Newsletter. 07/11/2021

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

Sunday, 7th of November 2021 | Pentecost 24 | 10am, Holy Communion 1st order

Verse:

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 

 I Thessalonians 4:1

Prayer of the week

Blessed Lord, you have caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers

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* Father, as Melbourne continues 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 with compassion the balance between freedoms and safety.

* Thank your God for the gift of marriage. We pray for couples to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). Thank you Lord for the benefits of a single life and we pray for those who struggle with being single to know contentment in serving you.  (1 Corinthians 7:32-38).


News

Prayer meeting

Our prayer meeting has returned to each Thursday evening from 7pm to 7:30pm. This meeting is so we may pray together for the future of St. Edward’s.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.


Coming to Church and the Annual General Meeting

  1. Our first service onsite following Melbourne’s lockdown is 10am Sunday 7th of November. All attendees will need to be fully vaccinated and masks will need to be worn inside. A QR code registration and/or 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. 
  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. Please contact Jenny Lynch for nomination (council, wardens, incumbency) and electoral roll forms at office@stedwards.org.au

Alpha is a safe place for people to explore questions about life, meaning and hope. Each session includes a film from the Alpha film series and an open discussion about the themes raised. We are inviting neighbours of St. Ed’s to join us but members are also welcome to join in the fun. We gather on Zoom from 7pm on Wednesday evenings. Contact Mike Flynn (minister@stedwards.org.au) or see the Alpha page on our web site for more details.


Teaching notes:

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 | Living to please God

Love, sex, work and death

We instructed you how to live to please God (1-2)

For it is God’s will that you should be sanctified (3-8)

– gain a wife (RSV) or control your own body (NIV)

– Marriage is for love not lust or abuse

So love each other (more and more). (9-10)

And make it your ambition to live a quiet life (11-12)

Love and sex. Work and ambition.


For further thought

Q: Christians can be accused of being prudish about sex but the Bible is boldly realistic. Sex is a wonderful gift of God but the greater the gift the more powerful is its abuse. What are the signs that sex is abused in our city today?

Q: Here we are taking verse 4 as referring to gaining a wife rather than gaining our bodies (see the footnote in NIV bibles). This means the sexual wrongs Paul refers to in verse 5 onwards are done within marriages. What are the differences between lust and love or, having sex and making love? Why are we vulnerable in our sexual relationships? Why does God judge sexual abuse even in marriage (4:7)?

Q: Some of the Thessalonians appear to have interpreted the teaching about Jesus coming again as a reason to give up work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). The cultural background to this is likely the greek idea that manual work should be for slaves. Yet, Paul tells them to work with their hands (5:11) and to support themselves. How is taking up work in this way an act of love for others (5:9,10)? How is it a witness to outsiders?

Q: In our city we say love is a reason for sexual freedom and ambition is a reason for a driven work life. Paul writes to the Thessalonians that love is a reason to seek God’s help in sexual self control and that our work life ambition should be to live quiet lives that gain the respect of people outside the church. How do Paul’s commands please God, care for ourselves and others and provide a witness to those outside the church?


Worship together onsite or online

Worship is available onsite on Sundays from 10am or online via Zoom. Please see our website for details on how to connect via a Zoom 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. This will let you into a waiting room until the host allows you to enter the service.

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