Newsletter – 22/08/2021

Sunday, 22nd of August 2021 Pentecost 13 10am, Holy Communion 1st order 

Verse: ‘He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. ’ Luke 24:25–27 

Set Prayers 

For today: Creator God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you: teach us to offer ourselves to your service, that here we may have your peace, and in the world to come may see you face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Prayer points and requests 

For ourselves – please request a subscription to our weekly eNews

Our community, Father, enable us to use our gifts to serve each other in love and with enthusiasm. Lord Jesus, you know what it is like to be a teenager. We ask for teens to grow in trusting you through the confusion, rebellion and temptations they face. Keep then from harm in the far country and bring them home, to you their true Father.

Our mission, Father, give the courage to tell our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about the hope we have in Jesus. (Romans 1:16-17).


Our world, Lord, the world needs to hear the gospel spoken boldly and clearly so that the nations may learn how to be blessed and to flourish under your care. You have chosen to use us for this large work. Please call and equip us as the labourers for this harvest. 


News 

Don’t let your hearts be weighed down 

After Zoom church last Sunday many of us chatted about what we could do to prevent our own hearts being weighed down either by distraction or anxiety because of the times we live in (Luke 21.34-36). Here are suggestions for devotional material our members find useful. 

Our Daily Bread – https://odb.org They send a free booklet and you can listen via the website every morning.

The Word for Today Daily Devotions – https://vision.org.au | They also send a booklet and read the booklet every morning.

Today Devotional by reframe ministries – https://reframeministries.org | A daily devotion sent to your email address
Craft group

New daylight by Bible Reading Fellowship Online – https://www.brfonline.org.uk/collections/new-daylight

Craft group

Our craft group got underway on-line last Wednesday at 1pm via a Zoom meeting. To join at 1pm next week open your Zoom app, click ‘Join meeting’ and put in these credentials: Meeting ID: 873 6836 0735 Passcode: 294339. If you would like a link emailed to you or you are interested in learning a craft, or have friends, family or neighbours who would like to join in then please contact Jenny here.


Small group


Our planned meeting to discuss a new day-time small group has been delayed by our current lockdown. If you are interested in joining please contact Beth here.


Prayer meeting


‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in
vain.’ (Psalm127.1) You are invited to pray with others for the ongoing mission and future of St. Edward’s. A weekly 30 minute prayer meeting, via Zoom, will commence next week, from Thursday 26/08, at 7pm. If you would like to join the meeting please contact us here.


Teaching notes

Luke 24: 13-35 | Life after, life after death 

The final argument of Jesus

– his resurrection 

The beginning of the Kingdom of God

– out lasting the kingdoms of humanity 

Why it was not obvious 

Slow to believe ALL that the Prophets wrote – Sacrifice then Victory 

Life after, life after death

– the final argument of Jesus 

For further thought 

Q: Jesus’ first action after his resurrection is to conduct a Bible study. This was needed so that his disciples could understand the meaning of his death and resurrection. Jesus has often taught by quoting or referring to themes in the scriptures – flicking back through the pages of Luke, what was some Jesus’ teaching like? Does it cause the same reaction in us as it did in the disciples? Did it help to explain his death and resurrection from the Old Testament? [some examples are: Luke 20.27-44; 20.9-19; 18.9-30; 15.11-32; 14.15-24; 13.1-9; 11.29-32; 11.1-13; 10.25-37; 9.21-27; 8.4-15; 6.20-49; 4.1-21] 

Q: Christians believe in life after, life after death; that is, between now and the resurrection those who welcomed God will have a conscious life with him. At the resurrection their bodies will be remade for the renewed earth. This is very different to other ideas of life after death that speak of disembodied spirits or souls or, merging of our consciousness into the ocean of being or nothingness. Of course, we only know ourselves as physical creatures. What will it mean for us to be physical, completely healed, neither wanting nor acting corruptly and completely filled by God’s spirit (1 Corinthians 15:44) as Jesus was?


Church gatherings and Covid 19 restrictions

✤  During Lockdown 6 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?

Locum minister:

  • Michael 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