Reconciliation Day

Dear Friends It is National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) which blends beautifully with what Belinda wrote about last week in reference to the BBC program ‘The Repair Shop’ particularly in regard to connections made with the past and the idea to ‘live by mending’. Last Monday was the ACT’s second Reconciliation Day public holiday but what real ‘connections’ or ‘mending’ were we conscious of to make it a day promoting Reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Read more…

The Repair Shop

Dear Friends There is no place like home! It is wonderful to be home with your children, to pat your dogs, to be able to go into your kitchen and put on your own kettle! It is also wonderful to be back at church, worshipping again with so many dear friends! We had a great time away, but I was very excited (thank you so much to Kelli Hughes for mentioning this last Sunday) to hear that one of the Read more…

Politics

So, we have all carried out our duty and voted!  And possibly as you read this Pastor’s Note the decision of how Australia voted will have been made known.  But, what is interesting for me, is how Christians form an opinion about who to vote for: were they guided, for example, by party political interests; were the issues canvassed by the parties the critical and decisive factors that influenced them and, if so, which ones; were the leaders the key Read more…

Mate

Dear Friends I love alliterations, and this week accords me a little literary pleasure.  Last week we celebrated the beginning of the Month of May, a Month when we intentionally focus on overseas Missions.  Last week we celebrated May 4th which is otherwise known as: ‘May the force be with you’ from Star Wars.  On the 8th of May we celebrated Mate Day or May Eight and this Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Forgive My indulgence – My Mind has raced Read more…

Avengers: Endgame

Dear Friends So, for all the movie buffs, the biggest movie of 2019 has just been released.  The Movie group will need to get across this because it’s not the ‘Prince of Egypt’ which we have just seen.  It is called ‘Avengers: Endgame’.  And, apparently, this movie is being warmly received by the public … record numbers are seeing it.  It is bigger than Star Wars, bigger than the Hobbit series, bigger than Ben Hur!  So, what is it about?  Read more…

Easter Saturday

Dear Friends I have long been fascinated with Easter Saturday.  It never feels like a typical Saturday.  It may be a day just to regather, recover or even do household chores.  But there is a subliminal sense, to me anyway, that this day is special.  It is a day that gives space to the deep reflecting of Easter; a somber day; a day of shock; a day too that is a connecting day between the bookends of Good Friday and Read more…

Easter Sunday

Dear Friends Two years ago, my family was in Paris and we saved our visit to Notre Dame for this morning – Easter Sunday. It was, in some ways, a mistake. The cathedral was packed and overflowing – with tourists and worshippers – and there were long queues, but it was also an incredible time to be there with people from all over the world, in a place where people have worshipped for around 850 years, as the priest greeted Read more…

Palm Sunday

Dear Friends Today is Palm Sunday (or Peace Sunday), which marks the beginning of Easter and the passion story of Jesus. Today we remember Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem which, unlike in the synoptics (Matthew, Mark and Luke), in John he has visited many times.  But this visit in John is different to the others.  According to John 12:12 there was a festival on and word had got around that Jesus was ‘in town’ so the revelers flocked to him and greeted him with palm leaves Read more…

Soul Feast

Dear Friends Years ago my parents went on a bus tour of parts of Eastern Europe and included in the cost was breakfast in the hotel each morning and, I think, some dinners, but they had to fend for themselves for lunch (though the tour operators always deposited them in the vicinity of a number of lovely – and pricey – lunch establishments.) So, being on a bit of a budget, they worked out that, as there were cold meats Read more…

Prayer

On Tuesday evening many in our church attended the events that were held, one in Garema Place and the other in Nara Park, to remember those killed in Christchurch last Friday. Our family went to Nara Park with hundreds of others to express our grief for the people of New Zealand, especially the Muslim community, and the Muslim community here. It was an opportunity to express all those things, but it was also an extraordinary experience of public prayer, in Read more…