Thursday was National Sorry Day in Australia, a day to recognise all the damage done to Indigenous peoples of Australia since the arrival of the British in 1788.
I’ve witnessed people roll their eyes at this stuff before, and not only scoff but even protest against the welfare policies provided to Indigenous peoples today that give them assistance in housing and education, as if it’s somehow unfair.
They probably didn’t realise at the time that I am Indigenous myself.
Massacres of Indigenous peoples were still occurring well into the 20’s and 30’s of last century, often tacitly approved by–if not involving–law enforcement.
After being legally considered flora and fauna for over 100 years, they were only recognised as citizens in 1967.
Tens of thousands of children with mixed Indigenous/non-Indigenous descent were stolen from their families for ‘assimilation’, to absorb them into ‘white’ people while the rest were assumed to die out–and this was occurring until the 1970s, the decade before I was born.
This was not to be officially recognised by the Australian Government until the 1990’s, allowing for consequences to spiral further for another generation.
We are not talking about ancient history: we are talking about hundreds of people groups on this continent who have lost not only their land but their languages, culture, families, identity, and, for ninety percent of them, their lives.
This doesn’t just resolve the moment that the destruction stops, for there needs to be proactive help and reconciliation.
There are generations of Indigenous people today who have been severely disadvantaged from birth because their parents were severely disadvantaged and suffered greatly, and the problem has amplified.
Government assistance with things like housing and education is not only reasonable, but a minimum.
We are still a long way from an equal playing field.
John Hanlen (one of the members of last week’s Moore College team, who spoke at our church last Saturday night).
At our 5pm Saturday service, we welcome Matt Straw who is speaking on the topic “Real Hope, Real Jesus”, from Luke chapter 24 verses 36 to 48.
At our 8am Sunday service, we welcome John Hanlen who is speaking on the topic “The Real Problem”, from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 10.
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Visit www.jamberooanglican.com to see our new website. Check out the photos… you might see yourself in there somewhere!
As part of our ‘Back to Church’ Saturday this weekend, we’re having a meal of chops, chips and chocolate after our 5pm service. Free chops, chips, and a chocolate fountain… plus some salads (for the health conscious!).
If you’re not part of a small group, then why not join one? It’s a great way to get to know others and God, in a safe and enjoyable community. There’s one on Wednesday night, Friday morning, and Sunday morning. Details at www.jamberooanglican.com/biblestudies or make a note on a Comment Card.
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $2455.00, leaving a gap of $195.00.
Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $68,900. Compared to that total we received $63,380, leaving a gap of $5,520.
Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .
This weekend we continue a mini-series called ‘Know and Tell the Gospel’. Jodie will be speaking on the topic “The power of the gospel”, from Romans chapter 1 verses 8 to 17.
It’s also the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so we’ll have a special report about what’s been happening in the lives of our partners in global, word ministry.
Our 8am Sunday service will be Lord’s Supper Sunday Service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
When I was in the Navy I learnt an important lesson: the ‘hurry up and wait’.
It usually occurred when we’d be told without much notice to be in the next place, that’s usually not very close to where you are, in less time then it really takes you to get there. This is called the hurry up.
Typically what would happen once we had arrived is that the hierarchy would then take another 30 minutes to figure out exactly what it was that they wanted us to do. We did plenty of waiting like this.
As Christians, we’re actually in the ‘hurry up and wait’ business, too.
In the Bible, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), but the Bible also tells us that the ‘time is near’ for Jesus’ return. (Revelation 1:3).
This time could even be today or tomorrow.
I want to challenge you to hurry up. Share your faith in Jesus with friends and family, the ones you’ve wanted to share the good news of Jesus with but haven’t quite gotten around to it.
I want to challenge you because, as the Bible tells us, the time is indeed near.
If you don’t trust Jesus, hurry up and investigate Jesus because without trusting in him there is no hope of the ‘wait’.
This is because Christians wait in hope of Jesus’ glorious return.
Whether he returns today, tomorrow or not until more generations have come and gone, Christians await his glorious return knowing we will finally be at home with Jesus when he comes.
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up!
Mitch Herps (Moore Theological College student)
This weekend is the perfect time to be back to church. We’d love you to join us!
At our 5pm Saturday service we have Matt Straw speaking on the topic “Real Hope, Real Jesus” from Luke chapter 24 verses 36 to 48. After the service we’re hosting a FREE chops, chips and chocolate night. Join us for a free BBQ meal, with salads, hot chips, and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit, followed by free espresso coffee. It’s a great contemporary church service for people of all ages, and includes a special kids’ program.
If you’d prefer a more traditional service, then come along at 8am on Sunday morning. We have John Hanlen speaking on the topic ” The Real Problem” from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 10. This is a prayer book service with great hymns and time for reflection.
So, come along at 5pm on Saturday or 8am on Sunday and hang out with us at 45 Churchill Street.