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Vicar's News - 1 August 2021

Updated: Sep 7, 2021

Fra Angelico - Sermon on the Mount, 1442

The Gospel reading for this weekend contains one of the sentences of Jesus that we regularly hear in our Eucharist service - " I am the bread of life". Jesus points to bread beyond bread, to that gift from God which not only comes to the world through Jesus, but is in fact Jesus himself.


Guest preacher on Sunday

The Revd Canon Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker

BA Wheaton, MATS GCTS, PhD Toronto Frank Woods Associate Professor in New Testament Dean of the Theological School

Bob Derrenbacker grew up in upstate New York State in the USA. He attended Wheaton College where he earned a BA in Theology and Biblical Studies. He then received his Masters Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, USA. He, and his wife Cindy, then immigrated to Toronto, Canada where Bob earned a PhD in New Testament at the University of Toronto. It was there in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto where Bob was ordained Deacon in 2001, then Priest in 2002.

Dr Derrenbacker has published and presented his research widely on the New Testament Gospels. He has authored one monograph and numerous articles and reviews. Dr Derrenbacker is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. He has held full-time faculty positions in New Testament at Tyndale Seminary (Toronto) and Regent College (Vancouver), where he taught in the areas of the Gospels, the writings of Paul, and early Christianity. Most recently, Dr Derrenbacker was President of Thorneloe University, a small Anglican college federated with Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He joined Trinity College as the Dean of the Theological School in January 2019, where he also serves at the Frank Woods Associate Professor in New Testament at the University of Divinity, Melbourne.

Dr Derrenbacker is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, one of the Networks of the Communion. He is also Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne.

He is married to Cindy and they have two adult children, Chloe and Jack.



Our services this weekend are at the usual times but there will be some changes particularly in relation to refreshments afterwards due to changes to the requirements regarding refreshments afterwards.

At Sat@6, the service will be in the nave church and refreshments will also be served in this space as the Pioneer Chapel cannot accommodate sufficient people given the new limits imposed by the State Government.

At 10am, the glass doors between the narthex and the nave will be open to increase the area available to for standing and sitting.

Given the weather, I suggest you wear sufficiently warm clothes as we may not be standing near the heaters. Masks must be worn at all services and social distancing requirements remain in place for both the service and refreshments afterwards.


Funerals and Memorial Services

The funeral for Jacqui Woodyatt will be held on Tuesday at 10.30am. Due to the limited number who can be seated due to the COVID restrictions, the service can be viewed on line here.

The Memorial Service for Stewart Bolles will also be held this week but it will not be lived streamed and will be limited to family members due to the attendance restrictions.


Stamps for Anglican Board of Mission (ABM)

Thank you for those who have made recent donation of stamps, which are a valuable source of income for the work of ABM. The money generated from your donation of stamps supports the work of ABM throughout the Anglican Communion and often funds much needed projects which we find difficult to resource from our regular donations. In light of COVID-19 and the limit imposed on members in the ABM office they have come to rely more significantly on the preparation of stamps for sale prior to their arrival in the office. This has proved to be a great benefit for ABM and reduce some of the costs associated with managing this form of donation. Please try to leave about 1cm of envelope or postcard on each side of used stamps…. Read more here

Used stamps can then be left in the boxes in the Narthex or Lady Chapel foyer or at the Parish Office.



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