Aug 112019
 

Moving house! That’s what my week has been. By the time most of you are reading this, most of my things will have been moved to my new place in Cottesloe. I’ve been pondering and praying about the move for some time and a couple of months ago felt it was time to act. I had invited some close people into the discernment journey and felt that it was quite important to actually be very local to the church in my move. I’m looking forward to this new season and to what God’s got in store, especially with regard to the potentially increased engagement with local community.

Over these last weeks moving myself, as well as conversations with some people about the idea of ‘home’ for other reasons, I’ve found myself pondering various things around these ideas. We are people who are pilgrims in this world, people who long for our true home where we will be with God forever. We, along with the whole of creation, experience a sense of longing for that day.

As well as that, there is the sense in which we, whose citizenship is in heaven, are strangers and aliens in this world.  Heaven is where our true home is.  We are urged by Scripture to set our minds on the things that are important from the perspective of our heavenly citizenship.

Nevertheless, we are called to be deeply present where we are and with the people around us. Jesus came into our world, with all that involved, and dwelt amongst us. God’s given us a world of abundance and wants us to enjoy it and care for it. And he’s put us in relationships where he calls us to love and to be his hands and feet. That’s both with our brothers and sisters in Christ and with the wider communities we operate in, whether in our families, geographic areas, school communities, workplaces or other relationships. We are called to invest deeply where we are, enjoying what God has given us, making him known in word and deed in those places and being his presence. On that note, I’ve very much appreciated the way many of our church community have been present during my moving process. Thanks so much.

I wonder how each of our lives would be different if we understood more deeply that our citizenship is in heaven and genuinely set our minds on the things that are important with that in view. How would they be different if we lived more as people who fully enjoyed the world that God has made and sought more intentionally to do good to those who God has placed around us?

Blessings,
Barb

Jul 282019
 

Last night I had the privilege of meeting with our Growing Young team. We were discussing conversations that we have each had with some of our St Philips young people over the last month. There were numerous reasons I felt privileged. Here are some of them: Firstly, I was sitting with a group of people who are invested in seeing our church Grow Young and in seeing many young people come to know Jesus and continue on in their relationship [continue reading…]

Jun 232019
 

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May 192019
 

I’ve been so encouraged by a number of things happening recently within our church and beyond, particularly with regard to ministry with young people. Here are just some of the things that are encouraging me. Partners in Prayer It is fantastic that there are almost 60 people in our congregation praying specifically for one of our young people. There is no question that this will be significant in the lives of our young people and in the life of our [continue reading…]

May 122019
 

This week a number of people with some degree of profile in the Christian world have died. I’ve watched the outpouring of grief and the recognition from many of how these people have impacted them personally, often from a distance, through books, speaking engagements and the significant choices that these people made in how they lived and what they gave themselves to. One of these people, a man named Bruce Chapman, who many of you won’t have heard of, died [continue reading…]

Apr 232019
 

Good News. Such good news. That’s what we are celebrating this weekend. I wonder what your Lent has been like. I’m someone who finds rhythms very helpful and the rhythms of the church year are often a part of that. But this year, for various reasons, I haven’t engaged strongly in a Lenten journey – well, not deliberately and intentionally anyway. God, on the other hand, has been doing His work of leading me to the Cross! So I’ve come [continue reading…]

Apr 072019
 

So often we get complacent about praying for those around us who don’t know Jesus and I want to take this opportunity to encourage us all in this. Last Sunday, James Duff reminded us of the immense gift we have been given in the gospel. What a treasure, what a gift, what good news – good news that those around us desperately need! Certainly we need to take every opportunity to share this good news with people, but, as most [continue reading…]

Mar 172019
 

After my sermon last Sunday, Jenni Hinspeter and I had a long conversation and a good pray around some of the particular issues that arise for us around the Sabbath as single people in vocational ministry. Later in the day, as I was driving home from something where I was the only single person, Brenda, who would often have been there, rang knowing that it is often a transition that I find difficult. It was one of those times when [continue reading…]

Mar 102019
 

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