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Grappling with the tough questions

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

Over the coming weeks, our services will be looking at some tough questions and issues that we need to grapple with. This is especially so as we live in a culture that has become more and more ignorant of, and antagonistic to, the Christian faith. This antagonism was evidenced last week by the closure of [...]

National Church Life Survey

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

On 16 October, all congregations will participate in the National Church Life Survey. Why do we do this? This survey helps us to see our strengths and weaknesses so that Parish Council is able to better plan and prepare for the future. The NCLS information, helps us in our task as a church to grow [...]

National marriage week

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

This week is national marriage week. Our marriages, like everything else in life, need regular attention. We spend money to service our cars to make sure they run well, we do housework to ensure our homes remain liveable and I trust we take annual leave to refresh ourselves. Often though, we take our marriages for [...]

A Permanent Joy

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

I confess a pet aversion to you today: swooping magpies! And they are at it again as their dive-bombing heralds the arrival of spring. That means we are two thirds of the way through 2016. So we are also two thirds of the way through our Year of Discipleship. So this is a good time [...]

Secret of contentment

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

Sometime after World War Two, Australia’s method of economic growth moved from production to consumption. The old ethic of work hard and save hard was replaced with the new ethic of spend more and get more. Acquisitive materialism became a way of life and our economy runs on it. (Think lower taxes so we can [...]

The secret of joy

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

I hope you managed to see the celebrations of the successful Fijian rugby sevens team after they had won the gold medal at the Olympics. They were scenes of pure joy, singing and prayer. Today, we are hearing of two early disciples of Jesus as we continue in the book of Philippians. This, then, becomes [...]

Grace brings joy

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

When Naomi and I moved to Papua New Guinea for two years we were immediately given some vital advice. If you hurt or kill a person in a road accident, we were told, do not stop rather, drive to the nearest Police Station and get locked up. That was because PNG culture is based on [...]

Living for Christ

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

Last week as I preached at Forde, I used the words from NT Wright’s book Surprised by Hope, to consider why we should bother living selflessly. I hope the 10 am congregation won’t mind me repeating these words but they deserve to be pondered. Wright says, of our living for Christ, “You are not oiling [...]

‘Me’ vs. ‘We’

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

In the wake of September 11 and other threats Jonathan Sachs wrote that our real problem is actually internal not external. He wrote, “whenever me takes precedence over we, and pleasure today over viability tomorrow, a society is in trouble… (our) enemy is …unsustainable self-indulgence”. What Sachs wrote applies doubly to the church as we [...]

Making a difference

by Michael Dasey (Rector)

Bill Gates is well known for his philanthropy. He writes about the genesis of his Gates Foundation for Africa. “I had been to Africa for the first time in 1993 when my wife, Melinda, and I travelled in East Africa on vacation. Obviously, we knew parts of Africa were very poor, but being on the [...]