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Bulletin Insert Sunday 26th July, 2015 Once Strangers Now Friends

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert       Sunday 26th July 2015

Once Strangers Now Friends


Welcome to church today! Today as we gather for worship we also welcome Right Reverend Cameron Venables, Bishop for the Western Region, Diocese of Brisbane, to share in the life of our parish. Bp. Cameron will preach at our two morning Eucharist services at St Andrew’s Lismore, after which he looks forward to catching up over morning tea.

Many will remember Cameron’s inspiring ministry here in the Lismore Parish when he was Associate Priest and Chaplain to Southern Cross University Lismore Campus from 2000 to 2004.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1965, and raised in London, Cameron completed an Honours Degree majoring in anthropology and drama before serving in Papua New Guinea for four years as a volunteer teacher with the Society of St Francis (1986-1990). His theological training at St Francis College, Brisbane paved the way for ordination as Deacon (1993) and Priest (1995).

Since Ordination Cameron served as Assistant Curate in the Parish of Christ Church, Bundaberg, and foundation Chaplain of St Luke’s Anglican School (1994-1996). He returned to Papua NewGuinea to serve as Diocesan Youth Coordinator in Popondota focusing on HIV/AIDS community education and pastoral care (1996-2000).

Following 4 years at Lismore Cameron moved north of the border to become Ministry Coordinator and Rector of the innovative All Saints’ Community, North Rockhampton (2004 – 2014) and Chaplain to Rockhampton Grammar School.

Cameron’s passion for mission and social justice has shaped his work with many community-based committees and organisations with a special focus on developing partnerships related to asylum seekers and refugee resettlement. Cam was a foundation member of Sanctuary Northern Rivers and gives thanks to God for the work of Sanctuary Central Queensland and the Multicultural Development Association.

Cam was guest speaker at the ‘Once Strangers Now Friends’ event celebrating the contribution to our local communities of our resettled African families held at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Lismore on Saturday 25th July.

Cameron recharges his batteries through prayer, songwriting and making music, bush walking, reading biography, and writing. His ‘extraordinarily gifted’ wife Kate and three beautiful children Gabby (20), Emily (16), and Jack (14) will not accompany him on this visit.



John 6: 1-21 [NRSV]  Feeding the Five Thousand

61After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ 10Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’  15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.


Jesus Walks on the Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.