Weekly Church Service – Easter 5: May 19, 2019


Sentence:

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
One John 4:16 B


Collect of the day

We behold your glory, O God,
in the love shown by your son,
lifted up on the cross and exalted on high;
be glorified anew by the love we have for one another
as disciples of the risen Lord Jesus.
Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen


Today’s readings

  • Acts 11:1 – 18
  • Psalm 148
  • Revelation 21:1 – 6
  • John 13:31 – 35

next week

  • act 16:9 – 15
  • Psalm 67
  • Revelation 21:10 – 14, 21:22 – 22.5
  • John 14:23 – 29

A thought to ponder upon

The spirit breaks open the communities of Christ to move new ways. How and where we set boundaries in Christian community is always subject to the gracious nature of God’s love. The texts for this week witness to a new vision for God’s people and all of creation. Where the spirit leads, the church is called to follow in love. The texts for this week point to a message of inclusion, of a God who goes beyond human set boundaries and practice. This new thing is still to be grasped grappled with by many in the Christian community. How might we open ourselves to welcome the still emerging and unfolding story of God’s gracious actions in our time? In what new ways might Jesus’ command to love take shape for you and your faith community?


A Prayer to Pray

God who fails to see distinctions of colour, race, gender, ability: God who loves creation in all its rainbow or tartan diversity, speak to us who narrowly define, pigeonhole and exclude those who are not like us. Give us a vision of the world and its people as you see it in all its strange beauty and wonderful diversity. 
Amen.

How to interpret the Bible

Use ‘exegesis’ to interpret the Bible. Exegesis is where we draw out of the text what it is actually saying, using the original historical context, regardless of what we believe. Sometimes familiar stories are quite different than what we remember if read this way. After examining a Biblical passage using exegesis we may need to examine our other beliefs. Exegesis began with scholars studying the Bible and is now used in a variety of settings including art, film and literature. Exegesis is highly objective.

Many people use the exact opposite technique called ‘eisegesis’. Eisegesis is reading into a text the meaning we want it to have,  ignoring the original historical context and using a text to confirm our biases and predispositions. We can use eisegesis to prove anything we want to in a Biblical text. Eisegesis is highly subjective.

An example of the difference between these two techniques is contained in the phrase “Do we let our politics shape our understanding of the Bible (Eisegesis)?”  or “do we let our understanding of the Bible shape our politics (Exegesis)?”

Exegesis and eisegesis are mutually exclusive. They are not two ends on a continuum but two distinct ways of thinking, even if we are not aware of it. It may be best to learn exegesis during a specific course of study at a university or from someone who knows the differences between the two.

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Weekley Church Service – Easter 4: May 12th, 2019

 Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence:

The lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd and will guide them to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7: 17


Collect of the day

Gracious God,
you sent Jesus, the good Shepherd to gather us together,
may we not wander from his flock, but follow wherever he leads us, listening for his voice and staying near him,
until we are safely in the fold, to live with you forever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


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Extremism and terrorism are enemies of all humanity: Imam responds to Sri Lanka attack


Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri and Dean Dermot Dunne at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin one week after the Easter Day massacre in churches in Sri Lanka.

Photo Credit: Philip McKinley

Religious communities must stand united in solidarity and show extremists that they will never succeed in dividing them, the Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland, Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said in a visit to Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin last month. Dr al-Qadri made his remarks in an address to the congregation before the Cathedral Eucharist on Sunday 28 April, one week after the Easter Day massacre in Sri Lanka which left 257 people dead. His visit mirrored one made to the Islamic Centre of Ireland in March, following the terror attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In his address, the imam expressed solidarity with Christians in Ireland and worldwide, and said that, as Muslims, they strongly condemned the cowardly attacks against peaceful worshippers and stood in solidarity with the victims of these attacks and their Christian brothers and sisters everywhere.

“An attack on any place of worship is an attack on all places of worship”, he said. “An attack on any faith community is an attack on all faith communities. These attacks were not only attacks on Christians but these attacks were attacks on all of us.”

In addition to the 15 March attack on mosques in New Zealand, in which 50 people died, he also spoke about the Passover attack on 27 April at a synagogue in California, in which one worshipper was killed, and the attack six months earlier at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in which 11 people were killed.

“The terrorists behind the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka claimed to have acted in the name of Islam”, he said. “How dare they claim to have acted in the name of Islam. These terrorists trampled upon the fundamental teachings of Islam. These terrorists are guilty of committing the biggest blasphemy.

“The monsters behind the attacks on innocent human beings are not real Muslims. They do not represent Islam. In fact these monsters do not represent any faith or any community. They only represent extremism and terrorism. The same applies to those extremists that kill worshippers in the mosque and in the synagogue. They do not represent any faith nor any community. They only represent extremism and terrorism. These two evils are enemies of all humanity. Those behind the attacks are enemies of humanity.”

Climate Election – statement from the (Anglican) Public Affairs Commission

Climate Change poses an unprecedented threat to God’s creation
and challenges our call to justice.

The Anglican EcoCare and Social Responsibilities Commissions jointly welcome and fully endorse this attached statement from the Public Affairs Commission on the ‘Climate Election’.

Our Christian faith calls us to be engaged in the world through all aspects of our lives, including active engagement in the political process.

Candidates for your electorate and links to their websites may be found here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2019/guide/electorates

Thank you,

Ian Carter AM  Reverend Patrick King
ChairChair
Anglican Social Responsibilities CommissionAnglican EcoCare Commission


TEXT OF ‘190503 PAC – Climate Change Statement’

Climate Election

The Public Affairs Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia is calling on the Australian electorate to make dealing with Climate Change a priority issue during the election campaign.

Over the years, the General Synod of our Church has identified Climate Change to be a significant threat to humanity and the viability of the planet’s biological systems.

We are particularly concerned that the effects of Climate Change will be felt disproportionately by the world’s poor.

We are deeply concerned by the fact that the effects of Climate Change are already being felt by the people of the Torres Strait and by our Pacific neighbours.

We are also concerned that without intentional action communities in Australia that currently depend on carbon-intense industries will suffer as the world deals with Climate Change. There is a need for active implementation of policies that will enable a just transition to a dependency on renewable and related technologies for these communities.

We encourage all people of faith and goodwill to contact the candidates standing for election in their local electorate to:

  • convey to the candidates the need to make dealing with Climate Change a priority for the next Parliament;
  • to enquire of them what policies they have for dealing with Climate Change
  • to ask them to explain what policies they have for ensuring a just transition away from carbon dependency for rural and regional communities.

Dr Carolyn Tan,

Chair of the Public Affairs Commission


Peregrin Campbell-Osgood| Project Officer – Advocacy Commissions| Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission |Anglican EcoCare Commission

Anglican Diocese of Perth | Wollaston Education Centre | 5 Wollaston Road MT CLAREMONT WA 6010

T:  +61 (0)8 9425 7276 | E:  PCampbell-Osgood@perth.anglican.org

Twitter: @Perth_Anglican @AnglicanEcoCare @AnglicanSRC Facebook: Anglican EcoCare Anglican Social ResponsibilitiesWeb: www.perth.anglican.org


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 3: May 5th, 2019

Jean II Restout – Ananias Restoring the Sight of St Paul

Includes sermon Text


Sentence:

To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb the blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:13

Collect of the day

Almighty God,
through your only son you overcame death and opened us to the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we who celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, may, through the renewing is power of your spirit, rise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

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Weekly Church Service – Easter 2: 28th of April – 2019

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio


Sentence:

Jesus said to Thomas “put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.”
John 20:27


Collect of the day

Living God,
for whom no door is closed,
no heart is locked:
draw us beyond our doubts,
till we see your Christ and touch his wounds where they bleed in others.
This we ask through Christ our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter Sunday: 21st of April – 2019

 Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence:

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Luke 24:34


Collect of the day

God of glory, for your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection, that, in the midst of this sinful world, it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, raised 2 new life with Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Weekly Church Service – Palm/Passion Sunday: 14th of April – 2019


Sentence:

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:10 – 11


Collect of the day

Everlasting God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your son to take our nature and to suffer death upon the cross; in your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

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