Newsletter. 24/10/2021

Proclaiming Christ as an active part of God’s family 
through prayer, worship and caring

Sunday, 24th of October 2021 | Pentecost 22 | 10am, Holy Communion 1st order

Verse:

We dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

Prayer of the week

Almighty and everlasting God, give to us the increase of faith, hope and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us to love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers

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  • Father, as Melbourne prepares to come out of lockdown please help the people of this city to be gentle with each other and themselves. For those who are fearful – to be allowed to take their time. For those who are angry – to learn to act in your wisdom. For those who lead – to govern well the balance between freedoms and safety.
  • As many prepare for a gradual return to their workplaces Father, we know work can be hard or risky and sometimes a source of enjoyment and right pride. Give all workers the integrity they need to act like your people on the job, for the prosperity of all.

News

Prayer meeting

Our prayer meeting has moved to the first and third Thursday evenings of the month from 7pm to 7:30pm.  In November the prayer gatherings will be on the 4th and 18th. The Zoom link to this meeting can be found on the home page of our web site.

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree Appeal this year is starting up again in spite of the Covid restrictions.This year we’re appealing only for cash donations from St Edward’s family instead of purchasing gifts. Donations can be made either by; Cheque made out to Prison Fellowship Reference No. 5098AT from St Edwards Anglican Church, Blackburn South. The mail address is P.O. Box 280, Doncaster Heights, VIC 3109, or by Online Bank Transfer to NAB “Prison Fellowship Australia” account  BSB 083 004 Account No.863009174. Individual receipts will be provided.

Coming to Church and the Annual General Meeting

  1. We expect our first service onsite following Melbourne’s lockdown to be on Sunday 7th of November. Attendance at these services will be limited in number, all attendees will need to be fully vaccinated and masks worn. A QR code registration of other evidence of vaccination will be required.
  2. To make it possible for those who are not able to attend onsite worship to still be involved in our worship times, the onsite service will be  broadcast through Zoom. We will be testing our setup for this in October.
  3. To obtain a printed copy of your vaccine certificate the phone number to call is: 1800 653 809. You will need your Medicare number & bank details for confirmation.  It takes 7 to 10 days to receive the certificate.
  4. The date and time for our AGM is: Sunday 28th of November from 11:30am (after the 10am service). The AGM will be onsite in the church building but we will make provision for people to join the meeting by Zoom as well.

Teaching notes:

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 | For lives worthy of God

A church that works

Paul’s approval ratings

The effect of the gospel

– Paul’s ministry and the church’s ministry

  • A trusted employee (3-4)
  • A Mother (5-8)
  • A Father (9-12)
  • A Messenger (13-14)
  • In the face of persecution (15-16)

A church that works

For further thought

Q: The first two churches in Europe (Philippi and Thessalonica) were born in violent persecution. What persecutions do we face in our city for our commitment to Christ and his teaching? Are our churches united or divided by around Christ’s teachings? Why?

Q: Reading between the lines of this chapter we learn that Paul has to defend himself because he has been criticised. From verses 2-12, what kinds of criticism do you think been levelled at Paul and what is his response?

Q: Who do we feel a special affection and spiritual concern for? Why? 

Q: Paul compares his ministry and care for the Thessalonians with a mother and a father. What are the ways each role calls for self-sacrifice or unselfishness? How does the emphasis in each role balance our approach to ministry in our church?


Worship together online

During lockdown our Sunday worship is available online via Zoom. Please see our website for details on how to connect via video link. stedwards.org.au. To connect by phone call: 7018 2005. The meeting ID for either method is: 851 0243 5510. The passcode is: 806354.

Thank you for your generous giving/update

In September our income was $6,071.89 and our expenses were $10,088.20. The deficit of $4,016.33 for the month was caused by lower than budget hall hire income due to Melbourne’s lockdown. Year to date income from all sources is 1% behind budget and expenses around 8% over budget. A full report will be available at our AGM

Account details are: BSB 063 197 | Account No. 1003 1885 

Who do I contact?

St. Edwards is a church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Address: 59 Edinburgh Road, Blackburn South, Victoria 3130
w. stedwards.org.au e. office@stedwards.org.au