Today salvation has come to this house, for the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. Luke 19.10

Merciful God, righteous Judge of all, who sent Jesus among us to seek and to save those who are lost:
grant that we may eagerly seek the Saviour, and joyfully welcome him into our homes and lives.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever Amen

Readings for Sunday 30th October
Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4; .. Psalm 119:137-144; .. 2Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12; .. Luke 19.1-10

Readings for Sunday 6th November

Daniel 7:1-3,15-18, . Psalm 149, .. Ephesians 1:11-23, .. Luke 6:20-31

Rectors Ramblings
Do you believe in angels?
My mother in law did – and they featured strongly in her recent funeral. For Margaret, her connection with God came through angels and she was not slow at sharing her beliefs and experiences. Many people loath to talk about angels because they think they won’t be believed, or that others will think angels aren’t real, or are not scriptural.
But there are hundreds of references to angels in the Bible and we used just one of them in Margaret’s service, along with Psalm 23. On the 29th September each year, the church remembers Michael and All Angels and I look forward to sharing that festival – and some of the myriad of angel stories in the Bible – with you in 2023 or 2024.
This week, however, we will hear from Habakkuk, including that beautiful verse: “the righteous live by their faith.” We will be encouraged to hang onto our faith to sustain us during difficult days – and we all have those at times. For Margaret, faith was manifested through picturing her angels next to her, guiding her. For others it might be clutching a hold-ing cross in the palm of their hand and for others it might be the person of Jesus as seen by Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel. In one of my really difficult times, my image of God was a huge ball of cotton wool. Perhaps I’ll tell you that story one day. The point is that, if we are just listening, God will be revealed to us in many ways: through scripture, through worship, through the Eucharist, and through a personal way that makes sense to each of us. May you be aware of God’s presence in your life today

Combined Church Service
Christians of the Lower Clarence are uniting in a church service at 6pm October 30th, at the Baptist Church, Scullin Street, Townsend.

All Saints Yamba – 50th Anniversary of the building dedication – COMBINED PARISH SERVICE – YAMBA
Next Sunday, 6th November, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the current church building at Yamba. We also celebrate the feast of All Saints and All Souls. There will be a COMBINED
SERVICE at Yamba at 10am, followed by a light lunch. Please bring a plate to share It will be a joy to welcome Father George Markotsis back to the Parish as our guest preacher on that day. Please RSVP to John Reed on 0477 777 818 or emailmargireed@hotmail.com by 31st October

Healing Service
The Healing Service is on this Thursday
November 3rd 12.30pm Maclean. All most welcome to join this service of healing.

LLM Formation Day
The LLM Formation Intensive will be on 12 November at 10 am over Zoom. Please allow 1.5 – 2 hours for this session and it will be recorded. This session will be for both Northern and Southern region LLMs.
Numerous factors have prompted this change including providing support in a variety of formats as well as wishing to support other important initiatives that are happening in November such as the Diocesan Governance Conference and the Labyrinth Workshop by Cathedral Chapter in Dorrigo. You may join in via Zoom from home, but we will also have the meeting up and running in the Parish Office for those who do not have this facility at home or are not confident with it. If you intend to come into the office for the meeting, please let Archdeacon Kay know by 10th November.

Parish Council
Our next meeting is Monday, 14th November. If you are responsible for reports or wish to add items to the agenda, please send them to Kim in the office before Thursday 10th. Minutes of the September meeting are available for viewing on church centre notice boards

Bereavement. We give thanks for the life of Hector Daley and pray for comfort and strength for his family and friends.


CRAFT CHRISTMAS FAIR – Ministry Centre Maclean – Fri 4th Nov 9am to 4pm and Sat 5th Nov 9am—Midday

6th November 10am Yamba All Saints Combined Service to celebrate All Saints and All Souls and the 50th Anniversary of the Yamba Church Building
12th November 10am LLM formation intensive—Maclean church office.

14th November – Parish Council meeting
26th November 10am Cursillo M/T to be held in the Ministry Centre Maclean

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