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Sunday 14th May, 2017 Easter 5 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Easter 5                                        14 May 2017


Parish Contact Details


open Mon—Fri (9.00am-1.00pm)

19 Keen St

PO Box 378

Lismore 2480

p:         (02) 6621 3200

m:        0412 657 036

f:          (02) 6622 8941



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Lismore Anglicans



Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday


Rev Alan Shaw


day of rest: Monday



St Andrew’s, Lismore

Sun      7.30 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Family Service

8:30am 5th Sunday

Combined Parish Service

Mon-Fri 8.30 Morning Prayer

Wed    11 am Holy Communion



Sun 10 am Holy Communion


Sat  5.00 pm Contemporary Service


Sun 5 pm (3rd & 4th Sunday)

Nimbin Sun  10 am Holy Communion (4th Sunday)


Hearing Loop (for the Hearing Impaired). First 5 rows from the front in the Nave of St. Andrew’s Church

Toilets (inc. Disabled) Inside St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. M & F also outside down steps west end of Hall.

Baby Change Station: Located in disabled toilets in Parish hall.

Mobile Phones: Please turn your mobile phone to silent during worship services.

Parking in Church grounds: Please be considerate of those who have mobility issues.

Large Print Prayer Books: Available from sides-people at the back of Church




Lismore Anglicans




This Sunday Easter 5

Acts 7: 55-60

Psalm 31: 1-5, 17-18 p250 (Prayer Book)

1 Peter 2: 11-25

John 14: 1-14


Next Sunday Easter 6

Acts 17: 22-31

Psalm 66: 7-19 p286 (Prayer Book)

1 Peter 3: 8-22

John 14: 15-21







Minute with the Minister…

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life


John 14:1-6 so often turns up at funerals. It speaks of the comfort of Jesus going to prepare a place for us in God’s eternal kingdom in verse 2 & 3. The comfort and hope that the passage offers us is very real and clearly stated. We are having a place prepared just for us and Jesus will come and take us there.


It also turns up way too often in peoples test for orthodoxy. “How do you interpret I am the Way, the Truth and the Life?” Do you interpret it to mean that there is no way to God apart from Jesus? If you don’t read it that way you can’t be a Christian!


The problem is that is not what Jesus is talking about in this passage. This small section is a part of Jesus final talk to his disciples at the Last Supper and nowhere is he talking about other faiths and their admission to heaven.


Instead what Jesus does in this phrase is invite Thomas and all the disciples to reflect on their experience and see that in Jesus they have life and truth and the way of living. How do we interpret this passage? Not as a passage of exclusion, but rather as a passage of invitation. It is an invitation to see Jesus as your way, truth and life. I think in this passage we are being invited to reflect on our own lives and experiences with Jesus.


Absolutely I see Jesus as the truth, because for me, I don’t see anyone speak about love in such an honest, truthful and confronting way. I see others try and pretty love up but I see Jesus recognise that sometimes love of another person, especially our enemy, is hard but worthwhile.


I see Jesus as the life because I know that in him and the forgiveness given to me I can change my life. I have become more forgiving because of his forgiveness.


I see Jesus as the way because I can see, through the scriptures, how he has lived out all that he taught. He lived the way he spoke. He invites me to live that way too. Not the way that I speak but the way he spoke and lived.


“I am the way, the truth and the life.” Is not about excluding people but rather it is the invitation to live the life that Jesus lived. I wonder do you have the courage to accept this invitation?

Rev Christian Ford






This week we pray for…

Pray Points:

  • Give thanks for the volunteers, generosity of the people and all who have helped at this difficult time


The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,, Len Clapham, Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Wendy, Stan Heywood and Margaret Doyle.


The bereaved: We remember Kathleen “Jessie” Johnson, June Jackson, Peg Parry and all who have gone before and pray for their families and friends.


The Anglican Parish of Lismore in the Diocese of Grafton is committed to protecting your privacy.

The people on this sick list have requested prayers at this time. Please inform the Parish Office of any changes.


Aged Care Services

Caroona Marima 2nd Mon 11am

RSL Chauvel 1st Tues 10.30am

Caroona Jarman 4th Wed 10:00am

Caroona Kalina 4th Wed 11am

St Joseph’s 4th Thurs 11am

Fromelles Manor 1st Fri 11am

Mary’s Grange 2nd Fri 9.30am


Parish Activities

Contact the office for details

Toddler Time 9.30 am Mon in Parish Hall.

Intercessory Prayer Group 8.30 am Tues in St Andrew’s.

Bellringers Wed 5pm & Fri 5:30pm


Parish Council 3rd Tues 7pm in Parish Hall

Court Care Mon 9am

Parish Op Shop Mon-Fri 9-4,   Sat 9-12, 54 Rous Rd, Goonellabah

Prayer Chain

Wyrallah Community BBQ 2nd Sun 5pm


Bible Study/Home Groups

Contact the Office for details

Sun 1.30 pm

Mon 7.30 pm

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7.30 pm





Welcome to all as we gather to honour and worship the one true God. Please join us for a cuppa in the hall next door after the services


Anglicare Disaster Recovery (ADR), Lismore NEEDS MORE MEMBERS.

A meeting in the Parish Hall will be held at 7pm Friday, 19th May, 2017 to share some our experiences of working in the Evacuation Centre at SCU during recent flood, and discuss ADR’s role during disasters. Come and be encouraged to attend a training day, probably 22nd July or consider other ways you could help.


Sunday School: Last chance to put your name down on the list at the back of St Andrew’s to help set up the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the Sunday School. We are still in need of volunteer helpers for this vital ministry to continue and grow. Please contact the office, speak to Brenda after church or place your name on the list at the back of St Andrews if you can help out.


Lunch at Dunoon Sports & Recreation Club: 12:00 noon 28th May, 2017. All welcome. Please ring the office if you are going to attend. Definite numbers are required by Monday 22nd May, 2017. The club will not open if there are insufficient numbers.


Clergy Retreat: Rev. Christian and Rev. Alan will be on a clergy retreat

Monday 15th to Thursday 18th May, 2017.


Faithfulness in Service Workshop: A Diocesan requirement for Clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers, Parish Councillors, Co-ordinators of Parish Ministries, Helpers involved in family and children’s ministry, people contact ministries e.g. office volunteers, Op Shop workers, hospital and aged care visitors. St Mary’s Church Ballina. Registration form required and available in your church.

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 1:30—3:30pm or Saturday 24th June 2017, 2:00—4:00pm.


Ascension Day: 6pm, Thursday 25th May, 2017. There will be a service of Holy Communion in St Andrew’s Church.


Pentecost: Sunday 4th June, 2017. Please wear something red. At 9:30 am Saturday 3rd June, 2017 please come and help decorate the church for Sunday service in St Andrews.


Session on Church Music: 10am, Saturday 20th May, 2017 in the Parish Hall. The Acting Dean of Grafton Cathedral Rev. Dr David Cole will be with us to run a work shop on music in worship. He has a long history in church music in Australia. David was on the committee for our hymn book Together in Song. This will be an excellent opportunity. All welcome to come and learn from David.

Please let the office know if you are attending for catering purposes.


Hymnfest: Conducted by Rev. Dr David Cole. 2:00pm 28th May, 2017.

Grafton Cathedral


Mainly Music Meeting: 10am-11am Tuesday 23 May, 2017. Parish Hall.

Mainly Music is a weekday program that creates an opportunity to minister to families. It is a program of music, movement and fellowship during which there are a series of songs with actions played. The children and parents go through the music session together. One of the goals of the program is that through touch and joint activity the parent and child grows closer together. There will be morning tea when the children can play and the adults enjoy a coffee. Mainly Music will need helpers to come along and help run the sessions. You don’t need to be musical or be able to play an instrument (all the music is recorded).   We will need people to help prepare the morning teas, to welcome families and to be able to talk with the parents. All you need is an interest in young families coming to church.


Thank You: To all who donated to the flood appeal. We raised $1893.45.


Alstonville Anglican Church: Rev. Desiree Snyman has been appointed the new Rector of Alstonville Parish and will take up the appointment mid- year.

Training for Pastoral Care workers in Lismore by the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network. 9:00am Saturday 20th May, 2017. Lismore Christian Family Fellowship, 7 Union St South Lismore. Please speak to Rev Christian or Rev Alan if you wish to be nominated for the training. Cost 10 per person.


Thank You: We are gradually settling back into our other life here at the farm in Wales, it has been lovely to see family and friends again, although sad to have left Deborah and all our good friends in Australia. Thank you for welcoming us to St Andrews and for all the love, caring and concern for Deborah and ourselves. It meant so much and we will miss you all, but you are in my prayers, and we have such good memories.

God bless you all. Love from Shirley and David Ray.


We will be in touch by email, and first hand news will come via Jenny and Marj after their visit to us in August .

God bless you all.

Love from Shirley and David Ray.


A Time to Celebrate

Come join us

Heartfelt Thanks




Sunday 21st May 2017 @ 3pm

Lismore City Hall