09 December 2016

Archbishop-elect, Geoff Smith, writes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The days since I was elected to be the next Archbishop of Adelaide have been something of a blur as Lynn and I have begun to come to terms with the news and the impact this has for our lives. We have received many wonderful messages of welcome and support from people in Adelaide and are greatly encouraged both by that support and the reports we have of the really generous and gracious spirit of the election synod last weekend. For Lynn and I, the election was a clear calling of God to Adelaide and so we will come full of expectation of what the Lord has in store.

A further encouragement has been that Lynn’s employer has agreed that she can work remotely, continuing as chief financial officer of the firm with a view towards establishing a presence in Adelaide.

I am grateful to the Archbishop’s election committee for their care of myself in the process, and also am grateful to both Bishop Tim and Keith Stephens who are already helping us make the transition. I have received the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer and so join you daily in prayer for the work and ministry of the Diocese.

A number of factors (including the timing of Easter) next year mean we will move to Adelaide in Easter week and I will be installed at 7pm on April 28th in St Peter's Cathedral.

Many people have told Lynn and I that they are praying for us now and in the months to come. We are very thankful for this ministry and certainly ask that it continue-we will need all the prayers we can get!

We wish you a reflective Advent and a joyous Christmas as we celebrate God’s great ‘yes’ to the world in Jesus. We look forward to arriving in April and getting to know the people of the Diocese. We are grateful to God for this incredible opportunity to serve. The God who calls is faithful and we seek to trust him as he works out his missional purpose through all of us in the Diocese of Adelaide in the years ahead.

With grace and peace

8 December 2016

08 December 2016

Anglicans invited to celebrate Advent 2016 with a camera phone

Anglicans worldwide and all Christians are being invited to observe Advent in a fun and prayerful way through a global online Advent Calendar called 'AdventWord'.

The season of Advent, from November 29 to December 24, is when Christians observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

'AdventWord' invites Christians to sign up to receive a daily meditation and respond by posting a picture on Instagram and other social media. The pictures combine to create the Advent Calendar in real time.

'AdventWord' will be launched at 5am New Zealand time on 29 November 2016 and be managed for the Anglican Communion by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and Lady Doak College in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Anglican Communion News Service

05 December 2016

Adelaide elects new Archbishop

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide has elected a new Archbishop, Bishop Geoffrey Smith.

Bishop Smith is the current Assistant Bishop/General Manager and Registrar of the Diocese of Brisbane, Queensland.

Bishop Smith replaces Archbishop Jeffrey Driver, who retired in August after 11 years as Archbishop of Adelaide. The Archbishop-elect is likely to be commissioned as Archbishop of Adelaide during the first half of 2017.


04 December 2016

Advent 2 - 4 December 2016

John the Baptist

Used with permission - John the Baptist by Randy OHC via Flickr

Let us pray that we, like John the Baptist, prepare for the advent of Christ.


God our strength and our hope,
grant us the courage of John the Baptist,
constantly to speak the truth,
boldly to rebuke vice
and patiently to suffer for the truth's sake;

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit
one God now and for ever.

Source: http://www.liturgy.co.nz/reflection/652.html

01 December 2016

World AIDS Day 2016

Prayer For World AIDS Day

God of all compassion,
comfort your sons and daughters who live with AIDS.
Spread over us all your quilt of mercy, love and peace.
Open our eyes to your presence reflected in their faces.
Open our ears to your truth echoing in their hearts.
Give us the strength to weep with the grieving,
to walk with the lonely,
to stand with the depressed.
May our love mirror your love for those who live in fear, who live under stress
and who suffer rejection.

Mothering, Fathering God,
grant rest to those who have died
and hope to all who live with HIV.

God of Life, help us to find the cure,
and help us to build a world
in which no one dies alone
and where everyone lives accepted, wanted and loved.