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E for Establish

Ministers' letters

In school term 3, our focus at St Michael’s is E for Establish! We want to see people established more deeply in the faith. The Macquarie Dictionary says to ‘establish’ is to ‘set something on a firm or permanent basis’. We want your faith in Jesus to be firm! What does it mean to be…

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The Best Stuff

Ministers' letters

What good is Christianity? What do we get out of it? How does it help in real life? I remember a church in Nairobi, whose slogan was “We are a real church for real problems for real people. Are you struggling with life? Come to Jesus and know victory!” God’s rescue of us through Jesus…

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Annual Thanksgiving Day 2018

Announcements, Community, Ministers' letters, Missions, News & Prayer, Social comment

For many years at the Cathedral, we’ve run an Annual Thanksgiving Day (ATD) appeal in the lead up to St Michael’s Day. (29thSeptember on the church calendar, reminding us to take the existence of angels seriously!) We direct every single cent raised to Christian ministry and aid projects outsideSt Michael’s. One growth group urged us…

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Break the Drought

Ministers' letters

Photo of the Tamworth landscape (taken 30.6.18). Photo by Hannah Sun. Drought has been on my mind recently. Over a quarter of a century ago, I married into a farming family. Suddenly I was more interested in watching the rain gauge. Living on the coast, you may recall we had a very dry start to…

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What’s in a name?

Ministers' letters

Do you know what your name means? Were you named for someone or something significant? In some cultures, children’s names may reflect something their parents aspire to, or there may be great significance to family names. In Aussie culture, often we name children simply because we like the sound of the name. My dad says…

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God’s Appointed Gathering

Church Conference, Ministers' letters

Those who were able to attend last weekend’s church conference received a great series of talks on Christ’s promise to Peter and the disciples that “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). (By the way, a huge thanks to the organising team!) Each of Craig Roberts’ talks were based on a single word from that…

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Standing Firm in the Face of Persecution

Ministers' letters

The cultural climate in Australia is undoubtedly becoming more hostile towards the Christian worldview. Where indifference once stood, now stands an attitude of aggression and anger towards any Christian who dares to proclaim the name and teachings of Jesus. We only need to look back over the media in the last 12 months to see…

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Leadership and Gifts

Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters last year, I was unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. We got up to #8. So here’s the ninth on that list of things we try to value: Initiative in leadership and use of gifts by members. This value flows from passages of Scripture that speak of the…

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Communicating Jesus

Ministers' letters, View from the pew

Do you prefer phone calls or texts? TV or radio? Email or social media? Snail mail or Facebook Messenger? Whether you’re a millennial or baby-boomer, we like to hear information delivered differently because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as one body with many parts, each with…

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Bible Reading 101

Ministers' letters

Friends in Christ, in my report at the AGM, I shared something to encourage at any stage of disciple-making with the 4Es. Can you be ready to ask people: “I’m looking for someone to read the Bible with. Would you be interested?” You are asking them to do you a favour. You can do it…

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