Weekly services are now on YouTube.
From 29 March 2020, when we stopped meeting together for worship because of COVID-19, our 9 am Sunday service has been live-streamed on our YouTube channel,
For Sermon notes (provided occasionally to assist with relection on the message), click here.
Audio sermons prior to 29 March 2020
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Series: The Creed – “We believe …” “I believe…” is one of the most loaded phrases in the English language. It usually precedes a statement where the speaker places a stake in the ground regarding what they hold to be true. In our post-modern world, truth claims are treated with some suspicion. Whose belief is truth…’the belief’’? In this series, we will explore the Apostles’ Creed; a creed that informs, corrects and defines the bedrock beliefs of Christianity. However, it is more than just belief; it makes all the difference in and to the world.
15-Mar-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “… forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body, life everlasting AMEN“ We Believe …forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body, Life everlasting
8-Mar-2020: Dr John Frederick – ” … on the third day He rose again” Resurrection
23-Feb-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – ” … Jesus Christ, His only Son … was crucified” The Cross
09-Feb-2020: Simon Gomersall – “… in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth” Listen in as Simon firstly explains how the Apostles’ Creed came into being as a response and corrective to some heretical beliefs, and then goes on to explain the significance of the first statement of belief in the Creed. The Creed – God, Creator of heaven and earth
Series: Parables of Jesus For years people have told stories to make a point about something in particular. Jesus didn’t just tell stories, he spoke in parables. Jesus told parables to point people to the Kingdom fo God and what it was really about. As we begin 2020, we will listen to the ancient words Jesus told his disciples, the religious leaders and the crowds and find meaning for us in our modern world.
02-Feb-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Wise and Foolish Servants” Wise and foolish servants
26-Jan-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Wise and Foolish Builders” Wise and Foolish builders
19-Jan-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Unjust Judge” Parables – The Unjust Judge
05-Jan-2020: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Treasure and the Pearl” Parables -Treasure & Pearl
29-Dec-2019: Rev Werner Haase – “The Rightful King Has Landed” Scripture reading: Matthew Chapter 2 (not recorded) The Rightful King Has Landed
Advent 2019 – #GoodNews During advent we will explore the words of the angel. ‘I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people’.
24/25-Dec-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “#GoodNews #GreatJoy-BeyondExpectations Good News – Great joy beyond expectations
22-Dec-2019:Rev Glen Schweitzer – #GoodNews #GreatJoy – for you Good News – For You
15-Dec-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – #GoodNews #ForTheChurch Good news for the church
08-Dec-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – #GoodNews #ForTheCommunity During this service we celebrated those groups and ministries that engage young people and the community. This short sermon reminds us that when it comes to young people growing up and growing in Christ, everyone is important. #Good News for the Community
01-Dec-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – #GoodNews #ForTheWorld Good News for the World
24-Nov-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Miracles – The Bleeding Woman” Miracles- Bleeding Woman
17-Nov-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Miracles – Catch of Fish” Miracles – Catch of Fish
10-Nov-2019: Ps Brett Scherer – “Beautiful People” The audio of this sermon is provided in two parts – a brief introduction, and the main message. In the service itself, between these two sections, a YouTube video was shown, which you can access using the link below. Part 1: Beautiful People Part 1 Click here for link. Part 2: Beautiful People Part 2
03-Nov-2019: Rev David Fender – “Change – Risk and Reward” Change – Risk and Reward
20-Oct-2019: Rev Jan Whyte – “Prayer” This sermon contains two audio excerpts from the video “The Skinny on Prayer”, by The Skit Guys https://skitguys.com. Used by permission. Prayer
13-Oct-2019:Rev Graham Cole – “God is with us!” God is With Us
06-Oct-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Cost of Discipleship” Cost of Discipleship
29-Sept-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Compassion” Compassion
22-Sept-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Rest – Come to me!” Rest – Come to me
Series “How to get along with others … Jesus style” continued
15-Sept-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer How to get along with others 4
08-Sept-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Broken Relationships” Relationship Breakdown
01-Sept-2019 (Father’s Day): Nicholas Lord – “Reflections from a Dad” Father’s day 2019 – Reflections from a Dad
Series: “How to get along with others … Jesus style” When Jesus was asked, ‘which is the greatest commandment’, he replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Love God and love others: shouldn’t be too difficult…right? As you know, it is easy to say ‘love others’, but actually loving others is another matter. During this series we will see how we can build and strengthen relationships based on the life of Jesus.
25 August-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer How to get along with others #2
18-August-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer Relationships 1
Series: “Pointing the Prodigals Home” Luke 15 possibly contains some of the most important parables Jesus told. The first two parables talk about the search for something valuable. The third parable, The Prodigal Son, is perhaps one of the best known stories in the Bible. Not long after Jesus told this parable he said, ‘I came to seek and save the lost’. Over three weeks we will explore how we can join God in ‘praying the prodigals home’…playing our part to seek and save the lost.
4-August-2019: Simon Gomersall – “Living Signposts” Pointing the Prodigals Home 2
28-July-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Heart of the Father” Pointing the Prodigals Home 1
Series: Colossians – “The Supremacy of Christ” The book of Colossians speaks strongly into the supremacy of Christ; the creator and sustainer of all things. Not only does it paint the picture of who Jesus is, but it also helps the church to understand who it is called to be and how it is to live in response to Jesus. Over 4 weeks we will dig deeply into both of these things.
21-July-2019: Ps Brett Scherer – “Integrity” Integrity
14-July-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “New Life” New Life
07-July-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Lord” Christ Is Lord
30-June-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Supreme” Colossians – Supreme
23-June-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Woman at the Well – Transformation” The woman at the well – Community
9-June-2019: Ps Brett Scherer – “Pentecost – Sent for Mission” Sent for Mission
2-June-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Where do our instincts take us?” Where do our instincts take us?
26-May-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Are we rich fools?” Are we rich fools?
19-May-2019: Rev Graham Cole – “It is well” It Is Well
12-May-2019: Vikki Schweitzer – “Life is a rollercoaster – HANG ON!!” Life is a rollercoaster – hang on!!
Series – Encounters with the Risen Christ
05-May-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Saul transformed” Saul transformed
28-April-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “On the Emmaus Road” Emmaus Road Encounter
21-April-2019 (Easter Sunday): Rev Glen Schweitzer – “He is risen!” He is Risen (Easter Sunday)
19-April-2019 (Good Friday): Rev Glen Schweitzer Good Friday
14-April-2019: Trent Wheeley – “The crowds cry out…” The crowds cry out
Series: “Work in progress …” In the book of Matthew, Jesus says some words that make us shout, “Really Jesus! You can’t be serious!”. In this series we will explore some of these dangerous words, knowing we are always ‘under construction’ as his disciples.
07-April-2019: Ps Brett Scherer – “Ask!” Ask
31 March 2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “What do dogs and sacred things, pigs and pearls have to do with relationships?” Dogs Pigs and Pearls
24-Mar-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Specks & planks” Specks & Planks
17-Mar-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Do not judge” DO NOT JUDGE!
10-Mar-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Do not worry” Don’t Worry
03-Mar-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “…AS we forgive …” Charles Williams wrote, “No word in English carries a greater possibility of terror than the little word ‘as’ (in the Lord’s prayer)”. What does Jesus mean when he teaches us to pray, “Forgive us our debts…AS we also forgive out debtors”? Forgiveness
Series: “In the CHUC family we … “ In this four-week series, we look at some important areas that help us to be the ‘new community’ that Jesus calls us to be. As a church family, we are called to belong, give, serve and go.
24-Feb-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “We GO” Creating community, seeing lives transformed by Jesus…we talk a lot about that at CHUC. Listen in to how Beth, Deb, Dana and Mel all go and create community so that transformation can happen. In the CHUC family we GO
17-Feb-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “We SERVE” We Serve
03-Feb-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “We BELONG” Belong
27-Jan-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Vision & Covenant” Today we remember our purpose as a church and look forward to the “5 P’s” we will focus on in the next few years. Vision Sunday 2019
Series: “Re…” Re: prefix. Meaning: once more; afresh; again. indicating return to a previous state. As we kick off 2019 together, we will be exploring some ‘Re’ words from the New Testament.
20-Jan-2019: Simon Gomersall – “Refresh” Refresh
13-Jan-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer = “Renew the Mind” Renewing the Mind
06-Jan-2019: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Remember …” Remember
30-Dec-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer: “Remembering” Remembering
Christmas 2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Joy” Joy
Series: Advent – “Symbols of Christmas”
23-Dec-2018 – Rev David Fender: “Christmas Candle – The Light of Christ” Christmas Candles – symbol of the Light of the World
16-Dec-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Christmas Star – Hope” ‘Hope’
09-Dec-2018 – Jenny Brecknell: “Christmas Gifts” The gift of Jesus offers life abundant, life eternal. Gifts
02-Dec-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Advent Wreath – Hospitality” Advent – Hospitality
Series: “Be Bold” (Book of Joshua) Moses is dead! A new leader – Joshua – has been tapped on the shoulder by God to lead His people into the land promised to them more than 40 years before. With the story of this new generation of God’s people led by Joshua as our text, we are listening for how God is calling us to ‘Be Bold’ into 2019. Just maybe, God’s call to His people of old to be strong and courageous is also the call for us today.
25-Nov-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Raise up the Next Generation” Raise up the Next Generation
18-Nov-2018 – Rev David Fender: “God’s boldness” Be Bold Joshua 5-6
11-Nov-2018 – Dr Paul Jones: “Choose whom you will serve!” Joshua is often understood to be about “us” (Israel/the church) versus “them” (Canaanites/the world). This sermon explores a key text in Joshua that helps us to see that God doesn’t take sides. He invites everyone to choose him. Choose whom you will serve!
4-Nov-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer (apologies for poor sound quality!) Be Bold #3
28-Oct-2018 – Rev David Fender: “Bold Prayer” Bold Prayer
21-Oct-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Bold Grace” Bold Grace
14-Oct-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Be Bold” Be Bold (Joshua #1)
30-Sept-2018 – Rev David Fender – “Loving in the community of the church” Loving in the community of the church
23-Sept-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer: “Expectations” Expectations
16-Sept-2018 – Jenny Brecknell: “Unity and Maturity in Christ” In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul urges the Church to live a life worthy of its high calling in Christ. How are we to do this? Unity and Maturity in Christ
Series: “The Values of Us” Over seven weeks, we explore the core values that help shape the culture of our congregation – Courageous Faith, Intentional Outreach, Genuine Relationships, Scriptural Engagement, Generous Lives, Passionate Worship and Empowering Leadership. For us, these are both present realities, and aspirational objectives.
09-Sept-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Empowering Leadership” Empowering Leadership
26-Aug-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Genuine Relationships” Values – Genuine Relationships
19-Aug-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Passionate Worship” Passionate Worship
12-Aug-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer: “Generous Lives” Values – Generous Lives
05-Aug-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Scriptural Engagement” Values – Scriptural Engagement
29-July-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Intentional Outreach” Values – Intentional Outreach
22-July-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer : “Courageous Faith” Values – Courageous Faith
15-July-2018 – Rev Graham Cole: “How can I know God’s will for my life?” Today we consider this very telling question – one that we can ask at any point in our life. It’s a question that is much more wide reaching than a decision about our vocation. Listen in as we discuss four principles that may help you unpack this vital question. How can we know God’s will for our lives?
08-July-2018 – Dr Trevor Collie: “The Way, The Truth, The Life” The way, the Truth, the Life
1-July-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “Unity” Jesus prayed that his disciples would be one; that unity would prevail in their witness to the world. But what happens when something threatens this unity? Well, when the Holy Spirit speaks, a way forward that seems impossible is made possible. (Thanks to Steve for the making of this sermon) Unity in Acts
24-June-2018: Mission Partnership Jim and Linda McIntosh, our new overseas missions partners, share about their call and mission to the people of upper Thailand and Myanmar. Listen in to hear about the ‘James O’Fraser Centre’ and God’s leading for the next few years. 24 June 2018 9am_web
“Four Words” Series Over four weeks, we will be looking at four simple words that could change your life!
17-June-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “ENOUGH!” Four Words -Enough!
10-June-2018 – Rev David Fender: “YES!” Four Words – “Yes”
03-June-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer: “NO!” Four Words Series wk 2 “No”
27-May-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer: “HELP!” Four Words – Help
20-May-2018 – Ps Brett Scherer – “Pentecost” Pentecost
13-May-2018 (Mothers’ Day): “Stand Firm” Listen in to hear from a panel of awesome women who “stand up” for their faith. Mothers’ Day #Stand Up
“Big Questions” series. Over four weeks, we will look at some big questions about faith, the world and the connection between them.
06-May-2018 – Question 4: “Why is there pain and suffering? Where is God in pain and suffering?” [Click here to view Glen’s slides for this message in a separate window] Why does God allow suffering?
29-Apr-2018 – Question 3: “What happens when I die?” – Rev Glen Schweitzer [Click here to view Glen’s slides for this message in a separate window] What happens when we die?
22-Apr-2018 – Question 2: “Was I predestined to be a Christian or did I choose to be a Christian?” – Rev Glen Schweitzer [Click here to view Glen’s slides for this message in a separate window.] Christian by predestination or free choice?
15-Apr-2018 – Question 1: “Is the Bible relevant?” – Ps Brett Scherer Big Questions #1- Is the Bible relevant?
08-Apr-2018 – Rev Glen Schweitzer -“Mary and Martha” [Note: at approx 30 min 30 sec in the audio file, the congregation saw a 4 minute video showing the reaction of children hearing for the first time after receiving a Cochlear implant. You can view it here: play YouTube video] Mary & Martha
01-Apr-2018 (Easter Sunday) – Rev Glen Schweitzer -“WOW” Easter- WOW!
30-Mar-2018 (Good Friday) – Rev Glen Schweitzer – “It is finished!” It is finished
“Expectant” series – Encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. It seems whenever people encountered Jesus they were challenged or changed toward the bigger idea of the Kingdom of God. Eyes were opened, people were healed, good news was proclaimed, new life was found. As we journey through Lent, and ultimately toward the Cross, expect to encounter the transforming power and presence of Christ through the amazing encounters found in Luke.
25-Mar-2018: Ps Brett Scherer – “Palm Sunday – Whose Expectations?” As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to announce his Messiahship, he paused on the Mount of Olives to lament over Jerusalem’s (and Israel’s) failure to fulfil God’s hopes that they would be a source of God’s light for the world. As we move into Holy Week, Brett challenges us to understand our expectations of Jesus, and his expectations of us. Palm Sunday – Whose Expectations?
18-Mar-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “The Miracle within the Miracles” The Miracle within the Miracles
11-Mar-2018:Rev David Fender – “False Gods” False Gods
04-Mar-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Expectations” Expectations
25-Feb-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Unrighteous mammon” Unrighteous Mammon
18-Feb-2018: Rev Dr Peter Hobson – “Lord of the Sabbath” Lord of the Sabbath
11-Feb-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Good News to the poor” Expectant – Good News to the poor
21-Jan-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Love in the church” Love in the church
14-Jan-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Grace” Grace
07-Jan-2018: Rev Glen Schweitzer – “Step out of the boat!” Step out of the boat