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Letters, poem, vacant parishes, position vacant and classifieds.

LETTERS Thank you to Dr Ballantine-Jones for at every opportunity because of his timely and insightful article in both the peace and thrill of spiritual the April Southern Cross. The stories growth as we know we are forgiven that are emerging would suggest our many failings. that this is a problem that has been David Green around for longer than the easy Turramurra access to pornography provided by I read the article in the March 2021 the Internet. edition of Southern Cross by John Indeed, the Bible makes it clear Lavender “That the deaf may hear!” that the dysfunction of male and with interest as I had watched the female relationships and the abuse TV story about Dr Graeme Clark, of God’s good gift of sex are the referred to in the article. Although result of sin. It is concerning that, the article wasn’t actually about at the very time when our boys and ‘physical hearing’ but rather hearing girls need the loving wisdom and the gospel, I would like to take it back guidance of their parents, church to physical hearing. and teachers, our parliaments are For those of us who are hearing introducing legislation to restrain impaired it doesn’t matter what is parents and schools from providing preached or talked about if we can’t godly wisdom on matters of sexuality. physically hear what is being said. Philip Cooney Maybe it is time preachers, prayers, Wentworth Falls Bible readers, announcement makers I was taken by the anecdote in David and those on the sound desk were Peterson’s article on confession: the considered how best to reach visitor asking why confession was everyone and not just those with necessary when we are forgiven in reasonable to good hearing. Christ’s work. Listen to most great speakers and There seems to be a pervading you will notice their voices are very misunderstanding that Christian easy to listen to and so those of us faith is a mere transaction. No, it challenged by hearing loss can relax, is a relationship of the gathered listen and hear what they are saying. repentant with the Lord Creator. Name Withheld We are in continuous fellowship with our Saviour and are conscious VACANT PARISHES List of parishes and provisional both of our failings and his delight parishes, vacant or becoming vacant as in forgiving us as we grow in faith at 15 April 2021 • Cabramatta* • Menangle and discipleship. • Minto Indeed as my Anglican experience • Cherrybrook • Cronulla • Mosman, St really started in the ‘high’ division • Eagle Vale Clement’s • Paddington of our diocese, I was ‘soaked’ in the • Figtree • Peakhurst/ confession at least weekly. I found it • Granville Mortdale then, and now still in the occasional • Greenacre* • Pymble • Gymea use in more evangelical churches a • Harbour • Rosemeadow* • Ryde wonderful and deepening part of my Church** • Toongabbie • Huskisson walk of faith. • Wahroonga, St • Katoomba Just as my wife and I affirm our Paul’s** • Keiraville** • Wilberforce love and commitment through the • Kellyville warp and woof of family life, so • Liverpool * denotes Provisional Parishes or Archbishop’s do we who are redeemed want to appointments reaffirm our joy in faith in confession ** right of nomination suspended/on hold

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Standin’ in the sun, talkin’ to the blokes, gettin’ all the news, hearin’ all the jokes, waitin’ for the boss-man, ’ungry for a job. ’Oo will be so lucky, ’oo will earn a bob? Sharp at nine the first lot was quick to get the nod, And then at twelve and six again some others joined the squad. But some of us was still there like bread without the butter – The Boss come out and saw us and raised a mighty splutter: “Why stand there a-grumblin’ when all this work’s to do?” “We’re ready, sir, and willin’ and we will work for you.” “Get at it then,” he said, “you all can earn a buck.” At last, we said, at last – now everyone’s in luck. So out we went to pick the grapes and singin’ all the way We took the heat and bore the load and did it all for pay! And pay it came – but what a blast us blokes paid first what came there last! A full day’s pay for us was great but other blokes was sore – told the boss that for a whole day’s work they surely wanted more. “Unfair, unfair,” they said. “Your way of paying’s wonky. This unfair way of payment is very, very shonky.” Then the boss spoke up and said, “This is the way I choose. You all got paid the same – there’s no one here to lose. If you are mean, then I am not – you see my smilin’ face. So, go back home and learn again the wonder of God’s grace.” David Hewetson

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St Peter’s Anglican Church, Weston (Canberra) is built on evangelical foundations with a strong emphasis on Bible teaching, a personal commitment to Christ, sharing the gospel in word and deed and being open to the presence, power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are seeking a new Rector (full-time) who can support our parish’s mission and train our people in faith and ministry. A parish profile is available upon request. For more information or to apply please contact Bishop Mark Short: mark.short@anglicancg.org.au Phone: (02) 6232 3612 Closing date: 31 May 2021


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