Alone Again, Naturally

Listen!The Castle Instead of a sermon I’m going to tell you a story. Of course, my story involves bushwalking. Most of you probably know that every year the St Johns Cartophiles Bushwalking Club does one multi-day trek, like the Overland Track in Tasmania. Last year’s trek was in the Budawangs Wilderness Area, inland from Ulladulla.… Read More... Read More

Burrawang Walk & Cape Baily Track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Saturday 21st June, 2014

The Cartophiles’ sixth day walk of the year takes us to the Kamay Botany Bay National Park: the point of first contact between Aboriginal people and the Endeavour crew. The walk starts and finishes at the Kurnell Visitor Centre and starts with the easy-rated Burrawang Walk before exploring the heath and the great views along the moderate-rated Cape Baily Track to the Cape Baily Lighthouse.… Read More... Read More

Cancelled: Wondabyne Station to Kariong Brook Waterfall Saturday 17th May, 2014

THIS WALK IS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIL TRACK WORK   The Cartophiles’ fifth day walk for 2014 takes us into the Brisbane Waters National Park and follows a section of the Great North Walk to the tranquil and beautiful Kariong Brook falls.  The walk starts and finishes at Wondabyne railway station, the only railway station in Australia which has no road access.… Read More... Read More

Easter

Listen! John 20:1-18 At the heart of the Christian faith lie three great mysteries. Not mysteries in the sense of a murder mystery, in which, when the truth is revealed all will become clear, but mystery in the sense that art is a mystery, music is a mystery, science is a mystery: a mystery in this sense is something that goes deeper than we will ever see.… Read More... Read More

Broad but shallow

Listen! Psalm 118:20-29 | Matthew 21:1-11 We all know the story – it’s one of the big spectacles of the Christian year. The triumphal entry, the palm branches cut down and lain across the road, Jesus riding in on a donkey, children shouting “Hosanna”. And we all know, as well, because we’ve read the end of the story, that the euphoria of the moment doesn’t last.… Read More... Read More

Congregational Meeting

Date for your diary – on May 18th we’ll be holding a congregational meeting after the morning service. At this meeting we will be electing representatives for the Church Council. If you are interested in serving on the council, have a chat with Kit or Chris, or any other council member about it!… Read More... Read More

Eggs and Bunnies

Each year, there are more and more fairly traded chocolate treats available for the Easter rush – so if you are buying eggs or bunnies, make sure that you get them from producers who pay a fair living wage to our brothers and sisters in the developing world. Check the list on the fairtrade website here, or look for the Fairtrade symbol on the packaging…… Read More... Read More

Dry Bones

Listen! Ezekiel 37:1-14 | John 11:17-27 Not long before, the people of Israel had been part of something exciting, something vital; they had been part of the people called to be the people of God, and it had really meant something. They’d been a nation that worshipped God, a nation that identified with God, a nation in which each generation taught the things of God to the next generation, in which children grew up practicing the faith of their parents, and grandchildren the faith of their grandparents.… Read More... Read More

Broken Stories

(Due to technical failure, this sermon wasn’t recorded….) 1 Samuel 16:1-7 | John 9:13-17, 35-41 On the surface, 1 Samuel chapter 16 tells a simple story. King Saul, the first King of Israel, has gone bad; and while he still rules, God has rejected him. Samuel, God’s prophet, is commanded by God to go to Bethlehem, to the house of Jesse – for Jesse was an honourable man, obedient to the law of God – and secretly anoint a new king.… Read More... Read More