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When worldviews collide

We all have a story that tells us our place in the world. Sometimes those stories are well articulated but often we are unaware even, of the stories that help frame our lives. They exist as unwritten assumptions we hold about how the world works and how we relate to those around us.  It can impact our political views, how we view other nationalities, the way we use money and the manner in which we treat people who are not ‘like us’.  When something or someone challenges those assum...

July 27, 2021

What's your why?

A young child constantly asking why? can be pretty frustrating, why is the sky blue?, why is the grass green? but the right questions can inspire and motivate us to new things. Simon Sinek is the author of a book called ‘Start with Why?’  In it Sinek argues that it is the why we do things that drives people, that inspires and motivates people.  What grabs people is not what we do or how we do it but why we do it.  The apostle Paul gave his life to one cause, to one reason why...

July 20, 2021

A story that transforms

In the movie the Matrix, Neo discovers that the world is not what he thinks it is. His life has been a mirage, a dream. The story he has lived by is, he discovers, no longer true. We all have stories that we live by – things we have come to believe even if we can’t exactly say why we believe them.  The way we see and understand the world is defined by the stories we believe. And when someone or something challenges our story then often our first response is to say no it can’t be true....

July 14, 2021

You are what you love

James Smith is the author of a book called “You are what you love’. In it he argues that whatever it is, that we love most, is what directs and controls what we will become. So if we love money then our lives will be directed toward gaining as much money as we can, if it is fame then we will be always thinking about how to make ourselves look better.  Smith then goes on to say that what we ultimately love is also what we worship – regardless of whether we are religious or not we worsh...

July 6, 2021

Generosity

The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines generosity as the act of being generous and a generous person is described as one who gives with an open-hand as opposed to someone who is tight-fisted. I have met many generous people over the years, people who having very little themselves have given freely to others. It seems though that how much we have, has little to do with our willingness to give. Jesus once praised a poor woman who gave to God two small coins, all she had, while condemning a wealthy ...

June 29, 2021

All welcome!

It’s so easy to put out a sign saying ‘All welcome’ but it can be much harder to act like all are welcome. Many of us have been invited places or attended groups where one never feels welcome at all – in fact sometimes the vibe is very clear ‘Go away – strangers not welcome!’ Welcoming others is so much easier when the others are just like us but when they are different – not like us – then it is so much harder. The Gospel story is that all of us are welcome – that God has in...

June 22, 2021

Learning to live together

Living with another person is one of the hardest things to do. When I got married I naively thought that, as the Beatles sing, “All we need is love” and everything would be okay. Love would help us get through anything.  Wow what a wakeup call I got. Sure love helps but the reality is that eventually two people who live together will find things that drive each other nuts. How they stay together after that is the true test of their desire to make it work. The same is true of any relati...

June 15, 2021

Living what we say we believe

There is a great science experiment in which a professor asks his students if they believe in the principle that once released the amplitude of a free pendulum – how far it’ll swing away from the vertical position – can never increase. It can only decrease. So if you hold it on your nose and let it go, in theory it cannot come back and hit you in the face. Most students will give theoretical assent to this but very few are willing to stand in front of a large pendulum and let it go in orde...

June 8, 2021

Defined by faith

The by-line on our website says ‘Where faith defines life’. It is the acknowledgement that our faith in Jesus should define how we live and the things that are important to us. It also means that every area of our lives is impacted in some way by our faith – how and who we love, the values we hold, the things that are important to us. Sometimes that faith asks to respond to situations in ways that challenge our expectations. The early church was faced with some huge questions – how do w...

June 1, 2021

Community Fair

Come and Join us for some fun this Saturday 29 May from 10am till 2pm....

May 25, 2021

Not all the same

On the wall in my office there is a cartoon from Calvin and Hobbes,  the cartoon strip about a small boy and his toy tiger. The scene is a class room and the teacher asks Calvin a question, ‘Calvin can you tell us what Lewis and Clarke did? Calvin replies, ‘No but I can recite the secret superhero origin of each member of Captain Napalm’s thermo nuclear league of liberty’. Teacher, ‘ See me after class Calvin’. And then Calvin says to himself, ‘I’m not dumb. I just have a co...

May 25, 2021

Letting go of old ideas

One of the hardest things to do, I think, is letting go of beliefs and behaviours we have held to for so long. Sometimes it is just little thing, like having  a particular mug that we like to drink from. Sometimes it is a long held belief about another person or even people group that isn’t even true. Having our views challenged or discovering that we have been wrong can be a pretty tough thing to work through. How we respond is a demonstration of our openness to new ideas, to exploring n...

May 18, 2021

Something new

Have you ever been asked to try something new? Or to do something, that is just so far out of your comfort zone? Maybe to try a new food or a new experience – like bungee jumping and every part of you is screaming – No don’t do it!  It’s not safe! A while ago (pre-Covid) I travelled to India to visit some friends working in a poor community there. They took me to visit a family who lived in a slum on the edge of a river. The host, a solo mum, offered us cha or tea as a way of honou...

May 11, 2021

The Story Continues

A few weeks ago I started reading a book and when I got to the end of it I discovered, annoyingly, that the story didn’t finish, it was part of a series of books and if I wanted to know how the story ended I would need to read all the books. I wonder how often we get to the end of a story and think, well that’s that all done and dusted, and then move on forgetting that no story really finishes when we close the book.  What happens to the characters after the events of the story we just ...

May 4, 2021

Too much debt

Several years ago I was involved with a group helping people who were struggling with debt. The clients were often people who through circumstances beyond their control and uninformed choices now found themselves unable to meet their financial commitments. These weren’t irresponsible people, they hadn’t spent extravagantly but they were now in over their heads and unable to get back on their feet. The loss of work, unexpected health costs, or a broken down car had been enough to force them t...

April 27, 2021

If I perish, I perish

This coming Sunday will be ANZAC day, the day when we reflect on those in our armed forces who have given their lives in sacrifice for others. We honour those men and women who have served our country in ways that we hope the majority of us never have to. It’s not very often that we are asked to risk our lives in order to help save the lives of others. Mordecai and Esther were two people from the Bible who were willing to risk their lives in order to try and save their own people. It is from t...

April 20, 2021

The Green Eyed Monster

Haman was a bloke who got offered a pretty good job – actually it was the second to top job – the second in command to the king of Persia. This new found  power and prestige made Haman think he was pretty important and as far as he was concerned everyone should treat him with awe and respect. So when someone below him refused to bow down to him, Haman decide that he would make the guy pay  - he and all his fellow countrymen. I wonder who often we allow ourselves to be influenced b...

April 6, 2021

Easter Service Times

We will gather at the following times to celebrate the Easter story. We would love you to join us for any of these times. 28 March 10am Palm Sunday 2 April 9.30am Good Friday reflection 4 April 10.00am. Easter Sunday Celebration...

March 25, 2021

Popularity

'Influencers' is a word that has come to define those people whose huge popularity allows them to influence how the rest of us think and live. These people can create runs on products and places as people try to emulate their suggestions.  A tweet here, a photo on Facebook and their new favourite product or place is suddenly the thing to have or place to be.  It is their popularity that gives them great power to tell others how they should live.  But as we have seen that popularit...

March 23, 2021

New Life

My grandson is almost two and he’s at that age when he wants to hold as much as he can in his hands at the same time. And he struggles with the fact that to get something new you have to put down what is in your hands. It’s hard to let things go in order to get something better. Jesus said something very similar – that we need to die in order to live.  How on earth does that work – how can dying bring new life? Here’s what Jesus said Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of yo...

March 16, 2021

Love your enemies

These words by Jesus are some of the hardest to live by. Love your enemies. Is such a thing possible? And isn’t it just plain stupid? After all everyone knows that might is right, that power always defeats the powerless. Why on earth would I love my enemies? Almost 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jnr the civil rights campaigner wrote this in a sermon called Loving your enemies. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot ...

March 9, 2021

Aren't we great!?

All of us would like to think that there is something that we are good at or maybe even great at. Something we have worked hard to excel at – a sport, a hobby, a subject, a musical instrument. And it is great that we can celebrate those abilities and skills because we should take great joy in people’s ability to push the boundaries and excel in life. But what happens when that greatness lures us to believe that we are now better than others.  That our giftedness means we should be treat...

March 3, 2021

Expectations

Sometimes our expectations about life are spot-on but way to often our expectations are unrealistic both for ourselves and for others. We often place unrealistic expectations on our partners or spouses or on our children or workmates. You know the expectation that they will keep their rooms spotless or cook our dinner everything night or whatever else it is we expect of them. And I wonder how many of us have unrealistic expectations of God – things we think God should or shouldn’t do. For ma...

February 23, 2021

Giving Up

For those who don’t know the Church often follows what is called the church calendar or year. This church year is designed to highlight the key tenets of the Christian faith – Advent, Christmas, and Easter are the most well-known ones. The lead up to Easter is preceded by a period of 40 days called Lent. Lent is a time for those of us who seek to follow Jesus to think and reflect on the events and life of Jesus leading up to Easter. Traditionally it was also a time for fasting, for giving th...

February 16, 2021

Mainly Music 2021

STARTS BACK UP  - 10th February 2021 Fun, interactive music sessions for young children and their parent/caregiversYoung children and their parents/caregivers join together for a fun, thirty minute music session then afterwards enjoy morning tea and a playtime for the children.Throughout the morning your child will  be learning and developing gross and fine motor skills  language, imagination, maths and pre-reading skills as well as socialisation skills. We would love for you and ...

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