Sunday 21st January

8.45 am Mt Victoria Morning Service Tim McIver
 10.30 am Blackheath Morning Service Tim McIver

1st Reading: Psalm 90
 2nd Reading: 2 Peter 2

Prayer leaders
St Peter’s: Arthur Irving
St Aidan’s: Susie Easton

Rector’s Weekly News Article

January

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.

Christmas Eve

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

OTHER MEETINGS

* Prayer meeting at St Peter’s each Sunday at 8am
* Teens Bible Study Group meet during school term every Sunday during the service at St Aidan’s Blackheath.
* 1st Sunday of month 9.30am  Prayer Meeting at St Aidan’s
* 3rd Saturday of month 8.30am Prayer Meeting at St Aidan’s
* Tuesday  Playcentre St Aidan’s –  10am
* Thursday
Kids’ Club St Peter’s Hall 3.15-4.30pm
* Friday
Imprint Youth   (High School age group)   St Aidan’s Hall 7pm-9pm
* St Peter’s Church Committee meets second Thursday of each month 4.30pm in the hall.
* St Aidan’s Church Committee meets fourth Thursday each month 3pm
* 1st Tuesday
of each month – Women’s Business 7.30pm St Peter’s Hall Mt Victoria
* Men’s Coffee Morning 1st and 3rd Friday at 10am Check News sheet for venue
* Care and Share 2nd Friday of each month at 10.30am
* Growth groups meet weekly in Blackheath, Mt Victoria and Hartley.  Further details under Ministry/Growth Groups

 Sunday 28th January
Bible Readings
1st Reading:
 2nd Reading:
Prayer Leaders
St Peter’s: Tim McIver
St Aidan’s: Brian Connon

PRAYER POINTS

Colossians 4:3 “Pray for us, that God will open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ”

Missions
#  Pray for S’s health as she is now home in Australia and that her time with the churches that support her will be a blessing for her. Pray for friends and colleagues she has left behind and who are very much on her mind
# Pray for Phil & Jenny Davis. Pray that INF will remain strong in Christian witness. Pray for the government in Nepal as they make decisions about people who share their faith and for the consequences of that.
# Pray for Phillip & Elke Knight, for Annabella and Lilly. Give thanks for the close connection with the Seafarers Centre, pray for all the staff, especially Derek McArtney in the role of Senior Chaplain. Give thanks for faithful church members who work alongside Philip & Elke in the ministry in Port Hedland.
# Pray for Mark Muss in the very demanding ministry he has at Lithgow Correctional Centre, Pray for Mark’s health and wellbeing and that he will feel the Holy Spirit’s uplifting power as he copes with all that this position requires of him. Pray for all chaplains in both prison and hospital situations, pray for good health, strength and commitment. # 

 Mission more locally
*
Pray for Archbishop Glenn Davies leading us all in the way of the Lord.
* Pray for Bishop Ivan Lee, pray for strength in mind, body and spirit.
* Pray too for Tim McIver, Jodie and their children in their ministry in our parish
* Pray for Michelle Seers making Jesus known in her various roles

Our Church Family
 # Pray that the joy of Christ would remain prominent in the hearts of those now in aged care facilities – Shirley McDonald, Irene Komcincko, Mary Broome and John Aitkens. Pray for Warwick & Sue Atkinson as they deal with health issues.  Pray also for Libby Raines from Mt Wilson who is still unwell. Pray for Ian Campbell from Hartley who has been unable to attend services for some time and for Ron Green from Mt Wilson who has b
een in and out of hospital and is still unwell.  
# Pray that our Growth Groups, Care and Share’s ministry, the Men’s Coffee morning, the monthly Women’s Business Group and the monthly morning tea at Hartley, as we reach out to others in the community.

Our Sunday Ministry
  Pray for Tim as he brings us God’s Word that by the Holy Spirit, the Word will challenge and change us.
  Pray for all who visit any services that they will feel welcome and seek to learn more
  Pray for all who enrich our worship through song, Bible reading, prayers, provision of morning and afternoon teas, supper and the welcoming of the newcomer.

Our Committees and Parish Council
  Pray that our meetings will see us thanking the Lord for guidance, growth and provision.

Our Children’s and Youth Ministries
*  Pray for School Scripture lessons and for the changes that are being introduced into our schools. Pray for the children as they come to Scripture and that they will  know that our Heavenly Father loves them. Pray too that those young lives will be formed in Christ. Give thanks for all the scripture teachers and pray for them as they teach scripture.
# Pray for the Playcentre as young families make contact with the gospel. Thank God for those who lead the Playcentre at St Aidan’s.  # Pray for Kids Clubs in Mt Victoria and Bloackheath, and Imprint Youth group as the leaders seek to bring Jesus as Saviour and Lord to children and young people.

The World
 #   Pray for the Lord’s mercy in the provision of peace in the midst of the pain and suffering of war, the peace that only faith in Jesus can bring. Pray that our governments in Australia will choose to lead us in Christ honouring ways.

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