The Beacon

The Beacon
Sunday 16th November 2014
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Anglican Parish of Rockingham-Safety Bay
Personally I find today’s parable one of exceptional challenge. It doesn’t scare
me but it does cause me to take stock of my discipleship. Uppermost in my
mind is the extraordinary privilege of being called to be a follower of Christ and
a member of God’s Kingdom. As I allow these truths to sink in I find that my
inclination to laziness and self-serving are transformed into an excitement at
being able to use the gifts He has been pleased to entrust to me. Can there be
any greater purpose in life and reason to get up each day with a sense of purpose
and expectancy?
With warmest greetings in Christ,
Dear Friends,
A warm welcome to you today.
The gospel readings for last Sunday, today and next week are from Matthew 25
and in each reading our Lord reminds us that we are wise to be ready for His
glorious return.
In many ways the passages are confronting with the awful consequences of our
failure to be ready (12), to be faithful in living our lives for Him (30) and
engaged in unpretentious, spontaneous service of our brothers and sisters in
Christ and for Christ (45-46).
If the consequences of laziness and indifference to Christ and His people are
confronting, the encouragement to faithfulness abound. These include the
welcome to the wedding banquet for all wise enough to be trusting in Christ
(10). The privilege of serving our Master with gifts entrusted to us is reason for
great joy and the welcome words “well done good and faithful servant” along
with assurance that there is even more He will entrust us with, ennobling (2123).
It is faithfulness with what we have been given that counts as members of
God’s Kingdom. The man who failed to do anything with that entrusted to him
was cast out precisely because he failed to do anything for the Master. It
amounted to breach of confidence in His Master’s purposes, call and promised
Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: give us faith to
be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall
come and your will be done, to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
forever. Amen.
Bible Readings (all page numbers refer to the church Bibles).
Today :
Judges 4 : 1 – 10 (p.191);
1 Thessalonians 5 : 1 – 11 (p.960);
Psalm 123
Matthew 25 : 14 – 30 (p.807)
Next Sunday (23/11) : Ezekiel 34 : 11 – 24 (p.702); Psalm 100
Ephesians 1 : 15 – 23 (p.949);
Matthew 25 : 31 – 46 (p.807)
Australian Hymn Book 115, 133, 451, 258
7. Friday fellowship group meets at 9.30 a.m. at St. Nicholas’ and is studying
Mark’s gospel.
1. NEW PARISH DIRECTORY The new Parish Directories are available
today. Every effort has been made to include you and to do so accurately.
Please accept my apologies if we have missed you or made a mistake.
Please advise us as we will issue a regular update for new members. Please
see the person on duty to receive your directory and have your name
recorded since we don’t want to leave them lying around. I commend the
opportunity the directory gives us to pray for each other regularly and to
follow one another up.
8. Thursday 20th November ministry meeting 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.
9. Tonight at 5 p.m. We delve deeper into the gospel reading (Matthew 25 :
14 – 30) contrasting the words “well done” and “you wicked and lazy
slave” and contemplating the great spiritual law “to those who have more
will be given”.
10. Mothers’ Union meets on Wednesday 19th November at 1.30 p.m.
2. BARNABAS FUND MAGAZINES These informative magazines have
just arrived with apologies to those who use the daily prayer notes for their
lateness. Though some of the reports are disturbing they provide a realistic
means of helping us stand with our persecuted sisters and brothers around
the world in prayer and financial support (of special relevance given today’s
and next week’s gospel readings).
16th Nov. Matthew 25 : 14 – 30
7th Dec. 2 Peter 3 : 8 - 18
23rd Nov. Matthew 25 : 31 – 46
14th Dec. 1 Thess. 5 : 12 - 18
30th Nov. John 1 : 35 – 42
21st Dec. Luke 1 : 26 – 38
The small groups will be studying these passages on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 3.30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10.15 a.m.- 11.45 a.m. All are welcome as
we prepare for Christmas during Advent.
4. Sunday 30th November 2014 will see us celebrating St. Andrew’s Day with
a combined 8 a.m. service and at our 10 a.m. service (both at St. Nicholas’).
St Nicholas’: 8 am and 10 am
5 pm [email protected]
St George’s:
8 am
St Nicholas’
Holy Communion every Wednesday at 9 am
St Nicholas’
Morning Prayer Thursday at 8 am
St George’s
Evening Prayer Wednesday and Thursday at 5 pm
The Right Reverend Peter Brain
Tel: 9439 3793 (home) Mob. 0414895791 Email: [email protected]
48 Abingdon Crescent, Wellard 6170
The Rector’s day off is Monday.
Ted Ansell
Paul van Bilsen
5. Men’s Breakfast – Saturday 22nd November 8 a.m. at St.Nicholas’.
6. Parish Dinner Thursday 27th November 6 p.m. for 6.30 p.m.
Opportunity to sing carols together.
Tel: 9527 8995
Tel; 9592 5527
Christine Brain
Tel: 9439 3793 Email: [email protected]