Today 23 June – Parish Council meets after morning tea.
Our own Peter Seymour will preach to us today. Thank you Peter for sharing your gift with us.
Wednesday 26 June – Women’s Reading Group meets at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home.
The Long Table Thursday 27th June is not at Europe Grill. We are joining with the National Council of Churches (Aust) at City Tattersalls Club. Please see Mandy Tibbey if you would like to go as the RSVP was 19th! More news to follow regarding our next Long Table gathering.
Men’s Night Out Friday 12th July at Pasta Bella Italian Restaurant 89 Glebe Point Road (Bus 370 from Newtown goes to Glebe – alight at the Mitchell Street Bus Stop) at 6 for 6.30pm.
The Healthy Church Life Group is down in numbers due to some moving away from Sydney and other personal reasons. It is such an important group for the future of the parish, please consider if you are being called to take part. Speak to Fr Jeff or one of the wardens if this is you. It might be the most rewarding experience you will ever have with God’s church. (Two people so far have indicated an interest; What about you?)
Our Play Group for carers of young children is continuing in the hall Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please let others know about this group.
Jam – if your would like to order some homemade jam please email your order to Lea MacNeil (email@example.com) and it will be delivered to Opshop.
Our new offertory envelopes have arrived and can be picked up from the welcomers’ table this month. They begin 7 July for the next 12 months.
On Prayer (Week 4)
from Fr Jeff
What is Christian meditation?
Christian meditation is a form of prayer. It is very different to how we pray during worship and when meditating one does not read from a prayer book. Meditation “happens” inwardly, more in our heart than in our mind.
There are a several forms of meditation which I will touch on over the coming weeks. Today I refer to the contemplative method of meditation.
This involves the repetition of a sacred word or phrase over and over. Once we have settled in a place of prayer, where and when we will not be disturbed, we quieten ourselves and begin to say our ‘mantra’.
Benedictine monk, John Main, advocated the use of the word ‘Maranatha’ – said as Ma-ra-na-tha, rhythmically, slowly, and gently. The word is an ancient Aramaic prayer meaning “come lord, come lord Jesus”. There are YouTube clips that will help with learning more about this.
Other phrases which can also be used are “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”, or simply “Jesus”. You might have another phrase.
Repetition of the mantra can lead to a closeness with God, a feeling of being in God’s presence, profound peace and allow God to change us in God’s way and time.
Readings for the coming week and next Sunday:
|Monday||Genesis 12.1-9||Psalm 33.13-21||Matthew 7.1-5|
|Tuesday||Genesis 13.2-5-18||Psalm 15||Matthew 7.6,12-14|
|Wednesday||Genesis15.1-12, 17-18||Psalm 105.1-7||Matthew 7.15-20|
|Thursday||Genesis 16||Psalm 106.1-5||Matthew 7.21-29|
|Friday||Genesis 17.1,9-10,15-22||Psalm 128||Matthew 8.1-4|
|Saturday||Genesis18.1-15||Song of Mary (APBA 31 or 425)||Matthew 8.5-17|
Readings for Next Sunday 23 June – Second Sunday after Pentecost
First Reading: 2 Kings 2.1-2, 6-14 Psalm: 77.1-2,11-20
Second Reading: Galatians 5.1,13-25 Gospel: Luke 9.51-62
Weekly Intercessions for our Community and outreach.
Monday Susan Hill, Janet Broady& Alex; Lay-kum Ho; Moya Holle.
Tuesday: Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas; Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs.
Wednesday: Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat
Thursday: Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.
Friday: Fabian LoSchiavo; Blue, Amy, Ariel & Booni Luangjai; Evelyn Maack.
Saturday – We continue to pray for peace and reconciliation among all people; and among all cultures and creeds. We pray for good government in our own country and for all who have been newly elected to govern our country.