Our Location

St John's Anglican Church
Lower York Street
Albany WA 6330
Australia

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 9am - noon

Office: 9841 5015
Rectory: 

PARISH PRIEST:

  
 Our Locum priest for the Intentional Interegnum from 1st May is the Reverend Paul Cannon


ASSISTANT  PRIEST:

 

Reverend Helen Barnard


The Assistant Priests' Email:

priest2@

anglicanchurchalbany.org.au

PARISH WARDENS: 

Belinda Ratnik - 0407 171 414

John Blake - 9844 4587

Mob. 0438 761 950

Peter Fitzgibbon - 9842 8226

The wardens' email is:

 wardens@

anglicanchurchalbany.org.au

For administrative questions or queries

please speak to one of the wardens. 

 

PARISH OFFICE AND ST JOHN’S CENTRE 

Colleen Brooks:   98415015 

Lower York Street, Albany WA 6330 

Office Hours are Monday to Friday  9am to 12 noon 

Parish Office Email is:

admin@

anglicanchurchalbany.org.au 

Office email.

The convenience of Direct Giving:

For parishioners to set up electronic giving the BSB details are:

Anglican Community Fund St. John’s Anglican Parish Albany

BSB 706 001 Account number:3000 3081

This goes to the same Albany Parish account as Church collections.

Our Services

 Sunday 10th December: Services:

 Morning Tea served in the Parish Hall after both Services.

Order of service:    8.00 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. second order

Celebrant and preacher : Revd Paul Cannon

  For services taking place during the week click the "This Week at St John's" Tab

at the top of this page.                                                                      

For Readings for the next Sunday services 10th December - see tabs on home page                                                                     

 

Readings and Hymns

Welcome to St John's

The people of St John’s welcome you to join them in the worship of God through the traditional liturgy of the Anglican Church. At St. John's you will receive a warm welcome and openness that we hope reflects the love that God shows to each and every person through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our worship consists of Word and Sacrament. We preach from the Word of God, and the Sacrament is offered from the Lord's Table, where all who seek Him are welcome.

There are many aspects to a churches life, and this is so at St. John's. We encourage you to look around our site, as we are sure you will find different activities that you will enjoy joining in with. We want to be inclusive as the people of God, and so encourage you to bring your talents and needs to St John's.

St. John's is an historic church, with a rich history and tradition, but it is not a museum! It is a lively and vibrant place, seeking to be a light in the middle of the city. So, if you are passing through, or living in our lovely City of Albany, welcome to St. John's. We pray you find this site useful, and perhaps we'll see you some time. May God bless your journey.

For this week's events click here

 

Sunday
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Sunday 10th December 2017  

Crazy John and the New Beginning

 

There’s no mucking about in Mark’s gospel, there’s no birth narrative, no genealogy. Just John the Baptist, brash, crass and loud, shattering people’s egos like eggshells, bluntly drawing attention to sin and shortcoming. Dressed in weird clothing, camel hair clothes, eating locust and wild honey, stranger than strange. But John was the right person for the moment, he was the one to draw people to him in order that he might proclaim God’s message. And draw them he did to the promise of a new beginning.

 

The point of Advent is not to memorialise the nativity, that has been and gone and Advent reminds us that it has been and gone. Advent takes us in a different direction, it takes us to our inner life and our preparation as disciples. John’s call down on the Jordan was to begin again, because God was about to do a new thing, one more powerful than he was coming to bring the good news of God for all people. John proclaimed water baptism as a way to mark a new beginning. A conversion of sorts, turning over a new leaf. But a cleansing by baptism is only a first step. John understands this but he doesn’t abandon his ministry, he tells of the one to come.

 

Baptism leads to forgiveness, but forgiveness, though very important, is not the end game. Baptism leads not only to forgiveness, but also to the promise of the Holy Spirit. John knows this, his ministry is preparatory, he proclaims forgiveness through baptism, he tells of the one who is coming who will bring the Spirit to the people. It is the gift of the Spirit that is the theme of these Advent readings, the dwelling of God within us. This is more than forgiveness, more than some sort of religious insurance, this is life, and in abundance.

 

We stop in Advent to take stock of our lives, to acknowledge our baptism, our calling, and to seek what might be our very next step in this great venture. The Spirit is given that we might discern what our next step might be, what changes we need to make in our lives, what gifts we can offer back to God. These gifts are not the ones under the tree, these are the ones the Spirit enables within us. What will you offer to God this Advent?

 Blessings, Paul.

 

THINKING before I speak!

         Is it true?                             

H         Is it helpful?                        

I           Is it inspiring?

        Is it necessary?

        Is it kind?