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The Bulletin Sunday 10th December, 2017 Advent 2 Year B

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Advent 2                                  10th December 2017

 

 

Parish Contact Details

Office

open Mon—Fri (9.00am-1.00pm)

Suite 1 Centre Arcade

76 Woodlark St

PO Box 378

Lismore 2480

p:         (02) 6621 3200

m:        0412 657 036

e: office@lismoreanglicans.org.au

 

Social Media

 www.lismoreanglicans.org.au

Facebook: Lismore Anglicans

@lismoreanglicans

Clergy

Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday

 

Rev Alan Shaw

e: shawthing50@gmail.com

m:        0413 955 790

day of rest: Monday

 

Services

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

 

Dunoon

Sun      10 am Holy Communion

Goonellabah

Sat       5.00 pm Contemporary Service

Wyrallah

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.

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

 

This Sunday Advent 2

Isaiah 40: 1-11

Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13  p311 (prayer book)

2 Peter 3: 8-15a

Mark 1: 1-8

 

 

Next Sunday Advent 3

Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126  p362 (prayer book)

1 Thessalonians  5: 12-28

John 1: 6-8, 19-28

 

 

 

Minutes from the Minister: 

So much changes with a change of perspective.  Just think about the smallest change of perspective, from the top of the tallest skyscraper people on the ground can look little bigger than ants, but down on ground level you see everything from short little people to tall giants striding down the footpath.  Zooming past shops in your car versus walking past them down the street.  What you see and what you enjoy changes completely.

Imagine for a second a hedge maze.  They are incredibly difficult when you are at ground level walking through them.  You can’t see around the next corner, you can’t see dead ends, was the first corner the mistake or your latest one?  A different perspective of getting above a maze and seeing from the top down can let you see each turn you should make and even see the path through the maze.

Think for a second about the call of John the Baptist to make straight the paths of the Lord.

I wonder how much we sometimes need the different perspective on our own lives to see whether or not they are straight paths for God in our lives.

From our perspective, it might seem like we have made incredibly straight and simple paths for God in our life.  But take that different perspective of the figurative “birds eye view” of our life and I wonder if we might not see something more like a maze.

Looking backwards on my life I can see how times that I thought were straightforward paths look more twisting and turning than I had imagined.  So, what areas now appear straight to me but in actuality are really a mess of twists and turns?

And in our lives John the Baptist calls us to make straight the paths of our life for the Lord.

It is one of the reasons I think it is important for us to continue to read scripture, especially well-known passages.  Continuing to read them and asking how they speak to our lives can open our eyes to where we are blind to the twists and turns of our life.  Perhaps in reading more about God’s love we might see where our path is crooked through a lack of love.  Perhaps reading about God’s forgiveness opens our eyes to see how we withhold forgiveness from others, making our path a little more crooked.  Perhaps in reading about the grace of God we might see how we have overcomplicated the grace of God for others, thus making someone else’s path more crooked.

And John the Baptist calls us to straighten the ways of the Lord.  Where is there crookedness in our life and how might we straighten it?

Rev Christian

 

 

 

Parish Activities

Prayer Points:

God’s guidance in our planning day, our Christmas services and all we invite to join us.

The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,  Len Clapham,  Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Margaret Doyle, Glenda Roe, Keeley, Margaret Jarrett, Gloria Page and Rev Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.

The bereaved: We remember 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 10am

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 Parish Office for details

  • Toddler Time now in recess
  • Intercessory Prayer Group

8.30 am Tues in St Andrew’s.

  • Bellringers Wed 5pm & Fri 5:30pm
  • Choir
  • Parish Council 3rd Tues 7pm in Parish Office
  • 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 4.30pm.
  • Craft Group 1st Sat 11am-2pm

Bible Study/Home Groups

Contact Parish Office for details

Mon 7.30 pm in recess

Tues 7.30pm 1st week

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7:30pm & 7:00pm Dunoon. In Recess

Fri 7.00pm 2nd & 4th week in recess

 

 

 

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

 

Church News

Parish Planning: To set a programme for 2018 there will be a parish planning morning 9:00 am morning tea for 9:30 am start and finish before midday on Saturday 16th December, 2017. Parish Hall

Volunteers Needed: Can you help with preparations for this year’s Christingle Celebrations that will be held on Christmas Eve. Please let the Parish Office, Christian or Brenda know if you are able to help on Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd.

Worship Service Review: The Parish Strategic Plan calls for a review of the worship life of the whole parish.  The Age profile survey was part of that and the next part is a survey of the worship life of the parish.  We, the Parish Council, have released the survey and we ask that you return your completed survey AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you want your say in the life of the Parish..

TODAY Wyrallah BBQ: Feast of St Thomas and annual Christmas Party. 5:00pm Sunday 10th December, 2017. St Thomas’ Wyrallah. To celebrate St Thomas’ Day we are going to have the Feast of St Thomas. As Thomas went to India this will be the focus, Indian food. If you have any special dietary requirements please contact the office or Charmaine. All welcome.

Name Badges: We will be placing an order for name badges in the New Year. Anybody who would like one please place your name on the list in your church. Cost TBA.

North Coast Anglican: The latest edition is now available in your church.

Missions

Christmas Appeal—Envelopes are available on the mission table in St Andrew’s for donations to ABM, Bible League, Christmas Bowl and Barnabas Fund.

Church Services

Christmas Day Roster:  Please place your name on the list in St Andrew’s  if you would like to go on the roster for Christmas Day. Today is the last day to volunteer.

Christmas Eve St Andrew’s: 7:30 am and 9:30am services will be as usual celebrating Advent 4.

St Peter’s  Goonellabah: 5:00pm Saturday 10th December 2017 will be the last service until February 2018.

To my parish family I wish to sincerely thank all for your prayer support during my recent surgery. Blessings Russell.

Mainly Music: Mainly Music:  It is with great joy that we announce that we have been approved to run our Mainly Music.  Well done to all the team this is a great result for a great effort.  We will begin next year at the start of February!  In the meantime we are still looking for more helpers, particularly those who could help make a morning tea.  Please let Christian know if you would like to help out!!

Diocesan News

Installation of the new Dean elect Rev Dr Greg Jenks in Christ Church Cathedral Grafton has been postponed until further notice. Please keep Greg, Eve and the Cathedral Congregation in your prayers.

Community News

Remembering and Healing have organised a conversation between Bishop Sarah Macneil and Dr Zuleyha Keskin on the differences, similarities and shared values between Christianity and Islam. 2:00pm to 4:30pm Saturday 16th December, 2017. Parish Hall More information contact: RaH PO Box 770 Lismore or ph 02 6688 6214. See flyer in your church.