Seventh Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is my final day with you as your Locum priest and the Incumbency committee is hard at work. In the interim if a clergyperson is needed, please contact the Church wardens. The last 11 months have gone past very quickly as we have travelled together on our journey of faith. This has involved…

Voting season

I am writing this in the week before Australians are to go to the polls to elect a new Federal Parliament. I support the view that the Church or churches should not engage directly in the political process by advocating for a political party or an individual as the Australian Christian Lobby has, exceeding the…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The fourth Sunday in the Easter season has been traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The image of Jesus as the Good shepherd provides a model of leadership that all who follow Jesus are encouraged to adopt as their own. Leadership in recent years, at all levels and across many institutions including the Church, has…

Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus began his ministry walking along the sea of Galilea where he meets Simon and Andrew, fishermen who joined his team of disciples.  Then he meets James and John working in the same waters. They also follow him giving up their profession, family, and communities. Jesus inspired them. Today they return along with Peter and…

Prayer for peace

Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia, Alleluia! I want to begin my message this week by expressing my thanks to everyone who assisted in our Easter Worship. I am aware of the efforts many people made to ensure our churches were cleaned, flowers provided, music and welcoming also key ingredients. We have all…

Easter Day: Christ is Risen

‘Who are you looking for?’ She is standing in the entrance to the tomb. She replies with exasperation, with tears running from her eyes: ‘Where have you taken him?’ I suspect a few minutes of silence followed. Then Jesus, who Mary had recognised as the gardener, says to her ‘Mary’, and according to John’s Gospel,…

A defining moment

On Palm Sunday we begin the most holy season of the Christian year. This week is a defining moment that will change the face of history. Jesus is dangerous to the status quo, the rule of the religious and political leaders who have joined together to preserve the power of the Temple and to ensure…

The power of love

Last Sunday I attended the final service at Holy Trinity Port Melbourne for Fr Noel Whale on, in his words, his ‘final retirement’. At the age of 80+, Noel went to the parish 11 years ago to help rebuild and establish it in the community. He spoke about the Church as both building and people…

God’s unconditional love

This week’s Gospel, often referred to as the Lost Son or the Prodigal Son, is one of three parables to be found in Luke 15. Facing criticism from the self-righteous Pharisees and Scribes, Jesus tells these three parables to challenge their understanding of the observance of the law. The first parable is the story of…