SERMONS

St Agnes Day

Compton Harry shares his story of coming to St Agnes Black Rock.

The Second Sunday in Advent – Comfort, Strengthen, Promise

Rev. Clem Taplin speaks to the coming of Christmas – the baby born and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 3:5-13 ‘Timothy’s encouraging report’
I’d like to read you a short letter, maybe written by the apostle Paul. It’s dated 5 November 2018. He asked to have this letter read to you all. Is that OK?
To the church of St Agnes in Black Rock, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you.
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We constantly remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
On All Saints Day we also honour all the saints of St Agnes that have gone before us. We constantly remember the Traill family who donated the land for your church in Black Rock; for Agnes (our sister and the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, and girls) for whom your church of St Agnes was named; for all the faithful departed whom you know and love…including those named in the Book of Remembrance. We honour them and we honour you for keeping to your vision of ‘continuing to be loving and caring, closer to God and closer to others through community engagement to meet people at their place and time.’
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

1 Luke 18:15-17 ‘Suffer the little children’

It was a great day. A Balloonist was there, and Santa, and there’s Don in his wheelchair. See Alan and Compton making McAgnes burgers in the background. Lots of local families…

From a safety point of view, can you spot any dangers? What about Don’s wheelchair on the edge of the path? How do we prevent him from taking a tumble? From an Occupational Health and Safety point of view we need to be aware of the potential for slips, trips and falls and act to prevent them. What about the boys flipping burgers? From a Food Safety point of view, we need to be aware of handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of individuals becoming sick from foodborne illnesses. We now wear surgical gloves and make sure that we use one hand for handling money and a different hand for the food. This is just what we do. This is just what is expected of us, not only by the health safety regulators, but by those we serve. It gives them confidence that we are acting professionally to mitigate risks.

What about working with children?…