Message from Greg
As usual, at the start of each new year, we recommend that you prayerfully review the level of your financial support for church and if possible, increase this to cover inflation and this year the increasing costs/decreasing income associated with Covid-19. Given the uncertainties of face-to-face meetings, now would be a good time to switch to electronic giving if you have that facility. Call Sharon or Sue at the office if you need advice about how to set this up. Thank you for your ongoing support of our church’s ministry.
Staff team changes
Steph Colacino began her full-time ministry with us on 18th January. She will devote half her time to the role of Youth and Children’s ministry and half to general pastoral ministry.
My last Sunday at St. Anne’s will be 14th February which is the date of our AGM.
Virtual Choir CDs
If you ordered a copy of “Pandemix Greatest Hits” you can pick it up from the office. We are not selling these but ask for a donation to RACE to support SRE at Ryde Secondary College. We can still take orders if you want your own copy. What better way to celebrate Australia day than to the soundtrack of the Pandemix?
Prayer and politics
The recent violence in Washington DC, and the events of the last 5 years in US politics are a salient reminder of the fragility of human social and political systems. In Australia we tend to be very laid back about these things – and we have some grounds for confidence. Our political system does not have some of the inbuilt fractures and tensions of the US system. But all human systems are subject to potential manipulation and undermining by self-serving demagogues and radical fringe groups. Sadly, so called “evangelical Christians” (I would question the use of both of these descriptors) have been in the forefront of the anti-democratic movement in the US. They, and we, need to obey the Apostle Paul’s instruction to us to pray for those in authority. It reminds us that our responsibility in a democracy does not finish when we walk out of the polling place on election day. It includes the lifestyle choices we make each day. He writes: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1Timothy 2:1-2.
Your brother in Christ
Greg and Pat’s farewell will be held on Saturday 24th April. More details to follow.
The Church Clock
Thanks to Syd and Jef, the church clock is working again. This is the mechanism that drives the 3 clocks. It required some maintenance and one design improvement and should work well for another 50 years!
- Thank God for the safe delivery of Katie and Matt’s little girl.
- Give thanks for the peaceful transfer of power to a new administration in the USA and pray for a return to more balanced and cooperative government in that country.
- Pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who cannot meet due to severe pandemic outbreaks or who meet under constant threat of government persecution.
- Pray for the emergency workers who are preparing for another hot bushfire summer. Thank God especially to those who are volunteering their time to keep their communities safe.
- Pray for the trade relationship between China and Australia. Pray that our political leaders will make wise decisions.
- Pray for treatment of indigenous Australians in police custody. Pray they will be treated with the respect they deserve.
- Pray for people who are isolated in nursing homes and hospitals.
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, especially Dawn, Margaret C, Margaret B, Jill, Ian M and Bill.
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning 25th January
Jeremiah 39:1 – 41:15
Jeremiah 41:16 – 43:13
* Ephesians 2:1-10
* Sermon Reading
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. (Psalm 119:29)
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here.