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  • Steps of Repentance 1 – Examine Yourself

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 1 May, 2016

    The first thing Jesus said when He began public preaching was, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). But how do we repent? The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. Can you guess (or remember) what they are? And, more importantly, do you know how to use them to repent? | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Worshipping the Lord in Spirit and Truth

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 17 Apr, 2016

    What is worship? What makes worship genuine or fake? What's the purpose of worship? These are some of the questions we’re going to be exploring this Sunday. We’re going to try to get to the heart of internal side of worship. (This was actually recorded in Stanford, Western Cape for the New Church Cape Town Circle.) | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Evaluating and Improving Your Spiritual Health

    Worship Service: Sermon only - 3 Apr, 2016

    How are you doing? How's your life going? How's your spiritual life going? These can be hard questions to know how to answer and hard questions to want to answer. Especially if things aren't going well we can feel a lot of shame and resistance around directly thinking about how we're doing. But, the first step in getting healthier is to take an honest look at how we're doing right now. That's what we're going to do this Sunday. This Sunday, during the adult sermon, I will give a short talk and then give people about 10 minutes to privately fill out a series of pages called the "Spiritual Health Snapshot" and "Spiritual Health Plan." It's a tool for evaluating how you're doing spiritually, picking an area to focus on, and then making a plan to work on it. These will be available on www.newchurchwestville.co.za/snapshot . You can download and print from there. If you've done it before, it can be useful to do it again and see how things have changed since the last time. If you haven't done it before, I hope you'll give it a try. Let's each do our individual work so that we can become more healthy as individuals and as a church. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Who Does Not Believe Will Be Condemned

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 27 Mar, 2016

    This year, as we celebrate Easter, we are focusing on the Gospel Mark. One of the features of the account from Mark is a strong emphasis on belief—people who believe that Jesus has risen, people who do not, what will happen to those that do and do not believe. This Sunday will be an opportunity for each person to reflect on what they believe about Jesus and the Easter story and how the Lord can strengthen each person’s belief. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Living Gratefully 5 The Gift of Inspiration

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 6 Mar, 2016

    We've talked in previous weeks about how the Lord leaves us in freedom and how He doesn’t force us to do anything. If that's the case, what does He do for us? How does He lead us and guide us and what can we do to recognise His guidance in our lives? | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Living Gratefully 3 – The Gift of Change

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 21 Feb, 2016

    This week we're going to be reflecting on what is involved in the process of changing. Do we change ourselves? Does the Lord change us? Understanding how this dynamic works can help us to focus our attention appropriately and change for the better with the Lord's help. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Living Gratefully 3 – The Gift of Change

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 21 Feb, 2016

    This week we're going to be reflecting on what is involved in the process of changing. Do we change ourselves? Does the Lord change us? Understanding how this dynamic works can help us to focus our attention appropriately and change for the better with the Lord's help. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Memorial Service For Caroline Royale Lester

    Memorial Service - 17 Feb, 2016

    Memorial Service for Caroline Royale Lester written by Rt. Rev. Peter Buss Sr., originally delivered on 13 February in Canada, and delivered by Rev Malcolm Smith at New Church Westville. | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Living Gratefully - Part 1: The Lord's Goals

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 7 Feb, 2016

    This Sunday evening we begin our Living Gratefully program. “Living gratefully” - it sounds good but does it feel like something you could do or just like something for really spiritual people? Is it possible to live gratefully in the midst of the mess of a normal person's life? What does that look like? What difference can it make? | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA

  • Gathering in the Lord's Name

    Worship Service: Childrens Talk & Adult Sermon - 24 Jan, 2016

    This Sunday we're going to think about people gathering together. What different reasons do we gather together for? What changes when we gather together? How can we gather together in the Lord's name? | By Malcolm G. Smith, Westville, RSA