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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 12th April 2020



Marsden Road Uniting Church 203 Marsden Road Carlingford



 Sunday 12th April 2020


                  

EASTER SUNDAY

 A Happy and Blessed Easter to All., Alleluia.


Sunday 29th March 2020
Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS
Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10

PRAYER
Glorious Lord of life, by the mighty resurrection of your Son you overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
                                               
From Kathleen Norris:  1998, The Quotidian Mysteries.
Paulist Press; New York.
‘One prayer that I treasure, no matter what I am engaged in, comes from the great lyricist Isaac Watts in his rendition of Psalm 23, entitled, “My Shepherd will Supply My Need.” Watts interprets the ending of the psalm - “Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell forever and ever” - not as some future event, but as existing in the light of the present, the everyday.’ P83.
Norris dwells does deeply in God’s embrace that every page of any of her writings is covered from top to bottom with such helpful sayings.


With the fragrance of expectation,
the scent of loving grace,
the trace of hope amid the fear,
and the aroma of abundance
may we go in love today,
and know God’s gift is always with us.




Christian Community Aid (CCA) provides a diverse range of support services to people living, working and studying in the Ryde, Parramatta and Hornsby Local Government Areas.
During this time of the Covid-19 and increasing workload CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues considered to be co-morbidities by the Government regulations. Phone 9858 3222.
CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct. A thankyou to the person who took the food at the Church down to CCA recently.

Ahead of attacks on its cities during World War II, the British government issued and displayed three posters with messages written to boost morale and mentally prepare its civilians. One of them, "Keep calm and carry on," has grown in popularity over the years because its message is applicable beyond its original intent. It's also poignant now that coronavirus is invoking comparisons to world war.

For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen:
a gaseous nebula must collapse.
So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction.
This is your birth.


Parramatta Mission Update amid COVID-19
As a church that provides hospitality, community and clinical services, Parramatta Mission are at the forefront of supporting individuals, families and communities who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and doing it tough.
During this difficult time of COVID-19 Parramatta Mission continues to assist those in need.
On the frontline, Meals Plus is operating as an essential service. In fact, our work here has never been more vital as more people in the community face increased hardship. We are committed to keeping our doors open by providing takeaway meals, food parcels and welfare to those who are homeless or facing hardship during the current crisis. With so many people losing their income we fear the numbers will continue to increase.
Many of our other services are continuing to remain open so that we can support our clients. Where possible we have switched to video and telephone consultation to ensure we can be accessed in keeping with the physical distancing recommendations and by those who may be isolating. Your prayers for our services and the staff who are on the frontline facing the impact of Covid-19 would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to contribute to our work at this time please visit www.parramattamission.org.au/donate  
Parramatta Mission is petitioning at this time for the change in language from “Social distancing” to “Physical Distancing”. We must maintain physical distancing wherever possible – this is crucial, but maintaining social connection is so important as we self-isolate, to be able to support ourselves and others in our community.


CONTACTS
Minister of the Word
Rev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.
or whitestarhaven@gmail.com

Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194
Church Council Secretary:              Susan Halgren 9858 1409
Elders’ Chairperson:              Alan Craymer 9874 0531
Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231
Congregation Meeting Chair:          Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Property bookings/enquiries:          Warwick Roden 9874 7584

Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/
Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/
Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:
                   margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com

Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
Minister Working from Home


WORSHIP SERVICES         
Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
        
       A.  On Marsden Road Uniting Website:

2.  Left-hand side of Home Page has List of Blogs
3.  Click on Order of Service for …. or Marsden Road Newssheet or Blog.

B.  On Rev John’s Service Blogsite, Marsden Road Newssheet or Weekly Blog:

C.  On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
2.  Service, Newssheet and Blog are all available on Marsden Road Uniting Facebook

D. Receiving Service, and Newssheet as a PDF Attachment by Email:
1.  Either download to your own computer and use as above or just open and use as above.

E.  Receiving Service and Newssheet as a printed Document in Mailbox


Offerings
·         Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
·         If going to the bank for own needs, please consider depositing cash offering directly into the church bank account.
·         By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them and bring to Church at the first service, we are open for.
·         A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634         A/C: 100049856

Holy Communion
The Assembly of the Uniting Church is looking into how we can do Holy Communion during not attending worship. In the meantime, we are not having Communion until we hear from them.

Information from Synod
As we navigate this new and challenging time, our Synod is seeking to address concerns as they arise. Government restrictions must be followed. Synod has put out a set of guidelines - https://nswact.uca.org.au/ to cover this.

Within the SCC Presbytery feel free to join any of these services:

Cherrybrook Uniting Church
Service 9:30am by video/audio conference using Zoom and then placed on Church Website:
  http://www.cherrybrookuc.org.au/home

North Ryde Community Church
We will be streaming our ’service’ 9.30am through Facebook
 https://www.facebook.com/nrccuniting 
 
Terrigal Uniting Church
Available on Sunday morning on our Facebook page
 https://www.facebook.com/terrigalunitingchurch/ 

Turramurra Uniting Church
Livestreaming our 9am and 6:30pm worship services through Facebook page
  https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting


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