Vicar’s Blog


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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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08
Sep 2017

It was great to be back among you all on the weekend and to share in worship, fellowship, and in exploring God’s Word together.  Exploring the character and leadership on Nehemiah has shown us that he was certainly a man of principle whose reverence for God was a determining attitude in his life. This week the High Court ruled that the postal vote on same-sex marriage was constitutional,  and so we will soon be invited to exercise our right the show our parliamentarians  what we think about the matter.  I encourage you......

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08
Sep 2017

Philip Yancey writes: “Jesus forgave a thief dangling on a cross, knowing full well the thief converted out of plain fear. That thief would never study the bible, never attend a synagogue or church, and never make amends to those he had wronged. He simply said, ‘Jesus remember me.’, and Jesus promised. ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’  It was another shocking reminder that grace does not depend on what we have done for God but rather what God has done for us.”              ......

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12
Jul 2017

 I came across this little quote by Steven Lawson,  ‘No-one is too weak to be used by God, only too strong’  It is a great reminder of the great Christian truth which Paul espoused when the Lord said to him, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9. Often in our Christian walk, we rejoice in the strengths that God has given us, and minister to one another out of those strengths.  This is good, but it is also a place where we can......

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29
May 2017

  I saw these 10 points about loving, which came from a Coaching Network facebook page.  I thought they would provide us with food for thought. 1. Listen without interrupting – Proverbs 18:13 2. Speak without accusing – James 1:19 3. Give without sparing – Proverbs 21:26 4. Pray without ceasing – Colossians 1:9 5. Answer without arguing – Proverbs 17:1 6. Share without pretending – Ephesians 4:15 7. Enjoy without complaint – Philippians 2:14 8. Trust without wavering – 1 Corinthians 13:7 9. Forgive without punishing – Colossians 3;13 10. Promise......

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29
May 2017

This story about the great African Anglican – Festo Kivengare has much to teach us and will encourage us to think about real sacrificial love.  Nicky Gumble adds the final commentary at the end of the story. In February 1977, Bishop Festo Kivengere was part of a group of church leaders who delivered a letter of protest to the dictator, Idi Amin, speaking out against the beatings, arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances taking place across Uganda at that time. The next day, Festo Kivengere’s friend and leader, Archbishop Janani Luwum was murdered......

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