This weekend we give thanks to God for 150 years of ministry in our building at Jamberoo Anglican Church.
This milestone reminds us that this building has had a special place in our hearts for we who have regularly gathered here since 1867.
It is the place where we have baptised babies and new believers, married new couples, and said farewell to our loved ones.
This makes this building very significant to many generations of Jamberoo Anglicans.
Yet despite the fond memories of our church, the Bible makes it clear that this building does not perform a special religious function beyond helping us gather together in comfort and safety.
Before Jesus’ time, God’s Temple was the place at which God chose to be especially present, and his people gathered there to have priests make sacrifices with special rituals.
But when Jesus came, he transformed the way that we were to meet with God.
Instead of needing a physical building, we now meet with Christ, by his Spirit, as we hear his word in the Bible.
And because of Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice on the first Good Friday, we no longer need to offer sacrifices at an altar in a temple.
What’s more, we no longer need to have a special priest to stand between us and God, because Jesus is that high priest who constantly brings our requests to our heavenly Father.
This means that the reason we meet together in a building like ours is to hear God’s word, pray to him, and to encourage one another through love and good deeds.
When we do this, it will create rich and warm memories that should prompt us to bring thanksgiving to God for all that he’s done in our special building.
And we should be energised to work together to extend the reach of our church to include more and more people in our village and valley.
Happy Birthday, Church of the Resurrection!
This weekend we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the church building with two events:
Saturday 18th February
Join us from 3pm for devonshire tea and an historical display, whilst the kids enjoy a jumping castle and ice creams. Then we’d love you to join us for the official celebration at our 5pm contemporary church service, which will be followed by a sausage sizzle and lamingtons, and a fun night of all-age bush dancing.
Sunday 19th February
Join us at the special time of 9.30am for a traditional Anglican service of praise and thanksgiving for the 150 years of ministry in our historical building. This will be followed by a delicious morning tea and a hearty lunch for all.
The Bishop of Wollongong, the Right Reverend Peter Hayward will be our preacher at both church services as we join together to give thanks to God for his faithfulness. The Bishop will be speaking on the topic ‘A Building that lasts’ from 1 Corinthians chapter 3 verses 5 to 23.
Everyone is welcome for this special celebration, and we look forward to you joining us to renew old friends, and start some new ones!