The Beacon In a song based upon this Psalm the author, Christopher Idle sums up the promise and the challenge with these words: “Salvation is from God In times of blatant wrong, And those who seek His shelter find A refuge safe and strong. So fully trust in Him ; Shun evil, follow right ; He gives you all your heart’s desire When He is your delight.” Sunday 8th February 2015 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Anglican Parish of Rockingham-Safety Bay Dear Friends, A very warm welcome to you all today. At 10 a.m. we are glad to welcome family and friends of Drew and Julia Walsh and Trevor and Sarah Turnbull as we share in the baptism of Isla and Megan. The baptism of infants is based upon the words of the apostle Peter who, on the day of Pentecost said “the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2.39). Upon the profession of faith of at least one parent (1 Cor. 7.14) we baptise children and administer the outward sign of baptism – water, and pray that in time, God the Holy Spirit will be pleased to work inwardly in our children to bring them to Jesus in repentance and faith. So apart from providing an opportunity to remember our own profession of faith in Jesus as our Saviour and Lord we pray for these children (that they too will own Jesus as their Lord and Saviour) and for their parents (that they will demonstrate the Christian way and do all they can to prayerfully encourage their children to follow Christ). As a church our responsibility is to welcome these children and their families, to pray for them and live as Godly examples with them. Today’s Psalm, 37 is full of encouragement to “take delight in the Lord” (4). The writer offers us many good reasons why we can delight in Him and outlines the many blessings God bestows upon those who do. Tonight at 5 p.m. we will continue to unpack Psalm 37 as we look at ways to overcome fretting, anger, anxiety and the like. Opportunity for questions. With best wishes in Christ, Peter. Collect Father of all, who gave your only – begotten Son to take upon Himself the form of a servant and to be obedient even to death on a cross: give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, that, sharing in His humility, we may come to be with Him in His glory; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Bible Readings (all page numbers refer to the church Bibles). Today: Isaiah 40 : 21-31 (p.582); 1 Cor. 9 : 16-23 (p.931); Psalm 37 Mark 1 : 29-39 (p.813) Next Sunday (15/2): 2 Kings 5 : 1-14 (p.293); 1 Cor. 9 : 24-27 (p.931); Psalm 30 Mark 1 : 40-45 (p.813) Hymns Songs of Fellowship 405, 51, 465, 147 NOTICES 1. Our new minister Devan Foster, with his wife Liz and boys Joseph and Oliver arrived safely last week. Next Sunday at St. Nicholas’ and the following week (22nd) at St. George’s will give us the opportunity of formally welcoming them amongst us. 2. Some dates for your diary : 1) Saturday 14th Feb 8 a.m. Women’s breakfast. Speaker: Carol Keilar. $5 All welcome. Sign up sheet available today. 2) Saturday 28th Feb 8 am. Men’s breakfast. $5 All welcome. Meeting Devan. 3) Wednesday 18th Feb (Ash Wednesday) 9 a.m. Holy Communion at St. Nicholas’ 10.15 a.m. Small group at St. Nicholas’ 7.00 p.m. “When I survey the Wondrous Cross” – reflection and prayer at St. George’s. 4) Wednesday 25th Feb 7p.m. Parish Council 5) June 1st (Monday) – Rockingham Encouragement Day at St. Nicholas’ Romans 8 – The Believer’s Joy and Security. 3. This month’s memory verse : John 8 : 12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. Sermon series for Lent 22nd Feb John 6 : 16-40 “I AM 1st March John 8 : 12-24 “I AM 8th March John 10 : 1-10 “I AM 15th March John 10 : 11-21 “I AM 22nd March John 14 : 1-14 “I AM 29th March John 15 : 1-17 “I AM 5th April John 11 : 17-44 “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE” THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD” THE DOOR FOR THE SHEEP” THE GOOD SHEPHERD” THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES” THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE” PARISH DIRECTORY SUNDAY SERVICES St Nicholas’: 8 am and 10 am 5 pm [email protected] St George’s: 8 am WEEKDAY SERVICES St Nicholas’ Holy Communion every Wednesday at 9 am St Nicholas’ Morning Prayer Thursday at 8 am St George’s Evening Prayer Wednesday and Thursday at 5 pm RECTOR: The Right Reverend Peter Brain Tel: 9439 3793 (home) Mob. 0414895791 Email: [email protected] 48 Abingdon Crescent, Wellard 6170 The Rector’s day off is Monday.
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