Sunday 14 November 2021 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost



PARISH NEWS REFLECTION - Hebrews 10:11-25

Having been cleansed by God, how should we live? Having spent various weeks now in the book of Hebrews, what sort of effect should we hope these readings and reflections would be having on our lives? Are we smarter? Are we wiser? Are we living holier lives? What should we be experiencing? I hope that we have a bigger picture of who Jesus is as God’s divine son. I hope that we have also understood more of Jesus priestly role, as our high priest who has sacrificed to atone for our sins. I hope that we have been encouraged to persevere and to carry on with our faith even in the midst of discouragements and difficulties. I hope that we have grasped more fully the good news that we have been forgiven cleansed, set free so that we might serve God and serve each other. I hope that we are growing in our understanding of what it means to live a holy life. This is where our reading in Hebrews is taking us today. We read through his one single sacrifice for our sins, “he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (14)

1. Perfected for all time by the one perfect sacrifice (11-14)

a. Christ offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins (11-12)

b. Then he sat down at the right hand of God (13)

c. He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (14)

2. Drawn into intimacy with God through the New Covenant. (16-20)

a. He has put His laws in our hearts and has written them on our minds (16)

b. He will remember our sins no more (17-18)

c. He has opened for us a new & living way into God’s presence (19-20)

3. Called to live out our freedom in his service (21-25)

a. Drawing near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith (21-22)

b. Holding firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering (23)

c. Provoking one another to love & good deeds (24)

d. Meeting together to encourage one another (25)

To Think About? What, if anything, have you learnt so far from Hebrews that has changed the way you live?


OUR HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 209 And can it be

MP 1024 All my days

TIS 154 Great is your faithfulness

TIS 134 Praise my soul the king of heaven


AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 21 November @ 12 midday. Please pick up your AGM reports today and read them diligently prior to the meeting. It will be a face-to-face meeting in the church following morning tea for those who are doubly vaccinated. It will also be available as a zoom meeting. Use the following to connect. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83642490793?pwd=MkxhVTE4SU1iRGk3VmQ5Wk FaT2RPdz09 Meeting ID: 836 4249 0793. Passcode: 304273 One tap mobile +61731853730 OR Dial by your location 03 7018 2005 Australia.


NOMINATIONS FOR PARISH COUNCIL AND WARDENS

Nominations close TODAY for positions on Parish Council and as a Church Warden.


INTERMENT OF ASHES

The ashes of our dear brother Terry Baptist will be interred in the Memorial Garden next Sunday at the conclusion of the 11am service and prior to the AGM.


WEDDING

There will be a wedding at 4pm next Saturday 20 November at St James. Can those on cleaning and mowing rosters please be finished before the wedding.


NIGHT MARKET

We are organizing a Night Market for Saturday, 11 December. Watch out for more details. Speak to Naomi if you would like to help.


CHURCH SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND CAROLS

On Sunday 19 December we want to gather the church community together for an evening Picnic/Sausage sizzle on the front lawn followed by a simple Carol Service in the church. More details to follow. Keep the date free.


MISSION MOMENTS

It was a pleasure to welcome and hear from our Missionary Link, Zoe Creelman of CMS last Sunday. Please pray for her as she prepares to go to Northern Territory next year and work with Indigenous people in Arnhem Land. For those with Missionary boxes, they are now at the back of the church for your collection.


MU DIARIES 2022

Anyone wishing to order a MU Diary please speak to Marlene Newell Large Diary $9.00 Small Diary $6.50. Payment when the Diaries come.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

We pray for those who are sick or troubled in body or mind, or who have special needs: (Please email contact@stjamesdandenong.com or contact clergy for prayers for anyone who is in need of them).


This week we continue to pray for: Bethuel; Russell; Melanie; Mike; Mark; Hazel; Clovis; Shenae; Rose; Margaret Could those who have placed names in the Book for Prayers please update it by removing anyone who is no longer in need of special prayers. Alternatively, you can email the office. Thank you.


We also pray for: The Anglican Church of Australia; The Diocese of Bunbury; the Social Responsibilities Committee; Mullum Mullum Ringwood; Archbishop Philip and all our Bishops in their ministry this week.


LAWN MOWING ROSTER:

20 November: Rusty & Tyrone

27 November: Samoan Congregation


READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: 21 November, Feast of Christ the King

2 Samuel 23.1-7; Psalm 132.1-12; Revelation 1.4b-8; John 18.33-37.


Account details for donations to the Building Fund

Account Name - St James Building Fund,

BSB–703 122,

Account Number - 05009897


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