The most famous Irish event in our calendar is ‘St Patrick’s Day’, where we celebrate a cheerful, cleric in green robes.
Patrick became a follower of Jesus, and sought “that through me, many people should be born again in God and brought to full life”.
This mission cost him dearly, as he gave up wealth and security to evangelise a country that persecuted him.
From his ministry, Ireland gained a reputation as the land of saints and scholars.
Less than a hundred years ago, Sydney looked to Ireland to get quality teachers of the Bible, including T. C. Hammond, who as Principal, transformed Moore College into what it is today.
Yet now the Irish church is only a shadow of its former glory, and Ireland has become the least-evangelised country in the English-speaking world.
In fact, only one percent of the Irish are now Evangelical Christians.
There is a great need for gospel ministry in the Republic of Ireland, and that’s why Cameron and Alex Jones are planning to evangelise an Anglican church into existence in the Dublin Docklands, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Ireland.
Fourteen years ago, Cameron and Alex travelled from Australia to minister in the UK, then three years later they moved to serve in Northern Ireland, from where they intend to move to Dublin with Irish Church Missions.
Now they’re asking their Aussie friends to help them raise funds to cover both a place to live and their living costs.
The Irish church has drifted a long way from the gospel heart of St Patrick, and now it’s time for gospel-strong churches like ours to share our resources with a land that was once strong in the gospel but now desperately needs the faithful, Bible-based ministry Cameron and Alex seek to share.
An Aussie Irishman walks into a church…
It’s no joke, because my old mate Cameron Jones has travelled all the way from Ireland to come to Jamberoo to tell us why Ireland needs Jesus more than almost any other place in the English-speaking world. (He’s also coming out to visit other churches… but it makes for a good story to say he only came out to visit us!)
To celebrate, we’re having a special Irish night this Saturday night 27th April starting with a special Irish church service at 5pm, then an Irish dinner, with trivia, games and other special items. Plus, Cameron’s also preaching on Sunday morning the 28th at 9am, so you can hear his Bible teaching in the morning at a more-classical Anglican Holy Communion service, if you’d like.
During both services, I’ll be answering all these questions you asked during church last weekend:
1 How do we know what Jesus prayed in his private prayer on the night before he died?
2 What hymn was sung at the Last Supper?
3 If Judas repented, then would Jesus have forgiven him?
4 Does our preference for unity show an innate desire for God’s love?
5 When God said “let us make man in our image”, is this the same “us” as John 17:21?
6 When we are in heaven, will we be able to speak to Jesus’ disciples and dead friends?
7 How should we respond to a Jehovah’s Witness when they come to our door?
8 What do Mormons and Scientologists believe differently to us?
9 Is casting lots the same as gambling?
10 Is it a sin to question God’s existence?
So, don’t miss out on a special weekend of church as we gather to learn about the church of Ireland and the special plans God has for the future!
This weekend we complete our three-week series ‘What would Jesus pray’ from John 17, as we examine what Jesus prayed for us, in verses 20 to 26.
Next weekend our guest speaker Cameron Jones will be speaking from John 10 verses 1 to 21, on ‘Jesus is the Good Shepherd.’
BCA (Bush Church Aid) is our mission of the month. Support at the ‘Mission Table’.
Go to www.jamberooanglican.com/talks or search ‘Jamberoo’ on iTunes Podcasts.
Our Good Friday service will be held at 9am. Our other two services will run at normal times during the Easter weekend.
Jamberoo is remembering Anzac Day on Saturday 20th April 10.30am. Jodie will be reading the Bible and praying.
Next Saturday 27th April we welcome Cameron Jones from the Anglican Church of Ireland, to preach and share about his plan to plant a church in the most gospel-poor, English-speaking nation. Irish dinner, trivia, and much more! He will also preach at 9am.
You’re invited to the Rectory at 2.30pm next Saturday 27th April to hear Cameron Jones chat more fully about the Dublin Docklands church plant and the prayer and financial needs for the future.
During May, we’ll be hosting three youth ministry students from Canada.Can you billet a student for a week?
We’re expanding our kids’ ministry on Saturday night and we need people to be helpers for creche and our kids’ programs. Can you help occasionally?
Saturday 15th June 9am-2pm in Dapto. Speaker: Sam Chan. Don’t miss it!
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $2609.00, leaving a gap of $41.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $46,375. Compared to that total we received $42,085, leaving a gap of $4,290.
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.
As news broke of the fire at Notre Dame, the world united in shock and sadness.
This Parisien icon had towered over the landscape for 850 years, and yet it now had succumbed to the power of fire.
Some might say it’s only a building, but there is a good reason why the citizens of Paris wept over its destruction.
For many, it was a place where they came to meet with God, and for others, it was a symbol of European Christianity.
For me, I was reminded of another, impressive place of worship that also suffered enormous destruction.
The Second Temple of Jerusalem was deliberately destroyed by Romans in 70AD, yet decades before, that Temple had become redundant as a place of worship.
For, at the very moment that Jesus died, the Bible records that the giant curtain of that temple was torn in two.
No longer was that stone building in Jerusalem to be the place to meet God, for now they would meet him in Jesus Christ.
For Jesus once said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” […] But when Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body. (John 20:19,21)
It is natural for us to feel sentimental about our buildings, and it was right to be sad when Notre Dame and the Temple of Jerusalem were damaged or destroyed.
Yet, the greatest destruction was on the first Good Friday, when the Son of God was executed as an innocent man on behalf of those who trust in him.
However as promised, Jesus was raised from the dead on Easter Sunday, and with his resurrection comes a certain hope that can never perish, spoil or fade.
This Easter, as you reflect upon the fragility of life and the certainty of our own passing, it is a great time to trust in Jesus and enjoy the forgiveness he offers and the hope he promises.
Easter is a very special time to be at church because it’s the time when we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our services this Easter weekend are:
GOOD FRIDAY 9am: an all-age service to reflect on the death of Jesus for us.
EASTER SATURDAY 5pm: an all-age service with kids’ program, followed by dinner together.
EASTER SUNDAY 9am: a classic Anglican service followed by espresso morning tea.
On Friday, I’ll be preaching on how the death of Jesus is actually a great moment of injustice… but Jesus did it for us. It’s all about the two criminals on the crosses who died alongside Jesus from Luke chapter 23.
Then on Saturday and Sunday I’ll be preaching from John chapter 17 verses 20 to 26 where we find out what Jesus prayed for us on the night before he died, and why this changes everything.
On Saturday and Sunday we’ll include our weekly question and answer segment, and I’ll be answering these questions from last weekend:
1 What warnings does the Bible give about dreams?
2 How does God look down on everybody at the same time?
3 Is it God’s job to love us?
4 How did Jesus act under authority when he is the Father?
5 Do we believe that holy water will protect us from sickness?
6 If your relative goes to Hell, then will you feel sad?
7 Why didn’t Jesus tell Judas not to betray him?
8 Should we forgive Judas for his treachery?
9 Would you agree with Mikhail Gorbachev’s who said, “Even God didn’t create a perfect world; even God couldn’t cope with this society; I don’t think that was his plan”?
This is a very special weekend to join us for church, so we’d love to welcome you with us this Easter.
Grace and peace, Jodie McNeill.