Sunday 25th March

8.45 am Mt Victoria The Lord’s Supper Tim Mciver
 10.30 am Blackheath Morning Service Tim McIver

1st Reading: James 1:1-18
 2nd Reading: Malachi 2:1-9

Prayer leaders
St Peter’s: David Doyle
St Aidan’s: Susie Easton

Rector’s Weekly News Article


Only a week to go until Easter and I am reminded once again of how distinct Jesus’ church is from the rest of Australian society. It is not a criticism of our unbelieving friends and family, simply an acknowledgement that it is no longer normal to take time out each year to remember the most extraordinary series of events in the history of the world. For many who enjoy the coming long weekend, the name of Jesus will not rate a mention, far less is the chance that He will be acknowledge as the risen Lord.

As we lament this sad reality, it is important that we respond to this sadness in the most helpful way. I’ll make a couple of points about the gradual shift Australian society has taken away from the Christian tradition.

First, I think it important that we acknowledge that people’s lack of understanding and interest in the real message of Easter (and for that matter Christmas) are not at the heart of the problem. We don’t want people to be simply better educated on Christian traditions. We also don’t particularly want people to just be more polite about the beliefs of others, though that’s always nice. We don’t want all of Sydney to come to the church twice over the Easter weekend with teeth gritted as they endure our gatherings!

The heart of the problem is not changing cultural habits. The heart of the problem is that people do not believe in Jesus. They don’t believe He rose from the dead. They don’t believe He has all power and authority. If I didn’t believe these things I would also spend my time and energy quite differently over the Easter long weekend. We should not spend too much energy being disappointed and wishing people would behave as though they believed, when they do not.

Rather, we should have compassion on those whose eyes have not been opened to the truth. What the people of Australia need more than anything else is the truth. To know what really happened two thousand years ago, to understand what that means for them, and to live accordingly.

We should be praying this Easter not that people would act more like Christians, but that people would know the truth about Jesus.

Our services (as always) will be open to all who want to hear the good news next Friday and Sunday. Invite people to join us that they might see and share our joy because of what Jesus has done.

Yours in Christ, Tim


There was a lot going on in the news this week. Nothing stood out as worthy of an article on its own. At the same time, it is easy to see a common thread in so many of the stories and headlines. The issue of corruption.

I read an article last week about corruption in an African nation. One of the main points of the article was that although Africa and the third world in general are famous for corruption at every level of government, corruption is far from simply a third world problem. In the papers this week you can read about plenty of it in the first world. World leaders using their power and authority for their own purposes. Australian public servants using their power and authority to help family members get jobs. The International Olympic Committee have been plagued with allegations of corruption and then you have FIFA.

Why can’t people just use the power they are given for the purposes for which it has been given?

The answer really lies in the heart of each person. More particularly, in what motivates a person. If the ultimate goal for a person is to further their own interests and the interests of the people they love, then it is not hard to understand the temptation that they face when there is an opportunity to do just that. In many cases, acting corruptly can seem very innocuous. Helping out a friend, directing some work or funds toward a family member seems to have no obvious victim. Once self interest is someone’s primary driving force there will always be casualties.

We Christians are meant to live differently. The Bible makes it very clear that since Adam and Eve left the garden, our hearts have been corrupted. If people live by simply following their hearts then it makes sense that corruption follows. Jesus showed us a way of living that was completely counter to the corrupt and now normal human way. He was not motivated by self interest. He didn’t make choices based on what would make His life and the lives of those He loved more comfortable or easy. Rather, He lived as though there was something more to come. He made choices that recognised the fact that He would one day return to His Father in heaven who sees all. He knew that living a righteous life was good even though it made His life harder.

It would be nice if this meant that His followers (us!) were immune to the temptations of corruption. Sadly we are not, and we must continue to battle with our own temptations and the desires of our less than pure hearts. Ultimately the good news is that by following Jesus’ example of selfless living, we all benefit. Corruption is not good for anyone, not the exposed and fired politician, nor the shrewd business man who lives his whole life without getting caught. In the end the only winners are those who have their hearts washed clean by the blood of Jesus who was never corrupted by temptation or selfish desire.

Yours in Christ, Tim

GOOD FRIDAY 30th March, 2018
St Peter’s Mt Victoria – 8.45am- Communion Service
St Aidan’s Blackheath – 10.30am – Communion Service
1st Reading – Isaiah 53:1-6
2nd Reading – John 19:16-30
Prayers – St Peters: Tim McIver. St Aidan’s: Stephen Williams.

March is BCA Box opening month – if you collect for BCA please bring your box to Judith Finney at Blackheath or Carol Crowther at Mt Victoria, if you’d like to have a box for your loose change and to help spread the gospel in the bush see either of these ladies.

A newsletter available at the back of the church from our BCA missionaries – Philip & Elke Knight in Port Hedland.

St Aidan’s Church Committee will meet on Thursday 29th March at 3pm.

Women’s Business will meet on Tuesday 3rd April in St Peter’s hall at Mt Victoria, starting at 7.30pm – bring along a favourite book that you would happily choose as a gift for both an adult and one for a child and share your story about them.

Hartley Morning Tea will be on the 2nd Monday in April because of Easter Monday holiday.


* 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 1st April
Bible Readings
1st Reading: Isaiah 54:1-8
 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-20
Prayer Leaders
St Peter’s: Geoff Brimley
St Aidan’s: Brian Connon


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

#Pray for S in the Middle East. Pray for her safety and pray also for the many refugees she has contact with that there will be many opportunities to read with them and to talk about the love of God and of His Son Jesus Christ.
# 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,
also Dagma & Hugh Rees and Sue Groves as they all deal with health issues.  Pray also for Libby Raines from Mt Wilson who is still unwell. Remember Alyson Tyler this week as she faces an operation on her knee and also for Merric coping with her absence while she’s in hospital.
# Pray that our Growth Groups, Care and Share’s ministry, the Men’s Coffee morning, the Ladies’ 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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