to agriculture and harvest and although early Christianity was arguably a faith of city people. The Christian Church has played a key role in reinforcing the connection between people and the land, particularly through harvest festivals, which really came into their ow

Full service including the sermon – One Mind and Purpose September 26, 2020

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                20th September 2020As followers of Jesus, we are called to stand up for the poor and marginalised and to seek justice in this world regardless of the next being a place of peace and harmony in God’s presence. Our task in this earth is literally to work towards making heaven on earth – we call it the kingdom of God, of which every follower of Jesus, the king, is a citizen. Ruth wasn’t a Christian, but her passionate concern for justice for the marg

Full service including sermon – Pure Motive September 17, 2020

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                          13th September 2020            Today we continue our reflections on Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi, which begins, “It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives.” Our politics is characterised by jealousy and rivalry, but we know that a time is coming as Psalm 33:10-11 (NLT) describes: “The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all th

Full service including the sermon ‘God’s holy people’ September 13, 2020

Rev.d Mark Macaulay                          6th September 2020

I will not impose any other burden August 9, 2020

Rev.d  Mark Macaulay                                      9th August 2020          Today we will complete our reflections on Revelation 2 – just 20 chapters to go – but you may be relieved, or disappointed, to hear that we will resume our reflections in chapter 3 in the autumn before Advent. Whatever form church takes now and going forward, there is one constant that sees us through every difficulty and inconvenience, namely that there is “No Other Name but the Nam

I have a few things against you August 2, 2020

Rev. Mark Macaulay                     2nd August 2020              In our sermon today we look at Pergamum, one of the top three cities in Asia Minor, a centre of aspiration, so much so it aligned itself with foundation by the gods of mythology despite an absence of historicity in this regard and allowed all sorts of philosophies of life from the city to have influence in the church there. The church was warned and encouraged to be on its guard against the influence of those w

“Do not be afraid” July 26, 2020

Rev. Mark Macaulay                                    26th July 2020               Behold I am alive for evermore. There we see you stand, mighty risen Lord, clothed in garments pure and holy, shining bright; eyes of flashing fire, feet like burnished bronze, and the sound of many waters is your voice.Good morning and welcome to our service. Falling at His feet was John’s response to the Risen Jesus as he moved about the lampstands which represented the churches of As