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Sermon Listening and Learning

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Earlier this year I bought a copy of the Sermon Notebook (published by Matthias Media). And after my first week using it, the Sermon Notebook was my new favourite thing. So here’s what I love about it. First of all, there are the practical considerations. I take notes during sermons. They help me to concentrate…

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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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July Mission and Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

July – Mission of the Month In August, Mission of the Month giving is directed towards WCCEB – the Wollongong Combined Churches Education Board. This interdenominational Board, with representatives from many local churches, has been operating for many years supporting the employment and placement of paid SRE (Special Religious Education, a.k.a. ‘Scripture’) teachers in local…

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The (Distant) View from the Pew

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“Hola” from Viña del Mar, Chile! We have been here for 5 months now and we have been wonderfully welcomed by both Christian family and non-Christian friends alike. With the internet, the other side of the world is not as far as it used to be, but there are still things that remind us we are…

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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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June Mission and Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Ministries, Missions

Mission Update – Scripture Union & Bible Society In July, Mission of the Month giving is divided between Scripture Union and Bible Society. The title of each organisation reminds us of the importance of taking in and passing on God’s truth in Scripture. I have recently been reading The Bible In Australia: A Cultural History,…

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View from a Pew to the North

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Greetings from afar! It’s now been 6 months (crazy!) since I’ve left St Michael’s to go work as the Youth and Families Minister at Christ Church St Ives in Northern Sydney. I’m missing all the people at St Mick’s a lot, but it was great to visit last week while I had a week off!…

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