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The Bulletin Sunday 6th August, 2017 Pentecost 9 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Pentecost 9                                     6 August 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


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.

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 9

Genesis 32: 22-31

Psalm 17: 1-7, 16 p235 (Prayer Book)

Romans 9: 1-16

Matthew 14: 13-21



Next Sunday Pentecost 10

Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22 p333 (Prayer Book)

Romans 10: 4-15

Matthew 14: 22-36




Minute with the Minister…

There are times in my life when I recognise that experiences I have are hard to put into words. It can be hard to explain how I feel or decide what I should think about a certain situation. Often when that happens to me I find that the scriptures are a source of comfort or somewhere I can go that help me to make sense of what is happening.

I know I’m not alone in that, in fact I’m sure many of you have a similar experience. It was interesting this week to read an article about a U2 song I really love, “Bullet the Blue Sky”. It is a great song that sounds like danger and fear, it has a dark edge and the lyrics are studded with Scriptural imagery. In the article Bono, the lead singer, described that the song came from a trip to El Salvador and the band witnessing a little of the civil war that was happening there. It helped him to understand the situation by putting it in the language of scripture, particularly our Old Testament reading today, Jacob wrestling with God.

It’s a good image for us, wrestling with God. All of us will have times when we find living the Christian life can be difficult, there will be something we come up against and it will challenge us. We will encounter a teaching we struggle to accept. In those times, it can be good for us to remember that Jacob wrestled with God.

I think that story is a great example for us that sometimes we will wrestle with God and that is ok. We were never promised that being a Christian would be easy, we were promised that it would be a full life. Just because we might wrestle with God doesn’t mean we have turned our back on our faith, nor should we simply blindly accept or simply walk away.

Of course there are many examples of how scripture can help us make sense of this world, certainly not limited to wrestling with God. My favourite psalm is 43, because I first really took note of it when I was at a low point in my life and it expressed my feelings of anger and frustration beautifully but it also expressed my sense of wanting hope and joy to return.

The scriptures are full of stories and psalms and teaching that express a full range of thoughts and emotions, as God’s people we would do well to spend more time looking at the scriptures and learning from them, even if it might mean a little more wrestling with God.

Rev. Christian


This week we pray for…


  • Please pray for Men’s Cursillo as this weekend draws to a close.
  • Confirmation Candidates who have commence their studies.
  • Pray for the peace of 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, David and Shirley Ray, 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 Marima 2nd Mon 11am

RSL Chauvel 1st Tues 10.30pm

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
  • Choir
  • 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

Mon 7.30 pm

Tues 7.30pm 1st week

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7.30 pm & 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

Church News

Relocation of Parish Office: The Ministry Centre / Church Office is now in our new premises. Suite 1 Centre Arcade 76 Woodlark St Lismore. (Above the Bubbling Billy Cafe).

Social Media:  If you take a photo of a Church event that you would like published on the Parish web site/facebook, please send the photo and a caption to social@lismoreanglicans.org.au Make sure you have permission from any people in the photo for their image to be published.

Singing Group: The next practice for the group will be 5:30pm 10th August 2017. St Andrew’s Church. All welcome if you are interested in singing with a group.

A Taste of Italy: 6:30pm for 7pm Saturday 12th August, 2017.Parish Hall. Three course with wine tea and coffee. Tickets on sale ( only a few remaining) from Bev Carroll or from the Ministry Centre. Cost $25 per person. See flyer in your church.

Media Officer: Parish Council has decided to endeavour to appoint a Media Officer representing Lismore Anglicans. Parishioners who are interested are invited to volunteer to use their skills. Please contact the Rector before 1st August, 2017. It is envisaged that a newsworthy media release would be distributed on a monthly basis.

Fundraiser’s Team Meeting: After the 7:30am Service Sunday 13th August, 2017. Parish Hall. Please come along and help organise our market day to be held Saturday 2nd September 2017. This is our major fundraiser for the year and your help and ideas would be greatly appreciated. All welcome.

Save the Date:

Volunteers Thank You Day: 10:00am Saturday 24th August, 2017. Parish Hall. Come along so parish councillors can show their appreciation for all that you do.

THANK YOU: Thank you to all who have supported REAL over the year. Your prayers and financial support is greatly appreciated as we bring the Good News of Jesus to students in our public high schools.


Food Pantry: Please no more food for the pantry until we are settled in the new Ministry Centre

Diocesan News

Cursillo: Women’s Cursillo Thursday 17th to 20th August, 2017. Camp Koinonia, Evans Head. A palanca box will be at the back of St Andrew’s or Parish Office. All women’s palanca must be in by Wednesday 16th August, 2017.

Community News

Dessert Night: 7pm Thursday 10th August, 2017. Centre Church  It is designed for WOMEN and just a fun get together evening with some teaching for women of all denominations.

Overcoming the collateral damage of individualism: 7:00pm to 8:30pm Friday 18th August 2017. University Centre for Rural Health, Uralba St, Lismore. A dialogue with former Mayor Jenny Dowell, Environmental activist Aidan Ricketts and Bishop Greg Homeming. More information see flyer in your church. Enquiries: Michael Douglas, Sanctuary Northern Rivers Ph: 66214211/0413693900 Email: michael@healthinsights.com.au