Newsletter. 28/11/2021

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

Sunday, 28th of November 2021 | Advent 1 | 10am, Holy Communion 3rd order

Verse:

 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, souls and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. – I Thessalonians 5:23-24

Prayer of the week

Eternal God, you have taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand: keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we make go our joyfully to greet him; and with all your saints, may worship you forever; through Jesus Christ out Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit on God now and forever. Amen. 

Prayers

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* Father, as Australia continues to come out of its lockdowns please help the people of our country 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. Grant us peace and do not judge us with ongoing division.

* We pray for families and the children within our parish area. That you will give them opportunities to learn about God through his word and works.

* We pray for young adults in our area to be stirred by your Spirit with a desire to know you.

* Lord Jesus, your followers are the most persecuted minority group in the world today. We ask for our sisters and brothers to have courage under fire and to be compassionate with those who stumble. 


News

Coming up

Christmas services & Rosters

Christmas Eve, 11:00 pm Carols, Communion 

Christmas Day, 9:30 am Communion. 

Boxing Day, there will be no Sunday service at 10 am on 26/12 our first service after Christmas will be Sunday 2nd of January 2022.

January rosters. Please contact Jenny Lynch (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. We are installing new equipment to help us continue offering online access to our events carried out onsite. There will be more technical glitches while we work to get the new systems running smoothly for which we offer our apologies in advance!

Our AGM is: This Sunday 28th of November from 11:30am (after the 10am service). Papers and reports are available from: our office (office@stedwards.org.au) or from the church foyer.

The Australian Anglican Church 2022 calendar is now available for order. One calendar costs $14 plus $3.30 postage. Please contact our office to register your interest.


Teaching notes:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 | Rejoice always, pray continually

How should a church grow?

Regard for their leaders (12-13)

Warn, encourage and hold with patience (14-15)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks always (16-22)

He will do it (23-28)

For further thought

Q: In verses 12-13 Paul is writing about the leadership that has emerged in Thessalonica. The leaders were recognised by their hard work of caring for others in the Lord. What difference does it make to a church when its leaders are held in high regard or even loved? Why does this contribute to peace in the church (v13)?

Q: The work described in verses 14-15 are for everyone in the church not just the leaders. What difference would it make if our members were active in warning, encouraging, avoiding payback, and striving for good with patience? Why is does the church have people with these problems?

Q: Verses 16-22 are directed at the whole church. The command to rejoice always is not a ban on individual sorrows (4.13) or anxieties (5.1-3) but an encouragement that the whole church, in its life together, can be marked by joy in the Lord, consciousness of God in our daily lives (constant prayer), and thankfulness. What would change in our worship and other church activities if these things were our emphasis? All of these are a work of the Spirit of God as is the gift of prophecy (5.19). How do we receive God’s words today? How do we test and discern them? Do you know examples of false prophecy (speaking lies in the name of God)?

Q: In Verses 23-24 Paul prays a prayer he is confident that God will answer. Why is it rare for us to hear of a church that desires to grow in holiness? What does it mean for us to be sanctified in spirit, soul and body? Why is this a work of grace (v28)?


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