2018 05 04 Rector's News

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4 May, 2018

Hi friends,

I'm really looking forward to looking with you on Sunday at 2 Samuel 1. Please, if at all possible - have a look at the account of the death of Saul in 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 1. We'll particularly have a think about the man who claimed to kill Saul in 2 Samuel 1. 

Also on Sunday:  

1. Christianity Explored will begin at 11:30am in the Barnabas Centre. At this stage there is still plenty of room for new people. Please make a phone call or send a text if you can think of someone you could invite along. 

2. GTK Matthias - our newcomers course ('Getting to Know Matthias) will begin at 4:00pm in the Barnabas Centre.  

3. John and Natalia's son, Wilbur will be baptised at morning church - please pray for their family and friends as they travel to be here. Particularly that they will be encouraged by the gospel of Jesus. 

Finally, please also pray for the Children's and Youth ministry teams as they meet tonight for training and planning - they are an incredible blessing to our church and we want to see them encouraged and growing in their faith as they seek to teach others. 

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 

James. 

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2018 06 14 Rector's News

Hi friends,

In growth group this morning we looked at 2 Samuel 6... a most interesting chapter in the context of David's crowning as king and entry into Jerusalem. It is well worth reading through before Sunday. In particular, I think the question worth asking is why this chapter is necessary. ie Why not just go from chapter 5 to chapter 7? 

This Sunday, Archie Poulos will host a gifts workshop. It will be a great help as we work together and encourage each other to use our gifts. Please plan to stick around after morning church or to come in early if you are normally at Night Church.  11:30am in the Barnabas Centre. I've attached the preparatory work to complete before Sunday. 

We have had a request this morning for accommodation help for a local refugee. Here is the message: 'A refugee working in Paddington needs accommodation for 6 - 7 months from the end of June. He is 41, single, a people person, self-sufficient, with very good English. He has worked for UNSW on a casual basis. For more information please ring/text Jenny on 0404893374, or email jenni.ken@hotmail.com'.  

Finally, please remember that we are having a food drive over the month of June. If you are able to bring some non-perishable items to church on Sunday to contribute, that would be great. 

I'm heading to Jerusalem tomorrow - please pray for the GAFCON gathering over the next week. Many of the brothers and sisters are coming from contexts where there is terrible persecution from within and without the church. They have suffered beatings and killings in some countries, and been sued and lost property and ministry positions in other countries for holding to the truths of the gospel... even from their own denomination. Please pray that there would be encouragement and refreshing as we gather around God's great gospel and encourage each other to hold firm to the gospel that is such good news, even in times of turmoil and challenge. 

Grace and peace, 

James. 

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