Prayers of Adoration & Confession Christmas God, with all creation, our hearts are filled with love, as Christ is born and we hold you in your vulnerability. Our hearts are filled with amazement, as Christ grows through childhood and we see your wisdom. Our hearts are filled will awe, as Christ continues obedient to [...]
What sort of questions might guide us into the new year? Mary can help. A reflection focussing on Mary's experience of Christmas Luke 1:28-33, 2:17-19, 41-52 This podcast summarised in these news stories (one & two) made me think of Mary.
Prayers of Adoration & Confession Our prayers of adoration and confession were framed the refrain ‘Come Emmanuel.’ Come, come Emmanuel. Come, Emmanuel. God with us You journey with the shepherds, and with Mary and Joseph, You travel with John the Baptist as he grows to proclaim Jesus ‘Son of God’, You come to us. [...]
Prayers of Adoration & Confession God of hope we are surrounded by the wonder of creation Your capacity for beauty is beyond our understanding Your mysteries speak to us in strange and compelling ways. We treasure this earth that we call home and sorrow deeply for the damage done through the rampant greed of [...]
When did Christmas happen and why should we care? A reflection on Luke 2:11 to you is born TODAY in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Other references to "Today" in the Gospel of Luke: 4:21, 5:26, 13:33-34, 19:9-10, 22:61, 23:42-43 Altdorfer's Nativity:
Prayers of Adoration & Confession Eternal God, you spoke through Mary, Elizabeth, and Zechariah, who placed their hope in you for a just future, Jesus Christ, you came to us as a child, carrying that hope, Lifting up the outcast, and bringing down the mighty. Holy Spirit, you come to us today, speaking through [...]
After worship on Sunday 9th December we sang Carols against Coal (Cool down the world and We wish you a coal free future) to let Bill Shorten MP and the Australian Labor Party know that it's time to get off the fence and #StopAdani
A reflection on Mary's encounter with the Angel Gabriel - Luke 1:26-38 I refer to the paper Gabriel’s Entrance and Biblical Violence in Luke’s Annunciation Narrative by Michael Pope in the Journal of Biblical Literature 137, no. 3 (2018) [$]. Warning: this reflection considers themes of sexual violence.