May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. 2Thessalonians 3.16
Lord God of all the ages, the One who is, who was, and who is to come: stir up within us a longing for your kingdom, keep our hearts steady in times of trial, and grant us patient endurance until the Sun of justice dawns. We make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen
Readings for Sunday 13th November
Isaiah 65:17-25; .. A Song of Isaiah; .. 2Thessalonians 3:6-13; .. Luke 21:5-19
Readings for Sunday 20th November
Jeremiah 23:1-6; .. Song of Zechariah; .. Colossians 1:11-20; .. Luke 23:33-431 ..
What’s with the Psalm today? The Song of Isaiah, what’s that?
Well, it is a Canticle. The word ‘canticle’ (pronounced KAN-ti-kle) comes from the Latin word ‘cantus’, which means ‘song’. A canticle is similar to a psalm in form and content but based on a portion of Scripture not found in the book of Psalms. It is usually a non-metrical hymn recorded as sung by a person in the Bible on some special occasion, and expresses joy, thanksgiving or confidence in God’s help. In today’s canticle, Isaiah is encouraging those who are mourning in lonely exile to sing the familiar songs that celebrate Israel’s repeated experiences of God’s deliverance. The canticle comes directly from Isaiah 12:2-6. We use canticles regularly in Daily Offices, but infrequently on Sundays. You will, however, see them several times over the next few weeks
What a fantastic weekend for our Parish to begin November. It was wonderful to have such a vibrant, busy time with so many people involved.
The Christmas Craft Fair kicked off our celebrations on Friday and Saturday. The fair was well attended and the stock dwin-dled steadily over the two days. A huge thank you to our Sewing Fellowship who drive this event every year – and meet every week during the year to create the wondeful items for sale. Thanks also to those who prepare plants well in advance so they can be sold in a condition that even I won’t quickly kill off. And, of course, then there are those who cook for us – both items for sale to take away, and the delicious morning and after-noon teas to share on site. There was a real buzz on both days and something I really noticed was that many folk come to browse and buy and then stay for a long chat. What a fantastic outreach. Congratulations to all involved.
On Sunday we experienced a great time of worship and fellowship as a full parish and more. The combined service at All Saints to celebrate the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls and the 50th anniversary of the church at its current site was well attended by cur-rent parishioners from all three worship centres, and parishioners from the past who re-turned to share this special time with us. That included Father George Markotsis who was our guest preacher and shared some great theology wrapped up in funny stories and poignant memories. We then shared lunch together – and what a feast that was. No-one was in any hurry to leave and the celebrations stretched into the afternoon. A day like that doesn’t come together so smoothly without a lot of work and huge thanks, again, go to the team who planned this for months and executed a truly joyous occasion.
I came away from the weekend with a strong sense of the Spirit working within and among us – and know that the Spirit was working through us as well, into the broader community who joined us at any time over these three days. Well done good and faithful servants
Men’s breakfast will be held next Saturday 19th November at 8am, Maclean. All welcome and please feel free to bring a friend.
Meeting is tomorrow Monday, 14th November 5pm in the Ministry centre
The Labyrinth Workshop
Facilitated by the Cathedral Chapter Grafton and to be held at Dorrigo Anglican Church Hall, Kurrajong Street, Dorrigo on Saturday 19th November. This workshop is open to ALL LAY PEOPLE as well as clergy /retired clergy and LLMs. Please call Canon Mike Ridge 0427 524 246, the deadline for registering is Friday 11/11.
Change of Liturgical Year
The year is spinning ahead on us and Christ the King Sunday is just one weeks away. Reverend Hope will celebrate this at St James Maclean – on the third Sunday of the month rather than her regular fourth Sunday. That will bring us to the end of the liturgical year and the following week Advent will begin and we will move from Year C to Year A. This means that our Gospel readings will change from mostly coming from Luke’s Gospel, to Matthew’s Gospel.
26th Nov 10am Cursillo Morning Tea to be held in the Ministry Centre Maclean
27th Nov—Advent begins
3rd Dec—Combined Churches and School Christmas Fun Day and Carols
4th December—6pm Christingle returns