12 April, 2021

Weekly Bulletin 11 April

WEEKLY BULLETIN: April 11, 2021 EASTER 2

Resurrection Witness - Mary Magdalene

In any court case the most important witnesses are those who saw what happened with their own eyes. When they tell what happened, the judge can’t dismiss their evidence with the one word, ‘heresay’. When we want to ascertain the truth about the resurrection, the Gospels tell us that there were hundreds of people who saw the risen Jesus with their own eyes. The number one witness was Mary Magdalene.

Mary had been on the road with Jesus from the start. Luke tells it this way; (Luke 8) “Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.”

We know two VERY important things about Mary Magdalene as the primary Easter witness. Mary, witnessed both his crucifixion and resurrection, the only one of the Lord’s disciples to do so.

In Mark’s words (Mark 15) we read “There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.”

John tells it a bit differently and puts Mary Magdalene right at the foot of the cross together with Mary the Lord’s mother and John. There is no reason to think that there is a conflict between Mark’s and John’s accounts – it probably is that Mary the Lord’s mother and Mary Magdalene watched at a distance when the Lord was actually nailed to the crosspiece and lifted up, and then come closer to watch with him until his death. Mary was the faithful friend and follower!

Secondly, Mary was the first witness to the empty tomb and the resurrection; she was first to speak to Jesus after he rose from the dead. Mary then ran, at Jesus’ command, to tell the others – she was ‘the apostle (sent one) to the apostles (those who were sent)’. When the small church decided to replace Judas Iscariot to make up the number of apostles to twelve again, the best candidate would have been Mary Magdalene who fulfilled the requirements better than anyone one else – some one who had been with Jesus from the start and who had witnessed the resurrection. But for the fact that she was a woman, the place would have been hers!

Prayer for the Week:

Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ. Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sunrises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colours of promise in your word. Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew air falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always. And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you! Amen

Parish News:

Goodbye Rillis: Sadly we are farewelling Rillis in her current role in our Parish office on April 15, however she will take outstanding annual leave next week so effectively she has already ended her contract with us. Rillis is leaving us to begin an admin role (offering more hours) at the Kenmore Parish. While we recognise this is a very good move for Rillis personally, we will certainly miss her expertise and friendship in our own office and take this opportunity to wish her all the very best for the future. As this has all occurred quite quickly, the Wardens will advise the Parish of the new office arrangements as they become clearer and hopefully more settled next week.

Building Works: The restoration work is nearing completion with additional cracking repair and the moving of the Aumbry to the eastern end of the Church to hopefully be completed by the end of next week. This will then allow the renovation work to commence the week of April 19. Our Project Control Group (PCG) will meet on site with the builder this week to finalise the details and establish the exact start date. Further details will be available after this meeting and will be advised in next week’s pew bulletin.

THANK YOU to those who came along and assisted in the clearing of the vestry areas. This was a very big effort and was much appreciated.

Dump Vouchers: We are currently having to pay each time we go to the dump, so if you could please leave any dump vouchers you may not need in the Church office, or give to Doug or one of the Wardens - our Grounds and Maintenance team would be MOST grateful.

Volunteers Needed: We are seeking volunteers for 2 important jobs within the Parish.

(1) Church cleaning: Currently our budget allows for church cleaning every fortnight, but we anticipate that this will need to be done weekly during construction. Therefore we are hoping to assemble a small team of people who can also clean the church during this tiem. We anticipate that this will involve dusting the church and vacuuming the floors, and take approximately one hour.

(2) Linen washing: Before the COVID lockdown this was done by 2 volunteers on a monthly roster who undertook to wash the linen used in services each week. We are hoping to re-establish this now we are back to 2 services/week.

If you are able to help with either job, please let one of the Wardens know.

Recycle your bottles & cans: Don’t forget you can easily help raise valuable funds for the Parish by recycling your bottles and cans. Just bring along any eligible bottles/cans to church and leave in large black bins (with yellow lids) in North Entry, or you can take them to a recycling station and use the Church code: C10204572

Enid Moses Funeral: will NOT BE HELD at St David’s due to ongoing COVID restrictions. It will be held at Christ Church St Lucia (2 Central Avenue, St Lucia) on Thursday, April 15 at 10am. Those wishing to attend Enid’s funeral MUST contact her daughter Helen Thomas on 0411 081 464 to register to attend the funeral service as they are limited to 100 people in the church. Enid was a valued long-term parishioner and friend to many in this Parish and she will be missed by all who knew her.

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4 November, 2020

We are well placed - 8 November 2020

It was a joy to worship with the people of Crows Nest and Goombungee again last weekend. This visit was the first visit we have made it personally to our mission partner parish in the West since they have returned to gathered worship. There are some photos on this page of our time with the people St Mark's and St Georges. It was easy to sense their excitement to be gathering again as a church community.

I am thankful to the Ven Rob Sutherland for leading St David's for our service celebrating All Souls. Rob's excellent sermon is being made available to other churches in our diocese and across Australia as a resource for Defence Sunday on November 8 (just before Remembrance Day). Rob reminded us of the strong connection that St David's has had to the work of Chaplains in the Australian Armed forces. He powerfully reminded us of the vital role the churches can play in welcome and healing to those who return from serving in areas of conflict. The sermon is available from our parish website.

I have recently had some inquiries regarding our current service times at St David's. Since returning to gathered worship, we have chosen to hold only one service on a Sunday at 9.30 am. This choice was taken to enable a cautious return to gathered worship. In this time, we have been working to ensure we comply with the COVID safe plan as well as provide ongoing ministry to those unable to attend. We still hold an 8 am service on the phone each week to which about 10 - 15 people participate. It is clear, though, that more people are returning to gathered worship. I think it is helpful for me to make the following observations.

- We continue to offer a mid-week Holy Communion service at 9.30 am on Wednesday.

- The early more traditional Holy Communion on Sunday is on hold for the moment. I think it is likely this service will again find a place in our regular pattern in the new year. We are still awaiting some equipment that will assist as to sanitise the church between services appropriately.

- We will be taking the opportunity of clearing more furniture from the Western end of the church to increase our capacity before Christmas.

Registering for Worship

It has now become more important to register to attend worship through our parish website or by contacting the office during the week. It is possible to register up to 5 pm on the day before the service. You will receive a confirmation email, but you do not need to bring the ticket on the day. If you have not registered, you may still be able to attend, but we cannot guarantee that space will be available.

It will be particularly important to register for the following dates, including Christmas.

November 15 - 9.30 am Visit from Bp John Roundhill

November 22 - 9.30 am Admission to Communion

December 24 - 6.30 pm and 9 pm (extra service in 2020)

December 25 - 8.00 am

Annual Leave

I will be taking my annual leave from November 23 for three weeks. During this time The Ven Rob Sutherland, The Rev'd Gillian Moses and The Rev'd Owen Strong will assist in leading our Wednesday and Sunday services.

November 8 Free Workshop

Careless generosity: The transformative power of freely-given relationships in mental health.

St David's is supporting this event that is being held in our Memorial Hall. You can find more information at this [link](https://www.stdavidschelmer.com.au/events/free-community-workshop-careless-generosity).

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4 November, 2020

Archbishop's November Appeal 2020

Coming of the Light - Mission and Ministry in North Queensland and the Torres Strait

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of Coming of the Light – Mission and Ministry in North Queensland and the Torres Strait. The London Missionary Society with Pacific Islander evangelists landed on the shores of Darnley Island and introduced the Bible to the people who lived there. This event, The Coming of The Light, is an integral part of culturalidentity to Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is marked as a public holiday within the region and there is much joy around its anniversary. It is also an important anniversary for the national Anglican church, hence it being in our lectionary.

The Coming of The Light invites us to reflect on our national history, on the good and the bad. It invites us to celebrate mission and ministry, particularly within the Torres Strait, and it invites us to listen to the church in the Torres Strait, which is made up of vibrant communities of hope.

This November members of the Melanesian Brotherhood will begin a new household in the Torres Strait. The Melanesian Brotherhood is the world’s largest Anglican religious order and is headquartered in the Solomon

Islands. The Brothers will live and minister at the Cathedral on Thursday Island, nurturing community and supporting clergy and lay ministers across the islands of the Torres Strait. They will also conduct outreach visits to Yarrabah and the communities of the Cape York Peninsula.

The Anglican Church of Australia faces many challenges, and in the words of the Revd Canon Victor Joseph, it is time for the church to be “missioned to” by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders. The church in the Torres Strait has much to teach the church around Australia, much salt and light to bear. The Coming of the Light is not simply a historic event, it is an invitation for all of us to be changed by the work of God in First Nations peoples.

ABM invites you to celebrate and support the vibrant ministry and mission of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Church. Funds donated to this project will be used to: support the establishment of the Melanesian Brothers’ ministry in the Torres Strait, provide for the work of the Ministry Development Officer for the Cape York Peninsula, and assist with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministry formation in the Diocese of North Queensland.

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28 October, 2020

We are well placed - 1 November 2020

It has been lovely to welcome so many of our church family back to face to face worship over the last few weeks. We are now starting to push the limits of our maximum numbers on Sunday morning while still recognising that some remain cautious about meeting in larger groups. I am conscious that there is a lot of information to share with you to help you engage with St David's either face to face or online between now and the end of 2020. I will try to briefly summarise the important things below and point you to further information if you would like to know more.

COVID Plan

We are allowed to gather under our Place of Worship COVID plan that remains in place. I sense that these restrictions, regarding numbers and hygiene, we will have to keep well into 2021 as well. We remain committed to follow this plan as closely as practicable and play our part in minimising risk to all.

In the coming weeks, we will work towards increasing the maximum number of people who can gather in St David's from about 50 to 70 (depending on the placement of seating). We are also working towards being able to share fellowship over some food after our services.

Registering for Worship

It has now become more important to register to attend worship through our parish website or by contacting the office during the week. It is possible to register up to 5 pm on the day before the service. You will receive a confirmation email, but you do not need to bring the ticket on the day. If you have not registered, you may still be able to attend, but we cannot guarantee that space will be available.

It will be particularly important to register for the following dates.

November 1 - 9.30 am All Souls service including Defence Sunday (see more)

November 15 - 9.30 am Visit from Bp John Roundhill

November 22 - 9.30 am Admission to Communion

Annual Leave

I will be taking my annual leave from November 23 for three weeks. During this time The Rev'd Rob Sutherland, and The Rev'd Owen Strong will assist in leading our Wednesday and Sunday services.

November 8 Free Workshop

Careless generosity: The transformative power of freely-given relationships in mental health

St David's is supporting this event that is being held in our Memorial Hall. You can find more information at this [link](https://www.stdavidschelmer.com.au/events/free-community-workshop-careless-generosity).

God's Peace,

Michael Stalley

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