ABM 2021 Lent, Good Friday & Easter Gift Appeal
We encourage parishioners to use the QR Code on the digital donation cards or make a donation online at abmission.org.au.
Please note: There are some donation envelopes in the church foyer for those who do not use mobile phones or have no internet access.
Lenten Study — Wednesday 3rd March: After the Wednesday Healing service and morning tea we will be discussing the readings of the day from the Lectionary.
Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, 6 March, 2021 at 10am: The Sydney Mission-College of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd invites you to share in their annual Quiet Day for Lent, in the church and grounds of St John’s Church, Balmain, in Spring Street, Birchgrove. The event is free of charge, and participants usually bring their own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a silent retreat, but as well as Morning and Evening Prayer and a midday Eucharist, two lay Companions of the Sydney Mission-College will give short presentations, based on their reading and experience, on the practice of prayer. We gather in the church at 10 am. The Day ends at 4.15 pm. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on arrival at the church door. All very welcome.
Next Week: Sunday 7th March — 6pm Evening Service.
AGM – Sunday 14th March 2021: The Annual General Meeting, including the election of the 2021 Parish Council, Wardens, Nominators and one Synod Representative, will held at 11.15am on Sunday 14 March 2020, in the church or the hall.
Singing During Holy Week: Jo Burton has agreed to co-ordinate some singing at Easter-time, within the COVID-safe requirements. If you have missed singing, this is your chance to make good the lost time. You don’t need to be an expert, just willing to come to a couple of rehearsals. There may be opportunities to sing in a choir setting on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Day. Anyone interested must contact Jo Burton on email@example.com or 0438 124 743 TODAY, or register an interest with Stuart Veitch at morning tea, for planning purposes.
pinchgutoperia.com.au or (02) 9318 8300
Botticelli to Van Gogh Exhibition:
Expressions of interest are invited to visit the Botticelli to Van Gogh Exhibition at the National Art Gallery (Canberra) on possibly Friday/Saturday 30 April/1 May, staying overnight.
The Exhibition entry ticket is $28, or $25 conc. Overnight accommodation is approximately $125. Meal costs would also need to be factored in to the cost.
Please let the office know by Monday 8 March if you-
a) are interested in going;
b) need transport or willing to drive; or
c) wish to fly, train or bus independently.
It was thought that a bus could be hired, with a driver to transport those of us who are interested, to the exhibition. Due to COVID restrictions (social distancing) on transport, however, this could work out to be rather costly. If we only have a few people, one or two cars may suffice.
All interested persons will be notified of the outcome by Sunday 14 March after which details/bookings can be finalised.
Future Dates for your Diary:
28th March – Palm Sunday: 9.30am Service.
1st April – Maundy Thursday: 7.30 pm Service.
2nd April – Good Friday: 9.30am Service & 12pm — Way of the Cross.
4th April – Easter Day: 9.30am Service.
Email Etiquette Policy: In these ‘days of email’ we must be careful how we use this method of communication. The following rules must be observed in this community to avoid disturbing and upsetting each other:
- We must NOT add anyone to an emailing list without their prior consent.
- If we have done this in the past, then either (1) ask that person if they want to remain on the emailing list, or (2) remove any such person from your mailing list.
- If you are receiving unwanted emails from anyone in this parish community then let them or me know and ask for your name to be removed from that list.
This does not apply to parish emails regarding attendance.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Let’s Start Thinking – From Fr. Jeff. 2020 was in some ways a year in which the aim was to “get through and make the best of it.” 2021 brings with it the hope of a vaccine and the chance to re-set our course forward. I am very interested in hearing the ideas of ALL parishioners as to what we need to do, change, do more of, do less of, add to our activities. It is best to put these ideas on paper rather than in a conversation. There will be a more formal process later in the year, but let’s start thinking now.
Art in the Hall: This month’s piece is Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh,1889. The Parish Council has now endorsed the idea of allowing parishioners to have art works hung in the Hall on a temporary basis. Please note that no responsibility is taken for the security or protection from damage or theft of any artwork on loan. A form waiving any claim by a lender/donor must be signed before any artwork is accepted. Preference is for art with a recognisable Anglican content.
We need parishioners specially to assist with roster duties: Thank you to those who have already volunteered. Please speak to Ruth Champion if you can help Mob: 0400 166 041.
Lea MacNeil has jam to sell and various sauces; please email her firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to give her an order. You may, of course, ask her what type of jam and/or preserve or sauces she has on hand. Donald, her husband can deliver your specific order to the Opshop where you are able to pay for it.
Food for our worms – Food scraps (no dairy, citrus or meat) can be left in the bucket provided. This is part of our Parish environmental initiative.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; and Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.
Monday: John Lo; Fabian LoSchiavo; Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas.
Tuesday: Evelyn Maack; Jennifer McGovern; John M. & Jo Middleton.
Wednesday: Ronald Naidu; Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath.
Thursday: Pauline Newell; and Johnny Nitchareon & Eed Interapan.
Friday: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pastoral care ministry at Bankstown Hospital and all those he ministers to.
Saturday: Dear loving Father, please deliver us from the coronavirus and limit its impact on Australia and the world. In your mercy bring a swift end to this crisis. Please protect with your loving care those we love — our families, friends and neighbours. Let your fatherly hand guide, shelter and strengthen them. Cast out all anxious fears and doubts. Give us an increasing trust in you and fill our hearts and minds with your peace. We pray for those around the world now struggling with COVID-19. Heal and comfort those who are sick and suffering. Protect and guide the health professionals who are at the front line. Please give wisdom and courage to those who bear responsibility for confronting this challenge. We ask these things through the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Fr John Bunyan; Louise Trott; She Kar Nair; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Peter Cinelli; Tamara & Craig; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Graham Sadler; Fr Phillip Carter; Phillip Kuwert; Peter Knox; Sr Colleen Crook; Nada G.; Br William; Ron Clarke & his family; Lyndall McCarron; Maurice Pope & his family; Christine Pickard; Raul (SkidRow Radio) & Family; and Angela & family.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Gordon Thurling; Anne Casey; Merryn Bannerman; and Herbert Surrey.
Saints Commemoration: 1st March: David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales (d.601); and 2nd March: Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary (d.672).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: John Dickson; John Hardy; Andrew Reddy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Suzanne Campton; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Ann Connolly; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Ron Nath; Ronan Nath; Veronica Nath; Rosemary Bradford; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Verity Wright.
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Jeremiah 11.9–20||Ps 119.49–56||Mark 14.27–52|
|Monday||Jeremiah 29.1–19||Pss 3; 4||Hebrews 7.11–25|
|Tuesday||Jeremiah 29.24–30.9||Pss 7; 8||Hebrews 7.26–8.6|
|Wednesday||Jeremiah 30.10–22||Ps 10||Hebrews 8.7–13|
|Thursday||Jeremiah 31.1–14||Pss 13; 14||Hebrews 9.1–10|
|Friday||Jeremiah 31.15–26||Ps 17.1–13, 15–16||Hebrews 9.11–22|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 31.27–40||Ps 18.32–38, 45–52||Hebrews 9.23–10.4|
Readings for Next Sunday — Third Sunday in Lent: First Reading: Exodus 20.1–17; Psalm: 19; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.18–25 ; and Gospel: John 2.13–22
Food for Thought – from Working Preacher
- Abram’s new name means “father of many.” If God changed your name, what would you want it to
mean? (Gen 17:5)
- What helps and hinders you in believing that God is able to do what God has promised? (Rom 8:21)
- In what ways do you sometimes argue with Jesus’ priorities and values? Why? What helps you stop?
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Lynne Baab.
From Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The gospel is God’s rescue mission to bring us from darkness to light. This is the work of Jesus, the light of the world. But Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world by this title.
He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’ To witness is to let your light shine. A light shines simply by virtue of being a light.
A follower of Jesus witnesses simply by virtue of being a Christian. We have been brought into his light, now he appoints us to bring his light to others. This is what witness is.