To be transﬁgured is to be changed in appearance in such a way as to reveal your true self. Jesus is transﬁgured before the eyes of the disciples, Peter, James, and John, whom he has taken up the mountain to witness this revelation of who Jesus is and always has been – the Son of the Living God. His glory is ‘veiled in ﬂesh’ as he travels around Israel with his disciples and he looks and acts like any other human being, which is of course, because he is like any other human being. Jesus is 100% human. This moment of revelation is to show these three who will be the leaders of the early church, and who each have a different role in its growth, the stunning truth – that Jesus is also 100% God. The transﬁguration of Jesus was overwhelmingly glorious and it terriﬁed these three men. Not surprisingly they had no language for it and no idea what to do in the face of such a sight. To see Jesus as the glorious Son and to see Elijah and Moses, gloriﬁed and eternally alive, talking with Jesus was beyond their ken. Peter’s ‘foot in mouth moment’ is magniﬁcent in its humanity, and shows how strategic he can be, even when stunned and terriﬁed. If this is going to be how things are then Peter will sort out the practicalities! Of course, it is the Father’s voice booming from the cloud which descends on them which makes clear what they are to take from this moment. “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him”. End of glorious experience. There is no further instruction for they need none. Jesus will tell them what they need to know, and what he says is simple. ‘You can tell people about this after I have risen from the dead’. I can hear them saying to one another, ‘Risen from the dead? That’s interesting, how does that work?’ This mountaintop revelation was a foretaste of the day when Jesus stood in the upper room alive. At that moment things which were so puzzling ﬁnally made sense – and they saw the resurrected Jesus and believed. Now what relevance does this wonderful moment on a mountaintop have for us today? Firstly, it is a lesson in Jesus’ divinity. We cannot treat him only as our friend – he deserves our worship and obedience. Secondly, there is more! Look to the resurrected Jesus, the Lamb upon the throne. Truth which transforms our ordinary lives is found in him alone, for heaven and humanity meet in that place where he is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.
|TODAY:||Holy Communion, 8.45am|
|Family Service, 10.30am|
|MONDAY:||Study Group – The Gifts of the Spirit (4 week study)|
|St Mark’s, 7.00pm|
|Contact Kevin or Anne (0438 234 857)|
|TUESDAY:||Online Study Group,7.00pm|
|Contact Graeme (0490 664 843)|
|Zoom Prayer Meeting, 1.30pm|
|Contact John (0421426156)|
|WEDNESDAY:||Holy Communion, 10.00am|
|Study Group St Mark’s,11.00am|
|Contact Keith (0419 551 082)|
|Festival Meeting, St Mark’s, 12.30pm|
|Cuppa, Craft & Chat Group St Mark’s, 12.30pm|
|Contact Robyn (0409 425 044)|
|THURSDAY:||Women’s Bible Study, St Mark’s, 9.30am|
|Contact Fay (0401 404 280)|
|Women’s Quiet Morning, St Mark’s, 10.00am|
|Contact Fay (0401 404 280)|
|Men’s Coffee & Chat Blackthorn Café, 10.00am|
|Contact Steve (0437 984 679)|
|Study Group – The Gifts of the Spirit (4 week study)|
|St Mark’s, 7.00pm – 9.00pm|
|FRIDAY:||JANICE’S DAY OFF|
|NEXT SUNDAY:||Holy Communion, 8.45am|
|Family Service, 10.30am|
|Healing Service, 5:30pm|
|10.30am||Family Worship with Children’s Ministry|
|(Holy Communion – 1st Sundays)|
|5.00pm||Healing Service – 1st Sundays|
Parish Contact Details
|Monitored contact points||0493 280 691|
|Parish Web Addresses||www.stmarksdromana.org.au|
|Pastoral Care Coordinators||Kevin and Anne Cranwell (0438 234 457 Kevin)|
A Church Hedges & Garden Working Bee will be held on Tuesday 22nd August, commencing at 9.30am. It is planned to trim all the hedges and attend to all the church gardens. Many hands make light work, even if for 1 hour. Please let Graeme King 0490 664 843 know if you are able to assist.
Thank you. Cheryl.
Festival helpers will be meeting in the church 12.30pm Wednesday 9th August. All are welcome. Bring your lunch and stay for craft and a cuppa. We will decide on publicity and draft the sign-up sheets to ask for the help we might need to run the stalls and events. Please be praying about your part in this weekend and how we can glorify God as we showcase our new windows to the community.
Carol and Cheryl.
Women’s Quiet Morning
10.00am Thursday 10 August 2023 St Mark’s Anglican Church. All women are invited to a Quiet Morning with an opportunity for reﬂection in the stillness of a busy life; set apart in His word with music, poetry & visual display. God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day. Psalm 46:5
For more information, please contact Fay on 0401 404 280
Special Services 2023
|20th August||Evensong – St Mark’s, Balnarring|
|10th September||Patronal Festival & Consecration of New Windows|
|22nd October||Evensong – St Mark’s, Dromana|
|3rd December||St John’s, Sorrento – Lessons & Carols for Advent|
|17th December||St Mark’s, Dromana – Lessons & Carols for Christmas|
This Week’s Prayer Focus
In our country and the world:
- For those facing hardship and anguish amid rising costs.
- For families affected by violence.
- For those affected by natural disasters in around the world.
- For King Charles III, the UK and the Commonwealth.
- For peace and unity in countries around the World.
- For aid agencies such as “Save the Children”, Oxfam, CARE, UNICEF, World Vision.
In our community:
- For teachers and students.
- For doctors, nurses, paramedics, Coast Guard, the CFA & SES.
- For local community outreach groups such as the Dromana Community House and “Food for All”.
In our Diocese and beyond:
- For Archbishop Geoffrey Smith’s ministry as Primate of Australia.
- For Archbishop Philip Freier’s ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne.
- For the ministry of Bishop Paul Barker in the Jumbunna Region and for Archdeacon Helen Phillips in the Frankston Archdeaconry. Give thanks that Archdeacon Helen is now well and beginning to return to work.
- In our Deanery, we pray for the Parish of St George’s Red Hill and their Vicar Rev’d Fiona Goy.
- For the work of the Church Missionary Society and Wei-Han the Victorian Director.
- For Anna Radkovic our CMS Link Missionary. Anna Radkovic has now left Australia and is on her way to Kenya. Her updated prayer letter is on the board in the Narthex.
- For Christian churches around the world to be free to worship and be witnesses of the love of God as shown through the coming of His Son.
In our Parish:
- For our leadership and ministry teams.
- For Rev’d Janice O’Gorman our Vicar.
- For the finances of our Parish.
- For our Parish, its people and those we reach out to every week.
- For the Fête and Patronal Festival in September.
- For the success of the new Family and Children’s Ministry.
- For: Tom, Irene Cowdell, family of Malcolm Bird, family Guy, Ruth.