Chaplain's Chat Term 2 Week 6

Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder that we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.
— Barbara Brown Taylor

All around the world, the church celebrates the feast of Penteocst on May 28th.

In some Jewish traditions, Pentecost, called Shavuot is celebrated every year…a harvest festival at the end of the growing season. Oftentimes, during this festival the Ten Commandments are read, as is the book of Ruth.

For Christians Pentecost is a celebration of many things. Some people call it the birthday of the church with the gift of the Spirit being poured out. Some celebrate the gift of a diverse bunch of people and backgrounds coming together, speaking different languages and having understanding. A miracle indeed.

At BDC we have been giving thanks for a great many things. We celebrate 30 years as an Anglican School bringing holistic education to our communities. We celebrate the dedication and amazingness of our students and staff as we navigate a life after lockdowns. We celebrate the opening of the David Ford Centre and the renaming of the Win Howard building. In Primary and Secondary Chapel, we have been making rainbow flags of gratitude and tying them together to display like a prayer station in our Chapel.

We celebrate Rev Cooke’s appointment as Dean of Grafton Cathedral, to start in August.

We celebrate every bit of life that we can find. Even things that don’t look shiny, colourful or grand.
The following prayers are inspired from the Beatitudes of Jesus, reminding us of the holiness of all life. Blessed.

Blessed are the peacemakers, the ribbon cutters, the joy bringers.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right, the careful planners, the deep thinkers.

Blessed are the pure in heart, the hope seekers, the path creators.

Blessed are those who mourn, the truth tellers, the change makers.

Blessed are the pure in heart, the curious, the wonderers, and those looking for something beyond.

Blessed are the meek, the unnamed, the humble, the ones on the way.

All students, families, and staff are very welcome to gather in the Chapel 8am Tuesday mornings for our weekly service of Holy Communion.

Chaplaincy Team
Rev Naomi Cooke
Rev Nic Hagon