22 September, 2020

St John's Worship Sunday 20 September

“But the vineyard owner answered one of the workers who was hired at the start of the day, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a day’s wage? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ Matthew 20:13-15

Do we live in a society, or an economy? It’s certainly easy to think it’s the latter with the way people speak so often about measuring value or assessing outcomes in purely monetary terms. As Christians, however, we live in something far more meaningful than just an economy and even more fulfilling than just a society. We actually belong to the kingdom of God, where the values are different to those of our world.

In the parable of The Workers In The Vineyard, Jesus shows how God’s values can sometimes grate with those who have a good understanding of economics and fairness but fail to understand the generous love and mercy of God. Our heavenly Father offers all people peace of mind, joy in this life, and hope for the future by giving them the gift of eternal life and salvation. What’s more, he shares this gift equally with people, no matter how long it takes them to gratefully receive it. There are no ‘wages’ with God and there is not a ‘fair-work act’ either. Rather, God calls us to join him in his service and reach out to others too, so that all people may leave behind the fruitless toil that comes from chasing the world’s promises, or our own disordered desires and, instead, join him in something that has eternal significance.

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig & Pastor Dale Gosden

18 August, 2020

St John's Worship Sunday 9 August

Then Paul and Silas spoke the word of the Lord to the Jailer and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. Acts 16:32-34

Milestones Ministry

This weekend at St Johns we are up to week five of our seven part season of learning and practice. I pray you are growing in your appreciation of who we are and how we are called to minister to one another. As we continue in this series remember that you are invited to experiment and try what you are learning in the sermon by using some of ideas from the Taking Faith Home Page in our household and small groups throughout the coming week. This way you will be making the most of this season of learning and practice.

Being a Shepherd of Souls begins by listening to one another and noticing what they are experiencing. But shepherding does not stop there. It also involves Speaking. We effectively shepherd one another when in faith we speak God’s promises over and into the lives of those we care for. God’s word is a creative power – God’s Spirit is at work through words of hope. As we speak words of hope, reconciliation and encouragement the evil one looses his power and the way is opened for God’s will to be done here on earth.

We are called to speak words of life into one another’s lives. And this will be most meaningful when we recognise the moment they are in. When we acknowledge the experience someone is going through and then speak God’s promises into their situation and follow it us by serving them, praying for them and blessing them, you are truly doing what you have been created to do: you are Sharing Jesus love! We will see this so clearly in today’s readings as Paul and Silas speak words of life to the Jailer in a moment of crisis and Simeon and Anna speak words about the future over Baby Jesus at a moment when a little bit of baby Jesus was circumcised as a mark of his connection to the covenant of the past.

What are the people around you experiencing? How could you acknowledge their experience and speak words of hope into their life to help shape their future?

God bless you this week as you observe, listen and speak life.

Pastor Andrew Brook & Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig

19 March, 2019

Growing Faith at Home

See this week's TAKING FAITH HOME page - button on the left. During our Shepherd of Souls sermon series, over the next few weeks (beginning July 12), our usual Growing Faith at Home resource will be replaced by the Taking Faith Home resource.

GROWING FAITH AT HOME is a weekly lectionary-based resource to help your households live, share and celebrate faith together each and every week!

- Looking for a way to link Sunday worship with household faith formation Sunday to Sunday?

- Want to provide resources to help parents and grandparents pass on the Christian faith in their homes?

A resource that connects weekly congregational worship with the faith life of the home.

Where does GROWING FAITH AT HOME come from?

GROWING FAITH AT HOME is developed by the Lutheran Church of Australia department, Grow Ministries

Is GROWING FAITH AT HOME only for families with children or youth?

People of all ages can use the devotional resources (Bible readings, prayers, blessings) in their personal or couple ‘quiet times’.

Small groups, ministry teams and committees can also benefit from using the Faith Talk questions for spiritual reflection and focus.

Using GROWING FAITH AT HOME to its full potential requires more than simply photocopying the resources and distributing them to select households. It has proven to be of most benefit when reinforced through Sunday worship, promoted to households on an ongoing basis and supplemented with practical teaching and training.

A [Congregational users guide](https://www.growministries.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2018/06/GFH-A4-congregational-users-guide_2018.pdf) and [Home user's guide](https://www.growministries.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2018/06/GFH-home-users-guide_2018.pdf) have been developed to help you introduce the resource to your congregation and support its use over time.

If you would like to know more about mentoring, check out the Mentoring Equipping documents here.