The flowers in the church for Easter are in memory of Eunice Dahler from Jo Raj (Gordon) and family.
Play Group @ Enmore – has been suspended until the current health crisis is under control. For information phone Ian: Mob 0427 250 390.
Confirmation – Booked in for Sunday 23rd August (but waiting to be advised). Bp Michael Stead will be here for confirmation. Anyone who is not confirmed is invited to go through the process of preparation with Fr Jeff. Please speak to Fr Jeff about this.
Food for our little friends — Don’t forget to keep your cooked food scraps, fruit peelings, tea leaves and coffee grounds for the parish worm farms. (No citrus, dairy or meat). You can still drop this off outside the office — during office hours. If you would like some worm castings for your garden you can leave a bucket or bag at the rectory with your details. Our little fertilizer factories have been doing a wonderful job and the fruit of their labours is now available.
Any notices for the service booklet will need to be submitted to the Parish Office email by Tuesday evening at the latest. This is so we can post out the weekly service booklet earlier.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Andrew Micke; Agnes Forrester; Franco Cevcek; May Gleave; Benjamin Potts; Eileen Kerr; Mary Porter; Arthur Boyd & James Unwin.
Readings for Next Sunday — Second Sunday of Easter: First Reading: Acts 2.14a, 22–32; Psalm: 16; Second Reading: 1 Peter 1.1–12; Gospel: John 20.19–31
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Exodus 12.1–14||Psalm 113||Romans 6.3–14|
|Monday||Exodus 12.1–20||Psalm 110||1 Peter 1.1–9|
|Tuesday||Exodus 12.21–36||Psalm 113||1 Peter 1.10–17|
|Wednesday||Exodus 12.37–51||Psalm 115||1 Peter 1.18–2.3|
|Thursday||Exodus 13.1–16||Psalm 117||1 Peter 2.4–10|
|Friday||Exodus 13.17–14.14||Psalm 118.19–29||1 Peter 2.11–17|
|Saturday||Exodus 14.15–30||Psalm 136.1, 13–26||1 Peter 2.18–25|
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Sunday: Diana Jefferies; Eddy Kittirat, Mint, Atom & Arty; John Lo; Monday: Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Fabian LoSchiavo; Tuesday: Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas; Wednesday: Evelyn Maack; Jennifer McGovern; John Merchant; Fran Morris; Thursday: Jo Middleton; Ian Mylchreest; Ronald Naidu; Pauline Newell; Friday: Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; Mathias Oduro; and Saturday: We pray for all health workers dealing with our current Covid-19 pandemic, particularly Raboom Takham & the nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital. That they may receive the resources and support needed at this time.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Kevin Tibbey; Glen; Kiki Chun; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Edna Chambers; Br Michael Saminatham (SSF); Sam George; Mary Middleton; Louise Middleton; Barbara Reyne; Victoria Keighery; Fr John Bunyan; John; Louise Trott; and Christina Rees (CBE).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Andrew Reddy; Jennifer B.; Rosemary Bradford; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; Gary & Karen Steiner-Hill; Kenneth Barongo; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Sr Elizabeth (SSC); Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Victor Anyarisi; Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Robert & Lyndall; Kit & Ben; Hiro Itadini; and Br William (SSF).
From a sermon by Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby
23 March 2020
… All of us, now, face a common threat, COVID-19. The question is, how do we find hope in these difficult circumstances? Hope comes both from what we can do and who we are.
We know that everything possible is being done to ensure that we can meet the challenge, in the NHS and across society. The struggle will bring with it many practical difficulties, from the closing of sports grounds to meeting the needs of those in isolation. It may mean some very hard decisions have to be taken about who is treated, as in Italy where they have had to decide not to treat some patients.
We must not be suspicious or indulge in conspiracy theories. Those who are leading our country are seeking the best advice and can be trusted to do all they can. NHS staff and scientists our Government can call upon are amongst the best anywhere in the world. They have no agenda other than the wellbeing of all.
We are capable of bearing the truth. Honesty strengthens our hopes. We need to listen to the science. Through listening we already know how to reduce the risk: washing our hands meticulously; self-isolating even if we are not ill but have come into contact with the virus; resisting the temptation to go to a doctor’s surgery where we might infect others; resisting the temptation, too, to panic buy.
Above all we must look after one another, knowing that in an uncertain world with a new virus we are best protected with honesty, compassion and care.
Remember the example of the Good Samaritan, the story in the Bible, which speaks about the need to care for the other and ensure we notice those who are in distress even if they are those who are often invisible to us. We can find hope and courage in the goodly and wholesome spirit that is in so many ways common to all human beings, whether they are people of Faith or None. We must distinguish between a healthy fear — the beginning of wisdom, which prompts us to follow advice, and to care for those at risk — and unhealthy fear which is driven by pride, leading us to act, selfishly, doing harm to ourselves and others. With the gift of truth and hope, we can care for one another lovingly, using words if not touch because of self-isolation. We can accept advice without grumbling, out of concerns for others, even if we do not see ourselves as being at risk.
We can go out of our way to be attentive to neighbours and to those who are vulnerable. We can shop for one another. We can help at a food bank. We can
volunteer in community service. We can support those who struggle to feed their children when there are no free school lunches.
Finally, there is one more thing that everyone can do. Something we would expect from two Archbishops. We make no apology for saying “Pray!” Even if you scarcely can imagine how, pray! Pray for yourself, for those you love, for friends and neighbours.
Three thousand years ago a young King, of shepherd background, called David, wrote a song. It was a hit at his time and has remained so ever since. That is quite a success, even the greatest of our stars of today would feel that three thousand years at the top was quite an achievement. It’s the Shepherd song, “The Lord’s my Shepherd”.
We sing it in our common worship, at weddings and at funerals. It starts with hope but speaks of darkness as well as life. The singer begins with joy: God, the divine Shepherd-King, leads his people to nourishment and safety but in the song the scene quickly darkens.
The path along which he goes becomes a valley of the shadow of death. But the shepherd’s ‘rod’ and ‘staff’, implements that prod and guide the sheep, provides the comfort that comes from divine guidance.
Find Psalm 23 and read it aloud. The Shepherd’s song is about real life, not an idealised picture. It speaks of suffering and facing enemies.
Whether we are confident and brave, or doubt-filled and fearful, God is the source of love and hope. Why not say the Lord’s prayer – “Our Father who art in heaven ….” when you wash your hands. It takes more than the recommended 20 seconds.
Pray for healing for those who are sick with COVID-19; and that God will heal us from the fear which will prevent us from working together.
May the wisdom of God lead the doctors, nurses and researchers, that they may know God’s protection; and that God will guide the leaders of the nations into the ways of justice and peace. And that the love of Christ will surround us and take away our anxiety and give us His peace. May He hear us and heal us.
With the hope that you will find, then act. Where someone is ill, encourage them. Where someone dies, remember that, as the foundation of our faith for over two thousand years, we have believed that God shared the pains and fears of our lives in Jesus Christ, that He faced death, but overcame it. And He is with the bereaved. Where is our hope? It is in the end in the love and faithfulness of a God whom we may have forgotten, but whose action and character is expressed in millions of acts of love by every person in this country. This is the God who we see in Jesus Christ, who called himself the Good Shepherd. Acts of love are the normal reaction to those in need. They are a reflection of the God who is our Shepherd