Update 14 March

Good morning friends,

What a beautiful day it is, after yesterday’s humidity! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it.

We have received feedback from some on the Readers roster, so in response will be sending out the readings again. The readings are included in each month’s bulletin and are available on the website, so if you are happy to look up your reading yourself at home- please let Alex in the office know. If you would like your own copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is the one we use at church, please let me know and I can order one for you.

It is preferable if you can read from the lectern Bible rather than from a piece of paper, but if the reading is tricky because it jumps from verse to verse and a printout would help you- please use that.

For all readers, it is helpful if you can carefully read the introduction to the reading, as it is on the bookmark: for example “A reading from the Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 2”. There is no need to add the verses or to include any headings in the Bible: they are not part of scripture and are only there to aid readers. A pause at the conclusion of the reading before saying ‘Hear the word of the Lord’ helps the congregation.

Thank you to everyone who offers to read, do morning tea, flowers, cleaning, welcoming, counting offertory, children’s ministry, Toddler Jam, gardening, being a sides-person, operating sound & screen, serve as a Deacon, Liturgical Assistant or Lay Pastoral Minister, or any of the many ways people contribute to the parish community and worship. The offerings of your time, treasure and talent are a blessing to us all.

If you are not attending church and staying at home at the moment because of the Covid situation, please know that you are missed and we haven’t forgotten you! The work on live-streaming continues and I’m sorry we are not quite there yet, but when equipment comes from the other side of Australia we just have to wait until it gets here. Please pray that it won’t be too long before we can share services online, and those at home can ‘virtually’ join those in the church building.

Your Parish Council meets tomorrow evening: please pray for Andrew, Ed, Greg, Karen, Margaret, Marian, Sam, and Sandra, parish councillors, as we meet to consider the work of the parish.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will be held on Sunday June 12th following the 9:30 service; please put it in your diary. This is an important opportunity for everyone to read reports and, at the meeting, hear about activities in the parish and our financial situation. It is also an opportunity to ask questions which can help clarify and explain things to all. And of course it is an opportunity to elect new people to parish council, as Wardens or Councillors. June is only 3 months away so it’s not too soon to start prayerfully considering what you might like to know and ask a question about, and whether you feel moved to offer yourself for a role on parish council.

Tonight at 7:30pm is the Friendship Group: everyone is invited to hear Grahame, our Formation Student, talk about his vocation and how he got where he is now!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) 9:30 – 11am is Toddler Jam; Craft & chat 1:30pm; 7:30 pm Parish Council

Wednesday 9:15 am Eucharist; 10:30am Lent Study; 7:30pm Lent Study

Thursday 6pm Meditation Group

Saturday 9-11am St Nic’s Recycling Hub– see attached flyer for more information on this exciting new initiative!

Here is the Collect Prayer for this week:

Remember, O Lord,

what you have wrought in us

and not what we deserve,

and, as you have called us to your service,

make us worthy of our calling;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Lorna The Reverend Lorna A M Green

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