Christmas Services and Events at BAC 2016

We love celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ at Berwick Anglican Church.

All are welcome to join us!

Carols on the Hill Outdoor Service – 5pm Sunday December 11th (BYO picnic rug and food/drinks)

Christmas Eve Carols – 6pm (includes puppets)
Christmas Eve Communion – 11pm
Christmas Day Services: 8:30am, 10:15am, 5:00pm

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The Lord’s Prayer is for Forgiven Disciples

The Lord’s Prayer was given as a result of Jesus disciples asking him how to pray (Luke 11:1). It is a prayer for disciples of Jesus.

The fact that the prayer begins ‘Our Father in heaven”, indicates that it is a prayer for those who have already been reconciled to God the Father, through faith in Jesus Christ.

This means that the prayer is not related to our eternal acceptance before God, but it relates to our growth as already-forgiven disciples.. It is a prayer that relates to our progressive sanctification, it is not related to our once-off justification.

Therefore when we pray ‘forgive us our sins’, it is not because we doubt our standing in the grace of Jesus – it is because we want progress in our holiness, in our intimacy with God and in our glorifying of God through thankful obedience.

There is little value in praying the Lord’s Prayer as an unforgiven outsider to the kingdom. But to us who have accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord, the Lord’s Prayer determines our outlook, priorities and vision for life until our Saviour returns to take us to our eternal home.

Your Pastor,
Wayne

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The Psalms and the Struggles of Life

One of the most wonderful helps in the Bible is the Psalter – the book of 150 Psalms.

God has shown us how to pray to him through the depth and breadth of all the emotions of life.

  • If there is blessing, there are Psalms of thanksgiving.
  • If there is victory, there are Psalms of rejoicing.
  • If there is tragedy, there are Psalms of lament.
  • If there is dryness, there are Psalms of desperation.

Godliness is not tied to any single emotion. Rather, we are called to live God-centred lives through every circumstance. Life is guaranteed to have ups and downs. No condition is permanent. May God’s greatness and glory be better known as we pray Psalms through the
undulations of life.

Your Pastor,
Wayne

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The Heart of Anglicanism – Sufficiency of the Cross

The Anglican church is a Protestant church born out of the 16th century Reformation. Critical was the understanding of the sufficiency of the work of Christ on the cross. The 39 articles teach:

Article 31
The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.

Similarly the Anglican communion service includes this prayer of praise about Jesus:
‘… who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect,
and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole
world…’

The New Testament letter of the Hebrews argues for the sufficiency of the cross:
‘… we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all’ (Hebrews 10:10 NIV).

There is no other way to get our sins forgiven than by trusting in the sufficient and perfect work of Jesus on the cross. Here is our assurance and confidence of grace through faith. As soon as we subtract or add anything, we enter into dangerous territory. Let us stand confidently on the one perfect sacrifice of Christ, never to be repeated!

Your Pastor,
Wayne

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2016 Flower Show and Fair – Sat October 22nd

All welcome to our annual Flower Show and Fair on Saturday October 22nd from 9am to 3pm.

Includes the following stalls: trash and treasure, plants, books, toys, crafts, cakes and more.

Lots of food for everyone! Activities for children including face painting and a jumping castle.

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