“I pray that you may be strengthened in your inner being, with power through God’s Spirit”
This is not the strength of your talents, or your techniques, or your leadership models or your strategies.
No, this is about being strong in knowing where your centre is.
Strong in knowing who you are and whose you are.
Strong in the life of God: “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”
‘Peace, perfect peace’—We find it hard to learn what peace truly is.
It’s not about victory, or dominance, control or success.
It’s about community-building,
it’s about making peace across difference,
it’s about forgiveness and healing and hope. Christ is, himself, our peace. He has put an end to the divisions and alienation between peoples and God. His gift is a new community, a new life, in peace.
“In the current political conversation the language of aspiration is being thrown around with great passion by those who believe that aspiration is one of the highest motivators we have in life. In most cases the basis of such aspiration is personal dreams. We are told to pursue our dreams as though they are the most important thing for us to do in life. We see this with sports persons and those who are highly ambitious with their careers. As a society we tend to celebrate those who are driven by their personal dreams.
We too can have our personal dreams of ambition and success but as Christians our personal dreams must be subject to a greater dream whose source is God. The dreams of God however, operate at a very different level to those of the world. God’s dreams both inspire and disturb. They are given not just to individuals but to church communities.
The story of Joseph is the story of a family wrestling with God’s dream. It is a dream of great promise that carries a great cost. How this family handles the dream provides us with food for thought as to how we handle the dreams of God for our lives and our church community. God’s dreams always invite us to live in new and different ways.”
Rev Ross Morgan
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.
The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Frank Rees is away on holiday and study leave until mid July. For these weeks, our preachers will be as follows:
June 17: Sherry and Geoff Maddock: Sherry has been appointed as community outreach worker with the Collins Street Baptist Church and Geoff serves with the BUV as a mission catalyst worker.
June 24: Rev Dr Ken Manley, former Principal of Whitley College.
July 1: Rev Dr Ken Manley.
July 8: Rev Ross Morgan, from Grovedale Baptist Church, whose ministry has a particular focus on engaging with community needs, including amongst older people. Please be in prayerful anticipation of the contribution each of these friends will bring to our services and our ongoing discernment of God’s
…a freedom that allows us to play, to grow, to try things out, to become who we could be—not just individually, but in a community of growing, helping each other to grow, learn, become.
In the household of God, the Spirit invites us to be at home.
Church Conversation Today!
Following Morning Tea in the Barn, we will hold a Church Conversation.
All are welcome!
Most will have received an email regarding the Conversation during the week. If you are not available via email, please collect print materials from the foyer today.
BHBC has a prayer chain
if you would like to request prayer, please contact the co-ordinator, Glennys.
New Church Directory
A draft of the new church directory will be laid out today in the Barn during morning tea. Please take a look and make any necessary additions, changes, or suggestions!
The new Church Roster
is now available for the months of June-August.
We have some gaps so if you would like to get involved anywhere please speak to Lorraine or Teang.
Travellers June Event
Change of date! Now Sat 23 June. Shirley Valentine at Whitehorse Theatre.
RSVP: 30 May
Contact: John or Pat
In the wider Christian church, this Sunday is a celebration of Christ as the Lord of all the world. In some places it is called ‘the Feast of Christ the King’. For many people, however, this language does not exactly work. The challenge is to maintain our faith in Christian a way that is both meaningful in the contemporary world and retains the basis of hope that has sustained the church through all the centuries.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in prison during the last year of the Second World War, wrote about this struggle for modern day Christians: ‘What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today.’
Who is Christ for us today? This is the challenge for us, because it not only defines something about him, it also declares something about who we are, what we care about, and what we hope for.
Today, and in the weeks ahead, in the season of Advent, we enter into this wonderful and challenging time of reflection, a time of faith, and hope, and love.
No doubt our society becomes more and more multi-cultural every day, month and year. It seems likely that there is no place in our society which is not multicultural. Our workplaces, our schools, our local communities, our sports and hobby clubs, and our homes are multicultural.
Hence, many people find it exciting to live in our multicultural and dynamic society, especially those who come originally from a mono-cultural and mono-ethnic society.
Our church is then called and committed to embracing and demonstrating these multicultural dynamics in our ministry, vision and future direction. Moreover, our church is called to be a model of an intercultural community in which active intercultural engagements and interactions take place among its members and between the English speaking congregation and the Cambodian speaking one. In order to so, we need a multicultural and multi-linguistic leadership team and pastoral team.
“…there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9).
“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
“So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.”
The church as community is the people in community, with God.
The people are the church, together.
In this community, we can grow as persons, we are loved and we receive love; we have gifts to share and to receive. In this community, we are members: we belong, we each have a part and a place and a contribution to make.
But the church as community loses its way unless it knows that it is the community of God.
In short, it is the community of people living in and with God, and God living in and with us.