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Minister’s Letter

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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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September Mission & Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

Mission Update – Regional Indigenous Ministries In October, Mission of the Month giving is devoted to our Anglican Regional Indigenous Ministries. Its two key ministries are up in the Macarthur and down around Nowra. For reasons of entrenched indigenous disadvantage, it may be a long time before such ministries can be self-sustaining. There are big…

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My Bible Reading Challenge

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During the month of August, St Michael’s started a Bible reading challenge. As part of that, I was interviewed by Stacey in the 5pm Sunday service regarding my personal Bible reading. This is an excerpt from that interview… In the mornings, I usually read a page from a daily devotional book called “Our Daily Journey”. There is…

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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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Public Lecture: Marriage Redefinition

Community, Events, Public Lecture, Social comment

The lecture’s title picks up a much-discussed tweet. Is it true that #loveislove? Why defend the traditional definition of marriage? All are welcome to attend this public lecture in the Cathedral at St Michael’s on Wednesday 13 September at 7:30pm. It will be followed by Q&A. The aim of this lecture is not to direct…

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Remember… in the days of your youth

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I have been a leader of the Junior Youth Group, held here at St Michael’s every Friday night (during school terms), for the past four and a half years. Before that, I also attended CrossWired (as it used to be called) from age 11 until I graduated at age 18. For me personally, the Youth…

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AUGUST: Mission and Parish Council Update

Missions, News & Prayer

Mission Update – CMS In September, Mission of the Month giving is directed towards the Church Missionary Society. And haven’t we been blessed by the visit of S & K, with little J, over these last three weeks. What clarity and courage of Christian conviction! You may be wondering why I am referring to them…

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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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Whom should I marry?

5pm, 7pm, Men's Ministry, Women's ministry

  The Bible is very clear on God’s purpose for marriage, but here are three crucial guidelines about who you should marry, from 1 Corinthians 7:36-40. 1. The other person should be Christian (if you are). 1 Corinthians 7:39 says: A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her…

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