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Jesus is … Turning Wine into Water

Community, Events, Ministers' letters

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Jesus is… turning wine into water! On 10 March 2018 at Towradgi Park. And through the weeks leading up to that date. Christians are familiar with the famous ‘first sign’ at the wedding in Cana Jesus attended with his mum! She pressed him into helping when the wine ran…

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Reasons to Evangelise

Ministers' letters

The thought of sharing the gospel message with people can be terrifying! How do we help our heads and hearts take on this task of evangelism? As we get ready for our “Jesus is _______.” month of mission in March, I thought it would be good to list as many reasons for why we are…

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Minister’s Letter – Month of Mission Prep

Announcements, Events, Ministers' letters, Missions, News & Prayer

The day I wrote this letter, I was praying with fellow church members and missionaries at the CMS Summer School in Katoomba. Some of our missionaries serve in a location where the government can make it difficult for people who are Christians. In one situation, employers now use a questionnaire, which includes a question that…

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Inviting Christmas

Ministers' letters

It’s Advent season, according to the traditional church calendar. Advent means “arrival” or “coming”. The Advent season is where we celebrate Christ’s first coming – his coming into human flesh – at Christmas, and prepare for his second coming – to judge the world and take his people home – at the end of the…

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Study Leave Reflections

Ministers' letters

I recently had the privilege of taking study leave. During that time I attended two conferences. The first was for the Evangelical Theological Society and the other was for the Society of Biblical Literature. Both societies, which are made of biblical and theological scholars as well as students and pastors, seek to foster scholarship of…

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Global Mindedness

Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the eighth on the list of things we value: Globally-minded Christians, connecting with all classes, ages and cultures. Leviticus 19:15 says, “do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great”. The Proverbs (23:22) remind us,…

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Encouragement

Ministers' letters

How have you been encouraged in your faith, your walk with Jesus, in recent times? It is important to be encouraged to keep going in the Christian life, which can often be quite hard and a struggle. Whilst on long service leave earlier in the year, I spent some time reflecting on the idea of…

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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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