23 November, 2020

St John's Worship@Home Sunday 22 November

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36

Helping those in need is something that we are called to do – it is something that shows we have a living faith in Christ. In recent times Mother Teresa was a good example of someone who lived out this calling in their lives. While these works are important, they are not something that contribute to our salvation – if they did, then we would always fall short of what God requires.

Instead we rely totally on Christ and what he has done for our salvation. He saves us through giving his life for us on the cross. He clothes us with his righteousness and he feeds us with his Word and through his body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. In response to all that Christ has done and continues to do for us, we can go out with peace and joy to not only care for one another’s physical needs, but we can point them to Christ who can look after their spiritual needs. Because it is putting your faith and trust in Christ that separates the sheep from the goats.

Stephen Noblett

This Sunday we were looking forward to Welcoming home to St Johns Stephen Noblett to preach to us face to face on the weeks leading up to his ordination. The Lockdown has changed our plans. We are thankful that Stephen was able to record his message on Tuesday before the lockdown so that we can all receive his message as we worship at home this weekend.

Stephen grew up in the St John’s Church Community in Unley. He is the Son of Peter and Dawn (dec.) Noblett. He has spent the last 5 years training to serve as a pastor in the Lutheran Church of Australia. In two weeks, (if pubic worship has recommenced), Stephen will be ordained as a pastor of the LCA at the Concordia College Chapel.

At the time of recording Stephen reported to me the plan at that time for the ordination service. He explained how different this year’s ordination service on the 6th December will be with each ordinand able to have only 10 guests present and the service live streamed for all to watch from home. Right now we wait to see if the ordinations will even be able to take place on that day or will need to be postponed! After ordination Stephen will then serve the Southern Flinders parish which includes congregations in Appila, Booleroo Centre, Jamestown, Laura and Wirrabra.

Stephen, this is not the home coming we wanted to give you! Still, welcome home! We pray God’s blessings on you as you offer your gifts to the church and begin your years of service as a pastor. Stephen, May God the Good shepherd provide you with every good thing you need to do his will!

18 November, 2020

St John's Worship Sunday 15 November

Jesus said: “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” Matthew 25:14

God has appointed each of us to be stewards of His gifts / his wealth. And the greatest of these gifts is the Gospel – the Good news that God has come to rescue us from our mess, forgives us, save us, make us his own and share his eternal love with us.

This appointment to invest the gift of the Gospel is significant. The way we use our time has the potential to change eternity for others; for as we invest the Gospel in others it has the potential to multiply and bless many more over time.

You have probably heard statements like: ‘Time is the most valuable thing we have to spend’ and ‘lost time is never found again!’ So may we make good use of our time together today by reflecting on our place in time and eternity and how we can use it to the Glory of God.

One of the great challenges to the way we use our time can be the danger of comparison. When we start to look at what others have and forget about the gift we have been given we run the risk of dis-appointing ourselves. If you identify with this, recognize it now, be assured, God’s gift is for you, his gift is new ever morning. He continues to gift you with his love and eternal promises so that you can start again!

So be prepared to celebrate your appointment, see the gift you have received and simply put it to use where you are and be blessed!

Enjoy the gift and share it – You are loved!

Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig and Pastor Andrew Brook