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Vicar's News - 12 May 2024

Feast of the Ascension

Docco Dossi, Ascension, 1500

After appearing to the Apostles on various occasions during a period of 40 days following the Resurrection, Jesus was taken up in their presence and was then hidden from them by a cloud, a frequent biblical image signifying the presence of God.

The significance of the Ascension for Christians is derived from the glorification and exaltation of Jesus following his death and Resurrection, as well as from the theme of his return to God the Father. St John's Gospel uses both the sayings of Jesus and his post-Resurrection appearances to indicate a new relationship between Jesus and his Father and between him and his followers, rather than a simple physical relocation from earth to heaven.


Music on Sunday



Prelude: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (Alone to God in the highest be glory) BWV 662 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Hymns:             Processional Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Gradual The head that once was crowned with thorns

                          Thanksgiving O worship the King

                          Post Communion Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Setting:            Christ Church Mass – Philip Matthias (b. 1954)

Psalm:              47 NPCW

Anthem:          The Lord ascendeth up on high – Wittenberg tune,

arr. Alan Bullard

Motet: Glory to the Lamb – David Blackwell (*1961)

Postlude:     Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

St Andrew's Choir

Prelude: Prière du Christ montant vers son Père 

(Prayer of Christ Ascending Towards His Father) from L’Ascension

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Hymns: Processional Rejoice, the Lord is King

Dismissal: Hail the day that sees him rise

Responses:       Smith

Psalm:              24  Barnby in D (RSCM)

Canticles:        Morley in B flat

Anthem:          If ye love me – Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Postlude: Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père 

(The Majesty of Christ Demanding His Glory of the Father) from L’Ascension  Olivier Messiaen  (1908-1992)



Several people who died recently and have had funerals conducted this week. Please pray for the families of the departed:

Sr Sheila CHN
Ross Thornton
Richard Sayer
Ken Hawkins
Greg Lyons
Beau Flavell

May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

Some of these funerals were extremely well attended and the church was quite full. On Friday the grounds were seething with mourners who moved to Mazi Brighton for refreshments, whilst another funeral was conducted and the mourners had refreshments in the Pioneer Chapel.


Coffee + Chat

Coffee + Chat commenced on Wednesday and a lively group of attendees kicked off this new ministry. This month we met in the Pioneer Chapel whilst the Parish Council consider renovations to the Small Hall and those present had a great chat together. Many thanks to those who assisted in setting up for the day.

Coffee + Chat will be in the Pioneer Chapel again on Wednesday 12 June at 12 noon.


Health warning

The Chief Health Officer for Victoria has warned that the State is currently experiencing increased COVID-19 activity in the community, resulting in an increase in people being hospitalised with COVID-19.  At the same time, we are seeing increasing cases of influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) as we head into winter.

During this time, it is especially important those at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are protected – this includes people aged 65 and above, people with a disability or chronic medical condition and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Younger children aged 6 months to 5 years and pregnant women are also at greater risk of influenza and RSV.

Please take precautions. Masks are still recommended for confined spaces.



Next Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. All are welcome to wear something red.



Cheryl Osbourne is preparing for an exhibition of some of her recent paintings and previewed this painting with us.




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