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It's the little things in life that bring joy
27 March 2019

One of the most joyful pieces of news universally shared around the world, is the news that a baby is expected. Pregnancy brings families, communities and even strangers together in a euphoric state of delight and anticipation. The ALC on-campus community is no exception. Students and staff are united in their joy of knowing that a little one is expected to arrive in coming months.

On 25 March—Annunciation Day (nine months to the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus)—the College community gathered in worship to remember the joy experienced by the Virgin Mary, when the angel Gabriel announced to her that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit, who would be called Jesus. Despite the obvious shock Mary must have felt, her response was one of acceptance and joyfulness. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

In his address, Pastor Tom Pietsch reminded those gathered of the significance of Annunciation Day.

Today is a day for rejoicing not in the big, but in the small; a day to say not that bigger is better, but that small is beautiful. For today we celebrate our Saviour, not in his infinite vastness, nor in the majesty of the planets and the spheres, but in His embryonic tininess.

Jesus came into the world small, as an embryo, and yet he managed to become even smaller, by submitting to the humiliation of the cross. His smallness knew no bounds, all for the sake of you and your salvation.

As the ALC community has celebrated all things small with its own baby boom in recent times (7 babies born in 12 months with one more on the way), Pastor Tom concluded the service with a blessing of babies both born and unborn and those that care for them.

Later that day, Dr Robert Polnitz (experienced paediatrician and highly regarded Lutheran medical ethicist) spoke to the community on the topic of the annunciation, motherhood and new life.