Join us for worship on Sunday (3 July) at 10am

The man whose mind is unclogged by the action and influence of severe bodily work, when in health will have his natural flow of animal spirits and kindred sympathies, inclining him to self-respect, and respect for other, for law, order and forms so essential to freedom, domestic virtues and good citizenship.

Victorian Operative Masons’ Society report, 11 June 1884

This week we continue our series Issues Facing Christians Today. Gordon Preece preaches from Psalms 127 and Matthew 11:28-30 and The Eight-hour Day: Work, Rest & Play.

Join us for worship on Sunday (19 June) at 10am

In the past few months we have been reflecting on the letter of Paul to the Colossians. At the time of writing Paul was a prisoner, probably in Rome. He encourages his readers to pray, not so much for his release, as that ‘God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ’. We are encouraged to devote ourselves to prayer, that we might conduct ourselves wisely toward outsiders, ‘making the most of the time.’ Let our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that we may ‘know how you ought to answer everyone.’  

This Sunday Len will preach from Colossians 4:2–18 on Devoted to Prayer and Godly Conversations and share some pictures from his 2013 visit to the site of ancient Colossae.

Join us for worship on Trinity Sunday (12 June) at 10am.

Christians worship One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God did not simply send someone to die for our sins—this would hardly be an act of love. Rather, He sent himself. God dwells in us and inspires the Scriptures, and Jesus reveals God to us not as a prophet, but as God—a God of relationship, from before humans existed. And the Holy Spirit is God. So we are commanded to baptise in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Though it’s not simple to explain, the doctrine of the Triune God is the very foundation of everything Christians hold dear. In every service at St John’s, we affirm this when we say the Creed together.

God is Trinity. This Trinity Sunday Len will preach from Colossians 3:18–17 on Serving the Lord in Our Relationships.

Join us for worship on Pentecost Sunday (5 June) at 10am

On Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit. On the 50th day after Passover was the Feast of Weeks. This marked the first-fruits of the grain harvest (Deut. 16:9) and commemorated the   giving of the Law by  Moses. Many gathered in Jerusalem on that day for one of the major festivals of Israel (Acts 2). As Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit then descended on the new community following him (Acts 2:1). It is the Spirit who works in us to enable us to set our minds on things that are above (Col. 3:2). Len Firth will preach from Colossians 3:1–17 on A Church Alive in Christ.