Sunday 6th November 2022 – ALL SAINTS

REFLECTION: Luke 6:20-31 “God’s upside-down kingdom”

What makes you happy in this life?

Is it having a great car, a good house, and good overseas holidays?

Is it enjoying good food, good health and a peaceful life?

How do you process Jesus’ words, “happy are you who are poor, hungry, tearful,

and persecuted”? He seems to be thinking in a completely different way to

everyone else. The fact is, his values are very different to our sinful, human

values. In today’s confrontational reading, Jesus challenges the way we view

many things and introduces us to the values of God’s kingdom which seem

upside down compared to the values of this world. Here is an outline of this

morning’s message.

1. In God’s upside-down kingdom, the downtrodden will be exalted and

blessed.

a. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God (20)

b. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled (21)

c. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

d. Blessed are you when people hate you (22-23)

2. But woe to those who have been blessed in this world’s kingdom but have

not turned to God.

a. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation (24)

b. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry (25)

c. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep (26).

d. Woe to you when all speak well of you,

3. Let us live the upside-down values of God’s kingdom today!

a. Love your enemies (27-29)

b. Give to everyone who begs from you (30)

c. Do to others as you would have them do to you (31)

To Think About:

Which kingdom has the greater sway over my values? The kingdoms of this

world, or the Kingdom of God.



HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY

TIS 455 For all the saints

MP 1213 O Church arise

O how good it is

TIS 457 The churches one foundation



MEMORIAL FLOWERS

The flowers in church today have been given in loving memory of Carole Matthews by her husband Gary.

Always missed and remembered with

deepest love.






LATE NOTICE ON WORKING BEE THIS SATURDAY

With extraordinarily wet weather and illness it has been hard to keep up

with the grounds maintenance and gardens. We want things to look great for

the tree planting as guests are invited so we will be having a working bee

this Saturday Nov 5th from 9am for whoever can come and help.


TREE PLANTING NEXT SATURDAY

We received a grant of $10,000 through the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum

Jubilee program for planting trees on our site. Though many of the trees

will be planted once the new building is done, some are being planted now

and a requirement of the grant is to lay a commemorative plaque and hold a

celebration. We will be doing this on the rear lawn near the basketball courtnext Saturday 12th Nov at 2pm. There will be some light refreshments. We

encourage you to come for this short ceremony.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 20 November 2022

A copy of the current Electoral Roll is located on the notice board in the

Church Porch. Please check if your name is on it if you are over 18 years,

and a regular communicant. If you would like your name added to the

Electoral Roll please contact the Parish Secretary.

Christine Keys at contact@stjamesdandenong.com or leave a message on

(03) 793 0219


AGM NOV 20th 12 MIDDAY

Don’t forget our forthcoming AGM. Please move now on nominations for

Parish Council/Wardens/Incumbency Committee. They need to be in by

next weekend.


NIGHT MARKET

We are organizing a Night Market for Saturday, 3rd December. Watch out for more details. Speak to Naomi if you would like to help.




MISSION MOMENTS

Please continue to pray for Zoe Creelman, our link missionary in Ngukurr

Arnhem Land.


SUTS (Summer Under the Sun) 2023 Program - Theme:

The Road Less Travelled. Thursday, 19th - Saturday, 21st January, 2023 to participate in

this event.


LAWN MOWING ROSTER 2022

11 Nov Oyem & Rob

18 Nov Rusty


READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

13th Nov –23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 65.17-25; A Song of Isaiah; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13; Luke 21.5-19;

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