Lutheran - St. Paul's Sydney Podcast

Lutheran - St. Paul's Sydney Podcast

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sydney, Australia.A regular podcast from Pastor Richard Schwedes and guests at St Paul's Sydney Lutheran Church, Australia. www.sydney.lutheran.org.au

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February 25, 2024 34 mins

As we continue on our journey of true love (our Lenten theme), we move from discovering the blessings of repentance to discovering commitment,  based on Mark 8:31-38.   And this week we seek how the commitment that Jesus has for God's mission of saving the world, impacts our lives in at least two ways.   
 If you haven't picked the 2024 Lenten Devotion...Understanding Grace, you can  download a copy 2024 Understanding...

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This week we began the season of Lent, our journey to Easter with Jesus and each other.   Our focus is On a Journey of true love, and this week as part of that journey we discover the blessings of repentance, based on our Gospel reading from Mark 1:14-15.  

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February 14, 2024 12 mins

Our Bishop Rev Rob Bartholomaeus presented the message for our Churches of Sydney Ash Wednesday service based on  Isaiah 58:1-12.

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Have you ever changed the way you look at someone or something because of an event or interaction with someone?    Well this week is Transfiguration Sunday, we see that the disciples understanding of God begins to change as a result of seeing only Jesus, and seeing him in a different way.  We are exploring how God helps us see him differently when we focus on Jesus, based on our readings from Mark 9:1-9 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.   <...

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This week we focus on being thankful in all circumstances, based on the reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.   We are exploring how thankfulness is important in having a healthy earthly and spiritual life.  

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Mention the word authority to people, and you get different reactions.  Some like to be clear of who has authority, others associate it with power (and some even the misuse of power) and most of the responses people have to the word authority is are rules and law.   However this week's focus from Mark 1:21-28 highlights that the authority Jesus has is not based on rules or law but something else, which we will be exploring in ...

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From time to time God has an impact us that alters how they see God and how we relate to others.  This week we see one of those impacts as we look at the Conversion of Paul, previous known as Saul, and how God's interaction with him moved him from focussing on God's law as the most important thing to focussing on God grace for all people as what is important.   Come and discover what this story means for us today based on...

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Throughout the New Testament, Jesus calls people to follow Him, and this week we explore one of these calling stories, based on John 1:43-51. 
Today's sermon was written and presented by Anthony Fawcett. 

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The Christmas story continues as we celebrate Epiphany. This is significant as God makes it clear that he came not just for one select group of people, but for all people. And this week we focus on discovering King Jesus, based on Matthew 2:1-12.   
Today's message was prepared by Pastor Richard Schwedes and presented by Neil Modra.
 

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Content makes the poor rich; discontent makes rich poor, is a famous quote that rings true in many situations...people who are content enjoy life, see the blessings and not only have joy for themself, but also share it with others/  This week in our service we will explore what it means to be content with God and all that He has given us, based on Galatians 4:4-7.     Todays sermon was preached by NSW Bishop Rob Bartholomaeus.
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Gifts are an important aspect of Christmas.   And it is important for us to remember that Jesus is the most important (and most expensive) gift of Christmas.  As our readings remind us this Christmas, God becomes human to be with us and to do whatever it takes for us to be able to grab hold of His love.  (see John 1:1-14)  And what is great about Jesus is that He is a gift that keeps on giving in many different ways.  

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This week we explore what it means to have joy from God, even when life is difficult, based on Isaiah 61:1-9. 

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 Our focus is God is here calling us back...just like in life we need to be redirected back on the right path, God has placed in our lives people like John the Baptist who calls us back to Him and his way of life.  And as part of the service this week we will explore how much we benefit from responding to God's call to be back with Him and His way of life.  
As Bishop Rob Bartholomaeus was ill Anthony Fawcett presented a s...

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Have you ever hoped for something?  Maybe you have hoped that life will get better?  Often today when people talk about hope, they sometimes have great wishes but are not overly confident that it will eventuate.   As we begin the season leading up to Christmas, Advent, we are reminded that we are called to be hopeful people.   People who not just have hopes, but people living with hope, even when life around us is challenging and d...

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Imagine if Jesus physically moved in with you.   How would life change?  Whenever I have lived with someone, I have got to know them better, and discovered more about them, and they have discovered more about me.   This week as we come to the end of the church year we are exploring what means to be living with King Jesus, and how this affects our lives, based on Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46.
 
 

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What motivates you to do something or not do something?   Is it fear of punishment or fear of missing out on a reward?  This week we explore how God gives us a different approach to life....an approach not based on whether we fear missing out on a reward or fear on being punished...but an approach based on faith in God and His love that He gives us, as we explore 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Matthew 25:14-30 (which at times is misund...

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This Sunday at St Pauls we explore seeing God's love grow and how the Old and New Testament encourages to help and love others and hearing stories from Australian Lutheran World Service and their gifts of grace. 

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 This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day.   All Saints is about giving thanks for and remembering those people who have shared the life giving and loving message of Jesus to us...our focus will be inspired by Revelation 7:9-17.   During our worship services you have the opportunity to light a candle for anyone who has been a saint for you, as a sign that the light of Christ is has come to us through them.  We will also be rememberi...

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his Sunday we celebrate the reformation, remembering that the true focus of Christianity is what God does for us, and How God makes us acceptable.  So this week inspired by Romans 3:19-28, we will explore How we are good enough.  Good enough for God and good enough for life now and eternally.  

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