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Welcome to 2019. I don’t know about you, but I want to know where 2018 went!!
I love January, it is the month of starting afresh, getting ones goals set for the new year. I also like it for here in Sydney about 50% of the population leaves town so it is much quieter at the pool in the morning for my swim!!!
January, in the church, is about Epiphany. It is the time of year when we reflect on the reality of Jesus being revealed to the world through the Magi who visited Jesus in Bethlehem. It is a strange story which evokes all sorts of images, and yet it is a vital story to come to grips with if we are to understand our place in the plan of God. My sermon can be accessed here on the front page under Recent Sermons.
This year is a big one for our parish. The big news is of course that the new organ will be installed starting from the second half of the year. Mission wise we will be continuing to look at how best to engage our local community, especially with our Chinese brothers and sisters. A new Play Group is starting with term 1.
I do hope that you will look through the web site, there are new sermons, from Christmas, and Epiphany, and a new blog on Hope versus Optimism will appear before the end of the month. I am hoping that the blogs will be a bit more regular this year.
With Epiphany blessings to you all.
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