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These are the sermons that Rev Bruce Johnson preached at the 9.30am service. Unless otherwise indicated they are based upon the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary, used by The Uniting Church in Australia.

Be rich in good works

20 Aug 2017

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…  be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, Sunday 2017-08-20

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Sharing Everything in Common: Is it a Good Idea?

13 Aug 2017

In my youth this was held up at the model of the church we should be trying to emulate. I and many others had said things like, “If the church today was like the early church, who would not want to join.” There were a number of Christian communities that sprang up around this model […]

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God and Mammon

6 Aug 2017

In a world where every news bulletin tells me what is happening on the world markets; At a stage of life when I watch the value of my share portfolio to see if it will pay off my house before I retire; in a world in which every government decision is scrutinised and debated according […]

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Do All Things Work Together For Good?

30 Jul 2017

I was travelling from Yandina to Southport for a job interview. I left early in the morning and was driving too fast overtaking several other cars. Another car pulled out in front of me and I lost control and rolled my car down a 3 metre embankment. My car was a write-off but I was […]

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Struggling With God

23 Jul 2017

The story of Jacob is a fascinating story that traces the rises and falls of his life’s journey. If we can get past the debate about whether these OT characters are real historical figures and see them as stories about a person’s engagement with God and life, they can be very illuminating. They can invite […]

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It’s All About the Soil

16 Jul 2017

For generations young farmers had been taught that ‘crooked furrows are the sign of a crooked mind’. So they had developed the skills that produced this neat, ordered approach to farming. Then someone pointed out to them that the lovely rich thick brown water pouring down the Fitzroy River in flood was the best of […]

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Colouring In is Hard

9 Jul 2017

I never liked colouring in! When I did colouring in as a child we were expected to keep between the lines. Those who could colour without the pencil marks showing and who did not slip out of the lines were awarded with prizes for neatness and artistic skill. I was never in that group. Sunday […]

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The Bible helps us to play our part.

25 Jun 2017

The Christian faith is not an individual faith. Certainly there are hermits and monks who live isolated lives of prayer, but Christians are intended to share their faith together, in community. It is one of the key aspects about the doctrine of The Trinity. God by nature is community, Father, Son and Spirit. Sunday 2017-06-25

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We can make Inspiring Music for the World.

18 Jun 2017

When our little orchestra come on stage with their motley collections of instruments, wearing their simple uniform of black pants and white shirts, with children of all ages and abilities, titters of laughter went through the audience. After they played and the adjudication began, no one expected them to get a mention. However the third […]

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Where are we Going?

11 Jun 2017

One of the things that you learn by reading the Old Testament is that the people of Israel seem to go backwards into the future. At first glance it looks like they were hankering for the “good old days”. However a more careful reading shows that they were far more realistic and strategic. These altars […]

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