From Dean Andreas

Dear Friends,

We pray that you are keeping well, and that the recent lifting of some of the restrictions in Victoria has enabled some of you to catch up with family and friends this week. It’s good to know that we are on the right track towards containing the Covid-19 spread in our state.

At St Paul’s we are making the first preparations for what our worship program will look like when we open again.

Here’s the disappointing news first: we have decided not to open again until the number of people allowed to gather has increased to 50. We would find it very hard indeed to maintain a cleaning regime that meets the standards expected of each institution that opens to the public if we were to admit a series of groups of ten across the day. So, bear with us as we get ready for the next stage.

Here’s the good news, though: we will be seeing more singers and participants in our worship on our livestreamed services. Philip and Kristy have done a tremendous job in sustaining our music making through their wonderful solos. But there is something special, isn’t there, about having a group of people singing. From next week we will be enjoying having other members of the choir join more regularly in leading our singing.

While the building remains closed, we are keeping busy making sure the Cathedral is set up for the next stage of restrictions easing. We have washed all the pews, and mapped out how we can seat congregants while maintaining social distancing. We have also set up a system for capturing details of all who want to attend our services, in case we need to trace a local outbreak of the virus – which we hope and pray will not be necessary! We will send you details of what that will look like nearer the time.

Thank you for all you do, above all for your prayers and messages of encouragement. We do miss having you at St Paul’s and look forward to our opening again. Please keep praying for our ministry and staff, for yourselves and your fellow members. Thank you to all who have increased their giving, or made generous gifts to the Cathedral: this really has helped, and enables us to provide an excellent program of worship and ministry.

Blessings to all of you, as we prepare for worship together this Sunday, and reflect on Jesus’ promise that it is by sharing his love with the world that we keep his commandments: ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’, Jesus tells us, and we in turn are encouraged to ‘go in peace to love and serve the Lord’!

Dean Andreas.

PS: If you have not yet watched me in my alias role as Chief Props Officer assisting Archdeacon Heather with her wonderful kids’ talks, then please have a look and a laugh!

Our congratulations and best wishes to Lesley and Ray Way who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday!
This Sunday 

8:00am BCP Eucharist
Presiding: Dean Andreas
Preaching: Canon Heather
Watch here:
Click here for a copy of the Order of Service

9:15am Zoom Coffee Morning
Join us in an online Coffee Morning prior to our 10am service. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there is instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide
Once you have your account setup, you can join the Coffee Morning via this link: Make sure you have your cup of tea or coffee ready too!

10:00am Sung Eucharist 
Presiding: Dean Andreas
Preaching: Canon Heather
Music led by Kristy Biber and Lachlan Redd
Watch here:
Click here for a copy of the Order of Service

This Sunday Bible Talk and Children's Activity Pack is available here:

Our live-streamed services will also be available our Facebook Page:

11:15am Zoom Bible Study
Join us in an online Bible Study following our 10am service, reflecting on the First Epistle of Peter. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there is instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide
Once you have your account setup, you can join the Bible Study via this link:  *New link*

Click here for copies of the readings and study questions for use during the Study Group or for your own personal reflection during the week.

2:00pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
Led by our Cathedral Mandarin Ministry Team.
Watch here:
Click here for a copy of the Order of Service

Tips for joining in Worship at home:

  • Be ready to go 10 minutes before the service is starting with your computer, iPad or TV set up and connected and volume turned up. The livestream will appear a few minutes before the service is scheduled to begin.
  • If you have a printer, you may want to print the Order of Service in advance and have it ready for Sunday Morning, otherwise you can follow along on another device. Do join in the responses and hymns as you normally would.
  • If there is problem with the Livestream technology, don't worry! We will record all our services and make them available as soon as possible after.
  • You can contribute as part of the offertory by giving online via

Tips for joining our Zoom Gatherings

  • To access the Zoom meetings/gatherings just click the links around the time the session is to begin (9.15 and 11.15am)
  • Make sure your volume is turned up on your computer so you can hear everyone.
How to join Zoom gathering using your phone.

You can easily join our Zoom Gathering using your landline or mobile phone.
  1. Dail 7018 2005 on your phone
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID, which is:
    9.00am Sunday Morning Tea: 938 7462 3414
    11.15am Sunday Bible Study: 980 7402 3877 New ID Number
    7.00pm Thursday Gathering: 982 2762 2919
  3. If the meeting has not already started, press # to wait.
  4. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID. Press # to skip.
Phone Controls

The following commands can be entered via using your phone's dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:

  • * 6 - Toggle mute/unmute
  • * 9 - Raise hand

The Feast of the Ascension
Thursday 21st May

Wednesday 20th May
5.10pm Sung Evening Prayer
Preacher: The Dean

Thursday 21st May
12.15pm Choral Eucharist
from the Ascension Chapel
Preacher: The Precentor

Next Week

Tuesday and Thursday
12.15pm Holy Eucharist

A 30 minute service of readings, prayers, a short address and Holy Communion led by a member of the Cathedral Clergy.
Watch here:

Wednesday and Friday
5.10pm Sung Evening Prayer

A short service of readings, prayers and music, with a short homily. 
Watch here:

These services will also be available via our Facebook Page:

7.00pm Zoom Congregational Catchup

Join Canon Christopher and others for a mid-week Evening Catchup. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there is instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide
Once you have your account setup, you can join the Group via this link:

Sunday 24th May

8:00am BCP Eucharist
9:15am Zoom Coffee Morning

10:00am Sung Eucharist
11:15am Zoom Bible Study
2:00pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
6:00pm Thy Kingdom Come Online Beacon Event


Click here to watch previous webcasts of services
Thy Kingdom Come 2020
Thy Kingdom Come is on again between Ascension and Pentecost (21-31 May) across the Anglican Communion. Its aim is to pray for people to know the saving love of God in Jesus Christ and be renewed in this suffering world. Resources are on our website and and we ask you to “Pray for Five” – that is, pray from Ascension to Pentecost for five people who are not yet following Christ.

A digital Beacon Event will be streamed from the Cathedral, on Sunday, 24 May, at 6pm with participants from churches across Melbourne and Geelong as well as other virtual activities. The Archbishop will be the preacher.
Worship At Home

Online Resources

Don't forget our 'Worship at Home' page on our website which has lots of useful information including prayer resources, daily reflections and other ways to pray at home. We are updating this serveral times a week with new resources.
Click here to access our 'Worship at Home' Resources
Please share this email with those who you think would benefit from it and let us know what resources you are using at this time. 

Read the Bible With Us

You may like to use these readings, which the Cathedral Clergy and Staff use for daily prayer, as part of your personal devotions throughout the week

Monday: Ps 149, John 15.26-16.4

Tuesday: Ps 138, John 6.5-11
Wednesday: Ps 148.7-15, John 16.12-15
Thursday: Ps 47, Matthew 28.16-20
Friday: Ps 47, John 16.20-23
Saturday: Ps 47, John 16.23-28

An order for Morning and Evening Prayer with Readings can be found here
Pray With Us

The ministry team of St Paul’s Cathedral has been meeting electronically for morning prayer, during which they remember each member of our electoral roll and other parishioners by name over the course of the week. Know that we are holding each and every one of you in our prayers.

And we invite you to do the same. Share your prayers with us at

Prayer Points for the Week

The World
The people of Afghanistan, especially family and friends of those who lost their lives in the shooting at the Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in Kabul, and the bomb attack at the funeral at Nangarhar; Cameroon, as the populations suffers with fighting between secessionist groups, as well as dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak; the people of Mali and Burkina Faso, caught in fighting between I.S. and al Qaeda troops vying for control of the region; wisdom for world leaders and health officials as COVID-19 continues spreading, protection for those particularly at risk, sustaining of health workers, adequate support of those working on a vaccine; our federal and state governments and health authorities in their important work of responding to community needs at this time, particularly for the frail and vulnerable people in our community.

The Anglican Communion
Anglican Church of Korea (Abp Revd Moses Nagjun Yoo).

The Australian Anglican Church
Diocese of Bendigo (Bp Matt Brain, Clergy & People).

The Diocese of Melbourne
Diocesan Risk Management and Insurance (Matthew Wilson, Manager); St Mary’s Sunbury (Gavin Ward, Catherine Fisher, Matthew Browne).

Those in Sickness or Need
Joan Woodhouse, Beryl Coombe, Robyn & David Forbes, Judy and Frank Clift, Andrew, Lucilia & Carlota Soares, Janet Marsden, Pam Sullivan, Martin Devine, John, Evonne Paddison, Mark Rostoks, Henri-Felix Vinson, Sum Vita, Maria Vonn, Brian, Rose, Kathleen & Samuel Hodgson, Nancy Paterson, Naomi Nayagam, Paul Jeya Sorga Kumar, David Ormerod, Helen, Susan Ross, Graeme Giles, Eleanor Peeler,
Lydia Thangadurai. 

Year’s Minds
16      Henry Moor (Registrar) 1877
18      William George Hindley (Canon) 1936

Keeping Yourself Occupied
How have you being occupying your time? Have you been gardening, learnt a new skill or maybe reading some good books?

If you can, why not send us a picture to share with others. Email them through to If you'd prefer just send us a few words to share instead, please do.
NGV Online
Fantastic collection of virtual tours, studio visits, interviews and other online activities and resources.

Cathedral Online Shop
New Products Available!

We've just relaunched our Online Cathedral Shop, featuring many more products available to purchase online. Have a look here:
Keeping in Touch
We care for you and would like to check that you are all right in this difficult time. Please keep in touch with us and each other through emails, phone calls and social media.

If you are having trouble accessing our Services, Zoom Gatherings or any other information, please do get in touch with us.

Phone 9653 4220 or Email

We will make sure your messages are passed on to the appropriate person

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