This Sunday 6 June 2021 we will begin a five-week series during which we reflect on the pandemic experience thus far with the Gospel according to Mark as our guide. An at home resource will help enrich these weeks of reflection. I’ve kept it simple with three engagements each week. A PDF version is attached and printed copies will be available from Sunday. All who wish are welcome to take one.
We will celebrate communion on Sunday as we launch this new series.
Finally, our faithful COVID Marshal, Gary, will be in NSW for his son’s wedding over the weekend. We are in need of one or two people to greet the community and help with sign in. You don’t need to be a COVID Marshal since there will be others of us around. Please let me know if you are able to serve. You’ll need to be available from 9:30.
Today is Ascension Day in the Western Church when we remember Jesus’ flesh-and-blood departure from this world. I wrote this prayer this morning which may begin a bit like the weather. Yet through Jesus’ ascension and the gift of his Spirit, we are ennobled to continue his ministry of love in a world that includes suffering and pain on many fronts.
In Sunday’s Gospel reading, we will hear Jesus say, “Peace be with you,” once again. We will explore what it means for us to be witnesses of this peace, especially in a world that is often fractured and divided. Worship will include communion, a celebration of our oneness in Christ. I look forward to sharing this time with you.
Along with your usual offering, you might wish to bring a gift of non-perishables for the food pantry. As we are fed at Christ’s table, may we share food with those who are hungry body and soul.
Here’s a quote from Joan Chittister to get the conversation going. The photo was sent to me from Avril who is currently camping near Menindee Lake. Looks beautiful!
From our first steps into Holy Week with the Quiet Morning at the arboretum, to the community’s engagement with the Holy Week setting in the hall, to Thursday’s worship of word, symbol and song, to the Good Friday Prayer Walk, to this morning’s ecumenical dawn service at the foreshore followed by worship as the St. Andrew’s community, it has been a rich week. We have experienced the life, death and resurrection of Christ in a multi-sensory, multi-layered way. I pray everyone has been touched by some image, word, song or connection.
Today’s reflection comes from our Good Friday Prayer Walk which will begin at 9:30 am. I look forward to seeing some of you there. The image of Jesus crucified between two unnamed others – suffering in-between – sets the tone for our walk and prayers. Jesus did not set himself apart from the pain of humanity, but entered fully into our lives. May we have eyes to see and, in our seeing, deepen our commitment to build a more resilient, sustainable, just and compassionate future.
This was the prayer offered during our Tuesday evening community meal for Holy Week. Thank you to all who volunteered for this 5th Tuesday of the month. It was a happy gathering that fed us body and soul.