Aug 122018
 

This week I’ve enjoyed reading a book called Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown. It’s about four women at very different points in life, who all join a spiritual formation group at a retreat centre. The book describes their engagement with some spiritual practices and each other over the months that follow, and the way each grows in her relationship with God. As I’ve been reading Sensible Shoes (and have now moved onto the [continue reading…]

Aug 052018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180805-Barb-Totterdell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:04 — 5.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         Luke 1:26-38  Reading 2         Matthew 1:18-25  

Jul 292018
 

Almost 30 years ago, as a 13-year-old Year 9 boarding school student, I turned up at a suburban Presbyterian church in Sydney with a couple of Year 12 students. That Sunday we were invited back to lunch at a retired single woman’s house just down the road. The next Sunday we were invited to lunch at the house of a family with young children . . . And so it went on. I later learned that there were a range [continue reading…]

Jul 082018
 

A few weeks ago in the 9.30 service each of the testimonies had the theme of passing the baton. If I remember correctly, the people who prayed together before the service also had a similar word for us. As well, Kieran and I have been thinking about this concept strongly as we’ve planned and prayed about introducing the New City Catechism. It’s at the heart of why we are doing it. It’s so important for us to pass on the [continue reading…]

Jul 012018
 

This week we are starting a series on the Creed. We also start learning The City Catechism together. See the insert in this pewsheet for more information about this and the encouragement to engage with it yourself and with your family. It’s so vital that we are growing in our understanding of what we believe and that our lives are undergirded by a Christian worldview. There are so many worldviews trying to shape us often without us even realizing it. [continue reading…]

Jun 242018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180624-Barb-Totterdell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:13 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Psalm 23  John 15:1-11   

Jun 102018
 

As I write this, I’ve just got home from seeing a film put together by the Centre for Public Christianity, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Imagined. It is a great historical account of some of the ways in which Christians have been a huge blessing in society, as well as some of the atrocities that Christians have been involved in through the ages. The hope of the people involved in putting [continue reading…]

May 272018
 

Throughout the past year, the St Philips community has been journeying alongside James Duff (and his family) as he has stepped more fully into The Common, a church plant in Palmyra. We’ve prayed and heard stories along the way and kept track of the development of The Common community. It’s exciting that James is now able to concentrate his time in the leadership of that community. As a church, we are supporting them financially, in prayer and in other ways. [continue reading…]

May 132018
 

There are days and weeks when everything you thought was going to happen goes out the window and your hours and days are consumed in a completely different way. This last week has been one such week for me – precious hours and days but nothing like what I thought I’d be doing or where I thought I’d be. At this time I’m sitting on a train in Sydney heading over to scan photos of my aunt at one of [continue reading…]

May 062018
 

It’s the end of the first week of Term 2 in the school year. I wonder what that means for you? Are you even aware of it? I find it fascinating how things like that have so much relevance when we are in particular life stages or in specific jobs or contexts, and then how out of touch you can get with those things at other times in life.  Some of the ministries that I’m currently involved in are strongly [continue reading…]