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MtE Update – 23 January 2020

  1. Welcome to the first MtE update for 2020!
  2. This Sunday we’ll commence a short series on the prophet Jonah — a 3-4 week fill-in before Transfiguration and the beginning of Lent. See here for more information.
  3. A reminder that our Lenten Studies for this year have been set in place, with time, details are now posted here; there are presently three groups in place for these studies in Nth Melbourne, the city and Hawthorn. Another great little Lenten devotional resource which might interest you is Walter Brueggemann’s, A Way other than Our Own: Devotions for Lent.

Other things of interest

  1. The following information about an asylum-seeker appeal is may be of interest to some: Operation Not Forgotten; Why it is needed.

Old News

  1. 12th ISCAST Conference on Science and Christianity, July 2020

Jonah – Sermons in 2020

When’s the last time you heard a series of sermons on Jonah? If ‘never’, let’s see what we can do over a few weeks in February 2020!

Preparing for the series:

  • The best introduction to any scriptural book is to read the book itself! It’s not long — 15 minutes are more than enough to get you through it quite comfortably. Plan to do this a few times through the series.
  • A short animated video introduction (9 minutes) can be found here, which tells the story well and gives a few clues to its structure and purpose.
  • A more academic introduction can be found in this lecture, which sets Jonah in the context of a couple of other ‘outlier’ scriptural books – Esther and Ruth. The comment on Jonah begins at 9.20.
  • A very brief introduction to the book can be found in the first few paragraphs here. If you’re interested in reading something more substantial and don’t already have access to a commentary on Jonah, Phillip Carey’s commentary in the Brazos series (available in hard and electronic versions) is very readable and, more importantly, very good!

MtE Update – 19 December 2019

  1. THIS Sunday December 22 will follow the fashion of Advent 4 services at MtE in recent years — a cycle of advent carols and readings featuring our cantors and choristers.
  2. CHRISTMAS DAY service: 930am, with Eucharist
  3. Keep yourself up to date with Hotham Mission via its website; it is possible also to donate to the HM Christmas Appeal via the web site.
  4. If you want to make sure you get your book for next year’s Lenten Studies(!) in time, details are now posted here. Another great little Lenten devotional resource which might interest you is Walter Brueggemann’s, A Way other than Our Own: Devotions for Lent.

Old News

  1. 12th ISCAST Conference on Science and Christianity, July 2020

Advance Dates

  1. Sunday December 22 – Advent Readings and Carols (with Eucharist)
  2. Christmas Day – 9.30am service (with Eucharist)

Lenten Studies 2020

This year our Lenten Studies will be offered across a number of churches/locations and times, to enable greater participation and to encourage more people to attend.

The Lenten studies will be around a little book by Rowan Williams, ‘The sign and the Sacrifice: the Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection’. Williams unpacks a number of central themes around Easter in a helpful and illuminating way. An easy read, with 30-40 minutes of preparation for each session.

Participants should obtain their own copy of the book, which is readily available from online sources such as The Book Depository and Amazon, and lots of other sources.

An electronic (Kindle) version of the book is also available, although it is published under a different title: God With Us: The Meaning Of The Cross And Resurrection – Then And Now . You can peek at the first few pages of the book on this web page.

There are presently three groups on offer but we hope that more will be added before Lent begins.

The dates for the study groups presently organised are:

  • NORTH MELBOURNE: 7pm Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 630pm for a shared supper and 700pm for the study in the church/hall, MARK THE EVANGELIST UNITING CHURCH, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne.
  • HAWTHORN : 930am Fridays March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, at HABITAT UNITING CHURCH, 2 Minona St, Hawthorn. [TIME AND DATES TBC]
  • CITY (Wesley Uniting Church): Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 12.30pm-1.30pm Meeting place TBA

MtE Update – December 12 2019

  1. Sunday December 22 will follow the fashion of Advent 4 services at MtE in recent years — a cycle of advent carols and readings featuring our cantors and choristers.
  2. CHRISTMAS DAY service: 930am, with Eucharist
  3. THIS SUNDAY December 15: the RCL readings for Advent 3A are here, with some online commentary available here. These weekly commentary resources now include a link to the new lectionary  podcasts from the Synod’s Centre for Theology and Ministry

Other things of interest

  1. 12th ISCAST Conference on Science and Christianity, July 2020

Advance Dates

  1. Sunday December 22 – Advent Readings and Carols (with Eucharist)
  2. Christmas Day – 9.30am service (with Eucharist)

MtE Update – December 5 2019

  1. The latest Presbytery new is here (Nov 27).
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster
  3. Latest Synod eNews (Dec 4)
  4. PLEASE NOTE that the Advent Studies at St George’s Travancore have been cancelled.
  5. THIS SUNDAY December 8 the service will be led by Peter Blackwood and Rob Gallacher. The RCL readings for Advent 2 are here, with some online commentary available here. These weekly commentary resources will now also include a link to the new lectionary  podcasts from the Synod’s Centre for Theology and Ministry.

Advance Dates

  1. Sunday December 22 – Advent Readings and Carols (with Eucharist)
  2. Christmas Day – 9.30am service (with Eucharist)

Christmas 2019 at Mark the Evangelist

Christmas 2015 Reflection ImageYour are most welcome to join us at our Christmas celebrations this year!

Sunday December 22 (Advent 4 morning worship): a service of Advent carols and readings with Eucharist, 10am.

Christmas Eve (afternoon and evening): (we have no Christmas Eve services at Mark the Evangelist, but commend the Christmas Eve services at St Mary’s Anglican Church – the 4pm “Kids’ Christmas” and the 11.30pm Christmas Eve Midnight Mass). Wesley Uniting Church (Lonsdale St) has a 9pm service.

Christmas Day: Worship with Eucharist, 9.30am

Normal services will continue, 10am, on December 29 and throughout January

MtE Update – November 28 2019

  1. This Sunday we will have another of the new ‘sermon reflection‘ sessions after morning tea, this time on the recent preaching from the book of Timothy. The five sermons in the series can be found via the series post or in one download here. If you’re able to come bring:
    • A question about something you heard
    • A comment about something more you’d like to hear
    • Any other comments on your experience of hearing or reading these sermons
  2. Advent Study at St George’s Travancore – The study will be conducted on the first three Mondays in Advent (December 2, 9, and 16), and will be based on the book, But what if she’d said ‘No’? by Cathy Laufer. The studies will start at 6:30 pm and take about 90 minutes each Monday, with the venue to be finalised in the next week. Participants are requested to bring some food to share. It is not necessary to have read the book, nor to have purchased a copy. Interested people are asked to contact Richard Murray at rgmurray@bigpond.com by November 29 – please include contact details (phone and/or email).
  3. THIS SUNDAY December 1 we will hear set RCL readings for the Advent 1A: the readings are here, with some commentary available here.

Advance Dates

  1. Sunday December 1 – Responding to the 1 Timothy series: a ‘sermon feedback’ session after morning tea 
  2. Mondays December 2,9,16 – Advent Studies at St George’s, Travancore
  3. Sunday December 22 – Advent Readings and Carols (with Eucharist)
  4. Christmas Day – 9.30am service (with Eucharist)
  5. Normal service times Dec 29 and through January

MtE Update – November 22 2019

  1. THIS SUNDAY November 24 will be a service of readings, psalms and hymns around the theme of the Reign of Christ to wind up the liturgical year (Advent beginning the following week!).
  2. Last week a number of us learned a new hymn which will feature in the service this Sunday. This rendition makes the point, ignoring the chanted bit in the first 15 seconds (which we’ll not include!). The verses are straightforward but it might help to familiarise yourself with the male/female voice ‘echo’ in the refrain.
  3. There will also be a congregational meeting this Sunday November 24 following worship, to receive the proposed budget for 2020 and a proposal for focusses for ministry and mission over the coming year. Papers are available in the church or via the email circular.
  4. Advent Study at St George’s Travancore – The study will be conducted on the first three Mondays in Advent (December , 9, and 16), and will be study is based on the book, But what if she’d said ‘No’? by Cathy Laufer. The studies will start at 6:30 pm and take about 90 minutes each Monday, with the venue to be finalised in the next week. Participants are requested to bring some food to share. It is not necessary to have read the book, nor to have purchased a copy. Interested people are asked to contact Richard Murray at rgmurray@bigpond.com by November29 – please include contact details (phone and/or email).

  5. The latest News from the Justice and International Mission Unit (Nov 20) is here.

Advance Dates

  1. November 24 – Congregation meeting (2020 budget approval and ministry and mission focusses)
  2. Sunday December 1 – Responding to the 1 Timothy series: a ‘sermon feedback’ session after morning tea 
  3. Sunday December 22 – Advent Readings and Carols (with Eucharist)
  4. Christmas Day – 9.30am service (with Eucharist)

MtE Update – November 14 2019

  1. Following worship THIS SUNDAY November 17 there will be another of our hymn-learning sessions.
  2. Sunday November 24 will be a service of readings, psalms and hymns around the theme of the Reign of Christ to wind up the liturgical year (Advent beginning the following week!).
  3. There will also be a congregational meeting Sunday November 24 following worship, to receive the proposed budget for 2020 and a proposal for focusses for ministry and mission over the coming year. Papers are available in the church or via the email circular.
  4. ‘The Bible in My Head’ is our current project in ‘with the children’ time in worship. Last week we thought up 4 visual prompts to remind us of the first four books of the Torah — Jeans (Genesis), Exit (Exodus), Lever (Leviticus), Numbers (Numbers!). We now need thinking caps on for a visual prompt to remind of ‘Deuteronomy’ to round out the first section of the Old Testament.
  5. ‘Illuminating Faith’ is an MtE ministry in service of the wider church; have a look at recent additions to the suite of resources now available.  There have been over 1600 downloads for the various studies and orders of services in the two years they have been on offer.
  6. The latest Synod eNews (November 8) is here.
  7. This Sunday we welcome again Matt Julius as our preacher, looking at the set RCL readings for this week. 

Advance Dates

  1. Sunday November 17 – Hymn-learning session after morning tea
  2. November 24 – Congregation meeting (2020 budget approval and ministry and mission focusses)
  3. Sunday December 1 – Responding to the 1 Timothy series: a ‘sermon feedback’ session after morning tea 

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