Making a Mandala

Published: Friday, 27 March 2020

mandalaUse the quiet time for reflection while making your mandala.

On its most basic level, a mandala is a circular form with geometric patterns that builds off of a central point, most often used to connect with a spiritual power through meditation and contemplation.

Worship in Exile

Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Italian philosopher Georgio Agamben has provoked widespread controversy following his recent comments on the corona virus epidemic. He suggested that the paralysis of his country shows that people no longer believe in anything but bare life. In Australia, it would seem that our most fundamental beliefs are focused on public health and the economy. A challenge that Agamben puts to us is his stark claim that “Bare life — and the danger of losing it — is not something that unites people, but blinds and separates them.”

Read the full article by Mark Brett and Rachelle Gilmour here.

Daily Examen

Published: Saturday, 21 March 2020

The Daily Examen is an Ignatian spiritual practice to cultivate gratitude and peace in a time of anxiety and uncertainty.   https://www.ignatianspirituality.com

The Daily Examen is a practice of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern God's direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

So, create a sacred / quiet place, take a few deep breaths, then follow these steps, give enough time for each one.

Resources for Lent

Published: Friday, 20 March 2020

Common Grace: Jesus Says I Am 
Tear Australia: Be a People of Hope 

https://pray-as-you-go.org you can also download the app, 

https://intothedesert.org

http://ccca.biola.edu/lent/2020/ reflections on art, poetry, music lent readings 
Lectionary readings during Lent

Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther

Published: Friday, 20 March 2020

The Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote to a friend on how he will behave as a pastor during a time of plague:

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he has expected of me, and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.

Important News About COVID-19

Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

You will all be aware of the growing concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community. The medical experts advise us that one of the best things we can do is to slow the rate of infection by practising good hygiene and minimising social contact. This is important for everyone and particularly our older members who may be more severely impacted.

So what does this mean for our church community?

  • We will not be meeting together for worship on Sunday mornings until further notice. We will continue to review the situation based on government and medical advice and will aim to meet together as soon as possible. In the meantime, the pastors are working on online material to support worship at home.