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The Bulletin Sunday 8th October, 2017 Pentecost 18 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore


Pentecost 18                                        8th October 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 18

Exodus 20: 1-4, 7–9, 12–20

Psalm 19  p239 (prayer book)

Philippians 3 or 3: 4b-14

Matthew 21: 33-46


Next Sunday Pentecost 19



Exodus 32: 1-14

Psalm 106 1-6, 20-24 p334 (prayer book)

Philippians 4 or 4: 1-9

Matthew 22: 1-14



Message from your Minister

This week’s Gospel reading is one of those difficult passages to deal with.  God is portrayed as a landowner who leases his vineyard to some tenants to work.  When it is time to pay the rent, the tenants mistreated and killed the slaves and eventually kills the owner’s son, when he comes to collect.

It is a problematic reading because it is easy to portray God as a absentee landowner and then a vengeful God who comes seeking retribution.  The chief priests and Pharisees sees through this parable quite easily.  They are the tenants, God is the landowner, the prophets are the slaves and Jesus is the son.  Jesus is telling them because of their rejection of God the Kingdom will be torn from them.

Unfortunately, there is a history of the Christian church using this parable to justify mistreatment of the Jews.  I am certain that was not Jesus intent.  This parable or any other parable being used to justify violence goes against the grain of Jesus teaching on peace, love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

I want to suggest to you a different way of reading this parable and that is to ask when and where am I the tenant in this parable.  When does God send someone, a prophet or even God’s son, to me and I am so caught up in MY RIGHTS that I miss that prophet or miss seeing Jesus.

It wouldn’t be the only instance of Jesus telling us to be alert to meeting him is other guises, think of the sheep and the goats of Matt 25.

Someone challenged us to stop telling inappropriate jokes and we dismissed them as not having a sense of humour instead of hearing the prophetic word they may be speaking.  We join in gossiping and reject the person who asks us to stop.  When have I ignored the person sleeping in the street and dismissed calls to help the unfortunate, using every justification I can think of.  When have we crossed the road to avoid a conversation we didn’t want to have.

Let this parable b e a real challenge to us to examine whether or not we see and hear the prophet in our midst.  Do we see the son sent to us?



Rev Christian.



This week we pray for…




Congratulations to Carolyn Boulton and Rodney Hoskins who were married last Saturday at 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 Jack Waldron 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 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:  Just a simple reminder that we are taking a break from the discussion for just a brief time each week, during our morning teas after church.           Rev Christian Ford.

Parish Information Card: (cream card) Please return as soon as possible so we may update our records.

Mainly Music Planning Meeting: The next planning meeting will be 9:30am Tuesday 17 October, 2017. Parish Hall.

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

TODAY St Thomas’ Wyrallah BBQ: 4:30pm 8th October, 2017.

Home Communion: If you wish to receive home communion, or know of anyone who may,  please contact the office ph 66213200

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

Parish Breakfast: 8:00am Saturday 14th October, 2017. Parish Hall. Cost $12 Guest Speaker: Dr Damien Maher. Lecturer at Southern Cross University in Marine Sciences. Please place your name on the list at the back of St Andrew’s Church or contact the parish office ph 66213200 if you are interested in attending. More information contact Doug Ridley 0415 458 473.

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

Confirmation, Combined Church Service and Celebration of All Saints Day: 10am Sunday 29th October  at 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 weekend service in the Parish. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Christmas Cakes: Once again we are looking for donations of ingredients eg. 1kg packs of Mixed Fruit, Butter, Eggs, Brown Sugar or donation of money to make Christmas cakes for this years Christmas shop. We hope to make over 100 cakes. Please leave the ingredients at the Church Office or the Parish Hall.

Direct Deposit: If you wish to make an electronic transfer into the church offertory our banking details are BSB 705 007, Account number: 000 30372 or make a deposit in person at a Westpac bank. Reference OFT.

Annual Australian Anglican Church Calendar: If you wish to order a calendar please place your name on the list at the back of St Andrew’s or phone the Parish Office 6621 3200. Cost $12 if  the order is over 10 otherwise $15.

Announcement: A new Community Outreach Ministry – St Andrew’s Craft & Skills Sharing. The goal is to bring together all the amazing skills and gifts we have in our Congregation and to offer them in service to the community of Lismore. Expressions of Interest are invited from all (Men & Women) who would be prepared to contribute to this new Ministry by sharing their skills. For more information see flyer in your church or contact Lou-ann Atkinson on Mobile 0475 773 725.

LLM Conference: 7th –8th October, 2017. Grafton.

Celebration of the Reformation: There will be a church service at 5pm Tuesday 31st October, 2017 in St Andrew’s to celebrate 500th anniversary since the beginning of the reformation by Martin Luther. The service will be followed by a German dinner in the Parish Hall. Please place your name on the list in  St Andrews or contact the office if you are interested in attending the dinner.

All Souls Day Remembrance Service: 7:00pm Thursday 2nd November, 2017.    St Andrew’s Church. A time to reflect and remember departed loved ones. Also there will be a service at 10:00am Sunday 13th November, 2016 St Matthews Dunoon Remembrance Sunday.

North Coast Anglican: The latest edition is now available in your church.

Diocesan News

Community News

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.