Sunday 13th June 2021
Worship in Spirit and in truth
The question to Jesus which prompted his response quoted below was ‘WHERE is the proper place to worship?’ Jesus shatters the wall between Jew and Samaritan and opens the breach wide to admit anyone who will truly worship. Of course, the temptation for us is to list qualifications, and places, and style to who may be a TRUE worshipper. Where we worship is a natural. We need shelter, we have traditions. Similarly with style. Qualifications are a problem. Jesus takes the lead here of course. His encounter with the Samaritan woman is breathtaking in its challenge to the religious rules of the day, a challenge which many commentators push aside. Open and loving hearts and minds are what worship requires.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. John 4:23
In Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland, Mothers’ Union organises holidays for the most vulnerable and isolated in their area. ‘Camps and give-aways simply reflect our heart for the community we are part of … we hope to share something of the love of Jesus in a practical way’ – and that too is true worship.
MU DIOCESAN PRESIDENT
Monday and Tuesday
9.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 12 noon - 3.00pm
The MU Office and Shop
St Paul's Frankston Parish Hall
1 High Street, Frankston.
Phone: 9783 5062
our postal address is
PO Box 11265, Frankston 3199
Prayer for Victoria's Floods
Loving God of all creation
look on those whose lives have been stricken by the flooding of large areas of Victoria, especially the Diocese of Gippsland,
and those who have been affected by the very strong winds..
Be with those who weep for loved ones lost
Comfort those whose homes are gone
Strengthen those whose livelihood has disappeared
We see your face
In the steadfastness of tireless rescue workers,
In the generous hands of friends, neighbours and strangers
In the guidance of our leaders
In the words and prayers of countless people
Give us the courage to rebuild our land renewed in hope
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN
(Adapted from a prayer by Bronwyn Fryar)
AROUND THE BRANCHES
St Michael’s Beaumaris gathered at Braeside Park to hold their AGM this year, enjoying the natural surroundings and ample room for Covid spacing... blessed with a sunny day and birds singing.