Church of the Good Shepherd

Parish of Kotara South – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

Contact Info


Church of the Good Shepherd
101 Joslin Street
Kotara NSW 2289 

PO Box 241 
Kotara NSW 2289 

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

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



Said Eucharist (not 1stSun)
  7.30 am
Sung Eucharist
  9.00 am
All Age Service
  5.00 pm
Said Eucharist
10.00 am

Reflection Moment

  • I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is. Albert Camus
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2nd of Advent 2017

This Sunday focuses our attention on John the Baptist. We can usefully remember three things from his example:

1) that we need repentance- and this demands an acknowledgement that we are not perfect. it is a useful antidote to the pride which sometimes affects the religious
2) that our primary loyalty is to the Kingdom of heaven, which is never to be confused with any earthly nation-state-and that Jesus, the Christ enthroned in power, is the focus of our allegiance, as well as our belief and trust.
3) that we should always point to God revealed in Christ- and when church, diocese or parish, and the preservation of any or all of these replaces the preaching of the good news of Jesus Christ, that we have confused means and ends. We need to diminish, to point to Christ, as the Baptist did to Jesus.

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Christ the King 2017

This morning’s gospel reminds that the kingship of Christ offers a quality of life far in excess ( quality-wise, of anything that earthly politics and propaganda can manage. This theme is found also in John’s Gospel, where the failures of both the Jerusalem hierarchy and Roman justice are vividly depicted in scenes which drip with irony. In Paul, discussion of koinonia must never be restricted to ideas only of communion and community, which often get watered down into a group’s interests writ large to manipulate the behaviour of its members. As Ernst Kasemann reminded us years ago: koinonia is nothing less than complete allegiance and loyalty to Christ, putting ourselves under his complete authority, for only he exercises true leadership which blesses humanity far beyond the claims of any other political or secular ideology.

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