We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions, we are open but with limited numbers until further notice. Please be aware that bookings are essential for in-person services via the Church Office from 9:30am Monday.
A prayer at this time…
God of the oppressed, lover of the marginalised, friend of the poor, and God of the refugee and asylum seeker whom we in Australia treat so cruelly: fill us with loving kindness so we can offer open hospitality to the places and people we serve.
Inspire us like those of the early Church to stand up against injustice here and overseas. Embolden us to speak out against inhumane decisions, especially those of our own governments.
As Pentecost people: we want to step out and model a counter-cultural way of living that sees a person not a cog in a machine, or worse, as unwanted, unloved and uncared for by those in authority. We want to represent a “new normal” that isn’t only aware of COVID but is aware of mental and physical health.
Keep us soft enough to weep with those who suffer, especially those in detention in Australia, in Myanmar, India and Palestine, but hard enough to stand against structural evil in the world to bring about change in the world.
We dare to pray in the name of Jesus.
What is a refugee?
According to the 1951/1967 Refugee Convention: “Any person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such a fear, is unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country.”
Australia is a signatory to the Convention. If someone seeking asylum is found to be a refugee, Australia is obligated under international law to offer protection and ensure that the person is not sent back unwillingly to their country of origin.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the UNO to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of problems. Its purpose is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of refugees and seek lasting solutions to their plight.
Vale Cyril R
Crossroads member Cyril R died recently at Glendale Nursing Home, and his funeral at Werribee was attended by family and friends.
Cyril grew up in Elmore and went to Bendigo Technical School. His football skill was noticed by Footscray VFL team talent scouts, and he played in the Firsts and Seconds, roving and forward pocket. Charlie Sutton was coach and Ted Whitten Brownlow medallist played with Cyril.
Cyril always put church first in his life, and on a journey to Israel he was baptized in the Jordan River, by the bus driver!
Cyril worked as a security guard and managed a retirement village on Phillip Island. He and his wife separated, and he moved to Werribee.
Cyril volunteered at Werribee Uniting Care and Concern, starting with Carol M and the Rev. Tony D. He was always a practical Christian, “working for the Lord whenever I can”, he said.
His partner Noelle worked on emergency relief and Cyril collected, stored and distributed furniture for people in need. He was awarded the 2009 Certificate of Appreciation for voluntary service signed by Julia Gillard. He was justly famous for his sausage rolls, which he brought to many church social occasions.
When Noelle his great mate died, Cyril was devastated. He had an ongoing battle with cancer and was supported by his friend Sue M and her family, and eventually found a place in Glendale Nursing Home.
During the Covid19 outbreak he experienced a long period in isolation, which he endured stoically.
I will remember Cyril’s faithfulness and his friendship. (NT)
Deborah C spoke at Crossroads worship last Sunday, bringing the story of Ammar A. Ammar is a friend to people in this congregation since he came to church several times with Deb and Paul C.
Paul says: “We were aware of the plight of boat people detained offshore on Nauru and Manus Island. We joined Crossroads folk on the Palm Sunday walk for refugees, and wanted to do something. Then an email came, telling us about a group of unaccompanied minors in a house in Werribee.” There were several boys there, aged 15–17, on humanitarian visas, fending for themselves, with a case worker occasionally dropping in.
“We learned that Aussie families were needed to take these boys in; Manor Lakes Secondary College had enrolled them. We invited Ammar to live with us on a trial basis, and he accepted. Ammar joined our family just before Christmas 2015 and lived with us for three years, during which time we put him through VCE a second time. He got an ATAR score sufficient to enter the RMIT University Civil Engineering degree.” says Paul.
During Ammar’s university studies he moved to a share house. He completed his degree, and recently married Sumia, who lives in New Zealand. Sumia’s family are also Hazara, from the same village in Afghanistan. Sumia is a dental technician and hopes to come here in a month’s time. Ammar has work as a wall tiler. He’s applying for regular work as an engineer.
Afghan Hazaras are Shi’ite Moslem, persecuted by the Sunni Taliban. His life was in danger; Ammar escaped when his family paid people smugglers to get him to Indonesia and a leaky boat. His boatload was rescued by the Australian navy and brought to Christmas Island.
Ammar has permanent resident status. He is applying for accommodation. He and Sumia will need household furniture and items to get started in their new home.
Deb says: “Members of our Crossroads congregation may wish to help this young couple. We invite you to talk with Paul and me about gifts of money or goods.”
Please contact Paul by email or mobile phone.
Please keep in your prayers the Rev. Valerie B who recently had major surgery with some months of follow up treatment. Following the death of her husband, Dennis, Valerie has been having a tough time.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
- Thursday: 10am Church Gardening
- Friday: 6 pm African Youth
Worship Plan for this coming week
4 July 2021
2 Samuel 5:1–10; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10; Mark 6:1–13; Psalm 48
- Greetings: Margaret D
- Flowers: Salote T
- Music: Asanka P
- Audio-visual: Rob B
- Prayers of the People: Mary D
- Reader: Margaret F
- Sign-in: Luciana Aragon & Margaret B
- Cleaning: Bev Lambie & Margaret B
- Morning Tea: Nancy McE & Zelda C
- CRUNCH: (School holidays)
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.