Calvary Methodist Church

Celebrating and Sharing God's Embracing Love in the World

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Created for fellowship

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes that “friendship is like a sheltering tree” in the way that it offers shelter, support, nourishment and beauty to our lives. Like David and Jonathan, Paul and Barnabas, and Jesus and the family at Bethany (Mary, Martha, and Lazarus), our Christian walk is strengthened through companions who remind us of the presence […]

Monday Meditations: Building God’s holy temple

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As exciting and wonderful as it can be to worship in a large, fully-kitted out sanctuary, in Ephesians 2:17-22, God invites us to look beyond the bricks and tiles and blueprints of our church to the kind of spiritual dwelling that is made up of each person who gathers each week in work and worship to the glory of […]

Financial discipline as God’s great gift to us

One of the first questions that we receive regularly from newcomers to Calvary is, “Please can you explain to me how your pledge system works.” I’m never certain whether that’s because people mistakenly think that their significance in the community is determined by how much they give. Or if they are worried that their membership […]

Money as relational: Created to be a blessing series

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where mothsand vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will […]

Created to be a blessing

1 Samuel 1 Our story this morning is an unusual one. It is set within a complicated household: one husband with two wives – one blessed with children; the other completely barren yet dearly loved. It’s not exactly a recipe for domestic bliss, is it? And as we read carefully through the text we get […]

God’s Presence In Sorrow

Romans 8: 18-38 Paul writes I this passage, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Our relationship with God is often if not always under attack. Should anything negative happen to us the first person to be blamed is God. “why is this happening to me?” What did I do do deserve […]

Attitudes of Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19 Today’s story is a very simple one: Jesus is travelling along the border between Samaria and Galilee when he encounters ten lepers on the outskirts of a village. It is an appropriate place to find them – on the border, in no-man’s land. Unclean, ugly, and infectious as they are, they are unwelcome […]

Rhona 2015: We harvest as much as we plant …

Rhona amount collected to date: R426 780 – just R70 000 short of our dream! Thanksgiving envelopes and EFT’s can still be offered throughout the month of December.   Over the next ten Sundays (from 4/10/205 until 6/12/2015), we celebrate a special season in the life of our community known as Rhona or Thanksgiving. This […]

Understanding Abundance: Blessed to be a Blessing Series

Job 2:1-10 Most people are looking for signs of being blessed. We pray for blessings, we wait for blessings, we see others being blessed, but not us. As a result we feel empty. We feel God is doing good for others. We feel God is taking long to answer our prayers and grant us our […]

Making Space at the Table: Created for Community (week 4)

The foundation of our modern lifestyle is scarcity. Or rather, the perception of scarcity. Retailers, marketers, governments, movie makers, even ministers have been telling us for years and years that there is not enough to go around; that unless we claim our share, mark our territory, hoard what we have, the wellbeing and livelihood of […]

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