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The Bulletin Sunday 3rd December Advent 1 Year B

Anglican Parish of Lismore


Advent 1                                  3rd December 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 Advent 1

Isaiah 64: 1-9

Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19  p307 (prayer book)

1 Corinthians 1: 1-9

Mark 13: 24-37



Next Sunday Advent 2

Isaiah 40: 1-11

Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13  p311 (prayer book)

2 Peter 3: 8-15a

Mark 1: 1-8





Minutes from the Minister

“Stay Awake!”

One of the traditions of the Anglican Church that I like is the observance of the liturgical calendar. It’s a kind of road map that leads us in an orderly way through chunks of scripture and psalms so that, over a three-year period, we cover the Gospels and a large part of Holy Scripture, assuming we follow the set passages for each day of the year as laid out in what is known as the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).


The Anglican Church of Australia follows a modified form of the Revised Common Lectionary, so aligning ourselves with other mainstream churches (such as Churches of Christ, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Uniting, some Baptist, etc.) who also use it as a standard reference, giving us a sense of connection with other believers.


As we hear the readings set for today we take some comfort in the knowledge that many other followers around this planet are also hearing and reflecting on the same passages and hearing someone preach on a similar topic.


Today is marked in the church calendar as the first Sunday in the four-week season of Advent leading up to Christmas. A tradition has grown where we light a candle in the Advent Wreath – the Candle of Hope – as a reminder of the certain hope we find in Christ amidst the great uncertainty of our times.


Today we will observe an Australian form of this tradition, and will light a red candle (Prophet’s Candle) as a symbol of sacrifice and the ancient prophets who pointed to the coming Messiah. Red is also the colour of the outback and is embraced within the Aboriginal flag.


You’ll notice that the priest’s vestments and the altar decorations have changed to violet or purple – the colour of royalty – for this Advent season.


Each week we’ll light another candle in the wreath, each representing a different theme, as we look with a sense of expectancy to the coming of the Christ-child, and beyond, to Christ’s promised return.

Rev Alan



This week we pray for…

Baptism TODAY 9:30 am St Andrew’s Church. Please pray for Lailah Mae Beohm her parents and Godparents.


Prayer Points:

The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,  Len Clapham,  Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Margaret Doyle, Glenda Roe, Keeley, Margaret Jarrett, and Rev Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.


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 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.
  • Craft Group 1st Sat 11am-2pm



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

Parish Planning: To set a programme for 2018 there will be a parish planning morning 9:00 am morning tea for 9:30 am start and finish before midday on Saturday 16th December, 2017. Parish Hall

Volunteers Needed: Can you help with preparations for this years Christingle Celebrations that will be held on Christmas Eve. Please let the Parish Office, Christian or Brenda know if you are able to help on Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd.

Worship Service Review: The Parish Strategic Plan calls for a review of the worship life of the whole parish.  The Age profile survey was part of that and the next part is a survey of the worship life of the parish.  We, the Parish Council, have released the survey and we ask that you return your completed survey AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It is an opportunity for you to have a say about the worship life of the whole parish.

2018 Australian Lectionary Diary: If you would like your own copy of this years Lectionary please let the office know by Friday 8th December, 2017. Cost approx $17.

Christmas Shop: This year $15,000 was raised in our shop. Thanks to everyone involved.

Christmas Services: Please collect your insert with the times for this years Christmas Services.

Parish Council Meeting: The next meeting of Parish Council will be held on 11th December, 2017. Please get your agenda items in to the Parish Secretary by Tuesday 5th December, 2017. Minutes from the last meeting are now available in your church.

Wyrallah BBQ: Feast of St Thomas and annual Christmas Party. 5:00pm Sunday 10th December, 2017. St Thomas’ Wyrallah. To celebrate St Thomas’ Day we are going to have the Feast of St Thomas. As Thomas went to India this will be the focus, Indian food. If you have any special dietary requirements please contact the office or Charmaine. All welcome.

EfM. Are you interested in learning more about your faith?  Or in the connection between Christian faith and daily life?  Want to speak more boldly about what you believe?  Then perhaps Education for Ministry (EfM) is for you?  You can check out more info on http://www.efmaustralia.org and talk to [Rev Christian].  Please let us know by the 3rd of December if you are interested.

Name Badges: We will be placing an order for name badges in the New Year. Anybody who would like one please place your name on the list in your church. Cost TBA.

Cursillo Group Reunion: 10am Saturday 9th December, 2017. St Andrew’s Parish Hall followed by Christmas Lunch at the Rous Hotel from 12:00 pm. RSVP Dawn Back Ph 6624 4924 after hours.

Diocesan News

Installation of the new Dean elect Rev Dr Greg Jenks is set for 6:00pm Tuesday 5th December, 2017 in Christ Church Cathedral Grafton. If you would like to attend and want a lift please contact the office.

Community News

Remembering and Healing have organised a conversation between Bishop Sarah Macneil and Dr Zuleyha Keskin on the differences, similarities and shared values between Christianity and Islam. 2:00pm to 4:30pm Saturday 16th December, 2017. Parish Hall More information contact: RaH PO Box 770 Lismore or ph 02 6688 6214. See flyer in your church.