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The Bulletin Insert, Sunday 29th November, 2015 Advent – A Time of Waiting

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert       Sun 29th Nov 2015

Advent – A Time of Waiting

nov 3Today – the first Sunday in Advent – we begin a new cycle in the church’s liturgical year as we enter the season of waiting (the meaning of the word ‘Advent’). We join Mary and Joseph in waiting for the coming of the Christ child who would change the world forever. Over the coming weeks, we will journey with them as they prepare for parenthood, and the birth of God as Immanuel – God with us.

In another sense, we acknowledge that today we live in the ‘in-between’ times, awaiting the promised return of our Lord and Saviour King, and the climax of God’s reign.

Today we also celebrate Andrew as the patron saint of our Lismore parish. Andrew was a professional fisherman, and the first disciple called by Jesus. Born in born in Bethsaida on the shore of Lake Galilee, it was natural for Jesus to invite him to join his growing team of followers, making them “fishers of people.”

Andrew was previously a disciple of John the Baptiser, but clearly recognised that Jesus was greater, introducing his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, who also became an apostle. Andrew is remembered for his passion for drawing others to Christ.

After Christ’s death and resurrection, Andrew preached the gospel throughout the known world in Asia Minor, Scythia and as far east as Kiev. Little is mentioned in the Book of Acts regarding his later life.

Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on a diagonal cross at Patras in Achaea, Greece. He requested this because he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross on which Christ had been crucified.

Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Romania, Russia and Greece and is specially remembered on the 30th of November dedicated in the church liturgical calendar as Saint Andrew’s Day. The cross of Saint Andrew appears on the flag of Scotland as a white diagonal cross against a navy blue background.

Today we also join with others in making a symbolic stand against violence in all forms, especially domestic violence. This past week was a time to reflect on this cancer in our society, and to commit to doing all we can to promote peaceful resolution of conflict.

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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 Jesus 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’nov 1