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Weekly Update from St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne

Dear Friends,

I hope you have had a blessed week, and I look forward to seeing you online on Sunday, as we continue on our series of reflections on Discipleship.

Since the introduction of stricter Covid-public health measures, we had to divide our clergy and church musicians into two teams – a Sunday team and a Wednesday team which, for the duration of the lockdown may not interact with one another in person as an additional to avoid any further spread of the virus. That means that our preacher, Canon Robert, has pre-recorded his sermon! We will have a chance to talk with Robert via Zoom at morning tea at 9am and at our Discipleship study at 11.15am.

In my reflection this Monday, I shared my passion about cycling. I am fortunate enough to have the entirety of the capital cycle trail in my 5k radius. Over the past year, I’ve aimed to ride it in under 2 hours. I split up the trail into segments and made sure to improve on my time. You might like to know that this week I managed to ride the 42k trail in just under two hours. I put in a fair bit of training to succeed in my cycling goal. Many of you will put in their own training for your own passions.  In my reflection I wondered what you and I could do if we applied our ‘secular’ passions to bringing others to Jesus.

I invite you to treat your spiritual passion in the same way as all your others. And that means training for our own journeys of discipleship. This Sunday we can meet and do some more training together, and I very much look forward to seeing you there!

With all good wishes,

Dean Andreas.

This Sunday

Sunday 22 Aug • 13th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am BCP Eucharist
Presiding: The Ven. Canon Heather Patacca
Preaching: The Revd Canon Robert Vun
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 Ven. Canon Heather Patacca
Preaching: The Revd Canon Robert Vun
Click here to watch & click here for a copy of the Order of Service

11:15am Discipleship Group
Join our first Discipleship Group, led by Canon Robert. 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 Group via this link:

Meeting ID: 894 0490 4509
Passcode: 036401

Click here for a copy of the reading and discussion questions.

We are using the 'waiting room' function on Zoom for added security, the host will let you into the meeting from there.

1:00pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
Celebrant: The Revd Canon Robert Vun
Preacher: The Revd Cleopas Zhang
Click here to watch & 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

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:
Next Week

2.30pm Choral Evensong (on Channel 31 or Digital 44)
A 30 minute service sung by the Cathedral Choir, this is a traditional Anglican service with music, prayer and scripture readings.

5.10pm Choral Evensong (streamed online)
A 30 minute service sung by the Cathedral Choir, this is a traditional Anglican service with music, prayer and scripture readings.

12.15pm Lunchtime Eucharist (streamed online)
A 30 minute service of Holy Communion, with prayer, scripture readings and a short sermon. The service is led by a member of the Cathedral Clergy.

Next Sunday 29 August
14th Sunday after Pentecost

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Preacher: Canon Christopher Carolane
10.00am Sung Eucharist
Preacher: Canon Christopher Carolane
1.00pm Mandarin Eucharist
Preacher: Canon Robert Vun


Discipleship Series
With great excitement, our Cathedral is embarking on the theme of ‘Discipleship’ for the next six weeks. This marks the start of encouraging and enabling every member of our Cathedral family to live a life following and imitating Christ and helping others do the same. The group is currently meeting on Zoom on Sundays at 11.15am, but hope to meet in-person once restrictions allow. Catch up on previous sermons and studies via our website:

Virtual’ Morning Tea for Culture
Thank you to everyone who donated to our ‘Virtual’ Morning Tea for Culture fundraiser in support of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. With your generosity we exceeded our target raising $2,200 to support vulnerable Aboriginal children in our community.

Notes & News – We want to hear from you!
Contributions are open for the upcoming edition of Notes and News, which will be published in September. We are looking for articles between 200 – 300 words and we’d love to hear from our congregants. The theme for this edition will be advocacy and reconciliation. If you are interested in contributing to this edition, please contact Joel at The deadline to submit your article is COB Friday, 27th August.

Science Week Event • Wed 25th Aug 6.30pm (Now Online)
Join us for this year’s annual Science Week at the Cathedral (SWAC) event, featuring the revolutionary work of Tony Rinaudo, Melbourne missionary agronomist. Millions of hectares of Africa have been regenerated through Tony’s work, offering great hope for humanity. Could this be a rapid, low cost, and scalable solution to climate change? Tickets $10 available from
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

Online Resources

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. 
Click here to access our 'Worship at Home' Resources

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: Pss 124, 125, 126; Acts 21.1-14

Tuesday: Pss 130, 131, 133; Acts 21.15-26
Wednesday: Ps 135;  Acts 21.27-39
Thursday: Pss 137.1-6, 138; Acts 21.40-22.16
Friday: Ps 140; 1 Kings 2.1-12
Saturday: Pss 143, 146; Acts 23.1-11

An order for Morning and Evening Prayer with Readings can be found here or you can download the ePray app for your iPhone or Android device here.

Pray with us

The World
As we hold the needs of the people of Afghanistan before God, we pray for peace and stability, that the Taliban will honour their published promises to allow safe passage to Kabul for those wanting to leave, and recognition of rights for women beginning to adjust to living under Shariah law, and we join with Afghans already in Australia to plead with our Federal Government to soften their approach to compassionate visas; we pray for peace and justice for Malaysia as they find a new prime minister, for Hong Kong where aggression continues, for Myanmar, for safety in Burkina Faso following spiralling rebel attacks; and we are thankful for signs of hope for Tigray that Turkey has offered to mediate in the dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan; for restoration of peace by US counter-terrorism forces in DR Congo. Give thanks for signs of hope in Zambia as a new president is elected, and we pray with nationals that this will be a path to economic justice and the end of repression.

We join in prayer for those in Haiti suffering from the effects of an earthquake and heavy rain with landslides, where hospitals and homes have been destroyed and many are injured, killed, or missing; for those suffering the effects of floods in Addis Ababa, China India, and Bangladesh where Rohingya refugees have been displaced.

We ask for strength and perseverance for firefighters and restoration of homes and property in France and California as fires continue, and July is claimed as the hottest month on record. Hot and dry conditions have continued destructive fires in Greece while Turkey battles floods in the north and fires in the south, and we pray for restoration and healing.

Our City and State
For grace to put community needs ahead of our own desires as we accept isolation from family and friends, economic struggles and job losses; consolation and positivity for those challenged by associated mental health issues and resilience for carers, and for all of us a firm resolve to find something to be thankful for every day.

The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Church of South America.

The Australian Anglican Church
The Diocese of Riverina (Bp Donald Kirk, Dean Thomas Leslie, Clergy & People)

The Diocese of Melbourne
Archdeaconry of Melbourne (Heather Patacca); All Saints’ Clayton (Charlie Fletcher, Abraham Amuom, Jeremiah Paul).

Our Cathedral
Pray for the growth of love in Christ in our congregation during our series on Discipleship.

Those in Sickness or Need
Joan and Bill Woodhouse, John Zhong, 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

Recently Died
Revd Prof. Gary Bouma AM (Cathedral Chaplain)

Year’s Minds

22    George Mottram Guest (Bell Ringer) 1938
23    Henry Jennings (Lay Canon) 1895
24    Mary Louise Wallace (Congregation) 1978
       Doris Frances Reeves (Congregation) 2018
25    Josephine Mary Woodford (Benefactor) 2003        
       George Oakley Vance (Priest, 2nd Dean of Melbourne) 1910
26    Charles John Godby (Priest, 4th Dean of Melbourne) 1919
27      Douglas Blake (Priest, Canon) 1997
         Wilfrid Holt (Priest, Canon) 2000
28      Michael King OSB (Chorister, Priest, Abbot St Mark’s Monastery, Camperdown) 2014

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