Calvary Methodist Church

Celebrating and Sharing God's Embracing Love in the World

Preaching series

Power with Purpose (Created for Community 3)

Acts 2:1-4, 43-47 There is a need for us to reflect not only on what is happening around us, but what is it that we are doing with our own lives. Reflecting on others and other things is the easiest thing to do. This though also robs us of the opportunity to realise our own […]

10 to 2: Created for Community sermon (week 2)

Once upon a time there were people who lived terrible, painful, back-breaking, heart-aching lives in a country called Egypt. They were not Egyptians. They were slaves to the Egyptians. They hungered and they thirsted and they worked. They worked and they hungered and they thirsted under the baking heat of the sun and the cracking […]

Created 4 Community

On Sunday, we launched our “Created for Community” season with a single worship service that reflected our true diversity, especially as we welcomed the Circuit Wesley Guilders for their robing. Below is the sermon from Sunday’s service based on Genesis 1 and 2, a reminder that we are called to walk and work out our […]

Children – the centre of life: sermon notes

We like to think that we are quite advanced from our forebears in terms of our thinking and our behaviour towards children now that we have the rights of children protected in our Constitution. Those of us with children and grandchildren would probably tell you that our lives revolve around them – their needs, their […]

Resurrection Reflections: Week 5

  Scripture reading – John 15:9-17 Food for thought: Love has always been a very confusing and consuming emotion: it has driven some people to write the most amazing poetry and music; others to drive a knife through their “loved” ones when they haven’t lived up to expectations or have tried to walk away. Love […]

Resurrection Reflections: Week 4

Centering prayer: Spend a few minutes looking at or eating a bunch of grapes with the following words repeating in your mind: “You are the vine. I am one of your branches. In you I find the fullness of life.” Scripture reading – John 15:1-8 A couple of years ago my mom retired and most of her energy and time […]

Resurrection Reflections: Week 3

Scripture reading – John 10:10-18 If life is primarily about choices and living with the consequences of those choices, then the Christian life is primarily about the transformation of our lives made possible by the fact that we can be forgiven for the destructive and unhealthy choices we have made, enjoy the comfort of God’s […]

Resurrection Reflections: week 1

John 20:19-31 South Africans are some of the most fearful people in the world. The level of crime and the brutality of rape, murder, and even robbery in this country means that we are well acquainted with looking over our shoulder, with self-preservation, and with high walls and locked doors to protect us. Yet fear […]

Seven Words of Saving Love

On Good Friday we explored the idea that saving love is costly. People humiliate us and try to rob us of our dignity; they make it their mission to undermine and destroy us. Yet love forgives.  Jesus prays that his enemies might be forgiven “for they know not what they do.” The truth is that, […]

Ash Wednesday: Opening the season of Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the 40 day Lenten period in which we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and share in his suffering, often giving up and sacrificing an aspect of our daily lives such as meat or chocolate or television in order to grow in intimacy with God. This year, each Wednesday in […]

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