Sermons at Mt Albert Presbyterian Church

8th Dec 2019 - OT Reading: Isaiah 11:1 – 10. 1 The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.2 The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the Lord's will and honor him, 3 and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay; 4 he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1 – 12 . 1 At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching. 2 “Turn away from your sins,” he said, “because the Kingdom of heaven is near!” 3 John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said,“Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Prepare a road for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’”   Click here for the Presentation

24th Nov 2019 - OT Reading: Jeremiah 23:1 – 6  2 This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the rulers who were supposed to take care of his people: “You have not taken care of my people; you have scattered them and driven them away. Now I am going to punish you for the evil you have done. 5 The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will choose as king, a righteous descendant of David. That king will rule wisely and do what is right and just throughout the land. Gospel Reading: Luke 23:33 – 43. 33 When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing.”
They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. 35 The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders made fun of him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!” Click here for the Presentation

17th Nov 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5 – 19. 16 You will be handed over by your parents, your brothers, your relatives, and your friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a single hair from your heads will be lost. 19 Stand firm, and you will save yourselves. Click here for the Presentation

10th Nov 2019 - First Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 5, 13 – 17.  1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to be with him: I beg you, my friends, 2 not to be so easily confused in your thinking or upset by the claim that the Day of the Lord has come. ... 3 Do not let anyone deceive you in any way. ... and the Wicked One appears, who is destined to hell. Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27 – 40 . 34 Jesus answered them, “The men and women of this age marry, 35 but the men and women who are worthy to rise from death and live in the age to come will not then marry.36 They will be like angels and cannot die.... 37 And Moses clearly proves that the dead are raised to life. In the passage about the burning bush he speaks of the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is the God of the living, not of the dead, for to him all are alive.”   Click here for the Presentation

3rd Nov 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25 – 37. 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  Click here for the Presentation

27th Oct 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9 – 14.
10 “Once there were two men who went up to the Temple to pray: one was a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood apart by himself and prayed, ‘I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. 12 I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even raise his face to heaven, but beat on his breast and said, ‘God, have pity on me, a sinner!’. 14 I tell you,” said Jesus, “the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God when he went home. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.” Click here for the Presentation

20th Oct 2019 - First Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14 –4:5 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for: teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 17 so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.   Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1 – 8. 7 Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? 8 I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?”. Click here for the Presentation

13th Oct 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11 – 19. 12 He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance 13 and shouted, “Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!”14 Jesus saw them and said to them, “Go and let the priests examine you.” On the way they were made clean. 15 When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself to the ground at Jesus' feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus spoke up, “There were ten who were healed; where are the other nine? 18 Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Get up and go; your faith has made you well.” Click here for the Presentation

22nd Sept 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1 – 13.  9 And Jesus went on to say, “And so I tell you: make friends for yourselves with worldly wealth, so that when it gives out, you will be welcomed in the eternal home. 13 “No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Click here for the Presentation
15th Sept 2019 - First Reading 1 Timothy 1:12 – 17. 1. I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him.   Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1 – 10 . 7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to  repent. Click here for the Presentation

8th Sept 2019 - First Reading Jeremiah 18:1 – 1. 1 The Lord said to me, 2 “Go down to the potter's house, where I will give you my message.” 3 So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. 4 Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else.5 Then the Lord said to me, 6 “Don't I have the right to do with you people of Israel what the potter did with the clay? You are in my hands just like clay in the potter's hands. Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25 – 33. 26 “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and     children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. 27 Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples. Click here for the Presentation

1st Sept 2019 - First Reading Hebrews 13:1 – 8, 15 – 16. 1 Keep on loving one another as Christians. 2 Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are. Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7 – 14. 13 When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; 14 and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death.” Click here for the Presentation

25th Aug 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 13:10 – 17.10 One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. 11 A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called out to her, “Woman, you are free from your sickness!”.Click here for the Presentation

18 Aug 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 12:49 – 56. 49 “I came to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to receive, and how distressed I am until it is over! 51 Do you suppose that I came to bring peace to the world? No, not peace, but division. 54 Jesus said also to the people, “When you see a cloud coming up in the west, at once you say that it is going to rain—and it does. 55 And when you feel the south wind blowing, you say that it is going to get hot—and it does. 56 Hypocrites! You can look at the earth and the sky and predict the weather; why, then, don't you know the meaning of this present time? Click here for the Presentation

11 Aug 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32 – 40. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom. 33 Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Provide for yourselves purses that don't wear out, and save your riches in heaven, where they will never decrease, because no thief can get to them, and no moth can destroy them. 34 For your heart will always be where your riches are". Click here for the Presentation

04 Aug 2019 - OT Reading: Hosea 11:1 – 11. 1  The Lord says, “When Israel was a child, I loved him and called him out of Egypt as my son.2 But the more I called to him, the more he turned away from me. My people sacrificed to Baal; they burned incense to idols.
3 Yet I was the one who taught Israel to walk.I took my people up in my arms, but they did not acknowledge that I took care of them. Gospel Reading: Luke 12:13 – 21  13 A man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.”14 Jesus answered him, “Friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?” 15 And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.” Click here for the Presentation

21 July 2019 - OT Reading:  Amos 8:1 – 12. 4 Listen to this, you that trample on the needy and try to destroy the poor of the country. 5 You say to yourselves, “We can hardly wait for the holy days to be over so that we can sell our grain. When will the Sabbath end, so that we can start selling again? Then we can overcharge, use false measures, and fix the scales to cheat our customers. Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38 – 42  41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, 42 but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.” Click here for the Presentation

14 July 2019 - OT Reading: Amos 7:7 – 17.  7 I had another vision from the Lord. In it I saw him standing beside a wall that had been built with the use of a plumb line, and there was a plumb line in his hand. 8 He asked me, “Amos, what do you see?” “A plumb line,” I answered. Then he said, “I am using it to show that my people are like a wall that is out of line. I will not change my mind again about punishing them. Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25 – 37. 25 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?” 26 Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?” 27 The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’” Click here for the Presentation

7 July 2019 - OT Reading: 2 Kings 5:1 – 14.  2 In one of their raids against Israel, the Syrians had carried off a little Israelite girl, who became a servant of Naaman's wife. 3 One day she said to her mistress, “I wish that my master could go to the prophet who lives in Samaria! He would cure him of his disease.” Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1 – 11, 16 – 20  2. He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.3 Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4 Don't take a purse or a beggar's bag or shoes; don't stop to greet anyone on the road. 8 Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you, 9 heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’ Click here for the Powerpoint
30 June 2019 - First Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13 – 25. 1. Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again....22 But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51 – 62. 57 As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest.”..Click here for the Powerpoint

16 June 2019 - First Reading: Romans 5:1 – 5. 1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God's grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God's glory!. Gospel Reading: John 16:12 – 15.13 When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come. Click here for the Powerpoint
09 June 2019 - First Reading: Acts 2:1 – 21 1 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. 2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Gospel Reading: John 14:8 – 17.15 “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you. Click here for the Powerpoint

02 June 2019 - First Reading: Acts 16:16 – 34 33 At that very hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; and he and all his family were baptized at once. 34 Then he took Paul and Silas up into his house and gave them some food to eat. He and his family were filled with joy, because they now believed in God. Gospel Reading: John 17:20 – 26 20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. 21 I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me. Click here for the Powerpoint

26 May 2019 - First Reading: Acts 16:9 – 15 14 One of those who heard us was Lydia from Thyatira, who was a dealer in purple cloth. She was a woman who worshiped God, and the Lord opened her mind to pay attention to what Paul was saying.
Gospel Reading: John 14:23 – 29. 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them. 24 Those who do not love me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me.Click here for the Powerpoint

19 May 2019 - First Reading: Revelation 21:1 – 6  3. I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “Now God's home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. 4 He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.” Gospel Reading: John 13:31 – 35 .33 My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ Click here for the Powerpoint

12 May 2019 - First Reading: Acts 9:36 – 43  40 Peter put them all out of the room, and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  Gospel Reading: John 10:22 – 30. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. Click here for the Powerpoint

28 Apr 2019 - Gospel Reading: John 20:19 – 31. 19….Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  ....the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Matthew 18: 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Click here for the Powerpoint

21 Apr 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 24:1 – 12. 1 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, 3 so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them. 5 Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive? 6 He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’”Click here for the Powerpoint

14 Apr 2019 - Psalm Reading: Psalm 118:1 – 2, 19 – 29 1 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.  2 Let the people of Israel say, “His love is eternal.” 22 The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.  23 This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!  Gospel Reading: Luke 19:28 – 40. 32 They went on their way and found everything just as Jesus had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying it?” 34 “The Master needs it,” they answered, 35 and they took the colt to Jesus. Then they threw their cloaks over the animal and helped Jesus get on. 36 As he rode on, people spread their cloaks on the road. Click here for the Powerpoint

7 Apr 2019 - OT Reading: Isaiah 43:16 – 21   “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. 19 Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now!  Gospel Reading: John 12:1 – 8 7 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.” Click here for the Powerpoint

31 Mar 2019 - OT Reading: Joshua 5:9 – 12.  9 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have removed from you the  disgrace of being slaves in Egypt.” That is why the place was named Gilgal, the name it still has. Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1 – 3, 11b – 32  20 So he got up and started back to his father.“He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. Click here for the Powerpoint

24 Mar 2019 - OT Reading: Isaiah 55:1 – 9. 1. The Lord says, “Come, everyone who is thirsty—here is water! Come, you that have no money—buy grain and eat!  Come! Buy wine and milk—it will cost you nothing!  Gospel Reading: Luke 13:1 – 9. 8 But the gardener answered, ‘Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer. 9 Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut down.’”Click here for the Powerpoint

17 Mar 2019 - Epistle Reading:  Philippians 3:17 – 4:1  4:1 So then, my friends, how dear you are to me and how I miss you! How happy you make me, and how proud I am of you!—this, dear friends, is how you should stand firm in your life in the Lord.  Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31 – 35 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets, you stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me! Click
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10 Mar 2019 - Epistle Reading: Romans 10:8b – 13  8b “God's message is near you, on your lips and in your heart”—that is, the message of faith that we preach. 9 If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1 – 13. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”  Click here for the Powerpoint

03 Mar 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28 – 36. 28 About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29 While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God's purpose by dying in Jerusalem. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

24 Feb 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27 – 38.  27. “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28. bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too;if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

17 Feb 2019 - Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17 – 26.  20 Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “Happy are you poor; the Kingdom of God is yours! 21 “Happy are you who are hungry now; you will be filled! “Happy are you who weep now; you will laugh! 22 “Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! 23 Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. For their ancestors did the very same things to the prophets. Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

10 Feb 2019 - OT  Reading : Isaiah 6:1 – 8.  5.  I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”  Gospel Reading: Luke 5:1 – 11. 9. He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. 10.The same was true of Simon's partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don't be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

03 Feb 2019 - OT  Reading : Jeremiah 1:4 – 10 . 4 The Lord said to me, 5 “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a     prophet to the nations.” 6 I answered, “Sovereign Lord, I don't know how to speak; I am too young.” Gospel Reading: Luke 4:21 – 30 . 21 as he said to them, “This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read.” 22 They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, “Isn't he the son of Joseph?” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

27 Jan 2019 - Gospel Reading : Luke 4:14 - 21  18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,    because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the  captives and recovery of sight to the blind,to set free the oppressed 19 and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

20 Jan 2019 - First Reading : Psalm 36:5 – 10   5 Lord, your constant love reaches the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the skies.6 Your righteousness is towering like the mountains; your justice is like the depths of the sea.  People and animals are in your care.   Gospel Reading: John 2:1 – 11. 10 and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!”   Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

06 Jan 2019 - First Reading : Isaiah 60:1 – 6   1 Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun;The glory of the Lord is shining on you! 2 Other nations will be covered by darkness,
But on you the light of the Lord will shine;The brightness of his presence will be with you. Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1 – 12. 1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.” Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.