Diary dates 2016
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St. Bede's Day Celebrations
Welcome - 200 Military Road Semaphore
St. Bede's is active and engaged in the local area and strives to make a difference.
We relate as a lively, nurturing, and supportive community of faith. We gather as a
diverse community to support one another with the particularities of our lives. We
offer a faithful community where together we grapple with the things that matter
most to us - relationships, self worth, caring for our bodies and for our enviroment,
the struggles and challenges of livelihood and vocation, the exploration of the
profound experience all people share through birth, sickness and health, suffering
and joy, rites of passage, death and new life.
When are worship services held?
Each week there are three services of Holy Communion at St Bede's
Sundays at 8 am [Followed by coffee at a local café]
Shorter said service from the Australian Prayer Book
Sundays at 9.30 am [Followed by a cuppa in the Parish Hall]
Eucharist/Communion with music
Wednesday 9.30 am
[Please note: If forecast temperature is 38c or above, Wednesday service will not be held].
There will be no Wednesday Service until 20th January
For Prayer and Reflection
The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. This paradox
becomes visible in very ordinary situations. If we cling to our friends, we may lose them,
but if we are nonpossessive in our relationships, we will make many friends. If fame is
what we seek and desire, it often vanishes as soon as we acquire it, but if we have no
need to be known, we might be remembered long after our deaths. When we want to be in
the centre, we easily end up on the margins, but when we are free enough to be wherever
we must be, we often find ourselves in the centre.
Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all human acts. This will gain us our lives.
Henri J. M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: Reflections for Each Day of the Year
(London: Darton, Longman & Todd; )
The Grace of Lent
To keep Lent is to discover and remember who in heaven's name we are, as person and
community. We pray against all confusers and confusions for our true identity and vocation.
We know that means standing before the cross and making some choices.
The grace of this season is that Jesus suffers the choice with us. He's been over the turf
and is our brother exactly on that score, with us in the struggle of our hearts. Let the further
grace be that we make our choice as disciples, in the mind and heart of Christ.
Bill Wylie Kellermann, Seasons of Faith and Conscience: Kairos,Confession, Liturgy
(Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1991), p. 166