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Nov 29, 2017

Welcoming strangers

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In Australia at this point in our history, we see many of those who would be leaders within the political sphere claim the tenants of the Christian faith as the basis for their personal stance on certain issues and push that as necessary for the national identity and social policy. Many of these people also profess to be active in their own Christian faith.

However, there are many of us who wonder if they have perhaps missed this bit of the bible that was read to us from Matthew 25, if it has somehow just disappeared from their reflective diets. We hear the words they so vehemently espouse as truth and right and see nothing more than a race toward the bottom of the barrel in terms of attitudes and policies in relation to people seeking refuge and asylum in this country.

Here’s a scary thought….Christmas is not very far away.  And, the liturgical year finishes next Sunday. Then it’s Advent!  So in many ways we are in end times. We are waiting for Christmas to arrive and theologically we are waiting for the coming reign of God.

Last Sunday Megan spoke about Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in which Paul urged the little community of believers in Thessalonica not to be afraid or give up being faithful before Jesus returned. Paul, like Matthew’s community believed that Messiah Jesus would return in his life time. Many still wait for the physical return of Jesus but others like myself, are waiting for the day when God’s reign will be clearly seen.  Whichever way you think about what this means, the scripture passages that speak of God’s coming are very relevant to us in the now, but not yet, time.

Nov 16, 2017

How to Wait

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Psalm 78:1-7 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
I don’t know about you folks, but waiting is a skill that I find incredibly difficult to cultivate. All of the bible readings for this week have something to say about being patient and waiting. (And in talking about waiting, I have chosen not to focus on the gospel reading about wise and foolish waiting, because otherwise I will talk for way too long! But I encourage you to explore that for yourselves.

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Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering, fellowship and ministry.

We come together for authentic and Christ-centred worship. While we worship in a variety of styles, we share a common focus on faithfully listening for God’s Word and sharing His kindness and compassion with others. We express our love for God and others through a range of ministries, and connections with our community.

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