Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 04 April 2021-No 102
Easter Dawn Fire outside St Dunstan’s
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24
- Thank you to all who made our church beautiful for Easter, from the cleaning to the flowers to the beautiful Paschal candle painted by Judy. St Dunstan’s sparkled in every way!
- Thank you to Winnie and Richard who represented St Dunstan’s at the Stations of the Cross at Highfield Park on Good Friday.
- Please put May 1 in your diaries. The May Day Fair is happening and St Dunstan’s is back!! We have a lot of books and trash and treasure items to sell. All hands on deck required for set up on the Friday afternoon prior and on the actual day. A sign up sheet is available at the back of the church.
- Please note that there will be no Thursday service on 8 April.
- Bishop Alison Taylor will take Sunday Eucharist on 11 April.
Tea Towel Fundraiser
As part of our Mission Action Plan activities, the Welcoming Group is proposing a tea towel fundraiser. The black and white design is based on a sketch of St Dunstan’s by Bendigo artist, Belinda John (Cath Goss’ mum!)
The tea towels cost $15 each. If you would like to put in an order, please let Cath Goss know via email on email@example.com by the end of March. We will then order them in bulk and payment is on collection once they arrive.
- Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake the important work of finding a new vicar for our parish. You may wish to use the following prayer:
give to this parish a faithful pastor
who will faithfully speak your word
and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry
and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will chose, wisdom,
discernment and patience,
and to us give warm and generous hearts,
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
- A small group of St Dunstan’s parishioners have been saying Morning Prayer together via Zoom, at 9.15 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 2020. We share the leading, reading and intercessory roles. Week by week we pray for each member of the Parish. If you would like to join us please contact Trevor Blake by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0401 716 264.
- Rev Roberta Hamilton has asked for our prayers as she undergoes surgery on both her knees on 27 April. Please remember her in your prayers.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List.
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
Child Protection: 1300 360 391
Kooyoora: 1800 135 246
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
Jesus is the king of all who receive his message and live by his promise of eternal life, say Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier ahead of this weekend’s Easter celebrations. Watch the full video below:
The Archbishop of Canterbury said in his Easter Day sermon that “death is the greatest and most devastating liar, the lie that the final breath is the end, there is nothing more; the lie that we will always be separated from those we have loved, ultimately losing those we love for ever”. Archbishop Justin Welby said death mattered and it was brutal, terrible and cruel. “But it lies when it claims to be the final word. Easter calls time on the lie.”
Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon issues an Easter message in which he calls on Christians everywhere to set aside time to pray for the people and country of Myanmar – that wisdom will prevail and enduring peace will come. “And to the people of Myanmar, I say: You are not alone. You are not forgotten. You are not abandoned. The world is watching as this situation unfolds and we are praying that a durable solution will be found bringing peace to all.”
Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Paul Barker has shared this distressing first-hand account of the internal strife in Myanmar that was recently sent to him. Bishop Barker taught in Myanmar for 15 years and has visited over 40 times, and is organising a prayer vigil service for Myanmar on Saturday April 24 at St Paul’s Cathedral.
A Sydney Jesuit considers a recent Vatican document on the blessing of same-sex civil unions and asks, in light of recent remarks by Pope Francis about the “style of God” being “closeness, compassion and tenderness”: “… Might we be generous enough to allow God to choose whether or not his blessing might be imparted and find a home?”
A new report from La Trobe University, Healing Spiritual Harms, has found the harm caused by religion-based LGBTQA change and suppression practices is more severe than previously thought, leaving survivors with complex PTSD. Lead author Dr Timothy Jones says pseudo-medical gay conversion that promotes practices such as electroshock “treatment” have been overemphasised compared with faith-based practices, which may be equally harmful.
Pope Francis caused a stir in the Vatican last month when he ordered cardinals and other senior officials to take a pay cut. How much cardinals spend on maintaining the dignity of their office will always be highly political because it cuts to the heart of the Catholic Church’s spiritual brand. With the Vatican’s finances still notoriously murky, today’s cardinals may well find a way around the pope’s cost-cutting measures, just as earlier cardinals did for Francis’s predecessors.
Colac real estate agent Anthony MacDonald says in this piece in Domain that there are some property buyers who are very drawn to the idea of converting churches. “There’s definitely a whole group of people who have a particular interest in churches and converting those into a home and we have seen quite a few of those people at our inspections.”
Ridley College academic Michael Bird says “Hillsong is the dominion voting machines of the Aussie left.” Eternity News editor-in-chief John Sandeman agrees, and here looks at some of the major misconceptions and conspiracy theories that have abounded on platforms like Twitter about Hillsong.
The Archbishop of Canterbury tells Italian newspaper la Repubblica: “I think this is the most extraordinary moment of choice in my lifetime. It’s a choice. We had a choice in 1945 in Western Europe and the better choice was taken to seek reconciliation, peace, democracy and freedom. That led to what in France was known as Trente Glorieuses, the thirty glorious wonderful years.”
Esau McCaulley, an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in the US, writes in The New York Times that in St Mark’s Gospel, the women who went to the tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning did not go there looking for hope. They were searching for a place to grieve. They wanted to be left alone in despair. “The terrifying prospect of Easter is that God called these women to return to the same world that crucified Jesus with a very dangerous gift: hope in the power of God, the unending reservoir of forgiveness and an abundance of love. It would make them seem like fools. Who could believe such a thing?”