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2016 General Assembly Of The Presbyterian Church Of Australia #GAA_16

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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia commences tonight at 7.00pm at the Chinese Presbyterian Church Surry Hills, Sydney.
Meeting every three years, the GAA comprises of representative pastors and elders drawn from the State Assemblies and Presbyteries. Matters under the authority of the GAA include Theological Education, World Mission, Defence Force Chaplaincy, Inland Mission, Relations With Other Churches, Church And Nation, along with more standing and ad hoc committees.
Tonight David Cook will conclude his three-year term as Moderator-General and John Wilson, Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria will be installed as Moderator-General of the Forty Ninth Session of the General Assembly, a role that continues for the three years until the next regular GAA.
Any business tonight is of a routine matter, and will commence properly tomorrow, after the Assembly Communion Service in the morning.
It’s been a privilege to serve as one of six chaplains (one for each State) for David Cook, and tonight in that capacity I’ll be reading 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8 as part of the worship tonight.
Then John is putting me to work as one of his chaplains through the rest of the Assembly, beginning with the Moderator’s reception after the Service. I’m supposed to engage people if they’re looking lost or lonely. Usually it’s kind people trying to engage me looking lost and lonely, so pray for me. My week will involve a couple of sittings being alongside John as paper shuffler, and I volunteered to help out with the songs he’s chosen to be sung at the opening of various sittings.
So, I’ll try to post about what’s going on, pretty much here, with links to Facebook and Twitter.
I’ll include the hashtag #GAA_16 in the titles to make searching easier.

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