He clutched his chest, just below the sternum, somewhere between his gut and his heart, and what he said next came out through bursts of laughter:

“God! That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.”

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This week we again have cause to wonder.

We wonder about how power is used in this world – like the power of sabotage, propaganda and cyber attacks as Moscow has a particular interest in the new President of the United States.

And we wonder more about the world around us.

We wonder about how the goal of success leads to temptation and weaves a web of deceit and distress …

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Every Sunday at 9:30am

  • 219 Hull Road, Mooroolbark
  • Holy Communion on the first Sunday each month
  • Children’s Sunday Activities Program – each week as part of worship

Walmsley Village – Holy Communion every fourth Thursday at 10:30am

Baradine BlueCross Aged Care – Holy Communion every second Thursday at 10:30 am

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It is difficult to hear the story of Herod after the bright joy of Christmas. Yet the contrast in the actions of Herod and Joseph speaks into the struggle of humanity which is our own struggle.

Fear and anger are powerful agents that act upon us all. Herod fears a rival to his fragile reign, one that is at the whim of the greater power of Rome. As we have witnessed ugly overthrows of many a prime minister in recent years, we perhaps get some insight into Herod’s own fear.

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You can’t chase divine mystery. You need to allow it to come to you.

Mary knew it. Joseph discovered it. It was true for shepherds and wise men.

Mystery of this form is like a butterfly. It doesn’t work to chase one.

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Christmas Eve at 5 pm – Messy Christmas (see flyer)

Christmas Eve at 8 pm – Candles, Carols and Communion

Christmas Day Celebration at 9:30 am

The stories of the birth of Jesus are not really about a baby. At least we miss the point if we get all sentimental about a cute baby asleep on the hay – ‘no crying he makes’.

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We are in a season of waiting, and from James we have heard the need to be patient, for the coming of the Lord. Be patient, like the farmer who waits for the precious crop. Be patient waiting for the early and late rains. Be patient through years of drought. Be patient through a flooded Spring. Be patient.

I’ve always struggled to be patient.

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Into a world full of conflict and fear; into a world where
scarcity abounds in some places, while plenty abounds in
others; into a world still unable to find the balances that
would make for true peace, we bring our light of peace.

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What weapons exist around us that need transformation? Are those weapons public policies or outbursts of hatred and racism? That kind of thing has certainly been in our news this week.

Or what transformation is needed if we offer the welcome mat to those who are fleeing the weapons of war, hatred, racism …?

How can we beat weapons of public policy into useful tools of peace?

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