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Sunday 2nd July 2023 – Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

REFLECTION

In Paul’s discussion concerning sin, which began not just in the passage we

looked at last week but much even as early as chapter 2, he uses a very

strong and emotive term. He uses the word “slave”.

The people of his day understood the meaning of the word.

In fact many of the new coverts came from the subjugated peoples whom

Romans citizens used in their homes and also to drive their business

enterprises,

What Paul is saying here is that you can be a “slave to sin” or a “slave to

righteousness” but you can’t be neither of those two things.

To which of these will you be slave?




HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 111 Praise to the Lord

MP 367 Jesus is Lord

MP 37 As the deer

TIS 595 O Jesus I have promised



INTERACTIVE SESSIONS ON FORGIVENESS

In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis writes: "Everyone says forgiveness is a

lovely idea, until they have someone to forgive." He's right! The question of

forgiveness is actually very complex. Not only is forgiveness difficult to

define but it's also hard to put into practice, especially when the person who

has wronged us doesn't acknowledge their faults or is no longer there to do

so. And are we always called to forgive unconditionally anyway? In Mark

11:25, Jesus says that we should but in Luke 17:3, he seems to say the

opposite: "and if there is repentance, you must forgive." What are we

supposed to think (and do)?

In our Growth Group this term, we're about to start a series of interactive

sessions on forgiveness including a roadmap to forgiveness to help us

understand what forgiveness is all about and put it into practice in a biblical

way. Feel free to join us! We'll meet on Wednesday (7:30-9pm) in the

fellowship room from the 28th of June.



VICAR’S LONG SERVICE LEAVE

Please be advised that our Vicar, Graeme, is on Long Service Leave from June 13th until September 18th. Rev. Ian Oates will be the part time Locum in his absence working

with our Curate Jonathan and associate priests George and Oyem.



PATRONAL FESTIVAL. SUNDAY 23rd JULY

We will be having our usual International Lunch after the 10am service on

July 23rd. Some parishioners will be asked to organise food to represent

their country and we also hope that tables will be decorated. Please keep this

date free as we want everyone to participate in what is always a special day.



ON SALE THIS SUNDAY

Jam and watermelon preserve sale after 10am service. $4 each



AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES

2X2 Seater Couches in good condition.

1 Dining Table.

1 Large Coffee Table.

2 Kitchen Tables

Available to anyone who have need for these items.

Contact Des on 0400 378 1389



PRAY FOR SUDAN

Please pray for peace in Sudan and for the safety of its people as this terrible

conflict extends. Many of our South Sudanese brothers and sisters have

family in the conflict zone and sadly some have already lost family

members to violence. Please pray also for their consolation in the sad time.



READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

9th July – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 24.34-38,42-49,58-67; Psalm 45, 10-17; Romans 7.14-25; Matthew

11.15-19,(20-24),25-30



LAWN MOWING ROSTER

30th June – Heinz & Vic

7th July – Oyem & Rob



This week we continue to pray for

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





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