Before the Liberal Party's leadership spill motion, the Parliamentary year began in church yesterday.

Both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten attended the ecumenical service at Canberra's Kingston Baptist.

Many of their members and senators were there as well. Christ was honoured and prayers were prayed to mark the start of the Parliament year.

Salvation Army Major Dr Kelvin Alley preached on David of the Bible, emphasising his courage, wisdom and grace.

With church at 7:30am and Mr Abbott's party room spill meeting set for 9am, Major Alley referenced the challenging political year ahead and encouraged parliamentarians to draw strength from the Lord in the same way David did.

After church, Mr Shorten and wife Chloe lingered at the back to greet the congregation on their way out.

From church it was straight to the party room in nearby Parliament House for Mr Abbott who survived the move against his leadership.

He is now on notice to improve his and the government's performance.

Failure will almost certainly bring on another spill.

It seems nothing has been learned from the recent political past. Two Labor prime ministerial coups ended badly.

So it is incomprehensible that the Liberal Party is tearing itself apart in the same way.

Sadly politics is full of ego, self-interest and arrogance and this trumps logic almost every time.

Our last three Prime Ministers - Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have faced leadership coups in their first term of office.

All leaders have their foibles, but it seems like an anti-leadership disease has afflicted our body politic.

Very little slack is cut.

Now part of this is self-inflicted because too many political leaders, Mr Abbott included, are too quick to break their word fuelling the public's fires of disillusionment.

We now see wildly violent election swings such as that in Queensland a little over a week ago.

Parliamentarians who elect their party leader and therefore the Prime Minister seem to be just as fickle as the electorate.

There is a crisis of trust in our system. The nation is the loser.

Politics is very much a reflection of who we are as a community. After all, we elected our parliamentarians.

Both we and our parliamentarians need the courage, wisdom and grace of David of the Bible. We constantly need reminding that God is God and we are not.

A church service to open the Parliamentary year is a great way to do this.