Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Welcoming Church: A Welcoming and Nurturing Worship
Worship is central to the life of any congregation. People are initially attracted by a welcoming, inspiring and nurturing worship. In worship people will be shaped as disciple of Christ. It begins as the Word of God is heard in Scripture, song, and sermon, and continues as people are nourished by Holy Communion and engaged in conversation by fellowship after worship service.
In fact, welcoming and nurturing worship never forgets that it is offering real food – both Word and Sacrament – to truly hungry people who need to be fed. Whether a participant of Holy Communion is young or old, male or female, rich or poor, intellectual or physical, fit or unfit, disabled or abled, the Lord’s Table is open and available for everyone. In today’s text Jesus invites everyone to come to him, at whatever age or stage of life, and he promises to help with the burdens of life as we read verse 28. (“Come to me,” says Jesus, “all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”) Jesus goes on to say,“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (vs. 29-30). What Jesus says is that he will not leave us to carry the yoke alone because He is wearing the yoke along with us, like two oxen yoked together. Here Jesus invites us to join him and walk beside him, and he promises to teach and guide us each step of the way.
Elizabeth Newman says that ‘worship is participation in God’s own hospitality. Worship is hospitable when it enables people – through prayer, hymn-singing, Holy Communion, and passing the peace – to participate in the constant and mutual giving of our Creating, Redeeming and Sustaining Lord.’ It reminds us that we ought to be trained not to control God, but to receive from God as participants and performers.
Tim Edwards. Pastor Tim Edwards, 56, has been involved in public ministry for more than 30 years. He has ministered across Australia and overseas, including a number of trips to China to minister in underground churches.
Originally from Innisfail in North Queensland, Tim now lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife Di. They are founders of Eagle Rock Community Church in Perth and they also manage a “safe house” for at-risk children in need of emergency foster care, which has accommodated more than 95 children in the past 18 months. Tim and Di have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.
Tim is a passionate worshiper of Jesus. “The reason why I love worship is because God shows up,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what language people sing in, if it’s out of a heart of worship He’s always there.”
Tim initiated the World of Worship Conference in Cairns in the early 2000s in collaboration with top international and Australian Christian musicians, including Hillsong. “We’ve seen people healed in the power of worship. People just give their lives to Jesus. It just opens them up. I think it’s the greatest opportunity for evangelisation right there,” said Tim.
“Worship changes atmospheres. We’ve seen atmospheres change when we walk into jails, we’ve seen atmospheres change when we walk into psychiatric or mental institutions, and we’ve seen atmospheres change when we walk into homes where there has been domestic violence.”
Book and DVD of the Week:
Our Mob, God’s Story. This book features the work of over 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian artists, well-known and unknown from communities, towns and cities across Australia, from Tasmania to the Tiwi Islands, from Ceduna o Cains, from Perth to Wongthaggi, sharing their faith in over one hundred paintings inspired by Bible verses and stories, many well loved, others not so well known, from Creation to the Crucifixion.
Hunt for the Wilder People. DVD. Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensures, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.
The History Gap. “Part of my role as a history teacher is to enable people to wait long enough to listen well.” Who are we? Where do we come from? Why does it matter that we have answers to those questions? Sarah Williams makes the case for what history can do for us; underlines how central empathy and listening are to doing history; and offers some reflections on historical ignorance, arrogance, evidence, and confidence.
Pastors Roy Funu and Emmanuel Fave speaking about how they see Australia and the Pacific Islands being used by God.
Pastor Roy Funu, an elder from the Solomon Islands who has been serving God in Australia for more than 26 years says, “I believe that Australia has a very strategic place in the divine purposes of God to impact the rest of the world. Australia cannot do it without the Island Nations, without the support, without the prayers, without the passion that is there.”
“As an elder, I strongly encourage you to stand behind 40 Stories South Pacific with prayer and financial support. These stories are powerful and will touch and transform lives right across the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and into the rest of the world. Lives will be forever changed through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through these stories,” Pastor Roy Funu says.
Maronites on Mission food truck proves that a hearty feed can make all the difference to the homeless.