Newsletter. 21/11/2021

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

Sunday, 21st of November 2021 | Christ the King | 10am, Holy Communion 3rd order

Verse:

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape – I Thessalonians 5:1-3

Prayer of the week

Stir up, we pray you, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 rely on your wisdom. For those who lead, to govern with compassion the balance between freedom and safety.

* Lord, we ask you to raise up labourers in your harvest. We pray for church colleges to train church leaders for the work of equipping others so that the whole church may be mature in Christ. (Ephesians 4.11-13)

* Lord, we ask that the volunteer and not-for-profit groups who serve our community would be well supported and serve in the spirit of your Son Jesus who came not to be served but to serve.


News

This week

23/11 – Various times: mid-week Bible study continues by phone

24/11 – Wednesday 1pm Craft group in the church & maybe on Zoom

25/11 – Thursday 7pm prayer meeting for St. Ed’s on Zoom

27/11 – Saturday 10.30am Ordination of priests at St. Paul’s Cathedral

28/11 – Sunday 10am ADVENT 1 onsite and online | 11.30am AGM

Coming up

Christmas services: Christmas Eve, 11:00 pm Carols, Communion 

Christmas Day, 9:30 am Communion. Please note, there will be no Sunday service at 10 am on Boxing day (26/12).

January rosters: Please contact Jenny Lynch via office@stedwards.org.au if your availability for worship rosters will change in January 2022.

Angel tree

This year we are appealing only for monetary donations from St Edward’s 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

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). Papers and reports are available from: Jenny Lynch via office@stedwards.org.au, or from the church foyer or our website > search category ‘AGM’

The Australian Anglican Church 2022 calendar is now available for order. One calendar costs $14 plus $3.30 postage. Please contact Stephen Smith office@stedwards.org.au to register your interest.


Teaching notes:

1 Thessalonians 5.1-11 | Learning to wait for Christ

We expect trouble

The day of the Lord (1-3)

Living waiting (4-8)

We are what we hope (9-10)

Encourage each other (11)

For further thought

Q: ‘The day of the Lord’ is an idea from the Old Testament (Amos 5.18; Joel 2.31; Malachi 4.5) that Jesus and the rest of the New Testament applies to Jesus (e.g. Matthew 25.1-13; the day of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 2.2; 1 Corinthians 5.5; 2 Peter 3:10) the day of Christ (Philippians 1.10; 2.16), the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1.16) ). What does the New Testament use of this Old Testament idea say about who Jesus is? Using the references above, what would you say are the marks of the day of the Lord?

Q: The Thessalonians are anxious to know when Christ will return so they can prepare but Paul teaches them that knowing the date is the wrong solution to their anxiety (verses 2 & 3), rather, being ready at all times is the right solution (verses 4-8). Why?

Q: What does being ready for Christ’s return look like in our lives? How does this protect us spiritually like armour (verse 8)? 

Q: ‘He [Christ] died for us so that… we may live together with him.’ Here is Paul’s explanation of God’s purpose for us in Christ, that by his death (instead of our permanent alienation from God) we may live with him. How do we encourage each other’s Christian lives with this teaching today (verse 11)? Why should speaking theological truth and not only offering friendship be a mark of all in our churches?


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. Our October financial update is we were only just over $300 in deficit due to your generous support. We expect hall rental incomes to revive in November as lockdown restrictions ease.  We have also been successful in our application for a government grant to help us update the equipment we use for our online ministry and to help us establish some new projects in 2022.  More information and a full financial report will be available at our Annual General Meeting next Sunday 28/11. Anna.

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: (office@stedwards.org.au)

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