Anglican Parish of Quamby

17 th February 2019

The Epiphany of our Lord

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                     Mr. Robert Menzie


Our Parish Mission Statement:

To know Christ and

To Make Him Known

 

The Almighty does nothing without reason, though the frail mind of man cannot explain the reason.  

Augustine

Parish News

· World Day of Prayer. This year the theme is taken from Slovenia and is “Come-Everything is Ready”. It will be on Friday 1st March at Holy Trinity Catholic Church starting at 2pm, You are most welcome to share in this ecumenical day of prayer.

· Lenten Study. If you are interested in joining a Lenten Study group, please give your name to Rev Jo so we can order the resources.

· St Patrick’s Festival, is scheduled for March 16th on the Village Green and will also including our usual monthly market. There will be events in St. Andrew’s Church during the day. There will be no charge for the festival this year and if people wish to make a donation on the day there will be an opportunity to do so.

· Events and Displays in St Andrew’s Westbury for the St. Patrick’s Festival Day. We are hoping to have a display of fine craft and embroidery, some art displays and some   photos as well as a possible workshop to make a Celtic Knot. Please talk to Colleen Fellows or Rob Menzie regarding this event. Volunteers to help are also wanted.

· Friends of the Westbury Anglican Cemetery. The Parish are looking at forming an group with the Westbury and Districts Historical Society to help with keeping the       Cemetery in reasonable condition. We will be having a meeting at the cemetery to discuss this and also getting the group off and running on Saturday 23rd February at 10.30am. Please let people know and turn up to see what we can achieve in the ongoing maintenance of this very important part of the history of Tasmania.

· Diocesan Celebration and Ordination Service (St. David’s Cathedral, Saturday 2 March, 10am) This year the Ordination service will be a little different than previous years. Plans are underway to make this service a time to celebrate those being Ordained and also to celebrate our life together as a Diocesan family. There will be testimonies, a   children’s segment and program, lots of good singing, preaching, the Lord’s Supper and of course the Ordination of a number of people to the Diaconate and the Priesthood.  There will be a free BBQ lunch on the lawns after.

· Parish Council. Will meet on Thursday February 21st at 7.00pm at the Hagley Rectory.

Parish Bank Account Details

The Parish do support you making direct deposits to our accounts if you cannot get to Church weekly and wish to still contribute to the finances of the Parish.

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

Wfunds e have also opened an account for donations towards saving our Churches and providing for the sustainability of our Parish and the account is also in the BSB name of Parish of Quamby 067014 Account number 10064930. include If you make direct deposits to these accounts please your name.

 

    Worship Services

Sunday 24th February 2019

9.30am                        Carrick

Sunday 3rd March 2019

9.30am                        Hagley

Sunday 10th March 2019

9.30am                        Westbury

Sunday 17th March 2019

9.30am                        Hagley

From Bishop Richard

Dear Friends,

This morning I received the sad news that the Revd Stephen Howard died   during the night after a long battle with ill health. We thank God for his life and ministry and assure Diana and the family, and all the members of St Mark’s South Launceston of our prayers.

We continue to give thanks for the rains falling in Southern Tasmania on the bushfires, thankful for God’s blessing on us. We also give thanks today for the ministry at Christ Church Low Head which had its final service and was deconsecrated on Sunday. Pray for those who are grieving this loss.

Please join me in giving thanks to God for:

· The life and ministry of the Revd Stephen Howard

· The rains falling in Southern Tasmania.

· The ministry of Christ Church Low Head.

Please pray for:

· Diana Howard and family, and the people of St Mark’s South Launceston that they might grieve Stephen’s death well in the hope of the resurrection from the dead.

· The continued abatement of the fires in Tasmania and for our emergency services personnel who are fatigued.

· The faithful people who have worshipped at Low Head for generations, especially that current members will find a new church community.

Richard

Today’s Service Details

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Sentence of the Day

Blessed are you when people hate you on account of the Son of man. Rejoice and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.                        Luke 6.23

Invitation to Confession

Christ the Son of God has been revealed as a light to the nations.

Silence may be kept.

Let us bring our darkness to his light, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Collect of the Day

Righteous God,

you challenge the powers that rule this world

and you show favour to the oppressed:

instil in us a true sense of justice,

that we may discern the signs of your kingdom

and strive for right to prevail;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,

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

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

A Reading from Jeremiah commencing to read at chapter 17 verse 5

5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord .
6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord .
8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it?
10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed are they

who have not walked in the counsel of the ungodly:

nor followed the way of sinners,

nor taken their seat amongst the scornful.

2 But their delight is in the law of the Lord:

and on that law will they ponder day and night.

3 They are like trees planted beside streams of water:

that yield their fruit in due season.

4 Their leaves also shall not wither:

and look, whatever they do, it shall prosper.

5 As for the ungodly, it is not so with them:

they are like the chaff which the wind scatters.

6 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand up

at the judgement:

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

7 For the Lord cares for the way of the righteous:

but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

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

A reading from the first letter to the Corinthians commencing to read at chapter 15 verse 12

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

The Holy Gospel according to Luke commencing to read at Chapter 6 verse 17

17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
     for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
     for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
     for you will laugh.

22 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
23 Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
24 ‘But woe to you who are rich,
     for you have received your consolation.
25 ‘Woe to you who are full now,
     for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now,
     for you will mourn and weep.
26 ‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Preface to Communion

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. You anointed him as Messiah, the light of the nations, and revealed him as the hope of all who thirst for righteousness and peace. 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:

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany [OS 6] – Sunday 17 February 2019

Jeremiah 17.5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15.12-20; Luke 6.17-26

Today we see Jesus healing the sick around him and teaching the disciples about those who are blessed – the poor, the hungry, the sorrowful, the reviled – and those for whom woe waits – the rich, those who are filled, those who laugh and those who are spoken well of. What this means is that God’s mission is to those on the margins of society, and that is where the Church is called to minister.

Pray that we might be able to go to the margins of society where God’s Spirit is at work.

Give thanks for the work of the Al-Ahli Arab hospital’s child nutrition project, which aims to help babies and toddlers thrive.

Text:      The Rev Will Johnston, © Anglican Board of Mission, 2019

 

ABM Prayer for the Day: Give thanks for all who have proclaimed the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, especially those like the brothers St Cyril and St Methodius, who have preached the gospel in Slavic Countries. The Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabets, the oldest known Slavic writing systems, were created by the two brothers and their students, to translate the Bible and other texts into Slavic languages.                                                                   Australian Cycle of Prayer: Ministry with the Torres Strait Islander People of Australia –Torres Strait clergy and people.

Lectionary Readings for this Week

Monday                :               Psalm 107.1-22, Genesis 26.34-27.29, Luke 6.1-11

Tuesday:               Psalms 110 & 111, Genesis 27.30-46, Luke 6.12-26

Wednesday:         Psalms 114 & 115, Genesis 28, Luke 6.27-38

Thursday:           Psalms 121, 122 & 123, Genesis 29.1-30, Luke 6.39-49

Friday:                  Psalm 118.1-18, Genesis 29.31-30.24, Luke 7.1-10

Saturday:             Psalms 124, 125 & 126, Genesis 30.25-41, Luke 7.11-21

 

From the Anglican Communion News Service

Reports from Nigeria say that a priest from the Diocese of Sokoto has been murdered by kidnappers who are continuing to hold his family. According to the reports, Anthony Idris Jata’u was abducted on Thursday night by           kidnappers who also took his wife, three children and two sisters-in-law. His body was found by the side of the road on Saturday.

There has been no official confirmation of the reports; but various blogs and social media channels have reported the kidnapping – several of them showing a photo of the body. An anonymous source from the Diocese of Sokoto told Nigeria’s Punch newspaper that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of ?10 million Nigerian Naira (approximately £21,500 GBP) for the release of his family.

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[Anglican Journal, by Tali Folkins] An officer with the Anglican Church of Canada’s diocese of Qu’Appelle is warning parishes, dioceses and any other church bodies whose website has an online donation feature to make sure it’s protected from fraudulent use. The warning follows an episode last winter in which someone used the diocese’s “Donate” button to test thousands of stolen credit card numbers. Amanda Sather Page, the diocese’s Financial Officer, says that in early February 2018, fraudsters attempted to make more than $90,000 [CAD, approximately £53,000 GBP] in credit card transactions using the feature, a matter of days after it had been launched.

The transactions were all for small amounts – between $2.50 and $5.00, suggesting that whoever was behind the incident was trying to test the card numbers to see whether they worked. The high volume of transactions        suggested an automated process was used.

 

Lord our God, we thank you for helping us again and again. Praised be your name for all you do for us and for all your help in many dangers and hardships! We trust you completely and have faith in you through Jesus Christ, the Saviour. He reveals your grace everywhere, in every hardship, giving us the courage and freedom to look toward your kingdom. Help us remain courageous when we have to face suffering, for we want to be your disciples in Jesus Christ, the Crucified One. He has made suffering holy, that our suffering too may bear fruit for you in time and in eternity. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Week

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer and Praise Points

Pray for:

· For suitable weather conditions for all those fighting fires in Tasmania.

· Those Parishes in the Diocese still trying to keep their Churches from closure and sale.

· For a successful ALPHA program to be run in our Parish.

· The Parish Council, pray that they will have the vision, unity and strength to guide our Parish with the Lord as their example.

· Outreach events planned for our Parish during the summer period.

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

· For a coming together of the world leaders to all pursue peace.

· Seasonable weather for all the farming community.

· Bishop Richard and Helen, Reverend Jo and our Parish Ministry Team.

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

· That we will continue to grow as a Parish in faith and dedication to our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we may draw more Disciples to him by our actions, deeds and words in the community.

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

· 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:

· The life of Reverend Stephen Howard and his contribution to the Diocese of Tasmania and the Parish St. Mark’s South Launceston

· Rob Lowe joining us once again for Worship after his recent stay in hospital.

· The rains that have helped those fighting the horrific bushfires in Tasmania.

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

Those unwell, in need of healing and our Prayers:

· Patricia Hobman, Robert Lowe, Brian Shipp, Nicola Coad, Roslyn Lloyd, Brent Balchin, Bill and Jan Menzie, Harley and the Young family.

· The family of the Late Reverend Stephen Howard especially his widow Diana.

February Prayer Anniversaries

We remember those who have passed away in February especially, Norma Walker, Ainslie Grech, Rita Allan, Daisy Lowe and Lorna Eyles.

A Sunday Smile

In a shop that sold religious items was a display of baseball caps with "WWJD" printed on them.

Customer: "WWJD?  What does that mean?"

Clerk: "WWJD stands for 'What Would Jesus Do' "

Customer: "Well, I'm pretty sure Jesus wouldn't pay $23.95 for one of these baseball caps."

A Bible Verse to take Home

The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still. (Exodus 14:14)

 

 

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