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MENAI ANGLICAN CHURCH MAGAZINE stewarding the manifold grace

AUTUMN 2014


‘STEWARDING THE MANIFOLD GRACE’ As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace-1Peter 4:10 ESV Contents An Introduction To- Our New Student Ministers Not ‘have to’ but ‘get to’ by Bruce Dingwall

Ministry Profile – Sound Matters by Sylvia Wong

Getting Involved in Service by Lynda Scott

Campone 2014- Here We Stand by Anna Massey

Event Calendars- April - June Service is a joint effort-Justice and Mercy and Daisy Hill Craft by Carolyn Hatfield

Mission Focus- South Asia by Bryan Pevely

Reflections by Jenny Kennedy

MAC Women’s Conference by Margaret Icke


AN INTRODUCTION TO .... OUR NEW STUDENT MINSITERS

We have 4 Student Ministers at Menai Anglican Church. Here’s a little bit about them. We’ve included photos so that you can spot them at church and say hello!

Peter Crowther

Peter has been employed as our Church Music Minister for 2014, with a specific focus on the Sunday 10am service where he attends. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore College and is in the 2nd year of his degree. Prior to commencing full-time theological study this year, he spent seven years working as a physiotherapist. Peter is married to Sally and they have two children: Isla (3yrs), and Coen (1yr). He is excited about the prospect of overseeing music and desires to cultivate a culture of people who are passionate about praising the Lord in the corporate setting though song, with the same enthusiasm they display for him in other areas of their lives. Upon completion of his studies he is looking forward to serving the Lord with however many years he has left. He would appreciate your prayers for him and his family as they pray through how God might want them to serve Him in the future.

Anna Massey Anna goes to Saturday Night Church. After a few years of corporate life, Anna is trading in her business suits for pyjamas until midday and heading back to uni. God has graciously given Anna the opportunity to work for our church one day a week in the process. Anna promises to wake up earlier on those days! Having been involved in our junior high youth group, R87, for a number of years, Anna is really excited to join the staff team this year and be involved in scripture at Lucas Heights High School on Fridays and helping Andrew Hartman, our Youth Minister, with some of the youth ministry activity that keeps him so busy! Anna loves youth ministry and being part of our church so it feels a little too good to be true to her that she has the opportunity to contribute in a new way this year to the community she loves so much. stewarding the manifold grace I 3


Joel Deacon Joel describes himself as a servant of Jesus, a husband to Emma, a father to 2 year old Elijah, a student training at SMBC to be a pastor and a student minister at Menai Anglican Church. He loves Jesus, his family, coffee and sports in that order. Joel has been a member of Saturday Night Church for 8 years. He was a student minister last year, and liked it so much that he decided to do it again this year. Joel plans to continue serving in youth ministry at Neon and take any opportunities to serve SNC or the rest of our church.

Ian Scarborough Most people know Ian by the name ‘Scarbs’. He has called Menai Anglican home for the last 11 years. He and his wife Lisa attend Saturday Night Church. God saved Ian at age 18 - opening Ian’s eyes to His amazing grace through the next door neighbours who shared the gospel with him. This year Ian is studying full time at Moore College, and Lisa is working as a Physiotherapist. As a student minister Ian will be involved mainly in young adults ministry, and he is looking forward to seeing God at work in our young adults community.

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NOT “HAVE TO...” BUT “GET TO...” PERSPECTIVES ON SERVICE by Bruce Dingwall Senior Minister

You know I am often so passionate about the church that I can get a little lopsided. I’m not apologising for being passionate about the church, after all she is the Bride of Christ1, the Temple of the Holy Spirit2, God’s chosen vessel for making his wisdom known in the universe3 and the household of God4. It doesn’t get much more exalted than that! But in my passion for the church I can forget that not all ways of serving God are through the organised church. So we encourage members to join rosters, to get involved with various ministries and to serve in the church, and that is all well and good, but of course you can serve God at work, in your home, in your neighbourhood, at school or uni, in your sporting interests, in your leisure time, and … well you get the picture. Let’s get on with doing that! But having said that church provides a myriad of ways to serve as well - and we do have a priority to serve our brothers and sisters5. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who considers this their church would get involved in one serving ministry associated with our church meetings? Part of me wants to say that it is a sacrifice we should all be willing to pay, but that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s about getting to serve – it’s about a privilege – a blessing from God. We don’t have to serve – we get to serve! 1 2 3 4 5

Ephesians 5:25-32 Ephesians 2:21 Ephesians 3:10 Ephesians 3:19 Galatians 6:10

SOUND MATTERS SERVING BEHIND THE SCENES If you so happen to be adventurous enough to venture behind the sound desk at church you’ll come across a small but lively bunch of people.

by Sylvia Wong Sound Team

The sound team is a small but joyful team who work hard at serving the church behind the scenes. It is such a joy to be able to serve in a small but also extremely big kind of way. You only really know about us when something goes wrong! We are always looking for new enthusiastic people to join our teams; you don’t need to know anything technical; all you need is a willing and serving heart to help others hear the good news of Jesus! stewarding the manifold grace I 5


GETTING INVOLVED IN SERVICE A TEAM EFFORT by Lynda Scott

Did you watch the Winter Olympic games? There has been some amazing television footage of great feats on the ice and snow and I am in awe of the triple lutz followed by the triple toe loop or whatever, but my absolute favourite must be the extreme excitement of … the curling. Wow. It’s a team effort though, isn’t it? You have a skip who launches the stone, a caller, who directs the play and the two sweepers who ‘pave the way’ for the stone. Which job is the more important? I really don’t know. Without the skip’s skill the stone won’t go anywhere but the sweepers enhance his skill, as does the caller who has the view of the whole game in his mind. Down through history we see that the main players all had their great teams behind them. The poster boys have achieved many great things (and many not so great things - but amazing nevertheless) but could not have done much at all without their helpers. Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China was an impressive ruler. He achieved many great things, including the majority of the building of the Great Wall of China, the standardisation of roads and axle widths throughout his empire (this meant travel everywhere was so much easier) and the standardisation of writing and currency. He achieved all of this because he had help, not only from common slaves but also from soldiers and administrators. To Qin (pronounced Chin), perhaps his greatest achievement may have been his magnificent tomb. At least we think its magnificent, it hasn’t been excavated yet, but work has started on the outlying areas of the tomb. Archaeologists have excavated the Terracotta Warriors that guard his tomb. He is said to have entombed his (living) workmen in the tomb so that his secrets stayed there, limiting the threat of tomb robbers. An absolute Despot in all senses of the word. Many of the slaves of the Roman Empire suffered through difficult lives as well, but some had vastly 6 I stewarding the manifold grace

different lives. Some favoured few became so valued by their masters that they were given huge amounts of power, some even were given their freedom and some relationships between slave and master were so special that the master formally adopted them as sons, giving them all the rights of real sons and daughters. The Romans, of course, were the ‘rulers’ of the world during New Testament times. The Bible also tells us quite a bit about the life of slaves in Israel. The view of slavery in the Old Testament is different to other nations; did you know that God provided for the freedom of people who had become slaves, in jubilee years, as part of the celebration of the worship of God? Also, slaves could seek sanctuary, had rights and were treated like people, not so much as possessions. I’m sure their life was a bit harder than ours though, but then again, so were the lives of the free citizens of Israel. It is interesting that Christians didn’t, in New Testament times at least, demand freedom for slaves; that would come later, in different times, but how masters and slaves were encouraged to act was radically different. When people worshipped Jesus together in the early years of Christianity there were no distinctions between Jew or Gentile, male or female, slave or free. All were brothers and sisters together. We can look to the Book of Acts to see how this spirit of oneness worked out in reality. With very few problems (of course there had to be some, they were human after all) those first converts worked together to preach the gospel and spiritually feed the new Christians. Each had different jobs, but all worked in harmony to get the job done. As Christians in church communities today we have a unique opportunity to work with people of various ages from all walks of life. Our common aim is to tell the Gospel of Jesus to all we encounter and to encourage one another through our lives. We are servants of one another. The story of the Bible continues today.


CAMPONE 2014 WHAT’S IT AL ABOUT? by Anna Massey

It’s that epic annual event people at Menai Anglican seem overly excited by or weirdly stressed about. Lines like “best week of my life” and “you have to come” are repeated non-stop and you get the sense that something big is happening in the youth community. But what is CampOne? How and why should you be involved? And what in the world is Man-Arvo? CampOne is our annual youth week away in the Royal National Park. Run for students from years 7-12, it’s aimed at bringing together youth to live and learn together in a community under Christ. We hope that they will be challenged and grow in their knowledge and love for God - and that they’ll have an awesome time while that happens. If you don’t have school age kids, CampOne is still something to be part of. In fact, we need you just as much. We have heaps of ways to be involved without having to go anywhere near a water-bomb or wide game:

• Please be praying for God to be at work on Camp, without Him we won’t achieve anything. • Get alongside a leader, praying for and supporting that person specifically. • You might consider sponsoring a spot for someone whose family isn’t able to afford camp. • Promote camp to anyone you know who might be interested regardless of their current involvement with the church. There are heaps of ways to participate in something that continues to be a huge highlight for our youth community. If you have any questions or want to be involved in the lead up to CampOne, please speak to Andrew Hartman, our Youth Minister. And as for Man-Arvo, your guess is as good as mine! FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER ONLINE campone.menaianglican.org

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SPECIAL EVENTS After Easter, we will be running a course on Tuesday evenings (beginning 29th April) called Christianity Explored. This is an informal course for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about Christianity or just brush up on the basics. For more information or to register your interest please contact us p: 9541 0990 e:office@ menaianglican.org.

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED

Week 1-Tues 29 April “Good news: What are we doing here?” Week 2-Tues 6 May “Identity: Who is Jesus?” Week 3-Tues 13 May “Sin: Why did Jesus come?” Week 4-Tues 20 May “The Cross: Why did Jesus die?” Week 5-Tues 27 May “Resurrection: Why did Jesus rise?” Week 6-Tues 3 June “Grace: How can God accept us?” Week 7- Tues 10 June “Come and die: What does it mean to follow Jesus?”

CELEBRATE EASTER AT MENAI ANGLICAN CHURCH What if you could exchange burdens for rest a debt for a gift despair for hope just existing for truly living ...death for life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 SERVICES Good Friday | 18th April | 8am and 10am | Easter Sunday | 20th April | 9am | * Good Friday services include a children’s program Find out more at menaianglican.org

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SERVICE IS A JOINT EFFORT KNIT ONE, PURL ONE, LOVE ONE ANOTHER by Carolyn Hatfield Justice and Mercy Team

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily children’s and baby wear plus 58 beanies! would be food. If one of you says to him “ Go, I wish you well. sent to Mission Without Borders. keep warm and well fed” but does nothing about his physical needs what good is that?”James 2:14-16 This organisation, formed to serve Eastern European countries at the time of the collapse of communism which Each Tuesday a group of talented women meets in had left already poor communities abandoned and our church. They make up the Daisy Hill Craft Group destitute, has the mandate of reaching impoverished and while they knit, sew and crochet together enjoying people for Christ, bringing help and hope on the journey fellowship, morning tea and an inspirational talk they to self sufficiency. produce an amazing output of work. Daisy Hill Craft and the Justice and Mercy Team, who The result of many months labour meant that their storage delivered the many items to the excited staff of MWB, cupboard was filled to bursting point. It was then they now have the joy of knowing that their efforts will show contacted the Justice and Mercy Team to help find a God’s love, as well as comfort and warmth to those in distribution point. Working together it was decided that need during the harsh northern winter. their 30 blankets, 36 wraps and scarves, 40 knitted toys,

MISSION FOCUS OUR NEWEST LINK MISSIONARY IS ON THE JOB by Bryan Pevely World Mission Support Team Her name is S. You have to fill in the gaps. She is now in South Asia. We don’t know the country. She is learning the language and teaching English as a second language to Muslim women. She will be there for 3 years. We won’t see her again until 2017. She needs our prayers. She is relying on God and us. She needs our love. Email encouragement will strengthen her. She needs our financial support. Muslim women can’t pay to learn. Can you envisage South Asia women with no hope and lost forever? Can you perceive the joy that news of Jesus might bring? Can you be a supporter of S? 12 I stewarding the manifold grace

Will you be an encourager of S? She will be a great missionary worker for God...with our help. With your help.


REFLECTIONS by Jenny Kennedy Reflection and Prayer ServiceTeam

It is just after lunch. I know I must write this before late afternoon when the cacophony will begin and it will be impossible to concentrate. Helensburgh must surely have the area’s most prolific population of sulphur-crested cockatoos. We have two large liquid ambers and a gum tree in our front yard so ours is the place of choice for their shenanigans. They chew the cotoneaster berries and drop the red juice and their poop on our cars. They snap off leafy sections of the liquid ambers so that these and hundreds of large, burred, round seeds cover our driveway making it hazardous to negotiate. And, of all the garbage bins in the street, they seem to target ours and get into it no matter how we try to outwit them. (My son-in-law says they like ours best because we have the tastiest scraps.) But the noise! They fly and swoop and squawk and screech. Party time at No 17! Although it is quiet now, just thinking about it hurts my brain.

Recently I’ve been reflecting on a different kind of noise - the noise of life. It too can take over our headspace squeezing out other things. What sparked this reflection was a sermon I heard in January at my brother’s church. The sermon was on James 1. It helped me think more clearly about an issue I have been tossing around for a while. From James 1:18 – 21, and 25: The Father . . . ‘chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of

all he created. My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.. . . The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.’ The preacher suggested that since the passage is about the centrality of God’s word, and the response to it we need to make so that the ‘righteous life that God desires’ grows in us, it is to God and his word that we should be quick to listen, and be slow to speak with him about our concerns – the noise of our lives. That noise is powerful. It is the accumulation of all that is on our mind and in our hearts. We have probably all had the experience of listening to a great sermon – the word being taught – and suddenly finding that our attention has been pulled away by life’s noise. We may have had a good look at a Bible passage in our growth group, but the prayer time that follows may have little to do with praying the passage into our lives, and have barely any focus on God himself, and how we are developing in our relationship with him. How easy it is for the noise of our lives to take over our time with God. Not that it is wrong to bring our concerns to God. Far from it. We are encouraged, if not commanded, to do so (Psalm 62:8, Phil 4:6). It underlines our dependency on God. But if the noise of life is the focal point of our relationship with God, that relationship is out of balance and we will struggle to grow. stewarding the manifold grace I 13


It is a bit like the husband who adores his wife and takes her to a fabulous getaway, to spend some quality time together and to give them both, but her especially, a break from the demands of caring for their young children. But the children are her ‘noise’. They are all she talks about. They are on her mind the whole time. She can’t step beyond her role as a mother and throw herself into her role as wife and lover, even for a short time. Her relationship with her husband is the foundation of her family. But she is giving it - giving him – very little attention, even when the opportunity is provided. Yes, she is a caring mother, but the relationship with her husband will shrivel if she does not nurture it, however hard that may be for her while the children are little.

How can we get to a place where loving God, and caring about what he cares about, drives us at least as much as the concerns of our own lives, if not more so? We know James wrote a letter about action, so doing is important. But the preacher I heard referred to a step James mentions that it is easy to skip over. James says we must ‘humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you’. God has already saved us from remaining dead in our sins and given us ‘birth through the word of truth’. The word is already ‘planted’ in us. So what, then, does it mean when James says we are to ‘accept’ it? The preacher said that it means to take it into ourselves, to sit under its authority, humbly, and without anger – rebellion, resistance, impatience. We need to ‘look intently into the perfect law’, to work it into our lives. This is similar to the Old Testament concept of meditation – being still in God’s presence, taking time pondering his word, chewing it over, wrestling with it, taking it on board. If we are quiet before God and quick to listen, the Holy Spirit has more opportunity to grow within us the righteousness of Jesus - to grow in us his life, which was planted in us when we were given new birth (2 Peter 1: 3-4). Nurturing this life is not something we can do 14 I stewarding the manifold grace

on our own. What we need to do is to make ourselves available for the Spirit to grow the word in us. If you’ve ever tried being still before God, letting the Holy Spirit remind you of things the word says, letting the things of God ‘gel’ within you, just spending time loving God, then you will know that it can be a time when the words of the two disciples who met the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus, can be true for us. ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us . . . and opened the Scriptures to us? ’Luke 24:32. You will also know that, despite our best efforts to spend quality time with God, with every intention of being quick to listen and slow to speak, the noise of our life can take over so very quickly. It can be easier to be quiet before God in the company of others, even if we are communing with him privately, in our own hearts. Guided reflection can help us set aside our noise. It can help us stay focussed. Some of us are getting together for Reflection and Prayer, for about an hour, in the church, on Sunday afternoon 6 April at 2pm. The focus of our reflection will be Easter. We are planning for it to be a gentle, non-threatening time. We will read God’s word, sing, there will be a time of guided reflection, and a time to be still before God on our own with a suggested focus. Whether you are an old hand at this, or whether it is something new to you, everyone is welcome, from the young to the notso-young. No RSVP needed. Just turn up. We are looking forward to sharing with you as together we wait on God to do his work in us. As the joy of sharing in Jesus’ life grows within us, individually and as a community of God’s people, so we will grow in the freedom to delight in our relationship with God, and to be more keenly attuned to his agenda. By keeping on looking ‘intently’ into the word of life, the mind-boggling benefits of being ‘in Jesus’ will become more real to us. James says we will ‘be blessed’ in what we do. RESPONSES to this article can be made on the blog menaianglican.blogspot.com REFLECTION AND PRAYER GATHERING is on Sunday 6 April 2pm at Menai Anglican Church. All Welcome.


MAC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE FREEDOM TO LIVE, FREEDOM TO GIVE

by Margaret Icke Women’s Minsitry Coordinator

On Saturday 15th of February, Menai Anglican Church women and friends met together to explore the treasures of God’s Word.

himself is born through this family line. It is indeed a reminder that even the seemingly small details of our humble days can be crucial to His plans.

Our keynote speaker Kara Hartley (Archdeacon of Women’s Ministry, Sydney Anglican Diocese) prepared two talks from the book of Ruth and 1 Peter.

Following on from the talk, we entered the electives wanting to be better equipped to serve others. All the electives had powerful insights and vision in how to get alongside someone in our life and share the truths of Jesus.

The drama piece given by Grace Naoum, the band led by Kate Fraser and all the electives reminded us of the wondrous God we serve who never leaves anything to chance. The story of Ruth would not be out of place on the big screen! It has it all – tragedy, romance, drama – even a happy ending and throughout God’s big story is in view. The events described are more than just random happenings to ordinary people. The King of the universe - the real hero of the story - is directing the details of their days. As the story ends, we discover the bigger picture. God is using Ruth and Naomi in providing Israel with their greatest King, David. As history unfolds, the Son of God

Lee Pevely gave us handy hints and resources in how to speak the Gospel truths in our homes and Katie McDonald spoke of the astounding opportunities God gives us in cross-cultural ministry - especially in teaching English language as part of the English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry. Catherine Stephenson guided her group in what healthy boundaries look like in any given relationship and Kara spoke about the opportunities for women in the Sydney diocese. It was a good day where you didn’t have to travel far for a Women’s conference, where tasty food was provided, community experienced and where children were taken care of in a fun and safe children’s programme. stewarding the manifold grace I 15


MENAI ANGLICAN CHURCH BROUGHTON PLACE BARDEN RIDGE MAILING ADDRESS PO Box 1144 Menai Central 2234 MINISTRY TEAM Senior Minister: Bruce Dingwall Associate Minister: Steve Wakeford Youth Pastor: Andrew Hartman Children’s Minister: Mary Pickford Women’s Ministry Coordinator: Margaret Icke Connections Pastor: Zac Miles Student Ministers: Peter Crowther, Anna Massey, Ian Scarborough, Joel Deacon Communications Manager: Stella Brown Secretary & PA: Denise Gellett www.menaianglican.org

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