Anglican Parish Of Quamby
11th MARCH 2018
and Parish Contacts
Josephine Pyecroft 6391
0412 202 563
Mr. Robert Menzie
Parish Mission Statement:
To know Christ and
To Make Him Known
in this district since
LENTEN FOCUS OUR
FAILURE TO LOVE AND HONOUR THE FIRST PEOPLES OF
MAINLAND AUSTRALIA & TASMANIA.
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
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
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.
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 Gods people
open their hearts to him and confess their sins.
Last week I had some very special times of prayer
with folk from All Saints South Hobart,
Sandy Bay and Taroona, The Huon, St Clements
Kingston, Channel Cygnet (in Woodbridge) and
Battery Point. I am really encouraged by peoples
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
Societys 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:
that God is doing in our season of lament and
Geeves and his new ministry to Seniors
partnership with BCA and their support of key
ministries in Tasmania.
God would continue to meet us in a special way as
we lament and repent of our failings
Bruce Geeves as he ministers to Seniors
Diocesan staff team on their off-site meetings on
Monday and Tuesday.
Warm wishes in Christ,
Study. Will continue on Monday 12th
March at the Westbury hall, beginning at
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.
Church Communities Training Day - Saturday 24th
March, at St Johns 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.
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 Gods
blessing. Please come along and join us at
between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesday 21st
March. The venue will be at St. Andrews
Patricks Day Shindig. The new St
Patricks 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
Patricks 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.
Sunday 1st April
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Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever
believes in him may have
and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God,
though we have
rebelled and wandered far
Silence may be kept.
Let us then ask for mercy,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
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.
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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.
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.
Reading from Numbers commencing at chapter 21
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
1 O Lord, God of
when, at night, I cry out
in your presence,
2 let my prayer come
incline your ear to my
3 For my
soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to
4 I am counted among
those who go down to the Pit;
I am like those who have
5 like those forsaken among
like the slain that lie
in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
6You have put
me in the depths of the Pit,
in the regions dark and
deep. are cut off from your hand.
7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with
all your waves.Selah
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;
eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to
10 Do you work wonders
for the dead?
Do the shades rise up to
praise you? Selah
11 Is your steadfast love
declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in
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
15 Wretched and close to
death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I
16 Your wrath has swept
your dread assaults
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
to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so
now, and for ever. Amen.
reading from Ephesians commencing at chapter 2
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 Christby 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.
Holy Gospel according to John commencing at
chapter 3 verse 14
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
All glory and honour be
yours always and everywhere,
mighty Creator, everliving
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
Therefore with angels and
and with all the company of
we proclaim your great and
for ever praising you and
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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.
Resources Lent 2018
Open our lips, 0 Lord,
and our mouths will
declare your praise.
Our sacrifice, 0 God, is a
a broken and contrite
God, you will not despise.
Have mercy on us, 0 God,
according to your
according to your great
blot out our
Wash away all our iniquity
and cleanse us from our
For we know our
and our sin is always
call children to come to you
but we have tolerated
You direct us to love our
but we have allowed
family violence to fester.
You are glorified in
but we have flaunted
You generously give us
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
You show the way of the
but we have sought the
way of our own comfort.
Create in us a pure heart, O
and renew a right spirit
Do not cast us from your
or take your Holy Spirit
Restore to us the joy of
and grant us a willing
spirit, to sustain us.
Our sacrifice, 0 God, is a
a broken and contrite
God, you will not despise.
Open our lips, 0 Lord,
and our mouths will
declare your praise.
and Praise Points
easing of diplomatic tensions throughout the
in the world suffering due to terrorism,
oppression or violence.
weather for all the farming community.
Richard and Reverend Jo.
this Lenten period will see a renewing of the
faith of many people in the Anglican Church and
be a period of true repentance.
the Church will protect the many vulnerable
people now and in the future.
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.
our Parish and the Diocese may flourish now and
into the future.
newly elected State Parliament, may they be
guided by the Lord in their deliberations for all
and your family.
Parish Lenten Bible Study group and the
forthcoming Prayer days with Bishop Richard as he
tours the Diocese.
Mission Giving. Anglican Overseas Aid, Anglican
Board of Missions, the Leprosy Mission, Samaritans
Purse and Anglicare who are all supported by our
and thanks for:
our daily blessings that we receive from our
Parish Bible Study Group, may they continue to
grow in fellowship and knowledge of the Lord.
Richards Vision for our Diocese of making
unwell, in need of healing and our Prayers:
Travers, Stephen and Harry Pyecroft, Lyn Lee,
Roslyn Lloyd, Millie Coad, Brent Balchin,
Tracee and Margaret Fraser,
for the Lord to wrap his arms around Kathy and
Denis Travers and guide them both in their
decisions regarding Sam and her health.
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.
remember those who have passed away in March
especially, Thelma Garwood
for Sunday 18th March
Psalm 130, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12.20-33