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Communion this Sunday at 845am and 11am

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Hi Table View Methodist Family, It was wonderful to have such a good turn out at our Ash Wednesday service yesterday.  We read Matthew 26:1-13 about the woman who anointed Jesus head with expensive perfume at the house of Simon the Leper.  In Matthew's gospel this happened on the Monday night of Jesus' final week.  Pouring out this perfume was an extravagant offering - it seemed like a waste. As we begin this Lent let us learn to do things that others might regard as waste.  To 'waste' time by stopping to study the Bible, to listen and pray.  To 'waste' love by learning to love our enemies and expecting nothing in return.  Let us commit to sacrificial service - not seeking thanks, recognition or any reward but the privilege of serving God. During lent we will be exploring Matthew 26:1-27:66 our Wednesday Bible Studies will follow the theme of our Sunday Sermons according to the following program: Anyone is welcome to join us at any time along the w

Lent and Easter Sermons (Starting Ash Wednesday)

During Lent and Easter we will follow a Bible Study Curriculum from www.ChristianityToday.com : Leading to Easter: Searching the Soul. The Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7pm will follow the theme of the Sermons on the preceding Sunday: Day Passage Title Theme Ash Wednesday Matthew 26:1-16 Lavished on Jesus The Cross calls us to worship in ways others would call waste. 1 & 4 March (Lent 1) Matthew 26:17-31 The Dinner Guests of God Communion searches and strengthens our hearts. 8 & 11 March (Lent 2) Matthew 26:31-46 Where the Battle is Fought At the hour of crisis, our hope is in prayer. 15 & 18 March (Lent 3) Matthew 26:47-68 Blasphemy For our sake Jesus accepted the charge that cost him his life. 22 & 25 March (Lent 4) Matthew 26:69-27:26 The Faces of Failure Peter, Judas, and Pilate demonstrate different ways to fail in faith. 29 March & 1 April (Lent 5) Matthew 27:27-54 Four Ironies of the Cross In hi

Pastoral Note - 2020-02-16 (Lion's Head Saturday Morning)

Hi Table View Methodist Family, First of all: 💘 Happy Valentine's Day 💖 Know that you are loved above all by God who knows you inside and out and loves you completely. Sunday School We always need help with teaching Sunday School.  Please speak to Isaac our youth pastor or to one of the Sunday School teachers to see how you can help.  We have excellent Curriculum Resources from Scripture Union - your lessons are already planned you just need to work out how to present them in ways that will work with the children. You'll notice that the kids are beginning with the Easter Story already - you might have also noticed the Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs at the shops 🙄.  Easter Sunday is 12 April this year and we plan on having a sunrise service again at 630am.  The sun will rise at 7 minutes past 7 on 12 April.  I know that's planning ahead - but by the time we've had our Easter services our Sunday School children will have completed the Easter Curriculum for t

Renovation of the Heart - January to February Sermons

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Renovating our Hearts (Reflecting on Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart  2002) [1] Theology a - We are Souls (All of our being) b - We have Sinned (and we have sin) c - Goodness can be Restored Practice Transforming the Mind Ideology / Ideas Imagination / images Information Reason / Thought Feeling Transforming the Will/Spirit (Decisions) Transforming the Body Beware of Alienation from the Body Your Physical Body is Spiritual Practical Steps Transforming our Social Relationships Two Forms of Evil in Relationships: Withdrawal and Assault Spiritual renewal is Social Renewal Modern life is not Normal Caring for the Soul Romans 12:1-3 When I was praying about this sermon series I felt that we often speak of high ideals without building a staircase.  In this sermon series I hoped to draw on some of the principles of Dallas Willard’s  Renovation of the Heart  to outline a step by step progression for spiritual formation.   In my sermon

Pastoral Note - 9 February 2020

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Hi Table View Methodist Family, Matthew 13:44 ”The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. In our sermons this year we’ve been focusing on what Dallas Willard calls a  Renovation of the Heart .  He has some interesting chapter titles like “Radical Evil in the Ruined Soul” and “Radical Goodness Restored to the Soul”.  As much as word’s like ruined and renovation imply that something needs fixing.  They also imply that something was meant to be better than it is. Willard explains spiritual formation and renewal using an image of the human being’s spheres of life and priority.  Explaining that often God is on the outer ring of our priorities and we need to rework our lives to ensure that God is at the center. Getting into the rhythm of going to church, of praying of being mindful of putting God first is a good beginning. Sometimes we need to be r