Rector’s Weekly News Article
Over January there will just be this one newsletter. You’re welcome to grab one each week, but it will be the same...
If your life is anything like mine, then things really sped up and got busy during December, and will hopefully, slow down a bit over January. School is on break, lots of our normal routines are put on hold. If you’re extremely lucky you might even find yourself in the ocean at some point.
Whilst I’ve never been a great fan of New Year’s resolutions this change in the normal rhythm of life does give us a unique opportunity to reflect on the year that has past and consider our hopes for the coming one. Often the main goal in life can seem to be simply to get through another week. This can happen when you’re young and at school, when you’re busy with work and family or when you’re retired and somehow your weeks are still full and your body might not be quite keeping up as it once did.
For all of us it is good to consider the ways in which we are seeking to grow our own faith and how we are seeking to help our brothers and sisters grow. There are a few pretty simple ways that we can make our own personal spiritual growth a priority. The first is to be regular in our personal Bible reading and prayer. I know many of you have systems and long held habits of reading and praying daily. For others this might be a new concept or one that has always been a struggle. Use January to get into a new habit. Not so much a resolution but a decision to make it a priority.
The other thing that is key to your spiritual growth and your involvement in the spiritual growth of others is the extent to which you plan to meet with other Christians. Again this is something that comes naturally to some but is quite new to others. If we’re going to love one another, it’s very beneficial if we end up in the same place at the same time. Though things do invariably come up, it is good for us to meet together every Sunday. It’s also of great benefit to be in a small group where you are able to get to know people even better and pray for one another in a much more personal way than is possible in our Sunday meetings. I would love to help find a group that’s suitable for anyone who wants to join.
I do hope January is refreshing and a good introduction to a New Year for you all. I pray that this year will be a year of growth and joy in the Lord.
Yours in Christ, Tim.
Refugees and Christmas
In his 2015 presidential address our Arch-Bishop encouraged and committed the Diocese to practically take our part in loving refugees. This was particularly in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Since that point many Anglicans have been looking for practical opportunities to make a positive contribution. For those who have been particularly involved it has become increasingly apparent that it can be very difficult to just get in there and help.
Several Anglican churches in the mountains have been keen to support particular refugee families as they come to terms with living in Australia. Until recently this has proved to be very difficult to achieve.
A week or so ago Springwood Anglican Church was notified that an Iraqi family had been approved and would be flying into the country in the coming days. By now people from Springwood Anglican will have met them at the airport and brought them to the mountains to celebrate Christmas and then live in housing which the church has arranged. These refugees have fled Iraq because they were not safe. We pray that their arrival in Sydney will make the beginning of a new start for them marked by peace and safety.
It is quite likely that they will have landed in Sydney on Christmas Eve. In many ways, Christmas Eve is about the worst time to fly anywhere, let alone the worst time to start a new life in a western country that is completely out of your normal world. Christmas is however also a perfect time to arrive somewhere new, to be given a new life, and to start living a life that had not been possible before.
We should pray for this family. I will give you more details about them if they are happy about that. We should also remember the opportunity we have been given because the Lord Jesus turned up on that first Christmas morning. He lived a life in a foreign land, so that we could start a new life in peace and safety. God is very interested in refugees. He is the one who will ultimately provide refuge.
Yours in Christ, Tim.
ALL REGULAR MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE IN RECESS UNTIL FEBRUARY.
St Peter’s is still collecting used stamps for BCA, save any Christmas card stamps for them.
St John’s Hartley has suffered severe storm damage recently and consequently there will be no service held there in January.
SERVICES IN JANUARY, 2019
Sunday 20th January – Tim McIver
Readings – TBA
Prayers – St Peter’s – Arthur Irving; St Aidan’s – Brian Connon;
Sunday 27th January – Tim McIver
Readings – TBA
Prayers – St Peter’s – Tim McIver; St Aidan’s – Susie Easton
AGM dates for year ending December 2018
St Peter’s Mt Victoria – Sunday 3rd February at 2pm
St John’s Hartley – Sunday 3rd February at 4pm
St George’s Mt Wilson – Sunday 10th February at 4pm
St Aidan’s Blackheath – Tuesday 12th February at 7pm
Parish of Blackheath – Tuesday 12th February at 8pm
Care & Share Support – if you or someone you know needs this service at any time please contact Judy Dyer, Judith Finney or Carol in the church office.