Rev David Chang joins our staff team
In consultation with the Wardens and with the approval of Parish Council, I have appointed Rev David (Jung-Chi) Chang as Assistant Minister. David will join our staff team in late January and his ministry roles will include pastoral oversight of our Mandarin Speaking Congregation. David is an ordained Anglican Minister and is married to Annie. They have one daughter, who is 4 years old. Please pray for David and his family as they prepare to move to Ryde, and for their ongoing ministry with our Mandarin Congregation.
Practical help through Anglican Aid
A special appeal by the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid to raise tax-deductible funds for those affected by bushfires has been launched.
Funds raised from this appeal will help those who miss out on NSW government emergency assistance. To donate go to https://www.anglicanaid.org.au/nsw-bushfire-appeal or telephone (02) 9284 1406. More importantly, funds from this appeal will come with prayer and human connection. Our donations are a tangible symbol of God’s grace to us all. Donations for this appeal are tax deductible.
Sadly, there are fires burning right now in the Anglican Dioceses of Grafton, Armidale, Newcastle, Bathurst, Brisbane and Sydney, but we can rejoice that there are established churches on the ground in the places most seriously affected, providing an existing network of prayer and the delivery of financial assistance.
All funds donated to the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid appeal will go to Anglican churches in the affected areas, so that specific distributions can be made to those most affected within their communities.
Archbishop Rev Glenn Davies
SMBC Women’s Conference
As our country is ravaged by extensive drought and fire, we cry out to you for relief. Our hearts are broken for life, property and wildlife lost. We pray that in your mercy, you will restrain the forces of nature from further catastrophic damage. Protect those who are fighting fires and guide authorities who are assisting with evacuations and offering shelter for the displaced. Help the local church to be a place that offers comfort, healing and peace to those in need. We pray for the miracle of rain to end drought and quench fires. We ask all of this with faith and hope in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayers for those in need
Please pray for Charlotte and her family, and Jini.
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.
Freddo is enjoying a well earned break.
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning 20th January
Genesis 29:31 – 30:43
Week beginning 27th January
Nehemiah 6:1 – 7:3
* Sermon Reading
You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands. (Psalm 119:21)