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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 12

24 June, 2018

The Patronal Festival week of celebrations at The Hill is nearly upon us. There will be three main opportunities to gather together as a parish and celebrate our Patron Saint's life and ministry, in worship, over lunch, and through a unique theatrical performance. Winter is a good time of the year to gather as a church community and partake in some hearty mid-winter cheer and good will. Do join us for one or all of these occasions if you possibly can.

High Mass on Friday 29th June, 6.15pm — Fr David Peake
On Friday 29th June, at 6.15pm, there will be a High Mass followed by a light cheese-and-wine supper. St Peter's Associate Priest, Fr David Peake OAM, will be the preacher. Fr David is CEO of EQubed (www.equbed.org.au) and has for more than 30 years been working with disadvantaged and disengaged young people and others.

Parish High Mass & Lunch on Sunday 1st July, 10am — Bp Alison Taylor
Then on Sunday 1st July, in the Octave of St Peter, we will have a Combined Parish High Mass at 10am, followed by a catered luncheon (tickets $40; children $20). Our guest preacher on Sunday will be the Rt Rev'd Alison Taylor, who recently resigned from her position as Assistant Bishop in the Archdiocese of Brisbane to take up doctoral studies back here in Melbourne. Bp Alison was formerly the Vicar of St John's Camberwell, and last celebrated with us here at St Peter's as Presiding Bishop for Candlemas in 2015. It is a blessing to have Bp Alison with us again; do make every effort to join in the celebrations and please book a ticket for lunch (at the Welcome Table today after Mass or ASAP through the Parish Office, ph. 9662 2391).

"The Visit" a Play Friday 6th July, 7pm — Bp Rob Gillion
You will not want to miss this incredible opportunity to experience Bp Rob Gillion's play "The Visit" based on a short story by British author Adrian Plass. Following an appearance on the ABC's "Landline" rural affairs program, Bp Rob became known across Australia as "the bush bishop" (www.tma.melbourneanglican.org.au/news/Bishop-Rob-Gillion-Riverina-220316). Bp Rob, the Diocesan Bishop for the Riverina, is about to retire and return with his wife Janine to the UK; so this is the first and last opportunity to see his hilarious play in Melbourne. Last year Bp Rob was Presiding Bishop and Preacher at our Patronal High Mass, and many of you will remember his delightful ten-minute excerpt from the play. Book your seat now (www.trybooking.com/VNYQ) or just let us know you are coming through the Parish Office, then turn up and get your tickets at the door; and do bring along all your family and friends, it will be lots of fun!

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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