A prayer for Australia Day

Prayer for January 26th  written by Rev Katherine Rainger Before you our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, We remember that we stand on holy ground We acknowledge the stories of this land We acknowledge the peoples of this land We acknowledge the lore of this land We acknowledge the languages of this land We acknowledge that … Continue reading A prayer for Australia Day

Journeying with the Magi

From the eastern mountains Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) From the eastern mountainspressing on they come,wise men in their wisdom,to his humble home;stirred by deep devotion,hasting from afar,ever journeying onward,guided by a star. There their Lord and Saviourmeek and lowly lay,wondrous light that led themonward on their way,ever now to lightennations from afar,as they journey homewardby that … Continue reading Journeying with the Magi

Calling the quarters for Advent

Hills of the North, Rejoice Charles Ernest Oakley (1832-1865) Hills of the North, rejoice,river and mountain-spring,hark to the advent voice;valley and lowland, sing.Christ comes in righteousness and love,he brings salvation from above. Isles of the Southern seas,sing to the listening earth,carry on every breezehope of a world's new birth:In Christ shall all be made anew,his … Continue reading Calling the quarters for Advent

Let’s talk about power

Christians, I think we need to have a talk about power, and in particular, the important distinction between domination and empowerment. Domination is power-taking, it works by crushing others down. The image that comes to mind is a black hole sun, that sucks up everything in its orbit. The second type is power-giving, especially to … Continue reading Let’s talk about power

A prayer for living the gospel

From the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council God of yesterday, today and tomorrow, we call to mind your presence within us and around us. Open our ears that we may hear your Word.Open our hearts that we may understand your Word.Open our mouths that we may speak your World. Inspire us with the Gospel message,that … Continue reading A prayer for living the gospel

Divinity and Gender in Christianity

I'd just like to float a few thoughts here related to divinity and gender in Christianity. Whilst I would affirm that God transcends gender, and assert such a view is completely biblical, based on texts like Genesis 1:27 and others, there's no denying that the bible uses masculine metaphors for God more often than feminine … Continue reading Divinity and Gender in Christianity

John Chrysostom on the living creation

I have been researching what the church fathers had to say on God's creation and God's creatures. Here are a few words from John Chrysostom (347 – 407): "The saints are exceedingly loving and gentle to mankind, and even to the beasts… Surely, we ought to show them great kindness and gentleness for many reasons, … Continue reading John Chrysostom on the living creation

On the Creation of the World (Victorinus)

Victorinus of Pettau was an Early Christian writer who flourished around 270 AD, and who was martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian around 303 or 304 AD. In his commentary, On the Creation of the World, he observes a number of fourfold correspondences in relation to the created order: “Now is manifested the reason … Continue reading On the Creation of the World (Victorinus)