President’s Reflection – February/March 2022

Praying through the year Welcome to a new year. What will it hold for us? We’ve certainly been reminded in these last two years that life really is one day at a time. For us as Christians, prayer is a part of daily life, be it out loud in family devotion time or in solitude. Maybe for some, as we live with this pandemic, we’ve prayed more, and not just for family and ourselves, but for those who care generally for the welfare of all – the doctors, medical researchers, …

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On the cover – February/March 2022

Praying through the Year Our Father in heaven God encourages us to believe that he is really our Father, and we are really his children. So, we can pray to God with complete confidence just as children speak to their loving parents. Hallowed be your name God’s name is already holy, but in this prayer we are asking: “Father, help us keep your name holy”. Luther’s Small Catechism   Stained glass window, Vancouver Anglican Cathedral, Canada Photo: Lawrence Hartwich

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As we see it

This (print) issue of our magazine marks the last for this year … and what a year it has been! Our hearts have ached for our dear sisters in Christ and their families and friends who have endured many hardships; perhaps the worst being separated from loved ones and inability to worship in your church families. Postal delays, industrial troubles and with our October issue a machinery breakdown (all beyond our control) have caused us many anxious moments in getting your magazines to you. On the brighter side we have …

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Saudi Sojourn (Part Two)

Some reflections on life as seen and experienced The classic questions of mankind often begin with where, why, or what. Especially through these last years of fire, flood and Covid-19, these questions can multiply into anxiety, loneliness and sometimes despair. What is the latest newscast telling me? Where is God? Why is this happening to me? What is the point? I am blessed to be a member of Bethlehem Sanctuary Guild and recently my husband Robert and I were asked to share something of the time we lived in the …

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The Ark, Salisbury Women’s Fellowship

We thank God that he has enabled us to meet more frequently this year. We have gained five new members and now have an average attendance of 18. As a group we love: * Singing hymns/spiritual songs; * Having Bible Studies with Pastor Joel; * Praying together; * Socialising together over tea/coffee and biscuits. Some highlights from our year: * We hosted a very successful World Day of Prayer in March. Over 50 attendees from Salisbury Churches appreciated our display of Vanuatu artefacts, our presentation of the Service, and fellowship …

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Devotion – January 2022

Praise You in the Storm Psalm 34:1 (NLT) I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. It’s the start of a new year, and I don’t know about you, but I am finding myself praying for a better one than the year before. Last year was a difficult one for many. For me and my family it was one of lockdowns, isolation, and sometimes loneliness. There were times throughout …

Bible Study – January 2022

Being Strong in the LORD In Paul’s day, well-prepared soldiers protected the Roman Empire’s territories from external threats. But what if the enemy is inside us? Obviously, conventional armour would be useless. So, if we are to engage in spiritual warfare, we need the right armour. The right armour for Christians is the armour of God, for only he can protect our hearts from Satan’s attacks for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, …

Results of the Guild/Fellowship Voting

The [retiring] LWA Executive wish to thank all Guilds/Fellowships for the replies to the two Proposals the LWA recommended for your consideration. Outstanding results of the two Proposals voted on are: Proposal 2: A special offering taken by the Guilds/Fellowships throughout Australia in place of the Convention offering to support the Australian Lutheran College Women’s Auxiliary (ALC) and Malaysia Women’s Care and Counselling Centre, shared equally.  Thank you for approving the LWA Convention 2021 offering …

Darling Downs Zone Rally – 2021

  What a joy it was to awaken on 20 April 2021 to a lovely autumn morning and to know that today we were going to meet as a Zone for our Annual Rally at Our Saviour’s Toowoomba. It has been a long time since we could have fellowship with our sisters outside of our individual ladies’ fellowships. Forty-four sisters, pastors and visitors met under the Theme, Day By Day based on the Bible text from Romans 14:5-8. One person thinks that a certain day is more important than other …

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ALWS – How a house, you helped build, brought a heart full of joy

“My mum and my dad both grew up on farms. So, every school holiday I got to be hissed at by grumpy geese, plopped on by cows I was trying to milk, and shirt-fronted by rams annoyed at being penned for shearing. I also got to see lots of humble, hands-on hard work. Sunrise to sunset, no matter what the weather.” I see that same kind of humble, hands-on hard work in what Lutheran women do to help people through ALWS. What I hope will encourage you is that the …

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Increased female participation during FRM’s COVID-19 recovery year

This report covers the work of Finke River Mission (FRM) from spring 2020 to spring 2021. Highlights have been the three teaching courses, renovation work at the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, and having indigenous delegates at Synod for the first time. Besides all this, there have been a few personnel changes. All this has occurred against the background of co-operative weather, but a not always co-operative virus. The year has also been noteworthy for the increased involvement of women in FRM-sponsored activities. Women have boosted the numbers at all three teaching …

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Installation of New LWA Committee

The installation of the new LWA Committee took place at Concordia College Chapel, Unley SA, as a part of LCA General Convention livestream Worship Service on Sunday 3 October 2021. (If you wish to view this service, please go to: http://www.generalsynod.lca.org.au/business/livestream/ then go down to ‘Sunday worship service’ This was a very special and memorable day for the new committee. Beginning with the safe travel that brought us together at Concordia Chapel for the service, Bishop John Henderson’s address, the installation of our executive committee, the celebration of Holy Communion …

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