Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, 2021

Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021
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prayer for the state:

Wednesday 24th November, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

This year’s Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast brought together like-minded people from across Tasmania to pray for our State, our leaders, parliamentarians, businesses, schools, communities, and community organisations; our families, youth, and children.

Over 400 people attended this, the 16th annual Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. It was attended by Church and business leaders, aid agency representatives, and many other Christians from across the state.

A record number of State and Federal politicians attended, 26 out of a possible 40. This included the Premier Peter Gutwein, the Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff, and Leader of the Opposition Bec White. Jacquie Petrusma MP welcomed all as the Parliamentary Host.

Tasmania’s Young People

Prof. Patrick Parkinson speaks at the Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021
Prof. Patrick Parkinson

The breakfast was chaired by Stephen Baxter (Tas Baptist Mission Director), who oversees the TPPB organising committee. The newly formed Calvin School Choir, pictured below, performed for those gathered.

Prof. Patrick Parkinson, the speaker at the recent Tasmanian Baptist Annual Assembly, gave an overview of some of his achievements. He spoke about the care and nurture of young people in Tasmania, and presented some concerning statistics. Having suffered childhood abuse, and his current blended family, he spoke into those numbers with heart-warming vulnerability and authority.

Framing

Stephen Baxter

As usual, Stephen Baxter gave a very insightful framing to begin the morning. It is reproduced here for you . . .

Let me take a moment to explain why I believe we are here.

We gather in the name and spirit of Jesus to pray for our state and its people. From the oldest to the youngest, those doing well and those not so well, those who lead and those who serve.

Across this room we are a rich and diverse tapestry of culture, experience, outlook and belief, believers and non-believers alike. We do life together on this magnificent island, Tasmania – lutruwita. We are wrapped in the world’s purest air, graced with magnificent forests and magical lakes, lined with epic coastlines and surrounded by crystal clear water. It is a slice of heaven. We are truly blessed.

Yet, our lives, public and private, could be better. Perhaps, more than ever, we are rightly aware of the wrongs of the past, sensitive to racism and injustice, and conscious of the need to care for our environment. But the same time we are distracted by fear and anger. It shapes our lives.

A damaging polarisation is at work. We see it in the rage and resentment that prioritises victimhood and grievance over community and resilience. We see it in the violence – verbal, written and physical – that seeks to silence the opinions of others. The result sadly, is division, conflict, and animosity, even between good people. And it solves little.

At the same time, we are losing the art of forgiveness. We dredge up things from someone’s past suggesting it defines them today – conveniently forgetting each of us is more than the worst we have done.

Some advocate the removal of faith from the public square. They do so unaware that true faith nurtures confession, repentance, and the potential for redemption and restoration. If we are to overcome the significant challenges we face, I am convinced we need to include faith.

As a spiritual leader I appreciate you might be sceptical. I am deeply aware the Church, in its various forms, has let our community down in so many ways. I know I speak for many when I say I’m sorry.

Churches are not exempt from the need for confession and repentance. We are always learning and relearning how to follow Jesus. His execution by the authorities of the day, which included the religious, was a brutal form of cancel culture. They did not like what he said so they silenced an innocent man.

We all can learn from his response. It was not resentment or rage, but a cry, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing”. We all need forgiveness. The resurrection of Jesus reveals God is willing to give it.

Love, acceptance and forgiveness. It’s what holds our lives and families, our communities and our future together. Every day, inconspicuously and unheralded, thousands of Tasmanians just ‘do it’. They don’t seek wealth, power, or fame, but quietly do what needs to be done: lending a hand, sharing a meal, volunteering at emergencies, caring for the forgotten, and courageously standing for what they believe.

It’s spiritual. It is what lights and sustains the fires of excitement, passion, vision and sacrifice.

It is the spiritual that will help us learn afresh how to respect one another, how to engage in civil dialogue, and how put aside our differences for the sake of the common good.

That’s why we come to pray.

Stephen Baxter, Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021
Calvin Choir sing at the Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021
Calvin Choir sing

READ MORE IN THE NOV/DEC 2021 ADVANCE | STEP BY STEP

WALK | PRAY | LOVE

Walk Pray Love, Heartlands Events, Spring 2021

Heartlands SPRING 2021

Walk | Pray | Love Events during November 2021 (scroll down)
Being an Imperfect Ministry by Jenna Blackwell
Baptist World Day of Prayer for Women by Elissa Macpherson

NOVEMBER 2021 EVENTS

EmpowHer

Join with others state-wide to walk, pray, love and enjoy the company of other women.

REGIONDATETIMEWHEREWHAT
NorthMonday 1st Nov7:30-8:30pmHomes and GroupsGlobal Day of Prayer
 Saturday 20th Nov11:30amHollybankHollybank Picnic Adventure
NorthwestMonday 1st Nov7:30-8:30pmHomes and GroupsGlobal Day of Prayer
 Tues 30th Nov7:00-8:30pmUlverstone Baptist ChurchLadies Evening with Amanda Cox
SouthFriday 5th November7:30-8:30pmHobart Baptist ChurchGlobal Day of Prayer
 Saturday 13th Nov10am-1pmClaremontWindermere Bay-Claremont Loop
SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFO

NORTH – walk | pray | love

Monday 1st November

7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Informal Gatherings
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

Global Day of Prayer, North
Saturday 20th November

11:30am Hollybank Picnic Adventure
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

Walk Pray Love: Hollybank Picnic Adventure

NORTHWEST – walk | pray | love

Monday 1st November

7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Informal Gatherings
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

Global Day of Prayer, Northwest
Tuesday 30th November

7:00-8:30pm Ladies evening
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite
RSVP to Yvette: admin@ub.church by 25th November | $10 pp on the night

SOUTH – walk | pray | love

Friday 5th November

7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Coffee and Dessert Night
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

Global Day of Prayer, South
Saturday 13th November

10:am-1:00pm Claremont-Windermere Bay Loop Walk
INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

Walk Pray Love South Windermere Nay walk

EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women
Tasmanian Baptist Women

OUR VISION is to see a network of women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

Baptist World Day of Prayer for Women

Say of Prayer, Heartlands Spring 2021

Heartlands Spring 2021

Baptist World Day of Prayer for Women by Elissa Macpherson (scroll down)
Being an Imperfect Ministry by Jenna Blackwell
Walk | Pray | Love Events during November 2021

prayer:

Participate in a Global Event

Every November, Baptists from all over the planet come together to pray for women, and support them financially.

From cities far and wide across the world, women and men join the World Day of Prayer. They pray from Cameroon, to Cambodia, to Croatia, and Canberra. They unite in one cry for women: “Lord, help the women of the world, sisters facing persecution, civil war, natural disaster, and poverty.”

Reunite women . . .

. . . Who live in desperate times

 Colombian Women at a Day of Prayer event
Colombian Women at a Day of Prayer event

The World Day of Prayer began in 1948, in response to the devastation and division created by WWII. To facilitate healing, the Baptist women of Europe organised the first Day of Prayer, aiming to reunite Baptists alienated by war.

The movement gathered momentum, and now Baptists globally gather in groups of five, 20 and 100s. They represent over 200 Baptist women organizations, and pray in more than 80 languages. They unite in prayer under the banner of Baptist World Alliance Women (BWAW). This is a global collective representing Baptist women from 145 countries. They have networks and projects across the world, but this is the one day they focus on the most important activity of all: PRAYER!

Just like the devastation of WWII, our world is once again in a global crisis with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, there are Baptist women bravely giving free medical care amid the coup in Myanmar; leaders dealing with devastation caused by earthquake in Haiti; Baptist sisters volunteering as midwives in remote villages in PNG; and yet others providing a 24-hour helpline for women feeling distressed by unplanned pregnancy in Argentina.

Inspire HOPE

Leading prayer in Nigeria
Leading prayer in Nigeria

Being a light to the world is integral to the call of BWAW. Consequently, as part of the Day of Prayer, an offering finances the ministry and support global projects. This year’s financial gifts will support a frog farm in Thailand, sewing clubs in Vanuatu, a library in Cameroon and a resource kit addressing mental health issues in the Philippines.

These projects will inspire hope and enable women to flourish.

You are invited to be part of this day. Why not gather a group to pray, and let the voices of Tasmania join the global movement?

Elissa Macpherson President, Baptist Women of the Pacific

Elissa Macpherson
President, Baptist Women of the Pacific
Contact Elissa for more information and support.
(president@bwpacific.org)

Complete guide to running your own World Day of Prayer: BWA World Day of Prayer >>>

What to do next

The World Day of Prayer can be held on any day in November.
HERE ARE SOME PRE-ORGANISED TASMANIAN EVENTS!

PARTICIPATE WITH WOMEN IN TASMANIA

NORTHWEST
7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st November
Gather in homes and groups to pray.
DOWNLOAD FLYER >>> |
Contact Gabe Fife (gabfife@gmail.com)

NORTH
7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st November
Gather in homes and groups to pray.
DOWNLOAD FLYER >>> | Contact Wendy Marston (wendy.marston@iinet.net.au)

SOUTH
7:30-8:30pm Friday 5th November 2021
Coffee and Dessert evening at Hobart Baptist Church.
DOWNLOAD FLYER >>> | Jenny Baxter (jenny@tasbaptists.org.au)

READ THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER PROGRAM >>>

Baptist women in Cambodia
Baptist women in Papua, Indonesia at a Day of Prayer gathering, 2021

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September/October 2021 No. 3

Released 7th October 2021

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Advance SeptOct 21-3
  • Food for Thought Bob Goolsby (George Town) considers Our Divine Purpose
  • Global Disaster Zones Haiti | Myanmar | Afghanistan
  • Crossover Australia latest update
  • NEED TO KNOW Prof. Patrick Parkinson at Assembly | Tasmania Celebration Launch | Christian Book of the Year

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Released 23rd September 2021

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  • Anthea Maynard Q&A Interview
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Released 9th September 2021

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Advance SeptOct 2021 No. 1
  • Brave New World Reading the signs of the times – Stephen Baxter
  • Church Profile City Baptist Launceston
  • Engaging with your Community – Michael Henderson
  • Need to Know EmpowHer Walk | Stand Sunday | Calling All Artists | BWA Ethical Fashion Report

READ No. 1 HERE >>>


Participate in Prayer Events

Prayer evets ADVANCE SeptOct 2021
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At home, online, in groups, at church, with other denominations

NOVEMBER is a big prayer season, not just in Tasmania but across the nation and globally. There are many ways to participate.

Perhaps you could choose one or two of these prayer events that best suits you.

Local

1. BAPTIST WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

State-wide events during first week of November

International Day of Pryaer for Baptist Women, Prayer events

Pray and raise funds for Baptist women around the world who are working on many projects to help disadvantaged communities. Funds for Frog farming (Thailand); Lighters of Hope in Darkness (mental health support, Philippines); Educational Library (Cameroon).

Find out More: bwawd.org/day-of-prayer
Download: Program >>>

PRAY IN THE North and Northwest

7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st Nov (or anytime that week). Alone, in groups, in homes, in churches. Info North: wendy.marston@iinet.net.au; Info NW: gabfife@gmail.com.

PRAY IN THE South

7:30-8:30pm Friday 5th Nov Dessert and coffee evening. Come and see the new Soundy Lounge, Hobart Baptist Church 284 Elizabeth St Hobart. RSVP 1st Nov: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au


2. TASMANIA CELEBRATION 2022

Hobart 20-22 May 2022 | Launceston 27-29 May 2022

In May 2022, Will Graham will visit for the Tasmania Celebration. keep reading for the many prayer events already taking place to prepare the church and people of Tasmania.

Find out More Tasmania Celebration >>>

Preparation Prayer Events for the Tasmania Celebration

North:
  • Gateway Baptist Church hosts weekly prayer meetings for Tasmania Celebration.
    7am every Thursday morning. 22 Wellington St Launceston
  • Launceston Prayer Walks in City Park.
    10am every Thursday. 45-55 Tamar St Launceston
South:
Time of prayer and breakfast!

Hosted by Ps Dave Morse and the Executive Leadership Team Co-chairs Ps Matt Sharples and Rev Pete Adlem you will hear how the Tasmania Celebration is not just a single event next year but a series of collaborative events designed to increase our prayer activity as a collective church; equip local believers through the intensive Christian Life & Witness Classes; increase our effectiveness for Christ through new outreach initiatives and offer opportunities to get involved.

  • 7-8.30 am Wednesday 27th October | Your Church, 29 Charles St Moonah
    RSVP HERE for the breakfast for catering purposes.
  • Generally, these times of prayer are at 7.30am on the last Wednesday of each month for coffee, however next month it will be a gathering on Wednesday 17th November
Tasmania Celebration Launch, 19th/20th November 2021
Tasmania Celebration Launch, prayer events

An invitation to the launch of Tasmania Celebration 2022 with Will Graham, to gather, prepare and pray for the events next year.

  • Hobart Launch event: 7-8:30pm Fri 19th November, C3 Convention Centre.
  • Launceston Launch event: 7-8:30pm Sat 20th November, Door of Hope Conference Centre.

Find out more tasmaniacelebration.org.au


3. TASMANIAN PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER BREAKFAST, 24th NOVEMBER
6:45am Wednesday 24th November 2021

  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart. Guest speaker Patrick Parkinson.
TPPB 2021, Prayer Events

Find out more and Register: https://tasmanianprayerbreakfast.com

The Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast brings together like-minded people from across Tasmania to pray for our State, our leaders, parliamentarians, businesses, schools, communities, and community organisations; our families, youth, and children. In the name of Jesus, we ask God to grant us the will and wisdom, the creativity and strength we need to care well for each other and to see Tasmania flourish in every dimension. Join us for this special moment of unity and humility.

Guest Speaker, Prof. Patrick Parkinson

Prof. Patrick Parkinson, Prayer events

Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, Patrick Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion, and the law of equity and trusts.

Professor Parkinson served as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney-General, and chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004 which resulted in major changes.


Nationwide – Online

4. MOVEMENT-WIDE PRAYER GATHERING, 3 NOVEMBER

  • Australian Baptist Ministries invite you to join in a nationwide prayer gathering via Zoom at 7:45-8:30pm Wednesday 3rd November. Register here: bit.ly/ABMpraywithus
ABM nationwide prayer events

International

5. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, 7 NOVEMBER

November 7, 2021 International day of prayer for the persecuted church
  • Pray with persecuted Christians suffering for their faith.

Your church can unite in prayer for the persecuted church, with Open Doors. Please take a moment during your service to pray for the persecuted church on 7 November. Find out more and

SIGN UP Open doors Prayer Event >>>


News & Prayer Notes: 24 October

News and Prayer 24Oct21
Sunday 24th October 2021

Reengage | Reimagine | Realign


  • BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR WOMEN
    1st WEEK OF NOVEMBER
    Pray and raise funds for Baptist women around the world working on projects to help disadvantaged communities. bwawd.org/day-of-prayer
    North and Northwest 7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st Nov (or anytime that week). Alone, in groups, in homes, in churches. Info North: wendy.marston@iinet.net.au; Info NW: gabfife@gmail.com.
    South 7:30-8:30pm Friday 5th Nov Dessert and coffee evening. Come and see the new Soundy Lounge, Hobart Baptist Church 284 Elizabeth St Hobart. RSVP by 1st Nov: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au
  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
    Please pray for those processing the Tasmanian shoeboxes in Hobart. There are 1000s of boxes being checked and sealed, all done by volunteers. It is a big job, requiring perseverance, concentration, and stamina.
  • WOMEN’S STUDY AT BEAUTY POINT
    After-church Women’s study/share group, for 8-weeks. Leader: Rachelle Hawkins. Childcare: Serena Hawkins. Response is very positive. Sunday service begins at 5pm. The Bible study starts at 6:30pm.
  • PRAYER FOR PERTH BAPTIST
    As the only Christian Church left in Perth, we take our responsibility to be Christ’s representatives in the growing town seriously. Please pray that what we do will be God’s will and will bear fruit.
  • PASTORAL SEARCHES
    Across our churches there are many in the process of calling pastors and would value our prayers. Newstead, City and Longford have made appointments; Wynyard, Westbury, Citywide, Hobart, and Beauty Point are in the process of looking and next year Burnie will begin. Pray for wisdom and God’s leading.
  • MOVEMENT-WIDE PRAYER GATHERING,
    3rd NOVEMBER
    Australian Baptist Ministries invite you to join in a nationwide prayer gathering via Zoom at 7:45-8:30pm Wednesday 3rd November. Register here: bit.ly/ABMpraywithus
  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, 7 NOVEMBER
    Pray with persecuted Christians suffering for their faith. Your church can unite in prayer for the persecuted church, with Open Doors. Please take a moment during your service to pray for the persecuted church on 7 November. SIGN UP: https://www.opendoors.org.au/get-involved/the-power-of-prayer/
  • LAUNCH OF TASMANIA CELEBRATION 2022
    An invitation to the launch of Tasmania Celebration 2022 with Will GrahamHobart Launch event: 7-8:30pm Fri 19th November, C3 Convention Centre. Launceston Launch event: 7-8:30pm Sat 20th November, Door of Hope Conference Centre. Find out more: tasmaniacelebration.org.au
  • TASMANIAN PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER BREAKFAST, 24th NOVEMBER
    6:45am Wed 24th November. Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart. Guest speaker Patrick Parkinson. Find out more and Register: https://tasmanianprayerbreakfast.com ALL WELCOME!

REFLECT:

For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Isaiah 56:7



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