22nd March 2020

John 9:1-3

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned;
he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.

To our sensibilities this sounds pretty harsh. This man has suffered a lifetime of blindness just to be an object lesson to his peers? However Jesus is saying something remarkable here. He is breaking the link between disability and sin. In his culture the reason for illness and impairment was to be found in personal, and historical, sinfulness. If you were struck down then it was because you, or your parents had done something wrong. The disciples asking Jesus, "Who sinned", want to know who is to blame for this man's affliction. This victim blaming still continues. Jesus wants to say that afflictions happen so that God's work can be revealed. He is not trying to put a positive "spin" on things but rather to demonstrate, through healing this man, that God is loving, forgiving and acting in the lives of the afflicted.

Bible Readings

March 22 Lent 4 1 Sm 16:1-13 Ps 23 Eph 5:8-14 Jn 9:1-41 P
March 25 Annunciation of the Lord Is 7:10-14 Ps 45 or Heb 10:4-10 Lk 1:26-38 W
Ps 40:5-10
March 29 Lent 5 Ez 37:1-14 Ps 130 Rom 8:6-11 Jn 11:1-45
April 5 2020 Palm Sunday Is 50:4-9a Ps 118:1-2,19-29 Phil 2:5-11 Mt 21:1-11 P
April 5 2020 Passion Sunday Is 50:4-9a Ps 31:9-16 Phil 2:5-11 Mt 26:14 – 27:66 or P
Mt 27:11-5

OAS Brekkie Club cancelled

This is just to inform the church that due to the Covid-19 virus, Brekkie Club is cancelled for the foreseeable future. Kind regards, Cherie

Womens Night Fellowship

In view of the CODV-19 Virus, I discussed with a few members and it was decided to suspend meetings as from 7 April 2020 until further notice.
Please remember to pray for one another and keep in touch by phone.
Gods Blessing, Raelene Block 0418 357 604

Autumn Clean and Working Bee

The Property Committee has organised this for cleaning and maintenance of our church on Saturday 28th March 2020 from 8:30 am onwards.
Come for an hour, or all morning - pick your favourite job or one you've noticed needs doing. Extra tools are useful if you have them.
Any queries to: Bevan Pugsley - 0428 888 091 or Sandra Harris - 0438 568 938

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Hungry No More: Our first commitment is Sunday March 29th. If anyone is able to help, please see Michelle Bull. Our other dates for 2020 are: Sunday 31st May, Sunday 23rd August, Sunday 15th November.

Packing Days will be: Tuesday June 2 from 12 noon and Wednesday June 3 from 9 am


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