Vicar's News - 31 January 2021

Updated: Jan 31

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What is it that possesses us? Is it Christ, or some part of our self, our own ‘demons’ that rule our lives and prevent us from acting in a manner that befits a disciple of Jesus. Modern medical scholarship moves us away from the ancient thinking that people who acted strangely were, in fact, possessed by some form of ‘evil spirit’. But in biblical times, demonic possession was used to explain behaviour that was not understood. Jesus uses that thinking here to demonstrate his power of the unknown.

In those days and possibly still the case - the use of a person’s name implied some control over them. Do you remember when your mother used your full name? – never a promising moment. In some instances Jesus prevents the ‘demon’ from naming him so as to ensure Jesus can demonstrate who truly has the power.

What rules our lives? Our own needs or those of God who, through our faith, can free is us from our inner demons and make us true disciples.

Receiving God’s gifts: recognising assets & abundance


Bishop Kate Prowd, formerly of St Stephen’s Gardenvale, in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane and the ‘HeartEdge’ program developed by the Reverend Dr Samuel Wells at St Martin-in-the-Fields (London) is presenting a series of seminar and panel discussions introducing the HeartEdge ethos and its mission model (the 4 Cs – compassion, culture, commerce, congregation) to the Anglican Dioceses of Southern Queensland and Melbourne. This series will feature stories, case studies, ideas and approaches presented by clergy and lay leaders from both Dioceses.

Tickets are $25 per person and include access to all six sessions in the series. The sessions will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings throughout February to April, from 5.00–6.30 pm Brisbane time (6.00–7.30 pm Melbourne time). Bookings here.


Participants will receive an email with a link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the start of each session:


‘The pandemic & the future shape of church’

3 February, 6–7.30 pm Melbourne time

Sam Wells explores what church might need to look like and some opportunities for change as we emerge from the experience of the pandemic. The pandemic has been a complete nightmare, but can still be a gift, if it restores our clarity about our core purpose: to be with people in the night-time of their fear with faith, hope and love in the God who in Christ heals our past and frees our future.


'Living God's Future Now'

10 February, 6–7.30 pm Melbourne time

Christianity must take the present opportunity to be what it was always called to be: an alternative society, overlapping and sharing space with regular society, but living in a different time – that’s to say, modelling God’s future in our present.

The HeartEdge mission model of the 4 Cs offers a model of what a renewed society might look like. The interdependence of commerce, culture, compassion and congregational life is this model. It sustains itself, is open to the gifts of strangers, and exhibits the life of faith. This session will explore 4 Cs stories with clergy from the two Dioceses’.


‘What virtues are called for in a post COVID world?’

3 March, 6–7.30 pm Melbourne time

Sam Wells suggests that, through the nightmare of the pandemic, we’ve been given the greatest opportunity of our lifetimes to be pastors: to rediscover our core identity and to exercise our unique calling by doing some very simple things very well. But to do so may require a change of heart and soul and mind and strength; which is why we need the Beatitudes of Lockdown.


• 'The public role of the Church in complex times'

10 March, 6–7.30 pm Melbourne time

Exploring complexity/emergence work and conversational/dialogical approaches in relation to partnership. Working with those “on the way” into conversation; seeking a transformative spirituality and inclusive faith that speaks to real issues of today.


‘Investing in the Kingdom: The Divine Economy’

7 April, 5–6.30 pm AEST

Sam Wells explores the New Testament call to discipleship as an all-embracing thing requiring our heart and mind and soul and strength. The church has found it hard to live that call in practice and has adapted its ways to what we might call a partial approach. Any solution to the churches’ present woes about money that are based on a partial approach are unlikely to succeed, given that they are seeking to restore a flawed model. Therefore, a renewed all-embracing model is suggested that might give hope and reignite the imagination of our conversation about money.


• 'Good business & the Church'

14 April, 5–6.30 pm AEST

This session will explore the potential for hybrid structures that build community understanding of how we all flourish in complex working environments including church engagement with business/commercial enterprises including business ethics and pastoral care. Exploring the potential for hybrid organisations that stand with one foot in the business community and the other in the church and which work to hybrid structure and practice in an evolving form of secular public engagement for the Anglican Church of Australia.


Everyone is invited to participate.


You are also welcome to join the parish of St George’s East Ivanhoe which is supporting this initiative by running a group on Zoom to explore the material, ideas and reflections that come out of the presentations. If you would like to be part of that group please email the Vicar John Sanderson at jsanderson@melbourneanglican.org.au.

Sat@6 in the church


How great that our Sat@6 service has outgrown the space available in the Pioneer Chapel under the current COVID-19 restrictions. We will be having our services in the church until those limitations are removed and we can comfortably sit closer together.


We are grateful for the piano accompaniment previously provided by James Hardy for this service. Calvin Bowman will be providing the music for the service, principally on the organ and we will be occasionally joined by cellist Clara Schütz.


Clara began studying cello at the age of five in Bendigo. She travelled to Melbourne between 1987 and 1992 to study with Sarah Cuming. She gained her AMusA while still in school and performed with the Bendigo Symphony Orchesra. In 1994 she received First Prize in the 1994 National Cello Competition held in Wagga Wagga, NSW, winning a $13000 Benedict Lang cello. In 1995 she won the Hepzibah Menuhin Award for strings and the 3MBS-FM Performer of the Year competition. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in 1997 studying with Nelson Cooke and Christian Wojtowicz, later travelling to England to continue her studies. She has played with the State Orchestra of Victoria and has taken masterclasses with Georg Faust, Ralph Kirshbaum and Maude Tortellier. In 1997 she travelled to England to continue her studies.

Baptism in the Bay


Last Sunday Michelle baptised Bo Liu on Brighton Beach accompanied by a group of parishioners.


We welcome her into the Church of God and look forward to her being among us at the 10am service.

Refreshments at 10am service


This weekend we are reintroducing refreshments after the 10am service. Because of Diocesan restrictions on the provision of food served by parishes, under the Parish’s COVIDSafe plan these will be limited, at this stage, to tea, coffee, mineral water, or cordial. All the cups will be disposable, so please place your finished cups and napkins in the bins provided in the narthex. Biscuits individually served on napkins (to avoid cross-contamination) will be available too.

This week at St Andrew’s


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Advance notice for your diaries


mainly music will recommence on Monday 1 February


St Andrew’s Choir returns to church on next Sunday at 10am, when we will be commissioning the new Choir members. There will be a barbeque following that service, courtesy of the Choir Parents (SACPA), so please remain for the service and mingle with the choristers and their parents and families.


主任牧师寄语– 31 January 2021

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占据我们心的是什么?是基督,还是我们自身的一部分,我们自己的“恶鬼”统治着我们的生活,阻止我们以适合耶稣的门徒的方式行事。现代医学使我们摆脱了古老的思想,即行为异常的人实际上被某种形式的“邪灵”所附体。但是在圣经时代,恶鬼的占有被用来解释人们无法理解的行为。耶稣在这里用这种思想来证明他对未知领域的能力。

在当时甚至可能现今仍然如此的情况下-呼喊人名意味着对他们的控制。您还记得母亲使用您的全名吗? –真不希望有那样的时刻。在某些情况下,耶稣阻止“鬼”称呼他,以确保耶稣可以证明谁真正拥有能力。

什么决定我们的生活?透过我们的信仰,是我们自己的需求或上帝的需求可以使我们摆脱内心的魔鬼,成为真正的门徒?


Receiving God’s gifts: recognising assets & abundance

接受神所赐的礼物:确认资产和

主教凯特·普罗德(Kate Prowd)布里斯班·威尔斯(Samuel Wells)牧师在伦敦圣马丁现场研究中心开发的“ HeartEdge”计划正在举办一系列研讨会小组讨论向南昆士兰州和墨尔本的英国国教区介绍了HeartEdge精神及其使命模型(4 C –同情心,文化,商业,会众)。本系列将以两位教区牧师和非专业领袖的故事,案例研究,思想和方法为特色。

费用¥25,可参加该系列的所有六个课程。会议将在整个2月至4月的周三晚上通过Zoom举行,时间为布里斯班时间下午5–6.30(墨尔本时间下午6–7.30)。 在此here.


参加者将在每次会话开始之前收到一封电子邮件,其中包含一个链接,以参加Zoom会议


  • ‘The pandemic & the future shape of church’

“疫情与教会的未来形态”

2月3日,下午6–7.30墨尔本时间

萨姆·威尔斯(Sam Wells)探索了教堂的外观,以及当我们从疫情的经验中浮现出来时的一些变革机会。大流行是一场完全的噩梦,但如果它恢复了我们对我们核心目标的明确性,它仍然可以是礼物:与人们在恐惧中的夜晚相处,对在基督里治愈的上帝充满信心,希望和爱我们的过去,释放我们的未来。


  • 'Living God's Future Now'

当下活在上帝的未来中”

2月10日,墨尔本时间下午6–7.30)–

基督教必须抓住现在的机会,成为一直被人们称为的:替代社会,与常规社会重叠和共享空间,但是生活在不同的时代–也就是说,在我们现在的上帝中塑造未来。

4 C的HeartEdge任务模型提供了一个新社会可能会是什么样的模型。商业,文化,同情心和会众生活的相互依存就是这种模式。它维持自我,向陌生人的礼物开放,并展现信仰的生命。本课程将与两位教区牧师一起探讨4个Cs故事。


  • ‘What virtues are called for in a post COVID world?’

‘后COVID世界需要什么美德?’

3月3日,下午6点至7.30点,墨尔本时间–萨姆·威尔斯(Sam Wells)表示,在疫情的噩梦中,我们获得了毕生最大的机会成为牧师:重新发现我们的核心身份并通过实践来行使我们的独特召唤一些非常简单的事情很好。但是,这样做可能需要改变心灵,思想和力量。这就是为什么我们需要在封闭期间的祝福。


  • 'The public role of the Church in complex times'

“在复杂时期教会的公共角色”

3月10日,下午6–7.30墨尔本时间

探索与伙伴关系相关的复杂性/突发性工作以及对话/对话方法。与那些“在途中”进行交谈的人;寻求能够解决当今现实问题的变革性精神和包容性信念。


  • ‘Investing in the Kingdom: The Divine Economy’

投资天国:神圣的经济”

4月7日,美国东部标准时间下午5–6.30

萨姆·威尔斯(Sam Wells)探索了《新约》中关于门徒训练的呼召,这是一个无所不包的事情,需要我们全心全意,尽心尽力。教会发现在实践中很难活出这种呼召,并已将其方式调整为我们可以称之为局部方式的方式。鉴于教会正在寻求恢复有缺陷的模式,因此任何解决教会目前基于部分方法的金钱困境的方法都不太可能成功。因此,提出了一种更新的全能模型,该模型可能会给我们带来希望,并重新点燃我们关于金钱的对话的想象力。


· 'Good business & the Church'

“良好的生意与教会”

4月14日,美国东部标准时间下午5–6.30

本届会议将探讨建立混合结构的潜力,这些结构将使社区了解我们在复杂的工作环境中如何蓬勃发展,包括教会与商业/商业企业的互动,包括商业道德和教牧关怀。探索混合组织的潜力,这种组织的一只脚站在商业社区中,而另一只脚站在教堂中,并为澳大利亚圣公会的世俗公众参与的发展形式而致力于混合结构和实践。


欢迎任何有兴趣的人参加

Sat@6 in the church 周六晚6点的崇拜


在当前的COVID限制下,我们的Sat @ 6崇拜的人数超出了先锋教堂可用空间的大小。我们将在主堂里崇拜,直到这些限制被消除并且可以舒适地坐在一起。


感谢James Hardy)为周六崇拜的钢琴伴奏。Calvin Bowman将提供管风琴音乐服务,大提琴ClaraSchütz也会偶尔加入。


Clara五岁开始在Bendigo学习大提琴。她于1987年至1992年间前往墨尔本向Sarah Cuming学习。她还在上学时就获得了AMusA,并与本迪戈交响乐团合作演出。 1994年,她在新南威尔士州Wagga Wagga举行的1994年全国大提琴比赛中获得一等奖,赢得了13000美元的Benedict Lang大提琴。 1995年,她因弦乐获得了Hepzibah Menuhin奖,并获得了3MBS-FM年度最佳表演者比赛。她于1997年获得荣誉学士学位,就读于纳尔逊·库克(Nelson Cooke)和克里斯蒂安·沃伊托维奇(Christian Wojtowicz),之后前往英国继续她的学业。饺子。1997年,她前往英格兰继续她的学业。

Baptism in the Bay 海中受洗

上周日,在一组教会会众的的见证下,Michelle在Brighton海滩为刘波施洗。

我们欢迎她加入上帝的教会,并期待她在上午10点参加我们的聚会。

Refreshments at 10am service 10点崇拜后的茶点


这个周末,我们将在上午10点以后有茶点。由于教区对教区COVID-Safe计划所规定的教会所提供食物的限制,因此在现阶段,仅提供茶,咖啡,矿泉水等饮品。所有的杯子都是一次性的,因此请把用过的杯子和餐巾放在门厅提供的垃圾箱中。我们也有在餐巾纸上的饼干。(以避免交叉污染)

This week at St Andrew’s 本周信息


click 点击此处查看教会崇拜和活动日历here


.Mainly Music 和 English Conversation Group 将于周一进行。


St Andrew’s Choir 圣安德鲁合唱团将于下周日上午10点返回教堂,届时我们将委任新的合唱团成员。感谢合唱团成语的父母(SACPA)的礼仪之后将进行烧烤,请大家留下来,与合唱团成员及其家人交流。





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