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The Bulletin Sunday 24th September, 2017 Pentecost 16 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Pentecost 16                                        24th September 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 16

Exodus 16: 2-15

Psalm 105 1-6, 37-45  p332 (prayer book)

Philippians 1: 21-30

Matthew 20: 1-16


Next Sunday Pentecost 17

Exodus 17: 1-7

Psalm 78 1-4, 11-16  p301 (prayer book)

Philippians 2 or 2: 1-13

Matthew 21: 23-32



Message from your Minister

Grace and Fairness in the Kingdom

Two topics that are guaranteed to stimulate robust discussion in any social gathering are climate change and marriage equality. The latter is particularly controversial and divisive at the moment, especially within church culture.

For those who have been faithful members of a church community over many years, it might seem confusing – even confronting – when some members hold opinions and condone practices that seem at odds with what has become established tradition.

Change can be disturbing and challenging, whilst it can also be invigorating, opening up new possibilities. Yet not all change is desirable or welcome, and whatever position we may hold on any issue, we should extend courtesy to others who may see things differently.

This week’s gospel presents Jesus telling the Parable of the Vineyard Workers (sometimes called the Parable of the Latecomers). It’s a rude reminder that whilst we may take the moral high ground on an issue close to our hearts, God’s grace and generosity defies the world’s logic – we can never earn our way into God’s kingdom, no matter how right or deserving we may think we are.

Holy Scripture reveals a God who loves extravagantly without favourites – who desires that all should respond to his invitation to enjoy his gift of salvation earned through Jesus Christ and so share in the treasure that is eternal life.

The reality is that many whom we might consider unworthy are very much part of the kingdom, or will be. We can be thankful and not begrudge those who ‘turn up late’ for no one deserves to be there – we are only there by grace alone. Rev Alan



This week we pray for…



11:30am 1st October, 2017.    St Andrew’s Church

Please pray for William Rex Gittoes

his parents and Godparents



Please pray for Carolyn Boulton and Rodney Hoskins who will be married 10:30 am Saturday 7th October, 2017. St Thomas’ Wyrallah

Prayer Points:

  • Confirmation Candidates who have started their preparations.

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 Cecil Stenner 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:  Over the coming weeks we are going to be bombarded with advertising and information, both true and inaccurate.  I want to propose that our morning tea after church become a place of respite from all the advertising and discussion.  There are people within our church family who hold passionate opinions on both sides of the argument.  Whilst it is an important discussion for us to have I would advise that we have that discussion at other times.  I am more than open to those who want to talk about the issue with me, just not after worship.  Let us all take a break from the discussion for just a brief time each week.                Rev Christian Ford.

Mainly Music Planning Meeting: The next planning meeting will be 9:30am Tuesday 3 October, 2017. Parish Hall. Please can you help out, we are in need of some 600ml water bottles to make shakers. Please leave at the back of the church.

Service of Blessing of the Pets: 9:30am Sunday 8th October, 2017.  St Andrew’s  Church

Lighting Appeal: So far we have raised just over $10,000. If you would like to help us reach our target of $15,000 please place your donation in the specially marked envelopes at the back of St Andrew’s or in an envelope marked “lighting appeal” and place in the offertory.

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

BCA Money Boxes: If you have a BCA box would you please bring it in next Sunday.

Op-Shop AGM: 9:30 am Monday 25th September 2017. St Peter’s Church. All welcome.

Parish Breakfast: 8:00am Saturday 14th October, 2017. Parish Hall.

Clergy Absence: The clergy will be attending Clergy Ministry School  Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th October, 2017.

Confirmation and Combined Church Service: 10am Sunday 29th October, 17 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 service in the Parish this weekend. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Data Entry: We now have our new programme for the Parish Roll and are looking for volunteers to assist in data entry. If you have basic computer skills and are able to help out please contact Margaret in the office ph 66213200. Margaret and Rev. Christian will provide one on one training.

Diocesan News

Gathering of Cursillistas: 9:30am cuppa, 10:00am start. 30th September, 2017. Hunt Hall – Grafton Cathedral. The gathering will be facilitated by Archdeacon Gail Hagon along with Chris Nelson (Diocesan Registrar) and will be discussing the 4th day community.

Community News

Support after Suicide Group in Lismore: Lifeline’s Northern Rivers’ will be offering a Support After Suicide group in Lismore from late September to mid-December this year. We are encouraging people of adult age who have experienced the loss of someone close to them through suicide to contact Lifeline’s Lismore office if they are interested in being part of such a group. The aim of the group is to help people bereaved by suicide to work through their grief,. The group will meet on Saturday mornings at Lifeline’s Conway St. Counselling Centre in Lismore. For further information call Jan Fedley on 6622 4133 or email mso.lifeline@lis.net.au

Free Seniors Health Workshop: 2:00-3:00pm Friday 6th October, 2017. Lismore City hall. to register go to activeseniors.net.au/workshops or call 9984 8883. More information please see flyer in your church.

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.