Church 'Prayer Tree'
Aug
14
to Oct 14

Church 'Prayer Tree'

Prayers of Intercession - Thanksgiving for God's love and care .... from the church 'Prayer Tree' that was created on Sunday on 29th July. Please feel free to send your own prayers to the Parish Office. Praise and thanks be to God!

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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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Aug
12
to Aug 18

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

News about the new Bishop:  Archdeacon Julie says, ‘I am delighted to say that after some negotiations the Revd Dr Ian Coutts will be consecrated bishop by The Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy at St George’s Cathedral, Perth on Thursday 1st November 2018. This will be an evening service in order to fit in with the many demands on the time both of the Archbishop and the Cathedral staff, and we are most grateful to them for making these arrangements, for what is a considerable service and will take some serious planning and preparation. Following the consecration, the new bishop will be installed at St Boniface Cathedral on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 11am. The seating arrangements, invitations etc., are being organised......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Aug
5
to Aug 11

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Today we are delighted to welcome Thomas and Hayley McNeil and their family and friends for the baptism of their son Bodhi James. The McNeil’s live in Dunsborough and we are very pleased to share in their celebration as members of the church family in this beautiful part of south west WA. It is always a great joy to welcome God’s children in church through the Sacrament of Baptism, through which God bestows each one of us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, but what makes the day extra special is that Bodhi is also celebrating his birthday – young Mr McNeil turns one this week! Congratulations on your baptism Bodhi and a very Happy Birthday to you too!

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Jul
29
to Aug 4

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Several of our fellow Australians who took part in the Thai Cave rescue operation earlier this month were honoured last week at a ceremony led by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. Each of the divers and officers who were recognised at the ceremony was presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and two also received what is known as the Star of Courage, for their bravery and compassionate service. The Governor General noted that in gathering the information supporting such recognition and award, those who had done the research had reported two invariable elements of responses pertaining to the rescue: the role played by other divers and volunteers from other parts of the world who also did wonderful work, and the exceptional contribution of the Australian folk who played their part well. Their remarkable skills, courage and tirelessness......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jul
22
to Jul 28

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

 ‘And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things’ (Mark 6v32-34). The passage from Mark’s gospel raises a few questions for us: how should we respond when our colleagues, neighbours, family or friends interrupt our rest? Should we contact people when they are away on holiday and how easy is it to reach to them? Jesus and his disciples went to a deserted place. They were all tired ......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jul
15
to Jul 21

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

The FIFA World Cup comes to an end today, so who is going to win? Whilst the international football tournament has been going on in Russia an amazing rescue operation has also been taking place at the mountain cave system in northern Thailand, where divers performed one of the world's most daring rescue operations in recent years, after twelve young footballers and their twenty-five-year-old coach got trapped underground. The operation included several missions involving some of the best cave divers in the world. Negotiating four kilometres of flooded, dark and narrow passages by swimming, wading and using scuba equipment for half a day was very challenging. But the operation also depended on ......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jul
8
to Jul 14

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

There are many signs to the Kingdom which include Christ’s presence among God’s people explained in terms of the doctrine of the Incarnation. Christ is the manifestation or personification of God the Creator of the universe. Therefore, being a friend and disciple of Jesus Christ, and his messenger too, makes one a fitting herald of the good news of Christ’s saving grace and work of transformation that God establishes on earth, beginning in the land of Christ’s birth and extending to the ends of the world. The one receiving the message has two options: either to accept the good news or reject it......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jul
1
to Jul 7

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

‘He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease”’ (Mark 5.34). 
 
In the passage from Mark’s Gospel we are presented with a picture of a very busy healer and teacher as Jesus travels by boat from one side of the Sea of Galilee to another. In the passage we reflected on recently, we saw Jesus calming a storm and restoring peace and quiet in the waters of the Sea. He brought order in a time of chaos as much as he restored hope in the lives of those who were scared and confused about the extremities of life; about nature and her power over us. But Christ’s power is much greater than that of any part of the created order. Therefore, he could perform miracles, bring healing to the sick and even raise the dead back to life. 
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Jun
24
to Jun 30

The Birth of John the Baptist

Message from Fr Melusi

Our new Bishop is to be the Revd Dr Ian Coutts who was elected recently as the 10th Bishop of Bunbury. We are asked by the Diocesan Administrator, Archdeacon Julie Baker, to share the news with others in the parish and beyond and to pray for our Bishop Elect and his wife Anne as they prepare to leave behind their work and home in Canberra to lead us in mission here in this Diocese. 
 
The Bishop Elect currently works for both Anglicare NSW/ACT and is also a lecturer at St Marks Theological Centre, in the ACT. Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Coutts qualified as a social worker and holds several qualifications in the fields of Social Work, Education and Sociology, with expertise in the areas of .....:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jun
17
to Jun 23

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

‘So, we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him’ (2 Cor 5v6-9). 
What are the signs of a healthy church? St Paul would say that we are closer to God and one another when we seek to engage with the world through faith rather than experience, assumptions or inferences.....:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jun
10
to Jun 16

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

I have always been fascinated by this thing called the rainy season; when it starts, when will it end, the questions are many. Growing up in southern Africa one always waited for the coming of rain towards the end of October and the arrival of the first storm was something to celebrate about. I have very vivid memories of watching rain clouds building up in the sky, the storm approaching from the distance and mums scurrying for cover with buckets of water on their heads and babies on their back, coming from the village well and striving to get home hastily as the heavens opened. ....:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jun
3
to Jun 9

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh’ (2 Cor 4:811). 
 
Jesus taught his followers to seek the Kingdom of God and, in so doing, help others live as people of faith – members of the Church of God....:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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May
27
to Jun 2

Trinity Sunday

Message from Fr Melusi

Today the Church observes the Feast of the Holy Trinity. This day is known as Trinity Sunday because as Christians we worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There are many ways of illustrating this point. One example is to use the symbolism and physical description of an egg. The egg has a shell on the outside, a white in the middle and the yellow york right in the centre. None of these three attributes can individually present as an egg and each require the contribution and existence of the other two in order to fulfill the designation of an egg. In the same way, it is possible to describe God as One in Three and Three in One....:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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May
20
to May 26

Day of Pentecost

Message from Fr Melusi

Our friends at St John’s Church in Osmington are very grateful for our prayers and support as they come to terms with the ‘murder-suicide’ that happened in that area last week. I am told by colleagues in the Augusta-Margaret River parish that various meetings are being held with the shire and other churches aimed to providing care and support for bereaved family members and friends and other members of the community as they try to find comfort and make sense of what has happened. The Osmington church is open all day as a place of prayer for the rural community out there, a reminder to visitors and residents that the church seeks to be at the centre of the community and to provide help and support...:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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May
13
to May 19

Seventh Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

In John’s Gospel we are reminded about the nature of discipleship in a Church where God, who is the vinegrower, sends his Son Jesus Christ to serve as a model for us of what it might mean to live and work for the Kingdom as a branch that bear fruit. Jesus says, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower’ (John 15v1). Our role as disciples of Christ is to bear fruit for the Kingdom by worshipping God in spirit and in truth so that we can be guided and strengthened for the wider mission work of the Church as we reach out to those around us..:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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May
6
to May 12

Sixth Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

This week all the clergy of the Diocese will be gathering together for their annual Retreat which is to be held at the St John of God Retreat House in Shoalwater south of Rockingham, commencing Monday 7th May and going through to Friday 11th May. It is an opportunity to spend time in silent prayer and reflection. While all clergy and ordinand in active ministry are expected to be there, retired priests and deacons are also encouraged to attend, and most ministers do find inspiration and renewal from the spiritual experience of spending time with colleagues in silence before God.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
29
to May 5

Fifth Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

In the passage from Acts chapter 8, we are told about a baptismal experience involving one of the Apostles of Jesus, Philip, who is keen to carry forward the Lord’s injunction to baptize people in the name of God. On the road to Jerusalem, Philip meets a man who is visiting Palestine from Ethiopia in North Africa. Described in the passage as an Ethiopian eunuch and court official at the palace of the Queen of the Ethiopians, the man is also.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
22
to Apr 28

Fourth Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

This morning we welcome our friend Rick Pekan from the Bible Society. Rick has visited our church before and will be speaking at both services. There will be a retiring collection at the end of each service in support of the work of the Bible Society. He will also be sharing some media/video information on the work of the Society. It’s a great opportunity for Rick to.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
15
to Apr 21

Third Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

‘And he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things”’ (Luke 24v46-48).

Prior to this account of his appearance to the disciples, the Risen Christ had already been seen by some of his followers including Mary Magdalene. Jesus had also appeared to Cleophas and another disciple.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
8
to Apr 14

Second Sunday after Easter

Message from Fr Melusi

“Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you’” (John 20v19). 
 
As we continue with the Easter story this week we encounter a man called Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. Well, their total number is eleven at this point – Judas Iscariot having taken his own life after his betrayal of Jesus. So, when the Risen Lord appears, on the evening of the day of his resurrection, he finds ten of his disciples meeting is a closed room. They are still very frightened yet rejoice at the sudden appearance of their Master when Jesus comes and stands among them saying, ‘Peace be with you’.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
1
to Apr 7

Easter Sunday

Message from Fr Melusi

The Easter story starts at a tomb in Jerusalem where some of the disciples of Jesus, arriving very early in the morning, are shocked to find an empty crypt. Christ’s body is not in the grave anymore and the disciples are stunned by the sudden turn of events. The stone at the mouth of the tomb has been rolled away. What could have happened; has someone stolen the body of the Lord – the disciples begin to speculate in fear and confusion. As John’s Gospel tells us, among the people who are worried and concerned is a woman called Mary Magdalene, someone who followed Jesus in his Judean ministry and a friend of the other disciples including Simon Peter.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
25
to Mar 31

Palm Sunday

Message from Fr Melusi

The Parish’s Mission Secretary, Bruce Maden, gave a presentation at both the 8.00 & 9.30am services regarding the request for donations to help cover the cost of rebuilding a new dormitory in the aftermath of a fire accident that took place at St Mark’s school in Kapsabet Diocese, Kenya. Bruce made reference to the ongoing link between the Diocese of Bunbury and the Anglican Church in Kenya, also noting how Bishop Paul and his team from Kapsabet spent a day with us here at St George’s during their visit to Australia last year. The plea for funds is still open. Please see Bruce or one of the Church Warden’s if you would like to support this appeal. There are some photos at the back of the church including one highlighting Bishop Paul’s visit to St George’s.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
18
to Mar 24

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Message from Fr Melusi

As we journey with Christ during this time of Lent we are led to recognise some of the most important individuals, experiences and situations in our spiritual growth and development as children of God. Mothering Sunday last week gave us an opportunity to reflect more about people whose love, care and concern for us has made such a big difference in our lives. In certain parts of the world Mothering Sunday and Mothers’ Day are said to be one and the same thing. Writing on a social media forum, a loving daughter said of their mother, ‘My lovely, kind, wise and talented Mum. Happy Mother’s Day’. Regarding Mothering Sunday, words of gratitude can be extended further to include other family members, social networks and indeed the Church as the place and context where care and support can flourish.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
11
to Mar 17

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Message from Fr Melusi

Every so often we find ourselves in need of help, especially when faced with certain difficulties and challenges which characterise the Christian season of Lent: Jesus support as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. The disciples, who were invited and called upon to be with Jesus, stay awake and alert, and join him in prayer, could not do so as they were too tired. They had travelled with Jesus from the Galilean region to Judea in the southern part of the country. Therefore, they were physically exhausted. But they were emotionally tired too, for Jesus had spoken of his sufferings and many of the disciples could not deal with the situation.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
4
to Mar 10

Third Sunday in Lent

Message from Fr Melusi

Last week we highlighted a request for donations from our link diocese in Kenya, the Diocese of Kapsabet. Recently we received a letter from Bishop Paul from Kapsabet who wrote to say that the most unfortunate thing had just happened to one of their sponsored schools, St. Mark's Kaptumo Boys High School, when one of the boys’ dormitories got burnt down in a fire. Bishop Paul said in his letter.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
25
to Mar 3

Second Sunday in Lent

Message from Fr Melusi

Over the last couple of years, the Diocese of Bunbury and the Diocese of Kapsabet in Kenya have been engaged in a process of journeying together and exploring the possibility of a ‘link’ between the two dioceses. In May last year we were richly blessed by a visit from the Bishop of Kapsabet, the Rt Revd Paul Korir, his wife Selline and two archdeacons, the Venerables Elijah and Sammy. During their visit they spent a day in this parish and it was a pleasure to welcome them here, to pray together and share experiences.  
Last month Bishop Paul wrote to say that the most unfortunate thing had just happened to one of their sponsored schools, St. Mark's Kaptumo Boys High School, when one of the boys’ dormitories got burnt down in a fire. The Bishop wrote.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
18
to Feb 24

First Sunday in Lent

Message from Fr Melusi

The season of Lent has begun, a time of grace and growth, and today our friend Fr Graham Weaver gives us a spiritually enriching and moving focus overview for this important part of the Church’s calendar. Whilst working as a school teacher with regular duties in the military, Fr Graham began exploring the possibility of entering religious life. He joined an enclosed order of Anglican Franciscans, but the secular call to ministry was stronger. He pursued ordination training and had his vocation tested.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
11
to Feb 17

The Transfiguration

Message from Fr Melusi

Today we welcome our friend Fr Graham Weaver who is taking both the 8.00 & 9.30am services. A brief biography of our Guest Celebrant and Preacher: 
 
Fr Graham was educated at Guildford Grammar School in Guildford, Western Australia as a border from the age of 11 years. On leaving school he worked in a family business, entered Claremont Teachers` College qualified as a teacher, taught for one year and during this time won a scholarship to study full time gaining a Bachelor’s degree in science. He taught at secondary schools, then served as a principal. During this time Fr Graham also served in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Captain. He also spent some time in One Training Group (Queensland – Brisbane) as a senior instructor in Staff Duties and in the training of new candidates to be commissioned into the Australian Army Reserve and regular Army.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
4
to Feb 10

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Message from Fr Melusi

The issue of Jesus’ authority to exorcise demons and bring healing to the sick and suffering is confounded the scribes and other religious leaders in Galilee. Although most of the people who heard Jesus speak and witnessed him performing miracles were astonished at his powers, as one who taught with authority, there were some who disagreed with his way of teaching. By contrasting his teaching with that of the scribes, we can see that Jesus taught and acted with greater freedom with the others – Jesus premised his works on God and the first thing that he always did was pray. Through prayer, therefore, Jesus found great freedom and authority, as a result he could act without hindrance since his power came from a higher source, the Almighty God.:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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