A fair go for all!

During my time working at Anglicare Victoria and before that the Melbourne City Mission I became more aware that government and in particular some governments do not play fair. I also became aware how government ministers when elected somehow seem to forget or ignore their own values on important matters, in order to avoid upsetting…

Candlemas

It seems such a short time since we were gathering for Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Holiday time is over for many Australians who were able to take leave and our schools are about to go back with parents, teachers and others worried about the Omicron variant of COVID and the possibility…

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 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…