CHURCH IN A MIXED FORMAT THIS SUNDAY
Church is now happening in a mixed format, with some of the congregation on site and some on zoom. You are always welcome to come to the site or to join online. Information about how to attend on site or on zoom is all here.
Latest on YouTube:
Wrestling with God. Jessica Carroll Smith explores spiritual reality and prayer when we are afraid and don’t know what is going to happen to us, reflecting on Genesis 32.22-31 and Matthew 14.13-21.
God’s faithfulness, despite all our failings, and the problem of predestination. Rev Philip Bradford reflects on Genesis 29.15-28 and Romans 8.26-39.
God’s blessing in the midst of groaning. In the midst of a life of grasping for more, we can become aware of God’s presence, receive God’s blessing, and through grace receive an invitation to join with God in seeing the potential in the world and seeking the good of all. Byron Smith on Genesis 28.10-19a and Romans 8.12-25.
ST GEORGE’S NEWS:
ARCHBISHOP’S LETTER REGARDING HOLY COMMUNION
The Archbishop has written about how to celebrate Holy Communion in this time of COVID19. You can read his letter here. In short, it authorises the practice we began last week and will continue using.
ONLINE GIVING AND MESSAGE FROM OUR REGIONAL BISHOP
Thank you to all those who have looked into online giving since physical services have been suspended. All the details you need to set up electronic giving are Account Name: ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH PADDINGTON. BSB: 062 220 Account Number: 00902574. Thank you for your support of the Parish at this time. Our local Bishop, Michael Stead has produced a short (3½) minute video to encourage congregational generosity. We would recommend you watch it here: Giving Video.
BYRON ON ABC’s COMPASS
Do you remember when ABC’s religious affairs program Compass came and filmed our church services and the climate strike? The Compass episode on Christians and climate change, exploring the efforts and assumptions of believers in various parts of the country includes Byron as one of three people profiled. You can see the episode here: Compass site.
MIDWEEK OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT?
Would you like a midweek opportunity to connect? If you would welcome a chance to connect with others through the week (most likely via a midweek zoom call) for sharing, bible reading, prayer, a book reading group etc., please reply to this email with your ideas and interest.
PRAYER POINTS LIST
We have begun a list of prayer points, in light of what was shared last week on our service calls and updates through the week. Please update and use the list to pray regularly for each other as we seek to stay connected and care for each other in this strange period. There is a lot going on in our community at the moment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the page. Please only share as much as you would be comfortable sharing publicly, and if you are sharing information about someone else’s situation, please get their permission before doing so.
NEW PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
We’re delighted to announce that Annabel Ritchie from our Morning Service has become our new Parish Administrator starting this week. Annabel can be contacted on annabel AT paddington.church. We look forward to Annabel serving our community in this way!
Listen to Podcasts from Paddington Anglican
PEACEtalks. a monthly event (held on a Thursday or Saturday evening) hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. Also on iTunes / Apple Podcasts by searching for PEACEtalks.
The Good Dirt – A podcast exploring the news stories you ought to know but might have missed, with Dr Byron Smith, Christian minister and ecological ethicist.
From Paddington Anglican. For those who missed it, a recordings Tim Costello on why Australia needs refugees is now on the web site and also on iTunes / Apple Podcasts by searching for Paddington Anglican.
On Android listen with free Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, or Castbox apps, or for ad free try Pocket Casts ($3.99, on iPhone/iPad for $5.99 too) or Podcast Republic ($3.89 in-app purchase to remove ads). Just search for “PEACEtalks”, “The Good Dirt with Byron Smith” or “Paddington Anglican” – and all of these let you download a podcast when you have WiFi and then listen offline.