from the vicar
The only time Esther hears about Jesus on the cross is by listening to and participating in the liturgy on Sunday mornings. At home I only ever talk in terms of God’s friendship with us through Jesus.
As she plays she often sings the song that we sing during the fraction - “In the singing, in the silence,” her favourite part being the refrain “Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the wine of grace, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, be the bread of peace.”
Because I don’t mention the cross so much at home, I am oft surprised by what she tells me. Here is a picture of Jesus on the cross, surrounded by those he loves. I think it is wonderful theology! She has included both people and animals in this story with Jesus at the heart. She sees him at the centre bringing peace and happiness to all. I am so enjoying seeing how she thinks and it’s a great reminder to me of the power of the liturgy for children. Even if it looks like they’re ‘just’ quietly playing so much more is happening! They are listening, engaging, learning and being fed throughout the whole service.
Love and blessings
supporting the bushfire emergency relief fund
Supporting the Victorian Bushfire Emergency Relief Fund, opened by the Melbourne Anglican Foundation Trust, is a practical way you can respond to the disastrous bushfires that have devastated much of our state and nation in recent months and weeks. Funds raised will be distributed to those in need in consultation with the bishops of the Victorian dioceses effected. For more information on making a donation, please click on the link.
a message to our leaders
Bishop Phillip Huggins hosted the filming of this video at St Silas last year. It features members from the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities speaking about the impact of recent negative comments by politicians and others in the media.