Bishop’s Banter 09/03/2018

Well I think last Sunday was among the most exhausting of my time here! But it was good exhaustion. It began well with our Services and it was good to have Jenny Nelson preach at the Eucharist. Her sermons are always so well crafted and thoughtful. She is based mainly at Christ Church South Yarra but has been sharing the life here regularly since the last vacancy.

And another high point of the service was our new boat girl, Harmoni! She did really well.

(L) Our Harmoni, happy after a job well done. (C) Bronwyn, Celine and Sonya draw the attention of the crowd at the Street party. (R) The Op Shop came to the rescue with a floppy hat for Jo as she beavered away with the vegan sausages
(L) Our Harmoni, happy after a job well done.  (C) Bronwyn, Celine and Sonya draw the attention of the crowd at the Street party. (R) The Op Shop came to the rescue with a floppy hat for Jo as she beavered away with the vegan sausages

What a good crew dressed up in parish T shirts and became the ‘smiling eyes’ of Christ Church as we served free sausages and shaved ice. (while the machine held out!) I have to say the vegan sausages seemed to connect with the ‘vibe’ of Brunswick and we had to send out for more supplies of both kinds. Such a witness is very good, and the combination of warm heartedness and the surprise of giving them away for free is gently arresting. Thanks to our many cooks and servers!

Some of us stood in the middle of the intersection inviting people to taste these delights and giving out cards inviting folk to ‘enter the Mystery’….Bronwyn Waters was her usual outgoing self, giving courage to this rather shy parish priest, and thanks also to Celine and Sonya Frank, Roshan, and to new parishioner Fr Clive who, even without a T shirt seemed more successful than the rest of us in getting people to take a card!

It was good to have an email  during the week from someone who works for Moreland Council saying he’s heard about us!

I must remember to get a few more T shirts of the larger variety for next year….maybe they shrink in the wash. By then of course, we’ll be using the Sydney Road site for a bigger splash!

(L) Drawing a crowd outside the church (CL) workers take a break (CR) an international flavour... (R) the guy in the singlet eye Fr Don Fairlie’s t-shirt with envy.
(L) Drawing a crowd outside the church (CL) workers take a break (CR) an international flavour…(R) the guy in the singlet eye Fr Don Fairlie’s t-shirt with envy.

 

Meet Up this week was a rather gentler affair at 5, when we looked at the need for the disciple to learn to ‘tell’ – tell Jesus ‘all that we have done’ (Mark) as well as to tell others. I introduced the Jesuit strategy of the ‘Examen’ which provides a daily structure of reflection, one might even say, for conversation with the Lord. 

This Sunday @ 5 we will be joined by Fr Jacob Legarda who will be speaking on the need for the disciple to learn to be a minister of Christ’s healing power and love. Jacob is the curate at St John’s, East Malvern and is an interesting chap! Worth coming along to hear him.

Sunday is Mothering Sunday. Of course with the nation we give thanks for our own mothers (where would we be without them?) but we also give thanks for the mother of the Lord, and for the Church, which is often called, ‘Mother Church’ and not inappropriately in my view. Whatever her failings, ‘she’ has certainly nurtured and protected me over the years, as well as kept me in line!

There will be a piece of simnel cake on offer after the 10 a.m. Mass.  ( If you’re not sure what it is, google it!)

And talking of food, there is a tradition of a roast lamb (and veggie alternative!) Easter Sunday lunch. Last year’s was a good affair. You can sign up at the back of church or send an email to the parish office  office@christchurchbrunswick.org  It will be BYO and we just ask for a donation to assist with the food. There will of course be an Easter Egg hunt after the 10 a.m. mass that day!

Our new pastoral assistant Peter Cotterill arrives next Wednesday. It will be very good to have him with us, and I know you will all give him a great Christ Church welcome. We will commission him next Sunday during the 10 a.m. mass. Keep praying for him!

(L) Peter....soon to be viewed up close and personal! (R) ‘Sanctus bells’...a joyful noise
(L) Peter….soon to be viewed up close and personal! (R) ‘Sanctus bells’…a joyful noise

BY +LINDSAY