Welcome to everyone joining us today at St Matt's. We hope you have a great time, meet some new friends and enjoy some good food! We also hope that you will get a good sense of being amongst God's people and hear something of who Jesus is.
A very big and warm welcome to the "Marimba Taters" and their families, some teachers and others from Tate Street Primary School. As you may know, our church has been involved with your school for over 70 years - sending volunteers to teach RE (now SRI), listen to students read, the Brekkie Club (a few years ago) and Kids Hope as well as helping at working bees, etc. We love your school and are so glad to have you join us today J
We also welcome our friend and Bishop, Philip Huggins who will be helping me with the discussion based on our bible reading. He has a big job overseeing close to 100 churches and we are thrilled he could make time to be with us today.
After the service, please stay for lunch if you are able. There are enough baked po-taters (!) for everyone and some yummy fillings so don’t rush away without enjoying what's on offer.
As you will be aware, yesterday marked the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, in Turkey, during the First World War. Many thousands of lives were lost as they are in all wars. Those who died believed they were protecting our nation and we are grateful for all that we have as Australians. During our prayers in the service, the following prayer will be offered - you may like to keep it, read it and think about it all that it means from time to time:
God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy.
We remember those who in time of war faithfully serve their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such cost.
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten the day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither learn war any more.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
At St Matt's, we like to think of ourselves as People of Peace: people who love peace; and people who bring God's peace to others by knowing Jesus and making Him known. If you would like to find out more about our church and our faith please feel free to ask any of us and/or check out our website www.stmatthews.org.au
God bless, Ian.