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Advent 2

In the season of Advent, we begin to tell the story of salvation again, but anew. This week we pray that God will “stir up our hearts” (Prayer of the Week). God does this by the way and the word of the prophets. The Gospel of Mark drops us directly into this story, as it were – in the middle of things.

So, it is with the liturgy of our daily lives. John the Baptist (in the Gospel), enters in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our culture’s holiday season. His call, like those of all the OT prophets of whom he is the culmination, is the call to repentance, of turning away from all the ways of life that would lose us in ourselves and then turning toward the One who comes after him, who is “not slow to fulfil his promise…but is patient” (2 Peter 3:9).

Having last Sunday announced that the King is coming, the second and third Sundays of Advent continue with John the Baptist, who is himself an end time figure. As he calls people to repentance John points them to God’s final judgement when the winnowing fork of the Messiah clears the threshing floor to gather the wheat into his barns but to clear the chaff away to burnt with unquenchable fire (Luke 3:17). The need for repentance, because the end is near is a big theme in Advent. As John prepared for the coming of the Messiah by calling the people of Israel to repentance, so Advent prepares us through repentance for our celebration of the Childs birth in Bethlehem.

Mark Hampel

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Mark Hampel is an enthusiastic communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was ordained in 1988 and has served in churches and schools in 3 states. He currently lives in Chinchilla, Qld. His passion is building up the faith of God’s people and working with them so that all will come to know Christ as their joy and salvation.

Mark is happily married to Veronica and they have 4 children and 4 grandsons. He is also a farmer of sorts, having spent the last decade establishing a date plantation in Western Queensland. Other hobbies include Australian history, travel, film & literature and of course, family.

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Downfall Creek

St John’s

St John’s Downfall Creek, has been a centre of Christian faith and life in the area for over 100 years. They operated a Christian school for twenty-two years (1940 – 62).

This faith community is a warm-hearted bunch, who love to share their hospitality with the district. They enjoy many a pot luck dinner and host ‘Easter Dawn Service & Breakfast’, ‘Christmas Eve’ & ‘Advent Tea’’ and ‘Games Nights’ for the community.

Home Groups are an important part of life in the Downfall. Discussion and exploration of the faith are encouraged.

Religious Education at the nearby Guluguba Primary School is provided by St John’s.

Downfall Creek



Redeemer Miles, is a dedicated group who know the love of Christ and are keen to share it. They meet regularly in various homes throughout the district for intergenerational worship and home groups.  

Religious Education at nearby Drillham State Primary School is provided by Redeemer.



The Charleville faith community meet for worship once a month, then go out for a fellowship meal together. A Home Group is planned to begin soon.

They host the annual ‘Western Muster’, an ecumenical Bible teaching gathering, held on the first weekend after Easter.


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