The Oxford English Dictionary has named ‘post-truth’ the international word of the year.
This is not surprising given that the Brexit vote and US election were enmeshed in what is being called post-truth politics.
Let’s face it – there is so much ‘post-truth’ around.
The rise of social media has been fuelled by people who claim to write the truth – yet there are so many lies and untruths in social media.
In the Bible, God is called the God of truth. The apostle John describes Jesus as ‘the Word become flesh’ who came to earth and lived among us. He said, “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
From politics to personal life, what more do we want for Christmas than people who will tell us the truth?
There is much in our world which is post-truth – but remember at Christmas time we celebrate the truth of Jesus – the God of truth, who declares ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’.
Dr Glenn N Davies, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
This Saturday night at 5pm is our Carols Service, and afterwards we will having a BBQ chicken feast. Come along and bring your voices!
This Sunday at 9.30am we’re joining together for Christmas Day at Jamberoo Anglican.
It’s pretty normal for us to have visitors join us on Christmas Day, so if you’re thinking of popping in for the first time, you’ll fit in nicely. Come and join us for a tasty espresso coffee, and some morning tea!
There are many things to distract us from the true meaning of Christmas. Why not make the time to spend an hour or so on Christmas Day reflecting on the miracle of Jesus coming into the world? You won’t be disappointed…
PS – remember, it’s 9.30am (not 8am) on Sunday morning.
This weekend Mark Howard will be speaking on the topic “The Dark before the Dawn”, from Isaiah chapter 9 verses 1 to 5; and Matthew chapter 4 verses 12 to 17.
SRE is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, we’re opening our doors at 5pm for a night of Christmas Carols, with a meal afterwards. Invite your friends for this great night of singing and sharing about the saviour of the world!
You are all invited to dinner after the Christmas family carols service on Christmas Eve at Jamberoo. We will provide BBQ chicken and ask folk to bring either a salad or a dessert to share. Please let either Mandy McNeill, Annette Gibson or Lesley Errington (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are coming, how many people are coming with you and what you would like to contribute to our feast. RSVP by Sunday 18th December if possible.
Join us at the special time of 9.30am on Christmas Day for an all-age, community celebration of the birth of Jesus!
New rosters are out now. If you need a paper version, grab one from the information table, or otherwise log onto www.jamberooanglican.net to see what dates and roles you are scheduled for.
During school holidays our normal midweek children’s and youth programs take a break until Term 1, 2017. The children’s program during the 5pm service will take a break after next Saturday (Christmas Eve) and will return on Saturday 28th January 2017.
We’ve now locked in the date of our 150th Anniversary celebrations next year. We’re going to celebrate on the afternoon/evening of Saturday 18th and the morning of Sunday 19th February 2017. Keep the date free, and inviting friends of our church. Our speaker will be Bishop Peter Hayward.
Each week we need to receive $1200.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $1082.00, leaving a gap of $118.00.
Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $47,400. Compared to that total we received $47,661, leaving a gap of $-261.
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 .
If you’ve ever chosen to ‘go to the shops’ in order to occupy your time, then you will have experienced some ‘retailtainment.’
George Ritzer defines this as the “use of ambience, emotion, sound and activity to get customers interested in the merchandise and in a mood to buy.”
Retail has been mashed up with entertainment, and now it’s hard to separate the two activities.
In our hunger for more retailtainment, our shops are open for longer hours, which means that it’s harder than ever to synchronise the leisure time for our families and friends.
Yet, this has been a reality for many people involved in the ‘shift work’ that keeps our country running.
Whether it’s enforcing the law, nursing patients, or baking bread, many people work when the rest of us are sleeping.
This makes going to church as a family even harder.
The good news is that God never sleeps, and we can meet with him any time of the day.
That’s why it’s great to get into a rhythm of daily Bible reading and prayer, even if it’s just a short verse and a quick prayer.
Taking advantage of technological advancements like livestreaming church (like www.oakflats.tv) means those who work unusual hours can also still maintain some normality, even when they’re at work on weekends.
Yet, there’s no substitute for face-to-face ministry to each other, which is why it’s good for all of us to meet up one-to-one or in small groups to pray and read the Bible with each other.
But no matter if or when you work, let’s find our satisfaction in the joy of knowing God, rather than worshipping at the altar of retail.
“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” (Daniel 6:26b)
This weekend we welcome Mark Howard who will be speaking on the topic “The Dark before the Dawn”, from Isaiah chapter 9 verses 1 to 5; and Matthew chapter 4 verses 12 to 17.
At our 5pm Saturday service we will be hearing from Liana for a review of her Year 13 experience and what her plans are next.
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
At both our services, we will have a special update about Special Religious Education (SRE) which is our Mission of the Month.
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 Prayer Book service.