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

28 April 2019

From the Locum

One of the passages set for today is from the book of Revelations. It is a book which used the language of vision to encourage those early Christians who were being persecuted in the faith.

There are many people who interpret this book in a literal way and thus it becomes a minefield of crazy ideas when used to explain the things that happen in the world today as a preparation for that ultimate war of Armageddon – Judgement Day and the end of the world.

Many of the symbols remain mysterious to the modern mind and yet in the passage which is part of our liturgy for today is part of an introductory greeting to the seven churches that are in Asia. It speaks of the central figure of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. He is described as the firstborn of the dead, the faithful witness and the ultimate ruler of the kings of the earth. The passage also describes the scattered Church as a kingdom of priests. It also suggests that because of Christ’s death, in some mysterious way God’s love and forgiveness is accomplished. Imagine what these words would have meant to those early Christians. They would have been words of encouragement to look beyond their suffering to not only the suffering and wounds of Jesus but also the glory which Jesus achieved through His death.

One of the meanings of Easter is to reflect on the fact that even in moments of defeat and despair there stands a hidden strength which ultimately comes through the recognition of our weakness.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

  • Fr Barry

Notices

Next Sunday

Sunday 5 May – 3rd Sunday of Easter

8.00am Eucharist

10.00am Sung Eucharist

10.00am Light Up!

Readings

Acts 9:1-6; Ps 30; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19

  • Morning Prayer is at 8.30am Tuesday to Friday.
  • Mid-week Eucharist at 12.30pm

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 4 May                               St Mary’s Fair

Sunday 5 May                                  10am Light Up!

Sunday 19 May                                10am Messy at St Mary’s

Thursday 30 May                            6.30pm Ascension Day

Thursday 6 June                              7pm Induction Fr Jan Joustra

 

ST MARYS FAIR (KINDERGARTEN & PARISH)

Card Tables – If you have one to help with the set up of Devonshire Tea please bring it to church.

-Get baking! We need biscuits, cakes, slices, cupcakes etc. for the stall. Please remember that everything is required to have an ingredient list. Ingredient stickers will be available from the office towards the end of April. Donations can be left at the parish office or in the porch on Sundays. Thank you to those who have already provided donations. Thank You! Harriet Jenkins -Fair Coordinator

(0405 905 702 or hjenkins@stmarys.org.au)

 

NEXT GEN ORGAN CONCERT – FRIDAY 3 MAY 6.30PM

At St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne there will be a Gala NextGen Organ Concert on the Fincham Grand Organ. Hanford Lam, who has often played the organ here, will be performing. Cost $20. Admission at the door.

LOCUM – FR BARRY FERNLEY

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

FR PHILIP – LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Fr Philip Bewley will be on a leave of absence until 27 April.

ST MARY’S STITCHERS

If you have any spare fabric ribbon you could donate at home that could be used for small lavender bags this would be appreciated greatly. St Mary’s Stitchers Group meets every Thursday at 10am in the small hall. Please join us on any Thursday.

ST MARY’S GARDEN GROUP

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. Names written on the Sunday list will be prayed for on that week only.

 

Please pray for those in need, including: Ikenna, Charlotte, Kathy, Jean, Alwynn, Susan, David and Family.

We remember the recently departed:

Also those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:

James Carnegie.

 

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT?

Today

28 April

Next Sunday

5 May

8am Reader Rhondda Fahey Judie Bainbridge
10am Readers Fiona Blanch

Katie Holmes

David Bryson

Claudine Chionh

Sub Deacon

Servers

Jack Lindsay

Alice Christofi

Anne Sunderland

Kathleen A-Ross

Angelica Del Hierro

Sam Miller

Peter O’Donoghue

Kathleen A-Ross

Adam Wing

Charles Kao

Intercessions Geoff Jenkins Audrey Statham
Bread & Wine Fabien Nunes John Rickard
Welcome & Collection Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Heidi Lee

Elaine Nwokolo

Communion Assist. Alice Christofi Kathleen A-Ross
Children’s Ministry Sunday School Light Up!
Refreshments Marion Poynter

Katie Holmes

David Bryson

Paul Eikelboom

Counting Fiona Blanch

Anne Sunderland

Claudine Chionh

David Morton

Flowers Marion Poynter Christine Storey