I hope this week has been enjoyable and peaceful for you, and that you’re all well.
It’s been a bit of a topsy-turvy week for me since the weekend, and I’ve been pretty confused as to which day it was. There is a good reason for that, however, and that was that we played host to the Australian Church Union’s annual Keble celebration Mass on Monday. It was a fantastic service, with over seventy in attendance, presided over by Fr Mathew Crane (President of the ACU), with Fr Chris Mostert preaching a superb sermon. It was an honour to be a part of the team serving at the Mass, and to chat to some of the visitors in the Bardin Centre afterwards.
Friday was spent in part at the Op Shop, and the folks from Stewart Lodge came over this time. I think everyone had a pretty good time, but my highlight this week was finding one of their number, Gavin, a pretty snazzy dinner suit from our selection. He was so happy with it, and left us looking a million dollars. That’s one of the great things about our Op Shop – you can find some great stuff there, but you’ve got to be quick, otherwise it’ll be gone before you know it!
Sunday was a good day, too. The 10am Mass saw us using a new setting of the Gloria which, I can tell you from my experience as an Organist, can throw people off, but familiarity is the cure to confusion, so I’m told that we’ll be having it again, which will be good. The day culminated with the third session of our “Meet Up @ 5” series. This week’s speaker was Rev. Dorothy Lee, a professor at Trinity College, who spoke on the New Testament. It was a pretty good session, as it gave us plenty of questions to ponder (you know how much I like to ponder). The discussions we had were varied and fun, and the food was, as ever, delightful – thank you to all who contributed to the deliciousness!
The great thing about these Meet Up sessions is that they stand well on their own, and you don’t have to be at them all in order to understand what’s going on, so if you haven’t made it to any yet, you won’t feel out of place if you come to the next one or two. This coming Sunday’s session will be on the theme of “Living with the Scriptures”, and Albert Young-Atiga, a student at Ridley College, will be the speaker. It’ll be a Bible Study, so don’t forget to bring your Bible with you!
The sessions so far have been great, so I don’t imagine this will be any exception, so I hope to see a lot of you there. Consider bringing a friend along, if you think you know someone who might be interested.
This morning, I had the privilege of visiting one of our long-standing parishioners, Ruth Ali, in hospital, and bringing her Communion. I’d not brought anyone Communion before, so I probably got a few things wrong, but it has been something I’ve looked forwards to since I found out I was coming here. It was such a good and fulfilling experience, and we had a really nice time chatting away. She hopes to be out of hospital soon, so it will be good to have her back in the fold, so prayers for her continued recovery would be greatly appreciated.
If you take any pictures of parish life (you know: worship, the local community, events, etc), please feel free to send them into me at PeterJCotterill@gmail.com – we have a “Gallery” section of the website which needs them! Also, you never know – they could get featured in the next edition of Peter’s Ponderings, on the website, or on Facebook!
Have a great week! God bless