Anglican Parish Of Quamby

19th November 2017

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

Continuously Worshipping

in this district since 1836

.

When all you have is God,

you have all you need.

From the Bishop

Dear Friends,

On Saturday I spoke at my final Tasmanian Bible Forum for the year (John Morse is speaking at the last one next Saturday at 1pm in St Helen’s), at St Clements in Kingston. We had a great crowd there wrestling with the meaning of the Resurrection. On Sunday I had the privilege of worshipping with the saints at St Clements, and at the 9.30 service confirming 9 young adults. What a joy! Please pray for them to grow in Christ.

Yesterday it was announced that Mr James Oakley has been appointed as Registrar of the Diocese of Tasmania to commence early next year. I am delighted with the appointment. Please pray for James and Sally as they finish with the Parish of Riverlinks and relocate to Hobart in January.

Join in giving thanks for:
• being able to study the Resurrection with a great crowd at last Saturday's   Bible Forum in Kingston;
• the 9 confirmees at St Clements, and for the ministry of that church. Give thanks for Pete Adlem, Greg Foot and Mark North;
• James Oakley's appointment as Registrar.

Please pray for:
Isabelle, Victoria, Rosie, Sophie, Laura, Lucy, Alisha, Daniel and Matt as they continue in their faith. Pray for spiritual protection over them;
• James Oakley as he plans to take on his new role, and for Sally and the      children as they prepare to move;
• the Parish of Bellerive as they search for a new Rector;
• Joshua Skeat as he is inducted as Rector of St Mark's Deloraine this     Wednesday.

Richard

Parish News

· The Churches of the Meander Valley invite you to our 14th annual Christmas Dinner. No charge and all welcome. Let us know and we’ll arrange transport. To allow us to cater for you please rsvp to Graham & Judy 6441 5241 No later than Thursday 21st December. To volunteer or to make a donation toward the festivities, please contact Judy on 0458 190 591 or e-mail christmas@internode.on.au

· Church Calendars. We have a couple of church calendars for sale at $12.00 each. If you want one or have ordered one please see Rob Menzie.

· Parish Council will be on Thursday 23rd November at 7.00pm at Hagley House.

· We will have some Advent reflection booklets soon. There should be enough for everyone and we can take them home and study on our own for the season of Advent. These are a gift from Anglican Overseas Aid to the Parish. Talk to Reverend Jo if you would like a small study group to look at the Reflections in a group environment.

· During Advent we will also have the usual ABM envelopes please consider the less fortunate at this time and give what you can to this worthy cause.

From the Anglican Communion News Service

Zimbabwe, the Jewel of Africa, will sparkle again, says Bishop of Harare
Church leaders from Zimbabwe, central Africa and Europe have been commenting on the on-going political situation in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest and, according to the Reuters news

agency, is declining mediation efforts led by his long-time Roman Catholic chaplain, the Revd. Fidelis Mukonori. But this evening, The Herald newspaper has published photos showing Mugabe meeting with Zimbabwean Defence Force Commander General Constantino Chiwenga, diplomats from South Africa and Father Fidelis

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

God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.                                                            1 Thessalonians 5.9, 11

Invitation to Confession

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord's table.

Silence may be kept.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God's forgiveness.

Collect of the Day

Everliving God,

before the earth was formed,

and even after it shall cease to be, you are God.

Break into our short span of life

and show us those things that are eternal,

that we may serve your purpose in all we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day from the Book of Common Prayer

O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Reading from Zephaniah commencing to read at chapter 1 verse 7

7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs, those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm.’
13 Their wealth shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.
14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there.
15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.
17 I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind;  because they have sinned against the Lord, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord ’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Psalm 90 verses 1-8 and 12

1 Lord, you have been our refuge:

from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were born

or the earth and the world were brought to be:

from eternity to eternity you are God.

3 You turn us back into dust:

saying ‘Return to dust, O children of Adam.’

4 For a thousand years in your sight

are like yesterday passing:

or like one watch of the night.

5 You cut them short like a dream:

like the fresh grass of the morning;

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes:

at evening it is withered and dried up.

7 And we are consumed by your anger:

because of your indignation we cease to be.

8 You have brought our iniquities before you:

and our secret sins to the light of your countenance.

12 Teach us so to number our days:

that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

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

A reading from the first book of Thessalonians commencing to read at chapter 5 verse 1

1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew commencing to read at chapter 25 verse 14

14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more

talents.” 21 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24 Then the one who had

received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26 But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return, I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall come and your will be done, to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord our God, we come to you in community of faith and trust, in expectation that you will act. May our hearts be strengthened in all the pain and in all the conflicts of our world. Reveal your will, Almighty God, and protect those you have appointed as our leaders and rulers. Let your will be made plain to them. O Lord God, help your people in these times and give them strength to wait expectantly for what is good, to live and serve in this expectation. Grant your help to all who strive for this. We can all tell of the help that comes from you, for you always support us with your power, also in hard times. Amen.

Worship Services

Sunday 26th November 2017

9.30am                        Carrick

Sunday 3rd December 2017

9.30am                        Hagley

Sunday 10th December 2017

9.30am                        Westbury

Sunday 17th December 2017

9.30am                        Hagley

Lectionary Readings for this coming Week

Monday:               Psalm 48, 2 Kings 19.1-20, Matthew 24.32-51

Tuesday:               Psalm 50, 2 Kings 19.20-37, Matthew 25.1-13

Wednesday:         Psalm 51, 2 Kings 20, Matthew 25.14-30

Thursday:           Psalms 54 & 55.1-12, 2 Kings 21.1-18, Matthew 25.31-46

Friday:                  Psalms 56 & 57, 2 Kings 21.19-22.11, Mark 1.1-13

Saturday:             Psalms 62 & 63, 2 Kings 22.12-23.3, Mark 1.14-28

Prayer and Praise Points

Pray for:

· An easing of tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.

· The people of Zimbabwe, military, politicians and also the whole of the population of the country.

· Our parliamentary representatives.

· Seasonable weather for all the farming community.

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

· Bishop Richard and Reverend Jo.

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

· Continued growth in our Parish, with more families and individuals willing to commit to our Parish.

· Active children’s and youth ministries, praying that they may start here in Quamby and all Anglican Parishes in Tasmania.

· Those who are searching for God and a purpose on their lives.

· The continuing success of our monthly market at Westbury.

· You and your family.

· Families that are struggling with heartbreaking problems.

· Anglicare and its mission to the people of Tasmania.

· The many organisations and individuals we have been able to support with our Mission Giving this past financial year.

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

· James Oakley as he prepares to move to Hobart and take up the role of Registrar or our Diocese.

· The Parish of Bellerive as they continue to search for a new Rector.

· Parish Council as they meet this week.

Praise and thanks for:

· The young adults who confirmed their faith at St. Clement’s, Kingston.

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

Those unwell, in need of healing and our Prayers:

· Everyone suffering aches, pains, colds and flu.

· Sam Travers, Stephen and Harry Pyecroft, Lyn Lee, Roslyn Lloyd, Brent Balchin, Tracee and Margaret Fraser, Cedric Tuffin and Siddie Reader, 

· Pray for the Lord to wrap his arms around Kathy and Denis Travers at this time and guide them in their decisions.

 November Prayer Anniversaries

We remember those who have passed away in November especially, Margaret Bramich.

Soul Thoughts

· "Work for God's eye—and even then, do not think much about reward. Seek to be a blessing."

· "Righteousness will always prevail, wickedness cannot defeat righteousness."

· "The wise man will scan for God's handprints across his life - the humble will see them." 

 Light Hearted Thoughts

· I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows...and a foundation leaks, and a ball game gets rained out, and a car rusts, and...

· People are funny. They spend money they don't have to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.

· Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

· A self-addressed envelope would be addressed to "Envelope," right?

Today’s Smile

An elderly couple were sitting together and the lady said, "I remember when you kissed me whenever you could".     

The man leant over and pecked her on the cheek

The lady said, "I also remember when you held my hand all the time".

The old man placed his hand on hers.

She continued, "I remember when you used to nibble my neck".

The old man shuffled out of the room.

"Where are you going?" asked the old lady.

"To find my teeth," the old man said.

· When you can’t put your prayers into words, God hears your heart.

· It is not thy hold on Christ that saves thee; it is Christ.  It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee; it is Christ.  It is not even thy faith in Christ, though that be the instrument; it is Christ’s blood and merit.  

· As hard as it is, when life starts growing wildly in every direction, get out those shears and skilfully snip away the excess that robs your spirit of essential growth.       Vivian Elisabeth Glyck

· Faith is an activity; it is something that has to be applied.

· Strength, rest, guidance, grace, help, sympathy, love–all from God to us!  What a list of blessings!                    E. Stenbock

· In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. John Bunyan

· People, places, and things were never meant to give us life.  God alone is the author of a fulfilling life.                        Gary Smalley

 

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