MtE Update – March 5 2019

  1. Our ASH WEDNESDAY service is TOMORROW Wednesday March 6. The service will be preceded by a light meal from 6pm (gold coin donation), with the service itself commencing at 6.45pm. Our Ecclesiastes reflections will be taken up again in the Ash Wednesday service (the happy sentiments of Eccles 9.4-10!
  2. A number of us gathered last Sunday to learn a new communion setting, which we’ll use through Lent. If you’d like to see and here it, the melody line is available here and you can listen to the music here (this should download to your machine and then you can click the file to play it. The first few notes are intro to each section). Ash Wednesday will be the first time we use this setting.
  3. The latest Presbytery eNews (Feb 28) is here.
  4. Hotham Mission will be running a BBQ fundraiser at Brunswick Bunnings (in the carpark behind the store) on Saturday 09/03/19, between about 8:30am – 4:30pm. IF you are interested and able to assist for however long on the day, please let HM’s community development coorindator, Joey, know (11-2pm is the busiest, but help at any time would be great!): 
  5. Our Lenten Study commences next Wednesday (Wednesday nights, March 13,20,27 and April 3). An intro to the series can be found here, and hard copies are available in the church. There will also be a Friday morning series at Hawthorn in the same weeks (March 15, 22, 29 and April 5).
  6. If you would like to do some background reading on the texts for this Sunday March 10, see the commentary links here. Robert Gribben will be our preacher and liturgist this Sunday.

Other things potentially of interest 

  1.  A Good Friday performance of Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion

Old News

  1. Details of our Lenten and Easter services are now available here.
  2. For most of the Sundays and special services in Lent, we will be working through parts of the book of Ecclesiastes, using ‘the Teacher’s’ understanding of ‘life under the sun’ as a way of interpreting Jesus’ path to the cross. More information about this can be found here, but in the mean time you might find it helpful to take the time to read Ecclesiastes once or twice before we begin together with it.