Preaching Programme

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Preaching Programme

All About Baptism

All About Baptism

With so many children in the congregation we get used to seeing lots of baptisms or christenings at Christ Church. Many of us, however, probably have lots of unanswered questions about this ceremony and its meaning. During this series, therefore, we will have the chance to think more about baptism and its crucial significance – both for our lives and that of our church.

July 2009

Growing Old Graciously?

Growing Old Graciously?

One of the things that might surprise us is how many characters in the Bible finish less well than they began. With all of us growing older how we respond to this change is therefore a crucial spiritual issue. Looking at both both negative and positive examples (sometimes from the same character!) this series of sermons will therefore be seeking to challenge all of us on how to allow God’s grace to shape us as we grow older.

July 2009

Responding to God’s Call...

Responding to God’s Call...

With the recent ordination of Helen Hancock and Carolyn Lucas as well as Katy Loffman training as a Lay Reader, we need to remember that God calls all Christians to ministry. In the light of this, the talks in the series will look at different aspects of God’s calling and how he wants us to respond.

July 2009

Three tasks of the Holy Spirit

Three tasks of the Holy Spirit

Much of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives can be understood in terms of what it means for God to make us part of his family. In these three sermons we will think about the Spirit’s role in initiating our membership of God’s family, deepening this relationship and producing the family likeness within us.

June 2009

Finding God in the Story of Joseph

Finding God in the Story of Joseph

Partly due to the success of the musical (and our recent ‘sing-a-long’!) the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 is fairly well known. However, as well as entertaining us, ‘Joseph’ is a story with a great deal to say about how God can work through events that occur in the world and our lives. In this series we will retrace the ups and downs within Joseph’s story, look for where God is present within them and hopefully be encouraged to look for a similar presence within our own lives.

May 2009

Finding God In...

Finding God In...

Many of the Psalms combine great honesty about the difficulties that occur in life with a strong desire to seek God’s presence. In the first part of this series we will seek to reflect this balance as we use some of the psalms to reflect on finding God within depression, anxiety and sickness. Recognising that it is also very possible to lose sight of God in the good times of life, we will then use some of the other psalms to reflect on finding God within deliverance, surprise and praise.

May 2009

Where is God in...

Where is God in...

In our busy lives we are surrounded by loads of things that can trouble and perplex us. Some of these concerns are very specific to our situations such as stress over exams and friendships whilst others relate to events occurring on a more national or global level. What we do ‘at church’ can often seem quite irrelevant to these areas and the things that ‘ordinary people’ are really concerned about or interested in. In this series we will therefore seek to explore some of these issues and look for where God can be found in them.

May 2009

The Resurrection in John

The Resurrection in John

John's Gospel lays a particular emphasis on the personal nature of the encounters that Jesus had with individuals after his resurrection. Looking at three passages from John 20 we will seek to learn more about the nature of the resurrection of Jesus and how God would have us respond to it.

April 2009

Things that make for a Great Church...

Things that make for a Great Church...

One of the most exciting aspects of the 9.30 service is the number of new people who are currently joining the congregation. In this series we will be thinking about the elements present in a great church with the hope that as we grow numerically we would also grow in the depth of our commitment to genuine community and the God revealed in Jesus Christ.

March 2009

Jesus heads for Jerusalem

Jesus heads for Jerusalem

As we go through Lent and approach Easter at the 11.00 service we will follow the central section of Mark’s gospel as Jesus heads for Jerusalem and his death and resurrection. Stories and teaching often considered in isolation are grouped together in most of the sermons in this series and we will be asking what Mark intends us to learn about Jesus and discipleship by presenting this material in the way that he does.

March 2009

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