Chaplain's Chat

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Term 3 Week 10


Two very special events in the spiritual life of our College occurred this week. On Thursday, the Year 12 Retreat was held at St George’s Anglican Church on Mt Tamborine. The church was a beautiful place for worship and reflection, as were the grounds that led to the lovely, peaceful pathway through the bush.

The Retreat began with Holy Communion which focused on this moment in time when our students are about to take their first step into the future. The promise that the Lord gave to Joshua and the Jewish people, as they stood on the bank of the River Jordan after traipsing through the desert with Moses for 40 years, is the same promise that he gives to all of us when our lives are about to change: “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Our students were encouraged to put their trust in God’s loving presence, and to ask him for help and guidance at all times. 

Other points that were shared with our students to help them to live the best possible lives included: choosing to live God’s way which is the way of love, justice and service to others; being aware of the secular ‘gods’ they serve, or put their energy into, such as wealth, possessions, popularity, fame and acceptance, none of which brings lasting happiness; and being aware of the negative voices in their minds that can stop them from living their life to the full.

The second event was the End of Term Chapel in which everyone was encouraged to ‘Lift up your heart’ to God with praise and thanksgiving for all his blessings. When we do this, we also lift up our eyes so that we can see the beauty in the people and the world around us, and experience wonder and hope. We certainly praised God – and we left for the holidays with joy in our hearts.
May you all know the joy of the Lord, and have a lovely time relaxing together over the break.

Blessings,
Reverend Elroy Mee
College Chaplain