E-News edition 27 February 2019 from South Australian Council of Churches
Photo Credit: `Wilpena Pound - Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park', Rev Mark Hewitt
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World Day of Prayer -
Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women from across 170 countries and many traditions, who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year (first Friday in March). Women from various races, cultures and traditions work closely together, in fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. Informed prayer and prayerful action is the overall theme and vision.

The following reading and prayer comes from the 2019 World Day of Prayer Service that will be held on Friday March 1st, and is written by the WDP Committee from Slovenia. There are many services being held across our state. Find a service near you here.

2019 Theme: Come – Everything is Ready!



We turn now to the Bible to how God urges us to invite those ignored groups of people to his banquet table.

Luke 14: 15-24

15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 Then Jesus[a] said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ 20 Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ 23 Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”

Our Prayer...

Let us come before God and admit our failure to see the hardships in other’s lives.

Our God,
We confess that we have often ignored people living difficult lives in our society – refugees, migrant workers, those struggling with work/life balance, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and those devastated by alcohol. Please forgive our self-absorption. Thank you for opening our eyes to these problems.

Loving Father, stand beside us in our efforts to change.
Thank you for your promise (1 John 1:9) that when we confess our sins, you are faithful and just will forgive and purify us. Amen

The World Day of Prayer Australian Project for WDP 2019 is called ‘Trauma Counselling for Women’. This project will encourage and support women in Slovenia who are experiencing trauma. It will be run by the Bible Societies of Australia and Slovenia in association with World Day of Prayer Slovenia.

The World Day of Prayer City Service for 2019
Friday 1 March 2019,10-11am at St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Rd, North Adelaide
The WDP South Australian Committee invites you or your Representative to attend the city service. Speaker, The Rev Canon Jenny Wilson, will address the theme ‘Come – Everything is Ready’. The country of focus is Slovenia.
Light refreshments will be served after the service. RSVP by Monday 25 February to Christine Pearce, E: christine@christinepearce.com or M: 0403 181 369
Life @ Death 2019 Exhibition
Held at Gallery One Mitcham, which forms part of the Mitcham Village Uniting Church complex, the Easter art exhibition called Life @ death is now in its seventh year and running until 14 April.
This year's theme is "Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus". Over the ages a great number of artists have captured their interpretations of this moment of random compassion that might have happened as Jesus carried his cross on the road to Calvary. The work pictured here is that of Adolf Lachman (not part of the exhibition).
Artists are invited to submit work in response to the theme which explores an act of kindness in the face of injustice. Entry details obtainable from www.galleryone.org.au or contact Dieter Engler, Ph: 0426 813 538.
To Consider for Lenten Reflection
‘Just Earth’ App 

The Environmental Action Group, has launched the ‘Just Earth’ App- a journey of faith with creation. It is beautiful to look at, a reading with inspiring reflection and prayer for each day and perfect quotes from learned people across generations. Easy to use, and a fantastic resource for anytime of the day.
Check it out and download. 
A Voice in the Wilderness; Listening to the Statement from the Heart 
As we draw to the season of Lent, many communities look to a study that speaks to learning and loving in the way of Christ.

A Voice in the Wilderness; Listening to the Statement from the Heart by Celia Kemp, Reconciliation Coordinator, could be one to consider. Produced by the Anglican Board of Mission, and drawing on rich resources, it speaks to the heart of Reconciliation and understanding. Cost $15.
Copies are available from Brad Chapman, brad@chapman.name, Ph: 0403 530 667. Also available through Anglican Board of Mission, www.abmission.org, Ph: 1300302663
Organist/Musical Director - Flinders Street Baptist Church
The Flinders Street Baptist Church is seeking to fill the recently vacated position of Pipe Organist/Musical Director for the Church.  A remuneration package is provided.
A copy of the Position Specification is available at the FSB Church Office, Ph:  8223 4550. Expressions of interest, together with a resume of experience and qualifications can be mailed to: Flinders Street Baptist Church, 65 Flinders Street,  Adelaide,  SA  5000. Attention: Rev Scott Cadman, Senior Minister
Closing Date: 22 March 2019
Please note: the above may include some items from organisations other than from the Member Churches of SA Council of Churches. We include them in good faith, trusting that they will be of interest to you and your networks as we journey towards greater recognition of our unity in Christ.

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