Thank you to everybody who was able to participate in the biennial Carnival last Friday night. It was a marvellous warm evening and it was great to see so many community members sharing the evening together at the College. My encouragement would be that we continue to find ways to foster community and spend time together as we look to raise and educate our children in partnership.
During Term 1 of this year our staff devotional times have been focused on the Gospel of Luke. Again this last week we were reminded that the teaching of Jesus was turning his world upside down as he was calling people to live in ways that were honouring God; ways that were often different to those of the society of the day. Jesus encouraged hospitality. He taught that religious observance was not enough – the lives of those who claimed to follow God were to be focused on treasures in heaven rather than possessions on earth (Luke 12:33). While we are now some two thousand years into the future, Jesus’ teaching remains counter cultural. Take, for example, the fact that Jesus encouraged love for enemies (Luke 6:27), to turn the other cheek (Luke 6:29), and forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4). Is this the standard by which we as disciples of Christ live and encourage our children to live by?
This weekend we celebrate Easter. Over the Easter weekend, it is my hope that as we celebrate the last moments of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, death, resurrection, and the forgiveness that is promised to us who call on Jesus, that we will also remember the importance of allowing God’s grace to abound in our lives and live by his standards and not those of the world around us.
It is my hope that all families do have the opportunity to rest and spend time dwelling on what it is to follow Christ. I look forward to seeing you back for the start of next term, Tuesday 17 April.