Sermons at Mt Albert Presbyterian Church

30 Dec 2018 - First Reading : Psalm 148   5 Let them all praise the name of the Lord!  He commanded, and they were created; 6 by his command they were fixed in their places forever, and they cannot disobey. Gospel Reading: Luke 2:41 – 52  41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

25 Dec 2018 - First Reading : First Reading : Isaiah 52:7 – 10   7 How wonderful it is to see a messenger coming across the mountains, bringing good news, the news of peace! He announces victory and says to Zion, “Your God is king!”  Gospel Reading: Luke 2:8 – 20 10 “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

23 Dec 2018 - First Reading : First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a. 2 The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39 – 45 . 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

09 Dec 2018 - First Reading : Malachi 3:1 – 4  1 The Lord Almighty answers, “I will send my messenger to prepare the  way for me. Then the Lord you are looking for will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger you long to see will come and proclaim my covenant.” Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1 – 6  3 So John went throughout the whole territory of the Jordan River, preaching, “Turn away from your sins and be baptized, and God will forgive your sins.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

02 Dec 2018 - First Reading : Jeremiah 33:14 - 16. “The time is coming when I will fulfill the promise that I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 At that time I will choose as king a righteous descendant of David. That king will do what is right and just throughout the land. Gospel Reading: Luke 21:25 – 36. 36 Be on watch and pray always that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

25 Nov 2018 - Epistle Reading: Revelations 1:4b - 8  4b Grace and peace be yours from God, who is, who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits in front of his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the world.He loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins 6 and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father.   Gospel Reading: John 18:33 – 37 37 So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?”Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.” To Jesus Christ be the glory and power forever and ever! . Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.     

18 Nov 2018 - Epistle Reading: Hebrews 10:11 - 14, 19 -25 . 22 So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water. Gospel Reading: Mark 13:1 – 8.  5 Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and don't let anyone fool you. 6 Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will fool many people. 7 And don't be troubled when you hear the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come". Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

11 Nov 2018 - OT Reading: Ruth 3:1 – 5, 4:13-17. 1 Some time later Naomi said to Ruth, “I must find a husband for you, so that you will have a home of your own. Gospel Reading: Mark 12:38 – 44 .43 He called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. 44 For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had—she gave all she had to live on.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

4 Nov 2018 - OT Reading: Ruth 1:1 –18   16 But Ruth answered, “Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried.  Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28 – 34 29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.
28 Oct 2018 - Epistle Reading: Hebrews 7:23 – 28   28 The Law of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God's promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever. Gospel Reading: Mark 10:46 – 52 . 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 48 Many of the people scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

21 Oct 2018 - Epistle Reading: Hebrews 5:1 – 10 .1 Every high priest is chosen from his fellow-men and appointed to serve God on their behalf, to offer sacrifices and offerings for sins . Gospel Reading: Mark 10:35 – 45 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “there is something we want you to do for us.” 36 “What is it?” Jesus asked them.37 They answered, “When you sit on your throne in your glorious Kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one at your right and one at your left.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

14 Oct 2018 - Epistle Reading: Hebrews 4:12 – 16. 2 The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.  Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17 – 31. 7 As Jesus was starting on his way again, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?” .... “You need only one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

30 Sept 2018- Epistle Reading: James  5:13 -20. 3  Are  any  among  you  in  trouble?  They  should  pray. Are  any  among  you  happy?  They  should  sing  praises.  14 Are  any  among  you  sick?  They  should  send  for  the  church  elders,  who  will  pray  for  them  and  rub  olive  oil  on  them  in  the  name  of  the  Lord.  Gospel  Reading: Mark  9:38–50. Mark  9:38–50 38  John  said  to  him,  Teacher,  we  saw  a  man  who  was  driving  out  demons  in  your  name,  and  we  told  him  to  stop,  because  he  doesn't  belong  to  our  group. 39  Do  not  try  to  stop  him, Jesus  told them because  no  one  who  performs  a  miracle  in  my  name  will  be  able  soon  afterward  to  say  evil  things  about  me.  40 For  whoever  is  not  against  us  is  for  us.  Click here for the Powerpoint presentation. 

23 Sept 2018- Epistle Reading: James  3:13 -4:3, 7-8a. 13 Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14 But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don't sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is un-spiritual and demonic.... Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30 -37 . 30 Jesus and his disciples left that place and went on through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where he was, 31 because he was teaching his disciples: “The Son of Man will be handed over to     those who will kill him. Three days later, however, he will rise to life.”  32 But they did not understand what this teaching meant, and they were afraid to ask him. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

16 Sept 2018- Gospel  Reading: Mark  8:27 -38. 27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

09 Sept 2018- Epistle  Reading: James  2:1 - 10. 1 My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. 2 Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. 3 If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,”
Gospel Reading: Mark 7:24-37. 24 Then Jesus left and went away to the territory near the city of Tyre. He went into a house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not stay hidden. 25 A woman, whose daughter had an evil spirit in her, heard about Jesus and came to him at once and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Gentile, born in the region of Phoenicia in Syria. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.
Evening Pool Baptism Service Presentation click here

02nd Sept 2018- Epistle  Reading: James  1:17 - 27. 17 Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. 18 By his own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures.Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

26th Aug 2018- Epistle  Reading: Ephesians  6:10 - 20.10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God's armor now!  Click here for the Powerpoint presentation. 

19th Aug 2018 - Epistle  Reading: Ephesians  5:15 - 20. 15  So  be  careful  how  you  live.  Don't  live  like  ignorant  people,  but  like  wise  people.  16  Make  good  use  of  every  opportunity  you  have,  because  these  are  evil  days.  17  Don't  be  fools,  then,  but  try  to  find  out  what  the  Lord  wants  you  to  do. Click here for the presentation.

12th Aug 2018 - Epistle  Reading: Ephesians  4:25 - 5:2 25 No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ.    26 If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27 Don't give the Devil a chance. 28 If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working,in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor. Click here for the presentation.

5th Aug 2018 - Gospel reading from John 6:24 - 35. 24 When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those boats and went to Capernaum, looking for him.  25 When the people found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Teacher, when did you get here?”26 Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: you are looking for me because you ate the bread and had all you wanted, not because you understood my miracles. Click here for the presentation.

29th July 2018 - Gospel reading from John 6:1 - 21. 1 After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias, as it is also called). 2 A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing the sick. 3 Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. 4 The time for the Passover Festival was near. 5 Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?”Click here for the presentation.

22nd July 2018 - Mark 6:14 – 29 14 Now King Herod heard about all this, because Jesus' reputation had spread everywhere. Some people were saying, “John the Baptist has come back to life! That is why he has     this power to perform miracles.”15 Others, however, said, “He is Elijah.”Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” Click here for the presentation.

17th June 2018 - OT Reading:1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13  12 So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The Lord said to Samuel, “This is the one—anoint him!” 13 Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. Immediately the spirit of the Lord took control of David and was with him from that day on. Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26 – 34 . 26 Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. 27 He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. 28 The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain. 29 When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.Click here for the presentation

10th June 2018 - Gospel  Reading: Mark  3:20–35. 20  Then  Jesus  went  home.  Again  such  a  large crowd  gathered  that  Jesus  and  his  disciples  had  no time  to  eat.  21  When  his  family  heard  about it,  they  set  out  to  take  charge  of  him,  because people  were  saying, He's  gone  mad! 22  Some  teachers  of  the  Law  who  had  come  from  Jerusalem  were  saying, He  has  Beelzebul in  him!  It  is  the  chief  of  the  demons  who  gives  him  the  power  to  drive  them  out.Click here for the presentation

3rd June 2018 - Old Testament Scripture Reading  Isaiah 6:1 – 8.1 In those days, when the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under the direction of Eli, there were very few messages from the Lord, and visions from him were quite rare. 2 One night Eli, who was now almost blind, was sleeping in his own room; 3 Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Covenant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning, 4 the Lord called Samuel. He answered, “Yes, sir!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “You called me, and here I am.” - 8 The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, 9 so he said to him, “Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.-- New Testament Reading Mark2:23 23 Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of wheat. 24 So the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do that on the Sabbath!”25 Jesus answered, “Have you never read what David did that time when he needed something to eat? He and his men were hungry,Click here for the presentation

27th May 2018 - Scripture Reading  Isaiah 6:1 – 8. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2 Around him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying.Click here for the presentation

20th May 2018 - Scripture Reading  Ezekiel 37:1 – 14. 1 I felt the powerful presence of the Lord, and his spirit took me and set me down in a valley where the ground was covered with bones. 2 He led me all around the valley, and I could see that there were very many bones and that they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Mortal man, can these bones come back to life?” I replied, “Sovereign Lord, only you can answer that!” .Click here for the presentation

13th May 2018 - Scripture Reading  John 17:6 – 19. 6 “I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They have obeyed your word, 7 and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you. 8 I gave them the message that you gave me, and they received it; they know that it is true that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me. Click here for the presentation

6th May 2018 - Scripture Reading  1 John 5:1 – 6. 7 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is a child of God; and whoever loves a father loves his child also. 2 This is how we know that we love God's children: it is by loving God and obeying his commands. 3 For our love for God means that we obey his commands. Click here for the presentation

29th April 2018 - Scripture Reading  1 John 4:7 – 21. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. 10 This is what love is: Click here for the presentation

22nd April 2018 - Scripture Reading  1 John 3:16 – 24. 16 This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for others! 17 If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God?
18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Click here for the presentation

15th April 2018 - Scripture Reading  1 John 3:1 – 7 1 See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God's children—and so, in fact, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God. 2 My dear friends, we are now God's children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure. Click here for the presentation

8th April 2018 - Scripture Reading John 1:1 – 2:2 1 We write to you about the Word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. 2 When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. Click here for the presentation.

1st April 2018 - Scripture Reading Mark 16:1 – 8 1 After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3-4 On the way they said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” (It was a very large stone.) Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back. Click here for the presentation.

30th March 2018 - Scripture Reading Mark 15:21 - 39  21 On the way they met a man named Simon, who was coming into the city from the country, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross. (Simon was from Cyrene and was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)  Click here for the presentation.

25th March 2018 - Scripture Reading Isaiah 50:4 - 9  4 The Sovereign Lord has taught me what to say,so that I can strengthen the weary. Every morning he makes me eager to hear what he is going to teach me.5 The Lord has given me understanding,and I have not rebelled or turned away from him.  Click here for the presentation.

18th March 2018 - Gospel Reading John 12:20 - 33: 20 Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. 21 They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”  22 Philip went and told Andrew, and the two of them went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. Click here for the presentation

11th March 2018 - Epistle Reading Ephesians 2:1 - 10: 1 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. 2 At that time you followed the world's evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. Gospel Reading: John 3:14 – 21:  14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. Click here for the presentation

4th March 2018 - Epistle Reading 2 Corinthians:18 For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God's power. 19 The scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the  scholars.” 20 So then, where does that leave the wise? or the scholars? or the skillful debaters of this world? God has shown that this world's wisdom is foolishness!
Gospel Reading: John 2: 13 – 22: 13 It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the money changers sitting at their tables. Click here for the presentation

11th February 2018 - Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 1:18 - 25.  3 For if the gospel we preach is hidden, it is hidden only from those who are being lost."  Gospel Reading Mark 9:2 - 9. 2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus, 3 and his clothes became shining white—whiter than anyone in the world could wash them. 4 Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus". Click here for the presentation

4th February 2018 -
Reading from the Old Testament Isaiah 40:21 - 31 21 Do you not know? Were you not told long ago? Have you not heard how the world began? 22 It was made by the one who sits on his throne above the earth and beyond the sky; the people below look as tiny as ants.  He stretched out the sky like a curtain, like a tent in which to live....  Reading from the gospel of Mark 1:29 - 39  "29 Jesus and his disciples, including James and John, left the synagogue and went straight to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and as soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her. 31 He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them. Click here for the presentation.

28th January 2018 -
Reading from the gospel of Mark 1:21 - 28  "21 Jesus and his disciples came to the town of Capernaum, and on the next Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people who heard him were amazed at the way he taught, for he wasn't like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority." Click here for the presentation.

21st January 2018 - The 1st
Reading from Old Testament Book of Jonah 3:1 - 5 "1 Once again the Lord spoke to Jonah. 2 He said,  Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to the people the message I have given you.” The 2nd Reading from Gospel of Mark 1:14 -20 14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. 15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away  from your sins and believe the Good News!” Click here for the presentation.

14th January 2018 -
Reading from Gospel of John 1:43 - 51 "45: Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about. He is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” Click here for the presentation.

7th January 2018 -
Reading from Gospel of Mark 1:4 - 11 "So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. Turn away from your sins and be baptized, he told the people, and God will forgive your sins.” Click here for the presentation