Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – 17th June 2018

A message of thanks from all at St Paul’s, Manly.

As we come to the end of Fr David’s tenure as Associate Priest at St Paul’s we would like to offer a few words of thanks to David and Rhonda for their spiritual guidance, love, support and good humour during their time with us.

They have both fitted in to our church family, despite our occasionally somewhat peculiar ways with barely a raise of the eyebrows! We like to think of ourselves as a warm, welcoming and friendly congregation and trust David and Rhonda have found us so.

We often hear the term, ”We live in uncertain times”. These words are certainly true for us today as we journey through this interegnum. With David’s steadying hand on the tiller we have sailed through this part of the journey and been given the strength to carry on. What lies ahead only will God know. We just pray that in this small corner of his vineyard all will be well.

So as David and Rhonda approach their last Sunday with us as our Priest ‘team’, I would like to offer on behalf of the Wardens, Parish Council and congregation a hearty and heartfelt farewell. May God bless you both as you begin a new chapter in your lives bringing you joy, contentment and good health. We will hold you in our hearts and remember you with fondness.

With every blessing,

The Wardens, Parish Council and Congregation of St Paul’s, Manly.

Car Boot Sale – Saturday 17 February, 8:00 – 11:30am

This year we are holding our CAR BOOT SALES monthly with St Peters Wynnum.

The first one is Saturday 17th February from 8:00 – 11:30am at

St Peter’s Anglican Church, 84 Bride St, Wynnum

A car boot sale in the middle of Wynnum! Come along, browse, and pick up a bargain. Cakes and Sweets, Pickles and Jams, Books, Sausage Sizzle, Espresso Coffee and more!

Sites are only $10 each. Contact Chris 0413 936 138 or

Mega Car Boot Sale – Saturday 20 May 2017 from 8am

St Paul’s next car boot sale is our Mega Boot Sale on Saturday the 20th of May with setup from 7am for an 8am start.

There will be coffee, cafe, plants, cakes, jams, handmade crafts, books and jumble.

There will also be great entertainment throughout the morning.

Costs are $10 per site and you can hire a trestle table for $5.

We have 2 different sites:

  • 3m space between church buttresses for stalls without cars (you unload your things at your site and then park your car)
  • car-park spaces about 2.7m wide

If you are wanting to book a site please contact Mark on 0423 763 529 or

For the site plan for 20 May, please click below:


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 29 January 2017

The word “blessed” in Matthew 5 is often translated as happy. It’s a word that sometimes in our culture has the sense of a superficial and fleeting emotion, something not quite worthy of serious pursuit. It can, however, have a deeper sense about it.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred
  2. Free your mind from worries
  3. Live simply
  4. Give more
  5. Expect less

If we take happiness to be a deep sense of joy and something that we want for others and ourselves how can we shape our lives and our communities to be joyful, happy and blessed places?

Third Sunday after Pentecost

With the long lead up to our federal elections plodding along, I have been listening to policies and wading through issues. At the same time I confess to being "bamboozled"by the American presidential election process. The alternate Psalm for today (psalm 146 verse 3) warns against putting our trust in princes. This might be one biblical teaching that our current culture has embraced with a weary cynicism.

We frequently hear the assertion that all politicians are untrustworthy and that the political process is completely unresponsive to the desire and needs of those it is meant to serve. We do not trust our princes. Why should we?

Many are appalled at current policies on refugees and the detention of those who have risked their lives seeking asylum in Australia. We are concerned about possible changes to 'super' contributions, while there is a push towards more self funded retirements. The rich are getting richer, while the poor continue to get poorer. Yet the bible reminds us over and over again that “The Lord cares for the stranger in the land, God upholds the widow and the fatherless", as is clear from today's readings.

Knowing how flawed our political processes, and some of its participants, might be, what is our responsibility and calling, as communities of faith with regard to our princes? How often do we pray for, write to, support and advise those we have elected? How might we embrace those who, for noble or base reasons, offer themselves to the political process?

Food for thought?