This week we are starting a new four-week series lead by Jodie that will help us understand the mercy and justice of our great God. The first sermon is about God’s ‘Glorious Judgement in Eden’.
Our mission of the month is Anglicare. You can support the Anglicare ministry by donating and buying from the mission table in the hall.
Our next meeting is at the special day of Tuesday 4th February at 7pm.
Our AGM meeting for 2020 will be on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm. All members are invited to this key time of celebration and forward inspiration.
Order a ‘Jesus Is___’ t-shirt or singlet and start the conversation! Visit bit.ly/JesusIsMerch to order online.
Join with the Anglican churches in the Southern Illawarra for a not-to-be-missed night of encouragement and equipping to be able to use the ‘Jesus Is___’ tool to talk about Jesus in a relaxed and powerful way. Monday 3rd February 7-9pm in the Shellharbour Civic Centre Auditorium. Entry Free.
Alternatively, you could attend the other regional training events at:
Bowral (Wednesday 5 Feb 7-9pm), Camden (Thursday 6 Feb 7-9pm), Figtree (Saturday 8 Feb 9-12pm),
Bomaderry (Tuesday 11 Feb 7-9pm) or Caringbah (Wednesday 12 Feb 7-9pm).
Each week we need to receive $3100.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $3217.00, leaving a gap of $-117.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $12,400. Compared to that total we received $12,867, leaving a gap of $-467.
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.
When people talk about ‘judgement’, it normally seems to be pretty negative, because a judgement divides people, with winners and losers, and the whole idea of one person judging another just seems downright uncomfortable.
Yet in some circumstances, a judgement is a positive and welcome result.
If your wellbeing or reputation has been harmed because of someone’s harmful actions towards you, then you will welcome justice if you receive compensation or if your name is cleared from false allegations or claims.
And if the act of injustice is against someone you know and love, then you will celebrate the judgement and acquittal of the person who has been harmed.
In this case, a ‘judgement’ is a good thing, and something to be celebrated.
With this in mind, the Bible speaks over and over about God’s judgement against people who reject him and harm his good reputation.
It’s in the context of God’s judgement and punishment that we see his gracious and glorious mercy to all of us who don’t deserve his kindness and love.
Over the next four weekends we’re going be looking at four episodes in human history where God showed and will show his glorious judgement against all those who stand against him in anger and rebellion.
We’ll see his glorious judgement at Eden, as we witness the rebellion by Adam and Eve, and God’s grace through his judgement.
We’ll see God’s glorious judgement in Egypt, as he judged the blatant rebellion of Pharaoh, which led to the glorious salvation of God’s people in the Exodus.
We’ll see the glorious judgement at Easter, where the cross of Christ demonstrates God’s extraordinary love and mercy.
And we’ll see the glorious judgement at the End Time, when the definitive punishment of all rebels against God will show his love for justice and his justice in love.
(Image credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr.com at www.SeniorLiving.Org)
This week we start a new series titled ‘Glorious Judgement’ which will help us understand more about the mercy and justice of our God.
Our regular question and answer segment also starts back this week, where I answer questions you have submitted about a sermon or just the Christian life in general. To ask a question, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or via your response slip at church. Here are the questions:
1 Did Paul get to preach to Caesar?
2 What happens after Acts in the timeline of the Bible?
3 What happens to Paul after Acts and is there a book of the Bible on it?
4 How did the other disciples not figure out that Judas had left to betray Jesus?
5 Since they ate roast lamb at the Last Supper, should we also eat lamb at the Lord’s Supper?
6 Should we be specific when we pray, or can we just mention someone’s name?
7 How do you be strong when things are hammering you down?
The regular kids church program and youth group for teens starts back this weekend, so come along on Saturday at 5pm where we can have fellowship together and share a meal after the service. Or why not try out our Sunday morning 9am service for a more classic Anglican style, followed by morning tea and hot espresso!
Grace and peace,
There are legitimate reasons why many people feel they cannot support the celebration of Australia Day on 26 January, the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove.
They have to do not only with the devastation experienced by indigenous people following European colonisation – dispossession of lands, mass slaughter, epidemics of illness and the spread of alcohol – but the continuing disparity in education and health outcomes, for example, between indigenous and non-indigenous people, and the widespread ignorance of indigenous history and experience.
There is so much of Australia to give thanks for, to celebrate and to enjoy, but there is no ‘day’ over which the long shadow of sin and selfishness and greed and violence is not cast.
Any celebration of Australia – or any nation or culture – must reckon with historical and present-day expressions of rejection of God and neglect of people.
The suggestion that Australia Day celebrations should begin with a time of mourning in acknowledgement of the suffering caused to indigenous people through European settlement reflects the Christian pattern of frank admission or confession of sin, humbly and thankfully recognising that the gospel of Jesus offers a way of forgiveness, reconciliation and transforming hope.
It is right to celebrate Australia and to give thanks to God for our country and to pray that we may be a blessing to others; but such a celebration is hollow and self-serving if it fails to acknowledge the sins of our nation and history.
We will love Australia best when we live with another ‘day’, the date of which has been fixed by God, foremost in our minds:
God commands all people everywhere to repent, for he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:30b-31
KANISHKA RAFFEL, Dean of Sydney.
(This is an edited version of an article by Kanishka Raffel that originally appeared as ‘From the Dean’ at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. Photo by Campbelltown City Council via Flickr.com)
This week we have special guest Mike Williamson speaking to us on a special topic related to Australia Day.
Next weekend I’ll be preaching on the first of four talks on the new series, ‘God’s Judging’, which will help us understand more about the justice and mercy of our great God.
This Friday evening at 6pm we’d love you to join us for the inaugural, ‘Made in Jamberoo’ evening in our church hall, where we’ll be welcoming artisans and artists alike from our village and valley to come together to share ideas about sharing the best things of Jamberoo through powerful, new collaborations. We’d love you to pop in!
Please join us on Saturdays at 5pm for our family service where we have a kids program and dinner where everyone is welcome. Or why not try out our Sunday morning service at 9am for a more classic Anglican feel, followed by morning tea and hot espresso.
Grace and peace,