Sermon archives

March 20, 2011 “The Night Reveals the Light” [John 3:1-17]


March 13, 2011
The Tempting of the Beloved [Matthew 4:1-11]

March 09, 2011 “Ecclesia de Lange – Ash Wednesday” [Support Ecclesia: ecclesia@mailbox.co.za]

March 06, 2011 “Dr. Gilbert Lawrence – Being Present to Jesus – Transfiguration” [Exodus 24:12-18; Ps. 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9]

February 27, 2011 “Rev John vd Laar guest sermon – Do Not Worry” [Matthew 6:24-34]

February 20, 2011 “True Holiness is Neighbourliness” [Leviticus 19:1-2 9-18; 1 Cor 3:10-11,16-23; Matt. 5:38-48]

February 13, 2011 “Choose Life” [Deuteronomy 30:15-20]

January 30, 2011 “Jesus’ resistance strategy: The Beatitudes” [Micah 6:1-8; Matt 5: 1-12 reference in sermon to Mary Lou Kownacki from an article in Sojourners Oct 1989 p22-24]

January 23, 2011 “Fishers of People” [Isa 9:1-4; Matt. 4:12-23 – reference in sermon to Frank Honeycutt”]

January 16, 2011 “Sin is a hopeful word” [Isai 49: 1-7; John 1:29-42 Sermon based on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “Speaking of Sin”]

January 09, 2011 “Dr Peter Storey – Jesus’ Baptism” [Isai 42: 1-9; Acts 10:34-43; Matt. 3:13-17]

January 02, 2011 “A Reminder of our Context and Identity” [Ephesians 1:3-14; Matt. 2]

December 25, 2010 “Christmas is Frightening yet Subversively Hopeful” [Exodus 1:8-2:10; Matt. 2]

December 12, 2010 “Third Week of Advent” [Isaiah 35:1-10; Ps. 146; Matt. 11:2-11]

December 05, 2010 “Second Week of Advent” [Isaiah 11:1-10; Ps. 72; Matt. 3:1-12]

November 28, 2010 “Rev John van der Laar” [Matt.24:36-44]

November 21, 2010 “Christ the Crucified King” [Jer. 23:1-6; Ps 46. Col. 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43]

November 14, 2010 “Architects and Prophets” [Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 21:5-19]

November 07, 2010 “To find Life – Experience Death” [Luke 20:27-38 and Thought Leader M&G Charlene Smith]

October 24, 2010 “The 2nd Good Samaritan Story” [Luke 17:11-19]

October 03, 2010 “Lamentations” [Psalm 137, Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26]

September 26, 2010 “The Rich Man and Lazarus” [1 Tim. 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31]

September 19, 2010 “The Puzzling Parable” [Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Tim. 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13…reliant on William Herzog III and Paul Duke]

September 12, 2010 “The Good news is that Jesus keeps Bad Company” [Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 51; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10]

August 29, 2010 “Rev Debbie van der Laar” [Ruth 1:16-22]

August 22, 2010 “Re-shaped by Jesus” [Luke 13:10-17]

August 15, 2010 “Keep the Faith and Run the Race” [Hebrews 10:39 – 12:2 This sermon is inspired by Thomas Long’s Interpretation Commetary on Hebrews and Ronnell Braxton’s sermon: Finishing the Race.]

August 08, 2010 “Worry about your Worship” [Psalm 50; Isaiah 1:10-20 and Luke 12:32-40]

August 01, 2010 “Worry about your Wealth” [Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:1-34]

July 18, 2010 “Mary Martha and Jesus” [Luke 10:38-42]

July 11, 2010 Dr Gilbert Lawrence

July 4, 2010 Rev Ken Leverton

June 20, 2010 “Thirsting for God” – [Psalm 42; 1 Kings 19; Luke 8:26-39 With the help of Walter Brueggemann’s insights into the Kings passage].

June 13, 2010 “Grace, Grief and Gratitude” – [Luke 7:36-50].

June 06, 2010 “Compassionate Contours of God’s Heart” – [Ps. 146; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Luke 7:11-17. Thanks to Margaret Aymer for the contour path idea].

May 30, 2010 “Dr Gilbert Lawrence Trinity Sunday” – [John 16:12-15].

May 23, 2010 “Baptised by the Holy Spirit” – [Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2; Romans 8:14-17].

May 16, 2010 “Dr Peter Storey” – [Acts 16:16-34].

May 09, 2010 “Jesus Language of Love” – [John 5:1-9 and John 14: 23-29].

May 02, 2010 “Make the Circle Bigger” – [Acts 10 and 11:1-18; Rev. 21:1-6; John 13:31-35].

April 25, 2010 “The Lord is my President” – [Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34; John 10].

April 18, 2010 “The Resurrection of Saul and Ananias” – [Psalm 30; Acts 9:1-20].

April 11, 2010 “Resurrection Repeat” – [Psalm 150; 1 Cor. 15:12-20; Acts 10: 34-48; Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 24:1-12].

April 04, 2010 “Living the Resurrection” – [Psalm 118; 1 Cor. 15:12-20; Acts 10: 34-48; Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 24:1-12].

April 02, 2010 “St John’s Passion” – [John 18:1-12].

April 02, 2010 “Freely Forgiven For Free” – [Psalm 130 and Luke 23:34].

March 31, 2010 “The Way of Forgiveness – Part 3” – [Psalm 130 and Luke 23:34].

March 30, 2010 “The Way of Forgiveness – Part 2” – [Psalm 130 and Luke 23:34].

March 29, 2010 “The Way of Forgiveness – Part 1” – [Psalm 130 and Luke 23:34].

March 28, 2010 “Gun Free Palm Sunday” – [Luke 19:28-40. Partly reliant on M Borg and D Crossan: The Last Week. The sermon is cut short as it included a Gun Free advert on DVD which is not on the audio].

March 14, 2010 “Happy are those” – [Psalm 32 and Luke 15: 1-2, 11-32. Partly reliant on Lindsay Armstrong].

March 07, 2010 “Tell us why Jesus!” – [Luke 13:1-9].

February 28, 2010 “Two Tones of Truth” – [Psalm 27 and Luke 13:31-35].

February 21, 2010 “Dr. Gilbert Lawrence Lent 1” – [Luke 4:1-13].

February 17, 2010 “ASH Wednesday Silent Solidarity” – [Concerning Rev. Ecclesia de Lange’s discontinuement].

February 14, 2010 “Prayerful Friends of Jesus” – [Exodus 34:29-35; Ps. 99; 2 Cor. 3:12-4:2; Luke 9: 28-43a].

February 07, 2010 “Meeting Jesus on the Beach” – [Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11].

January 31, 2010 “Covenant Love” – [Jeremiah 1: 4-10; Psalm 71; 1 Cor 13:1-13].

January 24, 2010 “Jesus kicked out of Church” – [Luke 4:14-30 and 1 Cor 12:12-26].

January 18, 2010 “The State of the Nation” – [1 hour evening seminar].

January 17, 2010 “The Making of Miracles” – [Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36; 1 Cor 12:1-11; John 2:1-11].

January 10, 2010 “But now” – [Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-22].

January 03, 2010 “Dr. Gilbert Lawrence preaching”

December 13, 2009 “Lovers fighting” – [Malachi 1-4].

December 06, 2009 “To repent is to change and to change is to confess” – [Luke 3:3].

November 29, 2009 “Begin with the end in mind but don’t forget the means” – [Luke 21:25-36].

November 22, 2009 “Christ the King of Truth” – [Rev. 1:4b-8; Col. 1:15-18, John 18:33-37].

November 15, 2009 “Anniversary Service Rev Tim Attwell”.

November 01, 2009 “Saints Alive” – [Mark 12: 28-34].

October 25, 2009

“In-sight-full Bartimaeus” – [Mark 10:46-52].

October 18, 2009 “Esther part 2” – [Esther 5-10].

October 11, 2009

“Baptismal Love” – [1 John 4:7-21].

October 04, 2009 “Esther part 1” – [Esther 1-4].

September 27, 2009

“When those for Jesus are against him” – [Mark 9:30-41].

September 06, 2009 “On the Precipice of Prejudice” – [Proverbs 22; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37].

August 30, 2009 “A Warning to Good Religious Folk: God is Very Very BIG” – [Mark 6:53-7:1-23].

August 23, 2009 “Call to Armour” – [Ephesians 6:1-10].

August 16, 2009 “Offended by Jesus” – [John 6].

July 26, 2009 “Feeding the 5000 by Jennifer Manis” – [Mark 6:30-56].

July 19, 2009 “Feeding the 5000 by Dr Gilbert Lawrence” – [Mark 6:30-56].

July 12, 2009 “To Please God or self, that is the Question” – [Mark 6:14-29].

July 05, 2009 “Hometown Hostility and Mission Vulnerability” – [Mark 6:1-13].

June 28, 2009 “The Free and Equal Healthcare of Jesus” – [Mark 5:21-43].

June 21, 2009 “The Stormy Journey to the Other Side” – [Mark 4:35-41].

June 14, 2009 “The Transition of Power – Saul to David” – [1 Samuel 15:34-16:13].

June 07, 2009 “When Death Marks Time” – [Isaiah 6:1-8].

May 24, 2009 “Pulled into Prayer” – [John 17:1-19].

May 17, 2009 “Abide in this Text” – [John 15:1-17].

May 10, 2009 “Mother Mary and Money Matters” – [Luke 1:46-55].

April 26, 2009 “See my Hands and Feet” – [Luke 24: 36-48].

April 19, 2009 “The Dream of Unity” – Sermon by Dr. Gilbert Lawrence. [Ps.133, Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:2-2:2, John 20:19-31].

April 12, 2009 “The Silent Resurrection”. [Mark 16:1-8]. – with references to: Morton Kelsey, James L Mays, John B. Rogers Jr, John Masefield and Thomas Long.

April 10, 2009 “Good Friday – We are a Cross Manufacturing People”. [Mark 15].

Good Friday Sermon – A Cross Manaufacturing People. Click to download PDF version

April 08, 2009 “Holy Week – Jesus Betrayed”. [Mark 14:1-21].

April 07, 2009 “Holy Week – Jesus Annointed by an Unnamed Woman”. [Mark 14:1-9].

April 06, 2009 “Holy Week – Jesus at Simon the Leper’s House”. [Mark 14:1-3].

April 05, 2009 “Palm Sunday in an Election Year”. [Mark 11 and Phil. 2]. – strong reliance on Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s Book: The Last Week.

March 22, 2009 “Living Life in response to God’s Liberating Love”. [Numbers 21 and John3].

March 15, 2009 “Freedom Charter – The Ten Commandments”. [Exodus 20 and Psalm 19] – Sermon is strongly reliant on the Exodus commentaries by T Fretheim and W Brueggemann.

March 08, 2009 “Propelled by Promise into a Pilgrimage of Faith. [Genesis 17]”

March 01, 2009 “Noah’s Ark – The Disarmament of God. [Genesis 6-9]”

Feb 25, 2009 “Ash Wednesday Reflection”

Feb 15, 2009 “Naaman and Enemy Healing Love”

Feb 08, 2009 “A Day in the Life of Jesus”

Feb 01, 2009 “Covenant Committment”

Feb 01, 2009 “In Partnership with Father and Son Unlimited”

Jan 25, 2009 “Alan’s Induction Service by Rev. Yevette Moses”

Jan 18, 2009 “God is always up to something”

Jan 11, 2009 “The Voice of God and our Identity”

Jan 04, 2009 “A king’s King”

Dec 28, 2008 “Four Inspiring People”

Dec 28, 2008 (pdf 94kb) “Four Inspiring People”

Christmas Day (pdf 126kb) “Jesus is God’s Answer to a Bad Reputation” Alan Walker

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Holy Week 17 – 24 April 2011

Palm/Passion Sunday Movie (6pm 17 April)
Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood….please note this is age restricted 16LV)

Mon – Meet Pontius Pilate 7pm-8pm
Tue – Meet Mrs Pilate 7pm-8pm
Wed – Meet Joseph of Arimathea 7pm-8pm
Thu – Foot washing / Tenebrae 7pm-8pm

Fri – 10am and Three Hour Service from 12noon-3pm
Sun – 10am service of Resurrection and Baptism

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National Water Week 21 – 27 March

We live on the driest continent in the world. And South Africa is a “dry” land. All SA’s rivers flowing together only equal half of the Zambezi’s water or just less than 1/8th of the Mississippi river.

To show our reverence for this precious source of life we need to act with restraint in our use of water. All of us can do this starting today by reducing the amount of water we use to bath or shower. To collect rain runoff. To use “grey” water (recycling bath water into the garden etc.) this would be a life-giving Lenten commitment.

I read the other day that “most water returns to our oceans within 10 days as rainfall or run-off and is then returned to the clouds by evapourating within 3120 years. It is calculated that every drop of water on earth has been through the entire water cycle 1232 000 times. In other words we have certainly drunk water that has been through the kidneys of many dinosaurs.” Believe it or not?

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Manna and Mercy

I will be in the USA from the 22nd February to the 8th March. I will be at Luther Seminary in Minnesota / Rochester Minnesota / Gulfport Mississippi. For the most part I will be facilitating the wonderfully liberating story of Manna and Mercy – check out www.danielerlander.com for more information.

These Manna and Mercy weekends do nothing less than equip us to change the world. The next one in South Africa will be in Cape Town on the 1st-3rd April 2011.

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Covenant Commitment

At the beginning of every year we renew our Covenant with God:

Beloved in Christ, let us once again claim for ourselves this Covenant which God has made with God’s people, and take upon us the yoke of Christ.

To take Jesus’ yoke upon us means that we are content for him to appoint us our place and work, and himself to be our reward. Christ has many services to be done: some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both; in some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves. Yet the power to do all these things is given to us in Christ, who strengthens us.

We are no longer our own but yours O God.

I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I fully and freely yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, You are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the Covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

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Harvest Festival 6 February

In February every year we celebrate Harvest Festival. It is an opportunity for us to bring food that will be given to those most in need. It is also an opportunity for us to make a commitment to be generous. Our reasoning is simple: God is Generous. We are born in God’s image. Therefore we are designed to be Generous.

Just as we should always pray, “Lord make me more loving and truthful,” so we should also pray, “Lord make me more generous”.

The aim of our generosity is to partner God in mending this broken world. This may happen through CMM or any other organization or initiative or individual. Therefore the important fact is not so much where we give, but that we give. I believe every act of generosity anywhere anytime that helps realize God’s dream for the world is a holy act!

I invite you to consider CMM as a further opportunity to be generous so that we may fulfill the dream of God in and through this community. For CMM’s bank details please refer to the Contact tab above.

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Prayer for Japan

Lord God we gather to worship you – creator and sustainer of all that is.
You are the one who spoke light into being – piercing the darkness with hope.
You are the one who raised dry land from the watery depths – setting boundaries for the waves.
You are the one who rooted plants and trees – producing fruit, nuts and shade for all your creatures.
You are the one who fashioned humanity in your image – breathing your breath into our being.

Yet this past week our breath has been taken away as we have witnessed the waters break their boundaries – overrun the land you raised up – dislodging everything in its path – uprooting trees as if they were toothpicks – knocking over houses and buildings as if they were dominoes – sweeping boats in-land and driving vehicles out to sea.

Lord God to watch all of it live on TV, computers or even on our phones, seemed to make it less real. It was like a science fiction movie and yet it was real people being chased by the watery serpent and not Hollywood actors – ordinary people going about ordinary things who were being swallowed up.

And here is our confession Lord – we struggled to feel their pain and hold their trauma for any meaningful length of time. What for us can be little more than a passing news item, is for them a life scaring event. Their lives will forever be marked with the trauma of these last few days.

Lord for some of us there was a relishing fascination towards the destruction we saw. Not able to tear our eyes away – wondering (even hoping?) for something bigger to fall prey to the raging seas. Still others of us had a calm ability to change channels between news broadcasts and the rugby or cricket. Oh Lord and you know that too few of us were moved to our knees in prayerful solidarity. Sometimes it is because we feel tiny in the face of it all – but sometimes it is apathy. Sometimes tragedy like this calls us out of our minute worlds of self-concern while at other times it does not….may this be a time when we are.

And Lord if we have lashed out at you with doubting and questioning tongues – know that it is because we are afraid – we are afraid when chaos seems to reign because we wonder what has happened to you – to your love and to your power. Receive our challenges to your integrity with mercy – see them as our desire to find you in all of what we experience – especially in what we do not understand and cannot control. Forgive those of us who have suggested that this tragedy is to be understood as your selected punishment and move us to see the compassion of your heart that weeps when people anywhere and everywhere weep.

Now Lord from this deathly event that you did not cause we ask that you use to bring forth life. Use it in ways to further your loving purpose in the world and in our lives.
Give to each of us an enlarged appreciation for life.
Give us an ability to hold our own struggles in comparative perspective.
Give us renewed commitments to what matters to you.
Help us to hold our possessions – our houses, cars, telephones and shoes more loosely and our money more generously.
Convict us to care for this planet and to repent of our ongoing abuse and callousness towards your creation.
Move us to pray for those who grieve and suffer and open us to find your home among the suffering that we may be set free once again to praise you. Amen

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