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Weekly Reflections

Briefly Tempted

When we think of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, we usually recall the stories in Luke and Matthew. These Gospels describe a dialogue between Jesus and Satan, and include three symbolic temptations Ė to turn stone to bread, to test Godís protection by jumping from the Temple, and to take political power in return for worshipping Satan.

Markís account has none of this. It is brief: just two sentences. It emphasises action, not words. We are told that that Satan tempted Jesus, but not what Satan offered, or how Jesus responded.

The setting of Markís story is significant. Jesus is in the wilderness. In the Old Testament, the desert is a place of testing and danger, but also of purification, wonders, and Godís presence. John the Baptist preached in the desert. Jesusí forty days in the wilderness echo the forty years the Israelites spent there after fleeing Egypt.

Markís temptation story includes two elements the other Gospels omit - Jesus is with wild beasts, and angels wait on him. Wild beasts usually spell danger, but we get no sense that Jesus is in peril. Rather, the harmless beasts and the care of angels indicate Jesusí complete, and justified, trust in Godís protection and provision.

Jesus sough the solitude and radical simplicity of the desert before starting his ministry. Todayís reading sets a tone of reflection and spiritual discipline as we enter the season of Lent.


 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 canít 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 Rohrís 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 Rohrís 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 Nouwenís

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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