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The Parish of St Alban the Martyr had a wonderful celebration weekend for our Feast Day on the 22nd and 23rd June. We were able to Welcome Bishop Mark and Monica to our Saturday evening service.

The worship was uplifting with an exceptional sermon from Bishop Mark and some truly wonderful and rousing hymns about St Alban and his beheading! Our worship was followed with delightful fellowship as we shared a meal together in the Parish meeting room.

The celebrations continued on Sunday morning with a surprise visit (at least to those who did not have access to the Parish Facebook Page) to the 10am Eucharist by the Primate, Archbishop Philip Freier. The Primate, who was in Canberra for 10th National Forum of the National Council of Churches Australia, was the celebrant for our sung Eucharist. The Rector, Reverend Jenny Willsher, used the images of the red rose – symbolising sacrifice, and a glass of water – symbolising hospitality, to draw together the martyrdom of St Alban and Jesus’ words in the Gospel for the day, challenging the congregation to live the Gospel in their lives by being people of hospitality and sacrifice.

Archbishop Philip ended the worship by reflecting on his ministry as Primate and offering words of encouragement to the Parish and their ministry and inspiring them to continue to seek new ways to reach out to others with the love of Christ. The congregation then gathered for a sumptuous morning tea and fellowship with the Primate.

by Reverend Jenny Willsher

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