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It’s only a short time until the adults of our nation choose our future Federal Government leaders for the next three years.
We can be thankful to God for the peace and good order of our nation and the opportunity we have to be regularly involved in this democratic process.
We should continue to pray for wisdom as we each make our vote, and ask God to give us leaders who will honour him as the true ruler of Australia.
Please pray that our Governments will make decisions that care for the needy, show justice to the oppressed, and exercise wisdom in making moral decisions that affect the lives of all Australians.
The best way to participate in church is to come together in the same place at the same time to gather around Jesus, present in his word by his Spirit, as we pray to our heavenly Father and serve one another in love.
Yet for those of us who are unwell, housebound or absent, there is now a way to watch and listen to our church gatherings in real-time via the Internet.
Over the past few months we’ve been trialling a new technology that ‘streams’ the video and sound of our church service via the Internet to anywhere around the world. We’re still getting the bugs out of the system, but it’s gradually improving in quality.
To watch our church services visit streaming.oakflatsanglican.com and then create a free login account to the ‘Livestream’ website, and you’re away.
If you have friends or family who are unable to visit on a Sunday, be sure to let them know how they can ‘virtually’ join us this Sunday.
We have all been shocked to hear of the violence in Egypt over this past week in particular, and we should continue to pray for peace in this troubled land.
Christians have been affected greatly by this violence. The Bible Society of Egypt reports that Muslim Fundamentalists have completely burned and destroyed two of their bookshops. They also say that similar incidents are taking place across their nation, including the attacking of 15 churches and three Christian schools.
They report that in retaliation for the government dispersing the sit-ins, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders called for nation-wide protests. In response to these calls, Muslim fundamentalists all over Egypt have gone on a rampage of violence.
Bishop Mouneer from the Anglican Diocese of Egypt reports of further destruction and violence, and asks us to pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.
Well, we’ve been praying for months and months, and in response to our prayers, God has given us Glenn Davies as our new Archbishop of Sydney.
In Glenn we get the first ever ‘hat trick’… a man who has been a bishop, a rector and a theological lecturer.
Glenn is married to Di, and will be officially inaugurated on 23rd August in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.
For more details visit the official page on sydneyanglicans.net.
We give thanks to God for giving us Glenn as the new leader of our diocese, and we pray that through him, we will see a model of a man who is devoted to prayer, preaching, and pastoral care of our ministers.
We also pray that Glenn will be a great inspiration to all the churches in our diocese as we seek to reach the people of our city and beyond who do not yet know the love and forgiveness of Jesus and the confidence of eternal life.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Adam Hotson will be joining our ministry staff next year as our assistant minister.
Adam is married to Anita, and they have three children Nicholas (7), Noah (3) and Chloe (1).
Adam is in his fourth year at Moore Theological College, and has also previously trained at Youthworks College. He will be ordained as a Deacon early next year.
He has a passion for ministry to young people, and will focus on both youth ministry and evangelism in this new role, as together we seek to reach more and more people in our community with the great news of Jesus.
We are deeply thankful to God for the way he has stirred up in our church community a generosity that has led to us having the financial resources to meet the cost of this all-new appointment.
Please pray for Adam and Anita and their lovely kids as they prepare to join us at the start of January next year.
God is great! Praise Jesus!