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The Bulletin Sunday 26th March, 2017 Lent 4 Year A




Anglican Parish of Lismore


Fourth Sunday in Lent                                       26 March 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

Mon-Fri 8.30 Morning Prayer

Wed    11 am Holy Communion



Sun 10 am Holy Communion


Sun 6.30 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. 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




This Sunday

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23 p243 (Prayer Book)


John 9:1-41



Next Sunday



Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130            p364 (Prayer Book)

Romans 8: 6-11

John 11:1-45




Take a Minute…

Today is Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent. In the UK it is also known as Mother’s Day though it has no connection with our Mothers’ Day. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given the day off to visit their mother and family.

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ’daughter church.’ Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So, each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area. Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

Some historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ Church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.

Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed on that day. Originally, both Old and New Testament lessons on mid-lent Sunday made a point of food. The Gospel reading from the New Testament told the story of how Jesus fed 5000 people with only five small loaves and 2 small fish.

The food item specially associated with Mothering Sunday is Simnel Cake. A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one on top and one in the middle. The cake may also have 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the disciples. (Judas is not included). It is not known why it is called Simnel Cake, some suggest it comes from the Latin word simila which means a fine wheat flour used for baking the cake. I like the story that a man named Simon and his wife Nell argued over whether the cake for Mothering Sunday should be boiled or baked. In the end they did both, so the cake was named after both of them: Sim-Nell. Whatever the truth, I pray you have a wonderful Mothering/refreshment Sunday.


Rev Christian Ford



This week we pray for…

Harry and Greta Wells who will be Baptised 5pm Sunday 26 March 2017 at St Thomas’ Wyrallah

Baptisms: St Andrew’s Sunday the

2 April, 2017. Please pray for the families and God Parents.


Pray Points:

Please pray for all SRE and REAL teachers in our public schools.

For willing volunteers to help run our Sunday School.


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


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

Caroona Jarman 1st Mon 10.30am

Caroona Marima 2nd Mon 11am

RSL Chauvel 1st Tues 10.30am

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


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: Sunday School has begun again and we are 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.


Combined Church Service: 8:30am, Sunday 30th April, 2017. St Andrew’s Church. This will be the only Anglican Sunday service for the Lismore Parish


Combined Christian Churches Celebration: 6:30pm, Sunday 30th April, 2017. St Andrew’s Church. All denominations welcome.


Working Bee: St Andrew’s 8-10am Saturday 8th April 2017 . All welcome.


ABM Lenten Appeal: Envelopes on mission table you can donate direct to ABM by cheque of credit card. If cash seal envelope and put in offertory. There are three different envelopes for lent one for Good Friday, one for Easter Day.


BCA Box Opening: Please bring in your money boxes and give to John Chaundy or take to the Parish Office. Please do not leave full boxes at the back of the church.


Lent: During Lent please join us for Holy Communion at 8:00am every Wednesday.


Cursillo Ultreya: 9:00 am Morning tea Start 9:30am Saturday 1st April 2017. Parish Hall. Please BYO lunch. Contact Dawn Back ph66244924,

Email: dandback@bigpond.com


Easter Services: Can you help out with our Easter Services.

1)  Seder Meal—Parish Hall 6:00pm Thursday 13th April, 2017. Can you help with setting up cooking or cleaning up after the meal. If so please your name on the list at the back of St Andrews.

Also on the same list please place your name if you will be attending the meal to assist with catering.


2) The Watch 8:30pm Thursday 13 April, 2017 through to 8:00 am on Friday morning. St Andrew’s Church.

If you wish to participate please place your name on the lists at the back of

St Andrew’s or contact the office ph 66213200.


3) Good Friday—Please bring some Hot Cross buns to share after the service in the Parish Hall.


Brunch: 10am, Saturday 22nd April, 2017. Parish Hall. Cost: $12

Guest Speaker: Rev. Graeme Davis speaking on the role of a Military Chaplain.


Training Day for LLMs and Servers: 10:00am Saturday 8th April, 2017


Marriage Equality Conversation: Information from the talk held Thursday

9 th March is available. Please contact the Parish Office to have it emailed to you or for a hard copy.


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. Applications will be closing soon.


Parish Pantry: Donations of cans of spaghetti, baked beans, small cans of tuna (with ring pull) coffee, milo, sugar, powdered milk and noodles will be gratefully received. Many thanks for your continued support. Donations of money may be placed in the offertory marked “Pantry”. Thankyou we have enough egg cartons but also need plastic shopping bags.