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The Bullein Insert Sunday 27th November, 2016 Advent 1 and St Andrews Day Year A “Advent 1/ Feast of St Andrew

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 27th November 2016 – Advent 1 / Feast of St Andrew

Today marks the beginning of the season of Advent – a 4-week period in the liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas – when Christians look forward with anticipation to celebrating the coming of Jesus as the Christ-child. And continuing the theme of the past few months, we also look beyond to Christ’s promised return when he will rule as King of Kings over all creation.

Each week we will light a candle in the Advent Wreath and recite a special prayer to remind us of the hope, joy, peace and love we find in being a committed member of Christ’s family on earth.

Today we also celebrate the life and work of Andrew the Apostle after whom our Lismore church is named. As one of the first to be called into Jesus’ team at the beginning of his earthly ministry, Andrew and his brother Simon Peter are outstanding examples of the personal qualities we are called to foster within ourselves to be effective disciples of our Lord Jesus.

As professional fishers, a demanding vocation even today, Andrew and Simon Peter knew the importance of discipline, team work, persistence, observing signs and vigilance in recognising opportunities.

That they trusted Jesus enough to leave their boats, equipment, livelihood and families behind to follow their friend into an uncertain future, is inspiring enough. But later they also suffered greatly for their faith in him – torture and death – because of their firm conviction that Jesus was – and is – the Messiah and Son of God.

Are we willing to sacrifice much for Jesus’ sake? What value do we place on eternal life and how prepared are we to become the best we can be for Jesus and so share in that priceless gift?




Deuteronomy 30: 11-14  Exhortation to Choose Life

11 Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 12It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ 14No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.


Romans 10: 8-18

8But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ 16But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ 17So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for ‘Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’


Matthew 4: 18-22 Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.