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While Andrew & Pam Lake visited over 24 parishes in the Diocese before heading to the posting in Damascus, Andrew had been busy on another project. He has released this short book called Christian Mission for Tasmanians. This is a very personal approach from Andrew on this important topic of Mission written for the Missionary Diocese of Tasmania. Andrew says of the book,
"My hope and prayer is that this study will help put mission front and centre of the church's agenda. I make no claim to infallibility and will have achieved my aim if this has helped start some fruitful conversations about mission."
We offer our thanks to Andrew, having served in the Diocese as an Archdeacon and Mission Support Officer. But now we offer our thanks for this impressive gift to the church in Tasmania.
Of particular interest to you, dear reader, is the freely available nature of this book. In fact, you can click here to read it right now. So is it free? Andrew explains in his Forward:
"This study is a gift to the Tasmanian church. It is freely available on the diocesan website but I invite you when you use it for personal or group study to make a donation of $10 per person to the Church Missionary Society of Tasmania."
The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend John Harrower, will ordain three people as Priests and five as Deacons at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, at 10am this Saturday 7th of December.
Those to be ordained come from very different backgrounds, and will serve the Church and community in Tasmania in a variety of ways.
Reverends Chris Bowditch and Victor Shaw are young ministers who will be ordained Priest. They are working particularly with growing ministries to youth, young adults and families in Hobart.
Michael Chau, who is to be ordained Deacon, is the Chinese Minister at Wellspring Church in Sandy Bay, where he ministers to a bilingual congregation and also with the many international students at the University. He has come to Tasmania originally from Hong Kong, but with 10 years in Melbourne.
Dr Sam Gough, to be ordained Deacon, is a medical Doctor with a young family, who has had a career change and will be the Assistant Minister at Kingston.
David Blyth, Fraser Herbert, Celia Hooker, to be ordained Deacon, and Reverend Keith McCoy to be ordained Priest, have come to this ministry later in life. They come from around the state and have had careers as varied as Firefighter, IT worker and mother and grandmother. They will work as a part of ministry teams in the north and south of the state.
Bishop Harrower said, “The Anglican Church continues to see a steady stream of new leaders being ordained in Tasmania over recent years. We are blessed with men and women of wide experience and different gifts, younger and older, who are taking up the challenge of serving their church and local community in these new roles. They will be a valuable part of the local leadership of the Anglican Church in Tasmania.”
The ordination service begins at 10am, Saturday 7th December, at St David’s Cathedral, Murray St, Hobart, and will go until about 11:30am. Media representatives are welcome to attend and record any part of the service, and to approach Bishop Harrower after the service for interview with himself and those being ordained.
Contact: Rev’d Stephen Carnaby, Anglican Media Officer: Tel: 0417 343710
Click here to read FTBD 20.13
Click here to read From The Bishop's Desk 19.13.
[fri 22.nov.2013 rob] In 2014, Peter Nevland will release a new book, 'Exposing the Psalms'. If this video is anything to go by, this looks to be a very exciting book. In this video, Nevland offers us his chapter on Psalm 24. It is engaging and exciting: 8 minutes well spent.
Nevland says, "So many people want to know if God exists. Psalm 24 shows that ancient people found that irrelevant. They wanted to know how to get God on their side. How clean do you have to be to secure His favor? The answer turns the entire conversation on its head..."
AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley