Where To Find Us

This Crossing Bridges website was created as a form of online Christian outreach to provide Bible Studies
and an email contact service (reach-out) for people of all ages, in all their diversity and complexity,
in support of their personal Christian growth and spiritual well-being.

From time to time, Bible studies will be provided on this site.
These studies generally follow the teaching series presented within the Sunday evening services (6PM) at St Paul's Anglican Church

- directly in front of the Birkinhead Bridge -
1 Church Place, Port Adelaide in Adelaide South Australia.

You can always join us in person on Sundays.
If you would like to come along, why not email us beforehand so that we can look forward to welcoming you especially.
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General Fund: BSB: 705-077 (Anglican Funds)  
Organ Fund: BSB: 705-077 (Anglican Funds)  
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Name: Anglican Parish of Port Adelaide
Name: Anglican Parish of Port Adelaide


(Locum Tenens) Parish Priest

Father Dirk Van Dissel 0400 055 244
The Very Reverend Canon
M.A., B.D.

(Honorary) Parish Deacon

Brother Wayne Philp 0419 800 542
The Reverend Doctor
Ph.D., M.Mental Health, B.Th., B.Sc.

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Worship & Fellowship



9:30-10:30 am: Sung Eucharist (Parish Priest: weekly)

5:00-6:00 pm: "Alive @5" Fellowship Meal (Br Wayne: weekly during School Terms)
Free pizza and softdrink provided, but feel free to BYO plate to share.

6:00-7:30 pm: Prayer, Praise and Proclamation (Br Wayne: weekly during School Terms)
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7:00-9:30 pm: Bible Study Fellowship Group (Br Wayne: weekly during School Terms)

        Come along to our Parish Hall (OpShop) to
        learn more about the Bible and what Christian's
        believe. There is usually a 
light supper provided

        and great people to chat with.  Please bring your
        own personal Bible (in 
your 1st language) and some
        food to share. The 
Bible Study usually follows the
        content and 
context of previous Sunday night’s
        teaching series.  If you would like any more detail 
please contact
        Br. Wayne 
on 0419800542, or wrphilp@gmail.com


9:30-12am “Crafty Friends” – Craft (BYO) activities and fellowship (during School Terms)
Ring Christine on 0468 338 955 or email or wrphilp@gmail.com for details.
This free morning group is especially for people who like to engage in craft activities with friends.
You could knit a square that can be made into a blanket for the needy (knitting needles and wool provided).
For other craft activities please bring along your own resources and material.
Children of all ages are welcome but must remain under the supervision and responsibility of their parent at all times.
Tea, coffee, water and biscuits are provided, or just bring along your own snacks for yourself and your children. 

5:00-5:45 pm: Holy Communion 
(Parish Priest: weekly)


4:00 - 6:00 pm: Jam Session

This free afternoon group is especially for people with a musical bent but

with little opportunity to join in with other budding musos to socially enjoy
their good (or bad) talents. The late afternoon Friday time slot is for
people who otherwise work (9to5), study or have school commitments.

There is no particular focus or genre or type/number of musical instruments.
It's just for fun! We meet at the back of the church.
If you might be hungry, please feel free to bring along some snacks to share.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. If you would like to join our little
group please contact Br. Wayne on 0419800542, or wrphilp@gmail.com


10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Sausage Sizzle (from 13 April 2024)

Delicious sausages in bread and refreshing softdrinks are outside our Parish OpShop,
which is open 9:30 am - 2:00 pm every day except Sunday, Monday and public holidays.

All profits go to charity.
Volunteers needed.
Please contact Br. Wayne on 0419800542 or Christine on 0468 338 955
or email wrphilp@gmail.com



You may need to view this study on a computer screen rather than on a mobilephone
This week's Bible Study:
The Gospel of John as The Passover Meal
Bible Study 3 – The Exodus

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and σκηνόω (skēnoō) "pitched his tent" [made his dwelling] among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Exodus 29:41-45 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory. I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I AM the Lord their God.

Q1.  Emmanuel.  Discuss the idea of God living with his creation – God with us!  Do you find this amazing?

Exodus 14:9-29 The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.  When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly, and all the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They grumbled to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Q2.  What was Israel’s reaction to escaping from Egypt and now being pursued by Pharaoh and his army?

Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”   The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen.  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Then The Angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night…

And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Exodus 16:2-12 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?”  And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because The Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked towards the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.  And the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

Q3.  What was Israel’s reaction to God’s salvation of 2 million people from Pharaoh’s wrath and the elimination of the Egyptian Army and then feeding them with miraculous bread from heaven and meat (quails) at evening?

Exodus 17:1-6 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarrelled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarrelling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?

Numbers 20:1-13 The people of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. And Miriam died there and was buried there. Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people quarrelled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord! Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.” Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces.

And the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.”  And Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he commanded him. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”  These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarrelled with the Lord, although he showed himself to be Holy.

Q4.  What was Israel’s reaction to God’s miraculous saving protections at every stage when Miriam died and there was no water available?  Why did God get angry with Israel.  Why did God get angry with Moses?

Numbers 21:4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go round the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”  Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So, Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So, Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole: if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

John 3:12-15 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Q5.  What is the connection between God’s salvation through the bronze serpent on a pole and Jesus?


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