• Richard Schwedes

    Contributing sermons since Nov 12, 2006
Richard's church

St Pauls Lutheran Church Sydney
Darlinghurst, *Province/Other 1300

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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  • 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

  • Elevated To Serve

    Contributed on Oct 19, 2018
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    A sermon from the perspective of John, which explores that Jesus helps us see that true Christianity leads us to serving in love.

    Good day, I am John Many people know me as John the Gospel writer or John the apostle who was sent to the island of Patmos as punishment for encouraging others to worship God. This punishment turned out to be a real blessing. It was on this island that God gave me a magnificent vision of what more

  • Living Because Of God's Love

    Contributed on Mar 8, 2018
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    A sermon in the person of Niccodemus, that discusses God's focus is His love for all people and how this changes how Niccodemus sees himself and God, and how Niccodemus relates to others

    Today’s sermon has been prepared by Pastor Richard Schwedes of the St Paul's Lutheran Church Sydney for us. It is based on the Gospel reading of John 3:14-21. If you ever thought you were confident that you know everything that you need to know about God, then I have a story for you. My more

  • Being A Christian Is About Being For Something, Not Just Against Something

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2017
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    A Reformation sermon focussing on Martin Luther's great discovery that God is for something, being a graceful and merciful God and not just against people and things.

    A question I would like us to think about as God’s church today How do the people you mix with view Christianity today? How does the media view Christianity today? Do they see Christians as ambassadors of God bearing His grace and being generous with His love? or do they see Christianity as more

  • Be A Christian - Expect Trouble

    Contributed on Nov 11, 2016
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    As a Christian Jesus encourages us to see that we should expect trouble...but fortunately our life is neither shaped by trouble or stopped by trouble.

    When you sense difficulties how do you react? When you sense problems what is your response? Maybe you are like this bloke Jeff was happily carrying a box of photocopier paper through the office, when out of no where jumped his friend Fred scaring him Instantly Jeff jumped The box of 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