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 near 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 own 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.
It’s Christmas Eve and the season of hope and joy is well underway.
As I looked at the news this week it was a shame to notice that hope and joy where not necessarily the overriding themes in world or local events.
On Thursday evening there was the shocking attack in Melbourne. Whilst it was encouraging to hear of the many who rushed to offer assistance to the victims and those who quickly sought to apprehend the driver, the fact remains that such an act of violence and brutality does not fill our hearts with hope and joy. Whatever the motivations for such an attack, whether mental health issues played a role, whether miraculously all the victims make a full recovery, such an attack is a reminder of how broken our world is.
And sadly the reminders don’t stop there. Evil in the world doesn’t take a holiday over Christmas. So are we simply naive to celebrate hope and joy with family and friends in the midst of all this?
Not at all. We must remember that at Christmas we celebrate that hope and joy came into this broken world two thousand years ago as a new born baby. He came not to bring a season of relaxing and celebration but a grand rescue. Hope and Joy are real at Christmas because as we look around at our world we know that the only hope it has, is found in Jesus Christ.
He came because God cares. He came because God has a plan. He came so that by dying and rising we might have a hope and joy that transcends the struggles and sadnesses of this world. As you read the news this Christmas, remember, our joy and hope come because we needed a rescuer and now we have one.
Yours in Christ, Tim.
St Peter’s is still collecting stamps for BCA. Last year BCA raised over $4,000 from the sale of used stamps, so it is worthwhile saving them up. If anyone has stamps from Christmas cards that could be passed on to BCA St Peter’s is happy to send them on. Either leave at St Peter’s or give to Tim at church. Many thanks.
All regular activities are in recess during the school holidays until February, 2018.
Bible Readings & Prayers for January 2018.
Sunday 7th January – Psalm 42, 2 Peter 1:1-11 Prayers – Geoff Brimley Judith Finney
Sunday 14th January – Psalm 50, 2 Peter 1:12-21 Prayers – David Doyle Steve Hunt
Sunday 21st January – Psalm 90, 2 Peter 2:1-22 Prayers – Arthur Irving Susie Easton
Sunday 28th January – TBA – Preacher – Bob Mendelsohn (Jews for Jesus) Prayers – Tim McIver Brian Connon
Dates in 2018 for AGM’s
St Peter’s – Sunday 4th February at 2pm
St John’s – Sunday 4th February at 4pm
St George’s – Sunday 11th February at 4pm
St Aidan’s – Tuesday 13th February at 7pm
Blackheath Parish – Tuesday 13th February at 8pm