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Notices_Sunday 26th June_Third Sunday After Pentecost



The flowers in the church today have been donated by Shir­ley Allen in lov­ing memory of her broth­er Jack Gib­son who died in St George Hos­pit­al, Kog­ar­ah on the 16thJune 1997, aged 84.



Remind­er: NO 5pm Spir­it of Taize ser­vice next Sunday 3rd July!  The next SOT will be held at 5pm on Sunday 10th July



The Kumar fam­ily wish to extend an invit­a­tion to every­one to join them in their thanks­giv­ing cel­eb­ra­tion today by shar­ing in the morn­ing tea they have provided.  They are cel­eb­rat­ing their young­est daugh­ter Joshlyn join­ing them in Aus­tralia, after 10 years of prayer.





Fr Jeff and Michelle park­er will be away on hol­i­days from 24th June – 8th July.  Fr Philip Brad­ford will be tak­ing the Sunday and Wed­nes­day ser­vices dur­ing this period.



Next PC Meet­ing: will be held on Sunday 24th July, not 17th July.



New Offer­tory envel­opes — 3rd July 2022 onwards: are now avail­able in the church foyer.




A Voice in the Wil­der­ness — Monday nights at 7.30pm

You are invited to a Zoom study group A Voice in the Wil­der­ness: Listen­ing to the State­ment from the Heart.  This is a series of 8 ses­sions fol­low­ing the 8 chapters in the Anglic­an Board of Mis­sion – Aus­tralia Study Guide.  Book avail­able from ABM office, Ph: 9264 1021.  This reflect­ive study group will include a num­ber of Guest speak­ers.  To register and for fur­ther details please con­tact Moya Holle or Graeme Curry or phone 0432 786 901.



Food for our worms As Fr Jeff and Michelle will be away for their annu­al leave please DO NOT leave food scraps at the door of the Rect­ory dur­ing this time.  Rest assured the worms are thriv­ing and very much OK for this time.



ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and clean­ing items: A bas­ket is in the church foy­er for donations.



Lea MacNeil has jam, con­serves, pickles and vari­ous sauces to sell; please email her at to order them from her.  All pro­ceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.



Weekly Inter­ces­sions for our Com­munity:

Sunday: Kay Younie, Nata­sha & Timothy; Shir­ley Allen, Bar­bara & Jade; Beth Arm­strong; Fr John & Joanne Bowen; Fr Philip and Rose­mary Bradford.

Monday: Sally Woell­ner; Vic­tor Any­ar­isi; and Tony Brownlow.

Tues­day: Jen­nifer, Peter, Elise & Blake B.; and Ruth Champion.

Wed­nes­day: Les & Lyn Car­ring­ton; and Ron, Milly, Nam & Viol­etta Clarke.

Thursday: Tiffany, Kev­in, Alex­an­der & Nich­olas Chiew.

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.



A Pray­er of Thanks­giv­ing from Joseph and Esth­er Kumar for their young­est daugh­ter Joshlyn being able to join them in Aus­tralia, after 10 years of prayer.



Pray­ers for the sick: Ray Som­mer; John Bowen; John Pahali; Tony Brown­low; Mary Middleton; Vince; Julie Ankers; John Per­kins; Florence Shel­lard; Aman­da Romeo; Andy Ser­afin; Ruth Dodd; Robert & Lyn­dall Dubler; Joanne Kenny; and The Pso­mas Family.



Anniversar­ies of the Depar­ted:  Jack Gib­son; Car­ol Selva­ra­jah; Alf Johnsen; and Doreen Chin.



Saints Com­mem­or­a­tion:  27th: Cyril of Alex­an­dria, Bish­op, and teach­er (d.444); 28th: Iren­aeus of Lyons, Bish­op, and teach­er (d. c. 200); and 29th: Peter and Paul, Apostles and martyrs.



Long Term Pas­tor­al Pray­er list: 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: Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

First Read­ing: 2 Kings 5.1–14                             Psalms: 30

Second Read­ing: Gala­tians 6. 7–18                     Gos­pel: Luke 10.1–12, 17–24




In cel­eb­ra­tion of the 30th Anniversary of Women as Priests 

by  Bish­op Keith Joseph

Arch­bish­op, mem­bers of Synod.

Most of you remem­ber the time when the Priest­hood was entirely male. I cer­tainly remem­ber the argu­ment­a­tion through the 1980s, and the insist­ence that the wit­ness of tra­di­tion and scrip­ture meant that women could not be in any pos­i­tion of lead­er­ship in the church. At that time, as a young lay­man in Sydney, these argu­ments were very strong and per­suas­ive. Many of you here were involved in the battles at that time, includ­ing cases in the New South Wales Supreme Court.

This res­ist­ance to the Ordin­a­tion of Women con­tin­ues in the Aus­trali­an Church. In 2006 the Rev­er­end Michael Jensen wrote Sydney Anglic­an­ism: An Apo­logy. It is an eru­dite and impress­ive book, and I recom­mend it to you as an excel­lent resource. It helps explain the res­ist­ance to women’s ordin­a­tion and lead­er­ship in the Anglic­an Church of Aus­tralia. In Chapter 9, entitled “A Line in the Sand”, he talks about the reas­ons why he – and most of his col­leagues from Sydney – could not and do not accept the ordin­a­tion of women as pres­by­ters and bish­ops. In his under­stand­ing, the Bible was quite clear: women could not exer­cise lead­er­ship over men. Among oth­er proof texts, 1 Cor­inthi­ans 11.2–16 and 1 Timothy 3.1–12 were clear: head­ship is only for men. A line in the sand was drawn.

Like many of you, my views have changed dra­mat­ic­ally over the last forty years. As I have seen the Holy Spir­it move through the min­istry of women priests and bish­ops, I can­not deny their call to ordained min­istry and lead­er­ship. The fruit of the Spir­it is there to be seen, and not denied. In my Dio­cese we would be lost without the lead­er­ship of women. One of my Arch­deac­ons is a Māori woman who as a par­ish priest revital­ized one of our abori­gin­al par­ishes, and who now as a volun­teer, on top of her work as a par­ish priest, is lead­ing the Abori­gin­al com­munit­ies through Far North Queens­land. Under her super­vi­sion there has been a dra­mat­ic growth in almost all of our abori­gin­al com­munit­ies. The Spir­it has been truly mov­ing through her, and we bene­fit so much from her priestly lead­er­ship. And she is only one of a num­ber of remark­able women lead­ing vibrant and grow­ing min­is­tries in North Queens­land. I am sure that most of you here can point to remark­able women exer­cising ser­vant-lead­er­ship as priests and bish­ops. The ninety-two ordained in 1992 have been a gift to the church from which we still bene­fit. I give glory to God for this. I also acknow­ledge and give thanks for the work and stub­born determ­in­a­tion of the Move­ment for the Ordin­a­tion of Women over many decades.

It should be said that I was ordained in a province – the Anglic­an Church of Melane­sia – which does not accept the ordin­a­tion of women, mainly on cul­tur­al grounds. I have seen the pain that the debate causes in Melane­sia for both those in favour, and those against, the ordin­a­tion of women. I also see that same pain here, where so many of you con­tin­ue to oppose ordin­a­tion of women because it appears to you to be in clear con­tra­dic­tion of scrip­ture or tra­di­tion. I respect the sin­cer­ity of your oppos­i­tion, even if I no longer share your her­men­eut­ic or exeges­is. Sem­per reform­anda! I am how­ever grate­ful that so many of you no longer see this as a mat­ter of sal­va­tion, and there­fore can be at the same table as those who dif­fer with you on this mat­ter. Per­haps some lines in the sand fade with time and tide.

Accord­ingly, I would ask you to join with me in a time of cel­eb­ra­tion and joy, as we remem­ber those pion­eer­ing women from 1992 and give thanks for their con­tri­bu­tion to our church. May the Holy Spir­it con­tin­ue to bless their min­istry as they share with us their love of God and of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we find redemp­tion and sal­va­tion. Amen.



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 July.