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The Glen Osmond Anglican Magazine
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The Week Ahead         

PLEASE NOTE. All church services in the Diocese of Adelaide have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Dear members of St Saviours,

We have moved into an extraordinary time as a result of the Coronavirus. The shutdowns, social isolation and restricted movements are affecting us all. It has also impacted our parishes enormously. Archbishop Geoff Smith has instructed that, as of today (Monday 23rd March), all public worship in the Adelaide Diocese should cease until further notice. That includes both Sunday and mid-week services. In addition to that our Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last night that places of worship are included in the list of venues banned from holding public gatherings. Even small gatherings of people such as Parish Council are unwise to meet because complex and difficult social distancing rules still apply. I heard on the radio this morning that S.A Police have now been given new powers to apprehend those not complying with social distancing rules. Random checks will be the order of the day!

This is a most unusual situation and we need to try new ways of keeping in touch, supporting one another and encouraging each other to persevere throughout this period in our faith journeys. We are looking at ways of doing this and this may evolve over time. We are not a “high-tech” parish with live streaming capabilities (ironically I took a live streaming funeral service at Berry’s this morning) but most people are on email nowadays. Consequently, we will endeavour to keep in touch with as many of you as possible through this way. Those without email we will try to contact in other ways but if you are aware of any such people you may wish to contact them by phone and let them know of developments.

One thing Rose will try to do is to keep producing a weekly Pew Sheet which will then be emailed out to you electronically. It will include the Sunday Readings, the Collect Prayer for the Day, the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, prayer for those in need, the Year’s Mind and maybe even the occasional joke! I will also add things from time to time as I feel necessary or helpful.

Can I make a suggestion? As we won’t be meeting for Sunday worship for a while can I suggest that you have Sunday worship at home by yourself or with others living at home with you. Set aside half an hour or so on Sunday morning. Read through the Readings aloud. In other words, say them as you would if reading them to someone else. You will find this more impactful than just reading them in your mind. Pray the Collect Prayer aloud. Pray for any other matters on your mind, either in the Pew Sheet or other things that come to mind. Finish with a simple prayer of thanks. Those of you who have a Prayer Book at home may choose to use a simple format therein to guide you, for example, “Morning Prayer for Sunday Morning” on p.383. If you finish by 11.30am why not then turn to Channel 2 and watch “Songs of Praise”! Always an uplifting and inspiring programme with great Christian music.

Some people have asked for a copy of my sermon from last Sunday. I had been doing a series on “Spiritual Disciplines” during Lent and ironically my sermon was on “Solitude”! It wasn’t deliberate but it just happened to coincide with our country’s social distancing policy! We will try to forward a copy to you once it is put into an electronic format.

There may be some people in need of pastoral care during this shutdown period. This will mostly need to be done via phone. Relevant phone numbers are on the back of the Pew Sheet, including mine. Visits need to be restricted to emergency situations only as most of the parish would be considered to be in the vulnerable category. Phoning each other, however, can be a great help.

We are all learning as we go. Meanwhile, we trust in God’s overarching love and care for us during this time.

God’s richest blessings,

Peter Brown
Locum Tenens

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Please continue to pray this Prayer

Almighty and All–loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we
pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from
the Coronavirus Covid–19 in Australia and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting
the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals
and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress and a sense
of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed
compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love
to those to whom no love was shown.
Amen.

MARCH 2020
Mon 30      No Service                   John 8. 1-11

Tue 31      No Service
           9.30am Garden Group           John 8. 21-30

APRIL 2020
Wed 1       No Service                   John 8. 31-42

Thu 2       No Service                   John 8. 51-59

Fri 3rd     Richard of Chichester, bishop (d.1256)
            No Service                   John 10. 31-42

Sat 4       No Service                   John 11. 45-57

SUN  29     SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT - PALM SUNDAY
            NO SERVICE

Dates to Remember.

FRIENDSHIP LUNCH
Lunches for April and May have been cancelled due to Covid-19.
We will all miss these events, but your health is more important. Hopefully we will be able to start again in June.

Sunday 29 March, (Postponed) Vestry Meeting
This meeting has been postponed until further notice.

Anglicare Bin
Please note Anglicare no longer takes second hand clothing in their bins. However, you can drop off good clothing to the Magdalene Centre for their opportunity shop in Gilbert St.


Information for the community
Seminars at St Saviour's

Free public seminars organised by
St Saviour's Anglican Church, Glen Osmond,
assisted by funding from Burnside Council Community Grants Program.

Further Seminar dates and topics will be advertised on this page


The Altar Cross at St. Saviour's About the Cross

Who is St Saviour?

Our Church Pipe Organ
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St Saviour’s

Saint Saviour's sits at the "gateway to Adelaide", at the point where the main road from the east enters the metropolitan area.

In the "City of Churches" it is the first church that is encountered by travellers from the east; and it is the last church before those travelling to the east leave the city.

 

The Silver Jubilee images have been moved to the Picture Gallery (See the menu item above left)

 

Spiritual Presence
A book commemorating 150 years of Christian service
in the Glen Osmond Parish
free from the Parish Office

The Altar Cross at St Saviour's

In the Church of the Holy Saviour we are in the presence of the Cross which was crafted by Peter Moritz of Adelaide in the mid-1980’s. It has main elements of polished wood enclosing suspended glass tiles.

This Cross is hanging high in the large Sanctuary providing a focus for our attention. This hanging Cross overlooks what we do in worship and life.

This raised Cross is a victory cross. We look upwards to the shining presence of the tiles and colours going from earth, sea to sky. It is an open Cross, open-ended, top and bottom. The love of Jesus Christ is open and available to all people, flowing out of the cross, Jesus dying for us, ‘ love so amazing, so divine’, alongside others in their modern crucifixions.

Then there are the shadows of the other crosses. Sometimes, with the church lights on we can see the shadows of three crosses as in the crucifixion of Jesus. They crucified him with two others, one on either side of him; Jesus between them as the central focus.

(St John’s Gospel 19:18)
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'Hospitality!!!'

On the 4th of June we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The story of the emergence of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles highlights that one of the marks of the early church was its practice of hospitality. They broke bread together in their homes...' We have understood that in obeying Jesus' instructions to remember him with the communion meal, this is almost certainly what was going on there. However, some of the sense of what that looked like has been lost over the years.

It is so important to remember that the earliest communion meals were actually meals. There was delicious flat bread, often dipped in herbs and oils, perhaps a portion of roast lamb, good wine that was shared - if it was done properly, no-one went away from the table hungry. The early disciples used to gather up the left-overs and distribute them to the needy.

Here at St Saviour's, just from what I have seen, I think we are reviving this tradition of hospitality at Church. Just for one example of this last week, our regular 'Friendship Lunch' was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by many, including me. Our sense of fun and fellowship is well known in the diocese. It is through this that many feel connected and rather confident in inviting others who might enjoy this same sense of connection and belonging.

Someone once said to me that people in our wider society may need to 'belong' to the Church for some time before they come to 'believe' the claims of Christianity. This is evangelism through offering a very natural and beneficial thing: companionship, friendship and fun! At St Saviours – deliberate hospitality is a real strength that we have, and something the wider community desperately needs!

Rev David McDougall
11 June 2017

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