Wings like eagles

4 February, 2024 Colin Archibald (Lay reader)

We can see the effects of the wind and feel it’s presence but we cannot see it. Yet an eagle in the mountains can stretch out its large wings and without flapping them, harness this unseen force and soar to incredibly high altitudes.

'but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40. 31

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Knowledge Puffs Up, But Love Builds Up: Using Our Freedom in Christ Wisely and Lovingly

28 January, 2024 Ryan Kennealy (Lay Reader)

Have you ever wondered what to do when you face a situation where your Christian freedom seems to clash with the conscience of another believer? How do you decide what is right and wrong in matters that are not clearly spelled out in the Bible? How do you balance your liberty in Christ with your love for your brothers and sisters in the Lord? These are some of the questions that Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 8, where he deals with the issue of eating food that has been sacrificed to idols. In this passage, he teaches us some important principles on how to use our freedom in Christ wisely and lovingly, without causing others to stumble in their faith. Let us listen to what God’s Word has to say to us today.

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Disciples for Christ

21 January, 2024 Malcolm Haynes (Lay reader)

For some people, fishing is enjoyable relaxation. There are also others around the world who rely on fishing to provide for their families – you don’t catch, you don’t eat. When Jesus called to the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, James and John, he was calling them to leave behind their jobs, their lifestyles and their families to become his disciples. Jesus also calls us to be his disciples and become “fishers of people”. Discipleship is a journey where God has given us gifts and opportunities to share the message of salvation with the world. We pray that God’s love will work through us so that others see and hear Jesus in our words and actions.

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God knows you

14 January, 2024 Anny Ferguson (Lay Reader)

God knows you inside out. Despite our best efforts to hide and disguise ourselves, He knows every part and He still comes as our Saviour. Why? Because God doesn’t want to just know us, He wants to be known by us in return, to be in relationship with each and every part of His creation. Come and see Jesus.

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Our Baptism is the Baptism of the Lord

7 January, 2024 Rev Dr Dean Zweck

At his baptism God sent down the Holy Spirit on Jesus and revealed him as his beloved Son. As God’s anointed Son Jesus took upon himself the servant work of saving the world. Because he did that we too can be baptised. We are baptised into Jesus Christ. We are baptised into his death and resurrection. Our sins are washed away, we die to sin, and we are born anew of water and the Spirit to live as new people. We become God's children through Christ. In baptism we too are anointed with the Holy Spirit and are empowered for doing good, for mission, for service.

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Another year of Grace

31 December, 2023 Pam Martin (Lay Reader) / Pastor Neil Stiller

Another year has almost gone and we are on the brink of 2024. What kind of year has 2023 been for you? How would you place it on a scale of 1-10? As we stand on the threshold of another year, Jesus tells us through the parable of the fig tree, of God's forgiveness and grace. He is ready to help us be the people we should be as we step forward with him into the new year.

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Two kinds of Christmas gifts

25 December, 2023 Pastor Neil Stiller

'To you is born this day a Saviour who is Christ, the Lord.' Luke 2:11

There are two kinds of gifts that I receive at Christmas - those I want and those I don't want. Christmas reveals God's amazing Gift to us humans. Is that Gift among those I want, or don't want?

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Outback Christmas

17 December, 2023 Pastor Geoff Burger

Outbook Christmas was a book published in 1981, written by Dr Norm Habel, illustrated by Pro Hart. Most of our Christmas art and verse has been inherited from English and European sources, but the Christian message is universal and other cultures commonly portray the characters and events surrounding Christ's birth in line with local custom. The ideas and images of the book reflect the search of many Australians to express their faith in language consistent with the Australian experience.

Lead by Pastor Geoff Burger at our 10am Worship Service, several members of St John's performed monologues reflecting on the Christmas story in an Australian context. The audio recording includes several songs and hymns. It concludes with a blessing by the author, Dr Norm Habel. (The recording goes for 46 minutes.)

The Bible Readings pdf is from our Lessons and Carols 8.30am Worship Service.

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Simply Good News

11 December, 2023 Pastor David Christian

Mark begins his Gospel with the Words: The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Then he tells us how Jesus brings in a new Kingdom and calls us to repent and welcome this Kingdom. Mark tells us the Good News of the great victory Jesus will win, and the life changing transformation this has for all people for this life and for the life to come.

We have often made the Good News too narrow. We might picture it as describing a personal relationship we can have with Jesus. We might see it as little more than believing in Jesus so that when we die we will go to heaven. We might even reduce it to good advice. But it is much, much more. The Good News is the message of a great victory won by Jesus which transforms our whole life on earth and in heaven. It is the Good news which is for all people and for all aspects of life. What Jesus did brings JOY TO THE WORLD. Please don’t limit the Good News this Advent and Christmas.

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