Monday Musings 25th November 2019

Dear people of faith,
We conclude the church year in the only way we could, should and do! Christ the King – to proclaim, and give thanks, that Jesus Christ is in charge of our lives, and the church. To God
be the glory. It is a wonderful time of the year as we build anticipation and hope for Christmas in the season of Advent.

Advent Studies booklets are available for everyone today (and it was sent electronically with the pew bulletin on Friday, and is on our webpage). Please use them to prepare for each Sunday and the season – consider joining a group, or create a group, or for your personal use.

Sharing Communion: the LA/Sacristan gathering last Saturday included discussion of the practice of intincting (dipping the bread in the cup) and other things. It was agreed that I remind us all that :

(1) Anglican theology (and canon rule) understands that receiving either the bread or wine alone is to receive Christ in His entirety. Anyone unwilling to drink directly from the cup may simply hold it in both hands, honour it and then release it (‘taking the cup’); and

(2) Numerous microbiological studies have established that sipping from the cup is a safe practice. Intincting is less hygienic than drinking the wine directly from the cup and residue in the wine from intincted breads can actually pose a serious risk to celiac congregants. There is more information at church entrances (courtesy of the Cathedral). However, this parish will continue to honour everyone’s choice of receiving the sacrament.

Ordination student 2020: We look forward to welcoming Glynn Holland- Leam in student placement in 2020. Glynn is a fourth year formation student. Glynn will be commissioned on Sunday 26 January, together with the Rev’d. Jonathan Kemp, honourary Assistant Curate in the parish from 2020.

RI end of year: From District RI Coordinator Karen Grenning: “Please pass on my thanks to your church community for their support of the RI program in the local schools. And we thank Good Shepherd women and RI teachers for once again providing a magnificent afternoon tea for the staff at Brookfield State School Monday last. Most especially, huge thanks to Rosemary Bruton, Suzanne Claire and Ian McCarthy, our parish RI teachers.”

Please pray for the engagement of so many with the Christ story as we connect with schools and community this week, and Messy Advent 8am next Sunday! Invite your neighbour – come with your neighbours.

Blessings, J