January 2017

Welcome to 2017! Can you believe it?

As we reflect on the year that’s been - with many upheavals - and also contemplate the year ahead, many people might be tempted to “throw in the towel” and simply let the wave of events wash over them.

Today I found helpful this verse from Psalms 93:4 “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea–the LORD on high is mighty.”

When we come to the Lord in prayer, at any stage this year, let us remember who we are speaking with. Him, who made heaven and earth and everything in them. Him, who installs governments and brings them down also. Him, who chose not to be distant from us and to open the path for a personal relationship despite our unworthiness.

He is awesome and He is intimate.

Let us draw near to Him as he has drawn near to us! Let us learn this year to be closer to Him than any other.

Paul writes in Colossians 1:15-20 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Therefore our goal must be to learn to love Jesus, to trust Jesus, to thank Jesus, to implore Jesus and (of course) to follow Jesus, wherever He leads.

Let’s walk in His footsteps together this year! God bless,    Ian.

City on a Hill – Update
As promised at the 2016 Annual Meeting, each month we will provide a brief update on the process of exploring how we might join with our friends at City on a Hill, Geelong, (CoaH). 
What an amazing time was had at the two Christmas Eve services CoaH ran. So many people! Add great music, a strong & biblical message, and a great idea of having drinks and nibbles after each service, out in the “courtyard” area. And in air-conditioned comfort! 
Other than that there is not much to say apart from the Wardens, myself and Andrew Grills will meet with Bp Philip Huggins on Monday 16th January to discuss what next steps there might be. We value your prayers covering us all during this process.