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May
12
to May 18

Fourth Sunday after Easter

Message from the Rector

The church collection today will go towards mission work, education and sport at St James Mission in Nyamandlovu, Zimbabwe where I was born and bred. The money will be used to provide books, writing materials and sporting equipment at the Primary School and to support the annual prize giving day in November. During my time there, the older children had to share pens and pencils whilst the younger graders had to write on the sand with their little fingers. Yes, I did all that. It was a privilege to be able to attend a Mission School, started by the Revd Canon Francis Boatwright, a Church of England missionary who was supported by the London-based United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG). Boatwright was a champion of African education and Christian service. To encourage time keeping, he would talk about Big Ben Clock Tower in London; but Boatwright also reminded us about the need not to arrive on time when one was invited for a meal......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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May
5
to May 11

Third Sunday after Easter

Message from the Rector

After the resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ showed himself to some of his disciples including Mary Magdalene, Cleophas and his friend and fellow pilgrim. In today’s Gospel from John chapter 19, the risen Lord shows himself again to a group of disciples, fishermen, at work by the Sea of Tiberias in the northern province of Galilee. In this small group of fishermen, we encounter Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of Jesus’ disciples. The passage informs us that, ‘Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing’ (John 21: 2-3). This passage from John is rich in imagery. In a story very similar to one in the Gospel of Luke chapter 5: 1-11, we are also told of how Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, Zebedee’s sons, and two other disciples, head back to shore with empty nets after some time fishing. They have not caught any fish.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
28
to May 4

Second Sunday after Easter

Message from the Rector

In Tabgha, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, there is a beautiful little church which is called The Mensa Christi, the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, accepted traditionally as the site where the Risen Christ ate bread and fish for breakfast with ‘Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples’ (John 21v2). As we are reminded in the story of Maundy Thursday, Peter denied Jesus three times when he was called upon to associate himself publicly with the Lord. The church in Tabgha commemorates God’s act of love and forgiveness seen in terms of Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. There is evidence that a church existed on this site as early as the 4th century but the.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
21
to Apr 27

Easter Sunday

Message from the Rector

Christ is risen; He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia! We celebrate this joyous and important event in the Church’s calendar by giving praise to God, for bringing back to life our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth.

Our Lord Jesus’ earthly ministry can be divided into two parts between his work in the northern region of Galilee and his ministry south of the county in Judea. In the north, we hear the Lord’s teaching in the form of the beatitudes, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5v3), in the Sermon on the Mount, one of the enduring sites in the Holy Land. In the south, we learn of the Lord’s visits to the Holy City of Jerusalem especially his entry on Palm Sunday, where he rode on a donkey.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
14
to Apr 20

Palm Sunday

Message from the Rector

‘When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.”’ The disciples went to the village and, having found the colt, they brought it to Jesus. They put their cloaks on the colt and set Jesus on it. Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey and as he rode along people kept spreading their cloaks on the road, and palm branches too. Approaching the city via the path down from the Mount of Olives, the crowds praised God joyfully saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ (v38). This joyous entry into Jerusalem, which marks the beginning of Holy Week in the Church calendar.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Apr
7
to Apr 13

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Message from the Rector

We continue with our pilgrimage and journey of the spirit, reflecting on Christ’s time in the desert by paying close attention to his Galilean ministry; for it was after spending forty days and nights in the wilderness that our Lord began his work of teaching and healing. In Nazareth, the town where he grew up, and in the village of Cana, the site associated with Jesus’ first sign, we are reminded of the associated joy and challenge of family life. Yes, in Nazareth the Son of God grew up and experienced life as a member of an earthly family, which means that the notion of Mothering Sunday we marked last week has clear resonance with Christ childhood in that historic town. Loved, guided and supported by his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with other members of the family. To give praise to those who.......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
31
to Apr 6

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Message from the Rector

Jesus’ mission to bring salvation to the ‘lost sheep’ is illustrated in the story of Zacchaeus the tax-collector. The story is only mentioned in Luke’s Gospel and we are told that as Jesus entered Jericho word went around very quickly that an important teacher was passing through the city. Many people wanted to see Jesus and among the crowd was a man Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector; a rich man. Luke says Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was but could not as he was short in stature, ‘so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”’ (Luke 19 v4-6). Zacchaeus must .......:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
24
to Mar 30

Third Sunday of Lent

Message from the Rector

Luke’s Gospel narrates Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, starting with the words ‘it came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem’ (Luke 9v51). Our Gospel reading for this Sunday shows Jesus in the midst of the journey, doing God’s work of healing and teaching and unafraid of danger. Jesus was confident of God’s power expressed in these acts of service to the people, and yet he was also saddened by the response of those who would neither listen to his teaching nor believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. As Luke points, some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
17
to Mar 23

Second Sunday of Lent

Message from the Rector

Over the next few weeks we will be running a Lenten discussion group focusing on the forty days and nights which our Lord spent in the wilderness. As we were reminded in last Sunday’s Gospel from Luke, during that time Jesus faced many temptations from the Devil, even if just three of these are mentioned – if you are hungry you should turn these stones into bread; if you want absolute power over the kingdoms of this earth you should kneel down now and worship me; if you jump from this elevated position you are not going to get hurt. In each case, Jesus gave an appropriate response, quoting from God’s Word as revealed in the Hebrew scrolls – human beings do not live by bread alone but need food of the spirit which only the Word of God can provide........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
10
to Mar 16

First Sunday of Lent

Message from the Rector

‘Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone”’ (Luke 4: 1-4).

We mark the First Sunday in Lent by reflecting on the nature and challenge of temptation. As Luke tells us, Jesus Christ was tempted by the Devil – ‘if you are the Son of God…’ This account of the temptation is the Gospel for the Day on the First Sunday in Lent not just this ........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Mar
3
to Mar 9

Last Sunday after Epiphany - Transfiguration

Message from the Rector

‘While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen’ (Luke 9: 34-36).

Luke recounts an event that happened whilst Jesus was praying – Mount Tabor, in Lower Galilee, is the traditional location of the Transfiguration. In the Palestine of Jesus’ day........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
24
to Mar 2

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

In the fifth chapter of the First Letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul focuses on one of the key themes of the Christian faith: the bodily resurrection from the dead. Although there may be certain practical problem which can make it difficult for some people to believe in the resurrection of the body, Christian faith holds firm to the belief that human life, which is temporary here on earth, has eternal value and significance which is realised in God’s heavenly Kingdom. Paul uses the analogy of planting or sowing seed as a symbol of immortality and eternal life. Paul says, ‘What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
17
to Feb 23

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

Soon after the service we shall gather in the Family Centre for our Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP) at which voting will take place to confirm nominees for Parish Council positions. Thank you very much to those who have contributed reports to the AMP booklet which Amanda Prestipino has put together for us. The reports provide a microcosm of missional activities through which, as members of St George’s, we seek to reach out and minister to the people of Dunsborough following Christ’s injunction to offer hospitality and friendship to others. We see signs of God’s kingdom at work in this place and pray for renewed vision and faith in the service of those around us. At a Parish Council Meeting held last week a decision was taken to continue with........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
10
to Feb 16

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

Over the last few weeks we have been following the theme of ‘Epiphany’ – the revelation of Jesus Christ to the people – focusing on God’s authority over nature and the growth of God’s Kingdom on earth. Last Sunday we encountered Jesus at a Synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth where, after reading a passage from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, he declared himself as the fulfilment of the prophecy to set prisoners free, heal the sick and bring freedom to those in captivity. Although some of the people found Jesus’ declaration hard to accept, many believed in him. Crowds of people came to Jesus to hear him speak and, as today’s reading from Luke 5 shows, Jesus began the process of identifying a small number of........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Feb
3
to Feb 9

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

Luke places the story of Jesus’ visit to the Nazareth Synagogue at the very beginning of the Lord’s ministry in Galilee, not because of concern for chronology, but because this story provides a key perspective to understanding Jesus’ ministry. It shed light into the ministry of the early church recorded in the book of Acts (also written by Luke). It is the story of Jesus and the early church; a story that inspires the church today to identify with Christ’s teaching, leadership and challenge.

After reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah, concerning God’s work of setting the oppressed free and Jesus began to say to the members of the Synagogue........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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Jan
27
to Feb 2

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Message from the Rector

Last Sunday we were very pleased to have Bishop Ian as celebrant and preacher at our Joint Service. Thank you for making the Bishop and Anne feel welcome; he spoke very warmly of God’s love and Christian mission as lived out in this beautiful part of the Diocese of Bunbury.  This marked Bishop Ian’s first Pastoral Visit to the Parish, and we look forward to welcoming him and Anne to Dunsborough again soon.

The 200th anniversary celebration meal of Manna & Mercy last Tuesday, 22nd January marked an incredible achievement and selfless service to the church and ........:...... To read more download the Pew Sheet

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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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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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