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  • 6 Ways the Jewish Ingathering is Relevant Today

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 21 May, 2017

    "O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for His mercy is forever." This Sunday the topic for the service will the harvest and gratitude. To celebrate this important topic we are inviting all children to bring fruit and vegetables up to the altar at the beginning of the service. All food collected will be donated to The White House Community Care Centre, which is our current outreach focus. Any non-perishable items will also be gratefully received. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Finding Jesus in the Life of Abraham, Part 2

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 8 May, 2017

    This Sunday evening we'll be exploring a difficult story—the story of Abraham bargaining with God and asking Him if He will still destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if even just a few good people are there. The teachings of the New Church say that, in this strange and somewhat disturbing story, we can actually find a glimpse into the heart and mind of Jesus Christ when He was in this world and gain a better understanding of His incredible love for people who are trapped in evil. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • The Hazards and Blessings of Comparing our Spiritual Lives with Others

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 23 Apr, 2017

    One of the ways we evaluate how we are doing spiritually is by comparing ourselves to how other people seem to be doing. This can be a positive thing: being in community with other people who are striving to uphold the same values as us can inspire and encourage us to do better. And it can be a negative thing: comparing ourselves with other people can lead us to be envious or judgmental or it can even lead us to the absurd situation of trying to prove that we're more spiritual than other people. Let's talk about how the Lord can help us to deal with these challenging dynamics. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Mindful Communication Challenge - 5 Are You Willing?

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 26 Mar, 2017

    In our last service of the Mindful Communication Challenge program we're going to be looking at the question that underlies all the different ways of improving our communication that we've talked about: am I willing? Am I willing to try to improve how I communicate? Am I willing to put in the work that it will take to change the way I typically act? So.... are you willing? And if the answer (honestly) is no, what do you do about that? | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Mindful Communication Challenge - 3 - Is it Kind?

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 12 Mar, 2017

    Communication well takes more than just figuring out if what we want to say is true; we also need to go deeper and ask, "Is it kind?" Do I want to say this because I love and care about this person or is it something else? These questions are often hard to answer but learning how to pay attention to our motivations is an essential piece of learning how to communicate better. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Mindful Communication Challenge - 1 - Am I Listening?

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 27 Feb, 2017

    This Sunday we have the first topic of the Mindful Communication Challenge program: listening. As the person talking, really feeling heard by someone can mean a lot to us. As the listener, there are a lot of things that can get in the way of our being able to listen fully. Let's learn from the Lord about how to get better at listening to Him and to other people. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Watching our Words

    Worship Service: Informal Family - 19 Feb, 2017

    This Sunday we are celebrating the founding of Kainon School and so will have the whole primary school community joining us for worship. The topic of the service is the school theme for the year: "Watching Our Words." On Sunday we're going to be exploring what needs to be in place for us to be able to watch or pay attention to anything. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Let the Lord Decide What Burden You Bear

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 15 Jan, 2017

    What are you carrying? Did you put down some stuff at the end of last year that you're now picking up again, along with some new things? What about things from the past-are you carrying guilt about things you did or didn't do in addition to guilt about things you are or aren't doing now? The Lord says, "Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest ..... For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Let's talk about what burden the Lord wants us to carry and how to let go of the rest. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Unless the Lord Builds the House

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 8 Jan, 2017

    A Bryn Athyn College Talk by the Rev Thane Glenn (originally preached 3 Feb 2016) adapted slightly into a sermon by the Rev Malcolm G. Smith. A sermon on how we can get stuck on the idea that if we just work hard enough we can control the outcome of things. What if we can trust we don't need to prove ourselves? The Lord is always working towards our highest good. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Where Are You Coming From and Where Are You Going?

    Worship Service: Informal Family - 1 Jan, 2017

    As we start a new year come and listen to the story of Hagar and the questions the Lord asks us. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

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