ABM Easter Appeal 2022
Envelopes and Digital donations cards are available in church foyer.
Or you can donate online at www.abmission.org/Easter2022
Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful practice evacuation of the church premises during our fire drill last Sunday. We made it out in record time!
Next Sunday — 15th May: Parish Council Meets after morning tea.
A monthly healing service is being planned for Sunday evenings. This follows the attendance of a small group at the St Andrews Cathedral healing service this week as part of our research and information gathering. Any comments – speak to Fr Jeff or Peter Seymour.
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.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations.
Food for our worms –Please leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off during the week. (NB — no dairy, citrus or meat) Fr. Jeff
Lea MacNeil has jam, conserves, pickles and various sauces to sell; please email her at email@example.com to order them from her. All proceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica, Rohan Nath; Pauline Newell; and Johnny Nitchareon & Eed Intapan.
Monday: Katherine Oldfield; Julie Olston & Philippa; and Andrew Patterson.
Tuesday: Fr Jeff & Michelle Parker; and Ann Petersen & Rachel.
Wednesday: Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj; and John Reimer.
Thursday: Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda & Bryson Reddy.
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: Ray Sommer; Tony Brownlow; Julie Olston: Michelle Sowerby and family; Paul; Karlene Thompson; Julie Ankers; John Bowen; John Perkins; Florence Shellard; Amanda Romeo; Andy Serafin; Maryrose Crowther; Ruth Dodd; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Joanne Kenny; and The Psomas Family.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Helen Hack; Peter Rinker; Allen Peime; George Nixon; Ben Doyle; Edelmira Lorca; & Ron Cross.
Saints Commemoration: 14th — Matthias, Apostle and Martyr.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: John Hardy; Pauline Newell; Beth Armstrong; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Stephen Thurley; 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: Fifth Sunday of Easter
First Reading: Acts 11.1–18 Psalm: 148
Second Reading: Revelation 21.1–6 Gospel: John 13.31–35
The Parish Hall has been let to the Australian Electoral Commission for pre-polling for the Federal Election on Saturday 21st May.
As a result, the Hall will not be available for any other use from Wednesday 4th May to Monday 23rd May. This includes preparation and pack up time.
Pre-polling will take place during these times:
Monday 9th May to Friday 13th May: 8.30am–5.30pm
Saturday 14th May: 9.00am–4.00pm
Monday 16th May to Thursday 19th May: 8.30am–5.30pm
Friday 20th May: 8.30am–6.00pm
- Alternative arrangements will be made for morning teas on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.
- Parishioners who visit the church during the week or attend the 10.30am Wednesday service should take care to avoid confrontation with any poll workers or political volunteers.
- This event is an important source of funds for the parish, and it is in all of our interests to make sure that it runs smoothly.
Connect and Reflection Questions from WorkingPreacher.org by Lynne Baab
- Compare and contrast worship today with the worship described in Rev 7:9–17.
- Psalm 23 has a timeless appeal. Why? What specifics in it speak to us today?
- To testify is to give evidence. In what way do Jesus’ works testify to him as Messiah? (John 10:25)
On Mothers Day …
To our mothers / ones who raised us,
Thank you. Thank you for doing so much. Thank you for making sacrifices in your life to raise us. Thank you for not giving up even when we hurt you. Thank you for teaching us the important things in life – like eating with our mouths closed, how to clean up after ourselves and how to say please and thank you. “Thank you for not giving up”. Thank you for teaching us to share, to apologise and to consider how others are feeling. Thank you for teaching us how to drive, how to handle money and how to look after our ourselves. Thank you for teaching us to value our education and opportunities, to take responsibility and to finish what we start. We love you.
To our grandmothers,
Thank you for making life beautiful and fun. Thank you for spoiling us and teaching us not to take ourselves too seriously. Thank you for teaching us to be patient, humble and gracious. Thank you for sharing your wisdom in each of life’s stages. Thank you for making time to chat and being willing to hear us out. Thank you for not judging us when our lives have turned out differently to how we expected. Thank you for letting us work things out and make our own mistakes. “Thank you for making time” Thank you for telling us what we needed to hear – even though we didn’t appreciate it at the time! We love you.
To our ‘adopted’ mothers,
Thank you for receiving us as we were and adopting us into your family like one of your own. Thank you for loving us when we felt vulnerable. Thank you for backing us when we when we were scared. Thank you for encouraging us when we were filled with fear and self-doubt. Thank you for supporting us by thinking of us, writing to us and making time for us. Thank you for your wise words and timely advice. Thank you for being open with us about your own fears and inadequacies.
For our mothers who are now with God …You are always with me. Every day as I go about my work and play I think of you, all you gave me, all you taught me, all those times you set me straight, all those times you wiped away my tears and helped me with my schoolwork. Mum, I hope you are proud of what I’ve done, the person I’ve become. I pray that you are safe and secure with Jesus and that I will see you again, to know your love and your embrace once more. I was so blessed that I had you as my mother. I pray that I can pass that blessing on to my family. I’ll try my best, with God’s help.
For those who are not yet/will not be mothers …Thank you for being yourself, for your special and unique gifts and all you bring to those around you. Thank you for sharing your love, life and gifts with your communities of church, work and friends. May God continue to bless you every day with joy and peace and fulfillment. Amen.