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The Bulletin Sunday 21st May, 2017 Easter 6 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Easter 6                                        21 May 2017


Parish Contact Details


open Mon—Fri (9.00am-1.00pm)

19 Keen St

PO Box 378

Lismore 2480

p:         (02) 6621 3200

m:        0412 657 036

f:          (02) 6622 8941



Social Media


Lismore Anglicans



Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday


Rev Alan Shaw


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)

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. M & F also outside down steps west end of 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





Next Sunday Easter 6

Acts 17: 22-31

Psalm 66: 7-19 p286 (Prayer Book)

1 Peter 3: 8-22

John 14: 15-21


Next Sunday Easter 7

Acts 1: 6-14

Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35 p288 (Prayer Book)

1 Peter 5

John 17: 1-11


Minute with the Minister…

This Thursday is Ascension Day, the day we remember and celebrate Jesus ascension into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God. Within the Anglican Communion it is known as a principle feast, meaning it holds the same sort of significance as Christmas Day or Easter Day or Epiphany. I remember as a child going along with Mum, Dad and my sister to communion in the evening of Ascension Day.

I thought I might look into some of the traditions around Ascension Day and so I started my research, as you do nowadays, with Mr Google. A few websites later and I started to get a picture of what celebrations looked like through the ages. Let me say that Ascension Day used to hold much greater significance than what we give it today. I would feel 0safe in saying that attendance at Ascension Day services has dropped in recent years.

Once upon a time the tradition held that the Monday to Wednesday before Ascension Thursday were known as Rogation Days. Rogation from the Latin rogare which means to ask. Those three days were days to ask God for ourselves and our communities.

Particularly we would ask for God’s protection from calamities. There is an old English and welsh tradition called “beating the bounds” during which a procession of the minister, churchwardens, parochial officials and choirboys would walk the boundaries of the parish, beating them with sticks, singing songs and asking for God’s protection for the parish for the future. The walking was usually finished with a great celebration, which was known occasionally to get out of hand.

I don’t think we have any choirboys at the moment, and unless the Wardens and Parish Councillors feel particularly like walking the bounds of Lismore Parish I would suggest this is a tradition we could probably let fall by the wayside. Though the tradition of praying for God’s protection for all who make their life within the bounds of our Parish may be something we do wish to continue, let’s just leave out the walking part.

Perhaps we could all dedicate ourselves to praying for everybody who lives in our Parish. Let us dedicate the next three days to prayer for our communities and then come to Ascension Day and celebrate our Lord’s Ascension to be at God’s right hand.

I like recapturing old traditions, I think sometimes we have been too quick to drop them. If we do them properly they can still hold great significance for us. I suggest we recapture the importance of Ascension Day as a day that reminds us of all aspects of Jesus life, death and resurrection.

Rev. Christian Ford



This week we pray for…

Pray Points:

  • Give thanks for the volunteers, generosity of the people and all who have helped at this difficult time


The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,, Len Clapham, Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Wendy, Stan Heywood and Margaret Doyle.


The bereaved: We remember Kathleen “Jessie” Johnson, June Jackson, Peg Parry 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 10:00am

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 Hall

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

Sun 1.30 pm

Mon 7.30 pm

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7.30 pm





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


Sunday School: Last chance to put your name down on the list at the back of St Andrew’s to help set up the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the Sunday School. We are still in need of volunteer helpers for this vital ministry to continue and grow. Please contact the office, speak to Brenda after church or place your name on the list at the back of St Andrews if you can help out.


Lunch at Dunoon Sports & Recreation Club: 12:00 noon 28th May, 2017. All welcome. Please ring the office if you are going to attend. Definite numbers are required by Monday 22nd May, 2017. The club will not open if there are insufficient numbers.


Faithfulness in Service Workshop: A Diocesan requirement for Clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers, Parish Councillors, Co-ordinators of Parish Ministries, Helpers involved in family and children’s ministry, people contact ministries e.g. office volunteers, Op Shop workers, hospital and aged care visitors. St Mary’s Church Ballina. Registration form required and available in your church.

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 1:30—3:30pm or Saturday 24th June 2017, 2:00—4:00pm.


Ascension Day: 6pm, Thursday 25th May, 2017. There will be a service of Holy Communion in St Andrew’s Church.


Pentecost: Sunday 4th June, 2017. Please wear something red. At 9:30 am Saturday 3rd June, 2017 please come and help decorate the church for Sunday service in St Andrews.


Hymnfest: Conducted by Rev. Dr David Cole. 2:00pm 28th May, 2017.

Grafton Cathedral


Mainly Music Meeting: 10am-11am Tuesday 23 May, 2017. Parish Hall.

Mainly Music is a weekday program that creates an opportunity to minister to families. It is a program of music, movement and fellowship during which there are a series of songs with actions played. The children and parents go through the music session together. One of the goals of the program is that through touch and joint activity the parent and child grows closer together. There will be morning tea when the children can play and the adults enjoy a coffee. Mainly Music will need helpers to come along and help run the sessions. You don’t need to be musical or be able to play an instrument (all the music is recorded).   We will need people to help prepare the morning teas, to welcome families and to be able to talk with the parents. All you need is an interest in young families coming to church.


Alstonville Anglican Church: Rev. Desiree Snyman has been appointed the new Rector of Alstonville Parish and will take up the appointment mid-year.

2017 Confirmation: Sunday 29th October, 2017. If you are interested in being confirmed in 2017, or want to be received/admitted to Holy Communion please contact the Parish Office ph 6621 3200. Classes commence in July.


Far North Coast CWCI Morning Tea 9:15am Registration, 9:45—12:15pm

Saturday 3rd June, 2017. Lismore Baptist Church, Uralba St, Lismore.

Guest Speaker: Hazel Benn “Panic to Peace” and “Peace to Praise”. Cost $10

RSVP by 30th May, 2017. Contact Val Howes 6662 2856 or Enid Noble 6687 6895.


Community Seminar Loss Grief and Empathy: 9:00am Registration, 9:30am—12:30pm , Harry Graves Auditorium, Uniting Church, Keen St, Lismore.

Speaker: Doris Zagdanski. Bookings Essential: Guardian Funerals 6624 5599 or email: pmiller@guardianfunerals.com.au RSVP Friday 26th May, 2017.

Admission Free. See flyer in your church.


Lifeline Northern Rivers Crisis Support Worker Training Course

Early July to mid-October 2017. Training includes on-line eLearning reinforced by 8×4 hour experiential classroom-based modules. To receive detailed information pack email: lifeline@lis.net.au or call 6622 4133.

Applications close Friday 9th June, 2017.

A big thank you to all who made the Op-Shop Fashion Parade a great success.