This Christmas we may be back in our churches, but it is not quite the same as it was. I pray that at Christmas, Christ will come to his church and his whole world, weary and dislocated and threatened and unsure of the pathway forward, and his presence will comfort and strengthen us.
Two weekends ago some of us here today walked through the Barossa Valley as part of Walk My Way – 670 Christians walking 26km together in faith and in love for God and for the vulnerable children of the world. Persevering in the hope of reaching our destination and goal together, leaving no one behi
What are you hoping for this year? ‘Hope’ is the theme of our upcoming Synodical Convention in May, carried over from last year’s planned event which could not take place face-to-face due to the pandemic.
Distancing and being kept apart from people we know and love has been hard during 2020. We have learnt to value each other’s presence anew through being kept apart, unable to be close and present with and for each other for a time.
We have learnt to value the ‘presence’ of other people in an unexpected way this year. We have learnt to value each other’s presence by not being able to be present with each other for a time in many workplaces, at significant family gatherings and in our church buildings.
We are always learning to trust God. There is always something new to test and challenge our faith in him every day. This year we are learning to trust God, individually and together as church, in ways we never anticipated. The truth is we are not “all in this together” in the same way during 2020.