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The Bulletin Sunday 17th December, 2017 Advent 3

Advent 3                                             17 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

office@lismoreanglicans.org.au

 

Social Media

Clergy

Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday

 

Rev Alan Shaw

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

 

www.lismoreanglicans.org.au

 

Lismore Anglicans

 

@lismoreanglicans

 

Minutes from the Minister: 

Think Different’ 

John the Baptiser’s message of the coming Messiah is again in focus this week, and some of the ancient prophetic foundations for his ministry. John was certain that in the scheme of things, he was unimportant; only his message mattered – one of restoration, empowerment, and seeing things differently so that we would act differently.

Because these passages come around so routinely in our lectionary cycle of readings, we think we know his story well. But do we?

We know John called the people to repentance in readiness for the One who would follow him who would baptise in the Holy Spirit – moving the ‘law’ into the hearts of the people (as prophesied by Jeremiah). But do we really understand what true repentance demands?

We heard last week how true repentance demands more than just turning away from what harms our relationship with God and others – it requires an overhaul of how we view the world, ourselves and God.

In 1997, Steve Jobs, a founder of the Apple empire, launched a catchy advertising slogan that grabbed the attention of the world. Two words – Think Different. The commercials featured the faces of famous people in history who achieved greatness by thinking outside the box – who made a difference by pursuing their vision. The campaign included Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Edison, Jim Henson, Amelia Earhart, even John Lennon.

These people weren’t necessarily Christian, but they achieved greatness through persistence and courage, and each in their own way helped to change the world.

The Apostle Paul encouraged the believers in the early Thessalonian church to live as true representatives of Christ, showing the world how lives are changed for the better through persistence, courage and by the power of God’s Spirit.

In a similar way, Isaiah’s prophecy speaks of change, restoration, and points to a particular group within that early community deserving of attention – the marginalised, poor and suffering – who are still with us today.

Paul declares that God’s saving restoring work must be clearly evident in our lives – all parts of our lives – not just the bits we choose to reveal to others.

This takes courage, strength and discipline.

And as much as structures and systems need to be changed to make a better and fairer world, any lasting change must spring from changed hearts and lives.

Whilst there is great need to rebuild broken cities, homes and nations, we can begin by considering our part in rebuilding broken hearts, broken relationships and broken spirits. Ultimately it is God who does the work of restoration; we are but links in a chain.

And here lies both the Good News and the challenge of Advent: who will I invite to share in the joy and forgiveness promised by our Lord?

Like John, we are called to use our voices as instruments of invitation and welcome as we seek to draw others into the celebration of the mystery of God’s coming as the Christ child. Who will I invite to church this Christmas?

Rev. Alan

Sources:Apple – Think Different – Full Version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwsuXHA7RA

Think Different, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_different, acessed 13/12/2017

Rev Alan

 

 

 

 

This 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

 

Next Sunday Advent 4

2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16

Song of Mary  p425 (prayer book)

Romans  16: 25-27

Luke 1: 26-38

 

This week we pray for…

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 Bowmar, Margaret Jarrett, Gloria Page, Rev. Roy Cowin 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

All Services in recess until February

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

Clergy Leave: Rev. Alan will be on leave from the 25th December 2017 and returning to work on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018.

Office Closure: The Parish Office will be closed on Friday 22nd December, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January, 2018.

TODAY: Welcome to Rev. Trevor Austin to our 9:30am Service. Rev. Trevor was ordained as a Priest in St Andrew’s on the 15th December 1957 and is celebrating 60 years in ministry.

Wednesday Services: As of Wednesday 13th December, 2017 morning tea prior to the service will be in recess. The 11:00am service will be held as usual except for the 27th December, 2017. Service only will resume again  on the 3rd January, 2018.

Carols: Tonight Community Carols 7:00pm at St Matthew’s Dunoon and Lessons and Carols 7:30pm St Carthage’s Cathedral Lismore. Lessons and Carols 6:30pm Wednesday 20th December ,2017 St Mark’s  Nimbin.

Volunteers Needed: Can you help with preparations for this years 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. Age profile survey was part of that and the next part is a survey of the worship life of the parish. , 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.

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.

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

Church Services

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

Year of Invitation: The leadership team and church wardens would like 2018 to be our “Year of  Invitation”. Is there someone you think would enjoy our Christmas services or you would like to invite to our church. They will be most welcome.

Congratulations: To Rev. Cathy Ridd who has now completed her studies and has graduated with a Bachelor of Theology with Distinction.

Spring Cleaning in January: Our Parish Hall, storage spaces and shed are in need of clearing out. If you are available to help please let Christian or the office know when you may be available to help out.

REAL Casual Teaching Position: Religious Education  Association of Lismore is calling for Casual Teachers for our High Schools. Interested applicants please find the advertisement for the position in your church. Contact Pastor Lyn Lingard Mobile 0434 061 964.

Letter of Appreciation: Lorna Crowther’s family has sent a letter of appreciation to the community of St Andrew’s. Please find a copy in your church.

Diocesan News

Bishop Sarah Macneil’s Retirement Gift: If you wish to make a monitory contribution to her gift you can deposit directly into the AFGD account by Thursday 15 February, 2018. Account name: Bishop’s Farewell Gift, BSB 705-077, Account number: 00041100