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With Easter and ANZAC Day behind us the weather has started to turn, and we really get the sense that winter is coming. (Not really a Game of Thrones reference!!)
We find ourselves here at St. Johns in this season of Easter reflecting on the reality of the resurrection and trying to apply that reality in our daily lives both as individuals and as a community of faith. This is the same struggle that has captured the minds of the Christian church from the time of the disciples to this very day. It is not easy to reflect on what the resurrection might mean for us in the 21st Century, just as it was difficult for those of Jesus’ day and the intervening generations. Yet, wrestle with it is exactly what we are called to do.
This season of Easter there are some excellent resources to assist in this endeavour, from the sermons which can be found in the “Worship” tab under the “Sermon” section. In the next week or so I will have a new blog out on this issue of grappling with the resurrection.
For our regular parishioners, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of our “Healthy Churches Check” Day on Saturday the 1st of June from 10-3. This is an important part of our pulling together all our strategic thinking onto a simplified document that can be easily accessed and understood. I do hope you will set aside that time and day so that you can contribute to this important day in the life our church community. There are some resources you can access under the “About” tab., and the “Strategic Plan” tab. For further information on this and other exciting things happening in our parish you can read my latest Quarterly Letter HERE.
I do trust that as you continue to journey with God this Easter Season you might find the joys of the risen Lord in your life.
written by our former Rector, Father Bill Weston
God our Father, send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this parish. Give us a greater love for all. Make us more compassionate for the sick, the lonely and all in need, more zealous in the inspiration of the young, more concerned about the wider mission of the Church and more generous in our giving of service and money. Help each one of us to know what we ought to do and give us strength and courage faithfully to do it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen