Week beginning 05 Apr 2020-No 59
A message from Vicar Roberta
Saturday 4th April
Today is the eve of Palm Sunday which begins Holy Week.
It will be a Holy Week that is unlike any that has ever been before. For me, and probably for you too, it feels quite unreal. But this week when the infection rate and the death toll from Covid 19 will steadily mount gives us a unique opportunity to be present in the passion and death of Jesus.
I have been feeling overwhelmed with busyness, and at the same time isolated and alone in my grief for the world. And yet, at the same time, I believe in the power of God’s love. And that is my choice, whether to let the difficulties claim me or to give myself into God’s hands. We, can choose to be people of hope and love. We can choose to be the light shining in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. Let me encourage you, as I encourage myself, to be flourishing for God in this wilderness situation.
We will go on together and we will celebrate Holy Week, and next Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. It will take a little longer before our lives return to any approximation of normality, but let us take the opportunity to live the best resurrection lives that we can right now in the midst of the world’s sorrow.
- Next week we will be having services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
- The Passion Reading Matthew 26:14- 27:66 will be available as a video on the St Dunstan’s Facebook page.
- There will be content for children in each of the services broadcast over Holy Week including tomorrow.
- Open Church will meet via Zoom conferencing tomorrow Sunday 5 April at 4:30pm.
- All Roberta’s sermons are updated weekly onto our website www.stdunstans.org.au so if you are not on facebook, head over to our website to catch up on the sermons.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List:
- There are still some people from our prayer lists who don’t have buddies. Please reach out to them and give them a call. Vicar Roberta has contact details if you need them.
- The notice board in the porch will serve as our prayer wall. If you have a prayer need, please post this on the wall. There are pens and slips of paper on the bench underneath. If you prefer, bring your own pen. Roberta will be checking these regularly. If you can’t get to church, please free to email your prayer requests to Roberta on firstname.lastname@example.org. So far we have the following requests for prayer please:
- Daniel and Alex and the Dick family
- Family member who are struggling
- Children and parents stuck at home.
- The homeless and those unsure of their futures. Pray that the support staff can remain healthy and not burn out from the added stresses they are facing.
- Pray for courage, calm, compassion and comfort in God’s grace. We stand divided in space but united in spirit. Lord, save us in our time of trial.
- If you currently contribute by cash to the open plate, please consider moving this to an electronic transfer or a direct debit set up. We want our church to survive this current crisis and we may not be able to do this if our giving falls away. If people can’t come to church and stop giving, our church may not be able to survive.
Our banking details are as follows:
St Dunstans Anglican Church
BSB: 633 000
Account No: 1374 96667
If you need help with setting this up, please contact Charles at email@example.com
- 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 so please join us.
- Church will go on just in different ways. Please see Vicar Roberta for any need you may have. You can find her on the church office number 0478 404 179. Please leave a message if you can’t reach her immediately.
Grow together in faith as a family & Palm Sunday crafts for all
Growing in faith together as a family
During this time, more than families than ever, will be at home together for extended periods. Whether your country is in complete or partial lockdown, now is a great time to either start or refresh your family prayer routine so that you can grow in faith together. Here are five simple waysto pray together as a family.
Palm Sunday activities for all
In preparation for Palm Sunday, how about making a cross from paper, card or whatever material you can find and place it in your window.
Or you could cut out the shape of a cross in a piece of paper which could be backlit by a spotlight, a torch or even a lamp on Saturday (4th April) evening onwards?
Both serve as a sign you are journeying into Holy Week and as a witness to those around us. This is something suitable for all the family especially if you have children. Feel free to share pictures of your crosses on social media too.
And if you need any more child-friendly activities, why not watch this wonderful animation on Palm Sunday or follow this activity sheet from Engage Worship complete with Bible readings, song ideas and prayer points?
New Anglican Media Melbourne video:
How churches can maintain a sense of community during the coronavirus pandemic
Hi there, Anglican Media Melbourne here. We wanted to let you know that we’ve got a new video on our YouTube channel that we thought you might be interested in.
We sat down with the Very Reverend Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, to ask him about how churches can make the most of this difficult time. Dr Loewe says that while many churches will faces challenges, this an opportunity to build a stronger, more faithful community by employing traditional methods of engagement and new technology.
Watch the video by clicking the link: https://youtu.be/A6TOV7VkvkE
rowing in faith together as a family
- Please see below a flyer from St Peter’s Eastern Hill. You may also consider donating to this worthy cause.
Dear Friends at St Dunstan’s Anglican Church,
Shalom and blessings to you in Yeshua our Passover Lamb.
As the world shuts down and as we are encouraged to stay home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Celebrate Messiah would like to invite you to celebrate a Virtual Messianic Jewish Passover Seder with us online on the 9th of April at 6.30pm.
Just as God redeemed the Israelites from slavery and bondage in Egypt 3,500 years ago, so too has he redeemed all those who trust in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, our Passover Lamb who has been sacrificed for us (1Cor 5:7).
Lawrence Hirsch, Executive Director of Celebrate Messiah and Rabbi of Beit HaMashiach Messianic Congregation will host the online event from his own home in the heart of Jewish Melbourne. Celebrate Messiah will help you to prepare a Passover Seder in your own home with set-up guidelines, Passover recipes and a Messianic Passover Haggadah for you to download. And, if you like, you can purchase our Passover Set to have your own Seder Plate, Matzah cover, Kiddush Cup, Haggadahs and a bonus box of Matzah!
Join us from the comfort and safety of your own dining room and use this opportunity to tell the story of God’s redemption of his people by the blood of the Lamb! Let’s get the word out and invite others to attend. Let’s be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us (1Pet 3:15). This may be the largest Virtual Passover in Australia’s history!
We will be streaming live from our website, facebook and youtube account. To find out more information and download resources please click on link below:
“You know that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors—not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah.” (1 Peter 1:18–19, TLV)
Celebrate the Passover with our Complete Passover Set sourced from Israel!
The Seder Plate, is the focal point for the Passover Seder. It holds the ceremonial foods around which the Seder is based and helps to vividly retell