Brush Away the Dust

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Shake off the dust, © Mark Hewitt 2012 How do you think Jesus would have known he was not welcome? This was a missed opportunity for those who made Jesus unwelcome.  Jesus too missed out on a really special time with his home town.  The spirit dwells and moves in ways that do not always conform to our own expectations and …

Reconnection

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Chain Links, © Mark Hewitt Have their been times when you have felt isolated & alone? What of this woman? The Woman shamed & Isolated – unclean all the time, cannot worship & therefore cannot be a full member of the community. This remains a Justice issue even today In the two thirds world Women/Young girls still isolated. What are the wider issues …

Power & Vulnerability

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Ripples, © Mark Hewitt 2018 David is only able to access God’s strength after he discards Saul’s armour and stands before Goliath as his authentic self. Brené Brown argues that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy … and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path” (Daring Greatly, Penguin Books …

God’s Role for me

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed, ©Mark Hewitt 1999 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 (NRSV) Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. …

Listening: ear, eye, heart

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To Listen – To hear Are they the same thing? I might not hear but I can still listen. How can I do that? Chinese character portrays the characteristics well.  To listen well requires ear, eye & heart.  Be concious throughout the service that to listen requires all three – ear, eye & heart God speaks (communicates) to us to encourage, comfort & …

Trinity/Reconciliation Sunday

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Lower Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Sellicks Beach, © Mark Hewitt God engages with us in unexpected ways.  We have connections to place.  A connection made by our head or heart. For our first peoples their connection to place is deaper and thorough.  A connection made through head, heart and soul. We heard the Tjilbruke Story  http://sa.uca.org.au/documents/covenanting/reconciliation-sunday-2018/Tjirbruki-Story.pdf Which is the story of this …

Pentecost: like wind, like fire

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Like Wind, like fire. © Mark Hewitt. Acrylic on paper 2017. With Like Wind, Like Fire, I imagine the Spirit’s arrival like a spark that is immediately fanned by the winds, it roars forward, sweeping through the landscape. Not unlike a bushfire. Yet this fire is not to be feared, it is not destructive but life bringing, life that would …