21st November 2021

This is Advent Sunday (four Sundays before Christmas). Advent is the season in which we re-live the anticipation of God’s ancient people as they awaited the coming of the Messiah, the promised King who would redeem Israel and the whole world. Our Advent sermons this year will be on Luke chapter 1, which recounts the […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 23rd November 2021

“It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good.” Galatians 4:18 It is traditional for Australians to be suspicious of someone who seems too “zealous”.  But I wonder whether we have been a little unfair.  We like people who are “passionate”, “enthusiastic” and “authentic”, so what is wrong with “zeal”?  After all, as […]

21st November 2021

It is challenging and also comforting to remember the famous words of Jesus from today’s gospel reading: “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15).  The Lord asks us for childlike faith.  It is foolish to think we have anything of value to offer […]

14th November 2021

Welcome to St Jude’s for our second week back in-person.  We gather in the name of the glorious King of the Universe, who rules his creation with generosity and mercy.  As today’s psalm says: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger… his mercy is over all his works” (Psalm 145:8-9). We gather today […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 10th November 2021

“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” – Psalm 8:2 ESV Here is yet another of those biblical phrases which has become a saying in our language! Have you heard people say, “From the mouths of babes…”?  In everyday […]

7th November 2021 – 32nd Ordinary Sunday

Praise God that we are finally able to meet together in-person in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been a busy and exciting week, with activities like Youth and Kids’ Club returning in-person, in amongst preparations for our return to Sunday gatherings this Sunday. Some of the activities which have re-started are: […]

Morning devotion Monday 1st November 2021

“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.” Proverbs 16:2 (ESV)   Popular songs and greeting cards sometimes express the thought, “You know me better than I know myself.”  But it’s a bit of a cliché, isn’t it?  Do you really think it’s possible for […]

31st October 2021 – Patronal Festival

This Sunday is crowded with significance.  As well as being Reformation Sunday and All Saints’ Eve, it is also the Sunday we normally mark our Patronal Festival, otherwise known as St Judes’ Day.  All of this makes it a fitting day on which to give thanks for the saints who have come before us and […]

Devotion for Friday 29th October

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. … I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:21, 23-24 Normally if we speak about one person using another, it is not a […]

Morning devotion Monday 25th October 2021

The creation of Adam by Michelangelo

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10 One of the most famous paintings in the world is Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. In it, God is rushing towards Adam from the clouds. Arms outstretched, they are almost touching, and it […]