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Sunday 24th September 2023 – Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

REFLECTION:

Philippians 1:1-30 “Proclaim the Gospel”

Our Parish Mission Statement is “to know Christ, to Serve Christ, to Proclaim

Christ”. This is our calling and our purpose as a church. Yet it is easy for us to

get distracted from this and to let a series of other worthwhile activities lead us

to deviate from our core purpose.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a wonderful encouragement for us to stand

firm in the gospel we have received, to grow in our knowledge of Christ, to

rejoice in our glorious Lord, and to proclaim this gospel to others. Here is a

summary of today’s message.

1. Paul’s Confidence in the gospel (1-11)

a. I thank my God every time I remember you (1-5)

b. God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished

(6-8)

c. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more (9-11)

2. Paul’s passion to proclaim the gospel (12-26)

a. What has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel (12)

b. That Christ is proclaimed in every way and in that I rejoice (18)

3. Paul’s call to stand firm in the Gospel... (27-

a. Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (27)

b. Stand firm in the faith of the gospel and do not be intimidated (28-30)


To Think About:

If I were to weigh up and summarise my words and my actions, would the

Gospel of Christ come through clearly?





HYMNS

TIS 578 How Firm a Foundation

He who began a good work in you

TIS 215 You servants of God, your Master

MP 428 Lord for the years



FROM THE VICAR

We are so grateful to God and to the Parish for this wonderful gift we have

received of a 14 week long service leave travelling around Australia. We had

a marvellous time and have returned well and refreshed and we look forward

to all that God has in store for us at St James.



WELCOME HOME JANE AND GRAEME

We will be celebrating Graeme and Jane returning home to us on Sunday with a special morning tea. Parishioners are asked to bring a plate to make this a special occasion.




DISCIPLESHIP EXPLORED

Started on Wednesday 6th September and will last for the next seven weeks?



"WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK DOREEN LILLEY AND ALL

MEMBERS OF THE FLORISTRY TEAM over the years for their amazing

floral arrangements, decorations and commitment to their work. Doreen Lilley

who has recently "retired" has been, in particular, dedicated and passionate

about flower arranging since she took over as secretary of the past Sanctuary

Guild over 40 years ago.

Thank you, Doreen, your God given talent has given us so much joy and we

appreciate, immensely, your continuing support and advice."



PRE-FAIR FOOD SALES

$4000 Willis family



AUSTRALIAN CHURCH CALENDAR 2024

Anglican Church Calendars are available again for $15, the same price as last

year. Please order by email to dougkenn@gmail.com and include your phone

number for making distribution arrangements. Alternatively, orders can be

made through the parish office. Payment will be due on delivery of the

Calendar during November.



2024 LECTIONARY - $16

Lectionaries for next year will be available, setting out readings for all

services each day. They are a valuable resource in preparation for weekly

worship and private daily use. Please send your order by email

to dougkenn@gmail.com and include your phone number for making

distribution arrangements. Alternatively, orders can be made through the

parish office. Payment will be due on receipt of the Lectionary during

November.



READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

1st October – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 7.1-7; Psalm 78. 1-4, 11-16; Philippians 2; Matthew 21.23-32



LAWN MOWING ROSTER

22nd Sept Samoan Congregation

29th Sept Rusty



This week we continue to pray for

Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Danny, Esme, Michael, Charles, Edward, Tyrone, Gwen, Sylvia, Dr Nathan, Joan & Beryl.

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