This week several NSW politicians introduced a bill to try and change our abortion laws.
The bill proposes that when two medical practitioners agree, a termination can occur right up to full-term after they have considered “all relevant medical circumstances, and … the person’s current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances…”
In other words, a doctor can cause the death of an unborn child if he or she believes that the mother’s psychological or social circumstances might be affected now or in the future if the child is naturally born.
There is no question that raising a child can be hard when everything is ‘normal’, let alone when there are difficult psychological or social circumstances for the parents.
But this debate would never happen if we were discussing the plight of a child who was already born.
Imagine if politicians were proposing that a three-month old infant could be euthanised if they were causing psychological and social difficulties for her mother?
Yet, a child who was four months younger and still in the womb could be killed by two doctors if this bill is passed.
The only reason we’re having this debate is that some people think an unborn baby is not human, and therefore can be removed and disposed of from the mother’s body.
What is it that makes a politician or doctor so sure that a foetus is not worthy of medical care and protection, simply because it hasn’t been able to have the opportunity to be safely delivered?
The reality is that God, who created us all, says that an unborn child is to be valued as much as a child who has been safely born.
The Bible is clear on this, but some of our politicians confidently believe that what God says about this matter is to be ignored.
Please pray that our politicians will listen to God and their consciences and vote to defeat this bill before more babies are killed by the very medical practitioners who made a vow to protect human life.
This weekend we’re looking at one of the most remarkable events in the life of the church, as the so-called ‘Day of Pentecost’ brought an amazing boost to the life of the early church. We see this in the New Testament book of Acts, in chapter 2, which is what we’re looking at in our second talk in our new series, ‘Launching the Church’.
If you want to get revved-up as a Christian, or perhaps even want to just find out what it means to follow Jesus for the first time, then this is a perfect weekend to come and join us.
We meet at 5pm on Saturday night, with an all-aged church service with creche and kids’ program, followed by a hearty meal for us all to share. On Sunday at 9am we have a more classic Anglican service, with classic hymns and well-known prayer book words, which is followed by tasty espresso at morning tea.
During both services we’ll be hearing answers to the questions you asked last weekend, which are:
1 Is ignoring your parents a sin?
2 Is the book called ‘Acts’ or ‘Acts of the Apostles’?
3 Could ‘Acts’ be called ‘Acts of the Holy Spirit’ or ‘Acts of the Early Church’?
4 What makes the Apostles so special?
5 How can Jesus be returning soon if the good news has not yet been preached to all nations?
6 Did Judas go to hell?
7 Should we pray to the Holy Spirit?
We’d really love you to join us, especially if you’ve never come for a long time or even if you’ve never ever been to church. You’ll love it!
Grace and peace, Jodie.
This week Jodie will be kicking off our all-new, 18-week series on the book of Acts called ‘Launching the Church’. Today’s talk is on chapter 1, called ‘Prepare to Launch’, as we look at the exciting moments leading up to Pentecost.
Next week Jodie will continue our 18-week series on the book of Acts with the second talk on chapter 2 entitled ‘Launch Day!’
Anglicare is our mission of the month. Support at the ‘Mission Table’ by buying or donating stuff. You can also bring along food items for us to donate to the Food and Financial Assistance appeal.
Please visit Elvanto to update your unavailabilities for serving till the end of September. If you’re not already serving in our church in the way you’d like, then let us know via email or response slips.
Our ‘Alive’ youth camp is only two-weeks away! 9-11 August at Burrill Pines on the South Coast. Talks are on the topic “A Christ-centred Identity”. Cost is $150 (with subsidies available). Bring along your friends for what should be a great weekend of fun, fellowship, and Jesus!
Would you be willing and able to occasionally cook a meal for a friend of our church or a member of our village or valley who is in need? Please indicate on the response slip, or let Shani know on 0417 424 445.
We’re running a four-day kids’ club during school hours on the second week of the school holidays (8-12 October). If you’re available to help for some of that time please let us know via response slip. And get the word out to everyone you know!
Each week we need to receive $2650.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $3381.00, leaving a gap of $-731.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $80,825. Compared to that total we received $78,592, leaving a gap of $2,233.
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.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have been a follower of Jesus at the time of the very first Easter?
The feeling of emptiness with Jesus’ crucifixion… and then the surprise and elation at his resurrection… and then the bizarre period of time with his frequent appearances… and then the witnessing of his ascension into Heaven.
So much happened in such a brief time, and what looked like failure for Jesus’ kingdom was instead a time of excitement and anticipation.
It is with this in mind that the Bible’s book of ‘Acts’ was written for us, providing a powerful witness to how the message of Jesus led thousands to become his followers, which then led them to send that message to the ends of the earth, like ripples in a pond.
Given the shape of Jesus’ earthly ministry, it should have been no surprise to us that the ministry of his Holy Spirit brought great highs and lows to the first Christians.
At times, there was a great buzz as people finally understood that Jesus was the Messiah, which was accompanied at times with some miraculous displays of the power of the Holy Spirit.
At the same time, there were many moments of deliberation, as the Jewish believers in Jesus tried to come to terms with the challenges of including non-Jewish ‘Gentiles’ in the kingdom of God.
And at the same time, there were many moments where the leaders of God’s church were inflicted with horrible wounds as they were persecuted for speaking the truth about Jesus.
The story of Acts is the story of the launching of the church, with all its highs and lows, and it helps us understand the place that we have in the storyline of the building of the church of Christ.
What a time to be alive!
This weekend we kick off our all-new, eighteen-week series on the book of Acts titled ‘Launching the Church’. It’s going to be a thrill to walk alongside the people who experienced the power of the Holy Spirit as the church experienced explosive growth in the weeks, months and years after Jesus’ death.
This is a perfect week to join us as we kick off this new series with Jesus’ words before he left the earth. That’s why this week’s talk is called ‘Prepare to Launch!’, as we look at Acts chapter one.
As we return to normal programming, we’re also going to have our popular question and answer segment, where I get the opportunity to answer your tough questions about what the Bible teaches about us and God.
These are the questions I’ll be tackling this weekend:
So, we’d really love you to join us at either 5pm Saturday for our all-age church (with creche, kids’ program, then dinner, then youth group), or 9am Sunday for our classic Anglican service (followed by tasty espresso and treats).
Grace and peace, Jodie.