23 Mar 2014 - Holy Cross

Please pray for:
International Community and Church in: China, Hong Kong, Macao
The Anglican Communion: Hong Kong
Churches in Australia: Greek Orthodox Church
Anglican Church of Australia: Bishop to the Defence Force
The Diocese: Cobargo, Bodalla-Narooma, Open Sanctuary @ Tilba; Moruya,
Batemans Bay, Boomerang Meeting Place, St Peter's Anglican College; Aboriginal
and Islander ministry: the Diocesan Koori Commission, Bimbadeen Training
College, Cootamundra.
St Margaret’s: Rev’d Kerry and Beth Bartlett; residents of Ross Walker Lodge
Our Parish: Erica Mathieson and Ray Williamson; Wardens and Parish Council, the
Tuckerbox, Children’s Ministry and Choir.
From the Parish Directory: Margaret Pysden, Rosemary Radford, Nick and Lara,
Judith Ramage, Mildred Rendell.
People for Prayer: Michael Braund and Susan Reid, Grace Mya, Val Clarke,
Gladys Sanderson, Ian Alves.
Give thanks for the life of: John Mya (18.3.13), Richard Clarke (15.3.06), Ted
Arblaster (16.3.94), Lachlan Brown (17.3.00), Raymond Schwinghammer (17.3.00),
John Stevens (19.3.96), Dorothy Stevens (21.3.99)
LENT 4 30th March 2014
Minister of the Word
David Campbell
Readings and Readers
John 9.1-41
Jean Hambley
Susan Reid
Morning Tea
Patricia Stoddart
Tha Naw
David Campbell
Tony Jordan
Patricia Stoddart
Holy Cross Office: Lynda Dyer
Thursday, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Phone: 6248 0282
Email: [email protected]
Rector: Rev’d Dr Erica Mathieson.
PO Box 164, Dickson ACT 2602
Phone: 6248 5327
Email: [email protected]
All items for the pew sheet to Lynda by Wednesday , please.
Holy Cross Anglican Parish
Serving Hackett, Dickson, Downer, Watson
Third Sunday in Lent
23rd March 2014
The Rector Writes
Dear Friends
I welcome you this morning to the Eucharist at Holy Cross, and I particularly
extend a warm welcome to Aida Mary O’Keefe and her family. Aida is being
baptised today and we are delighted that she is becoming a member with us of
God’s people. As Aida begins her Christian journey, I pray that our worship will
encourage us all in our following of Jesus.
The image of water is strong in the readings this week. Moses provides water for
the thirsty people of God in the wilderness – although their grumbling and hardness
of hearts remains a problem throughout their wilderness journey. Jesus offers the
living water that only he can give to the outcast Samaritan woman of dubious
sexual history in the gospel reading. Water, as the gospel writer explains, is a
symbol and metaphor for the Holy Spirit, God’s love poured into our hearts. And
just as literal water is essential for life, as God’s people in the desert and the
Samaritan woman knew, so the Holy Spirit is essential for spiritual life, the ‘new
birth’ about which Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in the gospel reading last week.
Today’s two stories invite us to respond to Christ’s offer of life with trust and
gratitude, and to become sources of life and refreshment ourselves.
We enjoyed a wonderful Seniors’ Celebration last Wednesday. My thanks go to
Chris Ledger for organising the lunch, and to everyone who helped on the day. It
was a lovely time and gathered close to 50 people.
A reminder of the simple prayer you may like to say as you wake each day in Lent,
‘Thank you, God, for this new day. Bless me throughout this day. And make of me
a blessing.’
May God bless you richly this week.
This Week
The funeral for John Mya will be held at Holy Cross tomorrow at 1.30pm followed
by a burial at Gungahlin Cemetery at 3.30pm. There will be refreshments
afterwards at Forde Community Hall to which everyone is invited.
We give God thanks for John , his love and friendship and the gifts of his music to
this congregation which we enjoy week by week. Please pray for God’s comfort
and strength for Grace, Monique, Joanna, Christina and their families.
13th April 1pm Garema Place
We are invited to add our voice as a church to community and
political groups calling for justice and compassion for refugees.
The rally is organised by the Refugee Action Committee Canberra
and has Bishop Stuart’s endorsement.
From St John’s Care.
Last week I went to an Emergency Relief Conference in Sydney and people were
amazed at how much SJC does on so little. Today I saw a woman who moved to
Canberra early this year with her husband to be with their daughter and grandchildren. Unfortunately it has not worked out and the daughter has moved. I was
pleased that a friend recommended she contact us. They are financially hard up and
really sad about the family situation but they now love Canberra and want to stay,
and in fact have to stay as they can’t afford to return to their previous home. I was
able to put her in contact with people who will be able to help. A good day!
We have seen a young man who has been retrenched. He was in the IT industry
and had a good position in a Government Department. He has now been out of
work for 3 months, has used his savings, so is now trying to live on the Newstart
Allowance. He has applied for a lot of jobs, and has been for several interviews,
but has not been successful. One of the problems with Newstart is that it is an
allowance not a pension, so someone on Newstart is not eligible for any of the
concessions that Pensioners are entitled to. This young man was after help with his
car registration. For him the car is vital, to get to job interviews etc, but the
registration for 3 months is $267, and if he had been on a pension it would be
$165. He was a bit upset when all I could offer was some bus tickets. I think we
are going to see a lot of people this year who have lost their jobs.
My wish list for this week: powdered milk, dehydrated pasta meals, tinned
vegetables and tinned fruit.
Many thanks
In the Parish
Gardening Group
10.00 am
5.45 pm
9.00 am
6.45 pm
2.00 pm
Parish directory.
Please add: Anne and Scott Medling, 12/19 Aspinall St, Watson. [email protected]
0422 918 751 (Anne) and 0422 918 761 (Scott). If you don't have a copy of the 2013
directory (the anniversary issue) or if you would like to change your entry, please
contact Chris Ledger
Holy Cross Walking Group
Tuesday 25th March
Ainslie walk, morning tea at a café. Contact Judith Ramage 6248 6853. Meet at the
church at 9.15 am.
Beyond the Parish
Multi-faith Prayer Vigil
Wednesday 26th March 1 – 2.15 pm
Hosted by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) outside the
Minerals Council of Australia, 44 Sydney Ave Forrest, for all religious traditions. The
prayer will focus on greater climate responsibility and solidarity with victims of climate
change. For details, contact Gill King on 0407 953 959
Welcoming the Babies.
Saturday 29th March 10.30 to 12.30
Andrew Leigh will host this event at St Margaret’s in the hall and grounds. See notice
Beyond this Week
Beyond the Parish
Safe Shelter calls for volunteers for Winter 2014
This is a combined Churches and Community Project, offering homeless men shelter at
St Columba’s UC Braddon. Volunteers are needed 7.30pm—6am on 2 or 3 nights each
week, between Anzac Day and early October. E-mail [email protected]
The Ethics of Migration
Saturday 5th April 1.30 – 5pm
At the ACCC, Barton. $5 entry, afternoon tea provided. Speakers include Bishop George
Browning. Further information: Jenny Goldie: 0401921453