Bear one another’s burdens

This year’s Synthima is focused on St Paul’s compelling advice that we bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This is not an easy task. Rather, bearing each other’s burdens is hard work. It requires thought and discernment. It means that we need to work towards the greater good in every situation. It requires us to put love and the other person first, and ourselves last. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh provides a helpful perspective, “Every one of us is in the image of God, and every one of us is like a damaged icon. But if we are given an icon [...]

By |2020-04-09T15:32:27+10:00March 12th, 2020|Comments Off on Bear one another’s burdens

But One Thing Is Needful

We need and want many things in our life. Yet, Christ says, “but one thing is needful”. What is this one thing that we need? The one thing that is needful is the salvation of our souls. This is our first priority. The needs and wants of the body are of secondary importance. Indeed the needs of the body are few and limited. “But one thing is needful” is a timely reminder that our primary concern should be to lead a God-pleasing life and to draw near to Him in prayer and sacramental life. “But one thing is needful” acts [...]

By |2019-03-16T12:45:10+11:00March 16th, 2019|Comments Off on But One Thing Is Needful

The Church in Your House

The Church in Your House   Our motto this year, “the church in your house”, is a phrase taken from several of Apostle Paul’s Epistles, where in the early Church, groups of Christians gathered in homes to pray and worship together and partake of Holy Communion. This was a time when Christians felt they weren’t part of the world anymore, that is, they had rejected a world full of idolaters, people that sacrificed animals and children to the hundreds of gods they believed in, or people who had rejected the Messiah. Christians wanted to live God’s promise - they wanted [...]

By |2018-03-04T20:10:50+11:00March 4th, 2018|Comments Off on The Church in Your House

“Let us love in deed and truth”

"Let us love in deed and truth" Apostle John’s Epistle underscores the close relationship between the first great commandment - love of God, and the second - love of others. Words, thoughts and feelings are of lesser importance. Rather ACTS of love and mercy are the hard evidence of faith in God. It is with this background that St John advises his flock: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18). tongue, but in deed and truth” Love is the fundamental and determining characteristic of Christianity. Our Lord [...]

By |2017-05-02T11:42:23+10:00February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on “Let us love in deed and truth”

Synthema 2017: “Love in Deed and in Truth

On Saturday 7 January, members of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society, Orthodox Ladies Fellowship and the boys and girls from the youth fellowships (Ομάδες) gathered together for the unveiling of the synthema (motto) for 2017. The synthema provides a guiding focus for the events and camps throughout the year. The program began with prayer and the singing of traditional new year’s carols. The keynote speakers were Dr John Psarommatis, President of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society (in Greek) and Mrs Panayiota Kranidiotis (in English). The synthema for 2017 was taken from 1 John 3:18 «Αγαπώμεν εν έργω και αληθεία»  (“Love [...]

By |2017-06-17T18:20:04+10:00January 10th, 2017|Synthema of the year|Comments Off on Synthema 2017: “Love in Deed and in Truth