Welcome to our church today
It’s great to share with you at church today. Please make yourself known to our staff if you are visiting.
Rev Andrew Hudson (chaplain at Donaldson Robinson Village) will be our guest speaker at 745am & 930am. Andrew has been a long time friend & servant of Gymea and I’m delighted he is with us.
23rd Dec at 6pm – a Reflective Lord’s Supper with the opportunity to remember those who have recently passed away, with Bishop Reg Piper speaking.
24th Dec. 5pm Family Hour “Eve” directed by Brielle Buckley with our Youth and Kids teams.
24th Dec. 8pm – A lively night led by Craig Stalder featuring our youth band.
25th Dec. 7.45am Lord’s Supper – Craig Stalder speaking.
25th Dec. 9.30am Family Hour – show & tell for the young & Craig Stalder speaking.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” Ephes 3
I thank God for our church – it’s such a privilege to serve as your pastor over the past 7 years. In just 3 weeks our church will commence our 90th year of serving Jesus and the Shire here at Gymea. That’s extraordinary. We have some special events planned including a visit of our Archbishop Glenn Davies. For many of our members 2016 has been a tough year with bereavement, illness, unemployment, family and financial struggles on top of the usual life pressures. Yet through this we have sought to live as Jesus loving family and that love has been shown in so many ways. Love shown in sacrificial service is wide, deep & high here inspired by God’s love for us. It’s wide – embracing everyone we contact across the socio-economic range and increasing to people of all nationalities & cultures. In turn we are enriched by this as we express “Jesus for all nations” It’s deep – not superficial, we stand with each other in laughter & tears. Our LIFE groups and Pastoral Care network are our first line of this care but it starts with each member willing to be brother or sister to another. It is high – embracing all generations & honouring all ages. I love the way Jesus inspires us and pray that His love will continue to unite and captivate us.
Crew’s Christmas – on a personal note, Jane and I would like to thank you for your generous prayers and support for us as our family “expands” and we care for our 10 year old grandson. We are deeply grateful to you all for your love. This Christmas for the first time in 35 years we will be away from our church & family as we take a break on annual leave from 12th Dec to 4th Jan. We are very grateful for the great leadership of our wardens, staff and pastoral care team to make this possible. Craig Stalder will oversee our staff and Parish during my absence.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew