PARISH NEWS 31.5.2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
To the Christian church let’s give thanks for the church we belong to here in the Lower Clarence.

Pentecost
Where possible join with someone for our Diocesan Pentecost Service on line. Diocese you tube channel is:      Grafton Diocese YouTube channel.

You will find the Pentecost service on our Diocese YouTube channel from 8am on Sunday. Search for ‘Anglican Diocese of Grafton Youtube’ or go to this link: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCsmI_K5r-dFu_UrEeY713g/videos

Parish Prayer for June
Heavenly Father, At times of uncertainty and anxiety, please help our world to look to security in your Son, Jesus Christ. May people’s hearts and minds turn back to you in repentance and faith. As our regular gatherings are interrupted, please provide ways for us to stay connected to care for one another. Please be gracious to those who are lonely and feel isolated. Please help us not to be anxious, but to turn to you in prayer. At a time where it feels like the whole world is changing, we praise you Father, for you are the same, yesterday, today and forever. Amen
Iluka Bible Study
Iluka bible Study will resume on Monday 1st June. 9am at St Peter’s COVID! ( health requirements will be in place. We are restricted to a maximum of 10 people. Our average attendance is 9 so we should be OK with the limit of 10. we will observe the 1.5m spacing and the use of hand sanitizer. Lee has volunteered to manage the kitchen for our morning cuppa and we will use the servery counter. Looking forward to meeting again in our love of His Word. Julie Hammond.
Updates
Give thanks for the recovery of Sam whom we have been praying for, who is now after 45 days in ICU is COVID 19 free.
Please continue to pray for Lee Small who since breaking her hip last week has now had a stroke and has been transferred to Coffs Harbour.
Please pray giving thanks for Jim Campbell (Roni’s partner) recovery.
To continue to pray for those in need please.
Op Shop
Our Op Shop opens on Monday 1st June. Strict guidelines are being adhered to in order for this re-opening. It will be closed of a Wednesday for cleaning.

From our Treasurer
Owing to no church being able to be held we have an alternative for you for your tithes, offerings and mission giving, if you do not wish to pass them to your LLM or leave them at the church. You may deposit them directly into the bank. Bank details are as follows:
Anglican Parish of Maclean
Westpac Bank
BSB: 032 582
Account No.: 810017
Prayer for Healing
These people are seriously ill and need prayer for healing: Sam Greich, David Rouse, Alora who is only 12 months old. We also give thanks for the improvement of Alora but she still needs prayers for her heart. Judy White who is unwell at the moment and needs our prayers for healing.
From Sr Lyn to You
Just a reminder that I am praying for each member of the Parish individually every week. If you have any specific requests please give me a call. Blessings Sr Lyn.

Bible Study Groups

Yamba group has resumed at the church – following social distancing.   Maclean will resume on Wednesday 10th June.   Iluka resumes 1st June.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Parish News

SUNDAY 31.5.2020

Sunday Morning Home Worship
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
Sentence for today:

‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,’ says the Lord; ‘and let the one who
believes in me drink. For out of your heart shall flow rivers of living water.’   John 7:38

2 Read aloud the Opening Canticle:
O come, let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it:
his hands moulded dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God:
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice:
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;
‘When your forebears tested me:
put me to proof though they had seen my works.
‘Forty years long I loathed that generation and said:
“It is a people who err in their hearts,
for they do not know my ways”;
‘Of whom I swore in my wrath:
“They shall not enter my rest.”’
3 Now pray this Opening Prayer:
I rejoice in the gift of this new day,
may the light of your presence, O God,
set my heart on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
Pause for a moment of self-examination,
and then pray this Confession:
Merciful God,
our maker and our judge,
I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what I have failed to do:
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbours as myself;
I repent, and am sorry for all my sins.
Father, forgive me.
Strengthen me to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
After a moment of reflection, read these Words of Assurance:
1 John 1.9 tells us that, ‘If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
4.Psalm 104:26-36

Lord, how various are your works:
in wisdom you have made them all, and the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the wide, immeasurable sea:
there move living things without number, great and small;
28 There go the ships, to and fro:
and there is that Leviathan whom you formed to sport in the deep.
29 These all look to you:
to give them their food and due season.
30 When you give it to them, they gather it:
when you open your hand they are satisfied with good things.
31 When you hide your face, they are troubled:
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit they are created:
and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever:
may the Lord rejoice in his works.
34 If he look upon the earth, it shall tremble:
if he but touch the mountains, they shall smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live:
I will praise my God while I have any being.
36 May my meditation be pleasing to him:
for my joy shall be in the Lord.
6 Bible Readings –
Acts 2:1-21 p
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 p
John 20:19-23
Read Lyn’s Message

Happy Birthday To Us

Lots of people around the world this year will have celebrated their birthday in isolation – even the Queen had to blow out her candles alone. BUT. . . . . .

The Church celebrates together – not all in one place – and we are not even confined to celebrating on one particular day. OUR birthday is significant, that we celebrate it every day – it is just that today we go back to the moment we were born – born of the Spirit.

What a day of drama that was.!!!! (see Acts 2) It was nothing like your regular party where you blow and the candles go out. No, this time the Holy Spirit blew and the candles came alight.!!!! A flame rested upon the head of each of the believers that were gathered in one place. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them to.

Well that turned a few thousand heads, didn’t it?

Of course there has always got to be a few party pooper, accusing the believers of being drunk, but Peter got up and knocked that on the head, with a powerful party speech – had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.

Unlike most birthday speeches, this one had no jokes or humorous quips. Peter was deadly serious and less than complimentary to his audience, you can read the whole speech some other time but let us have a look at some of the juicy bits.
Acts 2:22: ‘This man Jesus, was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.’
Verse 35: Therefore, let all of Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED, both Lord and Messiah.”

Now here comes the miracle. Instead of taking up rocks and pelting Peter and his team of apostles to death at such an accusation, the vast majority of the crowd are convicted by the Holy Spirit. Verse 37 says “When the people heard this they were cut to the heart” – not mildly uncomfortable or a little awkward.

They couldn’t bear to go on living with the reality of what they had done to God’s Son. Now they find themselves asking Peter and the apostles about what could they do in order to put things right, between them and God.

So, let us take stock of what has unfolded here. It is not Peter who gathers the crowd together, it is the Holy Spirit, it is not Peter who has the crowd transfixed, it is the Holy Spirit. It is not Peter who talks them into remorse, it is the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sin. But it is Peter who tells them exactly what they need to do. He points them in the direction of repentance and baptism. He ministers new hope into their hearts and he promises that if they do that, God will give them the gift of the Holy Spirit – and not just to them but to their children AND ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF!!!

Remember, all those gathered were in Jerusalem from 15 far off regions in order to celebrate Pentecost.

What a clever Holy Spirit. He knew that once they repented, got baptised – and then filled with His Spirit, the gospel would spread like wildfire as 3000 returned to their towns and families and shared all that had happened.

So, today, church, let us join together as one and give heartfelt thanks to God for that momentous day of Pentecost. That eternal flame has spread millions of miles over 2,000 years right down to the heart of us.

Let us join together with this prayer:
“Holy Spirit you have been with me to convict me of sin and I choose to live a penitent life. You have entered my very being at my invitation and you are transforming me into the image of Christ every day. Come Holy Spirit. Fall afresh on me right now and empower me to speak the gospel with the boldness of Peter. Equip me with Your gifts so that my ministry will be a life changing affect upon those You put before me. Cause me to reach out with all the love of Jesus, and not miss a single moment of Your dynamic work in my life. Hallelujah. Amen

Much love and prayers.
Sister Lyn

Finally, if you are struggling on any level at the moment, we need to talk. Please call me on the Parish mobile: 0412 966 458 that number again is 0412 966 458
Say aloud The Canticle
(The Song of Zechariah) – Luke 1.68–79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to his people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of his servant David.
Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of
all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear:
holy and righteous before him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
8 Say aloud The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Take some time to pray for whatever or whoever may be on your heart.
Prayers of the People – out loud or on the heart.
Pray the following prayer:
Loving God, source of healing and comfort,
at this time of fear, fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
this virus contained and a cure found.
Strengthen those who care for the sick,
calm the anxious and protect the most vulnerable,
in the power of the Spirit
and in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
12 Finish by praying the Morning Collect:
Almighty God,
At the feast of Pentecost
You sent Your Holy Spirit to the disciples,
Filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
Empower us with that same Spirit
To witness to your redeeming love
And draw all people to you;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever. Amen

13 Receive my Blessing:
Grant, merciful Lord to your faithful children
pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Compiled by
Reverend Clyde
TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR LOVE… I AM LOVED ….I AM ENOUGH….. I AM STRONG

Posted in From the Rector

MESSAGE FROM REV.LYN – 31.5.2020

Happy Birthday To Us

Lots of people around the world this year will have celebrated their birthday in isolation – even the Queen had to blow out her candles alone. BUT. . . . . .

The Church celebrates together – not all in one place – and we are not even confined to celebrating on one particular day. OUR birthday is significant, that we celebrate it every day – it is just that today we go back to the moment we were born – born of the Spirit.

What a day of drama that was.!!!! (see Acts 2) It was nothing like your regular party where you blow and the candles go out. No, this time the Holy Spirit blew and the candles came alight.!!!! A flame rested upon the head of each of the believers that were gathered in one place. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them to.

Well that turned a few thousand heads, didn’t it?

Of course there has always got to be a few party pooper, accusing the believers of being drunk, but Peter got up and knocked that on the head, with a powerful party speech – had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.

Unlike most birthday speeches, this one had no jokes or humorous quips. Peter was deadly serious and less than complimentary to his audience, you can read the whole speech some other time but let us have a look at some of the juicy bits.
Acts 2:22: ‘This man Jesus, was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.’
Verse 35: Therefore, let all of Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED, both Lord and Messiah.”

Now here comes the miracle. Instead of taking up rocks and pelting Peter and his team of apostles to death at such an accusation, the vast majority of the crowd are convicted by the Holy Spirit. Verse 37 says “When the people heard this they were cut to the heart” – not mildly uncomfortable or a little awkward.

They couldn’t bear to go on living with the reality of what they had done to God’s Son. Now they find themselves asking Peter and the apostles about what could they do in order to put things right, between them and God.

So, let us take stock of what has unfolded here. It is not Peter who gathers the crowd together, it is the Holy Spirit, it is not Peter who has the crowd transfixed, it is the Holy Spirit. It is not Peter who talks them into remorse, it is the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sin. But it is Peter who tells them exactly what they need to do. He points them in the direction of repentance and baptism. He ministers new hope into their hearts and he promises that if they do that, God will give them the gift of the Holy Spirit – and not just to them but to their children AND ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF!!!

Remember, all those gathered were in Jerusalem from 15 far off regions in order to celebrate Pentecost.

What a clever Holy Spirit. He knew that once they repented, got baptised – and then filled with His Spirit, the gospel would spread like wildfire as 3000 returned to their towns and families and shared all that had happened.

So, today, church, let us join together as one and give heartfelt thanks to God for that momentous day of Pentecost. That eternal flame has spread millions of miles over 2,000 years right down to the heart of us.

Let us join together with this prayer:
“Holy Spirit you have been with me to convict me of sin and I choose to live a penitent life. You have entered my very being at my invitation and you are transforming me into the image of Christ every day. Come Holy Spirit. Fall afresh on me right now and empower me to speak the gospel with the boldness of Peter. Equip me with Your gifts so that my ministry will be a life changing affect upon those You put before me. Cause me to reach out with all the love of Jesus, and not miss a single moment of Your dynamic work in my life. Hallelujah. Amen

Much love and prayers.
Sister Lyn

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PARISH NEWS FOR 24.5.2020

Offertory – may be deposited to:

Anglican Parish of Maclean
Westpac Bank
BSB: 032 582
Account No.: 810017

Prayer for Healing
These people are seriously ill and need prayer for healing: Sam Greich, David Rouse, Alora who is only 12 months old. We also give thanks for the improvement of Alora but she still needs prayers for her heart. Judy White who is unwell at the moment and needs our prayers.

Updates
Give thanks for the recovery of Sam whom we have been praying for, who is now after 45 days in ICU is COVID 19 free.
Please continue to pray for Lee Small who since breaking her hip last week has now had a stroke and has been transferred to Coffs Harbour.
Please pray for Jim Campbell (Roni’s partner) who has had a suspected heart attack
To continue to pray for those in need please.

From Sr Lyn to You
Just a reminder that I am praying for each member of the Parish individually every week. If you have any specific requests please give me a call. Blessings Sr Lyn.

Bible Study
These may resume at a place of worship with a limit of 10 participants at 1.5 metres apart and using hand sanitiser on entry. I have spoken to Bible Study leaders and given them the option of resuming at this point However my group at Yamba will resume tomorrow Monday at 2.30pm. At All Saints Church.

Iluka Bible Study
Iluka bible Study will resume on Monday 1st June. 9am at St Peter’s COVID! ( health requirements will be in place. We are restricted to a maximum of 10 people. Our average attendance is 9 so we should be OK with the limit of 10. we will observe the 1.5m spacing and the use of hand sanitizer. Lee has volunteered to manage the kitchen for our morning cuppa and we will use the servery counter. Looking forward to meeting again in our love of His Word. Julie Hammond.

Pentecost Service
There will be a Diocesan Pentecost Service livestreamed on Sunday 31st May. Our parish is involved in three sections. More details to follow.

Prayers Please
Please pray for Eileen O’Keefe and family as they mourn the passing of Ken this passed week.

Pentecost
Next Sunday is Pentecost. Where possible join with someone for our Diocesan Pentecost Service on line.    A trailer to wet our appetite to join with the rest of the Diocese for this special service can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF_J45qi5Y8.   Once we know details of the website for Pentecost Sunday we will advise.  If youdo not have a computer, then please invite yourself to someone’s home who does have a computer.  Those with  a computer, are asked to invite others to join them – but strict distancing precautions and sanitising must be adhered to.

Op Shop
Our Op Shop opens on Monday 1st June. Strict guidelines are being adhered to in order for this re-opening.  For the first two weeks the Op Shop will open 9am – 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 – 12noon on Saturday – with skeleton staff.   More helpers will be needed to open longer hours – if you can help please call the church office.

 

 

Posted in Parish News

SUNDAY 24.5.2020

Sunday Morning Home Worship
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.

Sentence for today:      This is enteral life,
that we may know you, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ   whom you have sent.     John 17:3

2 Read aloud the Opening Canticle:
O come, let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it:
his hands moulded dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God:
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice:
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;
‘When your forebears tested me:
put me to proof though they had seen my works.
‘Forty years long I loathed that generation and said:
“It is a people who err in their hearts,
for they do not know my ways”;
‘Of whom I swore in my wrath:
“They shall not enter my rest.”’
3 Now pray this Opening Prayer:
I rejoice in the gift of this new day,
may the light of your presence, O God,
set my heart on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
Pause for a moment of self-examination,
and then pray this Confession:
Merciful God,
our maker and our judge,
I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what I have failed to do:
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbours as myself;
I repent, and am sorry for all my sins.
Father, forgive me.
Strengthen me to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
After a moment of reflection, read these Words of Assurance:
1 John 1.9 tells us that, ‘If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
4. Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

God shall arise, and his enemies shall be scattered:
those that hate him shall flee before his face.
2 As smoke is dispersed, so shall they be dispersed:
as wax melts before a fire, so shall the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But the righteous shall be glad and exult before God:
they shall rejoice with gladness.
4 O sing to God, sing praises to his name:
glorify him that rode through the deserts, him whose name is the Lord, and exult before him.
5 He is the father of the fatherless, he upholds the cause of the widow:
God in his holy dwelling place.
6 He gives the desolate a home to dwell in, and brings the prisoners out into prosperity:
but rebels must dwell in a barren land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people:
when you marched through the wilderness,
8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down water:
before the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 You showered down a generous rain, O God:
you prepared the land of your possession when it was weary.
10 And there your people settled:
in the place that your goodness, O God, had made ready for the poor.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth:
O sing praises to the Lord,
33 To him that rides upon the highest heavens, that were from the beginning:
who utters his voice, which is a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel:
and his might is in the clouds.
35 Terrible is God who comes from his holy place:
the God of Israel who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.
5.  Bible Readings –

     Acts 1:6-14 p
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 p
John 17:1-11
6.  Read Lyn’s Message

The Power of Community

The first question asked in our Bible Study book this past week is “When have you experienced the power of community?”

My answer would be this, “I am experiencing the power of community right now, right here in my faith community. God has not invested His Spirit into our faith community for all these years, only for us to scatter and fall out of fellowship all because of a few months of isolation.

No, He is just as active among us as He has ever been. Let me count the ways.

 We have all done remarkably well at phoning people around the Parish – this has not dropped off.
 Pew Bulletins and Sermons are being delivered to those unable to pick them up from church – in fact, at Iluka every parishioner has theirs hand delivered every week – that is the power of fellowship.
 Two people that we have been praying for (Sam & Alora) have come back from the brink of death – that is the power of community prayer.
 Our people have found ways to worship on Sundays with live streaming, TV services, or using what I have provided, because we are the body of Christ, His Spirit is with us.
 Do you know that 8-10 ladies in our parish have engaged in a project of making 20 bed spreads (one square at a time). These will be blessed and sold in out Op Shop – that is the power of creativity.
 Our giving remains steady – that, in itself, is an act of worship that doesn’t require a congregation. Well done folks -that is the power of faithfulness.
 Since the lockdown began, we have been awarded $7000 grant to establish a community garden – that’s the power of persistence
 Using all the COVID protocols, a team of people have transformed the Op Shop into Winter clothing and have made preparations for a ‘corana’ safe establishment ready to re-open on the first of June.
 At Yamba there has been painting and renovating and people willing to drive people to Drs appointments in Lismore and Grafton.

I am sure there is a lot more going on than I know about in this parish, but it has been a blessing to me to experience the power of community.

The last verse in our Psalm 68 today says, “You are awesome O God in Your sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God.”

Psalm 46 says: “God is our strength and refuge, our present help in trouble, and we therefore will not fear THOUGH THE EARTH SHOULD CHANGE.”

The earth is constantly changing and many people who are unfamiliar with the God we know, and love are not doping with change in this present age. Since COVID 19 domestic violence is up, mental health problems are on the increase, suicides have soared – and so it goes on.

It is on us to be agents of change through the power of prayer and our own testimony.

For all the social side effects to the virus, we have to believe that this pandemic is causing people to revisit the God they were once taught about or maybe join a faith community like ours, so that they can tap into the much needed strength that we enjoy.

After the 9/11 attacks took place, the whole world was never the same. Over 3,000 people lost their lives through that cowardice act of brutality, but many more 1,000’s gave their life to Christ.

May this current worldwide change lead people to seek new life instead of death and hopelessness.

As a parish we really have demonstrated power community for each other – now let us take that power out to the least, the last and the lost.

Now, for homework, I encourage you to write down 10 good things that have come out of this current pandemic. Then give thanks to the Lord for each one.
Much love and prayers.

Sister Lyn           Finally, if you are struggling on any level at the moment, we need to talk. Please call me on the Parish mobile: 0412 966 458 that number again is 0412 966 458

7.  Say aloud The Canticle
(The Song of Zechariah) – Luke 1.68–79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to his people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of his servant David.
Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of
all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear:
holy and righteous before him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
8 Say aloud The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Take some time to pray for whatever or whoever may be on your heart.
Prayers of the People – out loud or on the heart.
Pray the following prayer:
Loving God, source of healing and comfort,
at this time of fear, fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
this virus contained and a cure found.
Strengthen those who care for the sick,
calm the anxious and protect the most vulnerable,
in the power of the Spirit
and in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
10.  Pray the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
11 Finish by praying the Morning Collect:
O God,
Whose Son, Jesus, prayed for his disciples,
And sent them into the world
To proclaim the coming of your kingdom:
By your Holy Spirit,
Hold the church in unity,
And keep it faithful to your word,
So that, breaking bread together,
We may be one with Christ in faith and love and service,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen

12.  Receive my Blessing:
Grant, merciful Lord to your faithful children
pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Compiled by
Reverend Clyde
TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR LOVE… I AM LOVED ….I AM ENOUGH….. I AM STRONG

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MESSAGE FROM REV LYN 24.5.2020

The Power of Community

The first question asked in our Bible Study book this past week is “When have you experienced the power of community?”

My answer would be this, “I am experiencing the power of community right now, right here in my faith community. God has not invested His Spirit into our faith community for all these years, only for us to scatter and fall out of fellowship all because of a few months of isolation.

No, He is just as active among us as He has ever been. Let me count the ways.

 We have all done remarkably well at phoning people around the Parish – this has not dropped off.
 Pew Bulletins and Sermons are being delivered to those unable to pick them up from church – in fact, at Iluka every parishioner has theirs hand delivered every week – that is the power of fellowship.
 Two people that we have been praying for (Sam & Alora) have come back from the brink of death – that is the power of community prayer.
 Our people have found ways to worship on Sundays with live streaming, TV services, or using what I have provided, because we are the body of Christ, His Spirit is with us.
 Do you know that 8-10 ladies in our parish have engaged in a project of making 20 bed spreads (one square at a time). These will be blessed and sold in out Op Shop – that is the power of creativity.
 Our giving remains steady – that, in itself, is an act of worship that doesn’t require a congregation. Well done folks -that is the power of faithfulness.
 Since the lockdown began, we have been awarded $7000 grant to establish a community garden – that’s the power of persistence
 Using all the COVID protocols, a team of people have transformed the Op Shop into Winter clothing and have made preparations for a ‘corana’ safe establishment ready to re-open on the first of June.
 At Yamba there has been painting and renovating and people willing to drive people to Drs appointments in Lismore and Grafton.

I am sure there is a lot more going on than I know about in this parish, but it has been a blessing to me to experience the power of community.

The last verse in our Psalm 68 today says, “You are awesome O God in Your sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God.”

Psalm 46 says: “God is our strength and refuge, our present help in trouble, and we therefore will not fear THOUGH THE EARTH SHOULD CHANGE.”

The earth is constantly changing and many people who are unfamiliar with the God we know, and love are not doping with change in this present age. Since COVID 19 domestic violence is up, mental health problems are on the increase, suicides have soared – and so it goes on.

It is on us to be agents of change through the power of prayer and our own testimony.

For all the social side effects to the virus, we have to believe that this pandemic is causing people to revisit the God they were once taught about or maybe join a faith community like ours, so that they can tap into the much needed strength that we enjoy.

After the 9/11 attacks took place, the whole world was never the same. Over 3,000 people lost their lives through that cowardice act of brutality, but many more 1,000’s gave their life to Christ.

May this current worldwide change lead people to seek new life instead of death and hopelessness.

As a parish we really have demonstrated power community for each other – now let us take that power out to the least, the last and the lost.

Now, for homework, I encourage you to write down 10 good things that have come out of this current pandemic. Then give thanks to the Lord for each one.
Much love and prayers.

Sister Lyn

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PENTECOST THROUGHOUT OUR DIOCESE

 Here is the link to a trailer for our Diocesan Pentecost service.

Hello everyone

Here is a trailer for the Diocesan Pentecost service. You might like to share this link on email/Facebook/website to get your people a bit excited about what’s coming on 31 May.  Link :       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF_J45qi5Y8

By Thursday of next week I will email you a link to the full service. It will be on the Diocese’s YouTube channel, just as this trailer is.  Rev Cathy Ridd.

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BULLETIN NEWS 17.5.2020

TREASURER’S REQUEST

Owing to no church being able to be held we have an alternative for you for your tithes, offerings and mission giving, if you do not wish to pass them to your LLM or leave them at the church. You may deposit them directly into the bank. Bank details are as follows:
Anglican Parish of Maclean
Westpac Bank
BSB: 032 582
Account No.: 810017
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Message from From Sr Lyn to You
Just a reminder that I am praying for each member of the Parish individually every week. If you have any specific requests please give me a call. Blessings Sr Lyn.

Prayer for Healing
These people are seriously ill and need prayer for healing: Sam Greich, David Rouse, Alora who is only 12 months old. We also give thanks for the improvement of Alora but she still needs prayers for her heart. Judy White who is unwell at the moment and needs our prayers for healing.

Word Comp
Congratulations to Julie Hammond who was able to find 222 words from the word Resurrection. Well done Julie.

Bible Study
These may resume at a place of worship with a limit of 10 participants at 1.5 metres apart and using hand sanitiser on entry. I have spoken to Bible Study leaders and given them the option of resuming at this point However my group at Yamba will resume tomorrow Monday at 2.30pm. At All Saints Church.

Pentecost Service
There will be a Diocesan Pentecost Service livestreamed on Sunday 31st May. Our parish is involved in three sections. More details to follow

Updates
Give thanks for the recovery of Sam whom we have been praying for, who is now after 45 days in ICU is COVID 19 free.
Please continue to pray for Lee Small who since breaking her hip last week has now had a stroke and has been transferred to Coffs Harbour.
Please pray for Jim Campbell (Roni’s partner) who has had a suspected heart attack
To continue to pray for those in need please.

Op Shop
Plans are underway for the OP Shop to reopen in the near future. Hopefully an announcement in the next pew bulletin
Books and DVD’s
Don’t’ forget that all 3 centre’s, have books and DVD’s for you to borrow. Please make use of this resource
Mark Hemans Miracle Meeting
To all the intercessors who prayed over the weekend a very big thank you from Mark Great things happen through prayer!!!
We had the greatest response to the gospel this weekend, than any meetings I have ever done in the West. Hundreds indicated that they wanted to repent and turn their lives to Christ.
In His Love Mark

 

 


 

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SUNDAY 17.5.2020

Sunday Morning Home Worship
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
Sentence for today:           ‘Those who love me will keep my Word,’ Jesus promises, ‘and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’     John 14:23

 
2 Read aloud the Opening Canticle:
O come, let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it:
his hands moulded dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God:
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice:
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;
‘When your forebears tested me:
put me to proof though they had seen my works.
‘Forty years long I loathed that generation and said:
“It is a people who err in their hearts,
for they do not know my ways”;
‘Of whom I swore in my wrath:
“They shall not enter my rest.”’
3 Now pray this Opening Prayer:
I rejoice in the gift of this new day,
may the light of your presence, O God,
set my heart on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
Pause for a moment of self-examination,
and then pray this Confession:
Merciful God,
our maker and our judge,
I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what I have failed to do:
I have not loved you with my whole heart;
I have not loved my neighbours as myself;
I repent, and am sorry for all my sins.
Father, forgive me.
Strengthen me to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
After a moment of reflection, read these Words of Assurance:
1 John 1.9 tells us that, ‘If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
4.    Psalm 66:8-20

O bless our God, you peoples:
and cause his praises to resound,
8 Who has held our souls in life:
who has not suffered our feet to slip.
9 For you have proved us, O God:
you have tried us as silver is tried.
10 You brought us into the net:
you laid sharp torment on our loins.
11 You let our enemies ride over our heads, we went through fire and water:
but you brought us out into a place of liberty.
12 I will come into your house with burnt-offerings:
and I will pay you my vows,
13 The vows that opened my lips:
that my mouth uttered when I was in trouble.
14 I will offer you burnt-offerings of fattened beasts, with the sweet smoke of rams:
I will sacrifice a bull and the flesh of goats.
15 Come then and hear, all you that fear God:
and I will tell what he has done for me.
16 I called to him with my mouth:
and his praise was on my tongue.
17 If I had cherished wickedness in my heart:
the Lord would not have heard me.
18 But God has heard me:
he has heeded the voice of my prayer.
19 Praise be to God:
who has not turned back my prayer, or his steadfast love from me.

6 Bible Readings –
Acts 17:22-31 p
1 Peter 3:13-22 p
John 14:15-21
Read Lyn’s Message:

A BELIEVER IS A VERB NOT JUST A NOUN

By far, in the New Testament, reference to the followers of Christ was the name “Believers”. The believers of the day were not merely a people who took on that title simply because they were convinced by an evangelist that Jesus died and rose again for their salvation. No! No! No!

Believers were a people of action, empowered by the Spirit to stand for Christ – even in the face of death. People like Stephen in one last week’s reading – Stephen only stood out more than others because he was the first cab off the rank headed for glory, but in fact 1,000’s of Christians were slaughtered by lions – for entertainment, crucified – as an act of mockery to their King, or stoned to death for their relentless spreading of the gospel.

Many of them could have been spared, but so deep was their belief, that it carried them beyond the realms of fear. They were living out their eternal life every day, death was their ultimate reward. They couldn’t wait to see Jesus, but there was work to do, a mission to be accomplished, the kingdom of heaven had to be established in earth.

This is a good time to revisit what it means to be a believer. Notice that no other religion on earth calls its followers, ‘believers’. It is a privileged title to have, its power cannot be underestimated. For instance, as a believer you can say from Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things, through Christ who strengthens me.”

I cannot emphasise enough, what joy you bring to Jesus when you go beyond declaring your belief into living it out. In fact, Hebrews 112:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

You can do a great work for God but without faith, all your good work is dead.

Look folks, I have joyfully worked hard in service for God for all of my adult life – that’s the easy part. The hardest part is constantly being challenged to punch above my weight in the faith department – yet it is also the most thrilling part of my life when I say “Yes Lord” to some of His seemingly impossible requests, and then see Philippians 4:13 played right before my very eyes.

That’s what being a believer is. It is a contradiction to be a believer, without putting it into practice every day.

What good would it be if someone studied six years to become a doctor and never treated a single patient?

How much more important is it for the believer to be a ‘verb’ not just a noun.

Look again in Hebrews 11:1. “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”

Believers see through the eye of faith. For example, at the moment I am praying for a dear friend who is a woman of substance, but not a woman of faith. So, I say, “Lord I see through the eye of faith, my friend Heather with her hand raised to you in worship. I see her telling her friends and family of her newly found relationship with you. I claim her for your Kingdom and I look forward to the day when she says, “Yes Lord” in Jesus name. Amen

I am certain of the thing I cannot see!

If you are a believer this is one tangible way to live out your faith. Don’t just accept that your friends and family are never going to turn to Christ. A believer fights for the lost.

I have shared with you before, that as soon as I became a believer, I went in to battle for each member of my family, who were far from God. It took 11 years of active prayer and witness till the last one turned to Chris. I nagged God using Acts 16:31 all that time till I got evidence of things not seen.

My family all died very young but what carried me through my grief was the knowledge that they were with Jesus.

Finally, the Cambridge dictionary says: “To believe, means to ‘hold very dear to.’ At this time in your life as a follower of Christ, are you holding very dear to:

Communication with Him every day?
The Word being a reality in every day life?
Fellowship with other believers?
The privilege of having access to the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit?

I hold very dear to you

Much love and prayers. Sister Lyn              Finally, if you are struggling on any level at the moment, we need to talk. Please call me on the Parish mobile: 0412 966 458 that number again is 0412 966 458

Say aloud The Canticle
(The Song of Zechariah) – Luke 1.68–79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to his people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of his servant David.
Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of
all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear:
holy and righteous before him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
8 Say aloud The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Take some time to pray for whatever or whoever may be on your heart.
Prayers of the People – out loud or on the heart.
Pray the following prayer:
Loving God, source of healing and comfort,
at this time of fear, fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
this virus contained and a cure found.
Strengthen those who care for the sick,
calm the anxious and protect the most vulnerable,
in the power of the Spirit
and in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
12 Finish by praying the Morning Collect:
O God,
You have prepared for those who love you
Joys beyond our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love for you,
That, loving you above all else,
We may obtain your promises
That exceed all we can desire;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
One God, for ever and ever. Amen

13 Receive my Blessing:
Grant, merciful Lord to your faithful children
pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Compiled by
Reverend Clyde
TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR LOVE… I AM LOVED ….I AM ENOUGH….. I AM STRONG

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MESSAGE FROM REV. LYN – 17.5.2020

A BELIEVER IS A VERB NOT JUST A NOUN

By far, in the New Testament, reference to the followers of Christ was the name “Believers”. The believers of the day were not merely a people who took on that title simply because they were convinced by an evangelist that Jesus died and rose again for their salvation. No! No! No!

Believers were a people of action, empowered by the Spirit to stand for Christ – even in the face of death. People like Stephen in one last week’s reading – Stephen only stood out more than others because he was the first cab off the rank headed for glory, but in fact 1,000’s of Christians were slaughtered by lions – for entertainment, crucified – as an act of mockery to their King, or stoned to death for their relentless spreading of the gospel.

Many of them could have been spared, but so deep was their belief, that it carried them beyond the realms of fear. They were living out their eternal life every day, death was their ultimate reward. They couldn’t wait to see Jesus, but there was work to do, a mission to be accomplished, the kingdom of heaven had to be established in earth.

This is a good time to revisit what it means to be a believer. Notice that no other religion on earth calls its followers, ‘believers’. It is a privileged title to have, its power cannot be underestimated. For instance, as a believer you can say from Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things, through Christ who strengthens me.”

I cannot emphasise enough, what joy you bring to Jesus when you go beyond declaring your belief into living it out. In fact, Hebrews 112:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

You can do a great work for God but without faith, all your good work is dead.

Look folks, I have joyfully worked hard in service for God for all of my adult life – that’s the easy part. The hardest part is constantly being challenged to punch above my weight in the faith department – yet it is also the most thrilling part of my life when I say “Yes Lord” to some of His seemingly impossible requests, and then see Philippians 4:13 played right before my very eyes.

That’s what being a believer is. It is a contradiction to be a believer, without putting it into practice every day.

What good would it be if someone studied six years to become a doctor and never treated a single patient?

How much more important is it for the believer to be a ‘verb’ not just a noun.

Look again in Hebrews 11:1. “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”

Believers see through the eye of faith. For example, at the moment I am praying for a dear friend who is a woman of substance, but not a woman of faith. So, I say, “Lord I see through the eye of faith, my friend Heather with her hand raised to you in worship. I see her telling her friends and family of her newly found relationship with you. I claim her for your Kingdom and I look forward to the day when she says, “Yes Lord” in Jesus name. Amen

I am certain of the thing I cannot see!

If you are a believer this is one tangible way to live out your faith. Don’t just accept that your friends and family are never going to turn to Christ. A believer fights for the lost.

I have shared with you before, that as soon as I became a believer, I went in to battle for each member of my family, who were far from God. It took 11 years of active prayer and witness till the last one turned to Chris. I nagged God using Acts 16:31 all that time till I got evidence of things not seen.

My family all died very young but what carried me through my grief was the knowledge that they were with Jesus.

Finally, the Cambridge dictionary says: “To believe, means to ‘hold very dear to.’ At this time in your life as a follower of Christ, are you holding very dear to:

Communication with Him every day?
The Word being a reality in every day life?
Fellowship with other believers?
The privilege of having access to the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit?

I hold very dear to you

Much love and prayers. Sister Lyn         Finally, if you are struggling on any level at the moment, we need to talk. Please call me on the Parish mobile: 0412 966 458 that number again is 0412 966 458

 

 

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