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 email@example.com or Graeme Curry firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.