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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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AGM Summary 2018

Church Governance, General

The following members were elected or appointed following the AGM: Parish Wardens: Greg Engel, David Pirie and Luke Thompson; Parish Councillors: Murray Barker, Lindsay Dunstan, Nigel MacFarlaine, Colin Moodie, Allan Munro, Paul Vaartjes, Samantha (Johnson) Wearing, Cat (Catriona) Williams; Treasurer: Allan Munroe; Auditor: vacancy to be filled by Parish Council. The accounts for 2017 and the budget for 2018 were approved with…

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Science and Christianity

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How can you as a scientist believe that crazy Christianity stuff? I was asked this question twice last year; once by a visiting mathematics professor attending our EFL classes and the other by a former high school classmate at our 50th year reunion. My answer was the same one I have given on previous occasions…

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Jesus and Movember

Ministers' letters

The “Jesus is _____.” campaign reminds me of the annual Movember campaign. Now in its 16th year, Movember encourages men to grow a mo (moustache) during the month of November. The idea is to register with some mates, start the month clean-shaven, and then go through the varied stages of beauty involved in growing a…

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Up from the Grave He Arose

Ministers' letters

Can you imagine what it might have been like to see Jesus emerge from the tomb? As a matter of fact, the Gospel writers do not record that moment! Presumably it was very early on the Sunday morning, before dawn. The women had not yet arrived with their spices to anoint the corpse. The guard…

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March Mission and Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

Mission Update In April, Mission of the Month giving is directed to Moore College, and to Anglican Aid for their Overseas Ministry Fund. Moore College’s vision longs “to see faithful, thoughtful and biblical ministry which honours the Lord Jesus Christ in all the world.” They go on to state, “We enable men and women to…

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Generosity

View from the pew

Every week, in the church where I grew up, we used to pass around a big, red velvet bag during the ‘offertory’. It was a dedicated time in the service, when the organ played until the bag had been passed around to everyone. We then prayed a thanksgiving prayer, and presented our gifts and offerings…

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“Jesus Is _____.” Month

Community, Events, Missions

During the month of March, we’re inviting YOU to discover who Jesus is (perhaps for the first time!) There are lots of opportunities to engage and connect with us, and learn about Jesus from the Bible. Here is a list of events happening at St Michael’s: Sunday Bible talks Sundays at 8am & 9:30am March 4…

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