Happy Birthday to: Andy Serafin; Ruth Champion; Rachel Reddy; Julie Olston; Katie Williams; Nicola Howard; Donald Thomas; Leilani Reddy; Anthea Nath; Johnny Nitcharoen; and Thomas Raj.
Tonight: 5 pm — Spirit of Taizé Service
The flowers in the church today are donated in Loving memory of the Late Edward Narend Reddy from his loving family, Joyce Reddy, Eddie, Susan, Edwin, Leilani, Stephanie & Carmen Reddy; Andrew, Rekha, Bianca, Belinda & Bryson Reddy; Angel, Steve, Krystal & Katelyn Anand; and Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath, in loving memory of our Dad, Father In-Law, Aaja, Nana, Par Aaja, who died on 6th June, 2017. This is the 5th Anniversary of his death, and he is dearly missed. Rest in Peace.
Men’s Night Out: Saturday 11th June – 6 for 6.30pm
Little Turtle Restaurant — 10 Stanmore Road, Enmore
Speak to Kevin Green for more details Mob: 0405 691 058
St Luke’s Vivid Walk — 9 June 2022 at 6pm (until about 8pm).
The walk is planned to commence at Frankly, My Dear . We will then walk to Convergence in the unused Goods Line tunnel nearby and Vivid Reflections on the Sydney Central Station clock tower. If there’s time and inclination, we could venture further afield.
RSVP: by 8 June 2022 to email@example.com or to Brett to receive updates.
Covid safety: consider your level of Covid immunity at the time, quality masks will be provided if you do not have one.
Please keep the church driveway free for emergency vehicle access. The life that might be saved could well be yours or someone in your family. If you have a large car that is not easily accommodated within our carparking spaces, please drop your passengers off and drive through. There is adequate free parking available in the Cypriot Club carpark.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations.
Unfinished Business: Celebrating Anglican Women’s Ministry in Australia
A national conference to be held at Christ Church St Laurence, 812 George Street, Sydney, 16–18 September 2022
Further details, including the conference program and registration details, will be provided in due course.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Richard Hagen & Som; Selina & John Hardy; Susan Hill, Janet Broady & Alex; Moya Holle; Nicola & James Howard; and Pamela Jaksic.
Monday: Noel Jeffs; and Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.
Tuesday: Joseph, Esther, Joyti, & Joshlyn Kumar; and Fabian LoSchiavo
Wednesday: Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas; and Evelyn Maack;
Thursday: Jennifer McGovern; John M.; and Jo Middleton.
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 various COVID stains. 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 Bowen; Peter Seymour; Richard Hagen; John Pahali; Tony Brownlow; Michelle Sowerby and family; Karlene Thompson; Julie Ankers; John Perkins; Florence Shellard; Amanda Romeo; Andy Serafin; Ruth Dodd; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Joanne Kenny; The Psomas Family; Ann Mason Furmage; Marie Mungoven; Roger Cunningham; and Mike Hunt.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Amanda Juergens; Emil Juergens; Keith Stafford; Ruth Humphrig; Stuart Ogg; Edward Reddy; and Elsie Coombes.
Saints Commemoration — 9th: Columba of Iona, Abbot and missionary (d. 597); and 11th: Barnabas, Apostle and martyr.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Ray Sommer; John Hardy; Pauline Newell; Beth Armstrong; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Kuwert; Rev Laurie MacIntyre; Kiki Chun; Raul of Radio Skidrow and his family; Andrew Stratgolda; Lochlan Lonesborough; and Noel Jeffs.
Readings for Next Sunday - Feast of the Holy Trinity:
First Reading: Proverbs 8.1–4, 22–31 Psalm: 8
Second Reading: Romans 5.1–5 Gospel: John 16.12–15
by Archbishop Justin Welby (Abp of Canterbury)
The fall of the Holy Spirit on the disciples gathered in Jerusalem at the first Pentecost was an outburst of divine creative energy which has, ever since, set hearts on fire and changed the world. The Holy Spirit is the life of God. The Holy Spirit creates, puts things as they should be, gives direction, sends the world in the right way.
In our time, … the Holy Spirit calls us forward, leads us out to be changed internally and to change the world. We celebrate the evidence of the work of the Spirit all around us. (In this time of Covid-19) We’ve seen such an outpouring of community, of service and love from carers, essential workers, people staying locked down…
This is the same fire from God that touched the disciples. The presence of the Holy Spirit turns humans from being turned in on themselves, to being turned out towards the world, founded in communities of love such as we heard of at the end of the reading.
This year it would be so easy to talk of hopes dashed. There is deep grief at the loss of so many human beings. There is deep fear at the economic cataclysm that is falling upon us. The disciples feared. Struggle and suffering cause fear for every generation.
Yet God answers, “yes, but I will build the future. I do this as I pour out my life upon you. Choose to receive from me, choose to depend only on me”. God says to God’s church: “Here is the power to go into the world, to build my Kingdom of love, peace, mercy, justice and righteousness. Here is the power to see my will on earth as in heaven.”
Now is the time to look forward and cast ourselves into the hands of God. Now we must pray “Holy Spirit, come.” At its heart must be dependence, not dependence on ourselves, dependence on God through Christ. No tricks, no idols, not wealth, power or prestige, simply raw, undiluted God, poured upon us, shown in love for God, for each other, even for opponents and enemies.
A nation or a world that puts its trust in anything that it has created itself will find that it has built an idol which will fall. It may be wealth, it may be finance, or an economy, it may be any human institution. It will fall.
Peter’s message on that first Pentecost was a call to “repent”, literally, to turn around; to change direction. Now is the time to turn from anything other than dependence on God. Now is the time to seek God, to receive the very life of God.
An individual, a church, a society, a world that puts trust in God, revealed in Jesus Christ, full of the Spirit of love, will see a new explosion of purpose and hope. This is a purpose which costs everything and returns more than we can imagine. It cost Jesus everything to give this life to us. Our response means we can share in that life. We are caught up in more abundant life than we can imagine. We become the people of God for a world seeking light in darkness.
WEARING RED AT PENTECOST
Wearing red on Pentecost, however, is a great tradition: it’s an outward sign of the inward transformation by the Holy Spirit in each of our hearts. As “tongues of fire” came to rest on these disciples on that first Pentecost long ago, we gather together and then leave still blazing with the fire of hope God offers all through God’s Spirit. The red is a sign that the good news of Jesus came to all who were there in a language they could understand from people with whom they would not otherwise have communicated.