A Note From Andrew
Yesterday Australian residents of New South Wales went to the polls to vote for our local Councils and Mayors. As Christians we need to be thankful for the immense privilege it is to have such a peaceful election process – that our governments can be “overthrown” without a single weapon brandished, nor human casualty. But powerfully, as followers of Jesus, we remember from whom all such political power arises: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)
As a church, we will continue to pray for our political leaders – they need real wisdom to be able to represent and care for our diverse community. Politics can be a “dirty” business, full of compromises, yet it can produce real protections and opportunities. May our Council look out for the poor and marginalised, and safeguard the right of free speech in our area so that all ideas (including Christian ones) can be spoken about and debated.
Well done especially to our team of volunteers who turned up to cook sausages, raise money for Toys N Tucker and chat with members of our local community! May there be lasting friendships and connections formed from brief encounters.
Praise God for those who serve on our tech teams across all the services! We literally could not have our church with out them! If you have skills or are prepared to learn a new skill to help out, please let us know. We are short on people volunteering for these roles!
We are planning to sing Christmas Carols outside Big W in Top Ryde on Saturday 18th December, 8.30-11.30am. We are awaiting final confirmation from the Top Ryde Centre. Rehearsals will be on Sundays 5th and 12th December, after the 10am services, in the auditorium.
- Pray for our newly elected councillors, that they would have wisdom in governing our community.
- Give thanks for Edie’s faithfulness in serving the Lord. Pray for her to find a new church.
- Pray for churches in Europe going through another lockdown. Ask God to strengthen them to continue to care for their members and reach out to others.
- Pray for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ethiopia. Pray that Christians there will be agents of peace.
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.
This week at KBF we are learning about Moses and the Exodus.
An important part of childhood is learning which grown-ups you can trust. The very first phone number most kids tend to learn is an emergency number because it’s important to know who to call when we need help! In this series, we’ll help kids see that they can always call on God for the things they need. As kids hear the story of Israel escaping slavery in Egypt (and what happened afterward), they’ll discover that God helps us when we’re helpless, helps us in our weakness, helps us when we’re in trouble, and will even help us help others. God is the help we need — always!
Please come to give thanks and pray for our church, for mission & the world. We’ll hear stories from our Mission Partners that will fuel our prayers. You can pray out loud or just add your amen to the prayers. There are two sessions on rotating fortnights:
Daytime: 9:30am Wednesdays 24 November & 8 December. Come to church and pray in one of the classrooms.
Evenings: 7:30pm Wednesdays 17 November, 1 December & 15 December online.
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here.