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,

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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

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,

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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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BAC 150th Celebrations

Celebrating 150 years of Anglican Worship in Berwick!
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Make sure these dates are in your diary!
Sunday 2 October Afternoon tour of the old church, talk and viewing of restored items in the new church, followed by High Tea
Saturday 8 October Bush Dance at the Akoonah Park Centre
Sunday 16 October 10:15am Confirmation Service
Saturday 22 October Flower Show and Fair
Sunday 30 October A Special Celebration Service at 3pm with the Archbishop of Melbourne followed by afternoon tea.


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Spring and Growing in Christ

It has been great this week to finally have spring back with us. I’m sure that like me, you too have been enjoying the warmer weather, seeing flowers and trees in blossom in our gardens and also the bush covered gold with wattle. Things are growing again!

At Berwick Anglican Church we have four core values: Growing in Christ, Growing in the Word, Growing in Prayer, and Growing in Mission. One of the things I like about these values is their logical structure; if you want to be attaining the first one (Growing in Christ) the next three tell you how to do it (grow in the Word, Prayer and Mission).

As has been pointed out by many people, spring is a wonderfully symbolic time of new beginnings. Why not use the start of spring this year as a prompt to grow yourself deeper into the Lord Jesus Christ? You could do this by renewing yourself in the Word (maybe by joining a BAC growth group to be involved in regular bible studies) or Prayer (maybe by committing to daily quite times of prayer and prayerful bible reading) or Mission (maybe by singing up to support a CMS missionary like Brad and Michelle Jackson, or volunteering on one of BAC’s many Church service and ministry rosters).

Because as we together grow in the Word, Prayer and Mission, we will also, as individuals and as a Church community, grow more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.

Ben Soderlund
Assistant Minister

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