Everything you wanted to know about Christianity
at the Anglican Parish of the Otways
Please join me each week for our reflections
of sermons conducted during our church service.
Plus, occasional splashes of humour and epiphanies!
With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
Initially Aidan was sent as a missionary to Northumbria
at the request of King Oswald, not long after a
missionary called Corman – had returned claiming that
he had had no success in his missionary work, saying
the people were unteachable and too stubborn.
I LOVE gardening! Whenever I can get a day to myself I love to spend it in my garden, weeding, pruning and generally enjoying the birds and critters who inhabit the garden. Being winter, I have recently set about pruning my roses, quite a job because I have 21 of them.
Over the last couple of years I have been unable to give them a really good prune due to illness and other commitments but this year I was able to set aside a couple of days to get them done.
WHEN working with our indigenous students
in the Northern Territory, one young man,
who pretty much only owned the clothes
he stood up in, was able to buy some
shoes, the only shoes he owned.
They were his pride and joy.
But when another student was in need of a pair of shoes,
he willingly gave up those shoes
because he deemed his fellow student’s need to be greater.
I’M going to begin by sharing a couple of truths with you.
First of all, everyone needs healing. That’s right…everyone. Some of us might have a need for physical healing, but all of us, every single one of us, has a need for spiritual healing. We’re not all physically ill, but we are all sinners.
The parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13 had a unique purpose in Jesus ministry.
It was with these parables that Jesus sought to test the hearts of the crowds
and to force them to commit either to be with him
or against him.
WHEN Jesus preached about the kingdom of God, the Romans occupied the Holy Land and were ruthless in the way they maintained law and order.
On the surface things may have seemed hopeless, but the Jewish people had hope. Hope that the promised Messiah was at hand.
MATTHEW 10:24-39 certainly seems to make the old adage,
“Life wasn’t meant to be easy!” true!
And how often do people think that having a relationship with God would make life easier? With God on their side, they’ll slide through life with no problems.
To be admitted to a position of leadership in any organisation today entails the candidate to undergo various interviews and checks.
Today we read of the appointment of the twelve who were to become Jesus closest disciples, but who were these men and what qualifications did they have?
One day two gentlemen were walking along the beach discussing the mystery of God. They came across a small boy playing on the beach. He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his bucket in the water and running back up the beach to empty the bucket into the hole. Curiosity got the better of them and so they asked the young boy what he was doing.
Very seriously the young boy said,
“ I am emptying the sea into the hole I dug on the beach!”
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. (courtesy reconciliation.org.au)
If my experience in the Northern Territory taught me anything it was that it is impossible for the average Australian to understand the difficulties our first nation people face.
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.