Armistice Day 100th Anniversary
Today, 11th November, is the centenary of Armistice Day. Across the Diocese on Armistice Day 100 years ago, Church bells were rung at 10:59 for 1 minute prior to the traditional minute’s silence at the eleventh hour. We will be doing this today as a fitting gesture to the memory of those who fell in the Great War, and the many other wars in which Australians have fought. While wars and rumours of wars will continue until Christ returns, we should be ever thankful for the peace and security that we enjoy in our land. In doing this we are taking up a suggestion from Archbishop Davies in his Presidential address to our Synod.
Apology to survivors of sexual abuse Sunday 25th November
Along with many churches in our Diocese and at the recommendation of Archbishop Davies, in each of our services on Sunday 25th November we will acknowledge the Anglican Church’s past failures and offer a local apology to any survivors of sexual abuse who may be present with us or known to members of our congregations. After each service pastoral and prayer support will be available.
I hesitate to say this –( I hope you are sitting down as you read it)- Christmas is coming soon!
Lots of joy and celebrations of course. Some angst and pressure as we try to sort out our calendars.
But also – plenty of great opportunities to connect with our community and share the brilliant news of God’s love shown in Jesus.
Here are some things that you can get involved in (Please note the dates are still tentative):
- Anglicare Toy Collection outside Big W 17th and 18th November– sign up on clip board
- Christmas Carnival with Quizworx Puppets 9th December- sign up on clip board
- Carol Singing – Top Ryde Shops 15th December
- Quizworx Family service 16th December
As well as these we run Christmas Assemblies at Ryde and Meadowbank Schools, a Christmas celebration at our English Conversation Classes, A TEAR Useful Gift Shop as well as our Christmas services.
Please consider offering to serve at these events. Your participation is valued and vital. This is a great way to enter in to the true “Spirit of Christmas”.
For more details and bookings, go to our Events page.
A Prayer for Peace
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer for those in need
Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.
What gift can you buy for $5 from the TEAR gift catalogue?
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
Week beginning November 12th
* Matthew 12:1-14
Week beginning November 19th
* Luke 14:12-24; John 9:1-12
Week beginning November 26th
* Luke 1:1-38
* Sermon Reading
Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:12)