Newsletter – 01/08/2021

Verse

‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money’ – Luke 16:13

Set Prayers

For today: Living God, whose Son Jesus fed the hungry with the bread of his life and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us with your true and living bread, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer points and requests

For ourselves – please contact us to subscribe to our eNews (email news) for these personal prayer points

Our community, Thank your God for the gift of marriage. We pray for couples to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ and to keep learning how to nurture each other in self-giving (Ephesians 5:21)

Our mission, Lord, you taught us to pray for labourers in your harvest. We pray for church training colleges like Ridley college to train church leaders for the work of equipping others to serve so that the whole church may be built up in unity, maturity and fullness in Christ.

Our worldLord, we ask that the volunteer and not-for-profit groups who serve our community would be well supported and serve wisely in the spirit of your Son Jesus who came not to be served but to serve.


News

Web site
Because the online world is the new front door for our church we have started to upgrade our web site. There is more work to be done to make it both attractive and easier to maintain. If you are a photographer or artist and can produce digital images of St. Edward’s that you can give permission for us to use online please contact Mike Flynn here.

Thanks Max

The wardens want to thank Max for his ministry each week of bringing in music to play before our 10am worship services. The music has made the church a more welcoming place to enter each week.

Craft group

St Edward’s is looking to start a day time craft group that is open to all. When restrictions permit, it will run in the foyer of the church on a weekly basis. It will include work in quilting, weaving, painting crafts knitting, crochet, card making and fellowship please. If you are interested in learning a craft, or have friends, family or neighbours who would like to join in then please contact Jenny here.


Readings and reflection

Luke 16: 19-31 | Life after life | talk outline

Living this life aware of the next… or not?

  • The modern preoccupation with wealth now

Why death will not change us

  • Torment/Fire

What evidence will it take?

  • Moses and the prophets
  • The resurrection


Living this life aware of the next… or not?

  • Wealth that does not last has its costs
  • The final wealth

For further thought

Q: In the modern world we pursue wealth, happiness and success in this life. Many deliberately set aside pursing eternal wealth as a distraction to making this life better. What are the costs of this in this life and the life to come?

Q: Here are contrasts between the rich man and Lazarus to reflect on:

  • Lazarus means ‘God has helped’ | The rich man has no name
  • The rich man was happy and full in his wealth | Lazarus was ill and empty – The rich man dies and has a continuing existence in Hades (greek) / Sheol(Hebrew) | Lazarus dies and is escorted by royal messengers (angels) to aseat of honour at a feast hosted by Abraham.
  • The rich man continues to issue demands as if Lazarus is a slave and, damningly, recognises Lazarus and knows his name. | Lazarus is reclining at a feast in a place of great honour. He is not a slave.
  • The torment of the rich man is described as a fire yet he speaks and reasons.
  • The fire may illustrate his powerless, lack of wealth and loneliness. | Lazarus is comforted for his past griefs in a place of plenty with high and honoured company.
  • The chasm and vertical distance illustrates the chasm that always existed between the two men but has now been made obvious by death.
  • The rich man must speak and represent himself | Lazarus is silent and is represented by his counsel, Abraham.
  • One pursued and enjoyed the temporary wealth of this life – those riches left him | The other hoped in eternal wealth for the life to come – those riches found him.

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Thank you for your generous giving

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


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 3130 Web: stedwards.org.au