Are Australian weeks shorter than English ones? I guess they must be, given how short a time there seems to be between these Ponderings! Admittedly, the last ones went out late, but that was my fault. Anyway: to the week!
On Friday, we welcomed some of our friends from Stewart Lodge to join us in the Bardin Centre for our Hub day, where chess and pizza were the order of the day. It’s so good that we’re able to have days like this, and we were blessed even more by the presence of Jenny John and Greg Kratzmann who had come to join us in offering welcome.
One of the great things about these Friday Hub days is that everyone is able to offer something different, so the more people we have helping out on them, the more we will be able to do. For example: as the weather gets better, we’re thinking of starting up a “Garden To Kitchen” programme on our Hub days, where we get some people together to plant, tend, and cook some produce. If you’ve got any ideas, or would like to offer your time on a Hub day (every other Friday at the moment), feel free to get in touch with either myself or James Godfrey, who’s co-ordinating this.
Sunday’s 10am Mass was very good, and was noteworthy for a couple of reasons: firstly, Bishop Lindsay preached a very interesting sermon on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, where one of my favourite quotes was that “you don’t have your own Holy Spirit…there is one Spirit that unites and draws us together…whose life and presence we receive at the same Font”; and secondly, that we had a very full Sanctuary, with two priests, an MC, a Crucifer, a trainee Crucifer, two Acolytes, a Thurifer, and TWO Thurifer trainees/boat kids…it made for quite an impressive procession!
Sunday evening saw the last meeting of our current Meet Up @ 5 series, with Peter Carolane from Merri Creek Anglican speaking on St Paul. It was an enjoyable session, and very educational. More than that, he challenged us with the courageous Christianity of that great apostle which led to some very interesting discussions afterwards. The food was superb too. It’s been really good that people have turned up with their culinary offerings, and that’s helped feed the Vicarage residents in the following days. I like to see that as an opportunity for you all to “contribute to the needs of the Saints”…more St Paul! (Romans 12:13)
This week, we’ve welcomed Steve Hilton (pictured here on our recent visit to the Victorian Parliament) to stay in the Vicarage. It’s his second visit. He was here for Christmas two years ago. He’s an ordinand (ie training for the priesthood) from the UK studying at Ripon College Cuddesdon where +L trained almost 40 years ago. (age shall not weary him…) Originally from the diocese of Chichester he has known +Lindsay since he was 13! He’ll be preaching this Sunday at the 10am mass, so hopefully many of you will be able to meet him and get to know him a bit.
It was a lovely surprise yesterday when Even Gotarman, the Presbyterian theological student from Indonesia who had stayed with us for a couple of weeks, came back for a surprise visit…he was hiding in the church when I came in to say Midday Prayer! It was so good to see him, and he led Midday Prayer (sung Angelus and all) like a pro. He says he really enjoyed his time with us, and it seems that we were able to give him a new viewpoint on Christianity….
Well, that just about sums it up for me for this week. Hope to see you Sunday. God bless!