Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus at Jamberoo Anglican. We hope to see you there!
This year our church will begin the tradition of meeting for Community Christmas Carols to be held the Saturday night before Christmas, on the 24th December at 5pm.
It’s a great night for both members and guests to join together to sing some modern and traditional carols, to hear the kids perform some songs, and to enjoy a meal afterwards.
Join us on Christmas Day at 9.30am for a family friendly service with a message that points us to Jesus as the reason for the season.
It is quite unnerving to see a grown-man sobbing uncontrollably.
This is what I saw as I went to visit a gentleman in hospital who had been told that he had only days to live. He was in constant tears because he was scared about what would happen to him when he died.
Facing death without any assurance in salvation is dangerous and terrifying.
And yet so many people are in this very situation, numb to the reality of their coming judgement by Jesus as they will meet him at their death.
When I met with this man in hospital, I asked him if he believed that Jesus was the Lord of the universe, and if he had asked Jesus to forgive him. The man nodded his head and said, “yes.”
But he was crying because he didn’t think that believing this was enough to gain salvation from Jesus.
I then turned to one of my favourite parts of the Bible, where the two criminals being crucified with Jesus were in conversation with him, in Luke 23.
One of the criminals rejected Jesus, but the other simply asked Jesus to “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus’ response was “truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
There was nothing that the criminal who followed Jesus could do except tell Jesus that he trusted in him as his Lord, and to simply surrender himself to Jesus’ rule.
And it brought an immediate and significant result: forgiveness, forever.
And with this, I told my friend on his deathbed that if he also had said these things to Jesus, then the assurance Jesus gave to that criminal was already his to enjoy.
And then the man stopped crying, and he never sobbed again. He enjoyed certainty for eternity.
What about you? Are you scared of dying? Why don’t you come to Jesus right now and enjoy true peace and comfort?
This weekend Jodie continues our series on the Old Testament book of Job, with the title, ‘Mythbusting Evil’ from chapter 40 verse 6 to chapter 42 verse 6.
We will also share the Lord’s Supper at 5pm Saturday, so be sure to join us for this important reminder of the death of Jesus.
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer AAPB service.
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.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
This weekend Jodie continues our series on the Old Testament book of Job, with the title, ‘Mythbusting God’ from chapter 38 to chapter 40 verse 5.
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 start inviting friends. Our speaker will be Bishop Peter Hayward.
CMS is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.
Our Parish Council meets this Monday, 28th November at 2.30 pm at the church. Please remember them in your prayers.
Join us this Thursday at 6pm at the Jamberoo Bowling Club for a relaxed Chinese meal together.
You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond for the final 2016 Men’s Dinner on Tuesday night 6th December. Our speaker is Graham Thomas, from Robertson Anglican. 6.30pm at the Central Hotel Function Room. Bookings essential. Phone 0439 561 373 or email email@example.com
We’re looking for archival material from the past 25 years such as photos, stories, facts and memorabilia. If you can help, please see Lyn Walker or Pauline Swan.
If you’re unavailable to serve on a roster from 17 December 2016 through 26 March 2017 please let us know via comment card, email firstname.lastname@example.org or even better go to www.jamberooanglican.net
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 .
One of the outcomes of industrialisation and globalisation is that we tend to be sheltered from the impact of success and failure on the land.
Whether it’s a time of peak or trough, we don’t feel the full impact of the success and failure of our primary industries, because we buy most things through supermarkets with global supply chains.
Yet when we lived off the produce of the land on which we lived, we sharply felt the impact of times of abundance and of scarcity.
And this intimate connection with the land meant that we were forced to connect with nature, and behind nature, to God himself.
We were reminded of this in Elihu’s final speech to Job when he pointed to the powerful impact of the weather upon those who work the land.
For, through displays of extreme weather, God “stops all people from their labour”, “so that everyone he has made may know his work.” (Job 37:7)
Yet, even through drought and flooding rain, we know that God sustains the land. For as we read in Psalm 145:
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Psalm 145:14-15)
The Lord provides! He is reliable and he delivers as he’s promised.
So, whether we get our produce from the land or from the supermarket, we can be sure that God will provide our needs. For as Jesus said:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)