A traditional service for Sunday 26th July 2020:Our COVID-19 services, have continued way longer than we first thought. As time has gone on, I’ve been keen to help people participate in Holy Communion, as we know that it is an important part of our discipleship. I DO NOT do this in the traditional service. In the traditional service I remind people of the preface to the communion for the sick from the 1662 Book of Common prayer about people who are unable to physically take part in the elements (forgive the male pronouns): if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ both suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his Soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth. So for those watching the traditional service, I trust that this will still prove to be a blessing, on that basis. (And if people wish to have bread and wine ready for this service, there would be no objection from me). This service was filmed on the property of Ray and Belinda Haigh in Trangie, and I’m grateful to them for their hospitality and for the way they have participated.
A traditional service for Sunday 19th July 2020: This service was filmed near a new housing estate in Llanarth. During the services, I interview Leigh and Meredith Hatcher about their response to the latest outbreaks of COVID-19. Because this was filmed a week ago, the focus is mainly on Melbourne and Victoria, not southern Sydney. Leigh is a former journalist and anchor with Channel 7 and SKY news, now a video producer. Meredith Hatcher was our women’s pastor when I was rector at St Andrew’s Roseville and now works with Hammondcare in pastoral care with their home care program. I’m sure you’ll be blessed by their wisdom.
A traditional service for Sunday 12th July 2020: This week Bishop Mark resumes preaching from the lectionary gospel readings. I enjoyed looking again at Matthew 13:1-23, and exploring why Jesus told parables designed to conceal the truth!! Most people assume Jesus told parables to make things easier to understand, but here we are clearly told the opposite! This week, the service was filmed our Cathedral here in Bathurst, which at present is slightly rearranged for COVID-19 restrictions. Attached below are the order of service, prayers and Bible readings.
A traditional service for Sunday 5th July 2020:How can we know God is real? This is the final in our “Corona questions” series which I address in Sunday services this weekend. This week, the traditional service was filmed at Holy Trinity Dubbo, with the Archdeacon Brett Watterson and Wendy Herd from Holy Trinity office taking part.