Reflecting on ministry (sermon and reflections 19 July 2015)

This morning, Ben reported back on taking “a bit of Johnsonville” to the diocesan Ministry conference; Nathan talked about his experience of the Cursillo retreat and Fiona talked about her experience of Alpha. The theme for all three reflections centered around today’s gospel reading where Jesus tries to take some quiet time with his disciplesContinue reading “Reflecting on ministry (sermon and reflections 19 July 2015)”

“A great day had by all”: the Diocesan Hui/Picnic

“What a great effort by the over 460 people who attended the first ever Diocesan Hui at the Cathedral on 8 March 2014. “Many people wondered what it was going to be like, an inside picnic, expo, talk fest or worship? Well it was all that and more as we came together as family toContinue reading ““A great day had by all”: the Diocesan Hui/Picnic”

We are sent out to tell the Good News

Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 ‘The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.’ Here’s a description of an early outreach ministry into the local communities. Seventy ministers sent out to proclaim the good news. I wonder what sort ofContinue reading “We are sent out to tell the Good News”

Being open to where God calls us to go

Readings: Acts 16:9-15 & John 14:23-29 The other week we met Dorcas who was healed by Peter. Today we encounter Lydia who meets up with Paul. It’s another story that could be about us. Luke, who wrote the Acts of the Apostles, is describing how the gospel spread from country to country. Paul, accompanied byContinue reading “Being open to where God calls us to go”

The story of Tabitha: looking after the ordinary stuff of life

Reading: Acts 9:36-43 In the Acts of the Apostles Luke tells us stories from the life of the early church, which are usually about significant events. But every now and then he changes gear – from history-changing moments to small, domestic ones. That’s what we have today. We’re in an upstairs room in an ordinaryContinue reading “The story of Tabitha: looking after the ordinary stuff of life”

Awesome Church: Family BBQ – 27 April

Awesome Church Our next Awesome Church will be at 4.30pm on Saturday 27 April. This month we celebrate Easter with a family sausage sizzle barbeque.  Our theme will be Jesus feeding his disciples on the beach. Awesome Church is a chance for families with children to get together.  There is crafts, storytelling and a shortContinue reading “Awesome Church: Family BBQ – 27 April”

Readings and prayers 31 March 2013

Sentence: Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Alleluia! Luke 24:34; Revelation 1:6 Collect: Jesus Christ our Saviour, you have delivered us from death and sin. You have brought with the dawn a new beginning and an empty tomb; grant us strength and humility to enter into live. Amen Sunday  and ThursdayContinue reading “Readings and prayers 31 March 2013”

Family learning activity: What’s that he’s riding on? (24 March 2013)

Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 It was time for Jesus to go up to Jerusalem – the capital city. He sent two of his disciples off to a nearby village and told them to get a colt, which is a young horse. He said it would be one that had never been ridden. He said if anyoneContinue reading “Family learning activity: What’s that he’s riding on? (24 March 2013)”

Readings and prayers 24 March 2013

Sentence: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blesses is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Matthew 21:9 Collect: Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem the people waved palms with shouts of acclamation. Grant that when the shouting dies we may still walk beside you even to a cross. Amen Sunday Bible Readings:Continue reading “Readings and prayers 24 March 2013”

Family learning activity: A great show of love (17 March 2013)

Scripture: John 12:1-8 Jesus was staying at the home of Lazarus. On Jesus’ last visit Lazarus had been very sick and died. Jesus then raised him from the dead. Now Lazarus lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha. They all sat down ready for dinner. Just as Martha was about to serve up, Mary broughtContinue reading “Family learning activity: A great show of love (17 March 2013)”