Coming up this weekend 25th – 26th March 2017

This weekend we will conclude our five-week series looking at the five Solas of the Reformation called ‘Five Foundations’. This week, Jodie will be speaking on the topic ‘For the glory of God alone’.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion Second Order AAPB service.

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. Why were the Old Testament sacrifices ineffective in bringing people into a right relationship with God?
  2. Does Jesus always have room for more sin in the same way that people always have room for more dessert?
  3. Why does the Book of Common Prayer still use the word ‘priest’?
  4. Why do some Anglican ministers still wear robes today?
  5. If the old Prayer Book worked so well, why was it changed?
  6. Why do we read prayers and other things out loud together in church, when it could make us appear cult-like?
  7. If all Christians are of equal value, why aren’t women ordained in the Sydney Diocese?
  8. How do Roman Catholics deal with the teaching of Hebrews chapters 9 and 10?
  9. Who is allowed to lead the service of the Lord’s Supper?
  10. Why does God choose some people and not others?

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.

Church news for the week beginning 18th March 2017

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie continues our series looking at the Five Solas of the Reformation, with the next talk titled ‘Christ alone’.

Mission of the month: Anglicare

Anglicare is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

AGM and Pot Luck Lunch

Our AGM will be held this weekend, Sunday 19th March, with a BYO Pot-luck lunch starting at 1pm. This is a great opportunity to meet people from across our two congregations, with the formal meeting from 2pm to 3.30pm. An important time to review the past and plan the future, as we also elect representatives to serve our church. Please pick up a nomination form at the front desk.

Ladies’ Dinner

You’re invited to join the women of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday night 21st March to hear Jane Tooher. We meet at Oak Flat Anglican and start at 7pm. Dinner is $7 payable at the door, and there is no need to RSVP.

Jamberoo Interchurch Service

Join with fellow church-goers around our village and valley in our quarterly inter-church service. Sunday 26th March 7pm at St Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Two weeks to the Weekendaway

Don’t miss out on our awesome church retreat on the weekend of the 31st March – 2nd April Our guest speaker is Peter Jensen, former Archbishop of Sydney, who is speaking on the topic ‘Being Human’. For the Saturday night you will need to dress up as your favourite book or movie character. Registration closes next Sunday 26th March.

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $5900.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5560.00, leaving a gap of $340.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $25,567. Compared to that total we received $24,095, leaving a gap of $1,472.

Olimometer 2.52

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 .

What’s beer got to do with church?

The video at the centre of the Coopers and Bible Society controversy (CREDIT: The Bible Society)

This week there has been some controversy surrounding the production by Coopers Brewery of commemorative beer cans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Bible Society.

As part of the celebrations, the Bible Society released a video in which they hosted a mini-debate between two people with different views on same-sex marriage.

The video showed a wonderful example of how two people can clearly differ, whilst maintaining respect.

Sadly, the response to this video was a call to boycott Coopers, which was then carried out by several pubs and beer drinkers.

After originally supporting the tone of the video debate, Coopers went on to strongly distance themselves from the video and eventually state their their strong support of same-sex marriage.

The pressure that Coopers felt is the same pressure that Christians regularly experience to be silent in this debate, even if we speak in a well-mannered way.

This is a sign of the kind of challenges that Christians will continue to experience, and are likely to see grow in frequency and intensity.

This is all the more reason why Christians need to stick together.

And the place to do that is by going to church.

We don’t go to church in order to please God, or to somehow work our way to Heaven.

We come to church to meet with Jesus as he speaks by his Holy Spirit through the words of the Bible, in a supportive and loving community of grace.

Because if you think you can stand up and say you’re a Christian but rarely, if ever, come to church to be supported by your Christian brothers and sisters, then you’re likely to fall away under the ever-mounting pressure of our increasingly-hostile world.

If you’ve not been to church for a while, please come back.

We need you, and you need us.

Jodie

Coming up this weekend 18th – 19th March 2017

This weekend we continue our five-week series looking at the five Solas of the Reformation called ‘Five Foundations’. This week, Jodie will be speaking on the topic ‘Christ alone’.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service and at both our services, we will have a special update about Anglicare which is our Mission of the Month.

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. Why does John’s Gospel say that Jesus changed Peter’s name when he first met him, but Matthew’s Gospel says Peter’s name was changed when he identified Jesus as Messiah?
  2. If God is present with us in church, where would he sit?
  3. When Jesus said in Matthew 18:19 that if two people agree about anything they ask for that it will be done by his Father, doesn’t this mean our prayers change God’s mind?
  4. Given that some Roman Catholics leave their church when they discover grace, doesn’t this mean the priest didn’t understand the Bible and grace himself?
  5. How is Anglican infant baptism different to Roman Catholic infant baptism?
  6. When Jesus takes someone’s sins, doesn’t that make him imperfect?
  7. How is it possible for Jesus to take everyone’s sins, rather than just taking one person’s sins as a swap for one person’s sinlessness?
  8. Does ‘Hell’ really exist and what is ‘Sheol’?
  9. Where did Jesus go after he died on the cross, before he rose from the dead?
  10. Since the Bible says that we should count our conversions in Heaven, doesn’t this mean that Rugby is the game played in Heaven?

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.

Church news for the week beginning 11th March 2017

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Simon Chaplin continues our series looking at the Five Solas of the Reformation, with the next talk titled ‘Grace alone’.

Mission of the month: Church Missionary Society (CMS)

CMS is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

AGM and Pot Luck Lunch

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 19th March, with a BYO Pot-luck lunch starting at 1pm. This is a great opportunity to meet people from across our two congregations, with the formal meeting from 2pm to 3.30pm. An important time to review the past and plan the future, as we also elect representatives to serve our church. Please pick up a nomination form at the front desk.

Ladies’ Dinner

You’re invited to join the women of Oak Flats and beyond on Tuesday night 21st March to hear Jane Tooher. We meet at Oak Flat Anglican and start at 7pm. Dinner is $7 payable at the door, and there is no need to RSVP.

Floral Display

We will be hosting a floral display at the church on 18th March, from 9am to 3.30pm. $8 includes viewing of display and refreshments. For information call Helen 4236 0158.

Jamberoo Interchurch Service

Join with fellow church-goers around our village and valley in our quarterly inter- church service. Sunday 26th March 7pm at St Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Three weeks to the Weekendaway

Don’t miss out on our awesome church retreat on the weekend of the 31st March – 2nd April Our guest speaker is Peter Jensen, former Archbishop of Sydney, who is speaking on the topic ‘Being Human’. Now is the time to register! For the Saturday night you will need to dress up as your favourite book or movie character.

New roster coming soon

If you’re unavailable to serve on a roster from 27th March through 25th June please let us know via comment card, email office@jamberooanglican.com or even better go to www.jamberooanglican.net

‘What has God Joined Together?’ booklet and website now available

A reminder that the booklet “What has God Joined Together?” is now available. In conjunction with the distribution of this booklet, a website with the booklet’s content and other additional resources is now live. The website is here: http://sydneyanglicans.net/marriage

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $5900.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5560.00, leaving a gap of $340.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $25,567. Compared to that total we received $24,095, leaving a gap of $1,472.

Olimometer 2.52

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 .

What has ESP got to do with Christianity?

I was recently watching a program that was taking a light hearted look at the claims of ESP (extra-sensory perception).

The show didn’t hold my interest for long, but what was interesting was the way the host explained his scepticism.

He said “ I’m an atheist… I don’t believe in that kind of thing at all.”

Notice his reason for not believing: he said he was an atheist, as if that proved the point.

What lies behind this statement is the claim that atheists only believe in that which is provable by reason and science. 

To believe in God, so they say, is to believe in something without evidence and so is unprovable, and ultimately unknowable.

So you have to take a leap of faith, given that believing in God is on the same level as believing in ESP.

How do we respond to such a characterisation?

Christian apologist John Lennox gives us an example of why this thinking is both mistaken and inconsistent.

In a debate with the atheist Richard Dawkins, the following exchange occurred:

Dawkins: We only need to use the word ‘faith’ when there isn’t any evidence.
Lennox: No, not at all. I presume you’ve got faith in your wife — is there any evidence for that?
Dawkins: Yes. Yes, plenty of evidence.
Lennox: Hmmm.

Dawkins expresses the same view: belief in God is in the realm of blind faith.

But Lennox challenges that.

Faith is a word that expresses a relational trust based on evidence.

The next question then is this: are there reasons to place our faith in God in the same way we trust a faithful wife? And the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’

To be a Christian is not to take leave of one’s senses, but to respond in faith to God who has revealed himself.

God reveals himself in His word – where we find carefully written and researched accounts of Jesus.

He invites us to listen, reason, investigate and respond.

Simon Chaplin

Coming up this weekend 11th – 12th March 2017

This weekend we continue our five-week series looking at the five Solas of the Reformation called ‘Five Foundations’. This week, Simon Chaplin will be speaking on the topic ‘Grace alone’.

At our 5pm Saturday service we will have an opportunity to meet one of our church members, which is always a great encouragement to us all.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion First Order AAPB service.

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. What did the Roman Catholic Church teach that was incorrect?
  2. Can a priest ever reveal what is said in a confession in the Roman Catholic Church?
  3. Given that Jesus said ‘love those who persecute you,’ was it a sin for a Catholic leader to kill the Reformation leader Huldrych Zwingli?
  4. If God is in control, why is the world in such conflict?
  5. Since God is always with us, why does that Bible say that he is present in a special way when two or more believers come together?
  6. Why should people pray for things to happen when God is in control of everything? And if more people pray the same thing will that persuade God more?
  7. How is it possible that ‘nothing is against us’ when there is still sin, persecution and Satan messing things up?
  8. Why did Jesus change Simon’s name to Peter?
  9. Is it right to call justification a ‘nerd word’ when it’s clearly expressed in the Bible?

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.

Church news for the week beginning 4th March 2017

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie continues our series looking at the Five Solas of the Reformation, with the next talk titled ‘Faith alone’.

Mission of the month: Church Missionary Society (CMS)

CMS is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

AGM and Pot Luck Lunch

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 19th March, with a BYO Pot-luck lunch starting at 1pm. This is a great opportunity to meet people from across our two congregations, with the formal meeting from 2pm to 3.30pm. An important time to review the past and plan the future, as we also elect representatives to serve our church. Please pick up a nomination form at the front desk.

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday 7th March to hear Ben Pfahlert at the Central Hotel, Shellharbour. RSVP via the comment card or 0439 561 373.

Floral Display

We will be hosting a floral display at the church on 18th March, from 9am to 3.30pm. $8 includes viewing of display and refreshments. For information call Helen 4236 0158.

Jamberoo Interchurch Service

Join with fellow church-goers around our village and valley in our quarterly inter- church service. Sunday 26th March 7pm at St Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Four weeks to the Weekendaway

Don’t miss out on our awesome church retreat on the weekend of the 31st March – 2nd April Our guest speaker is Peter Jensen, former Archbishop of Sydney. It’s time to register!

New roster coming soon

If you’re unavailable to serve on a roster from 27th March through 25th June please let us know via comment card, email office@jamberooanglican.com or even better go to www.jamberooanglican.net

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $5900.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5560.00, leaving a gap of $340.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $25,567. Compared to that total we received $24,095, leaving a gap of $1,472.

Olimometer 2.52

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 .

Do you have trouble with trust?

Straight Road (CREDIT: hirotomo t via Flickr)

When I was a young boy, I remember receiving a Bible from my grandma as a gift.

In the front of the book she wrote in beautiful handwriting this verse from the book of Proverbs:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

It is only now, as a much-older adult, that these words seem to really make sense.

As a child, I was working hard to grow up into a man, and that meant that I needed to be able to develop skills and knowledge that I could depend upon.

But now that I’m older, I understand that no matter what I’m able to do as an adult, I need more than ever to trust in the Lord with all my heart.

It can be very hard to trust in others when you’ve been hurt or when you’ve become reliant on your own abilities.

But God makes it clear to all of us, young and old, that no matter how good our understanding of life, we still need to rest fully on God, to trust him in every single way.

And when we’re told to trust God, it means that we need to submit to him, following his loving rule over us.

We long to be the “self-made” person who can play “I did it my way” at our funeral, but God tells us that we need to throw ourselves on Jesus, to put our full faith in him.

And the great news is that when we do that, he will make our paths straight: he will smooth out the bends in life, even when it sometimes feels a bit bumpy on the road.

Because when we trust in Jesus as Lord, he will lead us in the road to Heaven, taking us safely home.

Jodie.

Coming up this weekend 4th – 5th March 2017

This weekend we continue our five-week series looking at the five Solas of the Reformation called ‘Five Foundations’. This week, Jodie will be speaking on the topic ‘Faith alone’.

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.

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. Given that God hates divorce, should someone who is abused remain in their marriage?
  2. What books would you recommend as an introduction to The Reformation?
  3. What happened to Martin Luther?
  4. Why did some writings get included in the Bible and not others?
  5. Does the Bible tell us whether or not we should stand up when we sing?
  6. Why would God command humans to fill and subdue the earth, when subduing the earth means ruling it, which is God’s job, not ours?
  7. If adding extra words to The Bible will get us into trouble, then how does that work with the Trinity?
  8. Hebrews 6:4-6 says it’s impossible for those who have fallen away to receive repentance again, but doesn’t God forgive all sins, if we truly repent?
  9. Is there a difference between tithes and offering, and what are the principles today for giving?
  10. Can we print these questions in the bulletin each week?

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.