Sunday, 25th of July 2021 Pentecost 9 10am, Holy Communion 1st order
Verse: ‘“My son, the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”’ – Luke 15:31 & 32
For today: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer points and requests
For ourselves – please contact us to subscribe to our eNews (email news) for these personal prayer points | Our community, Lord, help us to know how to deal with sin in others without falling into sin ourselves. For the persecuted, please help those who are hated by the world to hold firm to trusting Jesus who has promised us his kingdom. May the joy of the Lord be their strength. | Our mission, help Christians to be wise in how we plan and act so we can live out reconciliation between Aboriginal and other Australians in the Spirit of Jesus Christ who came to reconcile the world to you.| Our world, Lord we ask that Primary schools, Secondary Colleges, and tertiary institutions; would be places of learning, wisdom and hope. That we would learn how to hear and see your wisdom in what we study.
Long term member of St. Edward’s, Frank Dawe, passed away quietly in his sleep on the morning of Wednesday 14th of July 2021. His memorial will be held at St. Edward’s once Covid 19 lockdown restrictions permit a decent number to gather. A brief committal service was held at Lillydale Memorial Park on Wednesday 21st of July for a limited number of family members only.
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.
Our next parish council meeting on Sunday the 8th of August will be held at 2pm in the church office (lockdown restrictions permitting). The shift in time is to make it possible for our Bishop, Genieve Blackwell, to attend.
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, talk outline and reflection
Luke 15:11-32 (New International Version) | False Freedoms
Two ways we seek freedom – The radical
– The conservative Parables of loss and joy
The radical wasted life [verses 13-17] – freedom on his own terms
A radically restored life [18-24]
A resentful conservative life [25-32]
– freedom through responsibility
Will we be a child or a slave?
Q: Do you tend to seek freedom in creativity and pressing against the boundaries or in pursuing order and responsibility?
Q: In this parable, why can’t either pursuit of freedom save us? What are their strengths and limitations?
Q: It is sometimes said we can walk 1000 steps away from God but it is only ever one step back to him. How does this describe God’s grace?
Q: What makes God’s grace unjust to some?
Q: What is the difference between being a child of God or being trapped by our pursuit of freedom?
Church gatherings and Covid 19 restrictions
✤ During Lockdown 5 in Victoria our Sunday worship will be online using the Zoom video meeting system
✤ Each week we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper – please come with your own bread and wine
✤ The credentials to enter into the Zoom app/program will be on our web site and sent by email update each week
Thank you for your generous giving
St Edward’s Account details are: • Commonwealth Bank
• BSB 063197
• Account No. 10031885
Who do I contact?
- 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