Newsletter – 18/07/2021

St. Edward’s Blackburn South

Sunday, 18th of July 2021, Pentecost 8, 10am Holy Communion – 3rd order


Verse: ‘No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand so that those who come in may see the light. See to it then that the light within you is not darkness.’ – Luke 11:33 & 35

Set Prayers

For the week: O God, you alone can order our unruly wills and affections: teach us to love what you command, and to desire what you promise, that, among the changes and chances of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the day: Eternal God, author of our life and end of our pilgrimage: guide us by your word and Spirit amid all perils and temptations, that we may nor wander from your way, but may run our course in safety until we come to our eternal rest in you; through the grace of Jesus Christ out Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer points and requests


For ourselves 
please contact us to subscribe to our eNews (email news) for these personal prayer points Our community, for the God of reconciliation to enable friendship where there has been hostility. For perseverance in doing good in time of pandemic.| Our mission, our parish council and wardens as they work and plan for the future ministry of this parish | Our worldfor workplaces to be a source of enjoyment and right pride and to make a positive difference. For workplaces struggling with Covid restrictions


Luke 11:37-54 | Blindness

37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.
39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”

45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.”
46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.
49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’
50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.

52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
53 When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.


Talk outline and notes for reflection and prayer

Luke 11:37-54 | Blindness
Jesus is not the ideal dinner guest Reasons for woe – the marks of hypocrisy

– Concerned to appear good but not be good (deceitful) – Unwilling/unable to change the inside life (blind)
– Blocks others from the grace of God (hateful)

Clean hands or hearts?
Detailed giving or a passion for justice and love? Obscuring the words of God or explaining them? Hypocrisy is all of us

For reflection

Q: Jesus often asks his followers to compare their internal lives with their outer actions (eg. Here and Matthew 5-7). Why is our character as much part of our motivations as it is our actions?

Q: A major theme in Jesus’ teaching is to challenge hypocrisy. How does hypocrisy damage our family life, our work life, our church life?


News

Vale Frank Dawe

Long term member of St. Edward’s, Frank Dawe, passed away quietly in his sleep Wednesday morning (14/7). If Covid 19 restrictions permit his memorial will be held at St. Edward’s one Wednesday 21/7 from 2pm. Give thanks that Frank was able to die well, at peace, prayed for and with and committed to Christ’s hands. Please pray 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 for the family


Church gatherings and Covid 19 restrictions

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✤  Those who cannot get to church services will have theNewsletter delivered


Giving

St Edward’s Account details are: • Commonwealth Bank
• BSB 063197
• Account No. 10031885

Direct giving can also be done through the Anglican Development Fund (9653 4220) by filling in a form.


Who do I contact?

Locum minister: Mike Flynn is our current locum minister – please contact him here.


St. Edwards is a church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. 

Address: 59 Edinburgh Road, Blackburn South, Victoria, Australia, 3130. 

Web: stedwards.org.au