Anglican Parish Of Quamby

11th MARCH 2018

Clergy  and Parish Contacts

Reverend Josephine Pyecroft    6391 1042     or     0412 202 563


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                           Parish Secretary                      Mrs. Patricia Hobman

                           Parish Treasurer                     Mr. Robert Menzie

Our Parish Mission Statement:

To know Christ and

To Make Him Known

Continuously Worshipping

in this district since 1836


Over 250 Indigenous Australian language groups covered the continent at the time of European settlement in 1788. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as elders pass away. There were over 500 different clan groups or 'nations' around the continent, many with distinctive cultures, beliefs and languages.

For over 60,000 years they dwelt on the continent we now call Australia during which time thousands of generations of Aboriginal people lived and died here. These are people with a complex cultural and daily interaction with the often harsh climate of Australia, yet early British settlers and colonial administrations often swept them aside, ignoring their wisdom and intentionally dismantling their culture.

Tasmania was the home of many tribal and language groups. These peoples were systematically and intentionally hunted down and murdered. Those not killed were deported out of the way of settlers and were then deceived and removed to Flinders Island. These battles and massacres constitute some of the most brutal of the “frontier wars”, which have been swept under the rug of history.

As a consequence, we have tended to ignore the extraordinary cultures, wisdom and experience of the first peoples of Australia. With British settlement the story of Australia has been one of dispossession, disease, death and ongoing disadvantage for our indigenous people.

However, we thank God for those missionaries, Christian men and women and all people of good will, who sought to alleviate the suffering of our indigenous people. We lament that their voice and actions were often not heeded in their day.

From the Bishop

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who have been embracing the Season of lament and repentance for the 40 days of Lent. There is something quite special when God’s people open their hearts to him and confess their sins. Last week I had some very special times of prayer with folk from All Saint’s South Hobart, Sandy Bay and Taroona, The Huon, St Clements Kingston, Channel Cygnet (in Woodbridge) and Battery Point. I am really encouraged by people’s honesty. God has been doing some wonderful healing. On Thursday evening a great crowd gathered at Battery Point as I commissioned Bruce Geeves for a new ministry – the Seniors Ministry Strategy. On Saturday I represented the Diocese by speaking at the Bush Church Aid Society’s Qld and N NSW branch Bush and Bible day. There was a lot of interest in our BCA projects – Barneys in Launceston, church planting in Brighton and Southern Beaches and of course in Bass Strait.

This week our Diocese focuses on lamenting our misuse of power. The Diocesan office staff are heading away for an off-site planning meeting on Monday and Tuesday.

Please join me in giving thanks to God for:

· All that God is doing in our season of lament and repentance.

· Bruce Geeves and his new ministry to Seniors

· Our partnership with BCA and their support of key ministries in Tasmania.

Please pray:

· That God would continue to meet us in a special way as we lament and repent of our failings

· For Bruce Geeves as he ministers to Seniors

· Our Diocesan staff team on their off-site meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Warm wishes in Christ,


Parish News

· Lenten Study. Will continue on Monday 12th March at the Westbury hall, beginning at 7.00pm.

· Mission Giving. We have had a few money boxes returned but you still have plenty of time. We will be collecting them up until Easter, so it could be part of our Lenten sacrifices.

· Safe Church Communities Training Day - Saturday 24th March, at St John’s Parish Centre, 9am to 12:30pm refresher training. Registration is essential by Friday 16th March to Reverend Jo please. Morning tea will be provided, please BYO lunch.

· Bishop Richard Lenten Prayer Meetings - Bishop Richard plans to visit almost all the Parishes in the Diocese during Lent, to gather with whom-ever is available, to    confess our sins, lament our failings and pray for God’s blessing. Please come along and join us at between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesday 21st March. The venue will be at St. Andrew’s Westbury.

· St. Patrick’s Day Shindig. The new St Patrick’s Day group have announced a “Shindig” with City of Launceston RSL Pipes and Drums, Meander Men, Barbara Palmer Dancers, The Wheels, Joanne Mitchelson and Hamish Pike will all be performing from 6pm at the Westbury Town Hall on Saturday 17th March. Admission is Adults $15, Under 12 $10 Under 5 Free or Families for $40. this includes a great Irish Supper at the RSL Club opposite the venue where there will also be local session artists performing. Tickets from the Council offices in Lyall Street.

· St Patrick’s Annual Ball. This will be held on Friday 16th March at 8pm in the Selbourne Hall, (due to a previous engagement at the Westbury Town Hall) admission is $10 for Adults. Enquiries to 6396 1188.

Worship Services

Sunday 18th March 2018

9.30am                        Hagley

Sunday 25th March 2018

9.30am                        Carrick

Friday 30th March 2018

Good Friday

9.30am                        Hagley

Sunday 1st April 2018

9.30am                        Hagley

Today’s Service Details

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Sentence of the Day

The Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have

eternal life.                                                                                            John 3.14–15

Invitation to Confession

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have

rebelled and wandered far off.

Silence may be kept.

Let us then ask for mercy, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Collect from the Book of Common Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Everlasting God in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you: give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness prevent us from doing it; that in your light we may see light, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect from the BCP for the Third Sunday in Lent

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Reading from Numbers commencing at chapter 21 verse 4

4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ 6 Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ 9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 88

1 O Lord, God of my salvation,
    when, at night, I cry out in your presence,
let my prayer come before you;
    incline your ear to my cry.

For my soul is full of troubles,
    and my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
    I am like those who have no help,
5 like those forsaken among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
    for they

6You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
    in the regions dark and deep.
are cut off from your hand.
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with all your waves.Selah

You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
    my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
    I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
    Do the shades rise up to praise you? S
11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness,
    or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But I, O Lord, cry out to you;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 O Lord, why do you cast me off?
    Why do you hide your face from me?
15 Wretched and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dread assaults destroy me.

17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
    from all sides they close in on me.
18 You have caused friend and neighbour to shun me;
    my companions are in darkness.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

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

A reading from Ephesians commencing at chapter 2 verse 1

1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived,

following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

The Holy Gospel according to John commencing at chapter 3 verse 14

14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

Preface for Lent

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 by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary

and lived as one of us.

He was tempted in every way as we are,

yet he did not sin.

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.

By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil,

and to walk in the way of his love.

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

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Liturgical Resources Lent 2018

Open our lips, 0 Lord,

and our mouths will declare your praise.

Our sacrifice, 0 God, is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart

O God, you will not despise.

Have mercy on us, 0 God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out our transgressions.

Wash away all our iniquity

and cleanse us from our sin.

For we know our transgressions,

and our sin is always before us.

You call children to come to you

but we have tolerated their abuse.

You direct us to love our neighbour

but we have allowed family violence to fester.

You are glorified in self-giving love

but we have flaunted self-serving power.

You generously give us sanctuary

but we dispossessed others of their land.

You created a good world

but we have blighted it with our greed.

You command us to make disciples of Jesus

but we have followed our own desires.

You show the way of the cross

but we have sought the way of our own comfort.

Create in us a pure heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within us.

Do not cast us from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from us.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation

and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us.

Our sacrifice, 0 God, is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart

O God, you will not despise.

Open our lips, 0 Lord,

and our mouths will declare your praise.

Prayer and Praise Points

Pray for:

· An easing of diplomatic tensions throughout the World.

· People in the world suffering due to terrorism, oppression or violence.

· Seasonable weather for all the farming community.

· Bishop Richard and Reverend Jo.

· That this Lenten period will see a renewing of the faith of many people in the Anglican Church and be a period of true repentance.

· That the Church will protect the many vulnerable people now and in the future.

· That this year will present us with opportunities to show the Good News of Jesus Christ to more in our community and enable us to give the people well balanced reasons for them to believe in our Lord. 

· That our Parish and the Diocese may flourish now and into the future.

· Our newly elected State Parliament, may they be guided by the Lord in their deliberations for all Tasmanians.

· You and your family.

· The Parish Lenten Bible Study group and the forthcoming Prayer days with Bishop Richard as he tours the Diocese.

· 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.

Praise and thanks for:

· All our daily blessings that we receive from our Lord.

· The Parish Bible Study Group, may they continue to grow in fellowship and knowledge of the Lord.

· Bishop Richard’s Vision for our Diocese of making disciples.

Those unwell, in need of healing and our Prayers:

· Sam Travers, Stephen and Harry Pyecroft, Lyn Lee, Roslyn Lloyd,  Millie Coad, Brent Balchin, Tracee and Margaret Fraser, 

· Pray for the Lord to wrap his arms around Kathy and Denis Travers  and guide them both in their decisions regarding Sam and her health.

· For all people faced with decisions about their or their loved ones health and living situations. Ask that the Lord guide and strengthen them to make the right decisions.

March Prayer Anniversaries

We remember those who have passed away in March especially, Thelma Garwood

Readings for Sunday 18th March 2018

Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 130, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12.20-33


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