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2018 Sermon Theme – The Christian Year Calendar
Our 2017-2018 sermon series is based on the Christian Year calendar. The Christian Year provides a structure for the Christian community to recall and celebrate the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This creative remembering as a community is rooted in the Jewish tradition and provides God’s people with a powerful rhythm of sacred time – kairos, as against a rhythm of secular time – chronos, to meditate deeply on the episodes of Christ’s life and death.
Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final adventas judge at the end of time. The season not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement. The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22).
The Christmas season celebrates the wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary. Christmas is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of Christmas worship is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.
The season of Lent is a time of self-examination, self-denial, self-giving, selflessness, penitence and preparation for Easter. The forty days of Lent reminds the followers of Jesus of the forty days that he spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan. The forty days of Lent (not including Sundays) begins on the sixth Wednesday before Easter, on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, devotional exercises such as fasting, prayer, almsgiving or the giving up of certain luxuries are practised as a form of penance and self-denial.
Easter including Pentecost
The Easter season is a continuous period of joyful celebration of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications. The arrival of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost completes this festive season. During Pentecost, God inaugurates the messianic community by sending his Holy Spirit to empower the Church to carry out the mission which the risen Christ has entrusted to it.
The Christian year includes a “non-seasonal” time which lies outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas and when we focus on instructing Christians on how to live out their Christian faith in their daily lives.
Monthly/Seasonal Sermon Themes
|3 December to 7 January||The Day of the Lord|
|14 January to 11 February||Are You In?|
|18 February to 25 March||Psalms for Lent|
|8 April to 10 June||Do You Know the Real Jesus?|
|17 June To 29 July||A Good Disciple|
|5 August to 2 September||Strangers in a Strange Land|
|9 September to 7 October||Whole-Life Worship|
|14 October to 4 November||Facing a Task Unfinished|
|11 November – 26 November||Shabbat Shalom|