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.

A Conversation About COVID-19

Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Two members of our church community, Owen Roodenburg (Director Intensive Care Services, Eastern Health) and Michael Johnson (Surgeon and Head of Paediatric Orthopaedic Department, Royal Children's Hospital)  have both recommended that we stop gathering together during this pandemic. Here is a video conversation between Tri Nguyen and Michael to help explain why it is crucial for us to put all our church activities on hold.

ABC Study Series - Discernment

Published: Friday, 07 October 2016

Discernment Study One

Discernment Study Two

Discernment Study Three

Introduction

A man was walking down the street when he spied in the front of a shop a weight and fortune telling machine. The sign on the machine read: “Your weight and fortune told for only $5.00.” The man stopped and decided to put his money in the slot. In an instant, a slip of paper was spat out of the machine. The paper read, “Because you have such great abilities and talents, you will go far and will always be successful at everything you do.”

The man was thrilled with the news and he shared it with his wife. She listened without comment and then asked if she could see the piece of paper. She read it and handing it back she said, “Just as I thought. It got your weight wrong, too!”

There is a great interest in knowing the future and many will spend a fortune to get an answer about what they should do in a particular situation.

This book is not of the ‘penny in the slot’ variety but it is a guide book as you take responsibility and grapple with the hard questions. Instead of being a quick fix manual, this book recommends that readers, especially those at life’s crossroads, take forty days to engage in a journey of discernment.

Forty Days of Discernment

There is nothing magical about forty days but in the Bible the number ‘forty’ suggests a significant period. Jesus spent forty days in a desert before commencing his public ministry (Matthew 4: 2-11). It may not be possible or advisable for you to take forty days out of your schedule to be full time on the work of discernment but it would be good to think of how you might carve out a special forty days so that within this period you invest considerable time in walking this journey. As Jesus gave up eating and drinking to devote himself to this task, what might you give up to clear the decks and the diary for action?