Aug 132017
 

It was fantastic to be away last weekend with a group of women from our church – a rich weekend of connection with each other and with God in a gorgeous location.  At one point over the weekend I was struck by how unique it is for that type of cross section of ages to be comfortably together – it’s pretty rare in our society these days.  I was also struck by the desire of the group of women who [continue reading…]

Jul 302017
 

We’ve had a couple of great weeks of prayer ministry training.  Thanks to Trevor and Liz Parry who have run these times and led the Prayer Ministry team so faithfully.  It’s also been great to see the sense of engagement and momentum at both of these gatherings.  God’s doing something in our midst . . . and it is good! At the first one, we explored what Prayer Ministry looks like at St Philip’s, some of the principles involved and [continue reading…]

Jun 252017
 

It’s so good to be part of a community that actively values people of all ages.  It’s precious and rare in our society today – even in the church.  It takes effort and intentionality and it goes against the grain of the norms of our society.  Thanks for the part that you play in making St Philips this kind of church community. More than just valuing people of all ages, we want to see people of all ages coming to [continue reading…]

May 282017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20170528-Barb-Totterdell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 21:05 — 7.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?Readings: Proverbs 4:20-27 James 3:1-12

Apr 232017
 

Recently I listened to the book Grit by Angela Duckworth.  It’s well worth a read.  She (and others) have concluded that ‘grit’ comes about through a combination of passion and perseverance.  As I listened, I pondered the relationship between this and our walk with Jesus as disciples. I reckon the Bible lines up with these ideas in lots of ways.  We are called to be passionate about Jesus and to embrace His rule and reign.  Jesus calls us to love [continue reading…]