• Richard Schwedes

    Contributing sermons since Nov 12, 2006
Richard's church

St Pauls Sydney Lutheran Church
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

About Richard
  • Education: I completed the Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma of Ministry at Australia Lutheran College (previously known as Luther Seminary). Other areas of training include Certificate in Frontline Management, Diploma of Management, Certificate in Small Business Management and have completed half the units necessary for a Bachelor of Business.
  • Experience: Prior to commencing in Sydney, I served the Portland-Heywood Lutheran church for over 7 years, and for just over 4 years I was the pastor of the North Tasmania Lutheran Parish (a congregation covering the North part of Tasmania, with worshipping communities at Burnie, Devonport and Launceston).
  • One of my favorite illustrations: One of my favourite illustrations concerns the Beaconsfield mine rescue. After the collapse of the Beaconsfield mine, the news gathered in this small mining town in Tasmania, as they waited to hear what happened to the three men done the mine. First Larry Knight was found dead, but Todd Russell and Brant Webb were still missing. As days went on they thought they were dead. However then ’the miracle’ occurred they were discovered alive. The media industry then threw away their budgets, bro
  • Family: My lovely wife Veronica is a great support in many areas of ministry. Whilst my three children Mercedes, Zackary and Brooke love interacting with others, praying, visiting and helping out in some areas of church life...
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  • Empowered By Listening

    Contributed on Jul 17, 2022

    In today's focus on Mary and Martha, we explore how listening to Jesus is the most important thing we can do as Christians....we are reminded of the shape of God's love and it shapes our actions and gives purpose to our actions.

    Introduction: Today’s sermon has been prepared by Pastor Richard, who is currently recovering from Covid. Opening Prayer: Loving Lord, we thank You that You are constantly talking to us. Help us to have open ears and hearts to hear and receive from You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen Today more

  • When God Speaks - Hear The Full Story It Is Great

    Contributed on Jan 24, 2022

    As we engage with and listen to God, there are major blessings in listening to the full story God has for us. In this sermon we explore how the full story of God is not just guidelines and rules but it ultimately means Good News is part of our life.

    Opening Text “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke more

  • All Saints Sunday - Together We Have A Future

    Contributed on Nov 6, 2021

    Exploring Revelation 21:1-6a we will see how we have a future and what this future looks like

    OPENING QUESTION FOR REFLECTION When you think about life…… Is your mind mainly thinking about the past, the present or the future? (Picture of signpost pointing in different directions past, present and future) TODAY WE ARE LOOKING AT BEING FUTURE FOCUSSED Quotes about living more

  • God Calls Us To A New Way

    Contributed on Nov 6, 2021

    On Reformation Sunday we are called to reflect on how God is calling us to a new way of life, a life viewed through the lens of the Gospel.

    Opening Text: Luke 9:21-26 THE GRACE WAY SO FAR Week 1: Foundational – The Cross of Jesus Week 2: God speaks to us – Through His Life giving Word Week 3: God’s focus for us – Being His evangelical and reforming people (church) This week: The Grace way - calls us to a new way 1. A more

  • What Brings A Smile To God's Face?

    Contributed on Nov 8, 2018

    A sermon in the character of an observer who was seeing the events that unfolded in Mark 12:38-44, where he see the difference between the religious rulers and the widow, and we explore not only what this means for us but what this story reveals about God.

    I will never forget that day. I was sitting near the back waiting to worship and out of the corner of my eye I could the one everyone was talking about. This is the one who was challenging some of the religious authorities, not with violence but with love and something called grace. And there more

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  • A Gift For Nicolas Cage

    Contributed on Dec 22, 2008
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    A Gift for Nicolas Cage When the actor Nicolas Cage was a young boy, his father gave him a little Pinocchio for Christmas. Being a boy, he was a little rough with it, and broke its head off. So his father suggested they bury Pinocchio. The next morning, on the very place where they had buried more

  • Fiona Coote At The Age Of 14 Is He Youngest ...

    Contributed on Jun 15, 2008
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    Fiona Coote at the age of 14 is he youngest person in Australia to receive a new heart. But that is not her only claim to fame. She has in fact received three new hearts. Three opportunities to live. more

  • Some Of You May Know Of Fiona Coote. At The Age ...

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2008
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    Some of you may know of Fiona Coote. At the age of 14 she became youngest heart transplant recipient in Australia. However Fiona has another claim to fame: She has received not just one heart transplant but three. On three occasions she has more

  • Last Night At Youth We Watched Pay It ...

    Contributed on May 20, 2008

    Last night at youth we watched Pay it Forward. Anyone watched Pay it Forward? I won’t tell you the entire story but the concept of the story is centred around a young boy who begins High School and his teacher gives him a project. The project is that he is to do something to change the more

  • Put Two Young Children In A Room With One Toy And ...

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2008

    Put two young children in a room with one toy and see what happens. Their response can probably best summed up by a recent comic strip of the Baby Blues For those of you who haven’t seen the comic strip It is about a everyday family. Two young children, Hammy and Zoe are the main stars of more