Advent Photo-a-Day

Here’s a great idea from the United Methodist Church – a photo-a-day for Advent. Each day in December you take a photograph somehow reflecting the different word or idea for the day. That way, every day, you slow down and become attentive to the world around you at least for long enough to look for and photograph your subject.… Read More... Read More

Give Hope Rally

More than 200 squares of calico painted with messages of hope calling for the end of child immigration detention in Australia were joined together and put on display at Circular Quay today. Here’s ours, sewn together with some of its many friends…… Read More... Read More

Christmas Pageant Service

Back by popular demand, on the Sunday morning before Christmas we’ll be holding our annual Christmas Pageant service. Kids can come along in costume of any of the characters in the Christmas story, or dress up in one of our costumes at the door, and we’ll do an unrehearsed telling of the story.… Read More... Read More

The Temple that Endures

Listen! Isaiah 12 | Luke 21:5-19 I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains.… Read More... Read More

Blue Christmas

While Christmas is, for most of us, a joyful time, it can also be a difficult time of year, especially for those who have lost loved ones and are especially aware of their absence at times of celebration. We mark this time of year at St. John’s with our Blue Christmas service – a service of Remembrance and Hope.… Read More... Read More

To Seek and Save

Listen! Psalm 119:137-144 | Luke 19:1-10 I doubt that there has ever been a society in which being a tax collector was a profession which would make you automatically popular amongst your peers. Even in a stable democracy like Australia, in which we have a say in the government that spends our tax dollars, and in which, for all the genuine disagreements in our political system, there is actually broad agreement on the vast majority of our spending, most people still resent paying tax, and would choose to pay less if they had that choice.… Read More... Read More

Saints

Listen! Psalm 149 | Ephesians 1:11-23 This week we saw marked one of the major, but widely unrecognised festivals of the Church. You could of course be forgiven for thinking that the major festival this last week was Halloween – although if you think that Halloween has got out of control over here in Australia, share a thought for my friend Steve in Scotland who posted on Facebook that he “had an email from Debenhams online decorated with pumpkins and skulls and offering 20% off all lingerie”.… Read More... Read More