Ramble for Kirwan Uniting Church Keeping in Touch Newsletter 14 November 2021

Before you tell me, I know it’s unhealthy, but I’m partial to sugar-free cola. Better still, no sugar and no caffeine. Coke and Pepsi both sell sugar-free, caffeine-free cola, but my preferred brand of Que doesn’t. Their sugar-free is half the price of the major brands, with no noticeable difference in taste. Being a small player, Que is pushed out of sight to the top shelf in Coles’ drinks section. Where I, also a small player and shrinking with each passing year, can’t reach. On Thursday, straining on tiptoe to grasp a carton, I pulled three down, scattering cans all over the aisle. And all over me.

Remember the story in Acts 1 of Matthias being chosen to replace Judas as an apostle? “They drew lots, and the lot fell on Matthias” That was me, on Thursday. The lot fell on me.

 

You might think that’s a strange way to pick a new apostle, smacking as it does of gambling. But it was how the ancient people of Israel chose priests, musicians, many sacred offices. They viewed it as a means of discerning God’s will in a matter. Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

 

Now, we at Kirwan Uniting need additional Elders and Council of Ministry members. Rather than put names into a hat, or paint them on a stone (an ancient method of raffle ticketing), we’ll employ a mix of shoulder-tapping and praying that the Holy Spirit will nudge you into speaking with David King or me. Go on. There’s a can of Cola in it for you …

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