25 August, 2017

2017 08 25 Rector's News

Hi friends,

In lots of different ways, it has been a most encouraging week at Matthias. It has been a great treat to enjoy lots of time with Paul and Sandra King as they have spent time with different groups on their 'farewell tour' after 25 years serving with CMS in France. It has been another great reminder to keep praying for our mission partners as well as that God would raise up many more people to serve in different mission contexts around the world.

We have made some good progress on the strategic plan with the stakeholder group. This has been bubbling away well now for a few months after the release of the NCLS data and subsequent meetings with wardens, staff and various leaders in different ministry areas. We are working towards publishing this for the Thanksgiving Dinner in November. There will be more opportunities for feedback and reflection over the coming weeks. Please stay tuned!

This Sunday we move away from Old Testament prophecy and get back into New Testament letters. I loved working through Micah, but I'm sure some of you will appreciate being in more familiar territory again. 1 John is where we will be over the next few weeks. Feel free to read as much of it as you can before Sunday. Also, feel free to watch the bible project video to get your bearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3QkE6nKylM. As you will discover from the video, 1 John has some complexity to it, so it would be great to start getting your head around it. Specifically, please read 1 John 1:1-4 and 5:13-21.

Thanks for your ongoing prayers and support as we continue to encourage each other to live for God's glory,

James

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20 August, 2017

2017 08 17 Rector's News

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- - Hi friends, Well done for almost making it through another week! On Sunday we reach the end of our journey through the book of Micah - a book which finishes with this incredible promise and word of assurance: 'Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.'(Micah 7:18)Please read through Micah 7:8-20 in preparation for our time together on Sunday. (Morning church people and Kids Church leaders - another reminder that we will have lunch together after church, so please plan to stick around if you are able to. Thanks also to Tim Kuffer for organising this and to everyone who is making and bringing soup) We will also be hearing from Paul and Sandra King on Sunday as they begin a week of deputation at Matthias. This will continue in various forms next week and if you are able to come along next Wednesday night to the Barnabas Centre at 7:30pm, we will have another opportunity to hear from the Kings and thank God for his kindness to them after decades of missionary service in France. One of the contemporary issues facing the Australian community at present is the postal voteregarding the Marriage Act. Our Archbishop has asked me to give you some information about this process and how we can be helpfully involved. There are two attachments at the bottom of this email. Please take an opportunity to read through them. I am conscious that this national conversation is having an impact on many of us in different ways - particularly in our workplaces. It would be a good thing to be praying particularly for those who are facing some form of persecution for trying to make a case for a biblical position on marriage.I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, James.

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15 June, 2017

2017 06 07

Dear friends, A big thanks to our soup chefs for Sunday morning. Morning church and a bunch of Night Church leaders gathering in sub-arctic conditions for soup after church! For the statisticians, here is the relevant data:120 bread rolls40 sausages90+ people 10 varieties of soup... all demolished! It was a great time together, so thanks again to our cooks and to Tim Kuffer and Angelina for pulling it all together. We'll run it again at the beginning of Term 3. Our Genesis series this term has raised a whole range of questions and re-shaped our worldviews. Specifically, by recognising that the sovereign Lord belongs in the centre of reality rather than ourselves. This will be particularly obvious next Sunday as we look at the plans for the 'tower of Babel' in Genesis 11. It would be worth reading Genesis 10 for context as you prepare for Sunday as well. Just don't get too stuck on the names! At morning church, we will also celebrate the baptism of Hugo Spence. The wardens met on Monday night and a summary report is attached for your interest. The wardens meet specifically to consider property and financial matters. Hence, we heard a report about the glacial progress of the roof restoration project with various meetings with Sydney City Council and relevant DA applications. We also considered some strategies to address our ongoing financial matters as we continue to slide behind budget. Again, a report is attached and the wardens would appreciate your ongoing prayer and interest. Christianity Explored course is off and running again this week. Every time we run this course new questions are raised and I am left both deeply encouraged and also scratching my head looking for answers to a bunch of great questions. This morning I was diving for help from astrophysics to answer questions about multiverses as opposed to a universe! Fun times! Finally, please block out June 18, 2-4pm in your diaries. This is the first meeting that will culminate in a strategic plan for the Matthias family that we will hope to launch at the Thanksgiving Dinner in November. We will begin by considering data from the NCLS survey. This will enable us to begin to consider concrete strategies to help us fulfil those areas that have been identified as most needing attention. This kind of project will really be most beneficial with as many people involved as possible. So again, please try to make it along. Until Sunday, grace and peace, James.

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5 November, 2016

2016 11 05

Another great opportunity to hear from God's Word together tomorrow as we look at Isaiah 49. We will also have another infant dedication with Justin and Brooke bringing Geneva to be dedicated. Brooke's parents are also here from Florida, so it will be a great privilege for them to join with us tomorrow. As usual, we expect lots of visitors tomorrow, so please be attentive and welcoming particularly immediately before and after the gathering.

There are lots of exciting opportunities for mission and ministry as we head to the end of the year. Here is one longer term option that you might like to take the opportunity to investigate:

Hopefully you remember hearing about the possibility of a mid-2017 mission trip to Bolivia to spend a month serving alongside our CMS Link Missionaries, Adrian and Anita Lovell. Rhys has been in touch with Adrian and Anita, and there will be an Info Session happening next Saturday morning, Saturday November 12, in the Barnabas Centre, 10:30am-12 midday. If all goes according to plan, Adrian and Anita will be skyping in to talk to us about their hopes for the trip and sharing how things are going for them. Now, this info session is not just for people who are considering whether they might come along, but, for anyone interesting in being involved in any way; prayer, support, fundraising, preparation, or coming along. Please email rhys, rhys@matthias.org.au, and let him know if you are planning on coming.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow,

James.

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11 October, 2016

2016 10 11 SMNC

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25,26)

What a great gift we had from Psalm 73 on Sunday - thanks Cam Maxwell! Indeed, the 3 Psalms of refuge have been a great encouragement to trust in our great God - our strength and refuge.

Next Sunday is the Morning Church Relaunch. I mention this as many of you are involved in Kids ministry and will be working hard to prepare for the term. Thanks so much for all you do and for your preparations to make ministry work with the new set-up. Even if you aren't involved, I'd really appreciate your prayers. Thanks.

This Sunday we start a new series looking at the second half of Isaiah (chapters 40-66). We will also have the opportunity to catch up with two of our missionary partners - Warwick and Caroline De Jersey - who work in the Middle East. It will be a great night - don't miss out.

The other big event next weekend is the T2 Women's Event at 2pm on Saturday. It will be a great chance to learn how to bring Jesus up in everyday conversations, how to talk about the Bible in a not-so-awkward way; and also to just get to know other women from church. So do go along. Pity I can’t but, oh well! While officially registrations closed on 2 October, unofficially there is still room for more women to join in. So, if you're not registered yet and you want to come along, you haven’t missed out. Registration is here https://matthias.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=126 and payment here https://payments.matthias.org.au Or just bring your money on the day.

Every blessing as we serve our Lord this week,

James.

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10 October, 2016

2016 10 10 AMP

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25,26)

What a great gift we had from Psalm 73 yesterday! Indeed, the 3 Psalms of refuge have been a great encouragement to trust in our great God - our strength and refuge.

Next Sunday is the Morning Church Relaunch. The morning church leadership team have been working hard to make our morning gathering be better in lots of different ways as well as giving our gatherings a fresh new look. All will be revealed on Sunday. We will also have the opportunity to catch up with two of our missionary partners - Warwick and Caroline De Jersey - work work in the Middle East. This will all be followed by a BYO picnic lunch on the church lawn after church.

The other big event next weekend is the T2 Women's Event at 2pm on Saturday. It will be a great chance to learn how to bring Jesus up in everyday conversations, how to talk about the Bible in a not-so-awkward way; and also to just get to know other women from church. So do go along. Pity I can’t but, oh well! While officially registrations closed on 2 October, unofficially there is still room for more women to join in. So, if you're not registered yet and you want to come along, you haven’t missed out. Registration is here https://matthias.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=126 and payment here https://payments.matthias.org.au

Or just bring your money on the day.

Every blessing as we serve our Lord this week,

James.

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