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Sunday 23rd June 2024 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

REFLECTION:1 Samuel 17:32-51 “David and Goliath”

Most people today have heard the story of David and Goliath. It has become symbolic of any battle between the little guy and the giant corporation or oversized enemy. It has become a little bit like one of Aesop’s fables, like the tortoise and the hare. But what is it really about? It is about David’s zeal for the glory of God. It is about God giving David all he needed to overcome a giant obstacle. It is about how we can overcome paralysing fear and overwhelming odds through faith in God.

Here is an outline:

1. Faith in God casts out all Fear

a. Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight (32)

b. The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion will save me (37)

2. The Weapons needed for the battle are not swords and shields:

a. Human armour will not protect, only the armour of God will save us (39)

b. I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts… whom you have defied (45)

c. That you may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear (47)

3. The Victory over giants comes from God

a. He is victorious in battle (47)

b. He chooses the weak to shame the strong (Am I a dog?)

c. God gives us victory over our own Giants when we trust in him.

To think about:

What is the Goliath, the giant fear that paralyses me at the moment? How can I have victory over it?



HYMNS:

TIS 594 Fight the good fight

MP 1085 Let the weak say I am strong

TIS 595 O Jesus I have promised

MP 126 Facing a task unfinished


160th ANNIVERSARY

As a memento of this celebration, a very smart red is for sale at $2.00 each during morning tea. Please purchase one, two or more with money going towards the Building Fund.


BUILDING FUND

As we begin works on the new building, we put out the call for all of us to prayerfully consider how we can help with this project which will be of great benefit to our church and to future generations. We are still needing to raise a considerable amount. The building fund account is listed at the end of the Pew sheet.


MEMORIAL FLOWERS

Have been lovingly donated in memory of Bob Kett by all his loving family. Forever in our hearts.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT GROWTH GROUP

Meets each Wednesday in the Supper Room at 7:30. Marien is currently leading us through a study of the Book of Hosea and the way Hosea is used in the New Testament. We would love to see you come along.


CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Continue today at 12 midday in the vicarage.


PATRONAL FESTIVAL/160TH ANNIVERSARY

On Sunday 28th of July we will be having a special 10am Patronal Day 160th Anniversary service with the Archbishop. There will be no 8am service that day. There will be confirmations in the service and the service will be followed by a brief turning of the sod and blessing of the building project for the new Parish Centre. After church there will be a catered lunch in the Parish Hall. Please buy tickets in advance. The lunch will have a cost of $35 for adults and $10 for children.


CAN YOU HELP?

If you would like to help in serving breakfast at Dandenong Primary School on a Tuesday or Thursday morning from 8.15 - 9.00 a.m., please contact Kaye on 0490 090 507. To participate a Level 2 Certificate in Child Safety is required.


DEMOLITION OF PARISH CENTRE:

Has been delayed until early July due to delays with permits.


READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY 30th June:

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2 Samuel 1.1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8. (1-6) 7.1-115; Mark 5:21-43


LAWN MOWING ROSTER: 28 th June – Oyem & Rob


THIS WEEK WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

Holy Trinity Williamstown; The Diocese of North West Australia; Mentone Grammar School; The Church of England ; St Alfred’s Blackburn North – pastoral visit; Archbishop Philip and all our Bishops in their ministry this week.

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