Some years ago I was at a restaurant with some friends, we had poured a glass of wine when the waiter came to the table and said in quite a loud voice, ‘get out!’
I said’ ‘excuse me, we have just arrived.’ He responded in an even louder voice, ‘get out! Take your drinks and get out!’ We were astonished and as we were about to remonstrate further he said, ‘get out! The restaurant is on fire!”
Sure enough when we looked up we could see the kitchen being quickly engulfed in flames. We made a hasty retreat to the median strip in Russell Street where we continued sipping our wine whilst watching the fire brigade try to stop the restaurant burning to the ground. It was a dreadful and inconvenient situation as we then had the onerous task of finding another restaurant and could not work out what to do with the wine glasses.
I tell this story as it reflects how easily we can lose perspective and become totally dominated with what immediately affects us. This completely first world problem of finding another restaurant is completely outside any form of true reality. We gave little thought to the poor folks who owned the burning restaurant or their now unemployed staff or even to the millions in the world who never have to contemplate finding ‘another restaurant’ as they are too poor to even know where their next mouthful of food is coming from.
Over the last year we have seen cases of this distorted perspective when people complain long and hard about wearing masks, lockdowns, and curtailing of some activities. My plea is that we could see our current minor inconveniences in light of what is happening in India and other places. We have it pretty good here and we should remain thankful for that each and every day.
So, in the unlikely event that you are told to get out of a restaurant be a little more aware than we were and don’t take it as an insult but rather an attempt to keep you safe from the flames.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES:
Maundy Thursday 1st April 7.00pm Eucharist
Good Friday 2nd April 2.00pm Liturgy
Easter Day 4th April 2021 6.00am Easter Vigil and Lighting of the New Fire
A parishioner’s comments
Processing into the church on Easter Sunday morning and seeing the artistic portrayal of Easter by world famous painters since Giotto in 1305, had an enormously powerful impact, and quite an emotional experience — bringing tears to our eyes.
We felt connected to Christians over past centuries in the observance of the Easter story. Symbolism being most significant in our Faith.
10.00am Sung Eucharist
Services can be viewed on the worship page of the web site
Lighten our darkness, Lord we pray, and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant us, Lord, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light on those around us , and that by its brightness we may have a vision of that holy City, where dwells the true and never-failing light, Jesus Christ our Lord. amen.
Worship at Holy Trinity each week
Sunday: 8am Eucharist; 10am Sung Eucharist and Morning Tea
Tuesdays at 5.30pm Christian Meditation Group
Wednesdays at 10am Eucharist followed by Morning Tea
Thursdays at 8.30am Morning Prayer and scripture readings followed by Meditation at 8.45am.
On the First Wednesday of the month the 10am Eucharist has an emphasis on healing with the opportunity of anointing.
On the Second Wednesday of each month the 10am Eucharist is held at Mercy Place Aged Care Facility
On the Third Wednesday of each month a 1.30pm Eucharist is held at Highgrove Aged Care Facility
Wednesdays Playgroup 9.30am – 11am (during school terms)
Vicar: The Rev’d Grant Edgcumbe 193 Hotham Street East Melbourne
T: 9417 3341
Website: www.holytrinitymelbourne.org.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicar’s Warden: Laurie Moore T: 9481-7335
People’s Wardens: Lynne Mitchell T:0412592005;
Sue Moses-Critchley 9486 3598