A Message from Michael
Eating together was one of the earliest hallmarks of Christian gatherings. In Acts 2 we have described a group who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Christians gathered in houses and most likely around a shared meal at a table. Everyone would contribute to this shared meal – in providing food, in caring for the hungry, in prayer and in worship. It was all brought to the table. Also described in Acts 2 is their joy and witness: “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” I love this picture of joyous fellowship. Even as the church is threatened with persecution they rejoice and eat together. It is like a little picture of heaven where all the believers through the ages and from around the world will gather in the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19). As we join together today in the Lord’s Supper or over lunch, we are reminded of the God who gives us food and invites us to feast.
Are you interested in joining an introductory Bible study on a Tuesday morning, 10am? Do you know someone who might be interested? Learn about how the Bible fits together, in easy English. Our link missionary Corinne will run the group at St Anne’s. Speak to Janine for details.
Sponsoring a Refugee Family
Are you interested in sponsoring a family coming to Australia as official refugees? This is a complex matter! If you’re interested please speak to Janine for more information.
Women’s Walking Group
This Saturday, 12 June. Meet at 9am at Meadowbank wharf. All women are welcome.
An Update From KBF
We are asking for some volunteers to help out in our KBF and Sunday Reboot programs. These programs happen during the 10am services and are an important opportunity to tell the next generation about Jesus. Whether you are young or old, male or female, experienced or inexperienced. If you feel a passion for seeing kids and youth ministry at St Anne’s and the gospel being taught to kids, we would be keen for you to join us. Please chat to Steph for more information if you are interested. She can provide you with a better description about the role and the safe ministry requirements involved in it.
This week is an exciting week for KBF. We’re launching an app! This is designed for parents to use with their kids at home. At this stage it includes:
- A Bible study you can do at home with your kids each week that matches what they are doing in KBF.
- Tips about parenting, along with other tips for helping your kids have faith that sticks.
- Information for parents.
And this all will be available in both English and Mandarin. If you have any ideas about what else we might include, please contact Steph.
Download the app Grow Youth and Kids Ministry from your app store.
- With National Reconciliation Week, let’s remember the great reconciling and renewing work of Christ. Ask that Australian Christians might work to shape new communities of dignity, care and compassion, and a respectful and deepened relationship with this ancient land and her First Peoples.
- Ask that we might see Jesus, have our hearts changed, and follow him forever.
- Pray for evangelism to the Uyghur people in China. Their tiny church is squeezed between Muslims who see following Jesus as betrayal, and an atheist Chinese communist state.
- Give thanks for the Rev Matt Paterson and Rev Matthew Wilcoxen who are both joining the ministry team at St John’s Darlinghurst. Ask that God might bless their gospel witness to some of the most marginalised people in our city.
- Pray for the aboriginal church in Australia, giving thanks for Neville and Kathryn Naden at Bush Church Aid. Ask that God will raise up the next generation of indigenous Christian leaders.
- Pray for those who are sick, for those grieving, and for carers. Ask that they may know the love of God and be comforted in their distress.
- Pray for children and youth at St Anne’s – that those who are here will grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus, and that more may come.
- Pray for the 75,000 people who live within 2.5km of St Anne’s. Ask that God will give us a heart for our lost neighbours who do not know Jesus.
Prayer for those in need:
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning 7th June
* Job 40:1-14, 42:1-6; Hebrews 2:14-18
Week beginning 14th June
* Jude 1-4; Matthew 24:10-14
Week beginning 21st June
* Ezekiel 34:1-6; Jude 5-19
Week beginning 28th June
* Matthew 7:15-19; Jude 20-25
* Sermon Reading
I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame. (Psalm 119:31)
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here.
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