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May 15, 2020

Sunday 17th May 2020

**Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we are unable to post the usual service booklet to this website. Please see (below) for the full text from the service booklet for Sunday 17 May.

Please contact Rev Mel to email you a PDF copy of the 6th Sunday of Easter service booklet.

The Sunday Service is available live online at 11am via parish facebook.

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*For a recorded copy of the service from Sunday 17th May 2020 on Facebook Live, click HERE


17th May, 2020 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ is Risen!

We acknowledge the Jaara Jaara people,
the custodians of this land where we gather.
We pay our respects to their elders past and present and pray for 


‘Those who love me will keep my word,’ Jesus promises, ‘and myFather will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14.23

The Lord be with you.

And also with you

Christ is risen Alleluia

He is risen indeed Alleluia

Let us pray

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ our Passover Lamb has been offered for us, therefore we come to celebrate the festival.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, with a sincere and true heart.

Lord God, you created this world, and made us in your own image. Forgive us when we turn away from you.
Lord, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy

Lord God, through your Son you overcame evil and death. Rescue us from slavery to sin.
Christ, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy

Lord God, by your Spirit, you restore us to fellowship with you and with one another. Breathe your love and freedom in to our lives.
Lord, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us your sins,
and keep us in eternal life. 

Let us pray

O God,
you have prepared for those who love you
joys beyond our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love for you,
that, loving you above all else,
we may obtain your promises
that exceed all we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 


A reading from the book of Acts chapter 77 verses 22 to 31

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I seehow extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What thereforeyou worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would

search for God and perhaps grope for him and find himthough indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,

‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is likegold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all byraising him from the dead.”

Psalm 66 verses 7 to 19

O bless our God, you peoples: and cause his praises to resound,

Who has held our souls in life:

who has not suffered our feet to slip.

For you have proved us, O God: you have tried us as silver is tried.

You brought us into the net:

you laid sharp torment on our loins.

You let our enemies ride over our heads,
we went through fire and water:
but you brought us out into a place of liberty.

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings:

and I will pay you my vows,

The vows that opened my lips:
that my mouth uttered when I was in trouble.

I will offer you burnt-offerings of fattened beasts, with the sweet smoke of rams:

I will sacrifice a bull and the flesh of goats.

Come then and hear, all you that fear God: and I will tell what he has done for me.

I called to him with my mouth:

and his praise was on my tongue.

If I had cherished wickedness in my heart: the Lord would not have heard me.

But God has heard me:

he has heeded the voice of my prayer.

Praise be to God:
who has not turned back my prayer, or his steadfast love from me.

A reading from the first letter of Peter chapter 3 verses 8 to 22

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, ifsuffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves younot as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Now Christ is raised from the dead, He will never die again.
All who follow his Word,
shall have life in him.

Alleluia, Alleluia

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John, chapter 14 beginning at the 15th verse. Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you
forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father,and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

For the Gospel of the Lord praise to you, Lord Jesus ChristThe Sermon

The Prayers of the People

In our isolation, we recognise the wilderness in the world.

In our isolation, we know that God is near.

Dispersed, yet together, we hold on to hope.

Dispersed, yet together, we connect with each other.

In our homes, we sing, "Alleluia!"

In our homes, we trust that love is stronger than hate.

Despite the challenges of this time, we celebrate in God’s hope.

Despite the challenges of this time, we sing.

On this day, we trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Let us worship our Holy God! Alleluia!

We pray for places in the world where there is conflict. We particularly hold close the families in Kabul who have lost mothers or little ones in the attacks this week.

We pray for places in the world where there are natural disasters. We particularly pray for the people of the Philippines as they struggle with the after effects of the typhoons.

We pray for people in refugee camps. We particularly pray for the people in the overcrowded camp in Bangladesh.

We pray for everyone in this country struggling to understand the new restrictions and rules about distancing.

We pray for people who have lost their source of income and are struggling.

We pray for the homeless, that they will find warmth and welcome.

We pray for the addicted, that they will find help and understanding.

We pray for all people classed as ‘essential service’, for hospital staff, retail staff, and teachers, that they will be safe as they work.

We pray Lord that when you present opportunities for us to serve others we will be able and willing.

We pray for those we know who are sick or suffering at the moment and we pray especially for:
Maisy, Wendy, Jeanette, Carmela, Jim, Norma, Michael and Sue, Neil and Stephen, Helen, Colin, Gerard, Marion, Sam, Theirry, Sue and family, and Paul.

We particularly hold our friend Ron in prayer.

We give thanks for the life of Barry Nunn and pray for those who mourn him.

This week we remember Audrey Else.

Please take a moment now to make your prayers for the people and issues that lay heavy on heart, knowing that God loves you and hears you.

The Greeting of Peace

Regardless of where we experience worship this day: We are the body of Christ
His Spirit is with us.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

We give thanks for the offered gifts

God our sustainer,
receive the gifts we bring before you,
and feed us continually with the bread which satisfies all hunger, and the wine that quenches all thirst,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. 


Lift up your hearts to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God as it is right to do.

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere, mighty Creator everliving God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who by the power of your spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.

By his death on the cross and rising to new life,
he offered the one true sacrifice for sin
and obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.

And now we give you thanks
that you raised him to life triumphant, and exalted him in glory.
By his victory over death,
the reign of sin is ended,
a new day is dawned,
a broken world is restored
and we are made whole once more.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name, forever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the Highest
Blessed is he who comes in the Lord’s nameHosanna in the Highest

Merciful God,
we thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and wine,
and we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit, we who eat and drink them
may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread; and when he had given you thanks he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’

After supper, he took the cup,
and again giving you thanks he gave it to his disciples,
saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often 
as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Therefore we do as our Saviour has commanded:
proclaiming his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming again, we celebrate,
with this bread and this cup, his one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
with whom, and in whom,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power are yours for ever and ever. Amen.

With our hearts set on the kingdom and our hands open to serve,we pray as Jesus taught us...

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen

As the grain once scattered in the fields and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside are now reunited on this table in bread and wine, so, Lord, may your whole Church soon be gathered together from the corners of the earth.

The Sending out of God’s people

Prayer after communion...

Lord of life,
fill us with the Spirit of Love and unite us in faith, that we may witness to the resurrection
and show your glory to all the world.

Holy God, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice

through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.


Don’t forget to tune in on Saturdays at midday for Story Time!

Happy birthday this week to Alice Van Dam and Kelly Clune! Blessings and love for your special day.

Let’s sing the hymn together Great Is Your Faithfulness.

Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father, in you no shadow of turning we see;
you never fail and your love is unchanging: as you have been you for ever will be.

Great is your faithfulness,
great is your faithfulness,
morning by morning new mercies we see; all we have needed your hand has provided: great is your faithfulness, Lord God, to me.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in unspoken witness
to your great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that’s enduring,
your living presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow 
these are the blessings your love will provide.

The Blessing and Dismissal

Almighty God, who redeemed us through the resurrection of Christ, who raised us to newness of life through the waters of baptism, and bought us out of slavery into everlasting freedom, give us joy and peace in faith and bring us to our eternal inheritance; and the blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Christ, and Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!

In the name of Christ. Alleluia!

***some thoughts from Rev. Mel***

As you know I had an extra day off this week so I took the opportunity to do a few things that Id not had time for.

I cleaned out the Voldermort room’ at the rectory. Fans of Harry Potter will understand when I say that it is the room that we dont mention. In otherwords it was where the things that we looked at and thought Ive got no idea where to put that’ got dumped when we moved into the rectory more than two years ago (yikes!) and I had not got around to properly sorting it out before this week. Its all done now and looks lovely – the cats are enjoying it a lot!

I got some extra study done so I am now all caught up and ready to face my final essay due in a few weeks. Im currently studying a unit called Women and the Bible and I am thoroughly enjoying it. The class is being called on to listen for the voices of the often voices women in scripture, and to try to work out their part in the grand story of God.

Another thing that I did was some jigsaw puzzles online. Our warden Robyn sent me a link to online puzzles so I spent some time enjoying that. It is much easier to do a puzzle on a screen when you have three cats in the house!

One of the puzzles I did was The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. As I examined each piece and placed it I got the opportunity to view this fresco in a way that I never had before; piece by piece. The use of light and shade is one of Leonardos trad marks but something occurred to me as I put it all together that Id never noticed before.

Jesus sits central in the scene and there is absolute chaos all around him. The disciples are pointed and you can almost hear them calling out and questioning, huddled together.

I think this painting is more than just a depiction of a biblical scene; I think it is a theological reflection about the nature of Jesus.

Human responses to crisis are often to be a bit chaotic to be running

around keeping busy for the very sake of it. Jesus’ response is all in Gods good time.

It made me think about the human need that we might feel right now the need to rush back to what was comfortable before the lockdown, the need to get the economy back up and running, to go back to church in the way we knew.

I believe God is calling us to reflect about all of these things, to slow down and take ourselves out of the chaos that might be around us and pray about what is best for us, our community, and our world.

All in Gods good time. Peace, Mel

Mission and Parish Giving

During this time of partial lockdown we still need to keep our lights on and pay our bills so if you usually give your offering via envelopes or plate please do consider moving to the direct debit option. If you prefer to continue with cash please get in touch with Rev Mel to organise that.

BSB 633 000, Account 1498 24906, Ref: Parish Giving.

Thank you to everyone who has made the change to direct debit giving. It is really helping us to make ends meet at the moment.


PO Box 699, Woodend, VIC 3442 | Priest: Rev’d Melissa Clark 0411 722 718

Wardens: Greg Donaldson 0401 994 453 Robyn Leeder 0415 216 711