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Social Services Sunday

This Sunday is Social Services Sunday. It is a day to remember and pray for the many social service agencies of the Church. The care for the poor and vulnerable has been a characteristic of the people of God since Ancient Israel. The Church has always been called to respond to human need by loving service. But the development of social service…

St Paul

29 June—this Monday—is the Day of St Peter and St Paul. They are commemorated together because of their martyrdom in Rome during the Neronian persecution about 64CE. The two apostles also have their individual feast days (St Paul on 25 January; St Peter on 22 February). That means we could celebrate the patronal festival twice a year. Well, after the coronavirus experience…

Duty of Care

You will notice that in this newsletter there is also an announcement from the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry. As a church we have to be aware that abuse of children often has not been addressed adequately in the past, that oversight was not satisfactory. Often the Church did not have due process in place or did not follow such…

Small groups

“Grow in Faith” is part of our mission statement. There are many ways in which growth in faith can be encouraged. Regular prayer and reading the Bible and other good literature can help. Coming together as church is also important. It is widely recognised that sharing in small groups helps us to grow in faith. We can explore the Bible and faith…

Ordinary Time

It was good to gather again in the Church on Pentecost. Today is Trinity Sunday. With Trinity Sunday we revert again to Ordinary Time, that part of the liturgical calendar that falls outside the major seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Throughout Ordinary Time we are not commemorating the major events in the life of Jesus — such as his…

Pentecost

The word Pentecost comes from the Greek pentēkostós—“fifitieth”, referring to the fifty days (seven weeks) between the start of the grain harvest and the “harvest festival” at the end of grain harvest period (both barley and wheat) observed by Jews (Leviticus 23:15:21). Over time the festival at the start of the grain harvest had combined with the Passover, so that Pentecost always…

Where have the days gone?

Where have the golden days gone? The days when the laughter of families could be heard through the park;the days when young and old enjoyed the rays of autumn sun.Where have the fearful days gone?The days when families kept to themselves in the park;the days when young and old could not venture far from their home? Where have the golden days gone?The…

Sunday Kids by Zoom

It has been an interesting experience facilitating Sunday Kids on zoom. Activities and acknowledging the different contributions that children make spontaneously has been quite challenging. It was great to have parents involved last week with the group who came on from Church as they were able to help the smaller children with some of the activities. I hope the parents were able…

Life Lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh

I was looking through my bookshelf and came across Life Lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh. They are very light-hearted, but also make a lot of sense. A LESSON IN DOING NOTHING “Where are we going?” said Pooh. “ Nowhere,” said Christopher Robin. So they began going there, and after they had walked a little way Christopher Robin said: “What do you like doing best…

God’s work and our lamentations

Once when Jesus was criticised for healing someone on the Sabbath, He responded ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working’ (John 5: 16). It seems we don’t often stop to consider what God ‘does’ in His work. Is He Himself above working? What does He do then? There are many instances in the…