Next Garage Sale – Sat 27 June!

Garage Sale

Our next Monster Garage sale will be held on Saturday 27 June from 8am – 1pm.

That’s really soon so whether you have some goods, are looking for a bargain or would like to volunteer it’s time to get ready! For more information, including how to volunteer see our Garage Sale page.

 

 

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Gordon’s weekly message

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Friends

This weekend we are continuing our times of considering how we are writing our “next chapters” in the post-Easter story. So many thanks to Bec and to Beattie who shared part of their ‘chapters’ with us last Sunday. Continue reading

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Hannah’s weekly message

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This week has been a bit wet and wild, hasn’t it!

As the autumn leaves fall (in some areas, the trees fall!) and Canberra gets colder, we look forward to gathering together again to hear the stories of people in our community. Continue reading

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Gordon’s weekly message

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Some of you may have heard the ABC666 Drive program yesterday around 5pm when there was an interview with Zoe Marshall. You may have also heard part of Zoe’s story in the media a couple of weeks back. Continue reading

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Kippax Submission to the ACT Concessions Review

The ACT Government has been conducting a consultation into its Concessions Program (see http://www.timetotalk.act.gov.au/consultations/?engagement=public-consultation-on-the-expenditure-review-of-the-act-concessions-program)

As part of our ongoing advocacy and support for people who are at risk in our community, we have made a submission to this process.  Our submission can be found at Kippax- Concessions submission [1]

We look forward to continuing to work with the ACT Government to ensure that all people in the community have the chance to live a decent life

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Gordon and Hannah’s weekly message

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Easter is always a very special time at Kippax. Our services work across the depths of the experience of our human condition and the story that lies at the heart of the Christian faith.

This weekend is involving a great many people at Kippax. Thank you (in advance) to all the people who have been or will be involved in the planning and the leading of the services. Continue reading

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Easter Services 2015

 

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Easter is always a very special time at Kippax.
Our services work across the depths of the experience of our human condition and the story that lies at the heart of the Christian faith.

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Gordon’s weekly message

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Friends

We have journeyed through our time of Lent, and in our small groups we have been experiencing a range of experiences of prayer. It has been deliberately to help focus our attention on the next week, as we recall and remember the last few days of Jesus life – and then his death and resurrection. Continue reading

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Friends

Lent is racing on. Only a couple of weeks away from Easter and so our services are very much focussed on the later part of the journey.

Last week we were reminded of the identity of God and of the purpose of Jesus’s life – Love. God loved SO MUCH. Continue reading

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Lent begins

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Today marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. There will be an Ash Wednesday service at Kippax tonight at 8pm. This will be a contemplative service where you will be invited to walk the prayer labyrinth and enter into the story of Jesus. We will walk the journey through the season of “inward searching” that is Lent. Continue reading

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Hannah’s weekly message

This weekend (Feb 15) we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday, remembering the mountaintop moment when Jesus “changed” and the disciples experienced God’s presence in an amazing way! When have you had a “mountain top moment” like this? Continue reading

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Gordon’s weekly message

Friends

This coming Sunday we are really in for a special treat.

Bishop Ian Lambert – the Anglican Bishop in Defence – will be speaking at both our 830 and 1030 services. Continue reading

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February at Kippax

One of the commitments that we make as a congregation to those starting Year 11, is that we will support them through their schooling in ways that are most helpful and practical. This includes tutoring or study assistance. We are a very fortunate and gifted congregation here, and can cover just about everything that people are studying. In the past this has proved extremely helpful for a number of our young students. So … please help!!

Are you willing to be available if needed to help our young people through times in Year 11 & 12? It is a great way to establish relationships and meet some really interesting young people!! Can you help with any subject if called on? Maths? Physics? Legal Studies? English? Drama? Languages? Anything?? Continue reading

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Celebrating Indigenous Spirituality – concert

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Join us for an Evening of Song and Reflection with Johnny Huckle and Friends
Kippax Uniting Church, Luke Street, Holt
Saturday 21 February 2015 at 7.30 pm Continue reading

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Dying to know: “Death Cafe”

Coming up – Death Café, Sunday February 15, 5-7pm at KUCC. The death café is a small, friendly and informal gathering in a relaxed café environment to discuss death in order to lead a fuller life. What are you dying to know? Continue reading

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Transitions Sunday – celebrating start of school year 1 February 2015

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Kippax is now on Twitter

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Follow us now on Twitter: @kippaxUC

You can also follow Gordon Ramsay: @Gordon_R_Ramsay

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At home Advent responses Week 4

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Week 4 – Love in the midst of rejection

Mary proclaimed: “God’s mercy is from generation to generation.  He has lifted up the lowly”. There is no reality of rejection by God. But instead, God’s love knows no bounds, no ends, no limits.

Whatever we face in life, God’s steadfast love surrounds us. Continue reading

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This Sunday we start our single, combined worship services – 930am eachSunday through to (& including) 18 January.

This week our theme is “Love in the midst of Rejection”

Our times over Christmas mean that there are a range of opportunities for coming together to celebrate: Continue reading

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At home Advent responses Week 3

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Week 3 – Joy in the midst of despair – may you feel a sense of transforming joy

When all is empty and all semblance of life is gone, God is not yet finished.  The story is not yet complete.  There is still space for joy. We celebrate the One who has come, is coming and will come again. Continue reading

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Friends
I hope you have been finding the Advent responses on our website each week – and finding them helpful

This week is the 3rd week of Advent and we are continuing in our season of contrasts. This week’s theme is “Joy in the midst of Despair”
It has been, as always, an absolute privilege to be part of the Kippax Christmas Appeal, and see some of the ways that joy has been brought into people’s lives over the past few days. Thank you for everyone’s involvement – no matter what form it has taken this year. Continue reading

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At home Advent responses Week 2

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Week 2 – Peace in the midst of conflict
May you feel the sense of unexpected peace

The prophet wrote
“Comfort, comfort my people. Speak tenderly to them
 and let them know that they have served their term”.

Even while conflict continues around us, God offers a different way. God calls us to breathe in the holy breath of peace. Continue reading

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As the season of Advent contrast continues, we are getting ready for what is to come.

Did you check out the Kippax website this week?

Advent reflections will be posted on the Kippax website www.kippax.org.au. Each of the reflections will have two contrasting responses. These reflections aim to give an opportunity for response no matter where you are in life at this time of year. This week’s reflections reflect on hope in hopelessness.

How are you feeling as we approach Christmas? Continue reading

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At-home Advent responses – Week 1

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Advent 2014  – A Season of Contrasts

Advent is a time of preparation, of getting ready, of counting down to Christmas! It can be exciting and life giving, or overwhelming and distressing. 

Each of the reflections will have 2 suggestions for response that are pastoral (internally focussed reflections) or missional (outwardly focussed actions). These Advent reflections aim to give an opportunity for response no matter where you are in life at this time of year.

As you journey through Advent, may you experience a sense of defiant Hope, unexpected Peace, transforming Joy, and the warmth of Love that Christ brings.  Continue reading

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Where you can drop off toy donations

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Toys can be dropped off to the following locations:

Autoco Phillip Mechanical and Smash Repairs: 5 Rickerby St Phillip ACT 2606

BSelect Phillip: 4/74-80  Parramatta St Phillip ACT 2606

Pedders Phillip: 5-19 Salamander Crt Phillip ACT 2606

Autoco Belconnen: 86 Nettlefold St Belconnen ACT 2617 Continue reading

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My Next Chapter – Joel Pearce

Throughout the Easter Season, we are hearing some of the stories of people in the Kippax community about how they are living their “next chapter”,  following on from the unfinished resurrection story in Mark 16.    This is Joel Pearce’s “chapter”

Good morning everyone, and thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share with you what the next chapter of the Easter story means for me.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Joel Pearce, and I’m a horticulturist by trade. I work in a nursery and run my own garden maintenance business.

I’ve been here at Kippax for about a year and a half now, and I came here during a time of great change in my life.

In October 2013, my wife and I decided to end our marriage after being separated for three months. It was at this time after having battled depression, anxiety, self loathing and internalised homophobia that I chose to come out as a gay person and begin my journey toward self acceptance.

I have been involved in church my whole life, and 11 years ago when I moved to Canberra as a 16 year old I started attending Pentecostal church, where I became very much aware of my homosexuality. I confided in the some of the youth leaders about how I thought I might be gay, and I heeded their advice to undergo an exorcism and a program of reparative therapy, as I was told this would ‘heal’ me of the apparent illness of homosexuality. I was told many times that to acknowledge one’s homosexuality is a sin tantamount to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and that the consequences of such a sin would be an eternity in hell.

Now, I don’t have the time here this morning to detail step by step what happened from this point on, but what I can share with you is that these experiences as a 16 year old started me on a painful 10 year journey marked by depression, anxiety, self loathing and internalised homophobia.

This journey lead me to believe a lot of untruths about myself as a person. These untruths forced me to live in denial for many years, and also lead me to pursue a 7 year heterosexual relationship and 3 year marriage in a vain attempt to be ‘healed’ of my homosexuality and become heterosexual.

When my marriage ended, and I came out, the church that I was attending prior to Kippax was not accepting of me or of the struggle that I had been through.

I was involved in this church in leading the singing, m’c ing the Sunday service and in other ministry groups. The pastor refused to accept me as a gay person, and gave me an ultimatum. He told me that if I went back in the closet, and did not proceed with my divorce, I would be able to continue in my role. If I chose to live as an openly gay person, and get a divorce, I would be permanently stripped of my ministry roles, and treated as a non Christian by the church’s leadership.

I chose to leave this church in favour of a church, that would accept me for me, without strings attached, and this is how I came to be involved here at Kippax.

Since October 2013, when my marriage ended and I came out, I have reconciled what it means for me to be both openly gay and openly Christian, I have come to understand that for me the two are not mutually exclusive, but simply facts about who I am as a person.

Since that time, I have also been writing a book which details my 10 year battle for self acceptance. Off the straight and narrow: my journey toward a life of authenticity is nearing completion, and has been a very cathartic and affirming process for me.

Since October 2013, I have also made some wonderful new friendships with people who have gone through similar experiences as myself through an online Christian network called Freedom 2 be. Friendships, which have helped me understand that my experiences are relatively common, and that there is always support available.

Since October 2013, I had for the first time, the wonderful experience of failing in love for the first time, and experiencing what others often take for granted.

Having this relationship helped to me heal, and to understand that the lies I was told by my former church regarding homosexuality and same sex relationships, are just that, lies.

So, having been through all that I have, and having come to a place of genuine peace about it all, what’s next?

This question of what’s next for me, also ties in beautifully with the theme we have been exploring over the Easter period, what’s the next chapter in the Easter story.

As Gordon shared with us on Easter Sunday, Mark’s Gospel has a rather obscure and unfinished end.  ‘Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.’ Mark 16:8

I feel as though I can very much relate to these women in Mark’s gospel. I know what it means to be afraid, and to feel like you’re only option is to run away and not face the reality of what’s in front of you.

However, it has been in my times of recent deep reflection that I have come to understand that for me the next chapter in the Easter story, and indeed the next chapter in my life, is about letting go of fear, and allowing the resurrected Jesus Christ to write in and through me the next chapter.

If I were to write the next chapter of Mark’s Gospel, I would frame it something like this: Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid…

But after a time of quiet reflection they let go of their fear, they let go of the lie they held onto that Jesus was dead, and instead chose to believe that he had risen in great power and victory over sin and death.

 For me, the next chapter in the Easter story is essentially about letting go and letting God. Jesus’ death and resurrection allows me to let go of fear, depression, anxiety, internalised homophobia, and self loathing.

Jesus death and resurrection allows me to let go of the labels that were imposed upon me. Demon-possessed, abomination, sick, perverted, a danger to children, a blasphemer of the Holy Spirit, have been removed and replaced with new truthful and life affirming statements. Blessed, infinitely loved, child of the most high God, are a few of these new truths that I have embraced.

One of the biggest lies that I have let go of in my life, was the lie that I believed for many years that I cannot be both gay and a Christian, and that in order to be a genuine Christian I must continually deny and reject the truth about my sexuality.

When I came to understand that my sexual orientation was not a choice, or a defect but simply an innate fact about who I am (such as being tall) a great sense of freedom and empowerment came over me. When I came to understand, that I am no different from anyone else, in that I want to love and be loved, and that through no fault or choice of my own I can’t have this with a woman, I let go of so much baggage, and began to truly walk in freedom and truth.

Jesus declares in John 8:32:

‘You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

I stand before you today as a living breathing example of this.

So, moving forward, how do I live out what the next chapter in the Easter story means for me? What affect does this have on the people around me.

This is a very pertinent question. The sad reality that I have come to know is that here in Australia, the lucky country, the great South land of the Holy Spirit, we have the highest rate of youth suicide in the world. The leading cause of death for men between the age of 15-44 is suicide, and that young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex have a five times higher risk of developing a mental illness and committing suicide than that of their heterosexual peers.

It is also a tragic reality that the rates of drug addiction and homelessness are much higher in the LGBTI community, than they are in the rest of the population.

These statistics break my heart, and forbid me from remaining silent and turning a blind eye and a deaf ear.

For me the Gospel, and the story of Easter are the winds in my sails, my drive, and my passion, to see these statistics turned around and no longer the truth.

For me, the next chapter of the Easter story is not just about letting God of fear and letting God shape something new in me, it is very much about making a personal commitment to be a part of the solution, and not a part of the problem.

For me, the gospel is not the story of Jesus, it’s Jesus himself. The gospel is Jesus giving of himself for the benefit and salvation of all humankind. For me the gospel is Jesus engaging with a broken, and hurting humanity with no other agenda that to lift up and set free.

This is a message that I believe with all my heart will save lives, and will prevent much heartache and distress.

My heart’s desire is to see the horrifying statistics of suffering for LGBTI be nothing more than the truth of times gone by, and not the reality of the present, or the likelihood of the events and reality of the future.

The next chapter of the Easter story for me in the context of my Christian walk, and my sense of call is to let go of fear and take hold of the truth of God’s transcendent love for all humanity and his unyielding desire to see all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, education, background or beliefs come into right relationship with God, and find their sense of belonging in his kingdom.

Thank you

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My Next Chapter – Chris Ellis

Throughout the Easter Season, we are hearing some of the stories of people in the Kippax community about how they are living their “next chapter”,  following on from the unfinished resurrection story in Mark 16.    This is Chris Ellis’s “chapter”

In this series already we have heard several faith stories, and how diverse they have been!  My faith plays out in many different ways in my everyday life, but I’ve been asked to talk specifically today about the Holiday Happenings that I have run for many years.

I am aware that some of you don’t know what a Holiday Happening even is, many of you have some idea, and others of you have faithfully shared the journey with me from the very first event way back near the end of  last century.

Here’s a bit of the history. During 1997, the Kippax congregation went through a process of meetings and discussions to decide the directions it would take, and where it would put its focus, to make a significant difference in people’s lives in West Belconnen. Does that sound familiar? It’s a journey we are still on. It was determined then, that one of the main thrusts was to be reaching out to young families in our community.

At that time I had happily given up my teaching career to raise our family, and had been involved here at Kippax in the creche roster, the Young Mums group, and Sunday school, and played a major part in starting the playgroups.

I guess the Church Council saw in me some potential for this new task, because I was employed part-time for 18 months as Children’s Mission Development Worker – a very catchy job title! At the time I hadn’t been looking to enter the paid workforce, and it took me way out of my comfort zone, but with hindsight, I can see God’s leading. I am grateful to the church for the opportunity, and the confidence it gave me to move on to my current work as a preschool relief teacher.

So, my role was to work out ways that the church could engage with young families within and outside the church. I spent considerable time doing research about what the community would value, and what our church could reasonably support. To be useful and relevant to young families, without spending lots of money or having lots of staff, it became obvious to me that it would be sensible to start some things happening, organised in such a way that they would develop their own momentum and could continue on a totally volunteer basis after my paid position finished. That planning has certainly paid off for the Holiday Happenings, and the 1-2-3-Magic parenting course that I ran for many years has fallen off the radar only recently.

The first Holiday Happening was held as a trial in September 1998, and after some changes over the years, we now hold 8 each year – the last 2 Thursdays of the Christmas break, and all other holiday Thursdays, from 10am till 2pm.

Holiday Happenings, very simply, are craft and games days for primary school children. We provide a wide range of activities, and morning tea and drinks – the children bring their own lunch – and each day finishes with a story or guest speaker or some other full group experience.

We regularly cater for up to 100 children, and involve at least 20 helpers on the day, with at least another 6 in preparation and cleaning up. The activities are spread throughout this building, and the children are free to do whichever activities they choose for as long as they choose, within the structure of the day. They are all given a tray to collect what they have made – that’s why we need so many cereal boxes!

Financially, the Holiday Happenings have always been self-supporting, and in fact they make money for the church. Even though the children pay only $5 each with a maximum of $10 per family (and this has never changed with inflation), our costs are fairly small and we use volunteer labour and lots of recycled and junk materials.

It’s important to realise that these events were never meant to be an evangelical tool, but rather to give local children the experience of just spending time in the church building, in a loving nurturing Christian community, where they have fun and engage with people who are there specifically to spend time with them and help them. This program, and these caring people, have touched thousands of children and their families over the years.

I believe that if our participating families see church as a happy, friendly place, providing a quality experience for their children, where people are loving, caring and trustworthy, then God will do the work in them in God’s time  – not necessarily in this place.

All of us are truly blessed, as I have been, when we have an opportunity to use our God-given gifts and talents, our passions and skills, in the service of others. The Holiday Happenings do this for me. They are a lot of work, and I certainly could never have done any of this in my own strength or without all the help and prayer, but they give me a buzz, and I know I am meant to be doing this!

Those who know me will agree I am a very practical and hands-on person, and yes, I’m an organiser. I have a passion for young children and their creative spirit, and this all ties in with my teaching training and experience. My other passion is for craft – I love to make things. So the Holiday Happenings really are a vehicle for me to do what I love, and be of service to others in the process. I don’t do this for the positive feedback, although that helps to inspire me, and it was encouraging to be given an ACT volunteer award just on 2 years ago, but it is my passion that drives me. This is the place where God needs me to be active.

I enjoy planning and preparing the crafts, ensuring there is enough variety in each day’s activities, and catering for the wide range of abilities. Then I love seeing the children creating, concentrating on the intricacies of what they are making, learning new skills in the process, and interacting with the volunteers. I love seeing the proud looks on their faces at 2 o’clock as they present their trays to their parents and show what they have made.

I also treasure the way that our volunteers, mostly from within the church, get to know each other on a totally different level from Sunday mornings, probably unaware that they are part of something special that is bigger than all of us – making a difference in young children’s lives.  And I enjoy the fact that many of our participants who have moved to high school ask to come back as helpers, so we get the opportunity to do some mentoring of teenagers as well.

I think long and hard about matching volunteers with the available jobs, so I can give them different challenges according to what I see as their strengths. I don’t always get it right, but Kippax folk are very loving and forgiving and supportive, and are simply wonderful to work with. (And, they keep coming back for more!)

So, where to from here? It seems that Holiday Happenings (like garage sales) have been absorbed into the culture of this church and community, and it is just accepted that they will continue to occur. I acknowledge though, and I hope others realise, that if I stopped being the driving force, they would not continue. That’s not terrible – it’s just reality.

Specific activities and events like this, that rely on one person’s vision and passion and leadership, tend to have a shelf life. After a while they will be replaced with a new idea and fresh enthusiasm under someone else’s leadership. I expected the Holiday Happenings to reach their use-by date after about 5 years, but instead they show few signs of slowing down after more than 16!

So, I plan to keep them going as long as I have support, both practical and prayer, enough volunteer helpers, plentiful craft supplies, and an average of more than 50 children, which is really the minimum needed for these days to be viable; and of course as long as God gives me strength and enthusiasm, and the will to continue.

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My Next Chapter – James Fenn

Throughout the Easter Season, we are hearing some of the stories of people in the Kippax community about how they are living their “next chapter”,  following on from the unfinished resurrection story in Mark 16.    This is James Fenn’s “chapter”

How am I living out a post-Easter life?
How am I being an Easter person?

I think that being an Easter person involves walking on unfamiliar paths.

  • It is being OK with uncertainty.
  • It is saying yes and making commitments when not knowing how things will turn out.

Like this talk.

  • I’m not used to speaking in front of a large group of people
  • And I feel intimidated because I perceive that you all have much more biblical knowledge and much stronger faith
  • I’m wondering how can I contribute to you
  • I know that short of a miracle I’ll stumble and mix up words
  • But I had to say yes.
  • Not from a place of “should” but because I know it is the next little step on my faith journey

Some recent examples of saying yes to God and making commitments include

  1. being part of a triplet group
  2. saying yes coordinating the garage sale
  3. and committing to daily prayer

When you make commitments and public declarations you become open to all sorts of possibilities / opportunities / blessings. When you start living bigger than before, some existing concerns now seem trivial.

When invited to be part of a triplet group last year.

  • I did not know what this would be like but I recognised I needed to be in conversation about my faith
  • I felt a little apprehensive – maybe being only 3 people I thought there would be nowhere to hide
  • but I said yes anyway and asked 2 men to join me – both of whom I perceive as having stronger faith – yes, there is a pattern
  • the triplet group has been really good for me
    • I am now more relaxed about talking about my faith.
    • I am benefiting from the other guys’ insights

And then I said yes to coordinating the Garage Sale

  • the was something way bigger than anything I’ve ever done before
    • I felt nervous because of its previous success, and because I did not have the strong connection with Kippax Uniting that the previous coordinators had
    • but I did say yes because I could see the need and I knew I had skills to contribute
  • Before the sale sometimes when I was about to ask people to help out I experienced doubts
    • thinking people are not interested in helping
    • feeling I’m being a burden / annoying
    • But when I actually asked people these concerns disappeared. People responded generously and in the end I found myself inspired by the amazing generosity of our community.
  • Sometimes when challenges arose I could not see a good way out
    • my usual approach of simply working harder was not getting the result I needed.
    • I felt reluctant to tell others of the challenge but found that when I did they were full of good ideas and eager to assist
  • Throughout the whole garage sale process I felt excited to be up for something bigger than normal, something bigger than my own personal contribution
    • I felt particularly satisfied helping some Uniting Care clients buy things on the Friday, knowing they were getting some great bargains that would make their lives easier
    • Another outcome I was proud of was seeing 3 new garage sale helpers find roles they were comfortable with and where they could use their talents to contribute

Being an Easter person also involves identifying as a follower of Jesus.

  • this has both personal and public aspects
  • ranges from
    • not denying being a follower
    • to seeing opportunities to declare
    • to actively seeking opportunities
  • I have often struggled with this – my hesitancy stems from
    • my doubts – I’m a person that likes to have things figured out before saying anything
    • fearing what people think – I avoid conflict and don’t like to ruffle feathers
  • but over the last 5 years or so I
    • committed to regular worship at Kippax and being an active part of our supporting community
    • baptised our children – committing to bringing them up in the love and knowledge of God
    • told people I would pray for them
    • asked various people to pray for me
    • joined in spoken prayer

Being an Easter person means looking for ways to incorporate your faith into your whole life, including

  • showing up in your values –
    • some of the Christ-like values I seek to adopt include:
      • love, generosity, compassion, acceptance
      • peacefulness, hope
      • humility, honesty
      • service, involvement in other people’s lives
    • I find being in the Kippax Uniting community there are many ways to express these
  • showing up in your language and conversations
    • for me this would include talking about God in my home and praying with my children
    • and at work too
  • during planning for the garage sale I deliberately thought about how I wanted us to be as well as the things that needed to be done.
  • incorporating faith into you whole live means making it a factor in important decisions, in fact starting with faith (whether that is by praying, or reflecting or discussing with someone of faith)
  • when thinking of whole of life the parable of the talents came to mind
    • what talents, gifts, skills, blessings have we been given?
    • where can you use them to contribute to others?
    • as some of you know 4 weeks ago today I ran my first marathon
      • it was a big commitment – a lot of effort (I’ve run about 500k since Christmas) and some pain
      • I also decided to raise money for beyondblue – and this was in some ways more difficult than the actual running
        • I wasn’t sure at first – am I just grandstanding? why would other people want to sponsor me?
        • the simple step of deciding and letting it be known generated much excitement. I felt proud of myself and moved by the generosity of my friends and family
        • and ended up raising $1000

incorporating faith into my whole live has also mean trying to make space for the Holy Spirit to impact me

  • Being an Easter person is different for each one of us and changes over time
  • Sometimes we feel close to God
  • Sometimes we are struggling
  • Sometimes we are exploring new paths
  • Sometimes we are busy with other concerns and not even aware of the path
  • Sometimes we keep to familiar paths and say no.

Recently when one of my friends died a friend suggested I read Romans 8:38

  • “For I am certain that nothing can separate use from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below – there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord”
  • I find this comforting when I think that neither my ideas about God, nor my feeble faith, nor my fears will separate me from the love of God
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