Witnesses

Isaiah 43:8-13 | Acts 1:1-8 Cast your mind back, if you will, and if you were here, past the family service last week, and over the two weeks before that. You may recall that I preached two sermons which seemed to say totally different – even contradictory – things. Three weeks ago, I spoke on Paul’s passionate appeal for the followers of Jesus to share the good news: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved – but how will they be able to call on the name of the Lord if no-one tells them”. The fundamental difference between the Church and a voluntary community organisation is not what we do, but that we do it in the name of Jesus Christ. But then the week before last I spoke of sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God by living lives that make a difference; by loving radically; standing against prejudice even when it is deeply embedded in our own culture; refusing to close our eyes to suffering or to deny our part in perpetuating injustice. Sharing the Kingdom of God by making that Kingdom more real in the day to day life of those around us. Read More

Sunjays

The first glorious sunny Friday of spring saw most of the kids outside for Playjays this week - riding the wheeled toys and making an almighty mess of the painting table. Most of the parents were happy to be able to be out in the sunshine as well. If this weather keeps us, we'll have the water table out before long... Read More

Congregational meeting (update)

Update – the meeting has been moved back a week to Sunday 4th September. The papers (account for last year and budget for this) are available in the narthex. If you picked up a copy last week please note that there have been some corrections made since then! On Sunday 28th we’ll be having a short congregational meeting after the morning service to receive the accounts for the year ending 30th June 2011 and approve the budget for the 2011/12 year.… Read More... Read More

Sharing the Kingdom

Matthew 5:13-16 | Acts 17:16-23 After last week’s sermon I had a number of people come up to me and say things along the lines of “I know we ought to be telling people about Jesus, but I’m just no good at proselytising”. To which my instinctive response was “good. So don’t do that.” But it’s a question – or a concern – that deserves rather more than a flippant answer. So today I’d like to explore different approaches to sharing the Kingdom of God, none of which consist primarily in going up to someone and saying “hey, you need to know about Jesus”. For I’m sure that the vast majority of Christians could say something like this: I want other people to know the good news of the Kingdom of God, I want my friends and family to experience the love of God as I have, but I’m just awful at talking about God. I don’t know what to say, I can’t put the things that really matter into words, I can’t explain that magical, amazing, indefinable something that is at the heart of my faith in Jesus. Read More

Wahroonga Prep Art Show

The weekend of September 9th – 11th will see the Wahroonga Prep art show – a collection of works by award winning local artists on display and available for purchase. Don’t miss the grand opening on the evening of September 9th – $20, with wine, live music, and a chance to meet the artists and see their works.… Read More... Read More

Sent ahead

Romans 10:12-15 | Matthew 14:22-33 The crowds have been fed, the baskets of food have been collected, and now it is time for everyone to go home. And Jesus sends the disciples on ahead, and he dismisses the crowd, and goes up the mountain, by himself, to pray. If you were to look back at the start of the story of the feeding of the 5000, you’d see that that was what Jesus had been trying to do all along; that story begins with the words “he withdraw in a boat to a deserted place by himself”. And read back further still and you’ll see why; for Matthew chapter 14 starts with the execution of John the Baptist: it is when Jesus heard of this, that he retreated to find a quiet spot. Confronted by the unjust execution of his cousin John, whose crime had been to offend the powerful wife of Herod by speaking the truth of her adulterous climb to power: confronted by the reality of what happened to the man who had been his forerunner, surely the reality of what he himself faced was greatly on his mind. And so he sought, and finally found, a little space for himself. But I don’t think that in the story we heard today Jesus desire for a little peace and quiet was on the forefront of the disciples’ minds. This story must have stayed with them for entirely another reason. But hold that thought for a few moments, and fast forward twenty years. Read More

Walks in August, 2011

Waratahs, Muogamarra, September 2010 The Cartophiles will run two half-day walks in August, both of which are a fantastic opportunity for novice bushwalkers and casual members to : Saturday 13th August 9km, 3hr, Thornleigh Station to Hornsby Station along the Great North Walk, rated moderate.   Finish with lunch at the Hornsby Inn Saturday 27th Aug 6km, 4hrs including lunch break, walk through the wildflowers of the Muogamarra Nature Reserve, rated easy to moderate. … Read More... Read More