Palm Sunday

It was a full day at Christ Church Swan Hill.  We gathered in the foyer, for readings, prayers and the blessing of the palms and crosses.Palm Sunday

Then we processed in to the music of Murray’s clarinet singing ‘We have a King who rides a Donkey”.

During the service Parish Council were commissioned and Rev’d Robyn Davis introduced hePC Commisioningrself and her partner Ed to the Congregation.

Robyn and Ed live at Balranald but their ministry extends over a wide area and Robyn will be working a couple of days a week at Swan Hill, and become part of Swan Hill Parish after her ordination to Priesthood on 3rd of May.

Together Robyn aPresentation Flagnd Ed presented the church with an Aboriginal Flag.

To complete the festivities, Rev’d Denis had researched Palm Sunday, and found that there is an Old English custom of celebrating the day with a ‘Figgy Pudding’ cake.

Figgy Pudding

Not only that, he had discovered a recipe for the aforementioned cake, and he had it cooked and ready to be served as our refreshment after the service.  The photo is borrowed from the internet where you can read more information.   and even find a recipe –

Blessing of Holy Oils and Renewal of Vows

All 3 clergy of Swan Hill Anglican Parish went to the Diocesan Blessing of Holy Oils aOils1snd Renewal of Vows, which takes place each year on the Monday of Holy Week. The service is followed by a shared meal.   The service took place at St Augustine’s Inglewood, and the parishioners there catered for the meal.  For Rev Jan it was a return to her previous parish and a time to catch up on the latest news.  Our vows have been renewed and our Holy Oil has been replenished all ready for Easter.  Holy oils are used for blessing and anointing, in services of baptism, confirmation and ordination, and in ministry with the sick.Oils4

Harvest Festival

With Mothering Sunday falling on a fifth Sunday there were so many possibilites for the day that it was difficult to decide what to include; so we did it all. The men of the parish Mothering1provided breakfast for the women.  There was cereal, juice, tea, coffee, toast and pancakes, with toppings of berries, jams, caramelised figs, yoghurt and cream.  It was a banquet full of life and health and colour.Mothering4

The men arrived early and our pancakes were handmade on the barbeque.

One of our parishioners Donna Salathiel, director of The Wellbeing Path, was our guest speaker, sharing her journey and encouraging us in our wellness.

After breakfast we continued with our Harvest Festival Service.  Pews were decorated with wheat stalks and the altar was surrounded with fruit and vegetables, the Mothering3large and the small as well as greens and herbs.  After the great thanksgiving for the fruits of creation, non perisables were donated to St Luke’s.  At morning tea, the rest of the produce were available for purchase at Emily’s Fruit and Vegi Stall.   The proceeds also went to St Luke’s.

The traditional Simnel Cake was prepared by Mrs Maggie Williams.

Wonderfully refreshed by these Refreshment Sunday activities we are ready to continue on our Lenten journey towards Easter.

It was generally agreed, that perhaps with the Mothering2 exception of Emily, the greatest fun of the morning was had by Rev Denis’ breakfast chefs.

Rev. Jan Harper

Photos Jon Roberts

Flag and Flagpole blessing

This is the prayer Rev’d Robyn Davis used for blessing the flag and flagpole at Swan Hill Hospital on Thursday 20th March 2-14.
God of holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
from the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast deserts and dense forest, and in towns at the water’s edge creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our land.
Give us all the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our nation and our community.
Help us to respect all cultures. Help us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this ancient land.
We ask your blessing now upon this flagpole and upon this flag shich is a symbol of pride for our people.
 We ask that it hold special meaning to all those who gaze upon it, that they have eyes to see and hearts open to the true meaning of reconciliation. That we all show courage and respect as we journey together.
We ask your blessing on each and everyone of us, Lord as we stand upon this ancient ground,
Bring peace to all of us, protect us from harm, help us to be strong in body and mind,
Strengthen us in all difficulties and help us to show love and understanding to our fellow man.
We thank you for the many blessings you have given each of us,
 may they rest upon us until we meet again.
In the name of Jesus.  Amen.
Bishop Arthur Malcolm/Revd Lenore Parker/Revd Robyn Davis

Swan Hill District Health Flag Raising

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The Reverend Robyn Davis blessed the Aborigional flag and the flagpole before it was raised, with a lovely prayer which I will publish later.


We were entertained by dancers …..


and a Didgeridoo player from the Marruk project


The Hospital Board Member who spoke had some difficulty trying to pronounce indigenous names.  Official host Debra Chaplin, the Swan Hill District Health Aboriginal hospital liaison  helped with the correct pronunciation.


The railing near the flag poles was beautifully decorated with Illyarrie (Red Cap Gum)

And here is a link to The Guardian’s coverage.