A very big thankyou to Fr Philip Bradford for taking our Sunday and Wednesday services while Fr Jeff has been on holidays. Fr Jeff and Michelle are away until 9th July.
The flowers in the church today are donated by Colin Spokes in loving memory of Noel O’Donnell.
Reminder: NO 5pm Spirit of Taize service tonight! The next SOT will be held at 5pm next Sunday, 10th July.
Happy Birthday to: Rohan Nath; Matilda Rinker; Ron Williams; Pamela Jaksic; Edi Davis; and Nicholas Fleming.
Offertory envelopes — 3rd July 2022 onwards: are now available in the church foyer.
Next PC Meeting: will be held on Sunday 24th July, not 17th July.
A Voice in the Wilderness – Mondays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Graeme Curry email@example.com or phone 0432 786 901.
Poetry Board: now features Indigenous Poems by Paul Collis for NAIDOC week. The authors bio will also be featured.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to order them from her. All proceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.
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.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Brett Davies & Amrit McIntyre; Edi & Oscar Davis; John Dickson; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop; and Stephen Gates and Andrew.
Monday: Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Eleanor & Nicholas Fleming.
Tuesday: Marylin Gibbs; Kevin Green; and Peter Gilbert & Fred Narnolo.
Wednesday: Lachlan Gray, Rosemary Randall & Frances.
Thursday: Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; Richard Hagen & Som.
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; John Bowen; John Pahali; Tony Brownlow; Mary Middleton; Helen; 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: Noel O’Donnell; Mary Harwin; Herbert Miller; Lesley-Anne Cook; June Nyberg; Fr John Green; and Alfred Swaffield.
Saints Commemoration: 3rd: Thomas, Apostle, and martyr; and 6th: John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, martyrs (d.1535).
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: Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
First Reading: Amos 7.7–17 Psalms: 82
Second Reading: Colossians 1.1–14 Gospel: Luke 10.25–37
Ordinary Time: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Season after Pentecost
By Joshua Steele| (June 13th, 2019)
The Church year revolves around two cycles:
- the Christmas cycle (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)
- the Easter cycle (Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost)
But what about the rest of the year?
Well, there are two periods of the liturgical year that are called “ordinary time” that stitch together the Christmas and Easter cycles. One is the Season after Epiphany, and the other is the Season after Pentecost. In this piece, we will focus on the Season after Pentecost.
What is “Ordinary Time”?
The Season after Pentecost lasts from the Monday after Pentecost Sunday until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday of this season is Trinity Sunday, and the last Sunday is Christ the King Sunday.
The Season after Pentecost is also known as “Ordinary Time.” And, if you’re like me, you might hear “ordinary time” as “boring time.” But that’s not the case!
What do we do during Ordinary Time?
The liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is green. During the Season after Pentecost, we focus on the life of the Church as it grows in the midst of the world.
Here’s how Robert Webber introduces Ordinary Time in The Services of the Christian Year (vol. 5 of The Complete Library of Christian Worship): During this season, many worship traditions follow lectionaries that highlight the work of the Spirit in the mission of the church in the world. Other churches organize their worship life around a lectio continua, continuous readings from a given section of Scripture. As Webber notes, one of the reasons why Ordinary Time is different from other liturgical seasons is that the various Sundays are not connected by a particular theme.
In Advent we await the coming of Christ; during Christmas, we celebrate his arrival; and at Epiphany, we proclaim that Christ is manifested to the world as Saviour. During Lent, we prepare for the death; in Holy Week, we re-enact his death;, then in Easter, we celebrate his resurrection and complete the Easter cycle with the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. But in the non-festive season of the church year, there is no unified theme that ties the Sundays together (457).
The Season after Pentecost is for the Church to live out her vocation in the midst of the world, recalling that every Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I like the way that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops puts it: Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. [In Australia we know this as the ‘Feast of Christ the King’]
“Ordinary” Time might well refer to living out our “ordinary” lives as Christians. But, since we follow the risen Lord of the Universe, there’s nothing “ordinary” about it!