Vicar's Blog

A survey was done in America of people aged over 90 asking what they would do differently if they had their time again. The three top responses were these:
I would take more risks. I would give time for reflection. I would invest myself in something that would outlive me.

These are sobering words. They seem paradoxical. We don’t generally see risk taking and reflection as companions. Yet in the person of Jesus these qualities were in perfect harmony. Jesus frequently got away on his own in the early hours of the morning or all night to spend time with his heavenly Father. This was how he gained God’s perspective, received instruction for the day, found his peace and poise amid the conflicts that swirled around him. It was the confidence and power that came from the intimacy of these God encounters that gave him the wisdom and boldness to confront the powers of the day, resulting in his unjust execution. Yet in light of the cross and the resurrection, a path Jesus willingly trod out

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Football finals seem long gone – but a mercurial feat of the Dingley Football-Netball Club seems to have slipped under the radar. The achievement of 5 premiership flags in the one season is testimony to huge determination, planning and skill. Well done to all at the club who contributed to this result! We residents of Dingley will bask in your reflected glory….

Sports clubs such as this one do much more than pursue a moment of glory however. They offer their members community, nurture, direction, mentoring, practical support, comfort and hope amid many of life’s ups and downs. The discipline and team spirit forged within a club are character building blocks for life.

 

In certain important ways this type of community reflects what Jesus came to bring into being. His purpose was to forge a community of people whose love for God would be reflected in the care they took of each other, and who in combining their various God given abilities would strengthen that community to achieve its

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