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
  • “If I see three oranges I have to juggle. And if I see two towers, I have to walk.” …Why do you pray? Because when I see God, I must pray. Henri Nouwen
    The Genesee Diary

Healing

In the letter of James 5:14-15 we read:

14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.

HealingThe ministry of healing has at times been misrepresented as an alternative to conventional medicine. In reality the sacramental ministry of healing works alongside the other healing services (including conventional medicine). Like other healing the results of this ministry are not always what we want.

Physical death is not necessarily a failure of medicine, or of the healing ministry, and may indeed be part of a greater sense of wholeness and healing.

Within this context, without resorting to any marketing claims, we celebrate the love of God for his creation, and recognise that healing and wholeness are part of his plan for us all.

 

Our parish has an ongoing ministry to the sick.

  • We maintain a parish prayer list of people we are interceding for. If you would like to add your own, or someone you care about, name to the list you may call, email, or ask in person.
  • We visit people who are sick, in home or hospital, and if you would like a visit, please let us know.
  • We embrace the sacramental ministry of anointing of the sick with oil (properly called unction)
  • Together with a couple of neighboring parishes we hold occasional Eucharistic Liturgies where the particular focus is healing, and all are invited to be part of these services. Check our Parish diary for times and places.

The focus of our healing ministry is faith and trust in God, and we gladly give thanks for healing we see and understand. The oil used in the ministry of healing is blessed by the Bishop at the Christ Mass each year in Holy Week, and represents the sacramental principle of ‘ordinary things being used for extraordinary things’.

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