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Sunday 2nd April 2023 – Sixth Sunday in Lent

REFLECTION: Matthew 26:14-30 “The New Covenant Meal”

To understand who Jesus is, we need to go back a lot further than just his parents

and his birthplace. He is the most important person to have ever lived and his

origins are eternal. His coming was foretold for centuries and all of Israel’s

history, in a sense, points to him and finds its fulfilment in him. Matthew’s

gospel in particular looks at the theme of fulfilment of prophecy & the

theme of Jesus being the fulfilment of God’s plans for Israel. Jesus now shows

that the Passover of Israel was a looking-forward to God’s great rescue mission

to save fallen humanity through Jesus death on the cross.

In today’s reading, Jesus inaugurates the new covenant in the breaking of the

bread, giving a whole new meaning to the Passover meal.

He gives us a new celebration that looks back through God’s plan of salvation

and looks forward to the culmination of that plan at the feast of the lamb.

Here are the main points.

1. A new Passover (17-19)

2. A new Betrayal/Rebellion (14-16, 20-25)

3. A new Covenant (26-28)

4. A new Remembrance (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

5. A new Kingdom (29-30)

To Think About:

What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you?

Is there something new that today’s reading has helped you understand?





HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 333 All glory praise and honour

MP 457 Make way, make way

TIS 357 When his time was over

TIS 348 Ride on, ride on in majesty



DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Ends this Sunday, so please remember to put your clocks back an hour.


6PM SERVICE

There is a 6pm service tonight and all are welcome. We will continue in our

series on the parables, looking at the parable of the Shrewd Manager in Luke 16.


LENTEN STUDIES

Graeme is leading some Lenten Bible Studies in the Parish Centre on

Wednesdays at 7:30pm looking at the Sunday gospel readings.


MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service for our dear brother Sudhir Sukumar is being organized for

the afternoon of Saturday 15th of April at 2pm, here at St James. More details to

follow shortly.


MAUNDY THURSDAY

On Maundy Thursday we gather in the Parish Hall for a lamb Dinner,

reminiscent of the Passover meal the disciples shared with Jesus on that

night. We have a devotional and sing some hymns. Then we prepare the church

for Good Friday by stripping the Altar. If you can come, please add your name

to the list in the foyer.


GOOD FRIDAY

On Good Friday, there will be a one hour “Objects of the Cross” service at 10am

in the morning followed by hot cross buns. From 12 till 3pm there will be a

special 3 hour devotional serviced in the church. Folk are encouraged to come

for the full 3 hours but come for what you are able to manage. This will

including readings from the passion narrative, hymns, and times of quiet

reflection.


SYNOD REPS

Nomination Forms are now available in the foyer for the position of Synod

Representatives. The Parish is required to elect 2 Synod Reps and 1

supplementary for the coming 3 year cycle of Synod. If you are willing, please

submit a signed form to the Vicar.


FOR YOUR DIARIES

BCA Dinner at Glen Waverly Anglican, 5:30pm Sat 22nd April. We want to put

together a St James’ table group. Please indicate your interest on the sheet in the

foyer.

Voice to Parliament Seminar: There will be a seminar at St James’ discussing

the Voice to Parliament. Bishop Paul Barker will lead a conversation with Canon

Glenn Loughrey. This will be held on Tuesday 2nd of May at 2pm.

St James’ Mothers’ Day High Tea, Sat May 13th.


FELLOWSHIP LUNCH IS BACK

Wednesday April 19th 12noon at Dandenong Club. Everyone welcome to join us

for good food and conversation. Please add your name to list in porch or contact

Doreen 0439795386


READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

9th April–Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3.1-4; Matthew 28:1-10


THIS WEEK WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Rhonda; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell; Josie, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Margaret, Lynette, Danny, Esme, Henry, Michael, Milton, Charles, Edward,

Tyrone, Sylvia & Renee.





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