Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Will we have enough? (Audio)

July 25th, 2021

An audio message from Pastor Richard Haar, delivered online on 25 July 2021.

In this message we explore the question of whether we will have enough and
then go more deeply into the question of whether we are enough in ourselves. 
The text (John 6:1-15) is about God's provision and his invitation to trust
in him.  With Jesus and us together, we are enough!

Worship live-stream with the message “Will we have enough?” (Video)

July 25th, 2021

Due to the South Australian COVID-19 lock-down, worship on 25 July 2021 was live-streamed. This is a video recording of the live-stream, including the message "Will we have enough?" by Pastor Richard Haar.

In the message we explore the question of whether we will have enough and then go more deeply into the question of whether we are enough in ourselves.  The text (John 6:1-15) is about God's provision and his invitation to trust in him.  With Jesus and us together, we are enough!

Where can we find rest? (Video)

July 18th, 2021

A series of questions. 

How busy is your life at the moment? So many people complain about how busy life is. Even people who retire tell me they can’t keep up with their new lifestyle!! Why are we so busy? Is there anything we can do about it or do we just get dragged along by life and we… 

Pastor Paul Fielke

 

Where can we find rest? (Audio)

July 18th, 2021

A series of questions. 

How busy is your life at the moment? So many people complain about how busy life is. Even people who retire tell me they can’t keep up with their new lifestyle!! Why are we so busy? Is there anything we can do about it or do we just get dragged along by life and we… 

Pastor Paul Fielke

WHO IS JESUS? (AUDIO)

July 11th, 2021

King Herod heard about (the work of Jesus) because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘He’s Elijah.’ Still others said, ‘He’s a prophet, lone of the prophets from long ago’ (Mark 6:14,15).

It’s easy for our contemporary culture to look back two thousand years ago and label the ancients as superstitious, or ignorant, or any number of derogatory things. How could they think Jesus was a beheaded wilderness preacher? Or someone that had been dead hundreds of years? Just plain silly, weren’t they?

Yet the words of the people reflected a desire to understand who Jesus was and what he was on about. If they could label him, then they could control him. If he was just a prophet, they could treat him as such – with awe and reverence, yes – but not as the Son of God.

This questioning of Jesus’s identity has never stopped. On the night he was betrayed, Pilate asks the same identifying question: Are you a king? We ask questions of him today, If you are God, can you heal me today?

Certainly, Jesus is a puzzle. This week, we look at the question, “Who is Jesus?” And not only will we seek some clarification, we’ll talk about what it means for us as the Body of Christ moving forward.

Read Mark 6:14-29 and come prepared with questions…

Pr Reid Matthias

WHO IS JESUS? (VIDEO)

July 11th, 2021

King Herod heard about (the work of Jesus) because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘He’s Elijah.’ Still others said, ‘He’s a prophet, lone of the prophets from long ago’ (Mark 6:14,15).

It’s easy for our contemporary culture to look back two thousand years ago and label the ancients as superstitious, or ignorant, or any number of derogatory things. How could they think Jesus was a beheaded wilderness preacher? Or someone that had been dead hundreds of years? Just plain silly, weren’t they?

Yet the words of the people reflected a desire to understand who Jesus was and what he was on about. If they could label him, then they could control him. If he was just a prophet, they could treat him as such – with awe and reverence, yes – but not as the Son of God.

This questioning of Jesus’s identity has never stopped. On the night he was betrayed, Pilate asks the same identifying question: Are you a king? We ask questions of him today, If you are God, can you heal me today?

Certainly, Jesus is a puzzle. This week, we look at the question, “Who is Jesus?” And not only will we seek some clarification, we’ll talk about what it means for us as the Body of Christ moving forward.

Read Mark 6:14-29 and come prepared with questions…

Pr Reid Matthias

How can Jesus do this? (Audio)

July 4th, 2021

An audio message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 4 July 2021.

When Jesus returned to his hometown with his disciples – and attended synagogue on the Sabbath – things did not turn out so well.  At first, the people of Nazareth were bowled over by Jesus’ teaching and miracles.  But then things went pear shaped:

“How can Jesus do this?”

“Where did this man get these things?”

“Where did he receive the formal training and authorisation to do this?”

Our faith does not compel Jesus to make a miracle happen, but simply asks and receives whatever Jesus is prepared to give.  What amazing things Jesus still wants to do in us – and through us here at Good Shepherd?  How can we be more open to this?  When we pray: “Your kingdom come. You will be done on earth as in heaven,” are we open to how Jesus might want to do this in our midst?

Chances are it may be different from how we’ve done things in the past!  Yet if Jesus is in the middle of it, people’s lives will be touched and transformed.

How can Jesus do this? (Video)

July 4th, 2021

A video message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 4 July 2021.

When Jesus returned to his hometown with his disciples – and attended synagogue on the Sabbath – things did not turn out so well.  At first, the people of Nazareth were bowled over by Jesus’ teaching and miracles.  But then things went pear shaped:

“How can Jesus do this?”

“Where did this man get these things?”

“Where did he receive the formal training and authorisation to do this?”

Our faith does not compel Jesus to make a miracle happen, but simply asks and receives whatever Jesus is prepared to give.  What amazing things Jesus still wants to do in us – and through us here at Good Shepherd?  How can we be more open to this?  When we pray: “Your kingdom come. You will be done on earth as in heaven,” are we open to how Jesus might want to do this in our midst?

Chances are it may be different from how we’ve done things in the past!  Yet if Jesus is in the middle of it, people’s lives will be touched and transformed.

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