Sermon 2014.

28th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Luke 2:22-40 focusing on "Giving Thanks".

25th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Christmas day, based on John 1:4.  Jesus is the source of life and the light of the world.

24th Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Christmas Eve, based on Luke 2:7 - "Start something new"

21st Dec 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga at our Carols and Lessons service, focusing on Luke 1:26 - 38: God is gracious.  

14th Dec 2014 - This service was our Children's Christmas drama, which was based on the gospel lectionary reading John 1:6-8, 19-28.  The drama "Light of the world" focused on how Jesus came, as the Light of the World.  Click here for the drama script.

7th Dec 2014 - The sermon by Rev Tani Haunga focused again on the Isaiah passage: Isaiah 40:1 - 11, emphasizing God's response, to our cries for help.  God cares that those who call on his name, be comforted.  There is also an emphasis on our frailty and weakness as human beings, but that should not discourage us, because the Word of God, endures forever.  Again, there were no audio recording, but you may click here for the powerpoint presentation.

30th Nov 2014 - The sermon by Rev Tani Haunga focused on the Isaiah passage: Isaiah 64:1 - 9, emphasizing our need to call on the Lord, to Come now.  There was no recording of the sermon, but click here for the powerpoint presentation.

23rd Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24 & Matthew 25:31-46  focusing on God's provision for us, and our preparation for Jesus as King.

16th Nov 2014 - Rev Tani Haunga's message based on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, asks the question - Are we ready?  Recording failed, so apologies for no available audio.

9th Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Harry Morgan on Luke 19:11-23 with the challenge to make the most of life. 

2nd Nov 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 23:1-12.  It is Reformation Sunday, so the story of Reformation is weaved into the sermon.  It challenges the individual to discern and look at one's life, and ask God to reveal areas that may need 're-forming'.  'Re-forming' one's life, happens, when one remains captive to the Word of God.      

26th Oct 2014 - This Sunday was our Children's Sunday, a time where our children ministered to us in songs, action songs and drama.  Our youth presented the main drama for the day, which was the main message called "The Great Commandment" based on the gospel reading, Matthew 22:34-40.  Click here for a copy of the drama.

19th Oct 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga was on Matthew 22:15 - 22, with a focus on being responsible citizens of the state and the Kingdom of heaven.  Responsible citizens of the state will pay their dues to the state, i.e. tax, child support, student loans, etc.  What should responsible citizens of the Kingdom of heaven should do?  What sort of tax or deduction does one give back to God?  It is my hope, that these sermons help you in your Christian journey.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.

12th Oct 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga was on Matthew 22:1 - 14, with a focus on God's invitation, which is, to every one.  The reading was perfect for our confirmation service.  Click here for the powerpoint.

28th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 21:23-32.  Jesus confronts the chief priests and the elders in regards to their arrogance.  The parable reveal that God continues to open doors for us, that we may believe and live.  The older son represents those who disobeyed God but eventually returned and commit their lives to God.  The other son represents those who've grown up in the Church all their lives, and have become arrogant about their eligibility for eternal life.  Even they, have opportunity to humble themselves and accept Jesus' authority in their lives.  Click here for the powerpoint.  This was our 'Ethnic diversity service', so click here for the service powerpoint. 

21st Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 20:1 - 16 focusing of the workers in the vineyard.  Very often we argue for a reward that reflects our merit, or for a reward that pays us equally for our effort.  These workers discovered that the farmer did not reward them according to their expectations.  They were rewarded according to their needs.  The message focus on the 'grace of God' based on the reading.  Click here for the powerpoint. 

14th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 18:21 - 35 addressing the issue of 'forgiveness'.  How many times should we forgive, and why?  Click here for the powerpoint. 

7th Sep 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 18:15-20.  Jesus focused on restoring the sinner or the wanderer, and in this passage, Jesus instructs his disciples (Christians) on ways to restore a brother (a fellow Christian) who may have hurt or offended them.  The same instruction will work well in our Church communities today.  Click here for powerpoint.   

31st Aug 2014 - Again, our technology failed us, so audio version for this sermon is not available, but click here for the powerpoint. 

24th Aug 2014 - Sermon was on Matthew 16:13-20 but due to technology failure, we were not able to record the sermon.  Here, is the powerpoint for this sermon. 

17th Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 15:21 - 28.  Jesus went on to the territory near Tyre and Sidon, and a Canaanite woman came to him, pleading for the life of her daughter.  Her approach which reveals persistent faith, challenge us today in our journey as Christians.  Listen to learn more about her approach, and how she worked her way from the outside, to the inside.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

10th Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 14:22 - 33.  Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on to the other side.  They may have been a bit reluctant to go over to the other side, that Jesus made them.  On their way, there were both challenges and excitements.  What does this mean for us today? Well, Jesus does make us go over to the other side, even when we don't realise, and when we do, we need a few things to help us.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

3rd Aug 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 14:13-21, the feeding of the five thousand.  The miracle story reveals how the disciples were still learning what their role is, as followers of Christ.  It reminds us of our role today, as Christians, especially in our responsibility to be Christ, to those in need.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

27th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 & Genesis 29:15-28.  Continuing with the 'kingdom of heaven', the message unpacked more truths about the kingdom of heaven, based on the parables of the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl and the parable of the net.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

20th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 & Genesis 28:10-19a.  Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and weed, again teaching us more about the 'kingdom of heaven'.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation'.    

13th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.  Jesus tells the parable of the Sower, which portrays the different ways people respond to the gospel.  The parable shows why people are reluctant to receive the message.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.   

6th July 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.  Jesus invites us saying "Come to me all you who are tired from carrying heavy loads".  How does this message apply to us today?  Click here for the powerpoint presentation.    

29th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Sue Jacobi on Luke 18:9-14.  How do we relate to God in our prayer life, and in our daily life?  Rev Jacobi address these questions in this message. 

22nd June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 10:24-39.  Jesus called his disciples and sent them out to proclaim the good news in 1st Century Palestine.  Based on this text, how are we, Christians in the 21st century meant to live as disciples or Christians today.  Click here for the powerpoint presentation. 

15th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Genesis 1-2:4 & Matthew 28:16-20.  It is Trinity Sunday, and what can we learn about our Trinitarian God from these passages?  Our Trinitarian God is revelational, relational and makes plans for our redemption.  Listen to find out more. 

8th June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Acts 2:1 - 21 & John 20:19 - 23.  It is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.  And the gift that Jesus gave the Church, is the Holy Spirit.  What is the significance of this gift, the Holy Spirit, to the Church today?  That's the question this message tries to address.

1st June 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Acts 1:6 - 14 & John 17:1 - 11.  It is Christian Unity  Sunday, and focusing on the reading, this message emphasizes the 'non negotiable' point of unity for all Christians. There are matters where we will not agree on, but they shouldn't be a reason for division, yet, there are matters/doctrines that are 'non-negotiable'. 

25th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 14:15-21.  Jesus promised his disciples, what they needed, to bring glory to God.  Jesus promised them the Spirit, and promised to return.  What is the significance of those promises for our lives as Christians. 

18th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 14:1-14.  In our journey, we have so many ways to choose from, but this reading reminds us, that Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life.  Jesus is the only way to the Father, to everlasting life. 

4th May 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Luke 24:13 - 35.  Regardless of our weaknesses, our failures, our lack of faith or hope in Jesus Christ, this reading reveals that Jesus draw near and walk alongside us in our times of need and despair.  I hope you find it encouraging.   

27th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 20:19-31.  Faith in the Risen Christ turns our fears to joy.   

20th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 20:1 - 18 What kind of Risen Lord are you expecting?  It is Easter Day and Jesus has risen, so how did the characters in the story respond to the Risen Lord?  Starting with Mary, the message explored how she failed to understand that Christ has risen.  She also failed to see (what she may have needed to see).  Third, she failed in her expectations.  Is it possible that today, we fail to understand Christ and we also fail to see Christ because we have the wrong expectations?  Listen to find out how Peter and John responded to the Risen Christ...

Garden of Gethsemane Drama
The story of "Gethsemane" from the eyes of two teenagers: Sam and Samantha. The story is told according to the Bible, with additional dialogues between Sam who doesn't know much, and Samantha, who seems to fill in the missing pieces for Sam.
The Garden of Gethsemane drama complete.pdf (876.63KB)
Garden of Gethsemane Drama
The story of "Gethsemane" from the eyes of two teenagers: Sam and Samantha. The story is told according to the Bible, with additional dialogues between Sam who doesn't know much, and Samantha, who seems to fill in the missing pieces for Sam.
The Garden of Gethsemane drama complete.pdf (876.63KB)

18th April 2014 - The Good Friday Drama by the Youth was our message for the day.  The Combined Churches of Mt Albert got together to continue their annual "Good Friday Walk" and it was great to be part of it.  This year, we were there 2nd station, therefore having to come up with a drama or an item about the 'Garden of Gethsemane".  The order of the walk were:
1. 10am St Mary's Catholic Church "The Last Supper",
2. 10.30AM Mt Albert Presbyterian Church "Garden of Gethsemane",
3. 11am Mt Albert Methodist Church "Trial of Jesus",
4. 11.30AM St Luke's Anglican Church "Crucifixion of Jesus",
5. 12noon Mt Albert Baptist Church ". 
At the end of the walk, refreshments were provided and served by the Salvation Army at Mt Albert Baptist. 
 

13th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on Matthew 21:1 - 11 "How should we respond, to Jesus as King?".  This sermon explore how people responded to Christ as King.  1st, they welcomed Jesus as a 'military king' and 2nd, they praised Jesus as the son of David.  We, should respond rather, by welcoming Jesus as our Lord, Saviour and King, and 2nd, by praising Jesus for all he's done for us. 

6th April 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 11:1-45 "Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life" How does Jesus, the Resurrection, work in our lives?  1st Jesus ordered "Take the stone away", 2nd Jesus called out "Come out" and 3rd, Jesus told them "Untie him, and let him go" 

30th March 2014 - Sermon by Rev Tani Haunga on John 9:1-41 "Jesus, the Light for the world"  How did people respond to the light of the world? 1st, the neighbours, 2nd the Pharisees and the disciples, 3rd the parents, 4th, the Blind man himself.  So, how should we respond?    

23rd March 2014 - Rev Tani Haunga's sermon on John 4:5-42 at the 10AM service "The life-giving water that Jesus offers."  1. We must ask for it, 2. It will become a spring within us.