Congratulations to John Gamble and his mission project "Christ's Lights" as he was awarded 'best nativity' in the The Chronicle Christmas Lights Competition (read the awards online). This is an amazing initiative that John has led for some years now. Thousands of people visit these lights and hear the GOOD NEWS of Christmas in Jesus. There is also an amazing team of volunteers, with a large contingent from St Bart's, who welcome visitors and share the GOOD NEWS. If you haven't visited the lights yet, make sure you check them out at: 8 Grant Close, Middle Ridge.
Happy Birthday to: Judy Finlay, Graeme Thomas, Jane Statham and Ske Henning.
Happy Anniversary to: Beryl & Dennis Gamble and Joyce & Bill Sims.
As a church we're passionate about making and maturing disciples of Jesus. As part of that, we love digging deeper into the Bible and applying it to our lives for God's glory. In 2018, we have some exciting preaching series planned that will cover parts of both the Old and New Testaments (see below). Previous sermons are available on our sermons page.
If you want to catch up on any of our sermon series from 2017, they are all available on our website. It's a been a great year (still going of course!) looking at Matthew, 1 Peter, Joshua, Habakkuk, the Creed, and some really tough questions. Each of the links includes audio, sermon transcripts, small groups questions, and other going deeper resources. Follow the links for all of the talks for each of the series.
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah 55:1-2)
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been the opportunity to purchase cards from the TEAR Useful Gift Catalogue after our morning services. With great thanks, a total of $1305 was raised towards various type of projects and community engagement initiatives (a total of 89% goes directly to these projects). As we celebrate Christmas and give gifts as a reminder of God's greatest gift in Christ, how wonderful to have such amazing gifts to give that will have a significant effect in places desperate in need! If you would still like to purchase a gift from the TEAR Useful Gifts Catalogue, you can do so at: www.usefulgifts.org
It was wonderful this morning to send another batch of 100s of beanies off to the Mission for Seafarers. Each of these beanies is lovingly made and then sent down to the port of Brisbane to be an encouraging blessing to seafarers. Thank you to Elizabeth Dutton and the amazing team for the incredible effort. We pray that these will be of great encouragement to those who receive them.
Thank you to everyone who was part of our Carols by Glow Stick team or came along. It was fantastic to welcome over 560 people! The team of over 70 people (including setup, music, welcoming, sound, lighting, data, car park, present wrapping, hospitality, the kids’ Christmas video, photo booth, children’s ministry and so much more) did an absolutely fabulous job with a clear focus to point to Jesus being GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY. It was a joy to see them serve together and what a blessing to be served by them!
Happy Birthday to: Brooke Rouhead, Zane Ryan, Tim Passmore, Isabella Garcha, Eloise Adamson, Reg Arthy, Emma Arthy, Phillip Kilby and Theodore Lowe.
Happy Anniversary to: Julie & John Rogers, Trish & Lachlan Rathie, Bev & David Cowie and Margaret & Jim Macarthur-Onslow.
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope." (Isaiah 42:1-4)
Our Carols by Glow Stick are on this Wednesday night (December 6, 7-8PM)!We’re hoping that we can completely fill the church and welcome many visitors from outside of St Bart’s. This will be a fantastic night as we sing, hear from the Bible, have a kids' talk, watch a video of our kids telling the Christmas story, and so much more! There will be also a photo booth and delicious refreshments (fruit and Christmas cake) after the service. This will be an amazing night to celebrate that Jesus really is GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY! Please keep inviting friends along and join us on Wednesday night.
With great thanks to God it was wonderful to witness and affirm the ordination of David to the Priesthood, and Zoë to the Diaconate, on Saturday at St John's Cathedral (Brisbane). Zoë will continue her ministry at TACAPS but now officially as chaplain (rather than 'student mentored chaplain') along with being an Honorary Assistant Curate at St Bart's. David of course will continue at St Bart's but now as a Priest (now being able to lead the Lord's Supper and conduct marriages). Please give thanks to God for the Browne family and pray that God will continue to be at work in and through them for his glory. What a joy it is to be in Gospel partnership together!
Happy Birthday to: Kay Windus, David Deng, Ewan Statham, Reuben Lawrence, Lucy Norman, Adrian Young, David Cowie, Matthew Goodall, Catherine Brider and Colin Heemskerk.
Happy Anniversary to: Wendy & Rob Brodribb, Lyndell & John Cuff, Rachel Jimma & Daniel Deng, Mary & Dave Lean and Christine & Wayne Logan.