As we celebrate Australia Day, it’s a great reminder of how many people give up their time and energy to serve our community.
I’ve recently got to know a bunch of wonderful locals, who spend countless hours of their time to help protect life and property.
Jamberoo Rural Fire Brigade members are always on standby for a ‘fire call’, ready to drop everything to attend a blaze or an incident in our area.
Recently, some of the brigade members were risking their lives as they extinguished the petrol tanker in West Wollongong, and only this week some of us travelled to Tumut as part of a strike team to assist in a large blaze in Southern NSW.
Plus, this weekend, brigade members will be using fire for a different purpose… cooking sausages on the BBQ for breakfast on Australia Day in Reid Park.
I joined the Jamberoo RFB last year, as I wanted to connect more with our community as we seek to serve each other, especially in times of crisis.
This is everything that is great about our village: the willingness to sacrifice time, energy, and safety, to serve others.
This kind of service gives us a glimpse of what it is like for Jesus, the Son of Man, to serve us. We read in the Bible:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”The Bible, Mark chapter 10, sentence 45.
Jesus’ rescue mission was costly, because it meant he sacrificed his own life in order to save the people who came to him for help.
And this is the most courageous act of community service we’ll ever experience.
This weekend you can sleep in because our Sunday morning service moves to the all-new time of 9am!
Be sure to join us as we look carefully at God’s word to find out ‘What on Earth is the Church’, our next instalment in our series called ‘How to build the Church’.
During our services we also love to think hard about issues, and so our weekly question time this week has these questions:
1. Where was the Tower of Babel, and is it still standing?
2. How tall was the Tower of Babel?
3. Was it significant that Jesus appeared first to women after his resurrection?
During our 5pm service we’ll have a kids’ program, and then nearly everyone gets together for a tasty meal afterwards. Then after dinner, it’s youth group.
Our 9am service this weekend will also feature the Lord’s Supper, then espresso coffee and morning tea.
We’d love you to join us!
We’d love you to join us this Tuesday night at 7pm for the official commencement of Rev. Jodie McNeill as the full-time Rector (Senior Minister) at Jamberoo Anglican Church.
Jodie’s been the part-time Senior Minister for the past four years, sharing some of his time as Senior Minister at neighbouring Oak Flats Anglican.
But the time has come for Jamberoo to have its own, full-time minister, and so from the start of this year, Jodie is now focusing all his energy on the parish of Jamberoo.
We’d love you to be with us this Tuesday at 7pm for a formal service, where our local Bishop Peter Hayward will officiate at this significant event.
We’d also love you to stay around afterwards for one of our famous suppers, to enjoy food and fun together in celebration.
This weekend Jodie is kicking off the brand-new series, ‘How to build the church’ as he speaks on the topic, ‘The Battle of the Builders’ from Genesis 11:1-9 and Matthew 16:13-20.
Next weekend Jodie will be continuing our series, ‘How to build the church’ as he speaks on the topic, ‘What on Earth is the Church?’ from Exodus 19:1-9 and Hebrews 12:18-29.
Anglicare is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall, or by providing goods through the ‘Tin Bin’ at the entrance to the church.
Thank you to all who have participated in our epic, week-long Working Bee from Wednesday 16th to Monday 21st January. If you’re still free, we’re continuing the joy through to this Monday. If you’re able to join us for an hour or two (or a bit longer) then please phone James Rosten, our Working Bee Keeper.
Graham and Lesley are now on leave until Friday 25th January.
This Tuesday 22nd January at 7pm we’re hosting a special service for our church and our community as we invite the Bishop to formally welcome Jodie as our full-time Rector for this year. Pray that God will use it to help people know about the exciting new stage of our parish. We’d love it if you could please bring along a plate of food for Tuesday night to share, if possible.
This Sunday afternoon 20th January please come along to Rayne and Tim’s at 5:30pm for a BYO meat/drink BBQ followed by an evening swim at Little Lake inlet or Warilla Beach. Address is 165 Shellharbour Road, Warilla and parking is great either on the road, or a few houses down at the Oval. Please let Rayne know if you are coming.
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $2010.00, leaving a gap of $640.00.Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $10,600. Compared to that total we received $8,041, leaving a gap of $2,559.
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.
The end of January is often a time of preparation.
People all over Australia are getting ready to send their kids back to school, or to go back to work themselves.
They are organising Australia Day parties and outdoor activities for the end of Summer, before life gets busy again.
Tim and I are very much a part of this as Tim prepares to go back to school to teach in a few short weeks and I plan and prepare for the youth ministry here in Jamberoo, as well as pursuing some other part-time work alongside my ongoing visa applications!
But the Good Lord in his Good Book tells his people to be preparing for something different, and not just in light of Summer coming to an end.
Scripture tells Christians to be ready because the Son of God is coming back.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:42-44)
So what does being ready look like?
It’s about knowing that Jesus, the Son of God, is coming, and living a life to honour him full of faith in him and his saving grace.
It’s about making every decision in life as though Jesus might come back today.
So as you prepare for all sorts of things in the coming days and weeks, ask yourself if you are prepared for Christ’s return.