Trinity

Listen! Isaiah 6:1-8 | Romans 8:12-17 The Sunday after Pentecost Sunday is probably one of the least observed festivals of the Christian year. So you are fully excused if you didn’t know that today is Trinity Sunday. To be honest, I don’t think I’d have realised either, if it hadn’t been for an argument on the subject breaking out amongst some of my theologian friends on Facebook….… Read More... Read More

Vanuatu Update

A couple of days ago I received an update from Marnie Frost at UnitingWorld. The literacy program has just recommenced following Cyclone Pam, with 40 teachers and principals (see photo!) being supported to travel from remote communities to Port Vila to complete training that will lead to their re-accreditation. Funds raised in the Cyclone Pam appeal (to which St.… Read More... Read More

Women’s Shelter Gala Dinner

On Saturday August 15th, at Hornsby RSL at 7pm, the Hornsby Lion’s Club are holding a Gala Dinner to raise funds for the Hornsby Women’s Shelter. The special guest is Linda Mottram of ABC Radio, and the evening includes music from “Street Party” and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $65 – you can book online or by calling 0414 806 840.… Read More... Read More

Overnight walk in June: Govett’s Leap to Mt Victoria, Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The Cartophiles’ second overnight walk of the year is a three day trek over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 6th – 8th June. We start at Govetts Leap on Saturday morning, pass Bridal Falls then drop into the Grose Valley and follow the river to the Acacia Flats campsite. On Sunday we walk through the Blue Gum Forest and continue to explore the valley to the Burra Korain Flat Camping Area.… Read More... Read More

Pentecost

(due to a technical error, audio is not available for this week’s sermon…) Ezekiel 37:1-14 | Acts 2:1-21 Ever felt like a dry bone? In Ezekiel’s day, the people of Israel certainly did. Not long before they 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.… Read More... Read More

Hummy Mummies

A small local choir (The Hummy Mummies), in which Elly Cowan sings, is raising money for St John’s Ambulance. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of old favourites…and discover some new ones. Sunday 14th June at 2pm here at St John’s. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for concessions (children and pensioners).… Read More... Read More

Godly Play training day

On June 7th, after the morning service (starting around 11am), Judyth Roberts will be running an introduction to Godly Play training session at St. John’s. Anyone interested in exploring this way of telling Biblical Stories to children is very welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend, although a contribution to cover the cost of lunch (which will be provided) would be welcomed.… Read More... Read More

Jesus’ Prayer

Listen! Psalm 1 | John 17:6-19 In the past few weeks we’ve been looking at some of what is normally called the “farewell discourse” – Jesus’ conversation with the disciples, as recorded by the author of John’s gospel, immediately before he was arrested and taken away to be tried and executed.… Read More... Read More

Jesus’ Command

Listen! 1 John 5:1-6 | John 15:9-17 Last week our gospel reading gave us the image of the vine and the branches; and with it, Jesus’ command that we were to abide in him; and with that, his promise that if we did, he would abide in us, and we would bear much fruit for him and for the Kingdom of God.… Read More... Read More

Mother’s Day @ The Growing Place

“Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” – Ephesians 6:1-3 Parents are a gift God gives us. Today the children reflected on what it means to honour and respect their parents through their attitudes and actions.… Read More... Read More

Pruned

Listen!Psalm 22:25-31 | John 15:1-8 One of the many memorable moments during our recent holiday, came while we were staying with my parents. A few of us, including my mum, had just started to play a board game, when my dad slipped out into the garden, muttering something about “going to prune those bushes”.… Read More... Read More