The prayer night planned for 25th June has been rescheduled for Monday 16th July 7.30 to 9pm at the Church. This has been done to enable members of our Diocesan Parish Recovery Team to assist us by leading the evening.
Over the past 8 months, our staff and Parish Council have been seeking to care for our members as best we can, as we all come to grips with the division that has occurred. I have also been meeting regularly with some of our senior members especially to pray about this. Our Parish Council is hosting quarterly Parish Prayer nights to encourage reconciliation and the Lord’s refreshing. I apologise for any inconvenience the change has made.
3 weeks ago, our PC and staff met together to see what more we can do in caring for the Parish through these difficult times. So we decided to invite a Diocesan Parish Recovery Team to host an evening for us. Some of you will remember that such a team came at the invitation of the former rector, Bishop Reg Piper, to help our Parish 4 years ago with a different set of challenges.
We have asked Rev David Reay and Dr Marlene Hickin to meet with our Staff Team and the Parish Council. They will also lead us on our Prayer Night helping us to express and to process in a godly way, how things are for us.
Marlene & David have both had extensive training and experience in this field. David has ministered in many Parishes across our diocese for more than 30 years. He has also been involved in chaplaincies and in media work with Hope 1032 & 2CH. He can’t be with us today as he is currently caring for the Parish of Baulkham Hills. Marlene holds a doctorate in Ministry and has been a Ministry Consultant for most of the past 25 years in Britain. She has also spent some years on the mission field & on staff teams in 2 Sydney parishes. We also welcome today Deaconess Pattie Mutton who is here with us today to support our Parish. Please make them very welcome and take the opportunity to chat with them confidentially about any issues of concern.
“Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God”
The Bible’s teaching regarding predestination and God’s total sovereignty in our salvation often raises many questions for thinking Christians. Questions like:
¨ If God is sovereign and He choose who is saved then why bother praying and why bother sharing with people. Why not just leave it all to Him?
¨ If God is sovereign and He choose who is saved, then that’s unfair and human beings are just mindless robots! Isn’t this very demeaning to humanity?
If you ever asks questions like this, or if you just want to study what the Bible says on this issue, then I think there is no better book than Dr Jim Packer’s “Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God”. I recommend it highly for the LIFE groups, personal study and for ministry teams training.
Sermon Series and LIFE groups in Term 3
In Term 3 our preaching will be on the “the Saints and Prophets of the Babylonian Exile”. We’ll be studying the Bible books that cover the period approx. 600 BC to 400 BC. Books like Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai and Malachi. If you would like a study guide on this series for personal or group work then please call or email me and I’ll email it to you. Hard copies will be available from our office as soon as possible.