Berwick Anglican Church Easter Services

Berwick Anglican Church ministers to the City of Casey and the Shire of Cardinia.

We are running a number of Easter services, including:

  • Maundy Thursday, 10am traditional communion service
  • Good Friday, 8am. A reflective service with organ.
  • Good Friday, 9:30am. Family celebration with kid’s program
  • Easter Sunday, 8.30am. A traditional communion service
  • Easter Sunday, 10.15am. A contemporary communion service with Sunday school
  • Easter Sunday, 5pm. A contemporary communion service with Sunday school and Easter egg hunt

All welcome!


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How Is Your Soul Going?

We are all spiritual beings, made in the image of God. We are created as complex beings, each of us with unique physical, emotional and spiritual characteristics. It is fascinating to see how the Bible speaks about the capacity of our souls.

Our souls can express love and friendship:
Love the Lord your God with all your soul (Deut 6:4)
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (Sam 18:1)

Our souls have desires and can be satisfied, especially by God:
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2)

Our souls can be gladdened or joyful:
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.(Psalm 86:4)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour (Luke 1:46-47)

Our souls can be embittered:
Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul? (Job 3:20)
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul (Job 7:11)

Our souls can be refreshed and revived:
God leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2)
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)

May God refresh, revive, gladden, strengthen and satisfy our souls as we feed on his Word together as a church. How is your soul?

Your Pastor,

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Worship and Mission at Easter

Our great task as a church is to continually announce the death and resurrection of Jesus. The power of God is revealed in this gospel, with transformative benefits both now and in eternity. At Easter we have a special opportunity where many of our friends are open to hearing about this great news!

Here are our Easter 2018 plans:

  • Thursday 29th March – Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 10am
  • Friday 30th March – Good Friday Services
    8:00am – Shorter reflective Good Friday service with hymns on the organ
    9:30am – All-age Good Friday celebration with a kids program
  • Sunday 1st April – Easter Sunday Celebrations
    8:30am – Traditional Communion Service
    10:15am – Contemporary Communion Service with Sunday School
    5:00pm – Contemporary Service with Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt

As you read this please pray and ask –

  • When am I coming to worship God with my BAC family this Easter?
  • Who can I invite from my own friendship networks to hear the good news of eternal life?

Next week we will have some attractive colour flyer s you can take to invite friends or letterbox drop your neighbours.

In previous Easters we have seen people who have be come Christians through
attending for the first time. Please pray it would be so again this year!

Your Pastor

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Great Quotes on Perseverance

Many times in the book of Nehemiah we see the importance of perseverance and continuing to trust God in the face of difficulty, opposition and hard work. Here are some great quotes on the importance of Christian perseverance:

‘Christ ceaseth not to work by His intercession with God for us, and by His Spirit in us for God, whereby He upholds His saints, their graces, their comforts in life, without which they would run to ruin’ – William Gurnall.

‘Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and heaven shall make amends for all’ – Thomas Brooks.

‘If Christ has once possessed the affections, there is no dispossessing of him again. A fire in the heart overcomes all fires without’ – Richard Sibbes.

‘When we are foiled, let us believe we shall overcome; when we have fallen, let us believe we shall rise again. Jacob, after he received a blow which made him lame, yet would not give over wrestling (Genesis 32:25) till he had obtained the blessing. So let us never give up, but, in our thoughts knit the beginning, progress and end together, and then we shall see ourselves in heaven out of the reach of all enemies’ – Richard Sibbes.

Ben Soderlund
Assistant Minister

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Four Things to Do With the Bible

The reading and reflection of God’s Word the Bible always helps, sustains and blesses us. During the end of last year, I was always so encouraged when people wrote me a card with a Bible sentence or two written in it. What a gift of encouragement to bring a promise of God to our attention!

The Australian preacher Peter Adam writes: “If the Bible is not known, Christ is not known, and if Christ is not known, then God is not known.” – what can be more important than knowing God?

A classic Charles Spurgeon quote I love: “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone whose life is not.”

I was delighted by this new statement I just discovered from William Wilberforce, the great 19th century Church of England evangelical and campaigner against the slavery:

“There are four things that we ought to do with the Word of God – admit it as the Word of God, commit it to our hearts and minds, submit to it, and transmit it to the world.”

Can you remember the four?

Admit it – Commit it – Submit to it – Transmit it!

The person who is growing in God’s word, will be growing in Christ, growing in prayer and growing in mission. Let us do this together!

Your Pastor,

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