Archive for December, 2012

“Together to Celebrate” 6 & 13 January 2013 pages

Magi_HeQiHi again

You guessed it – my server is still down, which means Together to Celebrate is also. I’m off on almost two weeks leave (yes!!) from tomorrow, so Plan B kicks in again.

Please click on these links for:
6 January 2013 – TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE – Epiphany of the Lord [C]  – gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 (Visit of the Magi)
13 January 2013 – TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE – Baptism of Jesus – Year C – gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Hopefully, the site will be online by late this week. Synod office opens after Christmas break this Wednesday.

Blessings for the New Year.


Magi image c/- © 2007, He Qi

“Together to Celebrate” 30 December page

jesus-visits-jerusalemHi folks,

Don’t normally use my blog for this, but for reasons beyond my control, my Together to Celebrate lectionary worship-song site is currently down.  Here’s a link to a pdf of the 30 December page:30 December 2012 – TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE – Christmas 1[C]

Hope it helps.

Christmas and New Year best wishes


hope and joy amid our pain, grief & messiness

hope1Advent & Christmas greetings to you.
Our church in Oxley, Brisbane held its annual outdoor Community Carols last night. A great night; 400+ attended, great carol-singing, wonderful sense of community and sparkling and engaging jazz music by guest band, Scat.

I was invited, as is the norm, to share a brief message on the theme; ” Joy to the World”. I struggled with that thought. Events in Newton, Connecticut impacted on my thoughts, prayers and preparations. Thought I’d share what I presented under a beautiful Brisbane evening summer sky. My theme:HOPE & JOY


Our theme for tonight is JOY. Joy to the world the Lord is come. That “joy” theme runs through so many of our much-loved Christmas carols:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive its king
Joyful, all you nations rise, join the triumph of the skies
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant …


But yesterday morning, just like others around the world, I was confronted with the news – just over a week before Christmas – that 28 people, mostly primary-school kids, had lost their lives in a tragedy at a primary school in Connecticut, USA.

My heart bleeds for these kids and staff, and the families left behind. I shed plenty of tears as I started taking this in, mindful of course that in parts of the world such as Africa, children die in their 1000s.

I’ll get to JOY, but for a few moments I want to change tack. HOPE is another of the great words of this Christmas season.HOPE.

You see, HOPE is every bit at the heart of Christmas as JOY.
It’s not only our hearts that bleed and break for innocent children; innocent school staff with their lives needlessly cut short.

God bleeds. God’s heart gets broken too. God weeps.
God’s hopes and longings and love for our world … for you and me were so great that 2000+ years ago, God chose to do something decisive in history.

Continue reading ‘hope and joy amid our pain, grief & messiness’

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