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  • 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

  • The Spiritual Connections in Music and the Lord's Word

    Worship Service: Informal Family - 4 Dec, 2016

    This Sunday before the Carol Sing there will be a brief worship service for the whole family in the church. The theme of the talk will be trying to understand the spiritual reasons why music can have such a powerful effect on us. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Part 2 - What's the point of me?

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 2 Oct, 2016

    Last Sunday we talked about the purpose of life in this world and got into ideas about heaven and working to bring heaven to earth. This week it gets more personal - and potentially more difficult. Yes, we're supposed to be useful and bringing heaven to earth but what does that mean about what a person does on a Monday morning? What if a person hates their job or is just entirely uninspired about doing their job? Should they quit or stick it out? What if a person knows what they want to do but can't due to bad health, injury, old age, or any number of other factors? How can the Lord help each of us to answer the question, "What's the point of me?" | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Part 1 - What's the Point of Life in This World

    Worship Service: Sermon only - 25 Sep, 2016

    Sometimes, in the midst of all the busyness, bizarreness, and belly-punches that life in this world can involve, we need to take a step back and ask what’s the point? Why are we here? What are we spending all this time and energy for? The Lord can help us with this—if we’re willing to take the time to listen. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Why We Have Sacraments 1- Baptism

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 18 Sep, 2016

    This Sunday we have the privilege of witnessing an infant baptism. And so, in the sermon, we’re going to be talking about baptism and Holy Supper. Here’s a passage to get you thinking about the topic. Have you ever had thoughts along these lines? If the spiritual meaning of the Word had not been disclosed,… [people] might mutter and say to themselves, “What is baptism but pouring water on a baby’s head? What does that do for the baby’s salvation? What is the Holy Supper but taking bread and wine? What does that do for our salvation? For that matter, what is holy about these rituals, other than the fact that the ecclesiastical hierarchy has traditionally accepted them as sacred and divine and has commanded us to observe them? Although the churches claim that when the Word of God is brought near the elements they become sacred, these rituals are essentially just ceremonial.” … Yet from the point of view of their spiritual meaning, these two sacraments are the holiest acts of worship. (True Christianity §667) When we understand the significance of baptism and Holy Supper they can become a very meaningful part of our spiritual lives, rather than just arbitrary seeming rituals. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Why and How to Pray for Other People

    Worship Service: Sermon only - 31 Jul, 2016

    When someone we know goes through something difficult or tragic we often say that we will hold them in our thoughts and prayers. Why? What is the value in our prayers? Are we hoping to change the Lord's mind on what should happen? Don't get me wrong: there is real power in prayer for others but when we don't have clarity about what we should pray for and why we're praying it can be hard to do it. Let's talk about why prayer for others matters and how to build the habit of praying for others into our lives. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • As We Also Forgive Our Debtors

    Worship Service: Sermon only - 5 Jun, 2016

    Have you ever wondered why people in the New Church say the Lord's prayer a bit differently from a lot of other churches? One of the differences is that we say, "and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors." Do you know what that means? How are debts different from trespasses? This sermon puts them in context. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Holy Supper and Repentance

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 29 May, 2016

    This Sunday we will have Holy Supper or Communion at the end of the service and we will be talking about the meaning of this sacred practice. We have just finished a sermon series on repentance and so we will be talking particularly about the power that taking the Holy Supper can have in the process of repenting. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA