Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

Annual Leave:
Robin and I had a very good week away with friends. I thank you for your prayers while we were away. The cruise was a positive and relaxing experience. The daily schedule allows you to do as much as you like or as little as you like. It was also a time to catch up on reading. I refreshed my Australian history as well as deepening my knowledge in regard to faith based development ministries across the globe. This latter book was authored by The Reverend Dr Bob Mitchell, now the CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid.

It was a great joy to celebrate the Eucharist on the Sixth Sunday of Easter in the chapel on board the ship.

The Funeral of the Late Bishop Mabo:
The celebration of the late Bishop Mabo's earthly life and ministry will take place on Friday 16 June next, at the Old Cathedral of St. Bartholomew and All Soul's.

Please continue to pray for Mrs Mabo, the family, as well as the folk of the Torres Strait.

This past week:
Being mindful of the ghastly terrorist attack at the Manchester Stadium earlier this week, I ask that all parishes please pray for those who are:

Grieving the loss of loved ones,
in hospital and still recovering from injuries and
those who have the responsibility of investigating this terrible act of cruelty.Also for the British Prime Minister and the Cabinet as they explore ways forward to make their communities safer.

We also pray for our nation as well:

For each of us as we learn to become more patient as the queues lengthen while our bags are checked and re-checked when attending sporting and other cultural functions.

That we become or remain ever vigilant.

For our governments as they consider the Coroner's recommendations following the deaths at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney back in December 2014.

For our people who have been caught up in terrorist attacks. Some members of the Diocesan family have relatives who have been present when such attacks took place.

Mothers Union Gathering - Bowen:
You are invited to join in a Thanksgiving and Fellowship Service to celebrate the continuing recovery from the devastation of cyclone Debbie in our region.

The service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Bowen on Saturday, 17 June at 10:30am. Rev’d John McKim will lead the service. MU Australia Disaster and Relief Fund will provide morning tea and lunch. There will be a bus from Mackay – no cost.

Please come and support those who suffered most in this disaster.

Morning tea at 10am. Bus will pick-up in Mackay at 7am and depart Bowen at 3pm.

RSVP to Deane Bray: Sunday, 11 June for bus numbers and catering – some people may drive.

For information contact: Deane Bray. Ph 4942 1557. ed-dbray@bigpond.com MU Vice President, Dry Tropics (Ingham to Sarina).

The Diocesan Executive and Diocesan Council Meetings:
The Executive meets this coming Monday and the Diocesan Council on the 7th June. I ask for your prayers for both these meetings as there are a number of agenda items that will require considerable thought, prayer, discussion and debate. Every so often in the life of an organisation, including the Church, important decisions need to be made. At present we have three important issues. The Diocesan Family will be updated when we are able to share information.

Regional Consultations:
This coming Saturday, the first consultation will be held from 9am to 12noon at St. Charles West Mackay. The outline of the morning is as follows:

I will lead Morning Prayer. There will be one reading, Acts 15:1-21. (For those who follow the lectionary, I invite you to read the lectionary readings before you come. This is what Robin and I will be doing!)

Following Morning Prayer I will lead a brief Bible Study on the Acts reading, the Council of Jerusalem.

I will then very briefly outline the history of Synods in our nation and Church. Then I will outline why I have proposed a re-write of the current Canon Two.

The Archdeacon will go through the Two Canons as proposed; Canon Two, the Ministry Unit Regulation Canon and Canon Six, the Licences, Appointments and Entitlements Canon.

The Reverend Allan Shepard:
Allan has been the locum at the Cathedral while the Dean Rod and Penny have been on LSL. We thank Allan for his ministry and assure Allan and Dawn of our prayers and wish them every blessing for the future.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
If your parish is involved in joint worship with other denominations or combined bible studies or a Walk of Witness, I pray these ministry activities will be a time of blessing for all concerned.

I have said before, as members of Christian denominations we basically agree on 95% of our theology, but the tragedy is we spend 95% arguing over the 5% we do not agree on!

In many of our smaller communities, one of the ways forward in the future is to provide worship on an ecumenical basis. One of the big challenges facing Christian Unity is worship and worship style. We all love our "own" worship. However, the important focus is that we worship our Lord.

Wishing you all the best and please be assured of my prayers.
Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

 

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