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!
The Macquarie dictionary has announced its 2016 word of the year: ‘fake news.’
This term came to prominence in 2016, referring to websites that deliberately published disinformation — often then promoted on social media.
One such site published a story about a German town’s oldest church being burnt down by refugees on NYE.
Except it wasn’t the oldest church, and it didn’t burn down. A firecracker landed in some scaffolding while some refugees happened to be celebrating nearby.
ABC’s Media Watch summarised why fake news has such a power to be believed: “We love to hear things that confirm what we think and what we feel and what we already believe. It makes us feel very comforted.”
And this is exactly the premise behind these stories.
While the use of social media has seen these stories gain a widespread footing, the spread of false or misleading stories is not a new phenomenon.
People have always loved to hear lies that confirm what they already believe.
In the first book of the Bible we read that when the serpent whispered to Eve that she would become like God, and that she would not surely die, both Adam and Eve believed. They believed because this is the truth they wanted to hear.
Humanity craves autonomy from God and it is comforting to think that there are no consequences. But it is a lie.
The environment that has led the rise of fake news is that of our “post truth” world, (the 2015 word of the year!)
When two stories vary dramatically in the events which they report the question used to be “which one is true?”
But that question is rapidly becoming irrelevant. Truth itself is becoming irrelevant.
But only truth will bring salvation.
Jesus not only speaks truth but is himself truth to our world. His good news is the only antidote to the fake news of sin.
Christ also brought you the truth, which is the good news about how you can be saved. Ephesians 1:13