Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Service Times

We’d love to have you join us at one of our Christmas services this week. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join. If you can’t make it, feel free to drop in to one of our regular Sunday services (see ‘Meetings’ above).

St Mark’s Rowena, 14 Shaw St. 6.30pm Sunday 21 Dec, with kids’ talk and Holy Communion; followed by dinner at Rowena Village Inn.

Cryon Church 7.30pm Tuesday 23 Dec; call 6828 1590 for location.

St John’s Collarenebri, 58 Wilson St. 7pm Wednesday 24 Dec, with fun for the kids and a cuppa to end.

St Peter’s Walgett, 21 Pitt St. 9am Thursday 25 Dec, with fun for the kids and morning tea.

God bless, Tory Cayzer

God Still Rules The World

It’s easy to wonder if God still cares, isn’t it?

At times we wonder if he really is good and loving, if he really is in control of things, or perhaps… if he is still really there.

As another long hard year comes to an end, it’s understandable to feel there isn’t much to be ‘joyful’ and ‘merry’ about this Christmas. While we watch the sky, there only seems to be dust coming. It can all be quite depressing and hopeless. Most of us are considering what the new year might hold.

Friends, this is all the more reason to set our eyes on Jesus this Christmas. In seasons and circumstances when we doubt God’s goodness, love, or presence, we need to look to Jesus (the historical evidence for Jesus is overwhelming, check it out if you haven’t!). In Jesus we see just how much God is with us and for us. As well-loved country musician Colin Buchanan wrote (to the tune of Jingle Bell’s!)…

Well if you look around

You’ll see how sin has spread

Turning light to dark

And living things to dead

God still rules the world

He always had a plan

To send his Son to save us in the likeness of a man.

Christmas celebrates when God came into our neighbourhood as one of us, the man Jesus Christ, to take care of our greatest need. It’s real hope that you can trust in. It means even when the chips are down, there is reason to be joyful and celebrate. God is still with us and for us, and is in control. You’re in good hands; God still rules the world.

God bless, and we’d love to see you at Church this Christmas!

Revd Tory Cayzer

Good News For Christmas

It’s easy to get ho-hum about Christmas; they don’t call it the ‘silly season’ for nothing. And as Christians it’s easy to get disillusioned by the materialism and commercialism; it’s sad to see how neglected Jesus Christ is at ‘Christ–mas.’

The genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1–17) gives good news for Christmas. All of history culminates in the birth of this one baby, ‘who is called Christ.’

Christmas reminds us that God is faithful to his promises. Generations come and go, but God’s promises stand firm through it all.

This Christmas let’s celebrate God’s faithfulness and salvation, remembering it’s all about Jesus!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

May they be one!

As we consider church and denominations, consider Jesus’ prayer for unity and truth in the word among his people…

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:15–23)

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.