Sermons at Mt Albert Presbyterian Church
5th July 2020 - Epistle reading Romans 7:15-25a. 18 I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. Gospel reading Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 18 When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, ‘He has a demon in him!’ 19 When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!’ God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results.” Click here for the Presentation.
28th June 2020 - Epistle reading Romans 6:12 – 23. 12 Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self. 13 Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes.... Gospel reading Matthew 10:40 – 42 . 40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes God's messenger because he is God's messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. Click here for the Presentation.
21st June 2020 - First Reading: Psalms 86:1 – 10, 16 – 17. 16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you, just as my mother did. 17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. Gospel reading Matthew 10:24 – 39. 26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Click here for the Presentation.
14th June 2020 - First Reading: Genesis 18:1 – 15. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Gospel reading Matthew 9:35 – 10:8. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Click here for the Presentation. Click here for the Full Service (need to be a church face-book group member)
7th June 2020 - 2 Corinthians 13:11 – 13. 11 And now, my friends, good-bye! Strive for perfection; listen to my appeals; agree with one another; live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Gospel reading Matthew 28:16 – 20. 7 When they saw him, they worshiped him, even though some of them doubted. Click here for the Presentation. Click here for the Full Service (need to be a church face-book group member)
31st May 2020 - First Reading Acts 2:1 - 21. 17 ‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams.
Gospel reading John 7:37 – 39 37 On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and 38 whoever believes in me should drink. As the scripture says, ‘Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.’” Click here for the Presentation
15th March 2020 - Gospel reading John 4:5 – 42, 10 Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.” 13 Jesus answered, “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, 14 but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.” Click here for the Presentation
8th March 2020 - Epistle Reading: Roman 4:1 – 5, 13 - 17 5 But those who depend on faith, not on deeds, and who believe in the God who declares the guilty to be innocent, it is this faith that God takes into account in order to put them right with himself. Gospel reading John 3:1 – 17 . 14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up.15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life...Click here for the Presentation
1st March 2020 - OT Reading: Genesis 2:15 – 17, 3:1 – 7. 6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it. Gospel reading Matthew 4:1 – 11. 1 Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. 3 Then the Devil came to him and said, “If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.” Click here for the Presentation
23rd Feb 2020 - First Reading: 2 Peter 1:16 – 21 19 So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts. Gospel reading Matthew 17:1 – 9. 2 As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun, and his clothes were dazzling white. 5 While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased—listen to him!”. Click here for the Presentation
16th Feb 2020 - OT Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15 – 20 15 “Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death. 16 If you obey the commands of the Lord your God, which I give you today,..19 I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Gospel reading Matthew 5:21 – 37. 22 But now I tell you: if you are angry with your brother you will be brought to trial, if you call your brother ‘You good-for-nothing!’ you will be brought before the Council, and if you call your brother a worthless fool you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. Click here for the Presentation
9th Feb 2020 - First Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1 – 12 4 and my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God's Spirit. 5 Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God's power. Gospel reading Matthew 5:13 – 20 13 “You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness....14 “You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lamp-stand... 16 In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things .....17 “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses .....Click here for the Presentation
2nd Feb 2020 - First Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 31 18. For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God's power. 19 The scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the scholars”. Gospel reading Matthew 5:1 – 12.
3 “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! 4 “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! 5 “Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!........ Click here for the Presentation.
26th Jan 2020 - Gospel reading Matthew 6: 25 –31 25 “This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?
OT Reading: Genesis 45: 4 –11. 4 Then Joseph said to them, “Please come closer.” They did, and he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people's lives. Click here for the Presentation.
19th Jan 2020 - OT Reading:Isaiah 52:7 7 How wonderful it is to see a messenger coming across the mountains, bringing good news, the news of peace! He announces victory and says to Zion, “Your God is king!” Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:25-34. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings. Click here for the Presentation.
12th Jan 2020 - OT Reading: Isaiah 42:1 – 9 .1 The Lord says, “Here is my servant, whom I strengthen—the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased. I have filled him with my Spirit, and he will bring justice to every nation. Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13 – 17 13 At that time Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to make him change his mind. “I ought to be baptized by you,” John said, “and yet you have come to me!” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so for now. For in this way we shall do all that God requires.” So John agreed. Click here for the Presentation
5th Jan 2020 - OT Reading: Jeremiah 31:7 – 14. 7 The Lord says,“Sing with joy for Israel, the greatest of the nations.Sing your song of praise, ‘The Lord has saved his people; he has rescued all who are left.’ 8 I will bring them from the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Gospel Reading: John 1:10 – 18 10 The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Click here for the Presentation