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The Bulletin Sunday 27th August, 2017 Pentecost 12

Pentecost 12 27th August 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

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This Sunday Pentecost 12
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11
Psalm 39 p261 (Prayer Book)
2 Corinthians 9: 6-15
Mark 13: 32-37

Next Sunday Pentecost 13
Psalm 95 p322
Romans 12: 1-8
Matthew 25: 14-30

Message from your Minister

Here I Am, Lord!

A young person in a youth group bible study was puzzled by the forgiveness extended by Jesus to the repentant thief in his dying moments on the cross. “It’s not fair!” she said, “So people can have fun sinning all their lives and still get to heaven when they die?”

Her response begs some challenging questions: Is sinning really as much fun as we might imagine? Is our relationship with God and God’s people only about getting to heaven? Or is there more to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives?

We believe in a God who came amongst us in human form as Jesus the Christ – who ultimately offered himself up to pay the ultimate price – his life – so that we might be reconciled to God, turn away from sin and honour God’s extraordinary generosity and love. That sacrifice of self was made for all people for all time – no favourites, no conditions. Mind-blowing!

Assuming we place value on this priceless gift, does God expect anything of us in return? And how can we ever repay such generosity?

Even mainstream psychology now acknowledges the healing power of developing an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude for the small and big things in life. As Christians we need not look far before recognising God’s abundant blessings in our own lives, and of those around us. A natural response to such extravagance is to give heartfelt thanks to our Creator, and to actively look for ways to bless others as we have been blessed.

This week we begin a series of sermon reflections on what it means to be blessed, and how we might respond in practical ways out of a deep sense of gratitude for all that our Lord has done, is doing and will do in our lives.

Given each of us has the same number of hours in any day to use as we see fit, would it be appropriate to begin today to earnestly consider how we might offer back to God something so precious as our time?

May we come to realise that we exist only because of God’s grace, and respond to God’s limitless love by offering ourselves in God’s service – arms and hearts open wide – saying, ‘Here I am, Lord. Use me!’

Rev Alan

This week we pray for…

Prayer Points:
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 Mona Barraclough, Peter Holland 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
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 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
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.

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.
Bush Church Aid: It is time for the September opening of money boxes. Please give your box to John Chaundy or leave at the parish office.

Thank you: A big thankyou to all who donated to BCA last Sunday. $538.20 has been sent away.
Legacy Service: 11:00am Wednesday 30th August, 2017. St Andrew’s Church. Morning tea at 10:00am in the Parish Hall.

Study Group: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at 3 Homestead Avenue, Goonellabah (Home of John Arjunan and Dr Ross Lehman). Lead by the Rev Dr Robert Ireland, the next meeting will occur on Tuesday, 5th September, 2017. All welcome.

Save the Date:

Market Day and BBQ
8:00am to 1:30pm
Saturday 2nd September, 2017.
St Andrew’s Church Grounds and Parish Hall.
If you can help out with produce, cakes, plants and second hand books to sell would be most helpful. Please leave all donations at the back of St Andrew’s. See separate flyer for more details.
Lamingtons for Sale: Please order your lamingtons by placing your name on the list at back of St Andrew’s Church or Parish Office ph 6621 3200. Available for collection at the Market Day . Cost $5 half dozen and $9 for dozen. More information from Margaret Perkins ph66216269.
Back to Church Sunday: 24th September, 2017 for all services in Lismore Parish. Please pray for people you may like to invite to church on the 24th.

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

Cathy Ridd’s Ordination: 10:00am Saturday 23rd September, 2017 Grafton Cathedral. Cathy Ridd will be ordained for the priesthood. Please ring the parish office if you are interested in car pooling. Estimated time of departure 8:00am.

Community News
Hour of Power: 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday. 29th August, 2017 at 7 Union Street, South Lismore.
An event about surviving life’s high’s and lows: 6.30pm Monday 4th September, 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.

Heartfelt House Fundraising Event: 8.15pm Sept 22nd 2017 at Rochdale Theatre “Birthrights” by David Williamson This is a story that explores the complexity of family relationships, it will make people laugh and cry and question what they would do for their family, for love and to have a child. Tickets available by phoning or texting Tre Rawstorne 0403562471