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Weekly Reflections

Law breaking


Today’s Gospel reading takes us back to the early chapters of Mark. It describes two of many incidents in which religious authorities challenge Jesus’ actions and authority. In both cases, he responds with pithy one-liners. When asked why he allowed his disciples to pluck and eat corn on the Sabbath, he replies, “The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath”.  And when asked why he healed a man with a withered arm on the Sabbath, he retorts, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?” In both cases, Jesus rejects a strict and literal interpretation of Sabbath law.


The listening Pharisees and Herodians react fiercely, and plot to kill Jesus from this point. But Jesus’ actions and reasoning may not have shocked all of his audience.  The idea that God intended the Sabbath to serve human needs is found in both the Old Testament and Rabbinic tradition, which states, “profane one Sabbath for a person’s sake, so that he may keep many Sabbaths.” Jesus does not reject the law, but rather interprets it in ways consistent with God’s intention.


These stories explore the tension, common in religious communities, between compliance with the letter of the law, and promoting its underlying intent. Jesus treats the law seriously, but not to the point of defeating its purpose.


 Nicky Cusworth

Lent Study 2018

Our Lent study group this year will begin in the Holland Room at 7pm on Thursday 22 February. We will be reading Lent and Easter Wisdom by Henri Nouwen. This is a collection of short reflections, bible readings and prayers for each day in Lent. It is also suitable for reading at home, if you can’t attend the meetings.

Copies of the book are available for $15. Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend the study group.


Advent Study 2017

We are reading Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. A collection of readings by various authors including Pope Francis, Thomas Merton & Richard Rohr. Copies are available for $20. Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend the study group.



Our book will be Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Sign up sheet in foyer, you can buy a hard copy for $13, or get a kindle/electronic version for about $7 (the US Amazon site is often cheapest.)The study group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Holland Room, starting on 7th March.


ADVENT STUDY 2016 with Meditation

Short discussion on weekly readings followed by meditation each Wednesday at 7pm in the Holland Room.



Our weekly LENT study will begin in the Holland Room at 7pm, Wednesday 17th February. We will be reading Reflections for Lent 2016 by Paula Gooder, Andrew Davison, Martyn Percy and Steven Croft. Copies of the book will be available from the office for $16.50, or you can buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for about $5. Please sign up in the foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend the study group.



This year we will read Richard Rohr’s Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent.

We will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Holland Room at 7pm, starting on

Wednesday 2nd December.

Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a book, and would like to attend the study meetings.  A hard copy of the book costs $12, or you can download it from Amazon for kindle if you prefer for about $6.




Lent study this year will be on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Holland Room, beginning 25th February 2015 (the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday). We will be reading Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter  by various authors, the companion book to Watch for the Light, which we read during Advent.


Our Advent study will use Watch for the Light, a collecting of daily readings by authors including Henri Nouwen, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Merton, John Donne, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Meister Eckhart, Sylvia Plath and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Please sign up in the foyer to order the book ($20), and indicate if you will attend the study group, which will meet at 7pm on Tuesdays during Advent (starting 2nd December.)


We will be reading Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the two halves of life.

Weekly notes are available to reflect on your reading using the study journal. Contact the office and we can email these to you.

We will discuss the book at a bring and share dinner on Thursday September 19th at 7pm.


We will be discussing Marcus J Borg's novel Putting Away Childish Things on Thursday 7pm 14th August at a bring and share supper in the hall 


The Vigil by Wendy Wright can be purchased for $8.95. See Gail or Nicky Cusworth to order. Study Group will be Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th December at 7pm


Lent Study:


Thursday evening 7-8pm

Feb 21st,  March 7th

Based on Henri Nouwen’s

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming



Thursday evening 7-8pm

Feb 14th, 28th


 Please contact the Parish Office for information on current groups.














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