Two excellent, thought provoking services, prepared by the World Day of Prayer committee of Slovenia, were held in city of Manningham.
At the morning service, held at 10am at St David’s Anglican Church Doncaster East, the speaker was the Rev Harry Kerr, Convenor of Pax Christi Victoria and a retired Anglican priest. He is married to the Rev Pam Kerr, a previous Moderator of the Uniting Church. Harry addressed the theme ‘Come, Everything is Ready’ and the scripture passage, Luke 14:15-24, in a quite challenging way.
Two large Slovene flags were suspended from the narthex ceiling and the eye catching World Day of Prayer banners were also on display. These were then also used at the evening service held at our Westfield Drive site.
Ninety people attended the service including the Hon Kevin Andrews and two Manningham councillors – Cr. Dot Haynes and Cr. Mike Zafiropoulos. The offering raised $940, most of which will go to the Bible Society’s project for women and families impacted by trauma in Slovenia. A delicious morning tea followed.
The highlight of the evening service was the presence of Frances, member of St Kevin’s Catholic Church, Templestowe, who is of direct Slovene descent, though she was actually born in Australia. She took the role of Mojca and was dressed in absolutely splendid Slovenian National dress including the white hand-knitted stockings and stunning bonneted headdress. We do thank Frances for the generous giving of her time, and our committee member Trish Wilson for so brilliantly recruiting her.
Flo Johnson from the Pathway Baptist Church led our service. Speaker, Maidie Graham, coordinator of Wesley Ringwood Crisis and Homelessness, spoke brilliantly of her 20 years in this work, connecting her stories to theme ‘Come- Everything is Ready’.
Seventy people attended the service in spite of he stifling weather, and $563 offering was received. Our five special guests included Cr. Dot Haynes and Deputy Mayor Anna Chen, Rev Michael Goodluck St Mark’s Anglican Church and Pauline Smit (chair of Doncaster East Committee) and her husband. Rev Lucas Taylor introduced our guest speaker, welcomed VIP guests and the congregation and invited everyone to supper at the conclusion. The sumptuous and expertly served supper was partially contributed by the ladies of Spectrum.
Ron Gaudion graciously stepped up as organist as sadly, Lauris Allen who had put much time and thought into the service was unwell. Brian Parkinson expertly took care of the technical side of things. The blessing song ‘May the feet of God walk with you’ was soulfully rendered by three young musicians from St Bishoy and St Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church, Bulleen. They sang in delightful harmony and were self-accompanied by the guitar.
The 2020 service will be held at St Kevin’s Catholic Church, where we always receive a warm welcome from Father Jerry, the presiding priest. Trish Wilson received the commission and prayerful blessing to organize this service, which has been prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe.
In conclusion I would like to thank all the Committee members of the West Committee for their hard work and good ideas.
Chairperson of the Doncaster West WDP Committee