NEWS & EVENTS

Morning Prayer is at 8.30am Tuesday to Friday, except public holidays. All are welcome, and for coffee afterwards.

Mid-week Eucharist – Not at present due to church works

24 February 2019

From the Locum

The Psalm portion for today is taken from Psalm 37. The NRSV bible titles this Psalm as an exhortation to patience and trust in God – these words fit the parish of St Mary’s at this time as we await the choice of a new vicar. At the same time, it is a reminder to us all to have patience. It is very easy to forget that God’s ways are not our ways and often the work of God’s Spirit in our lives is a very slow process and this is where the trust comes in.

Part of the problem which the psalm speaks to is the fact that often the ungodly or wicked seem to prosper and we are told not to fret. In the verses for today there are certain sayings which sound simple but if we follow them, we will know the presence of God with us even though our feelings seem to suggest the opposite. I would hope that all of us practise these words:

vs 3    Trust in the Lord and do good

vs 5    Take delight in the Lord

vs 6     Commit your way to the Lord

vs 7     Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him

These four verses suggest a positive attitude. In a world of “busy-ness” there is a place for “being still”. This is sometimes very hard to put into our life but is well worth the practice – and don’t give up if after a while you think nothing is happening! Meditation is essentially what the Psalmist is suggesting.

Furthermore, it also describes the attitude that we should bring to our worship – we are in the presence of God and sometimes it is good to simply stop our busy-ness and just simply be. The Sabbath is the Lord’s day, set apart each week for rest and worship. How many of us actually observe Sunday as a day of rest and a little recreation as our spiritual rest with God?

Fr Barry

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 3 March – Last Sunday after Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

Readings

Exod 34:29-35; Ps 99; 2 Cor 3:12-4:2, Lk 9:28b-36

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Sunday 3 March                  Monthly Lunch – Parish Picnic

Wednesday 6 March           Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 13 March         Lenten Study Group 6.30pm St Mary’s

Sunday 14 April                   Palm Sunday

Thursday 18 April               Maundy Liturgy 7pm

Friday 19 April                    Liturgy of the Passion 10am

Saturday 20 April                Great Paschal Vigil 9pm

 

MONTHLY LUNCH – SUNDAY 3 MARCH

The monthly lunch on March 3, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, will be a Parish Picnic. BYO food, drink and rug to picnic in the church grounds or in the hall if weather is unsuitable. During the picnic the young adults (bless them) will be serving pancakes. Between morning tea and lunch the Vicarage will be open for anyone who would like to look around. New Parishioners especially invited. Great opportunity to have fun together before Lent.

ASH WEDNESDAY – PALM CROSSES

Please remember to bring your Palm Crosses next Sunday for use in the preparation of the Ashes on Wednesday 6 March for Ash Wednesday.

 

ST MARY’S CHOIR

Choir practice is on Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Hall.St Marys choir is always looking to recruit new members.  If you or someone you know is interested in singing in the choir please contact the Director of Music or the Office or a chorister.

 

LOCUM – FR BARRY FERNLEY

Fr Barry Fernley’s workdays will be Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Mobile 0421 903 390 or Email fernley2@optusnet.com.au.

LENT/HOLY WEEK/EASTER

Please take a copy of the Lent/Holy Week/Easter brochure available in the porch, which gives full details of services and events. Please note that Lenten studies this year will be in the hall at St Mary’s.

 

BOOK LAUNCH – LEXI EIKELBOOM

“Rhythm: A Theological Category” by Lexi Eikelboom will be launched by Ass Prof Robyn Horner on Monday 25th February at 5.00pm at Room 460.8.57 The Sir Bernard Callinan Board Room Level 8, 250 Victoria Parade East Melbourne -ACU Melbourne Campus.

RSVP:Emily.Moore@acu.edu.au

STUDY LEAVE – FR PHILIP BEWLEY

Fr Philip will be on study leave in Canada until 1st March. We look forward to hearing about his research when he returns.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

Will recommence on Thursday 21st February.

St Mary’s Stitchers Group meets every Thursday at 10am in the small hall. Please join us on any Thursday.

 

LIGHT UP! /MESSY ST MARY’S

“Light Up!“-  First Sunday of the Month. –5th May

“Messy St Mary’s” – Third Sunday of the Month. – 19th May

 

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

The next get together is on Saturday 9th March 10.00am til 12noon.

The garden group normally meets on the 2ndSaturday of each month to help maintain the gardens around the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS

If you would like a name added to the ongoing prayer list, please notify the Parish Office. Unless specifically requested names will remain on the list for four weeks. Names written on the Sunday list will be prayed for on that week only.

 

Please pray for those in need, including: Jacqui, Ikenna, Annie, Ben, Charlotte, Cleo, Darrell, Kathy, Calvin, Jean, Dane and family, Ariette and John, The Fowler family.

We remember the departed: Joan Mavis Fowler

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

Richard Davidson, Dawn Hoy, Stan Archer, Minnie Irene Uren.

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

24 February

Next Sunday

3 March

8am Reader Anne Sunderland Jenny Langmead
10am Readers John Rickard

Rhondda Fahey

John Blanch

Katie Holmes

Sub Deacon

Servers

Sam Miller

Anne Sunderland

Kathryn Bellhouse

Angelica Del Hierro

Adam Wing

Jack Lindsay

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A-Ross

Adam Wing

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Simon Jackson
Bread & Wine NA in Hall NA in Hall
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

John Poynter

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Communion Assist. Kathleen A-Ross Simon Jackson
Children’s Ministry Sunday School Sunday School
Refreshments Margaret Noble

Michael Noble

Katie Holmes

Susan Gribben

Counting Tim Pilbrow

Anne Sunderland

Fiona Blanch

Adam Wing

Flowers Christine Storey Marion Poynter

HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2019

Sunday 14th April – Palm Sunday

8am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist with Procession

Monday 15th April

6.30pm Eucharist

Tuesday 16th April

6.30pm Eucharist

Wednesday 17th April

6.30pm Eucharist

Thursday 18th April

7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday 19th April

10am Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday 20th April

9pm Great Paschal Vigil

Sunday 21stApril – Easter Day

8am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

Church for People who Think

 

Sunday Lecture/study groups

11.30am-12.15pm

 

February to April

 

24 February

Introduction to the Orthodox Church

Revd Robert Gribben

10-17-24-31 March

Easter in 4th Century Jerusalem

Dr Geoff Jenkins

14 April

Easter in the 21st Century at St Mary’s

Fr Philip Bewley