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Weekly SNAC 10 June 2018: CMS Lasting Hope appeal

As well as praying for and supporting our own church, we encourage all members of SNAC to be praying for and supporting world mission. In particular, we want to be supporting our link missionaries with the CMS. As the end of financial year approaches, CMS has launched its Lasting Hope appeal. Please use the forms in your Weekly SNAC this week to consider your support of world mission.As well as praying for and supporting our own church, we encourage all members of SNAC to be praying for and supporting world mission. In particular, we want to be supporting our link missionaries with the CMS. As the end of financial year approaches, CMS has launched its Lasting Hope appeal. Please use the forms in your Weekly SNAC this week to consider your support of world mission.

In addition, here are two prayers you might like to use or adapt for your own prayer for our link missionaries this week.

We praise you, Lord of all, for the gifts of Christ our ascended King:for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.Hear our prayer for all who do not know your loveand have not heard the gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ.Send out your light and truth through the messengers of your word (especially … )and bring many to saving trust in Christ.Help us to support them by our prayers and offerings,and to commend the gospel ourselves by what we say and do.Hasten the coming of your kingdom,through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Heavenly Father,the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few.May you open the doors for the message throughout our worldand raise up labourers to go.May those who go proclaim the mystery of Christ clearly and fearlessly.Give them a genuine love and deep understanding of the peoples they live among.May they speak as one speaking the very words of God,may they serve with the strength you provide,so that in all things you may be praised,through Jesus Christ. Amen

Weekly SNAC, 3 June 2018 - Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON)

Please be praying for the upcoming GAFCON conference in Jerusalem from 17-22 June. This is a coming together of worldwide Anglican leaders who wish to maintain Biblical orthodoxy within the Anglican Church. The Sydney Diocese and especially our former Archbishop Peter Jensen and current Archbishop Glenn Davies have played an important role in this movement. Please be praying for the upcoming GAFCON conference in Jerusalem from 17-22 June. This is a coming together of worldwide Anglican leaders who wish to maintain Biblical orthodoxy within the Anglican Church. The Sydney Diocese and especially our former Archbishop Peter Jensen and current Archbishop Glenn Davies have played an important role in this movement. 

As Phil shared at the Big Day Out, he will be attending as one of the representatives of our Diocese at this conference. The Parish Council believes that this is a wonderful opportunity for Phil and a way that our parish can support the wider church in a tangible way. In that light we have encouraged Phil to attend, agreeing to support him in so doing. However, this will cost around $4,000. If you would like to support Phil attending the conference please feel free to make a contribution marked ‘GAFCON’ for this purpose. Please also pray for James Flavin who will be attending as a lay representative.  

After GAFCON the Colgan family will be taking some Long Service Leave until 22 July. Please pray that this will be a good time of rest and recharging. During that period Jason Veitch will be the acting Senior Minister.

Weekly SNAC, 27 May 2018 - Kids Holiday Club - God’s Kingdom Awakens

“A long time ago in a galaxy far away…” No wait, that’s not right! “A long time ago in a galaxy far away…” No wait, that’s not right! “In 7 weeks’ time in a church right near us… 150 children and their leaders will descend ready to hear all about how God’s Kingdom Awakens.”

As many of you know, I’m talking about Kids Holiday Club. KHC is SNAC’s annual 4-day holiday program for kids in K-6. We spend the mornings singing, playing games, eating delicious food, doing amazing crafts and most importantly hearing from God’s word. This year our theme is Star Wars: God’s Kingdom Awakens and we’re looking at the Bible’s teaching on God’s Kingdom. With 7 weeks to go, preparations are well and truly underway and we are getting excited! 

One of my favourite things about KHC is that there are opportunities for every member of SNAC to be involved. Below are a few suggestions for how you could serve. I would love you to prayerfully consider how you might like to be involved. KHC is an incredible opportunity to reach out with the gospel to children and families in our community (plus it’s an absolute blast!) We want everyone at SNAC to be part of it! So contact someone below, or if you have a different way you’d like to be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me! And… may the force be with you!

1. Pray- Praise God for another opportunity to encourage Christian kids and reach out to those in our community.- Please pray that kids and families in our local schools would be bold in inviting friends to come. Pray that many would come and hear the good news of Jesus.- Please pray for the team as we prepare. Ask God to give us creativity and boldness as we dream about what KHC will look like this year.- Pray for those teaching as they prepare talks and discussion group material, that God would give them understanding and clarity as they read his scriptures and creativity as they write.

2. Register and invite- Register on the SNAC website at snac.org.au/khc- Or use a paper form and hand them back to Emily (Bex Nth), Rick (9am) or Carmel (10:30 Carlton)- But just as importantly, talk with your kids about who they could invite to KHC to come and hear the gospel. Pray for them with your kids every night from now until KHC! And grab some extra forms to pass on to their parents.                  

3. Craft- Each day our kids take home a themed craft. This is a highlight for many kids! If you’re crafty (or if you can use a pair of scissors) and are happy to help with things before or during the week please contact Carmel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

4. Design- Each year we transform the church to fit the theme (Star Wars). If you’re interested in dreaming up or designing some of the decorations then please contact Avril (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

5. Construction- We have some ambitious activities and design concepts that need to be constructed. If you’re handy with a power tool or hammer and nails please contact Avril (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

6. Kitchen- Each day at KHC we provide morning tea for over 200 kids and leaders. This is a mammoth task and we need people who can help in the kitchen each morning at KHC - Or if you can’t be there the week of perhaps you could pre-cook food for the week? If you’d like to help, please contact Carmel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

7. Activity planning- If you’re a Star Wars fan we’d love your help with ideas for Star Wars themed activities. If this is you please contact Jess (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For any other ideas on how you might serve please contact me!      

Sarah Munns          (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Weekly SNAC, 20 May 2018: A future for Jerusalem

As a creature of habit I woke up one morning this week and as usual pushed the radio button to listen to the news on ABC radio. Then, after struggling out of bed (I’m not really a morning person) and getting myself going I settled into the morning routine of reading my Bible over breakfast. Once the coffee started to rouse my brain for the day I noticed a connection between my reading and the news I had heard while still in bed. As a creature of habit I woke up one morning this week and as usual pushed the radio button to listen to the news on ABC radio. Then, after struggling out of bed (I’m not really a morning person) and getting myself going I settled into the morning routine of reading my Bible over breakfast. Once the coffee started to rouse my brain for the day I noticed a connection between my reading and the news I had heard while still in bed. 

Jerusalem was in the news all week - it is 70 years since the modern re-establishment of Israel and tensions in the West Bank and the Gaza strip between Israel and Palestine are once again making headlines. The violence last Monday left at least 60 dead and the prospect of any lasting peace seems as impossible as ever.

With that sad news out of Jerusalem in the back of my mind I turned up my daily Bible reading plan which happened to be Isaiah 65 and 66 and I read:

“I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people. The sound of weeping and crying will no longer be heard in her.” (Is 65:19)

“People will build houses and live in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They will not build and others live in them; they will not plant and others eat. For My people’s lives will be like the lifetime of a tree. My chosen ones will fully enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor without success or bear children destined for disaster, for they will be a people blessed by the LORD along with their descendants.” (Is 65:21-23)

For longer than my lifetime there has been crying and weeping in and around Jerusalem from both Israeli and Palestinian families caught up in conflict. How will peace finally come I thought? How will this conflict of nations ever resolve into peace?

The answer comes in Isaiah 66. The Lord himself will intervene, he says: I will make peace flow to her like a river (Is 66:12)

This is not a promise of peace in our time but instead a promise about the future. A day is coming when the Lord will renew and restore our broken world. Isaiah 66:22-23 speaks of the day:

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, will endure before Me”— this is the LORD’s declaration— “so your offspring and your name  will endure. All mankind will come to worship Me from one New Moon to another  and from one Sabbath to another,” says the LORD. 

The part that really struck me as I read my bible this week is that the Lord’s peace is not just for one race triumphing over another. Instead the future for a restored Jerusalem (and a whole newly restored heaven and earth) is a future where ‘all mankind’ worships the Lord. That doesn’t mean every single person does but it does mean people from every single nation.  

In the midst of the complexity of human conflict like Palestine and Israel - I was reminded: who can possibly bring all the nations together and put them on the same page? Only one man can do this, as Paul describes him in Ephesians:

Jesus is our peace, …[he] tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh He did this so that He might reconcile Jew and Gentile to God in one body through  the cross and put the hostility to death by it. When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news  of peace to you who were far away and peace to those  who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the  saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. (Eph 2:14-19)

Even as I was saddened by the ongoing conflicts of humanity that never seem to end I was encouraged as I contemplated what God has done about it. Through faith in Jesus there is a new way of hope for reconciliation both with God and one another. On this path there is even hope for places like Jerusalem. I hope this is an encouragement to you as well as you look beyond this hurting world to the new heavens and the new earth that the Lord will bring with the return of his Son.  

Jason Veitch