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Loving Community

Community, Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the seventh on the list of things we value: Loving church communities of contentment and sacrifice, which care for the vulnerable. Alongside the 4th – “prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit” – this one on community is the…

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Minister’s Letter

Ministers' letters

Friends in Christ, When the Bishop ordains a presbyter in the Anglican Church he reads an exhortation to the newly ordained. He says: “You will continually pray to God the Father, by the mediation of our Saviour Jesus Christ, for the assistance of the Holy Spirit; so that by daily reading and meditating on the…

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The Most Loving Thing

Ministers' letters

In my personal Bible reading I have just reached chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians. It compares two spiritual things that can be done in church – speaking in tongues and speaking prophecy. I am helping run the 11am church here at St Michael’s, but what do I do with this passage? (…Especially when I am not…

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Confession and Creed

Ministers' letters

Something I’ve noticed when I’ve visited other churches on my holidays is how little I open my mouth. Some of you might think that’s a good thing! But let me explain. Some of you might think that’s a good thing! But let me explain. Generally we try to visit a Bible-based, gospel-centred church when we…

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Marriage Once More

Ministers' letters

Finally it seems to have come to a head. There’ll be a postal plebiscite on marriage redefinition. Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, tweeted: “Well, it’s game on to save marriage, freedom & gender. This is the fight of our lives.” Regulars here know I am committed in this debate. I have…

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‘Boundless love to share…’

Ministers' letters, Missions

Friends, Thank you again for your prayers and sacrificial service so that 11am Easy English Church can share our lives and the gospel (1 Thes 2:8) amongst the nations every Sunday. But even more give thanks to God (2 Thes 1:3). God has been at work among the nations in Wollongong and at St Michael’s…

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SRE Update

Ministers' letters

I was privileged to give the Bible talks at the Youthworks ‘House’ conference for children’s and youth ministers back in May. In the queue to get our name tags, I talked to a bloke I’d never met before. Turned out he was a Youthworks employee. As we got talking I asked a question I’m always…

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Repentance and Faith

Ministers' letters

Jesus’ first recorded public word was a command to “Repent”, according to Matthew 4:17, “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” In Mark’s version (chapter 1:15), Jesus combines repentance with faith: “The time has come; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!”…

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Thankfulness

Ministers' letters, St Michael's Women, Women's ministry

What does it mean to be truly thankful? Thinking about gratitude and thankfulness and focusing on the positive aspects of life in order to increase our happiness has become common in recent years. It is good for us to be thankful. But is that it? Is thankfulness just a habit that will make us happier?…

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Thank you from 11am EEC!

Ministers' letters

11am Church would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone at St Michael’s. It has taken effort and sacrifice from the whole church for us to begin, and to begin so well. This would not have happened without so many from all over St Michaels helping in many ways; 8am now finish at…

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