Minute from a Minister


15
Jul 2018

Every three weeks I have the task of writing a minute from a minister. Every three weeks because Trevor and Cameron write one on the other weeks. And I am usually prompted by God as to what to write. However, there have been times and especially this week where I just don’t know what to do. So, I thought I would fall on your graces and share with you something I heard recently in a sermon that I found encouraging and helpful. The sermon was on Christian community. And the preacher named......

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08
Jul 2018

Three weeks ago we had the Building Better Marriages course with Jim and Lesley Ramsay, and Friday was Stuart and Felicity’s wedding. So marriage has featured highly in our recent church life! But … many people at TGS aren’t married, whether never married or separated or divorced or widowed. Many single people say that there are times when they feel left out or left behind or forgotten about. It is true that in our (right) zeal for celebrating marriage and family that sometimes single people do get overlooked, or it is just......

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01
Jul 2018

As many of you know, I have only been overseas twice: once to Gafcon in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013, and now to Gafcon in Jerusalem, Israel. After my two-week visit to Nairobi, I summed things up by saying: I want what they’ve got, but I don’t want to live there. How would I sum things up for Jerusalem (as I am now an expert – NOT)? I am most mindful that some of us here at TGS have visited Jerusalem, so these are simply some of my first impressions, before I sum......

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24
Jun 2018

Two weekends ago, two of our clergy (Trevor Saggers and Cameron Wills) and two churchwardens (James Sartain and Richard Unwin) travelled to Townsville to join with representatives from 50 other ‘ministry units’ (e.g. churches and schools) for the 2018 annual Synod (meeting) of the Anglican Diocese (region) of North Queensland. One thought on everyone’s mind was that this was Bishop Bill Ray’s final synod after 11 years at the helm. Other than God’s mercy, this may have been the reason that there were no contentious issues debated, as there have been on......

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