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Reconnect Sunday 26 August

10.30am Sunday 26 August St Peter’s Anglican Church Walgett

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Beautiful Feet Sunday

4 billion people in the world are living in the dark meaningless world that we’ve experienced in Ecclesiastes.

Who will share the good news of the one new thing under the sun that changes everything for everyone: the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ?

All of us are partners. Some of us will pray for world mission, others give, care, and go.

Today is Beautiful Feet Sunday. The Church Mission Society (CMS) calls us to give in one or more of these ways, so that the good news of Jesus can be taken to the world. As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:9–15)

Can I encourage you to prayerfully consider how you are supporting world mission today?

If you would like to give: http://www.cms.org.au/qnnsw

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Work under the sun

After reading Ecclesiastes, it would be easy to say ‘What is the point of work… or anything?’

Is work a waste of time since everything in this life under the sun is meaningless and futile?

Should we all quit our day jobs and become evangelists to tell people about Jesus so they are saved… since that is all that lasts?

Jesus, the one new thing under the sun means that your work does matter. Your work matters, because you matter. Your work is done under the Lord and so is an expression of your relationship with the Lord.

That also means we are to work whole-heartedly since it is the Lord we work for.

The other good news Jesus brings is that since he fulfils us in every way, we don’t need to find our fulfilment in work – that is good news indeed!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

A Crooked World

Life often contradicts itself.

Yesterday, I took the kids to fossick for opals at The Grawin. Two of us worked hard digging and searching for opals; another one of us played in the dirt with no interest in opals at all. Who found the opal while having fun sliding down a mound? The one who hadn’t worked, of course!

Many things happen in life contradict our wisdom and sense of justice. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes says:

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? (7:13)

The simple message of Ecclesiastes is: God is God, we are not. The wise thing for us to do is draw near to God in humility and reverence. Recognise there are things we can’t control.

And as Christians, we know of God’s plan for this crooked world in Jesus, the One who broke himself to straighten us and the world.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

How to be happy

People want to be happy. ‘Do whatever makes you happy, follow your heart’ is the name of the game. I learnt this week that my children are called the ‘just happy’ generation… parenting is about doing whatever makes kids happy: ‘I just want them to be happy.’

The Teacher in Ecclesiastes gives three keys to finding happiness in this world.

1. Friendship: invest in relationships (Eccl 4:9–12).

2. A right view of God. Approach God in awe (Eccl 5:1–7), remembering that God is God, we are not.

3. Contentment. Happiness comes when we stop wanting things we don’t have and start enjoying things God has already given today.

We can live this way when we really believe, and keep on believing, that Jesus Christ will meet every need and satisfy every longing.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Resolving Everyday Conflict

Resolving Everyday Conflict restarts 9am this Sunday at Walgett Anglican Church. So far we’ve seen how the good news of Jesus changes everything, to be asking ‘How can I please and honour God in this situation?’, to get the log out of our eye, consider your contribution to the conflict, and how to make a real apology. Looking forward to the remainder as we get into the heart of real forgiveness and reconciliation.