Parish of Kotara South – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Contact Info

GoodShepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd
101 Joslin Street
Kotara NSW 2289 

Mail
PO Box 241 
Kotara NSW 2289 

Rector
Revd Dr Fergus King, 
10 Melissa Ave 
Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Office: +61 02 4943 0103
Mobile +61 0403 772 431

Email: revfking@bigpond.net.au


Services
Sunday
Said Eucharist (not 1stSun)
  7.30 am
Sung Eucharist
  9.00 am
All Age Service
  5.00 pm
Wednesday
Said Eucharist
10.00 am
Reflection Moment
  • Let us not seek to bring religion to others, but let us endeavor to live it ourselves. Paul Tournier

Pastor Bonus Icon

PastorBonusIcon

We give thanks to the Abbey and the Iconographer who have kindly given permission for us to use the image on our site

Icon by Rev. Pachomius Meade, OSB, Š Conception Abbey, Conception, MO 64433.

There is a stream of traditional icons often referred to as ‘Christo Pantocrator’ (Christ – ruler of all things) in which Christ has in his hands the orb and mace of imperial authority. In this icon the orb and mace are replaced with the shepherds staff (drawing in not fending out). The hand that holds the staff shows clearly the mark of the crucifixion (passion) whilst the hand held in blessing still bleeds.

The red garment and the blue outer garment remind us that Christ is both and divine, and the hand held in blessing forms the ‘O’ for Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, – God who is all powerful, all knowing, and always present.

The title ‘Pastor Bonus’ means simply ‘Good Shepherd’, and the icon reminds us that the faith is not simply about a new ruler,  but also more importantly about a new way of ruling.  see John 10:14-18 for the relevant passage.

 

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