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So, summer is starting to make it’s presence felt! Welcome to November!! This month we put behind us the fantastic Fete which was held on the 20th of October. In the next few days we will be putting up images in our gallery of the fete day.
This month sees us participate in the concluding events of “Australia Remembers 1914-1918.” On November 11 at 3pm (1500 for all you military types!!) we will be having a Service of Evensong to commemorate the falling silent of the guns in WW1. We will be assisted by Knox Grammar Cadets who will form a Catafalque Party and provide a bugler. Our preacher will be Fr. Rob Sutherland, our Assistant Priest and also the Archdeacon designate for the Army. I do hope you will come and be with us. To help us reflect on these momentous events I have written a bog about the Centenary of the Armistice that you can read on this site. As a further part of our commemoration ur bell will ring for 1 minute at 1059, falling silent at 1100, and then ringing for 1 minute at 1101.
With the report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse having been delivered, and the National Apology given by the Prime Minister, what should our response be? My initial thoughts are that we should do a number of things. We need to repent, we need to be humble, we need to get back to basics, and finally we need to recognise that the vast majority of people did do the right thing. To this end, our mission with Bishop Michael from the 16th of November to 2nd December will be about how we might do this effectively as a parish, especially what does it mean to getting back to basics.
This month we also start gearing up for our Advent celebrations which will soon be on us on the 2nd of December. So while the year may be slowly winding down to the conclusion of 2018, as far as the church is concerned we are just catching our breath, and I do trust that we will be able to help you prepare spiritually at this time of year.
I do hope that you continue to return to our site, click on the sermons, blogs, and other information that you might be seeking. There is a lot of information about what is going on here at St. Johns, and I do hope that you might feel that this is a place where you can encounter the living God who created the heavens and earth and all that therein is, and seeks to enrich our lives by His Holy Spirit.
May the blessings of the Season of Trinity be upon you all, and may you find here the true love of God, and above all an honest expression of the Christian life and faith.
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