Musings

Sep 022018
 

We’ve got many exciting opportunities coming up for our children and young people and a number of our congregation are involved in contexts where they’ll be ministering to children, young people and families beyond our church. Would you join with us in prayer for these things? This Sunday at the 9.30 service we have Naomi Fulton, the Chaplain at North Cottesloe Primary School, with us. She’ll tell us a bit about her work at North Cottesloe and we will have [continue reading…]

Aug 262018
 

When Malcolm asked us to write a musing about what’s is going on in our world as we partner with you on mission, we were grateful for the many blessings that came to mind, primarily the opportunities God has given us to build relationship back into the historical town of Guildford. Over the past twenty years or so, the relationship between the Town and the church has, to say the least, dwindled! So, for the past three and a half [continue reading…]

Aug 192018
 

Good to be back from holidays. Cheryl and I had our time away all sorted out and things got tossed on their head the first week in.  We ended up back in Perth and didn’t get away again. Family stuff…..you know how it is?  In fact, I felt God gave me a picture of the St Philips congregational life as I considered my own challenges.  The picture was of the sea off Cottesloe…… On any day it can be different, [continue reading…]

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
 

I went to an excellent seminar by Christian sexologist, Patricia Weerakoon Monday last week (patriciaweerakoon.com). The main topic she covered was about pornography. The point that struck me the hardest was how naive Christian parents can be, in her experience, about what their children are accessing on their phones/tablets/computers. One pastor at the seminar, who works with teenagers, expressed despair over how little he was able to help teenage boys because their parents were not engaged in the fight. The [continue reading…]

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 222018
 

It was a quick trip to the UK and back but why was I there? You may be aware that I lived in a Christian Community for ten years.  The fruit of that was what I would call an ‘integrated Christian life’ – that is a life that does not separate God stuff from life stuff. This ultimately expresses itself through households that have a language to articulate this integrated life, not as some weird super-spiritual cultish thing but as [continue reading…]

Jul 152018
 

As we continue with our series ‘Who is God?’, I want to draw your attention to the structure of The Apostle’s Creed. It would be a shame for us to teach all the way through the creed without pointing out the overall structure. That would be to miss the forest from the trees. So let me point out the forest. The creed has a three-part structure: I believe in God the Father I believe in Jesus Christ God’s only Son [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…]