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Weekly Update from St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne

From the Dean

Dear Friends,

Have you made plans for a picnic with friends yet? I was delighted to hear that for those of us in Melbourne there will be a sixth reason for leaving home from tomorrow: social interaction with friends within a radius of 10k, One friend if you are not yet fully vaccinated, five if you are. (If you fall into the former category, can I please encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible – not only for your own benefit, but to protect others who may be more vulnerable.) I am sure that there are people you are much longing to see – I can’t wait to see my Melbourne nephew and nieces who, thankfully, live just within our 10k radius.

At the same time, let’s not forget those for whom the easing of restrictions in our community won’t bring the reunions they long for. I have not seen my overseas family for more than two years, and I know that many of you are in the same position. There’s no doubt that, in our joy that conditions are easing, we also need to remember and pray for those for whom the separation from friends and families remains in place because their families live well beyond 10k away from them.

I find prayer is a good way to remain connected. Whenever we gather in prayer we are connected with one another and with God. Jesus taught that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is right among them. Mediating his grace, bringing his consolation, granting his peace, interceding with and for us. So, for those of you who are able to meet for a picnic with your family, give thanks to God for that privilege. And for those who, like me, also have family beyond the 10k, perhaps the next time you pick up the phone to video or voice call your family offer to pray with them, knowing that in prayer we are united with one another and with Christ.

With all good wishes,

Dean Andreas.

This Sunday

Sunday 19 Sep • 17th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am BCP Eucharist
Presiding: The Revd Canon Jane Window
Preaching: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe
Click here to watch & click here for a copy of the Order of Service

9:15am Zoom Morning Tea 
Bring your tea & coffee and join others via Zoom for a social catch-up. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there are instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide
Once you have your account setup, you can join the Coffee Morning via this link:

Meeting ID: 834 6005 2404
Passcode: 648070

We are using the 'waiting room' function on Zoom for added security, the host will let you into the meeting from there. Make sure you have your cup of tea or coffee ready too!

10:00am Sung Eucharist 
Presiding: The Revd Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker
Preaching: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe
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1:00pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
Presiding: The Revd Canon Robert Vun
Preaching: The Revd Cleopas Zhang
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Next Week
2.30pm Choral Evensong
Broadcast on Channel 31 (digital 44)

5.10pm Choral Evensong

12.15pm Lunchtime Eucharist
Next Sunday 
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
9.15am Coffee Hour via Zoom
10am Sung Eucharist
1pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
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Carols at Curfew

“Yet I put my trust in your unfailing love: O let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
And I will make my song to the Lord because he deals so bountifully with me.”

Ps 13.5-6

Each night at curfew we invite you to unite with us in voice as we sing hymns of praise and hope to lighten the night! We’ll be sharing a hymn, blessing, and organ piece at 9pm every night of curfew to proclaim the light and hope we find in God’s unfailing love.

Join us as we give voice to hope in times of darkness:

Discipleship Series

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Discipleship Series! It is our fervent prayer and hope for every member of our Cathedral family to live a life following and imitating Christ and helping others do the same.

If you would like to revisit any of the sermons, studies or reflections from the series, they’re available on our website
Have you missed a service
or would like to listen to a sermon again?
Watch previous live-streamed services here
Listen to previous sermons here
Click here to read the recent edition of Notes & News
Click here to read the digital edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA)

Prayer & Worship at Home

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 48; Matthew 6.16-24

Tuesday: Ps 25; Matthew 19.16.30
Wednesday: Ps 51; Matthew 6.25-7.5
Thursday: Pss 54, 55.1-12; Matthew 7.24-8.4
Friday: Pss 56, 57; Matthew 8.5-22
Saturday: Pss 62, 63; Matthew 8.23-34

Ways to pray at home

Pray with us

The World
We continue to pray for the people of Afghanistan now facing drought and famine as the Taliban begins the challenge of turning itself into a peacetime government. We pray that it will not be ‘peace at any price’, but that leaders will be given wisdom and thoughtfulness. We pray for a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to the border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia as tensions grow. We pray with First Nations people of Canada, for their rights and priorities to be addressed by candidates standing for September elections, following discovery of deaths of children at schools of assimilation. As the WHO aims to supply 30% of vaccine doses needed for Africans be February (around half of what the countries’ leaders had hoped for), we pray for an equable distribution between rich and poor countries. With a surge of infections on the Thai-Myanmar border, we pray their plea for vaccines might be heard and supplied.

Our City and State
As we all live with the uncertainty and frustrations of lockdowns, curfews and travel restrictions, we pray that God will give us patience and positivity to act responsibility, resist self-interest, and find creative ways of seeing and sharing our good gifts.

The Anglican Communion
The Church of the Province of Uganda (Abp Stephen Kaziimba). A joint statement by leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches calls for the protection of creation, the importance of sustainability, and the imperative of co-operation.

The Australian Anglican Church
The Diocese of Newcastle (Bp Peter Stuart, Asst Bps Charlie Murry, Sonia Roulston, Dean Katherine Bowyer, Clergy & People).

The Diocese of Melbourne
Defence Force Chaplains; St Paul’s Anglican Church Frankston (Claudia Mauracher).

Our Cathedral
On this International Chorister Day we give thanks for the many Cathedral choristers and musicians who have offered their gifts and talents in this Cathedral to the glory and praise of God. We look forward to seeing Canon Glenn Loughrey’s art work installed in the Cathedral and pray for those involved in this important milestone.

Those in Sickness or Need
Joan and Bill Woodhouse, John Zhong, Patsy King, Maureen Wilson, Emilio, Chris, Robyn & David Forbes, Judy Clift, Andrew, Janet Marsden, John, Henri-Felix Vinson, Sum Vita, Martin, Rebecca, Eric Young, Madonna Doherty, Laurie Mahoney, Monique.

Year’s Minds

19    Frank Leslie Cuttriss (Priest, Canon) 1998
20    Farquar Colin Macrae (Chorister, Friends of the Cathedral) 1963
23    Richard Leslie Gair (Lay Canon) 1970
       Jonathan Christian MacCullagh (Archdeacon, Canon) 1917
24    Arthur Vincent Green (Bishop, Canon) 1944
       Ian Gordon Ellis (Priest, Canon) 2007
25    Richard Hain Pidgeon (Priest, Canon) 2008
       Charles Bailey (Archdeacon) 2009
26    John Rodney Oliver (Archdeacon, Canon) 2010
       Gweneth Mary Britten (Congregation, Cathedral Shop Volunteer) 2011
       Elizabeth Heather Brodribb (Congregation) 2013

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