Anglican Parish of Quamby

5 th December

Clergy  and Parish Contacts

Reverend Josephine Pyecroft    6391 1042  or  0412 202 563        Email:                        revjo1@bigpond.com

            Parish Email:             quambyparish@gmail.com

            Web Page:                  www.quambyparish.org

                Facebook Site:     www.facebook.com/AnglicanParishOfQuamby

                Parish Secretary    Mrs. Patricia Hobman

            Parish Treasurer   Mrs. Jane Dent

            Parish Wardens     Mrs Rosemary Stobart 0419 875 845

                                             Mrs Heather Stewart   0419 208 139

                                             Mr Christopher Hill    0409 126 074

            Pew Sheet items     Mr Rob Menzie           0417 931 619

            Anglican Diocese of Tasmania Website:

            http://anglicantas.org.au/  

 

     

 

Our Parish Mission Statement:

To know Christ and

To Make Him Known

Three Churches united as one Parish

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Bank Account Details

The Parish support the making direct deposits to our accounts.

Our day to day operating account is Parish of Quamby BSB 067013 Account number 10039025.

We also have opened a “Sustainability Account” for providing funds towards the future Ministry in the Parish and the account is also in the name of Parish of Quamby BSB 067014 Account number 10064930. If you make direct deposits to these accounts please include your name.

 

December Services

Sunday 12th December 9.30am St Andrew’s, Westbury

Sunday 19th December 9.30am St. Mary’s, Hagley

Christmas Eve Friday 24th December 7.00pm St. Andrew’s Carrick at 7.00pm.

Christmas Day Saturday 25th December 9.30am St. Mary’s, Hagley.

Sunday 26th December 9.30am St. Andrew’s, Carrick.

 

Parish News

· ABM Advent and Christmas envelopes are available today.

· Anglican Overseas Aid Advent Reflection. These good short reflection booklets are also available today. Please take one home.   

· A service of lessons and carols will be next Sunday 12th December at St. Andrew’s, Westbury at 9.30am.

· Westbury Market. The next market at Westbury will be on Saturday 18th December, from 9am until about 1pm. Come along and browse among the stalls and share some     Christmas joy and fellowship with us all.

 

The Second Advent Candle

Prayer:                 God of the prophets: in the wilderness of Jordan, you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your Son. Help us to hear the good news, to be truly sorry for our sins, and to be ready to welcome the Lord, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Lighting the Second Candle: We light this candle to remind us of how the way was prepared for Jesus’ coming. We hope that as the Advent light increases, our own readiness may also increase.

 

Prayer: Christ Jesus no-one is a stranger to you. You prayed but you also   understood those who never prayed. You never hurt anyone, but you weren’t ashamed to be crucified with common thieves. You make God known to us, and you make us known to God. You can make the darkness and despair of our lives shine like day. You are the light of the world, the dawning of a new day. Live within us, we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem

                                On a day when men were counted,

                                God became the Son of Man,

                                That his name in every census

                                Should be entered was his plan.

                                God, the Lord of all creation,

                                Humbly take a creature’s place,

                                He, whose form no man has witnessed,

                                Has today a human face.

 

Today’s Service Details

All service details are copyright to Broughton Publishing Limited printed from epray® which is a registered trademark of Broughton Publishing Pty Ltd. The Anglican Parish of Quamby holds EPray licence number AUS01 50121L 2330V5  The Scripture contained herein is from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Sentence of the Day

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1.78–79

 

Invitation to Confession

The Lord comes, bringing to light things now hidden in darkness, and disclosing the purposes of the heart.

Silence may be kept

Let us open our hearts and prepare for his coming, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

 

Collect of the Day

God of our salvation,

you straighten the winding ways of our hearts

and smooth the paths made rough by sin:

keep our hearts watchful in holiness,

and bring to perfection the good you have begun in us.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose Day draws near, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from the Book of Common Prayer

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

A reading from Malachi beginning to read at chapter 3 verse 1

1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. 6 For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. 13 You have spoken harsh words against me, says the Lord. Yet you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What do we profit by keeping his command or by going about as mourners before the Lord of hosts?

 

The Song of Zechariah

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel:

you have come to your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour:

born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets, you promised of old:

to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,

To show mercy to our forebears:

and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship you without fear:

holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High:

for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

To give God’s people knowledge of salvation:

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God:

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death:

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.

 

A reading from Philippians beginning to read at chapter 1 verse 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

 

The Holy Gospel according to Luke beginning to read at chapter 3 verse 1

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,
2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of

repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’

 

 

                                                                              

Advent 2C – Sunday 5 December 2021

Malachi 3.1-14; For the Psalm Song of Zechariah; Philippians 1.1-11; Luke 3.1-6 

 

Luke’s gospel quotes the prophet Isaiah about the preparation required for a royal visit—the road cleared, smoothed and straightened, valleys filled, and hills flattened. A dramatic picture indeed!  In a similar way the people’s moral and spiritual state needed drastic action in their deep need to repent, in readiness for the coming of the Messiah, Christ Jesus. As we look forward to celebrating Christmas, may we look closely at our own hearts and lives.

We thank you Lord Jesus that in your coming you provided all that we need for cleansing, forgiveness and restoration. May our hearts overflow with joy!

Give thanks for the work and witness of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church of Japan.

Text:      Meryl Broadley Ballina and Lennox Head Anglicans © Anglican Board of Mission, 2021

 

ABM Advent and Christmas Appeal

This year’s theme for the appeal is A Future of hope, Anglicans in Development  (AID) invites you to support projects which will make a huge impact on communities , both in Australia and Africa. Please consider a donation.

 

Lectionary Readings for this Week

Monday:               Psalm 86, Isaiah 43.14-44.5, Mark 6.30-56            

Tuesday:               Psalm 90, Isaiah 44.6-23, Mark 7.1-23

Wednesday:         Psalm 89.1-18, Isaiah 44.24-45.8, Mark 7.24-37

Thursday:            Psalm 89.39-53, Isaiah 45.9-25, Mark 8.1-13

Friday:                  Psalms 92 & 93, Isaiah 46.1-47.4, Mark 8.14-26

Saturday:             Psalms 95 & 96, Isaiah 48.1-13, Mark 8.27-9.1

Sunday:                 Zephaniah 3.14-20, A Song of Isaiah, Philippians 4.4-7, Luke 3.7-18

 

Preface for Communion for Advent

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,

mighty Creator, everliving God.

We give you thanks and praise for your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who was looked for by the prophets,

heralded by the Baptist

announced by an angel,

born of the Virgin Mary,

and revealed at last to men and women of every race.

By his death on the cross

and rising to new life,

he offered the one true sacrifice for sin

and obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying:

 

Prayer of the Week

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Prayer and Praise Points

Pray for:

· Our Parish of Quamby.

· The Parish nomination committee as they continue to meet.

· Our Parish Council as they meet today.

· Christians who are daily being persecuted for their faith.

· The Worldwide Anglican Communion.

· The Diocese of Tasmania and all our Parishes.

· Unity in the Anglican Church of Australia.

· Seasonable weather for all the farming community.

· Reverend Jo as she ministers to our needs as a Parish.

· Bishop Richard and Helen, the Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia, Archbishop Geoffrey Smith.

· The health, bio-security and airport workers in our state as they prepare for the re-opening of our borders and the potential problems this may bring.

· You and our Church family, our neighbours and our friends.

· Students, teachers, and all involved in the education of our children as the school year starts to wind down for the break.

· Those who will struggle this Christmas due to the Pandemic, work, family and financial worries.

· Parish Mission Giving. Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglican Board of Missions, the Leprosy Mission, Samaritan’s Purse and Anglicare who are all supported by our Parish. Also all the community groups helping to provide help to those in need in our area.

 

Praise and thanks for:

· All the blessings that our Lord bestows upon us.

· The great ministry of Reverend Jo to our Parish.

· A wonderful luncheon last Sunday to Celebrate Rev Jo’s ministry to us.

 

Those unwell, in need of healing and our Prayers:

· John and Sheila Beale, Val Wise, Mary Eddington, Eve Beecroft, Shirley Hancox, Ari Bennett, Roslyn Lloyd, Brent Balchin, and Celeste Chandler.

· People known to us personally in need of prayers and support.

 

December Prayer Anniversaries

Zoe Kay, Geoffrey Fellows, Siddie Reader, Sandra Hall and Joyce Freeland.

 

Thoughts on Advent

· "At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."- Mother Teresa (St Teresa of Calcutta).

· "The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognise him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognising the coming of the Lord."- Henri Nouwen.

· "God of hope, I look to you with an open heart and yearning spirit.  During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping to your precepts. My hope is in you."- Matthew Kelly.

 

Lord our God, we thank you that you let light shine out every day and every year. Thank you that we may always look to you, whose right hand will bring order into everything and set all things right, even in difficult times. May our hearts receive strength to persevere and go on praising you, for you remain, no matter what happens on earth. You are our God, you have sent us the Saviour, and we can draw close to you. You have made us the firm promise that your day is coming when truth and justice will arise on earth to the glory of your name. May the hearts of many people turn to you so that they worship you and call to you for help, to the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Amusing Thoughts

· I was walking past a farm and a sign said “Duck, eggs!” I thought, "That's an unnecessary comma." And then it hit me.

· Today I spotted an albino Dalmatian. It was the least I could do for him.

· Why is it called an automobile when you have to drive it?

· These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast    relief."

· On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read: "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

 

Sunday Funny

A little turtle begins to climb a tree slowly. After long hours of effort, he reaches the top, jumps into the air waving his front legs, until he crashes   heavily into the ground with a hard knock on his shell.

After recovering his consciousness, he starts to climb the tree again, jumps again, and knocks the ground heavily again.

The little turtle persisted again and again while a couple of birds sitting at the edge of a branch, watched the turtle with pain. Suddenly the female bird says to the male,

"Dear, I think it's time to tell our little turtle he's adopted."

 

www.mikeysFunnies.com

 

 A Bible verse to take home 

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope."– Romans 15:13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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