Today we welcome back Fr Jeff and Michelle and hope they have had a refreshing holiday.
Today: Sunday School resumes – please meet with Jennifer in the Parish Hall.
Flowers today have been donated by Noel Jeffs in honour of Li Tim Oi, the first woman to be ordained as an Anglican priest. When a priest could no longer travel from Japanese-occupied territory to preside for her at the eucharist, for three years Tim-Oi was licensed to do so as a deacon. Bishop R. O. Hall of Hong Kong then ordained her ”a priest in the Church of God” on 25 January 1944. In 2003, the Episcopal Church of the United States fixed 24 January as her feast day in Lesser Feasts and Fasts, based on the eve of the anniversary of her ordination. In 2018, she was made a permanent part of the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints.
Parish Office Days – please note that from Monday 3rd February the parish office will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only from 9am to 2pm. To contact Jennifer in the office please use the Opshop phone number: 9550 5713 or parish email address: email@example.com
West Gallery Music — Congratulations to our band of musicians who led us in “O come, O come, Emmanuel” during Advent.
The use of musicians and/or a band in the gallery to accompany hymn singing is not new. It dates in English churches from the 1700s and was termed ‘West Gallery Music’ since the singers and other musicians led the congregation from the gallery built at the west end of the church, opposite the east facing altar. (St Luke’s gallery faces about south west). The ‘band’ was made up of musicians from the village in which the church was situated.
The galleries were removed from the churches after about 1850 during the Victorian era when the church buildings in the cities and towns were restored to their pre-reformation beauty. New churches were also built in the villages as were pipe organs to go in them. All that was needed was a boy to pump the bellows of the organ and someone, such as the minister’s wife or daughter to play it. Apparently, an organist was easier to ‘control’ than a band of musicians. Thus, West Gallery Music declined with the introduction of the pipe organ into the churches.
2020 Opshop Calendars for Sale – limited number availableat back of church for $2 each. Please pay Andy Serafin.
Christmas cards ($10 per pack — stock up for next year) – are available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see the Manager, Stephan Gates during Morning tea.
Hospitality volunteers: Thank you to all our hospitality volunteer teams who look after us so well each week. If we could only get three or more other people for another weekend, our hospitality teams would not feel so burdened. YOU can do this – no effort needed and all food can be bought and the cost reimbursed. Teams often swap due to commitments as well! If you are interested, please see Ruth Champion.
Food for our little friends — Don’t forget to keep your cooked food scraps, fruit peelings, tea leaves and coffee grounds for the parish worm farms. (No citrus dairy or meat). Please refrain from bringing large amounts of scrap paper as the Rectory supplies a large quantity of this.
Play Group @ Enmore – Will recommence on Monday 10th February 2020 from 10am to 12 Noon. For Information phone Ian: Mob 0427 250 390.
Next Long Table dinner – Thursday 13th February: 6 for 6.30pm – 9pm. Venue to be announced. Keep the date!
Leprosy defeated and lives transformed – 7.30 pm Friday 14 February
The Leprosy Mission — You’re are invited to supper.
Place: All Saints Church, Woollahra – 85 Ocean Street Woollhara (street parking available).
Cost: Admission by Donation
RSVP: The Leprosy Mission Office 1800 537 767 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You will meet Professor Warwick Britton, AO, (Centenary Institute Research Director, University of Sydney and world-renowned expert on leprosy and tuberculosis) who will share the exciting vison as well as the challenges of The Leprosy Mission’s bold global strategy to end the transmission of new cases of leprosy by 2035. So future generations may be born into a world free from the oppression of leprosy! And free from disability, discrimination and social exclusion it causes.
You will also meet John Oa (from Papua New Guinea), who will share about the challenges they face in communities across PNG, where new leprosy cases are on the rise.
2020 Cinema Paradiso – Saturday 22 February: 4 pm for 4.30pm in St Luke’s Church Hall. There will be wine & cheese, and a discussion at intermission. The next film will be ‘The Journey’ – In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, deeply conservative British loyalist Ian Paisley meets Martin McGuiness, former Irish Republican Army Leader, in an unexpected journey across the Scottish countryside. This film, made a decade after that meeting in the year of Brexit referendum perhaps has renewed poignancy and meaning. Keep the date!
AGM — Sunday 23rd February — Please keep the date free as we value your input! Would all report writers please email their reports to Ruth Champion for co-ordination. Please note: her new email address is email@example.com.
Women’s Reading Group – Wednesday 26th February
All women are invited to join our Reading Group which meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at: Pauline Newell’s home 43/1 Coronation, Ave Petersham. Meet at the front gate by 7.20 pm as this is a secured entrance.
A copy of the booklet is available for $4, to cover the printing. This set of studies aims to encourage consideration of the various roles that women have fulfilled within God’s gathered community, both historically in the OT times and in NT time. The contributions that women have made and can make are open for discussion. Copies are available from the bookshop for $4.00.
Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ Recital — Sunday, 29 March 2020 at 3pm. From Vienna to Enmore, accomplished young Australian-born organist David Reccia Chynoweth performs works by J S Bach, Koehne, Alexandre Guilmant & others on the St Luke’s Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ (1883), unique in Australia, to mark the restoration of the façade pipes. Keep the date!
Vivid Harbour Lights Cruise – June 2020: While we are still dealing with the effects of the bushfire disaster, the Parish has decided to proceed with the St Luke’s Vivid Harbour Lights Cruise again this year, likely to be held on the first Thursday evening in June (4 June 2020 — to be confirmed). The cruise company will release dates, times, prices and departure details in early February with numbers and payment to be finalised later that month. Based on our experience last year, the cruise will depart at 6.30pm with boarding at 6pm sharp from King Street Wharf 1 at Darling Harbour (please note the King Street wharves are not the same as the Barangaroo wharves). There is a bar with limited bar snacks on board but you can bring some food of your own. Payment will be able to be made in cash to Brett or Moya or by direct credit to a nominated account (pricing and account details to be provided in February). Watch this space for more details and let’s hope the skies clear soon. In the meantime, please ask Moya or Brett if you have any enquiries or wish to express interest so that we can get an idea about numbers.
Homemade curds, relishes, pickles and jam - please email your order to Lea MacNeil (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be delivered to the OpShop.
Any notices for the service booklet will need to be submitted to the Parish Office email by Wednesday evening at the latest.
Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||2 Samuel 5.1–7, 10||Psalm 89.19–27||Mark 3.22–30|
|Tuesday||2 Samuel 6.12–15,17–19||Psalm 24.7–10||Mark 3.31–35|
|Wednesday||2 Samuel 7. 4–17||Psalm 89. 19–27||Mark 4.1–20|
|Thursday||2 Samuel 7.18–19, 24–27||Psalm 132.13–18||Mark 4.21–25|
|Friday||2 Samuel 11.1–10,13–17||Psalm 51.15–19||Mark 4.26–34|
|Saturday||2 Samuel 12.1–7,10–17||Psalm 51.10–14||Mark4.35–41|
Readings for Next Sunday – Presentation of Christ in the Temple: First Reading: Malachi 3.1–4; Psalm: 84; Second Reading: Hebrews 2.14–18; and Gospel: Luke 2.12–40.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Ian Barnett; Kenneth Barongo; and Jennifer, Peter, Elise & Blake B.; Tuesday: Fr Phillip & Rosemary Bradford; and Janet Broady, Susan Hill, & Alex.; Wednesday: Chris Brooks & Martin; Tony Brownlow and Les & Lyn Carrington; Thursday: Ruth Champion; Nancy Cheng & John Lo; and Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke; Friday: Ron Cross & Family; and Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre; and Saturday: We pray for people are still defending their properties and/or livestock from bushfires. Also, for everyone involved in the post bushfire clean-up efforts, particularly those involved in supporting them including Fr Tim St Quintin (Army Reserve Chaplain).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Rosemary Bradford; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; Gary & Karen Steiner-Hill; Kenneth Barongo; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Ronan & Veronica Nath; Sr Elizabeth (SSC); Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; Saffron Powell; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Victor Anyarisi; and Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; and Robert & Lyndall.