Weekly News Sheet

SERVICES FOR TODAY
SUNDAY 8 September 2019
   8.45am   Mt Victoria Morning Service  Tim McIver
      10.30am Blackheath  Communion Service Tim McIver
 3..00pm   Mt Wilson Evening Service Tim McIver 
BIBLE READINGS
1st Reading:  Exodus 18:1-27
2nd Reading: Matthew 13:1-23
PRAYERS
St Peter’s: Arthur Irving
St Aidan’s: Brian Connon;

Weekly News

Shirley Seers
 
Good morning and welcome to Church. It’s great to have you here especially if you’re new or visiting. We’d love to meet you after church over a cup of tea. It’s great to be back after a very nice holiday.   Last Monday a number of us attended the funeral of Michelle’s mum, Shirley Seers. I had met Shirley on a number of occasions but didn’t know her well at all. It was a great encouragement at the service to hear about a life well lived and a life that had had such a big impact on so many people. Though I won’t do justice to the tributes offered at the service I thought it would be encouraging to highlight a couple of things that really stood out. 
 
Shirley was a committed Christian and was committed to loving people the way that Christ had loved her. Whilst that should be a perfectly good description of every believer, Shirley had a very practical and tangible way of mirroring the love of God. She had worked in children’ homes where there were many children who were not loved. She loved them. There were many stories about different children who had been made to feel loved and been welcomed in the Seers home for a meal, been cared for as one of the family or even welcomed into the family. 
 
So often it seems like just keeping your own family clean and fed is hard work (I hope I’m not the only one that feels that way!). Shirley was a wonderful example of how those of us who have known what it is to be adopted into God’s family must also be those who welcome people into our families. Not all of us have the same capacity and energy as Shirley had, but being welcoming to the outsider is fundamental to what it is to be Christian. 
 
Hospitality and love clearly came very naturally to Shirley. This love also had less spontaneous outworking. I had not known that Shirley had been a key voice in the formation of the Professional Standards Unit of the Diocese of Sydney (PSU). In many ways I don’t think of the PSU as an instrument of love. They are largely associated with moral failings in clergy and various acts of abuse within our churches. Shirley clearly understood that in order to love children well, we need also to do hard work in areas that may not come so naturally. The PSU have made children safer in our churches by establishing safe policies and guidelines and by spending time and energy acknowledging that loving children must involve protecting children from those who would do them harm, deliberately or inadvertently .  We thank the Lord for Shirley Seers and all her years of representing Jesus well and pouring out His love on those who needed it most. 
 
Yours in Christ  Tim. 

 NEXT SUNDAY 15 September 2019
BIBLE READINGS
1st Reading: Isaiah 58:1-14
       2nd Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 PRAYERS
  St Peter’s: Deb Orford;
St Aidan’s: Susie Easton 
Sermon – Michael Aitken
 

PRAYER POINTS
COLOSSIANS 4:3 “PRAY FOR US, THAT GOD WILL OPEN A DOOR FOR OUR MESSAGE, SO THAT WE MAY PROCLAIM THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST
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Our Church Family # Pray that the joy of Christ would remain prominent in the hearts of those now in aged care facilities  Mary Broome in Morven Gardens, John Aitkens at Wahroonga, Jessie Macaulay in Pitt Town and Claire Jones in Bathurst. Pray for Dagmar & Hugh Rees and Bill & Trishy Smith, also Ron Green as they all deal with health issues. Pray too for Peter Falcke and for Jane & his family, for Sue Skalla’s baby granddaughter after surgery in Brisbane, also for Sue as she deals with debilitating back pain and due for surgery on 11th September. Pray for Michelle and all her family following the death of her mum Shirley. Pray too for Milba Kirk’s family and for the Mt Wilson community following her death. Pray for Judy Dyer in hospital in Canada with a broken hip.  Pray for Joe & Denise Holmes as they leave us and head for their new home in Tasmania.
# Pray for Care and Share’s ministry and for the outreach service they provide. # Pray for our Growth Groups, seven in all, meeting somewhere in the Parish each day of the week during school terms. # Pray for the leaders as they study and help all who attend to see the gospel message clearly.  # Pray for the Men’s Coffee Morning and the Ladies Coffee Morning both held in Mt Victoria for the whole Parish and for the monthly Women’s Business Group held in St Peter’s hall and the Monthly Morning Tea at Hartley in the Lolly Shop, as we reach out to others in the community.
Our Sunday Ministry # Pray for Tim as he brings us God’s Word that by the Holy Spirit, the Word will challenge and change us. # Pray for all who visit any services that they will feel welcome and seek to learn more.  # Pray for all who enrich our worship through song, Bible readings, prayers, provision of morning and afternoon teas, supper, and the welcoming of the newcomer. # Pray for Michelle Seers making Jesus known in her various roles. # Pray for her health and wellbeing. # Pray for the many situations she has in the Parish overseeing activities with women and young people.
Our Committees and Parish Council # Pray that our meetings will see us thanking the Lord for guidance, growth and provision. 
Australia # Pray that our governments in Australia will choose to lead us in Christ honouring ways. # Pray for the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and for the Federal Parliament that they will seek to have a vision of service to ALL in Australia, especially those who struggle from day to day because of finances, health or any other reason. # Pray for rain on our dry land. # Pray for those who rely on the land for their living that they will turn to the Lord to find the strength to cope with all situations.

NOTICES

Teens Bible Study Group meets during school term every Sunday during the service at St Aidan’s Blackheath.
 
Care & Share Support – if you or someone you know needs this service at any time please contact Judy Dyer, Judith Finney or Carol in the church office.
 
BCA Boxes – September is box opening month; bring your box in to either Carol Crowther at St Peter’s or Judith Finney at St Aidan’s. This is the money we send to support the Knights in Port Hedland, if you don’t have a box for your loose change and would like one, don’t hesitate to speak to either of these ladies or talk to Tim about how we support Philip & Elke Knight.
 
St Peter’s Church Committee will meet on Thursday 12th September at 4.45pm.
 
Care & Share will meet in the small meeting room at St Aidan’s in Blackheath on Friday 20th September at 10am.
 
Stand for Life Rally – Archbishop Glenn Davies has written, this is our last chance to have a huge public gathering to oppose the extreme abortion bill that is being rushed through NSW Parliament. Join religious leaders, politicians, pro-life advocates and everyone who stands for women and children for a rally on Sunday 15th September at 2.30pm in Hyde Park, Sydney. More information: www.stand4.life As I have said on many occasions, if the silent majority remain silent, they will soon become the silent minority. Let us not be counted as those who stood idly by while our parliament legislated for abortion on demand. 
 
St Peter’s Spring Fair on 14th September this year.  Donations of small furniture items (nothing large), plants, books, cakes, jam or any household items would be much appreciated. Contact Carol in the church office or any of the committee members if you would like to contribute to and help on the day. 
 

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