The flowers in the church during our pre-recorded service were donated by Noel Jeffs in celebration of his Anniversary of Profession.
Zoom morning teas have resumed: Last Sunday we had our first virtual Parish get-together of the 2021 lockdown. More than 20 people joined and it was wonderful to be able to see and speak with many fellow parishioners for the first time in some months. We rotated through 3 different small groups using break-out rooms on Zoom, so that it more closely followed the experience of chatting in small groups like we do at morning tea. Each Sunday during lockdown at 10.30am there will be a Zoom morning tea. The Zoom link will be advised by email each week. All welcome to join!
Parish Contact List update: We are currently in the process of updating our Parish Contact List. If you or your family have recently moved, or acquired a new phone number or email address it is important to let us know so we can keep our records up to date. Please contact me at email@example.com or on Mob: 0409 049 442
Not receiving emails from Fr Jeff? Each Sunday and Wednesday, an email containing the Sunday Service and then a Wednesday reflection is being sent to everyone on our email list. In some cases parishioners believe they are not receiving them. We have found that in many cases the email has gone to their ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ file. This happens with some email providers. If you haven’t received an email from the parish or Fr Jeff on these days, check those other folders and you will probably find it.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY desperately needs food.
Please keep collecting your donations of tinned and non-perishable food items. You will be able to bring them in to the church when services resume.
Celebration of the New Guinea Martyrs – Sat 4th September at 11am:
The Rev’d Peter Greenwood and St Mark’s Church, South Hurstville are hosting this year’s Martyrs Day Service. The preacher will be Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Rector St James’ Church, King Street and Chair of ABM.
This year, it is a live-streamed Service on St Mark’s YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Np4igltWJehDmbBpZ3bVQ
To watch it live, click on ‘Videos’ then click on the down arrow next to ‘Uploads’ and change to ‘Live’.
Enquiries: Edwina Waddy (chair ABM Sydney Committee) 0402 116 216; Bruce Cooke (St Mark’s) 0412 680 430.
Introductory Pastoral Care Course (ONLINE) — York Street Sydney
This course is ideal for people who provide pastoral care support within their church community, or who may like to volunteer at a hospital or aged care facility. It includes topics like listening skills, vulnerability, understanding the art of questions, boundaries and a Biblical foundation for pastoral care.
Day and time: Five Wednesdays, 9:00am — 2:00pm (September 29 and October 6, 13, 20, 27)
Registrations close 15 September
Number of participants capped at 20.
Note: This course will be conducted ONLINE. If during the duration of the course lockdown restrictions are lifted, then the course will move to face to face.
Email notifications will be sent to registered participants on further updates.
For more information call 1300 111 278.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; Richard Hagen & Som Sirithammakij; Selina & John Hardy; and Moya Holle.
Monday: John, Martha & Christopher Haly; Susan Hill, Janet Broady & Alex.
Tuesday: Pamela Jaksic; Noel Jeffs; and Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.
Wednesday: Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; and Fabian LoSchiavo
Thursday: Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; and John Lo.
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: John Tonetti; Br Daniel; Fr Gary Priest; John Bowen; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Colin Spokes; Peter Cinelli; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Peter Knox; Sr Colleen Crook; Br William; Maurice Pope & his family; Raul (Skid Row Radio) & family; Barry McKay; Ruth Dodd; Christina Rees (CBE); Deepika & Deepshika; Andrew Stratgolda; and Phillip Hall.
Recently Departed: Sr Helen Julian (SSF)
Anniversaries of the Departed: Betty Smith.
Saints Commemoration: 31st Aug: John Bunyan, Preacher & spiritual writer (d. 1688); and Aidan of Lindisfarne, Bishop and missionary (d. 651); 2nd Sept: Martyrs of New Guinea (d.1942); and 3rd Sept: Gregory of Rome, bishop and teacher (d.604); &
Eliza Darling, pioneer social reformer in NSW (d.1868).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Lyn Carrington; Stephen Thurley; Wolf Winter; 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; Kuwert; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Ron Nath; Ronan Nath; Veronica Nath; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Lochlan Lonesborough.
Readings for Next Sunday — Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost: First Reading: Proverbs 22.1–2, 8–9, 33–23; Psalm: 125; Second Reading: James 2.1–10, 14–17; and Gospel: Mark 7.24–37
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Song of Songs 4.7–15||Ps 15||James 1.1–13|
|Monday||Job 6.14–7.6||Pss 144; 150||1 John 1|
|Tuesday||Job 6.1; 7.7–21||Ps 109.1–5, 15–19||1 John 2.1–11|
|Wednesday||Job 8||Pss 3; 4||1 John 2.12–17|
|Thursday||Job 9.1–24||Pss 7; 8||1 John 2.18–29|
|Friday||Job 9.25–10.7||Ps 10||1 John 3.1–10|
|Saturday||Job 10.8–22||Pss 13; 14||1 John 3.11–24|
Points for Thought and/or Discussion from
- Have you noticed the buds on the trees and flowers in gardens and parks? What does this say to you about God? (Song 2:11–12)
- Ps 45 is a royal psalm written as a prayer for the king. What would you include in a prayer for our leaders? (Ps 45)
- When looking in a mirror, what do you see in yourself as a disciple, leader and child of God? (Jas 1:17)
- In a world of division, how does your congregation help bridge diverse people, cultures and opinions? (Mark 7:1)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Rod Boriack.