Jan
20
to Jan 26

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

We are delighted to have Bishop Ian and Mrs Coutts with us this morning. Welcome to St George’s! This is Bishop Ian’s first Pastoral Visit to the Parish, and it is great to have our Father in God as our celebrant and preacher today.

This week we reflect further on the theme of the Epiphany; following last Sunday’s reflection on the Baptism of our Lord, today’s Gospel reading shows how God used a notable miracle to present Jesus to the people, declaring openly Christ’s power over nature. At a wedding in Cana, Jesus changed water into wine and, ‘When the steward tasted........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jan
13
to Jan 19

The Baptism of Our Lord

Message from the Rector

As we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany last Sunday, we ‘witnessed’ the grand arrival of the three visitors from the East – the Magi or wise men – who came to pay homage to the Child of Bethlehem, bringing with them many treasured gifts including gold, frankincense and myrrh filled with love and mystic meaning. At the 9.30 Service we also welcomed several visitors from Perth and some friends from the West Midlands in the UK gave a spontaneous rendering of the chorus ‘Jesus, you are wonderful’ – ‘Makanaka Jesu’ in the Shona language (one of Zimbabwe’s main indigenous languages).

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Jan
6
to Jan 12

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Message from the Rector

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that the first week of 2019 has been a blessed time as we give thanks to the Almighty God for bringing us safely to the start of yet another year. Have you made any 'new year's resolutions' this year? It's not always easy to follow one's own decisions and plans; let alone those placed on us by others. However, we can learn a lot about persistence and patience if we make enough effort to follow our dreams and plans.

On this holy Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord, we learn about visitors from the 'east' who embarked on a long and, sometimes confusing, journey by following a unique star that proclaimed Christ's birth........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
30
to Jan 5

First Sunday after Christmas

Message from Fr Melusi

Luke’s Gospel recounts an encounter between God’s angels and the people living in the region of Judea in which the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is located. Without prior notice, the angels appear to a group of shepherds living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night, protecting their sheep from marauding jackals and wolves. She shepherds are told of Christ’s birth and then encouraged to visit the child in Bethlehem as an angel says to them, ‘this will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger … Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
23
to Dec 29

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Message from Fr Melusi

Congratulations to Kelly and Ron for the Baptism of their daughter Charlotte at last Sunday’s joint service! Right from the start of the service, it was clear that Charlotte loves water: the heavens opened, and the rain poured throughout the service. Furthermore, during the reading of the gospel the congregation could ponder the words of John the Baptist who reminded the people how John’s baptism of water provided a good starting point for Christ’s baptism with the Holy Spirit. So, that is the essence of Christian baptism: the minister uses water to baptise God’s people as a sign of the gifting of the Holy Spirit which, at Christ’s own baptism in the River Jordan, came in the form of a dove, symbolising God’s power to forgive sins, bring peace and newness into our lives........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
16
to Dec 22

Third Sunday of Advent

Message from Fr Melusi

This Sunday’s gospel brings several themes together: the idea of expectation, baptism and proclamation about social justice. As crowds of people gather around John the Baptist, many wondered who this prophet really is – could he be the one they have been waiting for? Could John be the Messiah, the one anointed by God to lead the people of Israel from bondage to freedom? The people were filled with expectation, questioning in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John, being aware of their curiosity and expectation, believed that the people needed to understand who he was by paying close attention to what he was doing. While his ministry involved baptizing people with water, he stated clearly that Jesus Christ.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
9
to Dec 15

Second Sunday of Advent

Message from Fr Melusi

We continue our reflection on Advent Sunday tracing the moral foundations of Christ’s Kingdom in Israelite prophecy in which God is seen as righteousness since it is the Lord who brings justice and peace in every society. The scope of Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jeremiah chapter 33) is to confirm God’s promise regarding the restoration of the Israel’s kingdom through a descendant of David. Every promise made by God through the teaching and testimony of Jeremiah and the other prophets has a clear reference and connection to the Church today. Christian mission involves praying for the underprivileged and suffering particularly those who seek to follow Christ under trying circumstances, in places where people must fight for their rights to simply live as those who have been baptised in the name of Jesus, the King of heaven and earth.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
2
to Dec 8

First Sunday of Advent

Message from Fr Melusi

The first Sunday of Advent brings us to the start of a new cycle in the Christian calendar. Advent Sunday follows the Feast of Christ the King which we marked last week, when we reflected on Jesus’ role and mission as the King of the whole universe. Christ is the King of heaven and earth. What this means, in our globalist and postmodern world, is that sovereignty does not lie in nationhood or community spirit in our ongoing friendship and relationship with God through Christ, the King of glory. So, on Advent Sunday we begin a new journey on the path towards the strengthening, and perhaps rebuilding too, of this relationship as we focus on the nature of Christ’s kingship.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Dec
1
to Dec 25

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

NINE LESSONS & CAROLS - Thurs 20th Dec at 6.00pm (church)

CHILDREN’S SERVICE - Mon 24th Dec at 5.00pm (Family Centre)

MIDNIGHT MASS - Mon 24th Dec at 11.30pm (church)

CHRISTMAS DAY - Tues 25th Dec at 9.30am (Family Centre)

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Nov
25
to Dec 1

Last Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Last Sunday’s first reading from 1 Samuel about a woman called Hannah can be a source of inspiration to those of us who, every now and then, have good reason to keep perspective and remember that even biblical characters are humans who experience grief and make mistakes. Nevertheless, Hannah is certainly a pretty safe bet to emulate because she’s a real, very tough and humble person. She endures emotional pain and yet remains faithful to God the Almighty who ultimately hears her prayer for help and comes to her assistance. 1 Samuel presents Israel as a nation in crisis. The Philistines are threatening, there is full of corruption in the society and even the religious and judicial leaders aren’t much better. Nobody in Israel is quite sure as to who among the people is going to emerge as the one capable of leading God’s people to glory.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Nov
18
to Nov 24

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

This week we are invited to reflect on the question of grief and how to deal with life changing situations and loss. We start with St Elisabeth of Hungary, a 13th century Hungarian princess and philanthropist, who was betrothed to a young man called Louis whom she married in 1221. Elizabeth's life changed irrevocably six years later when, on 11 September 1227, Louis died of a fever in Otranto, Italy, just a few weeks before the birth of their daughter Gertrude. Upon hearing the news of her husband's death, Elizabeth reportedly said, “Louis is dead. It is to me as if the whole world died today”. Following her husband’s death, Elizabeth made solemn vows similar to those of a nun, practiced self-denial and chose poverty over material wealth. She gave food, clothing......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Nov
11
to Nov 17

Remembrance Day

Message from Fr Melusi

Last Sunday we joined our friends at St Mary's Church, Busselton in celebrating 170 years of Anglican mission and ministry in this beautiful part of the south west of Western Australia. It was so good to see many of you there. Thank you very much! The clergy and church wardens at St Mary's have also asked me to extend their gratitude and appreciation to everyone for their support and fellowship. It was very good to hear Bishop Tom Wilmot, former Rector, who also played a key part in the establishment of our Parish.

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Nov
4
to Nov 10

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Our new Bishop, the Right Revd Dr Ian Coutts, was consecrated at an inspiring ceremony at St George’s Cathedral, Perth last Thursday 1st November. The Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy presided at the service in her capacity as the Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Anglican Province of Western Australia. The Archbishop was assisted by several bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia as well as those from other parts of the Anglican Communion. When a new bishop is consecrated, they are presented with three symbols of office. First, they are given a mitre which they wear on their head. Second, the new bishop is presented with a staff or shepherd’s crook and, third, a cross or crucifix attached to a long chain which is worn around the neck so that it rests on......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Oct
28
to Nov 3

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus is travelling with his disciples and their journey leads them to the City of Jericho. The disciples have a lot in their minds – Jesus has just informed them that if any want to be the greatest among all they should first give up everything and become the servant of all. They listened to Jesus as he spoke to a rich man who asked him the question, ‘Lord, what must I do to be saved?’ They also heard Jesus speak about giving good value and service to God and other people in his response to a request from James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who have been wondering whether it might be possible to sit next to the Lord when Jesus takes his throne of glory in the Kingdom of God. The disciples have certainly been given......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Oct
21
to Oct 27

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

We have been invited to attend the 170th Anniversary Eucharist Service at St Mary’s Church, Busselton on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 9.30am. Therefore, on 4th November there will be one service only at St Georges at 8.00am so that we can, as a congregation, join our friends at St Mary’s in marking this significant anniversary in the life of the Anglican Church in Western Australia. However, for those who may not be able to attend the celebration Eucharist, the 8.00am Service in Dunsborough will provide space for worship and Holy Communion.

The Preacher at the special Service in Busselton is going to be the Right Revd Tom Wilmot who is......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Oct
14
to Oct 20

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Let me start by thanking Fr Ted Witham and Lyal Warren who led worship last Sunday when some of us were attending the Synod Eucharist at St Boniface Cathedral in Bunbury. As you may recall, Diocesan Synod was a three-day event, beginning on Friday 5th October and finishing with the Eucharist on Sunday morning. The proceedings went well and there was a sense of unity across the Diocese as each parish was represented by one or more people. Also, the Bishop-Elect, the Revd Dr Ian Coutts, and his wife Anne, were present at the meeting. The Bishop-Elect addressed the gathering and his talk was warmly received. He stated that when he begins his episcopal ministry among us at the start of November......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Oct
7
to Oct 13

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

This weekend the First Session of the Fortieth Synod (20182020) are meeting in Bunbury. As part of Synod business several motions, questions and petitions have been put forward. Here is an example: Motion Seeking Asylum and Refugees Mover The Hon. Murray Montgomery Seconder Mrs Marie Ham TEXT OF MOTION – ‘That this Synod: Acknowledges people seeking asylum living in our community are entitled to human rights, dignity and social support. Opposes the current placement of asylum seekers and refugees into the off-shore detention centres in Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island and seeks an end to these arrangements and closure of these centres and the people held in these centres be brought to Australia for processing......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Sep
30
to Oct 6

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

In its early days, the Anglican Parish of Dunsborough was part of the Parish of St Mary’s, Busselton which is one the oldest churches in Western Australia. This year St Mary’s Anglican Church will be giving thanks to God for nearly two centuries of ministry in this beautiful part of WA by celebrating 170 years of spiritual growth, mission and service to the community of Busselton. Planning for the church in Busselton began in 1841. However, it was not until 1844 that the foundation stone was laid, marking the beginning of the construction of the church building. The service of consecration took place on the 4th of November in 1848.

Exactly 170 years later, our friends at St Mary’s are planning a weekend of celebrations from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Sep
23
to Sep 29

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Last Sunday I had the privilege of introducing our Pastoral Partners to the congregation as well as offering some special prayers; assuring them of our constant and prayerful support in all they do for God as members of the church in Dunsborough. We also prayed for those who could not be present on the day. Please join me in saying the following Pastoral Partners prayer: Christ has no body now on earth but ours; no hands but ours; no feet but ours; our eyes are the eyes through which Christ can look with compassion on the world; ours are the feet through which he is to go about doing good to God’s glory. Amen. Thank you for supporting the 8.45am Joint Service on the third Sunday of the month........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Sep
16
to Sep 22

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Through his teaching, life and work Christ modelled friendship as a means of staying close to God and to one another especially through prayer and worship. In church life one way of practicing and promoting friendship is through the ministry of our church Pastoral Partners – whom we pray for today especially – who often serve as the first level of offering caring support for members of the congregation. The Pastoral Partner is a good friend, neighbour and fellow disciple of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is the Shepherd who cares for the sheep, sometimes even leaving the larger part of the flock behind to find one sheep which is lost (Matthew 18: 12-14).......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Sep
9
to Sep 15

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Next Sunday we will have an opportunity to recognise and thank our Pastoral Partners during the Joint Service. Friendship can be exercised and lived through pastoral partnerships and this understanding of pastoral care is based on Christ’s teaching to abide in his love and follow his lead. In John 15:9-11 Jesus says, ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.’ As the good shepherd of the sheep, Jesus also says, ‘“… anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Sep
2
to Sep 8

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

More prayers of intercession from the PRAYER TREE at the front of the Church:

'Thank you, Lord, for my eye success and neck movement. Thank you for the rescue of the boys and this world we live in; that modern science can do so much to help people.'

'Dear Lord, thank you for your care and love for my family and I pray they may return to you and come to trust in you once more. To you be the glory for ever.'

'Thank you for being our Father, the One who recognized and dealt with our sin in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Aug
26
to Sep 1

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

This week we continue with intercessions from the PRAYER TREE: 'Dear Lord, we pray for the mental healing of our dear Sister .... and the removal of all evil spirits and thoughts. We pray for the restoration of her body, to the fullness and happiness of life; in Jesus' name we pray.' 
 
'Dear Lord, we thank you for your care as well as your demonstration of your love for the world through the Thai boys' rescue.' 
 
'Jesus, we thank you for the rain, creation, our homes and families.' 
 
'I love you Lord! Open my eyes Lord to see......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Aug
19
to Aug 25

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

I have been reading the prayers of thanksgiving pinned on the PRAYER TREE at the front of the Church and its amazing how these prayer points highlight key responses to God’s grace, love and care experienced by members of our congregation. While the incredible cave rescue in Thailand has been the focus, the PRAYER TREE also demonstrates people’s commitment to God and their love of neighbour, as some of the prayers show. Here are a few extracts from the ‘tree’......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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