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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 24

15 September, 2013

All parishioners should have received the following letter in the post this week, but it is reproduced here just in case yours got lost in the post, or perhaps you are not on our mailing list. If this is the case, please let us know so we can make sure our list and your contact details are up to date. Feel free to see one of the clergy after mass, or talk to one of the welcoming team.

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." (Hebrews 13:16)

Thank you for your support of St Peter's Eastern Hill, whether through your attendance at worship, financial giving, involvement in parish activities, your prayers or all of the above. Our church has been the Anglican parish church of the City of Melbourne since 1847, and by God's grace and with your help will go from strength to strength in the coming years, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and living it out through our Anglo-Catholic tradition.

September is Stewardship month, and we invite you to renew your financial commitment to God through the parish. Or if you haven't done so before, we invite you to consider making this pledge for the first time. There are envelopes at the back of church containing:

  1. Stewardship Program form
  2. Parish Giving via ADF form (for if you prefer automatic payment)

If you've not received these in the post, please talk to the sidespeople after mass and they will give you one of these envelopes. Financial giving is central to the sustainable life of a parish church. Some parishioners aim to give one-tenth of their income to God (Gen. 28:20-22); for others on a fixed or low income it is more realistically "the widow's mite" (Luke 21:1-4). The costs are significant in an historic church such as our; maintenance alone (utilities aside) comes to around $60-70k each year.

The generosity of parishioners over the past year has enabled us to employ Fr Samuel Dow as Assistant Curate, to maintain our high standards of liturgy and Christian education, to support the Lazarus Centre and to embark on the 2013-2015 Catholic Evangelism programme. Your kindness and practical support really does make a difference!

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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