3rd July 2022

Welcome to St Jude’s.  We gather to “sing the honour of God’s name” (as today’s psalm reminds us) and to pray (as the collect says) for God’s grace that we might follow Jesus with undivided devotion. I hope that today you will find the service uplifting, and the congregation friendly and welcoming.

It was great to see a good crowd for our special service and lunch last week.  Thanks to everyone who came, brought food, and helped with transport so that as many people as possible could make it.  After the service, I saw some younger congregation members having great fun with autumn leaves!

There is much interesting news in the wider world at the moment, with the overturning of Roe v Wade in the US, and the release of Australia’s census data, showing (as expected) a further decline in the number of people who call themselves Christians.  You may have read some commentary on these matters during the week.  I hope to add some commentary of my own, but it will have to wait until after our holiday.  The Schmidts will be away for nearly two weeks from Monday, returning Sunday 17th.

There has been sad news for our congregation.  We farewelled Mavis Matthews in a service at St Jude’s on Friday, and we also heard of the passing of Edmy O’Hearn, whom many will remember as a devoted server here.

On a happier note, I am pleased to announce that we have a new office administrator!  Amelia Ross has started with us in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Do make yourself known to her next time you are in at the office.

Sermons this week return to 1 Corinthians for the conclusion of the big section on relationships in chapters 6-7.  Youth will remain in the service today so that we can all sit under this part of God’s word together.  Next week, Youth Bible study is on again, but creche is breaking for the holidays.