Quiz Night Friday 2nd August 7pm

St John’s invites you to come along for a evening if quiz, raffles and fun. Get a table of 6 together, $10 per head payable on the evening. BYO drinks and nibbles. There will be spot prizes, raffles and fun games to win great prizes. So dust off your quiz skills and join us for a great evening. Fun starts at 7, doors open at 6. Please let us know if you are coming as space is limited 😊

Weekly Church Service – Trinity Sunday: 16th of June, 2019


Sentence:

God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6


Collect of the day

Father, we praise you,
that through your Word and Holy Spirit you created all things,
you reveal your salvation in all the world through Jesus Christ,
the word made flesh,
through your Holy Spirit you give us a share of your life and love,
fill us with the vision of your glory,
that we may always serve you and praise you,
Father Son and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.


Today’s readings

  • Proverbs 8:1 – 4, 22 – 31
  • Psalm 8
  • Romans 5:1 – 5
  • John 16: 12 – 15

next week

  • 1 Kings 19:1 – 4, 8 – 15 a
  • Psalm 42, 43
  • Galatians 3:10 – 14, 23 – 29
  • Luke 8: 26 – 39

A thought to ponder upon

Trinity Sunday – John 16: 12 – 15

“the spirit of truth will guide you all truth”

As Ordinary Time resumes,”two solemnities of the Lord ” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity, originating in France in the 8th century and adopted by the universal Church in 1334, focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out upon us in the Sustainer spirit.

In his final words to his disciples at the Last Supper, Jesus promises to send the ”Spirit of truth to guide you all truth”. The Son has revealed that the Father to the Church, the Spirit of truth and wisdom keeps that revelation alive in the church.

Trinity Sunday is a celebration of the many dimensions in which we discover the how and why of God: God the Creator and Sustainer of all that lives; God the Christ who became one of us to show us the depth of God’s love; the Spirit, the love of God living among us, the love that gives meaning and vision to us, God’s beloved creation.

Truth is an ongoing process; God continues to reveal himself in all time. He is not a silent God who ceased to reveal himself on the last page of the Scripture. Through the Spirit dwelling within us and within the church, God is still leading us into a greater realisation of what Jesus taught in the Gospels.

To be a person of authentic faith means to seek out and face the truth – regardless of the consequences, regardless of the cost to egos or wallets, regardless of our doubts and cynicism and fear. To live our faith means to live the truth about love, justice and forgiveness with that integrity and conviction, regardless of the cost.

Faith begins with realising the Spirit of God breathing life into all that exists; faith that then compels us to continue the creative work of God, to embrace a real grace by the love of God that envelops every wonder of nature and every manifestation of compassion.

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Baptism

From left front - anti-clockwise- Lacy, Lydia, Brent, Susan and Rev'd Josie

From left front, anti-clockwise; Laicy, Lydia, Brent, Susan and Rev’d Josie


Baptism of Lydia – we warmly welcome Lydia into our community, along with her parents Brent and Laicy and godparents Amy and Anna

But it looks like Lydia is more interested in the marbled mud cake with cream icing.

(Yes we did get their permission before posting this photo.)

Weekly Church Service – Day of Pentecost: June 9, 2019

Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence

God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5


Collect of the day

O God,
who in smoke and fire upon Mount Sinai
gave the law to Moses;
and who revealed the new covenant in the fire of the spirit,
grant, we pray,
that, kindled by that same spirit
which you poured forth upon your apostles
we may fulfill with joy your commandment of love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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United Nations hears of Anglican Communion Churches’ active role in tackling climate change


The Anglican Communion’s Advocacy Officer and Head of New York Office, Jillian Abballe, took part in a UN TV discussion this week
Photo Credit: ACNS

[ACNS, by Rachel Farmer] The vital role of the church and faith communities in tackling climate change was highlighted during a televised discussion broadcast live from the UN Head Office in New York yesterday (6 June). Advocacy Officer and Head of New York Office for the Anglican Communion, Jillian Abballe, was one of six panellist taking part in the live UN TV discussion about the role of faith communities in planting and nurturing the seed of climate responsibility.

Addressing the crucial role that faith-based organisations, religious traditions and communities play in addressing the threats of climate change, Jillian shared stories of how members of the Anglican Communion are having an impact through influence, earth stewardship and in modelling responsibility towards the environment.

She said: “The Anglican Communion is a global family of churches that is located in over 165 countries throughout the world representing roughly 85 million people.” She told the delegates that the Communion is working to address both current and future environmental challenges.

“Along with my colleague Jack Palmer-White, who is the Anglican Communion Representative to the United Nations,” Jillian said, “we work to bring Anglican voices and expertise to the global stage, build strong relationships with the UN and other partners so that the grassroots work of our parishes and dioceses is more effective.”

Jillian said the Anglican Communion is speaking out about the environment and how to understand the world through a holistic theology that reconciles the people, the planet and prosperity.

She said: “The commitments we make as communities and global networks make a statement to the world and re-shape our imagination of mission and how we respond to such crises. For example, at the recent 17th session of the Anglican Consultative Council a resolution was passed that recognised the scale of the global climate emergency and encouraged all Anglican churches to live out what is called the fifth Mark of Mission – ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’”

She highlighted the role of the Anglican Communion Environment Network in advocating for responsible environmental stewardship, support and leadership to local initiatives, and educating Anglicans as individuals and communities to become better stewards of creation.

Jillian said the Communion has begun to implement collaborative strategies across its provinces and working with the Environmental Network and the Anglican Alliance, it is bringing together development, relief and advocacy activities combined with capacity building and training.

The proactive role of the Communion in South America and Southern Africa were cited as examples of action in areas where, according to Jillian, the most vulnerable are already experiencing catastrophic climate change-related disasters.

She said: “Bishops and representatives from six South American countries are pursuing environmental justice work in their dioceses with high priority given to land use and deforestation, youth-oriented community organising, reducing carbon footprints, recycling and organic gardening, water issues involving public use rather than privatised water, soil contamination from oil drilling, and education around the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Further examples of the Communion’s active work in tackling climate change, highlighted during the live programme, included Sri Lanka where in the Diocese of Colombo, 450 children participated in an Environment Art Competition to create awareness and concern on environmental issues among Children. Jillian also spoke about Pakistan where a small-scale Christian faith-based organisation – the Society for Peace and Sustainable Development – is working at grass root level in five districts of South Punjab, Pakistan running Green Climate Clubs and a Green Schools Project to engage children with nature.

She said: “from the UN office, we take all of these concerns seriously and are going to start work on a strategy for the acceleration and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals across the Communion from 2020-2030. We are also placing a specific focus on climate induced displacement, indigenous rights, and Pacific small island developing states (P-SIDS).”

Responding to questions, Jillian said: “there is urgent action that needs to be taken that we possibly haven’t fully imagined. . . I hope in our faith traditions we can call up the spirituality to usher us into an era where we can have that imagination to create new solutions.”


Weekly Church Service – Easter 7: June 2, 2019


Sentence:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
Acts 16:31


Collect of the day

Almighty God,
whose blessed son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one,
as you and he are one,
grant that your church,
being bound together in love and obedience to you,
may be united in one body by one spirit,
that the world may believe in him who you have sent,
your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 6: May 26, 2019


Sentence:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, says the Lord.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27


Collect of the day

Great and loving God,
your will for us in your son Jesus
is the peace which the world cannot give,
your abiding gift, the Advocate he promised, calm all troubled hearts, dispel every fear, and keep us steadfast in love and faithful to your word.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always.
Amen


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 5: May 19, 2019


Sentence:

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
One John 4:16 B


Collect of the day

We behold your glory, O God,
in the love shown by your son,
lifted up on the cross and exalted on high;
be glorified anew by the love we have for one another
as disciples of the risen Lord Jesus.
Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen


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How to interpret the Bible

Use ‘exegesis’ to interpret the Bible. Exegesis is where we draw out of the text what it is actually saying, using the original historical context, regardless of what we believe. Sometimes familiar stories are quite different than what we remember if read this way. After examining a Biblical passage using exegesis we may need to examine our other beliefs. Exegesis began with scholars studying the Bible and is now used in a variety of settings including art, film and literature. Exegesis is highly objective.

Many people use the exact opposite technique called ‘eisegesis’. Eisegesis is reading into a text the meaning we want it to have,  ignoring the original historical context and using a text to confirm our biases and predispositions. We can use eisegesis to prove anything we want to in a Biblical text. Eisegesis is highly subjective.

An example of the difference between these two techniques is contained in the phrase “Do we let our politics shape our understanding of the Bible (Eisegesis)?”  or “do we let our understanding of the Bible shape our politics (Exegesis)?”

Exegesis and eisegesis are mutually exclusive. They are not two ends on a continuum but two distinct ways of thinking, even if we are not aware of it. It may be best to learn exegesis during a specific course of study at a university or from someone who knows the differences between the two.

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