I chose the readings and hymns for the Induction service with the theme of the light of Christ in mind. The light of Christ is what keeps us going, whether the light is that of a flicker or of a blaze. Coming together in worship makes that light brighter, Christ brings us together and is among us in a unique way when we gather in his name. A common illustration of this is that of an ember, which when away from the fire burns itself out, but when placed back in the fire reignites.
I am very excited about the diverse services the Anglican Parish of Mount Eliza offers. I want to see each service be the best it can be in its own style of worship. I invite you all to come regularly to worship in sincerity and with energy, with joy in, and awe of, our Lord. I ask you to be aware of the gift we have in being together, to be thankful for one another, and to recognise how God may be ministering to and speaking to you through one another, which includes being light to one another.
I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night time of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you
speak the peace you long to hear.
(Verse 4 of The Servant Song, words by Richard A. M. Gillard, 1977)
I look forward to getting to know you as I settle in. My family and I actually move house next week, so I ask for your prayers and patience as I get organised both in a new house and a new office.
With love and peace in the Lord,