Vicar’s Blog


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Mar 2020

Today I continue to reflect on the Lord’s prayer in this weekly message.  The word hallowed means to make Holy.  Martin Luther writes, ‘What are we praying for when we ask that His name become holy?  Is it not holy already?’  Luther goes on the point out that every baptised Christian has God’s named put upon them.  He goes on to say that as name bearers we represent a good and holy God and so we are praying that God keep us from dishonouring the name (from Tim Keller’s book: Prayer: Experiencing......

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11
Mar 2020

 Our sermon series on prayer, will not specifically be covering the Lord’s prayer, so I thought it might be an idea to write on each of the petitions of the Lord’s prayer in my weekly Bulletin piece.  In doing so I will be drawing on insights from some of the great Christian thinkers.                     John Calvin explains that to call God Father is to pray in Jesus name.  “Who would break forth into such rashness as to claim himself the honour of a......

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27
Feb 2019

Tim Keller writes, ‘You can love generously if you have been generously loved.’  This points us to the reality that God’s love is so generous, so abundant, and never ending. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the generosity of God’s love if we haven’t experienced love from our fellow human beings.  Often the love of God comes to us through the love of others. However, there are times when we must rest purely on the truth that God loves us and to think about how he has blessed us in the past; how he has come into......

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01
Feb 2019

In my reading recently, I was struck by the fact that the Jesus in whom we put our trust today is the one who was there at the very beginning. He is the one who in fact who has been in every place and time since then.  There is nothing he hasn’t seen and no place he hasn’t been to.  He didn’t just come and visit our earth for 30 or so years, and then left us completely but rather in the form of the Son of God has been existent and......

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01
Feb 2019

This week marks the end of school holidays.  We pray for teachers who begin their new year today, and we pray for students as they begin later in the week.  We especially pray for those who are beginning their primary school lives this week, or who are beginning secondary school and those who are beginning year 12.. Our church progams also begin in full as from this Sunday, with Kids church and JPod beginning on Sunday morning and then our week day activities and programs will come back on stream next week. Little......

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11
Jul 2018

What an inspiring rescue we have seen this week of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach from the flooded caves in Thailand. A Testimony to the brilliance of experienced cave divers, of bravery, of self-sacrifice. One of the rescuers said, ‘Diving is my passion but now it has been for a purpose.’  What a wonderful testimony of the power of self-sacrifice and service of others bringing meaning to life. It is also a witness of how God has given great talents and abilities to human beings.  We marvel at those who are so......

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28
Mar 2018

First of all I wish you all a happy Easter and that you will know the joy of the risen Christ in your lives.   Each year Archbishop Philip Freier sends around the diocese his Easter message.  I found the following words from him quite encouraging ‘Too often, life’s burdens can lead us to despair. One of the beauties of Easter is that it shows how despair never owns the last word. After Jesus’s death the disciples’ first reaction is despair. They become consumed by hopelessness and their powerlessness to save Jesus from......

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26
Mar 2018

This week has been overshadowed by the ‘ball tampering’ saga of the Australian Test Cricket team.  It has been sad to see an Australian team resorting to cheating in that way. A a number of careers will be rightly tarnished.  However, I wonder whether there has been a bit of over reaction to all this.   Justice will be meeted out but where will teh mercy come from? As I think about these events and of Jesus death for us on the cross, I am reminded that we are all sinners through and through.  All deserving......

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18
Oct 2017

                     In the coming few weeks we will be exploring the importance of the reformation for our church.  In particular on October 29th we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenburg in Germany as a protest to the doctrine of the Catholic church at the time.  I have been reading a book of sayings of Luther entitled ‘Table Talk’.   Here is a small taste. ‘God gives us sun, and moon,......

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18
Oct 2017

In preparation for our series of addresses related to the Reformation (October 31st being the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church) I have been reading a lot about Luther. He fought bravely for the principles of justification by faith, the authority of the Word of God, and against the practice of indulgences in the Catholic Church.  His actions could have lead to his death and certainly lead to his excommunication from the Catholic Church.  But he stood firmly on His principles. Today we live in an era......

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