Sermons by David Grainger

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Trinity Sunday – Matthew 28:20, 2 Corinthians 13:14

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‘In the name of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’ These are words we hear at the close of most of our worship services. We hear them at key moments in our lives, at celebrations of birth, baptism, marriage and at the committal used at funeral services. And as we use these words, we […]

Reflections Psalm 40:1 – 3 & Colossians 3: 1- 8

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During our evening service David used flections on Psalm 40: 1 – 3 speaking about a dramatic change in some ones life, He spoke on testimonies about peoples great change in their life’s and others noticing them. In Colossians 3:1 – 8 Paul writes about the Holy living to put aside your earthly nature.   […]

The Apostel Stephen

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Stephen, the first Christian martyr – Acts 6:8 – 15, 7:54 – 60 What kind of pen-portrait of Stephen do we get from Acts 6 and 7? The death of Stephen unleashed violent opposition to the Gospel. But how did God use his example and testimony to promote the church’s on going mission and ministry […]

Nationalism

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As we near Brexit nationalistic and patriotic passions abound in the world, sometimes whipped up by populist political leaders. How should we respond as Christians? Einstein called nationalism “an infantile disease. The measles of mankind.” C. S. Lewis wrote: that “love of country becomes a demon when it becomes a god.” What would Jesus do? […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring judgement

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It might seem unusual to discuss judgement in the midst of our Advent celebrations. But it lies at the heart of the meaning of the incarnation. The so-called ‘paradox of revelation’ observes that in order to bring grace, it must also give offence. In order to be grace, it must uncover sin. The gospel brings […]

Remembrance Sunday (AM)

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As we reflect on the reality and horror of war, as we remember those who gave everything and those who still give of themselves, as we remember those who suffer – we also look to Jesus who came to bring peace and pray for that peace to come. Reading: John 14:23-27

Being called to serve

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It is often said that “you never know what a day will bring.” That is certainly the case of this memorable and life-changing encounter between Jesus and two pairs of brothers, Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and James and John. Simon and Andrew were hard at work as fishermen, casting their nets into the sea. Jesus […]

Right relationships

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In the early years of the Church, there was a continuous effort to relate Christian faith to the daily lives experienced in the midst of the variety of cultures and customs where they were located. At the heart of this was their desire to fulfil the teaching of Christ and his lordship over their lives. […]

Spiritual weapons not of this world

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Our war and our weapons are not of this world. Paul experienced a struggle in Corinth. A group of preachers and teachers arrived from Judea with a letter of recommendation and practised ecstatic and visionary experiences. To them Paul was an enigma. In person he seemed to be timid. Yet in his writings he was […]