Preached by Dr Paula Gooder on Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Our visiting speaker who looks after treasures at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, follows Jesus teaching to ask us where is our treasure?
Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. Her books include Phoebe, Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and Heaven. Paula works full-time for the Church of England as the Director of Mission Learning and Development in the Birmingham Diocese, and this year was appointed as the Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, the first lay person appointed to this role.
Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Confronted by a civil concern, Jesus grasps the opportunity to teach His disciples about the subtle and tempting lure of greed, preparing them for their mission in the world.
Far from condemning wealth, through the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus strongly warns against the Rich Man’s error, not that he acquired wealth, invested in safely, or that he enjoyed some of its fruits, but that he praised only himself, and used his riches, only to benefit himself.
Much of what the Rich Man seems applaudable, but his actions testify to the treasures of his heart. It’s about him, and him alone. We must consider our attitude, towards all God’s blessings, but especially money, lest we fall into the same temptation.
Through this parable, Jesus illustrates that life does not consist of an abundance of possessions, instead, it is to be abundant in richness towards God.
From the passage, we’re encouraged to give thanks to God for what we have, whether rich or poor, and to prayerfully seek to use God’s blessings to us, for His purposes.
We need to consider not just the why and how of prayer but the what, what are to pray for?
As part of this sermon those listening were encouraged to answer the following questions. The first three are in response to the sermon series over the past month, the remaining are in response to the pattern of prayer we see of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. (The time of silence of filling out the questions has been removed from the audio, those listening can simply press pause.)
Things I have learnt about prayer:
Prayer is different now because:
What I want to learn about prayer:
Following Jesus’ example …things I am grateful for are:
… people I should be praying for are:
… big decisions I should pray about are:
… the deep concerns of my heart I should bring before God are:
The bells will toll at St David’s and around Australia – today signifying a climate emergency for Earth Overshoot Day, serving as a rallying call for residents to make some everyday adjustments to their behaviours to help slow catastrophic environmental degradation.
Holy God, earth and air and water are your creation,
and every living thing belongs to you:
have mercy on us as ecological crisis confronts us.
Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live,
to reduce the resources we consume
and the waste that accumulates in land and skies.
Send us your Spirit
with wisdom in present controversies
and vision for the future to which you call us
with all creatures in our common home. Amen.
WE HAVE ALREADY USED UP THE EARTH’S RESOURCES FOR 2019! What is Earth Overshoot Day?
Earth Overshoot Day is the day when humanityʼs demands for ecological resources (including fish, forests, fresh water, etc) exceed what the Earth can renew in a year. This year it will fall on Monday 29 July.
Collectively, we are over-consuming and over-exploiting our resources. Our unreasonable demands on the Earth are driven by our attitudes and disconnect towards the Earth, our common home. Why do we need to change our attitudes and behaviour? Last October the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we have just 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate. In May, another United Nations report suggested we are heading towards the extinction of one million species.
Climate change and biodiversity loss are tragic warning signs of our broken relationship with Godʼs Creation –we are losing sight of our interrelationship with all living things. And, Australians are some of the biggest contributors to this problem. If everyone behaved like us, humanity would consume the equivalent of 5.2 Earths a year! Why is it important to mark Earth Overshoot Day?
As Christians, we want to mark this event to raise it in the public consciousness and create a call for transformation in both our attitudes and behaviour. Ultimately, we want to renew the Earth and save our common home, as both Pope Francis and Rowan Williams have said, we need an “ecological conversion”. What can I do to help on Earth Overshoot Day?
•Toll your Church bells or light a candle from 11.48am, for the 12 minutes until midday, marking the 12 years that the IPCC has foreshadowed as a critical tipping point.
•Pray for people to see the ecological crises in our midst and for “ecological conversion”.
•Tell others in your church and online communities about this day, and why you are marking it.
•Act as people of faith by making a commitment to Live the Change: livingthechange.net
•Organise your own Earth Overshoot Day event and share your event on Facebook with the help of these liturgical and social media resources: bit.ly/OvershootAus
Having welcomed Jesus into her home, Martha soon becomes distracted and anxious, having fallen into the temptation of comparing herself with her sister.
In contrast, defying cultural norms, Mary sits eagerly at the feet of Jesus, not only testifying that all people are called to be followers of Christ but demonstrating the priority of time with Jesus, as the ONE, BETTER way.
Join us as we’re encouraged to spend time with Jesus in prayer.
We can get prayer wrong. A major issue in prayer is pride. A good test for pride is whether we can say this prayer.
We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Friday, September 20th, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Established in 1927, the Metropolitan Male Choir of South Australia is an incorporated not-for-profit choir of international renown. Singing music from all genres the choir presents an internationally recognised 4-part male blend.
The choir is led by Mr Evan Patton whose passion for perfection has established the high standard of singing excellence. Evan is ably supported by Thomas Saunders and Elisabeth Sweetman.