It is finished. One Easter morning, in my first country parish in South Australia, I had an encounter at the door of the church that I will never forget. It was a moment that gathered me into the way that the good news of the resurrection of our Lord changes us to be people of hope.
Pastor Peter Hage has been elected as the next bishop of the LCANZ’s Western Australia District. The pastor of St Johns Lutheran Church in Perth, he was elected unopposed for an initial four-year term during last weekend’s District Convention of Synod at Duncraig in suburban Perth.
The 20th Convention of General Synod for the LCANZ, held in Melbourne, has come and gone. Delegates came before God each day in worship with listening ears, and with the desire to live to God’s glory in the decisions we made.
Two weeks after a massive rain and flooding event caused devastation in northern Aotearoa–New Zealand, Cyclone Gabrielle has this week hit the same areas of our North Island, leaving a trail of destruction.
As people in parts of Aotearoa–New Zealand face the devastating aftermath of deadly floods there late last month, Bishop Mark Whitfield has invited all members of the LCANZ to join him in prayer for ‘those members of your whānau (family) who are suffering’.
God is busily involved in the messiness of our lives! This is celebrated most wonderfully in Psalm 139, where we are taught to pray, ‘O Lord … it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb’.