Being Made Ready

Psalm 25 | Mark 1:9-15 As part of Lent Event this year I decided to give up drinking coffee. So if I seem a little grumpy, or find it hard to stay awake at times, there is a good, chemical reason. At least that’s my excuse. Lent is best known as a period of fasting, of doing without. In fact, that idea has probably come to dominate the popular concept of Lent - I imagine if you asked the majority of people outside the Church what Lent was about, they would either have no idea what you were talking about, or would simply know that it’s a time when people give something up. In modern years, and with an eye to shedding the negative, life-retricting image that the Church too often has, many people have tried to change the emphasis of Lent. It’s quite popular now to talk of taking something up instead of giving something up; to view Lent as an opportunity to build a new, positive dimension in your life; whether that be committing to a time of prayer or reading of the Bible, or a regular act of service, or spending increased time with family and friends, or giving in a more disciplined way to a cause you believe in. Read More

Ignite festival at St. John’s

Ignite the Flame Arts Festival is being celebrated at St Johns this year with a space to hear stories and contemplate. Godly Play in conjunction with Sacred Space is running from 13th-14th April. All are welcome and the event is free! Bookings for numbers must be made if you wish to attend a Godly Play session.… Read More... Read More

Transfigured

Exodus 34:29-32 | Mark 9:2-9 On Tuesday night at Nooma we had what I call a ‘help Chris to write his sermon’ study. Essentially this consists of listening to a passage of the Bible being read, and then reflecting on a few simple questions. Last Tuesday we looked at our gospel reading for today, and essentially the concensus we came to was that none of us in the room could see how this story has anything to do with our lives today. So what’s it about? Why does Mark choose to include this story in his gospel? What role does it play in his narrative, what is it about Jesus that we are supposed to read through, in, or behind these words? Read More

… and then there were 8: Harbour Circle Walk, Saturday 18th February, 2012

Twelve Cartophiles started the walk on Saturday, but a rather reduced number finished. The weather was delightful when we gathered at Woolwich ferry wharf for the short trip across to Greenwich and the start of the walk.  Michael, Gabriel, Annie, James and Kit backed up from the last week’s rogaine with stalwart Cartophiles Sue, Aida and Doug. … Read More... Read More

The Turramurra Passion

I really can’t recommend The Turramurra Passion Play highly enough. The Play is an interactive and slightly modern interpretation of the Easter story, performed in and around the grounds of Turramurra Uniting Church. Based primarily on Luke’s Gospel from The Message translation, the play was first performed in 1999, and has developed over the following years.… Read More... Read More

If it had been hard…

2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman was a powerful and influential man, commander of the army of the king of Aram, a successful military leader who had won the favour of his king through his victories on the battlefield. And to put that into context; Aram was the dominant power in the region at the time of Elisha – Naaman’s defeated opponents had, on numerous occasions, included the people of Israel (as we read in the passage, Naaman’s wife was served by a slave girl who was an Israelite, taken in one of their raids on the land). A powerful man, used to winning, used to getting his own way. But he has a problem. For all his military success, all his armies, all his influence with the king cannot cure him of a disfiguring skin condition (normally translated in English versions of the Bible as leprosy, although lacking modern medical categories the word probably included a wide range of skin diseases). None of his power or influence can help him – but help comes, from the most unexpected of sources. Read More

Cartophiles in “The Baygaine”, 12th Feb 2012

The Cartophiles entered three teams in the NSW Rogaining Association’s 2012 Metrogaine, called The Baygaine.  This 6 hour event pitted 125 teams (about 300 competitors) in a find-your-own-route hunt for control sites throughout Sydney’s Inner West. Our family team, Michael and 7yo Gabriel, stuck with the adults for the first three checkpoints, then went their own way to lunch at Birkenhead Point. … Read More... Read More

The Miracle of the Marmalade Cat

The Miracle of the Marmalade Cat A Meditation on John 3:16 - Rob Ferguson The graciousness of being so inspired the all-encompassing love of Jesus, that whosoever shares his passion in their hearts, shall not suffer the confining limitations of shallow existence, but shall know the ever-expanding eternal wonder of abundant life in all its fullness. Thanks be to God. Read More

Pioneer

Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 | Mark 1:21-28 When I was at High School – cross country running (at which I was rubbish) – taught that the secret of keeping going was always to keep in sight the runner in front of you.. The last thing you could afford to do, as the going got tough, was to think about how far there still was to go, or how cold, wet and miserable you were (this was in England, and cross country running was only scheduled for when it was too wet (or snowy) to play rugby).… Read More... Read More

Pancakes

Hard to believe that Lent will be upon us soon… shrove tuesday is February 21st, and we’ll be having dessert pancakes at the manse, starting at 7. Everyone welcome! If you can, please bring along a topping that we can put on the pancakes, or something to drink, or something…… Read More... Read More