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The Bulletin Sunday 20th August, 2017 Pentecost 11

Pentecost 11 20th August 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

Social Media

Rev Christian Ford
e: rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au
m: 0419 642 294
day of rest: Friday

Rev Alan Shaw
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


Lismore Anglicans

This Sunday Pentecost 11
Genesis 45: 1-15
Psalm 133 p365 ( Prayer Book)
Romans 11: 13-32
Matthew 15:10-“28

Next Sunday Pentecost 12
Exodus 1: 8-2: 10
Psalm 133 p365
Romans 12: 1-8
Matthew 16: 13-20

Message from your Minister

So the Gospel passage today seems like a simple story about faith. A woman comes to Jesus and cries out for her daughters healing. Even when Jesus seems unlikely to answer she kept calling. Even when he rejected her cries, she continued to call out and yet through her faith is praised and her daughter is healed.

But I think there is more than just a story of faith happening here. Sure it is there plainly for us to see but let’s scratch just a fraction deeper. Scratch that surface once and you will find disappointment. This woman has come crying out for her daughter’s well-being. She is yelling in front of the crowd for Jesus to show mercy on her daughter. It reminds me of the story of the blind man by the roadside near Jericho, crying out for Jesus healing.

But they are answered with healing. This woman on the other hand has been firstly ignored, disappointment 1, then rejected because she is not and Israelite, disappointment 2, and then finally told it would not be fair to give to the dogs the food meant for the children, disappointment 3.

I wonder how often you face disappointment in your life. How many times are you ignored? How many times are you rejected because you’re not the right type? How many times are you rejected because this is for someone else? It grates when that happens, doesn’t it? Our sense of justice is undone. And in all this she was asking for her daughter, not herself, her daughter!

I guess for me this Canaanite Woman is a model of how you deal with disappointment. I think in our lives that is particularly vital when we talk about prayer. We are going to have seasons in which we think God has turned God’s back on us, ignored us, doesn’t see us as right and so leaves our prayers alone. The point is not to use those times to examine God’s sense of Justice verses our own sense or timing of Justice but rather to look deep into ourselves and see if we can handle the feelings of disappointment.

The Canaanite woman has her faith praised but perhaps we should also praise her persistence, her ability to keep on trusting and asking and remaining humble in the face of overwhelming odds. That is a faith that I aspire to, I hope and pray that you do too!
Rev Christian

This week we pray for…

Prayer Points:
Please pray for this weekend’s Women’s Cursillo
Confirmation Candidates who have started their preparations
Pray for peace in the world, the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority.
The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe, Len Clapham, Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Wendy, Stan Heywood, Margaret Doyle David and Shirley Ray, Russell Cook and Rev Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.
The bereaved: We remember Rev Ian Trump 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
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 5pm. In RECESS

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
Today at the 7.30 and 9.30am service at St Andrew’s we welcome Rev David Rogers-Smith from the BCA. There will be a retiring collection for the work of the BCA after both of these services.
Legacy Service: Wednesday 23rd August, 2017 11am St Andrews Church . Morning tea from 10am.
Media Officer: Parish Council has decided to endeavour to appoint a Media Officer representing Lismore Anglicans. Parishioners who are interested are invited to volunteer to use their skills. Please contact the Rector if you are interested. It is envisaged that a newsworthy media release would be distributed on a monthly basis
“Grazie” to everybody who helped and came to the Italian Dinner last Saturday Night. Great time was had by all. Just over $1200 was raised.
Thankyou from Bev Carroll and a big thankyou to Bev and Kay and all the catering people.
Italian Napoletana Meatballs: Kay Scott’s famous recipe is available at the back of St Andrews Church.
Lamingtons for Sale: List at back of Church or Parish Office. Available for collection at the Market Day . Cost $5 half dozen and $9 for dozen. More information from Margaret Perkins
Parish Council Minutes: August minutes are available at the back of your Church.
.Save the Date:
Volunteers Thank You Day: 10am Saturday 26th August, 2017. Parish Hall. Come along so the Ministry Team and Parish Councillors can show their appreciation for all that you do.
Market Day and BBQ: Saturday 2nd September, 2017 , 8am to 1.30pm St Andrews Church Grounds and Parish Hall. If you have any second hand books or produce for us to sell at the Market Day please leave at the back of St Andrew’s. See separate flyer for more details.
St Pete’s Goonellabah 26th August, 2017: Campfire Communion 5pm. BYO chair and/or rug and remember marshmallows for roasting and meat for cooking.

Reader’s Meeting: 8.45am Sunday 3rd September, 2017, St Andrew’s Parish Hall for all Readers at the 7.30am and 9.30am service and for anybody else who might be interested in becoming a Reader.
Diocesan News
Julie White, Diocesan Accountant, has decided not to seek an extension beyond her current term of employment. This means that Julie’s last day with the Diocese of Grafton will be Thursday 5th October 2017.
Recruitment has commenced for a new Diocesan Accountant through the website Seek.com.au The ad can be found athttps://www.seek.com.au/job/34167439? The vacancy is also included on the Diocese of Grafton website.

Community News
An event about surviving life’s high’s and lows: 6.30pm Monday 4th Sept,2017 Trinity Sports Centre, Lismore. Cost $50 per head. Combined Charity Function, speakers Peter Fitzsimons, Tim Costello, Nathan Hauritz and Nathan Parker. More information at back of your Church.