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We are a family of disciples of Jesus Christ serving communities in South Australia from Renmark through the Adelaide Hills, across to the coast at Seaford, down through the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Coorong to Mt Gambier and Port MacDonnell, and across to the state border.

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It is hard to believe we are now in October and daylight savings has started. I don't know about you, but it takes me a good week to adjust to daylight savings!!! As we continue our inexorable march towards the end of the year, I realise that many of us are anxious about what Christmas, especially, might look like. Will we be able to have our gatherings with our families? This is a natural. I would like to remind you all of a great passage from St. Pauls' letter to the church in Philippi. in Chapter 4 verse 4 he reminds the Philippians.

"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Here, Paul is writing to a congregation where there are all sorts of things going on. True, one of them is not a pandemic, but there are other issues for them. Paul reminds them, as he reminds us, three things. The first, is that when we are in the Lord, when we have the Lord Jesus at our side we can rejoice, even though all seems bleak. For the reality is with Jesus at our side, being with us, we can have confidence that we will not be overwhelmed. It might seem it, but it only seems it. Second, we need to take everything to God in prayer. I once had a sign at one of my churches, it said, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?" In otherwords, is prayer our primary means of navigating life, or is our emergency procedure? If it is the latter, then I suggest it is too late when we have the emergency overwhelming us, better to be prepared. Finally, when we have Jesus at the center of our lives we have access to the peace of God. This peace is not the absence of conflict, but a sense of contentment, of at onement with God. A reassurance that no matter what is going on around us, we can manage. It is a bit like the story of Jesus walking on the water during a storm, and Peter walking accross the water. The storm is still raging, but Peter, with his eyes fixed on Jesus is able to walk on the water despite the raging tempest. Only when he takes his eyes off Jesus does he start to sink. With his eyes on Jesus he is at peace, and is able to overcome all things. I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as well, especially as we draw to the close of another year with its associated anxieties with respect to the uncertainties of our daily lives living with COVID.

This web site is updated reguarly, and so I hope you will take the opportunity to visit again.

As the web site continues to be updated, and I do encourage you to look around at what we have to offer. I encourage you to especially look at the various resources such as my sermons which can be accessed here in video format from you tube. Bishop Michael's Shofar is also available and is a great resource for reflecting on God's word.

With every blessing to you all