A Message from the Senior Minister
GAFCON Australasia Conference
This week Pastor David and I will be attending the GAFCON Australasia conference down in Canberra.
For those who don’t know what GAFCON is, their website provides this description:
‘GAFCON’ stands for Global Anglican Future Conference.
The Gafcon movement is a global family of authentic Anglicans standing together to retain and restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican
Communion. Our mission is to guard the unchanging, transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ and to proclaim Him to the world. Gafcon works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching and teaching which frees our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
The Gafcon journey began in 2008 when moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical witness in parts of the Anglican communion had reached such a level that the leaders of the majority of the world’s Anglicans felt it was necessary to take a united stand for truth.
With sadness, we are hearing stories of churches all over the world and in Australia who are compromising on biblical truths, and worse, legislating that such compromises are faithful to the gospel of our Lord Jesus. David and I are attending the conference to hear more about what is going on and to think through how St Anne’s can support faithful churches and leaders. On a personal note, it will be a great chance to network with other ministers.
Neither of us relish being away from our Parish for long, but this investment of time will be worth it.
The Chairman of GAFCON Australia is well known to us at St Anne’s – Michael Kellahan, who served as interim Senior Minister after Greg retired and before I arrived. Please pray for us and for those leading the GAFCON movement in Australia.
Our knitting and crochet group, Stix n String is 5 years old! That’s worthy of a celebration and the group is having a birthday party on Tuesday 16th August, from 1:30pm. If you are free to come and join in the festivities, all are welcome.
In addition to great friendships, this group has made countless beanies, balaclavas, scarves, neck cowls, vests, blankets, mittens, fingerless gloves, toys and much more – all for people in need. Praise God for this great fellowship!
If you’d like to support Stix N String and their work, donations of yarn, post packs to send goods out or even cash are welcome.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group would love some more members. They meet in the downstairs Youth Room from 10am – 11:30am. If you’d like to join, please let the office know.
After 8 years of service here at St Anne’s, Janine is retiring next week. We are organising a thank you lunch, the week after her final sermon. on Sunday 28 August. We’d love our whole church family to come along, hear a few stories and celebrate what God has done in Janine and through Janine. We will get it catered, so there is a cost and we will need to get RSVPs. (If you’d like to come and cost is an issue, please let Andrew know and we will assist).
- Last week more than 10 visitors came to church – may the Lord add to the number of His people at St Anne’s!
- Give thanks for those who serve as our elected representatives. Pray that our federal MP Jerome Laxale, and our state MP Victor Dominello, will work for justice, compassion, and the common good.
- Pray for continued energy for our hard working hospital and aged care staff, especially those at Ryde Hospital who are also planning for the redevelopment of the hospital.
- Pray for the work of Anglicare in caring for the aged, and for Anglicare chaplains working in prisons, juvenile justice, hospitals and aged care.
- Give thanks for the many years St Anne’s has been assisting migrants and refugees with conversational English. Pray that the students would learn more about God’s love for them. Pray for more students to come along.
- Give thanks for those who serve us in music ministry and technology.
- A prayer for emergency services: “God our Father, we commend to your keeping all members of the Police, Ambulance, Fire and State Emergency Services. Thank you for the work that they do to protect the community. Please protect and encourage them as they serve us. Grant them your peace as they seek to come to terms with the difficult situations they have to deal with. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.“
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
COVID on the rise again
As you know, COVID (along with other diseases) is on the rise again. The Prime Minister this week encouraged mask wearing as a primary way of guarding against the transmission of such airborne nasties. Although the wearing of masks remains optional at St Anne’s, we encourage our members to wear them if possible as we look after and love one another.
A Great Resource
These daily devotions, written by Glen Scrivener take the reader through the Bible, pointing to Jesus, warming the heart and encouraging us keep going as a Christian. A big thumbs up from Andrew. You can order a copy from Koorong.
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here