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Vicar's News - 11 February 2024

Ludovico Carracci, The Transfiguration, 1588-90

The transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth. Elijah representing the prophets and Moses representing the Law, meet with Jesus and speak of his 'exodus' which he was about the accomplish in Jerusalem. Christ's redemptive sacrifice was the purpose for which Elijah had ministered, and to which the Law points.


Sunday's Music

Prelude:      Partita ‘Christ, der du bist der helle Tag’ BWV 766 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Hymns: Processional    Come down, O love divine

Gradual                Christ is made the sure foundation

Thanksgiving        For the fruits of all creation

Post Communion Christ is the world’s light

Setting:            Parish Eucharist – Michael Dudman (1938-1994)

Psalm:              50: 1-6 TiS 30

Anthem:           My eyes for beauty pine – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Motet:              O Lord that seest – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Postlude:     Prelude and Fugue in C – Georg Bohm (1661-1733)



During the 10am service we will welcome into the church of God baby Charlie Stretch, son of Lucy and Campbell and grandson to Felicity and Nick.


Choral Evensong

This evening there will be a Choral Evensong service at 6pm. The music for that service is:

Prelude: ‘Ruhig bewegt’ from Sonate II – Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Hymns: Processional       All my hope on God is founded TiS 560(i) v1,3,5

Dismissal              Take up thy cross, the Saviour said NEH 76 v1,2,5,6

Responses: Stalnaker

Psalm: 97; South in C (RSCM)

Canticles: Vaughan Williams in C

Anthem: Teach me, O Lord – Thomas Attwood (1765-1838)

Postlude: Pièce d’orgue BWV 572 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Chinese New Year celebration

Last Saturday we had an amazing morning of cultural exchange in our grounds, sponsored by Bayside City Council and the Church Street Traders. Opened by the mayor, Councillor Fiona Stitfold, a wonderland of performers delighted us over 4 hours. A short video collage can be seen here. Click on the photos below to enlarge and download any of them.

Many thanks to Xeverie and a team of others who put so much effort into making it a most enjoyable event.


Our choir returns

Sunday last saw our choir return and new choristers and our Assistant Director of Music commissioned. It was a great service and our photographer, Howard Aitken, photographed much of the service and a selection of photos are below. Click on the photo to enlarge it and download a copy.


Episcopal Visit

The Right Reverend Kate Prowd, Bishop of the Monomeeth Episcopate in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, focusing on theological studies and vocational training, will be our guest at the 10am service on Sunday 25 February 2024.

At that service we will also be farewelling Philippa and John McKenna who are moving to Canberra shortly, so there will be a big morning tea.



This month's TMA is a digital copy only, and can be accessed here or by using the QR below.


Brighton Covenant Churches

I am now the chair of the Brighton Covenant Churches, the group of churches in Brighton comprising Anglican, Roman Catholic, Uniting and Baptist members working together for events proclaiming the Kingdom in Brighton.

Advance notice of our Pilgrim Walk of Witness on Good Friday appears below for your diary.


Mayflower monthly service

We are recommencing our communion services at Mayflower Aged Care, taking over from St Peter's Brighton Beach, on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm. The service this month will be on Wednesday 21 February 2024 at 2.30pm in the lounge room on level 1.




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