24 June, 2020

Shepherd of Souls

On 12th July 2020 St John’s will begin a sermon series which will help us all to live as people who share Jesus love through caring conversations, faithfilled relationships and prayful engagement.

The Sermon series will be based upon the Book: Shepherd of Souls by David W Anderson. Each week’s sermon will be supported by a purposefully written Taking Faith Home page to guide your personal or household devotional life in the following week.

Alongside of the sermon series we invite you to consider going deeper and discover for yourself how shepherding one another and being shepherded is as essential to life as eating three meals a day!

If you are part of an existing small group of any kind, your small group is invited to consider adjusting your plans for Term 3 so that you can gain the greatest blessing from the sermon series by meeting weekly as a small group and engaging in one of the small group options below. Small group leaders: please discuss this opportunity with your group and let our Spiritual Life Coordinator, Paula Meyer at paula.meyer@lca.org.au know if your group will be participating in either of the options.

If you are not yet part of a small group you are invited to become part of a new Life Group and engage with one of the small group options below. These groups would consist of women and men, younger and older who meet together to connect and grow in their faith and in their friendships with one another. Supporting and encouraging each other on their life and faith journey.

Please email our Spiritual Life Coordinator, Paula Meyer at paula.meyer@lca.org.au if you would like to be a part of one of these groups or if you have any questions.

The two small group options are:

1) A reading group. Where you purchase or borrow a copy of the Shepherd of Souls book and read the chapter for the week and together discuss some of the questions at the end of the chapter. There are at least 30 hardcopies of the book already in circulation in the congregation that could be borrowed. The electronic version of the book is available to purchase from https://store.milestonesministry.org/product-p/sosouls-down.htm for US$12.95

2) A Taking faith home group. Whereby your group explores the themes of the sermon of the week by using the Taking Faith Home Page. Together you will learn to practice what it means to shepherd oneanother through caring conversations, faithfilled relationships and prayful engagement.

Please register by emailing paula.meyer@lca.org.au if you would like to be a part of a Shepherd of Souls small group.

10 June, 2020

St John's Worship@Home Sunday 7 June

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 NIV UK

This weekend we will be reflecting on these well known words. As we disciple one another in our everyday life, God is at work growing his eternal community. His community is to include people of all nations and will reflect the very nature of God himself. The scriptures speak of God as Triune – meaning three in one. One God who has revealed himself to us in three ways: as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

At a recent St John’s confirmation ZOOM session we spent some time discussing what we believe about life and God. Participants created their own simple bumper sticker pictures to present a snapshot of their belief in God.

The picture above was created by Jasmine Chew. It visually depicts our Triune God and how God comes to us to bless us in three persons: the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (Cross), the love of the Father (Heart) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (the Warm fire). These are the three ways God has made himself known to us, yet God is one – like a rope made of three chords is one rope. And so the scriptures declare: God is love. In my mind, God is the example of the perfect community where three distinct persons are united as one.

A short glimpse of this week’s news reveals that we live in a broken community in a broken world. As people who have come to know that God is love, how will we live in this world? How will we disciple? What sort of community do we desire to build or rebuild in this ever changing world in which we live? This weekend may you ask God, to show himself to you and you will discover the answer for God is love.

God bless your St John's Worship@Home this week.

Pastor Andrew Brook & Pastor Nigel Rosenzweig