BULLETIN NEWS FOR 20TH NOVEMBER

Sentence
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey Zechariah 9:9

Collect
Eternal God, you exalted Jesus Christ to rule over all things, and have made us instruments of his kingdom: by your Spirit empower us to love the unloved, and to minister to all in need, then at the last bring us to your eternal realm where we may be welcomed into your everlasting joy and may worship and adore you forever; 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 – Sunday 20th November
Jeremiah 23:1-6; .. Song of Zechariah: ; .. Colossians 1:11-20; .. Luke 23:33-43

Readings for Sunday 27th November

Isaiah 2:1-5, .. Psalm 122; .. Romans 13:9-14; .. Matthew 24:36-44


Rector’s Ramblings
Christ the King Sunday is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his call to honour Christ the King in a society that denies the authority of our Lord is no less pertinent now than it was then.
The feast was established by the Pope in 1925. The pontiff was witness to a turbulent time in the world’s history. Secularism was on the rise and dangerous dictatorships were emerging in Europe and beyond. Christ had long been referred to as King, but Pope Pius and the Christian faithful saw the respect and reverence for Christ’s authority waning in the midst of the unrest during the first part of the 20th century. In response, the feast was set with the intent to reaffirm and refocus faith and respect in the kingship of Jesus in the hope of the following to occur.

that nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the State.

that leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ.

that the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.

The feast was initially on the final day of October, the day before All Saints Day. Later, in 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the feast to the last Sunday before Advent, to emphasize the importance of the feast. This is fitting within the Church year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the season of awaiting the coming of Christ, and now the year ends with celebrating the Kingship of Christ


Change of the Liturgical Year

This week brings us to the end of the liturgical year and next week Advent will begin moving us 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

Advent Study

Our study this year is based on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. We will meet for four weeks on Thursdays at 1:30pm on 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd December in the Ministry Centre at Maclean Please indicate your intention to attend on the sign-up sheets near church entry

CARING AND SHARING

Come join us on Saturday 26th November at 10am in Ministry Centre Maclean… A warm welcome is extended to all. Nola

CMS Summer School “Equipped for Mission” will be held at Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast, from 6th to 11th January. During the 6 day programme missionaries will tell real-life stories from their experiences. Guest speaker is Derek Brotherson, Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College) who will lead us through the Gospel of Luke. To Register: cms.org.au/ qnnsw/summerschool or call 07 3171 3020.


Paid School Chaplain Position Vacant

Your Dream School Program is currently recruiting for a school in Harwood. It is a paid position and a Certificate IV in chaplaincy, youth work, community services, or ministry or equivalent is required. If you (or someone you know) is investigating further please ask Kim for a copy of the email received.

Christingle Service flyers – Please find a single flyer in your bulletin if you would like more to distribute to friends or others please collect from your centre or contact Kim at the church office.

Archbishop of Canterbury

Several parishioners requested that we show the recording of Archbishop Justin Welby’s lecture in Ballina in October. Unfortunately, the quality of the recording is very poor and we are unable to show it. If anyone has an internet connection and would like to try from their own computer, please let me know and I will provide you with the link.

DATE CLAIMERS
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!

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