I hope there was no storm damage at your place and you didn’t lose power. I think half the leaves in the neighbourhood were piled up at the Rectory front door this morning! We had a few small branches in the church carpark but nothing major; I heard on the radio some suburbs being referred to as ‘chainsaw city’. The wind has been wild but isn’t it good to have decent winter rain?
Toddler Jam was lovely this morning; it’s so good to see little ones having fun. Speaking of which- our 9:30 service last Sunday included some young musicians, who also participated in Revd. Liz’s excellent sermon. If you weren’t there you might like to check out the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvHITOZJj8
It was a little sad that there were only 4 children from 2 families at church; if you used to bring your children to church but haven’t been for a while, we would love to hear from you. Perhaps you can let me know whether it is covid or something else that’s keeping you away? And we’d love to know whether you are watching the online services.
Grahame, our Formation student, took these wonderful photos last Thursday; he saw the rainbow as he drove into the carpark at St Nic’s.
Aren’t they lovely? When it’s cold and stormy, seeing a bright rainbow in the sky can lift your spirits, reminding us that there is joy to be found on even the darkest of days.
The Meditation group recommences this Thursday at 6pm and all are welcome to come for an hour of peace and prayer.
Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday at 7:30am and the wonderful Richard Offen is presenting: not to be missed!
The Friendship Group will celebrate its anniversary next Monday (8th), 12 noon, with a meal at TOMS ITALIAN Restaurant: 1 North Beach Road (North Beach Shopping Centre) Upstairs. RSVP to Sandra Boylan please firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember in your prayers all attending the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England; Archbishop Kay and Bishop Jeremy are there and are posting daily updates here: https://www.perth.anglican.org/news-and-events/news/lambeth-conference-2022-daily-updates
As you know we were given permission to use the Common Cup- to offer the wine to communicants– in June. Whether to take the wine or not is your own decision, and receiving communion in one kind, just taking the bread, is fine. However, we do NOT have permission to intinct- to dip the bread into the cup. If this was your usual practice pre-Covid, please know that we may not do this any longer. If you have any questions or thoughts about this I am very happy to have a conversation with you. I have attached a copy of the ‘Eucharist Q&A’, written by the Reverend Jacob Legarda, Archbishop’s Chaplain, which was in the June edition of the ‘Messenger’, and recommend it to you. Lots of detailed explanations in there!
Here is the Collect Prayer for this week, following the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
whose beloved Son for our sake
willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross:
give us courage and patience
to take up our cross daily and follow him;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Reverend Lorna A M Green