Protecting the Bad Guys

I’ve started reading our book of the month, ‘Being the Bad Guys’ by Stephen McAlpine, and it’s reminded me of just how much our society has changed in its attitude to religious people.

There was a time when we were tolerated for being nice, and maybe useful, but then before too long, we started to be seen as restricting the freedoms of our society with our views.

The book reminds me of the strategy that we adopted, where we thought that we could now become one of many voices in the marketplace of ideas, finally having the chance for our views to rise like cream to the surface.

However, that’s not happened: we’ve become the ‘bad guys’, and far too often, we and others have become ‘cancelled’.

Whether or not people think that Christians are wise or dangerous, I believe that silencing the voices of opposing views is something that our society should resist at all costs.

We should be pleased to tolerate the views of people we disagree with, so that we can be humble enough to learn from others.

That is a healthy society, and this genuine tolerance needs to be encouraged at every level.

That’s why the Religious Discrimination Bill that was introduced this week in Federal Parliament is so important for atheists and believers, alike.

Our society needs to restrain its natural desire to ‘cancel’ opposing views at the drop of a hat, and to instead allow different voices to speak in a safe way.

Furthermore, it makes perfect sense to continue to legally protect the choice of religious schools to employ staff who share the beliefs and ethos of their faith.

This bill appears to be a sensible move forward for our nation, especially as we continue to become more and more multicultural and diverse in our land.

Let us pray that our nation would listen to each other, and ultimately, speak the truth in love.

JODIE McNEILL 

Coming up this weekend 27th – 28th November 2021

This weekend we continue our Matthew series as Jodie speaks to us from chapter 17 on the topic ‘Mountains and Mustard Seeds’.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

As long as you are feeling well and are not awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you can attend in person, regardless of your vaccination status, making sure you wear a face mask (unless under 12 or exempted).

We can seat 68 people (plus workers) in the church and 90 people in the hall (to watch the livestream in-person,) and both services will offer a special children’s program (with plenty of time outdoors) which will commence approximately half-an-hour into the service.

Or, for the time being you might like to continue to participate through our livestream by going to watch.jamberooanglican.com.

If you have any questions, head to our quick links page to fill out a response slip, email us at office@jamberooanglican.com or send an SMS to 0439 890 086.

Here are the questions Jodie plans to answer:

1 What’s the difference between ‘big G’ Gospel and ‘little g’ gospel?
2 Why are rocks so significant in the Bible?
3 Why do we often just use the word ‘Hell’ to translate four different Greek words?
4 Who or what is Satan?
5 Why did Jesus feel the need to call Peter, ‘Satan?’
6 What is the difference between propitiation and expiation?
7 How would Jesus specifically rebuke or encourage Jamberoo Anglican?

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Messiah Masterclass 16 – ‘Building The Church’ – Matthew 16 – Jodie McNeill – 20 & 21 November 2021

Turning Points

We witness a turning point for Jesus _________

The Jewish leaders couldn’t read the _________ signs

The proof of Jesus is the empty ____

Beware of false ________

The turning point is at Caesarea ________

The most important thing is Jesus’ ________

The disciples recognise that Jesus is the _______

Peter knows Jesus’ ________ because God told him

Jesus promises to build his spiritual _________

_____ is the rock

The key to Heaven is the ______

What happens now will lock or unlock ________

Jesus told his disciples to ____ his identity

Satan uses a little rock to try and ____ over the big rock

Let go of your life and hold onto _____

This turning point offers everyone a _______ point

Church news for the week beginning 20th November 2021

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be looking at Matthew Chapter 16 as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from God’s word on the topic ‘Building the Church’.

MISSION OF THE MONTH

Our mission of the month for November is CMS.

SUNDAY BRUNCH

We’re ready to take our Sunday mornings to the next level by running a weekly, sit-down Sunday brunch.

FIT FOR PURPOSE

Fit for Purpose is on Wed 24th November from 8 am for a spot of mowing and weeding. Get a free turn on the church’s ride on mower (you know you want to) and enjoy mateship and a cuppa. Graham 0430 043 765

BOOK OF THE MONTH

For November we will be reading Being the Bad Guys by Stephen McAlpine. Head over to the books page on our website to grab a copy!

SOUTHERN CROSS NOVEMBER ISSUE

Southern Cross is available online at: https://magazine.sydneyanglicans.net/

DAILY MORNING PRAYERS

Join us each morning (except Sunday) at 7:30am for 30 mins of prayer on Zoom at meet.jamberooanglican.com.

PRAY WITH PRAYERMATE

Our church is now on PrayerMate. Subscribe for daily prayer points on your device from us and our partners. Use this link to follow us on PrayerMate.

SAVE THE DATE

Christmas Eve carols on our lawn! An event for our whole community!

FAMILY NEWS

BIRTHDAYS

23 November – Bec Watson
26 November – Philippa Cleall

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4200.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $4237.00, leaving a gap of $-37.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $208,000. Compared to that total we received $209,025, leaving a gap of $-1,025.

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/


Life is Fragile

On Wednesday I met ‘Marie’, a six-year old mannequin who had ‘jumped’ into the river near Jerrara Dam to escape a pretend bushfire.

It was part of an Illawarra Shoalhaven Health training exercise, which included NSW Ambulance staff as well as our local,

Jamberoo Rural Fire Brigade, of which I was a part.

As part of the afternoon scenario, I was first on scene, providing first aid care for this hyper-real dummy, made more real by the paediatric specialist hiding in the bushes, ‘speaking’ on behalf of the little girl… “where’s my daddy? I’m cold! I’m scared!”

It was a great relief when the paramedics arrived on scene to take over from my feeble attempts to administer first aid to the nearly-drowned girl, and it showed me afresh the skill and care that our medical experts provide for our community every

day.
Again, it showed that life is unpredictable and fragile.

Any day at any time we may face death, and so we must all be prepared for the time when we will stand face-to-face before Jesus.

I take great comfort in knowing that I have certainty for eternity, because I have trusted in Jesus and have sure forgiveness from him because he died for me.

It’s something that is on offer to anyone who wants it.

This week I also met with the family of a man who passed away aged 91, as I helped comfort them and prepare a funeral service with them to honour him.
He was old and had plenty of time to plan and consider eternity.

The six-year-old girl who nearly drowned in the RFS scenario could have died much younger, and with fewer opportunities to stop and reflect on eternity.

My prayer is that everyone, young and old, would stop and reflect upon the fragility of life, and make sure that we’ve followed Jesus before it’s too late.

JODIE McNEILL

Coming up this weekend 20th – 21st November 2021

This weekend we continue our Matthew series as Jodie speaks to us from chapter 16 on the topic ‘Building the Church’.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

As long as you are feeling well and are not awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you can attend in person, regardless of your vaccination status, making sure you wear a face mask (unless under 12 or exempted).

We can seat 68 people (plus workers) in the church and 90 people in the hall (to watch the livestream in-person,) and both services will offer a special children’s program (with plenty of time outdoors) which will commence approximately half-an-hour into the service.

Or, for the time being you might like to continue to participate through our livestream by going to watch.jamberooanglican.com.

If you have any questions, head to our quick links page to fill out a response slip, email us at office@jamberooanglican.com or send an SMS to 0439 890 086.

Here are the questions Jodie plans to answer:

1 Wasn’t the person who wrestled Jacob just an angel, not a man?
2 Is it possible that the four Gospels were written earlier than 60AD?
3 How did the Canaanite woman know that Jesus was nearby and that he was the Son of God?
4 Why do we have the Lord’s Supper?
5 What’s the difference between the Lord’s Supper and dinner after church?

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Messiah Masterclass 15 – ‘False Worship’ – Matthew 15 – Jodie McNeill – 13 & 14 November 2021

The joy of traditions

Traditions can help us feel _________

Traditions have some ________

Traditions can turn into ________

The Pharisees were experts at ________

The Pharisees made up special __________

The Pharisees used traditions as a ________

Jesus calls the Pharisees __________

The Pharisees _________ rules against Jesus

The Pharisees should be _______

Holiness is about our _____

The Canaanite woman says Jesus is the _______

Jesus brings early _________ to the Gentiles

The Gentiles praise the God of ______

There are two different _________ to Jesus 

Rest Fund

Our Parish Council is promoting an ordinance to Standing Committee to modify the REST fund to enable us to access the capital of the fund, not just the earnings, in order to improve and maintain our church facilities. Read the official notice below.

Church news for the week beginning 13th November 2021

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be looking at Matthew Chapter 15 as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from God’s word on the topic ‘False Worship’.

MISSION OF THE MONTH

Our mission of the month for November is CMS.

SUNDAY BRUNCH

We’re ready to take our Sunday mornings to the next level by running a weekly, sit-down Sunday brunch.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

For November we will be reading Being the Bad Guys by Stephen McAlpine. Head over to the books page on our website to grab a copy!

SOUTHERN CROSS NOVEMBER ISSUE

Southern Cross is available online at: https://magazine.sydneyanglicans.net/

DAILY MORNING PRAYERS

Join us each morning (except Sunday) at 7:30am for 30 mins of prayer on Zoom at meet.jamberooanglican.com.

PRAY WITH PRAYERMATE

Our church is now on PrayerMate. Subscribe for daily prayer points on your device from us and our partners. Use this link to follow us on PrayerMate.

SAVE THE DATE

Christmas Eve carols on our lawn! An event for our whole community!

FAMILY NEWS

BIRTHDAYS

13 November – Hugo Bartlett
14 November – Ben King & Nina Vidilini
16 November – Jhettaya Warner
19 November – Sandee Batelic

ANNIVERSARIES

13 November – Dan & Row Clarke

GIVING UPDATE

Each week we need to receive $4200.00 in order to meet our commitments. Last month, our average weekly giving was $4237.00, leaving a gap of $-37.00. Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $208,000. Compared to that total we received $209,025, leaving a gap of $-1,025.

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/