This Sunday we celebrate Australia Day, which falls on Tuesday. Australia Day is the foremost expression of Australian culture and identity, celebrated each year on a nationally declared public holiday. For those who call Australia home, regardless of their view of what happened 225 years ago and the history that is behind this date, Australia Day is an opportunity to give thanks for the land we live in.
There can be no doubt that our country has been richly blessed by our creator God. From the perspective of natural wonders and beauty, this land is magnificent. There are the deserts of the outback, the mountain ranges, the grassy paddocks, the wildlife, the rivers, and the magnificent coastline with its cliffs, islands and white sandy beaches.
It is all so vast and so different and we can only exclaim that this land is a masterpiece of natural beauty. God's creativity never ceases to amaze.
I’m sure people in other countries rightly make the same claim about their land, the place they call home. We should not be boasting that our country is better than any other, but thanking God that coupled with the natural beauty of our land are the peace and freedom that we have enjoyed as a nation.
God of Australia,
you have loved this ancient land
long before European eyes explored it.
On this Australia Day
we offer our praise.
We bring you our gratitude
for the diversity and wealth of this land and its people;
for its weathered old mountains, fertile valleys, and vast plains;
for its riches of mine and agriculture, forest and grazing land;
for the first Australians, who know and love this continent
with an intimate, profound sensitivity;
for the courage, vision and sacrifice of early settlers;
for the diverse races who now call Australia home.
For these and all your gifts
we offer you, O Lord, our joyful thankful hearts. Amen.
This Sunday 24 January Bo Liu will be baptised at 9.10 am at Brighton Beach outside the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. All are welcome to come and join in welcoming Bo Liu into the church of God.
The sun shone on Friday for the funeral of Roger Sanderson, just as it has nearly 2 weeks ago for the funeral of David Greenhalgh. Thank you to everyone who made those occasions so special from the carpark attendants, pewsheet printers and the catering facilities organisers.
During the week the flooring in the church and chapels was stripped and resealed. The result was very pleasing as those who attended Friday’s funeral can attest.
It does mean that we should not, however, move the Pioneer altar into the main body of the church as this is damaging the flooring.
Brighton Schoolhouse Café
The garden areas of the café has had a facelift and it looking great from the street. You can now order on-line from your table, and a waiter will bring it to you.
This week at St Andrew’s
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Advance notice for your diaries
St Andrew’s Opportunity Shop re-opens on Wednesday 27 January with a half-price sale (open Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am-3pm)
SACPA welcome & AGM will be held in the Lady Chapel on Friday 29 January at 8pm.
mainly music will recommence on Monday 1 February
English Conversation Group will recommence on Monday 1 February
St Andrew’s Choir returns to church on 7 February when we will be commissioning the new choir members
Merry Melodies is delaying its return given the persistent limitations around masks, food and singing
为这片土地 , 它的人民的多样性和财富;
Vale Roger Sanderson
周五，Roger Sanderson 的葬礼上阳光明媚，David Greenhalgh 的葬礼上一样。感谢所有让这些活动变得如此特别的人，包括停车场服务员、单张打印员和餐饮设施组织者。
School House 校舍咖啡馆
Mainly Music， English Conversation Group 将于2021年2月1 日星期一重新开始
2021年2月11日，每个月的第二个星期二，“快乐的旋律” Merry Melodies将在教堂里回归。
Fr Ian Morrison