We are really enjoying being in Australia….the thing that we miss the most are family – both physical and spiritual….most days I walk to Lane Cove library, where I am currently doing most of my writing. As you can see it is a beautiful walk. This week as I was walking down in beautiful sunshine I listened to this service from St Peters on the … Continue reading The Best Online (St Peters) Worship Service Yet?
We have just returned from The Katoomba Christian Convention – an interdenominational Christian conference that has been held in the Blue Mountains since 1903. They have a large centre and run several conventions – KYCK (high school); Oxygen (leaders); Onward (apologetics and evangelism); Basecamp (men); One Love (women); Next Gen (Youth and Children’s leaders) and Easter. It was this latter that your truly was speaking … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 2 – Katoomba Christian Convention
Last Sunday morning was a special service for me – as I got to baptise my grandson – Finlay as well as Elizabeth – another girl in the congregation…the church was packed… Here is the morning service: Songs – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; From heaven you Came; Ps 89:1-6 and 13-18; We Praise God for His Covenant; May the Peace Readings: Colossians 1:24-29 … Continue reading Baptisms, Prayer, Holiness, a New Song and a (not so good) Farewell Sermon – St Peters March 11th
Last Sunday was a great Lord’s Day for us – again the joy of knowing the presence of the Lord…the recording for the whole service did not work in the morning but we did manage to get the sermon – this was on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-20. The Lord’s timing for me was fascinating…..I did not know that I would be preaching on this when the … Continue reading Quenching the Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Ephesians – Worship from St Peters 4th March 2018
Last Sunday was a special day for us. In both the morning and evening there was a real sense of the Lord’s presence. I thought Robin’s sermon in the morning was a stunningly appropriate one for St Peters (and I suspect for many other congregations), and our evening communion – looking at Psalm 82 – helped a number of people. Our God is a God … Continue reading God’s Word for Church and Community – St Peters Services 25th Feb with Robin Sydserff, Andy Robertson – 1 Thessalonians 5 and Psalm 82
“What is the end of all church-order, assemblies, and worship? What is a church? Is it not a company of sinners gathered together, according to God’s appointment, to give glory and praise to him for pardoning grace, for the forgiveness of sins, and to yield to him that obedience which he requires from us on the account of his having so dealt with us? This … Continue reading Romans 6 – True Freedom – Praise and Preaching from St Peters
This weeks Ecclesiastes column in Christian Today – perhaps appropriate for your worship tomorrow? Solomon has identified many of the problems that we face in life today – the meaninglessness of it all – and he has shown that all of our solutions don’t bring real meaning. He had visited the courtroom, the marketplace, the travellers’ way and the palace. Now, in Ecclesiastes 5: 1-7, he … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship?
Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching on the North Coast of Northern Ireland – the preachers in St Peters were David Meredith and Craig Anderson. David is one of the best preachers of Old Testament narrative I have heard – he preached a great sermon on Esther… Songs – Before the Throne; Ps 139 (New Scottish); You are the Only One; Psalm 85; … Continue reading Esther, Ephesians and Worship from St Peters with David Meredith and Craig Anderson
I am currently in Portrush Northern Ireland to speak at a unique occasion – eight churches have got together and are cancelling their individual services and all meeting together this morning in the University of Coleraine. It’s encouraging that they are willing to do this (Presbyterians taking risks is unusual!) although it’s kind of a shame that its just the Presbyterians! The weather is atrocious … Continue reading Portrush, Romans 5, Ephesians 3 – The Advance of the Gospel and the Church
Last Sunday we had a phenomenal Lord’s Day – it was a time of celebration, joy and hearing from the Lord. I thought the sung praise was especially powerful. We now make the whole service (apart from the pastoral and mission prayers) available online. You can subscribe to the podcast (or we also have one that is just the sermon) or listen to it on … Continue reading Psalm 81 (What God requires and gives in worship), Ephesians 3 and Praise, Prayer, reading and preaching from St Peters