Sunday, 14th of November 2021 | Pentecost 25 | 10am, Holy Communion 3rd order
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of humankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him – I Thessalonians 4:13-14
Prayer of the week
Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall come and your will be done, to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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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 rely on your wisdom. For those who lead to govern with compassion the balance between freedom and safety.
* Lord we pray for friendship with Aboriginal people so we can live out reconciliation in the Spirit of Jesus who came to reconcile the world to you.
* 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.
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.
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 | the Annual General Meeting
Church is back onsite as well as online. Attendees onsite will need to be fully vaccinated and masks will need to be worn inside. A QR code registration and/or other evidence of vaccination is required.
You can link to our church service from our webpage or dial in with a phone (audio only) by dialing: 7018 2005. Passcode: 806354
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. Papers and reports are available from:
Jenny Lynch (email@example.com)
In the church foyer
From our website > search category ‘AGM’
Parish Council Meeting
The final parish council meeting for 2020-2021 will be this Sunday (14/11) in the foyer of the church building after the 10am communion service.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see the Alpha page on our web site for more details.
Teaching notes: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Grief with hope
v13 So that you do not grieve like the rest of humankind
– how we grieve
– grief with hope
v14-15 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again
– a death and resurrection for us.
v16-17 And so we will be with the Lord forever
– the force of Jesus’ return
– these last days
v18 Therefore comfort one another
For further thought
Q: In your experience, what are the marks of grief? What things do we grieve? What does grief without hope look like?
Q: What is the evidence for the death and resurrection of Jesus as historical events? (Some books on this are: The case for Christ – Lee Strobel; Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis; Who moved the stone? – Frank Morison)
Q: Paul describes how when the King comes with his people to claim his Kingdom it will not be possible to ignore just as it is not possible to predict when it will occur (5:1,2; Matthew 24:3-14). For those who have been Christians for some time, what examples of false prophecy predicting the Lord’s return have you seen come and go? Why do these false prophecies gain traction amongst Christians? How may they damage faith?
Q: When faced with someone in deep grief we may speak to them of the hope of Jesus death and resurrection in a way that feels like a platitude or in a way designed to protect us from the impact of their strong emotions. Paul says Christians are to grieve, but to grieve with hope. How can we comfort those who are in grief with the words Paul has given us here?
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
Thank you to all who support the ministry of St. Edward’s through voluntary work, giving and prayer. If you would like to support our ministry together financially the bank details are:
Account details are: BSB 063 197 | Account No. 1003 1885
Our treasurer, Anna Buzescu, can also answer any questions you may have about our finances: (email@example.com)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org