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The Bulletin Sunday 15th October, 2017 Pentecost 19 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore


Pentecost 19                                        15th October 2017



Parish Contact Details


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


Facebook: Lismore Anglicans




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



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)


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 Pentecost 19

Exodus 32: 1-14

Psalm 106 1-6, 20-24 p334 (prayer book)

Philippians 4 or 4: 1-9

Matthew 22: 1-14


Next Sunday Pentecost 20



Exodus 33: 12-23

Psalm 99 p325 (prayer book)

1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

Matthew 22: 15-33


Message from your Minister

When I worked at Kalamia Sugar Mill in Ayr we had a closed circuit camera that oversaw the tram yard full of both empty bins and bins full of harvested cane.  We could also pivot the camera and see the nearby fields full of cane.  In those fields nearby the mill, owned by the mill and overseen by a hired labourer, there was a lot of sorghum mixed in with the cane.

Those at the mill who worked farms themselves saw this as an affront to them and a sign of lazy farming.  There are weeds in amongst the sugar and it was a sign to them of laziness.  Our Gospel reading today is not that dissimilar a situation.

A wedding banquet has been prepared and the expected guest have refused to come, so the unexpected guests are invited in.  One comes in dressed completely wrong.  Of course, we find this reaction of the host to this guest as completely unfair.  “He was invited and simply came as he was.”  “He may not even have wedding clothes.” “Perhaps there wasn’t a dress code on the invite.”  You could imagine the responses and probably come up with a few yourself.  We react even stronger if we think the wedding feast in this parable is the church.  Everyone is welcome in the church no matter what they wear.

That is absolutely true.  Everyone is welcome in the church no matter how they dress.  But this story is really about God’s eternal kingdom and has nothing to do with clothes.  The wedding feast is the age to come and the clothes are actually righteousness, that is how have we adhered to Jesus teachings.

The man is speechless because he has no defence, he accepted the invitation of the gospel, but refused to conform his life to the Gospel.  Yes grace is freely given, not earned by good works.  Grace also leads to a change of life, in which our priorities, behaviour and attitudes change to align themselves with God’s grace.  This parable calls us to examine our lives and ask are we putting in the effort to live the Christian life.

Rev Christian.



This week we pray for…



Prayer Points:

  • Confirmation Candidates who have started their preparations.
  • Give thanks for our many willing volunteers
  • Thanks to God for our study groups and their leaders.


The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,  Len Clapham,  Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Wendy, Stan Heywood, Margaret Doyle, Deirdre Paillas, Glenda Roe, Russell Cook and Rev Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.

The bereaved: We remember Jack Waldron 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 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 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
  • 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.


Bible Study/Home Groups

Contact the Office for details

Mon 7.30 pm

Tues 7.30pm 1st week

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7.30pm & 7pm Dunoon

Fri 7.00pm 2nd & 4th week




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

Marriage Equality Postal Survey:  Just a reminder that we are taking a break from the discussion for just a brief time each week, during our morning teas after church.       Rev Christian Ford.

Parish Information Card: (cream card) Please return as soon as possible so we may update our records.

Remembrance Sunday Service: 10:30 am 12th November, 2017. St Matthew’s Dunoon. A service of remembrance of the service men and women from this area who have served in our armed forces in major conflicts.

Leave: Margaret Weatherby will be on leave from Wednesday 18th October and returning  Monday 20th November 2017. Denise will relieve Margaret.

Bells: Margaret and Robert Weatherby are away on a bellringing tour of the USA and if all goes well they will have visited 10 new bell towers.

Mainly Music Planning Meeting: The next planning meeting will be 9:00am Tuesday 17 October, 2017. Parish Hall.

Home Communion: If you wish to receive home communion, or know of anyone who may,  please contact the office ph 66213200

Bible Society: Bicentenary celebration. 1:30 – 5:00pm Sunday 5th November, 2017 St Andrew’s Church. Afternoon tea, games, hymnfest and evensong.

Confirmation, Combined Church Service and Celebration of All Saints Day: 10am Sunday 29th October  at St Andrew’s Church. There will be a picnic lunch following the service so please come along and support our confirmees. This will be the only weekend service in the Parish. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Please pray for our confirmees John, Ray, Owen, Trace, Jackson, Rose, Harrison, Kye, Amy and Telaar.

Christmas Cakes: Once again we are looking for donations of ingredients eg. 1kg packs of Mixed Fruit, Butter, Brown Sugar or donation of money to make Christmas cakes for this years Christmas shop. We hope to make over 100 cakes. Please leave the ingredients at the Church Office or the Parish Hall.

Direct Deposit: If you wish to make an electronic transfer into the church offertory our banking details are BSB 705 007, Account number: 000 30372 or make a deposit in person at a Westpac bank. Reference OFT.

Annual Australian Anglican Church Calendar: If you wish to order a calendar please place your name on the list at the back of St Andrew’s or phone the Parish Office 6621 3200. Cost $12 if  the order is over 10 otherwise $15.

Announcement: A new Community Outreach Ministry – St Andrew’s Craft & Skills Sharing. The goal is to bring together all the amazing skills and gifts we have in our Congregation and to offer them in service to the community of Lismore. Expressions of Interest are invited from all (Men & Women) who would be prepared to contribute to this new Ministry by sharing their skills. For more information see flyer in your church or contact Lou-ann Atkinson on            Mobile 0475 773 725.

Celebration of the Reformation: There will be a church service at 5pm Tuesday 31st October, 2017 in St Andrew’s to celebrate 500th anniversary since the beginning of the reformation by Martin Luther. The service will be followed by a German dinner in the Parish Hall. Please place your name on the list in  St Andrews or contact the office if you are interested in attending the dinner.

All Souls Day Remembrance Service: 7:00pm Thursday 2nd November, 2017.    St Andrew’s Church. A time to reflect and remember departed loved ones.

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

Diocesan News

Community News

Classics for Cancer: An Intimate Classical Chamber Music Charity Concert. 3:00pm Sunday 22nd October, 2017. Pidcock Performing Arts Theatre, St John’s School Woodlawn, Lismore. Tickets: $30. Online: www/trybooking.com/PCMZ or at the door if available. Proceeds to: Our House and Cancer Compassionate Fund. More information see flyer in your church.