PARISH PRAYE R FOR DECEMBER

Parish prayer for December

Most loving God, we pray that during Advent we will have a new awareness of
your presence. As we listen like the shepherd boy, please touch our minds, that
we may know you in the word of Scripture as we hear the Advent story once
again. Touch our ears that we may hear you in music and song. Touch our eyes,
that we may remember you in the signs of the cross. Touch our hearts, that we
may love you with a love that sweeps through us. Living, loving Spirit of God,
help us to kneel before you just as the shepherds did. As the angels sang, we
too sing:

A new king born today, and man will live forever
more because of Christmas day,

Trumpets sound and angels sing, Listen to what they say, that Man will
live forevermore, Because of Christmas Day.”

At this Advent time, and as we move towards the festivities of Christmas, we
pray that as we listen, peace will flow through our lives. Amen

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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER

Sentence
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news. Mark 1:15

Collect
God of all peoples, whose servant John came baptising and calling for repentance:
help us to hear his voice of judgement, that we may also rejoice in his word of promise, and be found pure and blameless in that glorious Day\ when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen

Readings – Sunday 4th December
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18-21; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
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Readings – Sunday 11th December

Isaiah 35:1-10, .. Song of Mary, ..James 5:7-10; .. Matthew 11:2-11


Rector’s Ramblings
From last week’s readings which reflected a dream of the future world where God’s reign is actively and visibly manifest, this week’s readings move to the promise of the Messiah, and the harmony and justice he will bring. Both dreams are essentially one – that God’s Reign will take root among us, bringing in a world in which the weak and vulnerable are cared for, in which justice prevails and in which all people live in harmony in spite of (or maybe even because of) their differences. Perhaps the word that best sums up the Messianic dream of this week, and which John the Baptist proclaimed, is the word “shalom” – wellbeing, peace, salvation, harmony, goodness, justice are all implied in this word. Isaiah proclaims it in the image of predators living in harmony with their prey. The Psalmist is calling for ‘shalom’ in describing the peaceful, refreshed world for which he prays. Paul pictures Jew and Gentile as one voice offered to God in worship, and John the Baptist, while speaking of judgement, which may seem to be the opposite of shalom, invites people to be ready for the coming of the Messiah who will immerse people in God’s Holy Spirit. God’s presence and power are available to all, irrespective of
title, position or background – this is, perhaps the ultimate shalom!


Parish prayer for December

Most loving God, we pray that during Advent we will have a new awareness of your presence. As we listen like the shepherd boy, please touch our minds, that we may know you in the word of Scripture as we hear the Advent story once again. Touch our ears that we may hear you in music and song. Touch our eyes, that we may remember you in the signs of the cross. Touch our hearts, that we may love you with a love that sweeps through us. Living, loving Spirit of God, help us to kneel before you just as the shepherds did. As the angels sang, we too sing:

A new king born today, and man will live forever more because of Christmas day,
Trumpets sound and angels sing,
Listen to what they say, that Man will live forevermore, Because of Christmas Day.”

At this Advent time, and as we move towards the festivities of Christmas, we pray that as we
listen, peace will flow through our lives. Amen


Christmas service times

24th December                  Iluka                      3pm

                                          Maclean               6pm

                                          Yamba                  6pm

25th December                  Maclean               9am

                                          Yamba                  9am


Advent Study
Our study based on the Gospel readings continues on Thursdays at 1:30 on 8th, 15th, 22nd December in the Ministry Centre at Maclean It’s not too late to join us. Just turn up


Advent and Christmas Appeals
Our main appeal focus this year will be with The Christmas Bowl Appeal. The ‘bowl’ will be at the welcoming table at each centre for the four weeks of Advent. Envelopes are available if you wish to use them. You can give online by simply scanning this As a second choice, we mostly support ABM in the Lenten Appeal, but they are also conducting one for Advent and Christmas. If you would like to contribute, you can donate online at abmission.com/Christmas 2022 , call 1300 302 663, or put
cash in an envelope that you clearly mark “ABM” and then place in the regular offertory.

Advent Calendar
I think we are all familiar with Advent Calendars with little doors that you open every day in the weeks before Christmas. Each door reveals cute little pictures, or even a chocolate. The Parish Advent Calendar has no doors, just some suggestions of one thing you can do each day during Advent – one
thing designed to help you worship, go, learn, pray, bless, turn or rest with God during this busy time. Please collect your copy from the Welcome Table.


Parish Council Minutes
Minutes of the November meeting are available for viewing on the noticeboards at each centre.

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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

Sentence
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:3a

Collect
God of all peoples, whose servant John came baptising and calling for repentance, help us to hear his voice of judgement, that we may also rejoice in his word of promise, and be found pure and blameless in that glorious Day when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen

Readings for Sunday 27th November
Isaiah 2:1-5; .. Psalm 122; .. Romans 13:9-14; .. Matthew 24:36-44

Readings for Sunday 4th December

Isaiah 11:1-10, .. Psalm 72:1-7, 18-21; .. Romans 15:4-13; .. Matthew 3:1-12


Rector’s Ramblings
Today we begin our journey through Advent, a time of preparing for the coming of Christ – both in remembering his incarnation as a baby over 2000 years ago, and in anticipating his coming again as promised. The secular world is also busy preparing, but are very involved in parties, gifts, and Santa. Something we have in common is recognising that Christmas is a season for giving and appeals abound in the weeks leading up to 25th December. In the church, we are perhaps a little more intentional in how we respond to the various appeals. This year we are supporting the Christmas Bowl Appeal and you will hear about that in our services at all three centres. There are several ways for you to contribute: put some cash in one of the marked envelopes (or your own) and put it in the dedicated ‘Bowl’, make a
donation over the phone by calling 1800 025 101 or you can give online on our own unique donation page at mycb.link/47536 For those of you who are very internet savvy, you can capture the QR code on the worship screen at the end of each service and make a donation that way.
If you would particularly like to support an Anglican Mission, you are welcome to contribute to the ABM Advent and Christmas Appeal. We will be supporting ABM as a Parish during Lent and Easter, but you can give at any time. You can put cash in an envelope clearly marked ABM Christmas Appeal and include it in the general offertory or donate online at http://www.abmission.com/Christmas2022.
Making a gift to either (or both) of these missions is a way to show our appreciation for the greatest gift of all, the birth of whom we celebrate in just four short weeks.


Advent Calendar
I think we are all familiar with Advent Calendars\ with little doors that you open every day in the weeks before Christmas. Each door reveals cute little pictures, or even a chocolate. The Parish Advent Calendar has no doors, just some suggestions of one thing you can do each day during Advent – one thing designed to help you worship, go, learn, pray, bless, turn or rest with God during this busy time. Please collect your copy from the Welcome Table.


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

Happy New Year
The first week of Advent brings us to the New Year in the church and we move into Liturgical Year A. This means that our Gospel readings will change from mostly coming from Luke’s Gospel, to Matthew’s Gospel.


CMS Summer School
Equipped for Mission will be held at Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast, from 6th to 11th January. During the six 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. Register: cms.org.au/qnnsw/summerschool or call 07 3171 3020. Registration closes Friday 2nd December

Healing Service
Our Healing Service will be held this Thursday 1st December 12.30pm at St James, Maclean. Everyone is very welcome to attend. You may bring a sandwich for lunch, and then follow onto Advent Study if you wish.

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.

Our Christingle service will be held at 6pm on Sunday 4th December at St James, Maclean.

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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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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Sentence
May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. 2Thessalonians 3.16

Collect
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


Rector’s Ramblings
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
Men’s breakfast will be held next Saturday 19th November at 8am, Maclean. All welcome and please feel free to bring a friend.

Parish Council
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.


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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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

Sentence
Blessed are you when people hate and revile and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is in heaven. Luke 6:22-23


Collect
Eternal God, neither death nor life can separate us from your love: grant that we may serve you faithfully here on earth, and in heaven rejoice with all your saints who ceaselessly proclaim your glory;
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 6th November
Daniel 7:1-3,15-18; .. Psalm 149; . .. Ephesians 1:11-23; ….Luke 6:20-31

Readings for Sunday 13th November

Isaiah 65:17-25; …A Song of Isaiah; … 2Thesslonians 3:6-13; … Luke 2:5-19,


Welcome
A very special welcome to all our visitors who have had a connection with All Saints, Yamba over the years, and have joined us this week to celebrate the 50 years of
worship and ministry done in this particular place. It is a great joy to have you with us again. Special thanks to Father George Markotsis who has returned to be our guest preacher today.


Rectors Ramblings
We are celebrating so much this Sunday. I’m excited to be combining as one community to join with the Yamba Congregation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the current church building of All Saints. Of course, All Saints Yamba has been around for much, much longer than 50 years, but today we recognize all the work done in and from this particular building and it is a joy to welcome back some folk who worshipped with us at some stage of those 50 years. This is also the Sunday we observe the joint feast of All Saints and All Souls. What’s that about?

All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows, is celebrated on 1 November in honour of all the saints. Christians have been honouring their virtuous folk from the earliest days of the religion by canonizing them. But with thousands of canonized saints, only a small percentage are recognized regularly. In the seventh century, All Saints’ Day was estab-lished in order to honour all the saints to-gether. This takes into account both the named Saints (canonized) and all the saints as referred to in the Epistles (any member of the body of Christ).


All Souls’ Day (2nd November) is traditionally a time for the Church to remember all those Christians who have lived before us. Some are the named and canonized Saints. Some are the great teachers and prophets from history. Some are those who’ve taught and inspired us personally. Some are our friends and family. We thank God for their witness, and for the way they have transmitted the faith down the generations. We learn from their lives. We take time to be grateful for what we’ve received, and to recommit ourselves to follow in their footsteps



LLM Formation Day – cancelled

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.


Parish Council
Our next meeting is next 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.


DATE CLAIMERS
12th November 10am LLM formation intensive—cancelled
26th November 10am Cursillo caring and sharing morning tea to be held in the Ministry Centre Maclean
27th November—Advent begins
3rd December—Combined Churches and School Christmas Fun Day and Carols and Pacific Valley Christian School from 2pm (Carols early evening).
4th December—6pm Cristingle returns!


Bereavements: We give thanks for the life of Ainsley Van Houten and pray for strength and comfort for his wife Debbie and their family and friends.

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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER

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

Collect
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.

DATE CLAIMERS

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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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 23RD OCTOBER

Sentence
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. Luke 18.17

Collect
O’God,
who alone can probe the depths of the heart, you hear the prayer of the humble
and justify the repentant sinner: grant us the gift of humility, that, seeing our own faults clearly,
we may refrain from judging our neighbour but rely solely upon your saving grave We make our prayer through your Son, our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever Amen

Bible Readings for 23rd October
Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:15-30

Bible Readings for 30th October:

Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12; Luke 19:1-10


Locum’s Loitering
Last week I heard a lecture by a man who leads 85 million people in 165 countries, speaking 2000 languages across 500 differ-ent cultures. What struck me was the man himself –humble, unassuming, quietly spoken, funny, authentic, hopeful, practical, and intensely concerned for the marginal-
ized and disempowered, and for the future of the planet. A man who sits with sex workers, royalty, prisoners, the Pope, Russians and Iranians, and flood victims in Lismore, deeply and respectfully listening to story with a passion to connect and under-stand the experience of the other. The sub-ject was ‘building peace in robust diversity’. He didn’t have to say much his very being and the stories he told said it all. However, he did have many words of wisdom in a very short space of time, some of which I note below for you to ponder.
*Reconciliation suggests an attempt to fix a perfect relationship that has been broken…usually the wrong word!
*Peace can only be achieved by those actu-ally involved in the conflict
*The longer the conflict, the longer it takes to resolve (1yr of conflict equals 10 years of hard work to resolve)
*Conflict will either be resolved eventually, or one party will cease to exist altogether.
*Conflict is ‘disagreeing badly’. Real peace is ‘disagreeing well’.
*A key step in building peace is to reimagine the conflict – ‘what would life be like if the differences were kept without the
antagonism?’
*Peace is not accomplished without sacrifice initiated by the powerful for the benefit of the weak.
*‘In Jesus Christ, God creates the possibility of difference and individual integrity in a community , not by surrendering identity but by finding peace’ with in it. –
The man, in case you’re wondering, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Peace be with you. Reverend Canon Judy Edwards, Locum of the Week!


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.

Court Care
We have received notice from Maclean Local Court advising that the courts are still operating under limitations. Court Care may be considered for reinstatement in early 2023. Stay tuned. Nola


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

COMBINED SERVICE AT YAMNBA FOR THEIR CHURCH BUILDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY – 6th November 10am Yamba All Saints. Combined Service to celebrate All Saints and All Souls and the 50th Anniversary of the Yamba Church Building. Pls RSVP to John Reed 0477 777 818 by 30th Oct.


12th November 10am LLM formation intensive—Maclean church office.


26th November 10am Cursillo
Morning tea to be held in the Ministry Centre Maclean

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BULLELTIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER

Sentence
Will not God grant justice to those who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? Luke 18.7-8

Collect
Lord, tireless guardian of your people, teach us to rely, day and night, on your care.
Drive us to seek your justice and your help, and support our prayer lest we grow weary, for in you alone is our strength.\ We make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen

Readings for Sundy 16th October
Jeremiah 31;27-34; .. Psalm 119:97-104; .. 2Timothy 3:10-4:5; .. Luke 18:1-14

Readings for Sunday 23rd October

Joel 2:23-32, .. Psalm 65 .. 2Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; .. Luke 18:15-30


Rectors Ramblings
Prayer is a great mystery. We can’t know— it’s not given to us to know—why some prayers are answered quickly and why many others are not. We can’t understand why our earnest pleas for justice (or healing, or peace) hit the wall of God’s silence and sometimes remain there for weeks, months, years, or lifetimes. And yet, from the heart of this bewildering mystery, Jesus asks, “Will I find faith on the earth?” In this week’s readings, faith is about persistence. The widow persists in her belief that good things will come to her, even when the odds look wretched. The writer of 2 Timothy encourages persistence again and again, “whether the time is favourable or unfavourable.” The reason we can be persistent is that God is. God is our powerful and relentless keeper who neither slumbers nor sleeps, who watches over our comings and goings and guards our days and nights. Our persistence can never be in vain, because it is rooted in the Lord’s, the one who made heaven and earth


Roving Rector
After today’s services, I am taking a week’s annual leave from 17th to 23rd October inclusive. The Reverend Judy Edwards will be taking the services at Yamba and Iluka, and Reverend Hope will, as usual, take the service at Maclean. Reverend Judy is on call for funerals and for pastoral needs. You can
reach her on 0411 705 224. For any other urgent matters, please contact the Wardens – Leone 0402 647 059, Geoff 0403 760 387 or Graeme 0430 471 889.
Thank you

Blessing of Rectory
Thank you to all who participated in the blessing of the Rectory at Gulmarrad last weekend. It was a great day and having so many of you there made it very special.

Bereavements: We give thanks for the life of Margaret Hart and pray for comfort and strength for Alan and Archdeacon Kay and the Hart family in their bereavement. May Margaret rest in peace and rise in glory.

Parish Newsletter
Deadline is 23rd October for issue in early November. All items to Heather Grant.


Samaritan Purse

Donations towards postage are still welcome.

All Saints Yamba
On the 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 email margireed@hotmail.com before 30th October

Combined Church Service
Christians of the Lower Clarence. A fifth Sunday of the month is coming up again on 30th October. The Baptists are hosting again this time and will get details to us as soon as possible. Expect the service to be late afternoon or early evening.

November Craft Fair
As well as their usual lovely Christmas\ decorations and gift ideas, they plan to sell baked goodies. They would like to sell mini Christmas cakes, cooked in foil patty pans. If you would like to help with some
baking of these cakes, please speak to Glenda (6645 2840

Stamps
Lil is still collecting stamps. Please leave 1/4 inch around stamp sides. Stamps can be left at the office or the Op Shop. Thank you.

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BULLETIN NEWS FOR SUNDAY, 9TH OCTOBER

Sentence
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116.12-14

Collect
O God,
you have made heaven and earth and all that is good: help us to delight in simple things and to rejoice always in the richness of your bounty; 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 9th October
Jeremiah 29:1,4-7; .. Psalm 66:1-11; .. 2Timothy 2:8-15; .. Luke 17:11-19

Readings for Sunday 16th October Jeremiah 31:27-34; .. Psalm 119:97-104; .. 2Timothy 3:10-4:5; .. Luke 18:1-14


Rectors Ramblings
If there is a persistent theme in the Gospel according to Luke it is that Jesus goes into places and spaces otherwise thought to be unclean and even unwise by the rules of his day. Today we read, “On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.” It seems that Jesus is often in the in-between space inhabited by people who have been marginalized by the wider society and religious culture of their time.
So it is that Jesus encounters those who have been labelled as lepers (which could have meant any of a number of skin diseases). These people, who have been defined as unclean, existed often together in colonies far enough away from others as to not be a threat to the “health” of the community but close enough that they had to yell out, “Unclean, unclean, unclean”. They existed by begging from the margins in order to survive this situation of shared misery and misfortune.
Can you recall a time when you found your-self in an “in-between” space in your life journey? How would you describe that time?
Have you ever been the recipient of someone else’s mercy? What did it do “inside you”?


Archbishop of Canterbury visits Grafton Diocese

Archbishop Justin Welby will be giving a public address on Building Peace in Robust Diversity at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th October at Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina.
We warmly invite you to join us on this special occasion. Entry will only be by free tickets available online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-evening-with-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-the-most-reverend-justin-welby-tickets-420088394697
Please speak to Archdeacon Kay if you would like to attend but do not have access to booking online


Roving Rector
This is another big week which has me mostly out of the parish. I will be on Clergy retreat from Monday to Wednesday. On Thursday I will be travelling up to Ballina early in the afternoon for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lecture. I will be staying over-night and then hosting His Grace’s tour of Lismore on Friday. On Saturday I will be attending the Ordination Service in the Cathedral.
I am around for Sunday services and then I am taking a week’s annual leave from 17th to 23rd October inclusive. The Reverend Judy Edwards will be taking the services at Yamba and Iluka, and Reverend Hope will, as usual, take the service at Maclean. Reverend Judy is on call for funerals and for pastoral needs. You can reach her on 0411 705 224. For any other urgent matters, please contact the wardens – Leone 0402 647 059, Geoff 0403 760 387 or Graeme 0430 471 889.


All Saints YambaCombined Service – 6th November
A combined service will be held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the building at All Saints Church, Yamba on Sunday 6th November at 10am. Fr George Markotsis will be our guest preacher. A light lunch will follow and you are asked bring a plate of food to share. All welcome to attend. Please RSVP to John Reed mobile no . 0477 777 818..

Diocesan Ordinations
Please pray for Amanda Larkin and Ruth Pobjoy to be ordained as Deacons and the Reverend Aaron Coates to be ordained Priest at 11am on Saturday 15th October at the Grafton Cathedral.

Friendship Group
Friendship Group meeting tomorrow (Monday 10th Oct) at 1pm in the Ministry centre at Maclean.


Transport Assistance for visit to Bishop of Canberbury in Ballina
Roni Star is looking for transport to and from the Archbishop’s evening in Ballina.on Thurs 13th Oct. Anyone who is able to assist Roni please call her on 0448 359 916.

Parish Newsletter
Deadline is 23rd October for issue in early November. All items to Heather Grant.

Samaritan Purse
Donations towards postage are still welcome.

Cursillo weekend
22-23rd October, Cursillo—Regener8 Grafton Cathedral $50

CRAFT CHRISTMAS FAIR – 4th and 5th November – Ministry Centre
The ladies are wanting to sell Muffin Sized Christmas cakes on their stall. If you can help, please speak to Glenda (6645 2840). In the meantime please pass the word around about the Craft Fair.



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