Everything you wanted to know about Christianity
at the Anglican Parish of the Otways
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of sermons conducted during our church service.
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With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
LIVING in a tourist town you notice the need people have to take photos and buy souvenirs to prove they have visited our little corner of the world. These accoutrements act as tangible proof of their experiences while touring.
This is an expression of the universal human need for the visible, the concrete, the tangible. So I think we can sympathise with Thomas when he declared that he would not believe the Lord had risen unless he actually touched him. He was merely echoing the human cry for certainty.
IN Matthew’s account of the resurrection it almost seems he is working at cross purposes.
On the one hand, the message delivered by the angels is clear, succinct, and compelling:
Do not be afraid;
This week we have had the heartache of saying goodbye to one of our much loved community members.
As we come to terms with the reality of a loved ones death, with all its pain and sense of loss, we are not only united in our sorrow, we are also united in our hope, for just as we are confronted with the reality of death so to we must allow ourselves to be confronted with the reality of our faith.
About the author
Rev. Jenny is an ordained Priest of the Anglican Diocese delivering services at Anglican Parish of the Otway churches every week.
With great depth of knowledge and a spiritual practice that shows she walks her talk and has taken her to the far reaches of N.T. Australia working with indigenous youth and elders.