February 28, 2021

A new way to live: part 2

Susan Haynes | Ephesians 5:1-20 

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord... Everything exposed by the light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Starting her talk in darkness, Susan challenges us to actively choose - as individuals and as a church - to live in the light, just as Jesus did. It's not easy, but God has given us what we need to make this possible. 

The service is introduced by Martin Garrod and also includes a reading from Sarah Trinder and prayers from Dan Parnell.

The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.

February 21, 2021

A new way to live: part 1

Allan Bartlam | Ephesians 4:22-5:2 

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Allan follows up the metaphor of putting off and on the old and new self like a set of clothes. He talks through some of the unwanted habits and lifestyles we should throw out, and the desirable "clothes" that - unlike real ones - cost nothing. The theme will be continued next week.

The recording, which begins with the reading, is an extract from our live Sunday service which was run via Zoom. The video version which also includes the songs can be viewed on YouTube.

February 14, 2021

Unity, diversity and maturity

Graham Romp | Ephesians 4:1-16 

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

If you find it easy to live with other people, says Graham, you’re not spending enough time with them. The church is built on relationships - with God, and between each other - and although we struggle because we are all different, God's purpose for us can only be fulfilled in community. We hear a practical example in the recording as Joy speaks about her experience of being in a Christ Church home group, currently meeting virtually.

The service is introduced by Janet Chalmers and also includes a reading from Kate Routley and prayers from Cathie Bartlam.

The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.

February 7, 2021

God’s plan for the church

Bobbie Frere | Ephesians 3:1-13 

Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It's our privilege, as individuals and as a local church, to be part of God's purposes in the world. Bobbie explores this theme in her talk, and we hear how it works out in practice as Joanne Rose explains her role in the Christ Church Pastoral Care Team. The service is introduced by Peter Frere and also includes a reading from Pat Clayton and prayers from Charlotte Sherlaw-Sturrock.

The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.

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