Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
ANZAC Values That Shape Our Nation … Really?
Friday, December 26, 2014
- What a season! Rich with music and activities.
- What a reason! That God would come to us in such humility, as a child born into poverty.
- What a gift! Life eternal, a transforming companionship through this world, and of growing excitement in the new heaven and earth to come because of the intriguing hints He has left us.
We pray you all rejoice with us in this celebration of new life!The pictures are from the Advent Pageant involving all the children from two country schools in one of the parishes I'm serving in a pastoral capacity - though the program in these schools is the work of a wonderfully gifted chaplain who has a longstanding and very effective ministry there, and also part of one of the churches in the parish. In case you are wondering we have permission of the parents of the key children to use these pictures in our Christmas card.
We would love to have had this up much earlier but with our administrator off work with a severe illness, my associate in ministry moving house the week before Christmas and having to prepare for Lessons and Carols in three churches the week before Christmas; plus two services Christmas Eve and two more Christmas Day, I simply have not had time to even think about it! To all our dear friends, we offer this as a token Christmas card with the hope we can in the near future be more personal in our communication.
If you are really interested ... here is my Christmas sermon:
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Somebody came and took your bed
Don't worry, be happy etc
We pray you all rejoice with us in this celebration of new life!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Our very dear friends, gift of God's love to us, we pray for you and us over this beautiful Christmas season blessings of His Love - whatever the awesomely creative Holy Spirit causes that to be for each in our unique personal situations. The thought reminds me of the Ephesians 3:20 description of God that He "...is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we can ask or imagine..." through His Presence at work within us. We worship You our God...
We are looking back over 4 years of ministry at St George's, with the lovely group of people God has brought together here at Battery Point, and over this year, the care of four more churches in the Southern Midlands. John is also chaplain to the City South Network – about a quarter of the states clergy. He could not do it without the two young and very gifted associate clergy here. We also find ourselves praying with friends who lead churches from other denominations about various issues. The fellowship across the Body of Christ is a very rich blessing.
The 4 years have gone very quickly, it is really only a short time, but we believe that the witness to the living, loving God in diverse expressions through the Holy Spirit is bearing and will bear yet more fruit, as He has promised. Our various groups, the large Sunday morning gathering and the sundry smaller groups all over the week, are expressions of love and joy. We are in relationship with our local community, giving us opportunity to witness, and we have specific overseas mission goals, and are praying that some day that will result in people actually going on short term teams from our church family. John is very busy with all the challenges involved in leadership, but we try very hard each week to take our day off, as we realize that without that, we would seriously risk burnout.
For our holidays this year we took our 4 weeks in Europe, (10 days, primarily to see the Passion Play at Oberammagau, quite wonderful!), UK (very brief, but good time with Auntie Joy Jewett and our Anthony, just arrived from OZ as we were just departing!), and USA, where we caught up, if ever so briefly, with St Paul's Haymarket and Masterworks Festival friends, and our beloved Catherine and Adrian. Time is so strange, that now seems ages ago!
As with all ministries there are challenges which are a provocation to personal growth as well as deepening relationship. His joy remains our strength, and it is a deep stream. So we move into our 5th year with great hope and longing, that love and joy will deepen and increase among us, and that Jesus Himself will be known in who we are together.
As we write, we are very thrilled that Ruth is now Dr Ruth, with her PH.D in biochemistry, we all celebrated her graduation, and some of us were physically here in Tas. to do so! Anthony has spent 6 months in UK as visiting fellow to the London School of Economics, trying to come home to Adelaide in the time of those huge snow storms in London. Catherine, who gained her Master's degree last year, is very excited to be focusing on film movie composition, she is on the board of film composers in Seattle, composes regularly, works for a film composer while still continuing with music teaching from home. Our grandchildren Jessica and Caleb are enthusiastic students. I (Roslyn)am doing well health-wise, and as music director for St George's I am enjoying building a choir, (am actually passionate about it!) and singing in the Tasmanian Chorale. Most of my performing on piano this year has been at St George's services. Hopefully next year I will again give recitals, this year I have not managed to do so.
In the year to come we are looking forward to seeing some of our dear American friends here in Tasmania,and to enjoying our days off on our land, called “The Sanctuary', but most of all, to seeing God continue to grow us and those we are called to serve amongst, as ambassadors for His kingdom. May we all grow in the knowledge and love of our God, and be a means of others coming to know Him.
With all our love,
John and Roslyn
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Our dear friends, A BLESSED EASTER...CHRIST IS RISEN, ALLELUIA!
The meaning of our whole existence is tied up with that wonderful truth, and we praise our awesome true and living GOD for it!
As you all know, we are NOT good correspondents, so sorry, but we do thank you for loving us nonetheless, and now we come with some of our latest news and our assurance that you mean SO MUCH to us, and any chance we have to have time with any of you is highly valued. Within Australia that has happened with some wonderful friends already this year. And God willing we will catch up with a whole lot more of you, at least briefly, in June/July this year too, in USA.
We (John and Roslyn) have talked and prayed and prayed and talked, and have come to the conclusion that we should go to the Oberammagau Passion Play in Germany this year,(it is a once every 10 years event),see a little of Germany and France and UK,(as we pass through)then as part of a round the world ticket, catch up with as many as possible of our beloved friends in Virginia for a few days (it won't be long enough, but Heaven is coming),then be at the Masterworks Festival in Indiana for a few days, then be with our beloved Catherine and Adrian for almost a week in Seattle, and then return home to Little Tassie.
We are grateful to be able to make this trip, after having served here at Battery Point for (by then) 3 1/2 years, using holiday time from both last and this year. The relationships God has given both in and beyond Australia are so precious, and our sharing in the Beloved with all our
friends is an incredible privilege.
There is LOTS happening in our growing fellowship here in our St George's parish, which now includes responsibility that part of country Tasmania known as the Southern Midlands, which has involved John in quite a bit of regular travel, and visiting, often, praise God, with the company of some of our city fellowship, including his "other half" sometimes. We are praying for
revival/transformation and are very thankful for growth in loving relationships, joy in the Lord, and a growing congregation numerically.
Back to our trip...we will include our itinerary as it is known to us at present (see below), and look forward to seeing each of you, if at all possible, if you are in Virginia, Indiana and Seattle when we are!
Warmest love and prayers, and thanks for yours, we run on prayer.
In our awesome God Who is LOVE, Abba, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit.
John and Roslyn
Fri 25 Jun 2010 at 19:34 Arrive at WASHINGTON DULLES
Flight No : UA925
Tue 29 Jun 2010 at 09:20 Depart from WASHINGTON DULLES
Tue 29 Jun 2010 at 10:20 Arrive at CHICAGO OHARE (TERMINAL 1)
Flight No : UA895
Tue 29 Jun 2010 at 13:10 Depart from CHICAGO OHARE (TERMINAL 2)
Tue 29 Jun 2010 at 14:53 Arrive at SOUTH BEND
Flight No : UA7978 operated by /UNITED
Sun 04 Jul 2010 at 15:22 Depart from SOUTH BEND
Sun 04 Jul 2010 at 15:11 Arrive at CHICAGO OHARE (TERMINAL 2)
Flight No : UA7978 operated by /UNITED
Sun 04 Jul 2010 at 17:25 Depart from CHICAGO OHARE (TERMINAL 1)
Sun 04 Jul 2010 at 19:57 Arrive at SEATTLE TACOMA
Flight No : UA905
Sun 11 Jul 2010 at 17:43 Depart from SEATTLE TACOMA
Sun 11 Jul 2010 at 20:25 Arrive at LOS ANGELES (TERMINAL 8)
Flight No : UA6053 operated by /UNITED
Sun 11 Jul 2010 at 22:32 Depart from LOS ANGELES (TERMINAL 7)
Tue 13 Jul 2010 at 09:40 Arrive at MELBOURNE (TERMINAL 2)
Flight No : UA839
Tue 13 Jul 2010 at 12:00 Depart from MELBOURNE (TERMINAL 3)
Tue 13 Jul 2010 at 13:15 Arrive at HOBART (DOMESTIC TERMINAL)
Flight No : DJ1322