Congratulations to our appointed:
- Church Wardens – Fabian LoSchiavo (Rectors Warden), Stuart Veitch & Eddie Reddy.
- Parish Council – Andy Serafin, Susan Hill, Peter Seymour, Tony Brownlow, Katherine Oldfield, Stephen Gates, along with Kathy Drummond & Stuart Grigg (Rector’s appointments).
- Parish Nominators – Moya Holle, Mandy Tibbey, Susan Hill, Katherine Oldfield, and Stuart Veitch.
- Synod Representative – Peter Seymour (replacing Diana Jefferies) who joins Tony Brownlow in attending Synod this year.
Thank You from Fr Jeff. Thanks to all for your prayers and best wishes during my recent trip to hospital and recovery time. Much appreciated. JP
Many thanks to the Nath Family — who have provided us with Palm crosses for the whole parish.
TODAY: Singing Rehearsal with Jo Burton — after morning tea: For our volunteer singers who will be practicing together for the Palm Sunday & Easter Day Services.
- Car park is not available on Palm Sunday — 28 March 2021. Parking is available on Stanmore Road, or at the Cyprus Club on Stanmore Road, who have permitted us to use their carpark.
- Sunday 28th March — Palm Sunday: 9.30am Service.
- Parish Council Meeting in church after morning tea.
Lenten Study: After the Wednesday Healing service and morning tea, we will be discussing the readings of the day from the Lectionary.
Holy Week Dates for your Diary:
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.
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 and hall for those who do not use mobile phones or have no internet access.
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. Please email Fr Jeff firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Lea MacNeil has jam to sell and various sauces; please email her email@example.com 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: Kay Younie, Natasha & Timothy; Shirley Allen, Barbara & Jade; Victor Anyarisi; and Beth Armstrong.
Monday: Ian Barnett; Kenneth Barongo; Jennifer, Peter, Elise & Blake B.
Tuesday: John Bowen & Joanne; and Fr Philip & Rosemary Bradford.
Wednesday: Christopher Brooks; Tony Brownlow; and Ruth Champion.
Thursday: Nancy Cheng; and Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke.
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; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Graham Sadler; Fr Phillip Carter; Peter Knox; Sr Colleen Crook; Nada G.; Br William; Ron Clarke & his family; Lyndall McCarron; Maurice Pope & his family; Christine Pickard; Raul (Skid Row Radio) & Family; Barry McKay; Ronald Saunders; and Christina Rees (CBE).
Anniversaries of the Departed: Bessie O’Reilly; Beryl Goodman; Edith Spurrier; Elsie Davis; Wendy Clarke; Ida Ross; and Joan Burton.
Saints Commemoration: 24th March: Paul Couturier, ecumenist (d.1953); and Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr (1980); and 25th March: The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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||Numbers 21.4–9||Ps 39||Mark 15.21–41|
|Monday||Jeremiah 40.1–12||Pss 52; 53||2 Cor 5.14–21|
|Tuesday||Jeremiah 40.13–41.10||Ps 55.13–15, 18–28||Luke 20.19–26|
|Wednesday||Proverbs 8.1–21||Pss 122; 131||Matthew 1.8–23|
|Thursday||Jeremiah 42.7–22||Pss 63; 67||Colossians 2.8–15|
|Friday||Jeremiah 43||Ps 66||Hebrews 9.11–26|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 45||Ps 68.24–35||Hebrews 4.1–11|
Readings for Next Sunday — Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms: Mark 11.1–11; First Reading: Isaiah 50.4–9a; Psalm: 31.9–18; Second Reading: Philippians 2.5–11; and Gospel: Mark 15.1–39??
Visiting Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow, Christian Theological Seminary Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
To a girl named Mary an angel came.1
Greetings favoured one, the Lord is with you.
This assurance of the present-ness of God sets the tone for the message that is to come. Mary does not know her life is about to be both upended and established forever in the history of humankind. She does not know that her humble beginnings are not indicative of her calling as the mother of the Messiah. She does not know that the favour upon her will not translate to personal gain, or popularity, or privilege.
We have the advantage of knowing what is next, but Mary does not know why an angel would disrupt the normal course of her life with the simple words, “Greetings favoured one, the Lord is with you.” It is no wonder that she was “perplexed and pondered” (1:29). Mary’s life circumstances would reasonably cause her to question — Am I favoured? Is God with me? What will this favour entail?
Contemporary readers might explore how God uses “Gabriels” as holy interruptions that shift the course of life. Unexpectedly, suddenly, unanticipated — Gabriels appear and alter what seem to be fixed and predictable paths. But engagement between divine messengers and humankind is not a new phenomenon. An angel of the Lord found Hagar by a spring of water in the wilderness (Genesis 16:7). An angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flaming bush (Exodus 3:2). In the Hebrew Scriptures, Gabriel and Michael are the only two named angels, but they are amidst a cloud of other angelic hosts.
The psalmist writes, “Angels encamp around those who fear God” (Psalm 34:7). This is often how the Divine manifests. Similarly, in the Gospels Gabriel appears with the revelation of John and Jesus. Rather than ask why Mary would have a divine intervention, perhaps contemporary readers should ask, why not Mary?