Baptism/Admission to Communion
It was a great pleasure to welcome Germane and Tinevimbo to Church membership through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. At this service both were admitted to Holy Communion as they await Confirmation.
The Friendship Group continues to meet each second Tuesday with the next meeting being on Tuesday 24th October, 2017. This meeting commences with morning tea at 10.00 am. This is followed by a time of card playing before a time of sharing and community building over lunch. This group is always open to anyone who wishes to come.
World Day of Prayer
This year St Paul’s Anglican Parish, Birmingham Gardens hosted the 2017 World Day of Prayer, a time of worship that is opened to everyone who wishes to attend. There is a long history to this ecumenical service, which was previously called the Women’s World Day of Prayer. The worship concluded with time to get to know each other a little better over refreshments.
Easter Worship 2017
Our practice always is to make everyone feel welcome to worship at St. Paul’s. We sincerely thank Fr. John Dring for leading us in worship services during Easter.
So often the Christian Church focuses on Easter Day (often incorrectly called Easter Sunday). There are probably many ways of celebrating the Easter event. The two most common understandings of Easter are to focus upon the Crucifixion of Jesus and how Jesus died for our sins, which is correct. The other way to look at Easter is to focus upon the Resurrection, which is also correct. For me each Sunday of the year I reflect upon the cost of my redemption through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If we only reflect upon Good Friday then we miss all of the new life and hope found in the events of Easter Day.
Sunday 4th June 2017 saw the Christian Church throughout the world celebrate the Pentecost event. This signifies the beginning of the Christian Church through the receiving of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus after his resurrection and before his ascension to heaven. It is more than just an historical event of 2000 years ago. Pentecost reminds all Christians that God will never leave us to struggle in our own strength but has granted each member of the church, as has been given to the Church as a whole, a helper, a comforter, a guide, God’s very own Spirit, to empower each Christian to fulfil the given task of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the witness of our words, work and actions in our daily life.