The New Year

The new year has begun in the midst of the ongoing pandemic sweeping the world. Holiday times been affected by the Omicron variation of COVID, and this has impacted on planned holiday travel, meeting with families and friends and even in church attendances at Christmas and since. I am conscious that there are people within…

The Baptism of Our Lord

This Sunday we observe the baptism of our Lord in the river Jordan by John. If, like me, you have travelled to Israel, you would have been surprised to see the Jordan more like a creek than a river. In the days of Jesus, it would have been freer-flowing and a suitable place for baptisms….

The Feast of the Epiphany

On Friday I visited the local bank. The teller asked me had I had a good Christmas. I said ‘Well, we are only partway through the twelve days of Christmas. So far, yes.’ ‘What do you mean?’ he said. I spoke to him about the twelve days of Christmas ending with the Epiphany, the arrival…

The familiarity of Christmas

There is nothing like familiarity to breed avoidance or disconnection, even contempt. The Christmas stories – yes, there are two, one in Matthew and the other in Luke – regularly combined into the one narrative, have the potential of being such an occasion. As I noted in last week’s sermon there is growing cynicism about…

NAIDOC Yarning Conference

I would like to share with you a short video from 700 Year 5 students in Darebin schools who participated in the Fourth Darebin Schools’ NAIDOC Yarning Conference. The video highlighted the students’ and the schools’ commitment to taking action to heal Country by doing the little Long Walk (a tradition of the Yarning Conference…

Hope and anticipation

Advent reflects the season of hope and anticipation. Face-timing our family in London last Sunday evening my granddaughter, now four years, was chatting away to Judi and I, oblivious of her dad and mum trying to get a word in and unaware of how far away we were, in Australia. Although I am not sure…

Third Sunday of Advent

I am sure it must be happening to you as well that at this time of the year begging letters come, seeking donations from a variety of organizations. I am sure most of them need funds to continue their important work, whether it be in medical research, provision of community services or work for other…