Minute from a Minister


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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17
Jun 2018

Today Chris Forder goes on 3 weeks well-earned leave, and on Thursday Trevor left for the GAFCON Conference in Israel. Trev returns to work on about Tuesday-Wednesday, June 26 or 27 (depending on jet lag!). So for about the next 10 days I’m the only ordained minister and the acting senior minister. And you never know what things will come up! So I’m feeling nervous … But I don’t need to be anxious and fretful and worried. Because God is with me (as he is with each of his people) and he......

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10
Jun 2018

This week we mourn the death of Warrick Mattinson, as well as celebrate his life. This reminds us that death is tragic; tragic no matter the age or circumstance. And the reason we feel it so hard is because it was never meant to be a part of God’s perfect world. We were created to live without death in the Garden with our God. But the sad and painful reality is that due to sin, death is now a part of our world and our lives. Whether you knew Warrick or not,......

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03
Jun 2018

As it is my turn this week to write a MFM, I thought I had better explain my whereabouts over the next few weeks. Firstly, next Sunday, we, that is, Chris, Cam and I, as well as our Synod Representatives, James Sartain and Richard Unwin, won’t be at TGS, as, God willing, we will be in Townsville at Synod (the annual meeting of Anglican leaders in this diocese). Secondly, the Sundays after this, 17th and 24th June, God willing, I will be in Jerusalem, Israel, at GAFCON. Therefore, many of you won’t......

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