Today: — Parish Council meeting after morning tea.
Play Group @ Enmore – Monday from 10am to 12 Noon. For carers of young children. For information phone Ian: Mob 0427 250 390. Please let others know about this group.
This Week: 2020 Cinema Paradiso – Saturday 22nd 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.
| Next week: Sunday 23rd Feb – Annual General Meeting |
Held after morning tea. This is the parish annual meeting and all parishioners should be interested and are invited to attend. If you can’t attend, please give your name as an apology to any other member of the congregation who may be attending. If you would like to be nominated for a position, forms are available at the Parish Resources Centre table.
Confirmation — Sunday 23rd August: Bp Michael Stead will be here for confirmation. Anyone who is not confirmed is invited to go through the process of preparation with Fr Jeff which will be a time of encouragement and fun. Please speak to Fr Jeff about this. We do have a candidate already.
Tuesday 25th February - Pancakes at the Rectory: Fr Jeff and Michelle invite ALL parishioners to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with them at the Rectory starting at 6.30. p.m. This gathering is held on the eve of Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The tradition holds that on this day the eggs, butter and fat was used to ensure it was all gone for Lenten season. … The tradition of celebrating Shrove Tuesday and eating pancakes began because people wanted to use up the tempting food that they were giving up for Lent. Parishioners are invited to bring a topping, a savoury or sweet one and we’ll share the feast together. If you are not a cook don’t worry. There will be plenty to go around. Also, we will make the ashes from last year’s palm crosses (hopefully with a little less drama than last year!)
Ashes for Ash Wednesday - Please have a look at home for last year’s palm crosses. It is these we burn to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday Services – 26th February at 10am & 7.30pm.
Lenten studies — Starting Wednesday 26th February (following service/morning tea) & Monday 2nd March at 7.30pm in the rectory: The study book “Where do we go from here?” is available for free at the Parish Resource Table. Please note: there are limited copies available so please only take one if you intend to attend the Monday or Wednesday study groups.
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 at the 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 Parish Resource Centre for $4.00.
Lenten quiet day — Saturday 7 March: The Sydney Mission-College of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd invites you to share in a day of prayer and reflection in the church and grounds of St John’s Balmain (Spring Street, Birchgrove). The day begins with Morning Prayer at 10 am and ends after Evening Prayer at 4.15 pm. The Rt Rev’d Lindsay Urwin OGS, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne, will lead the day. There will be a Eucharist at midday, and opportunities for private consultation with Bishop Lindsay. There is no charge for the day, but please bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. All are very welcome.
Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ Recital — Sunday, 29th March 2020 at 3pm.
From Vienna to Enmore, accomplished young Australian organist, David Reccia Chynoweth, performs works by J S Bach, Graeme Koehne and others on the 1883 Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ here at St Luke’s Anglican Church. David studied in Frosinone, Italy, where in 2012, he was awarded a Diploma in Organ with distinction. He was then accepted in the organ class at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, where he was awarded his Master of Music in Organ Performance. From his current home in Italy, David continues to perform in Europe, Australia and the United States and is returning after his extensive and successful tour of Australia in 2018. This will be his only performance in Sydney this year. Our heritage-listed organ, considered powerful for its size, is a unique example of its kind in Australia. This is its inaugural recital following the complete restoration of the instrument to its original high Victorian glory. Cost: $15 ($10 concession) including programme notes.
Vivid Harbour Lights Cruise – Thursday 4th June 2020
Thank you for confirming that you wish to join the St Luke’s Vivid Harbour Lights Cruise this year. Discount tickets are selling fast for:
Time: 6.45pm, boarding Pünktlich at 6.15pm
Departure: from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf 1, near the t‑intersection of Erskine and Lime Streets, Darling Harbour (not the Barangaroo wharves)
Duration: one hour round-trip
Cost: $25 per adult (includes a $14 discount); prices for young persons and children to be confirmed by the end of this month;
Payment: thank you if you have already paid. Payments in exact cash gratefully accepted by Brett on Sunday, 23 February, direct credit account details will be provided on that date
Amenities: bar on board with bar snacks, you can bring some food with you
Parish Office Days – please note that the parish office is now open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only from 9am to 2pm. The Office phone number has been restored so you are able to contact Jennifer on 9557 4219 (or parish email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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).
Homemade curds, relishes, pickles and jam - If you would like to order some, please email your order to Lea MacNeil (email@example.com) and it will be delivered to the OpShop. Also, any clean jars would be appreciated – lids not necessary.
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||James 1.1–11||Psalm 119.65–72||Mark 8.11–13|
|Tuesday||James 1.12–18||Psalm 94.12–19||Mark 8.14–21|
|Wednesday||James 1.19–27||Psalm 15||Mark 8.22–26|
|Thursday||James 2.1–9||Psalm 34.4–10||Mark 8.27–33|
|Friday||James 2.14–26||Psalm 112.1–6||Mark 8.34–9.1|
|Saturday||James 3.1–10||Psalm 12||Mark 9.2–13|
Readings for Next Sunday: Last Sunday After Epiphany – Transfiguration: First Reading: Exodus 24.12–18; Psalm: 2; Second Reading: 2 Peter 1.16–21; and Gospel: Mathew 17. 1–9
Prayers for the sick: Br Martyn Robinson (CSBC); Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Andrew Reddy; Kevin Tibbey; Glen; Kiki Chun; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Anthony Brown; Edna Chambers; Br Michael Saminatham (SSF); Sam George; Mary Middleton; Louise Middleton; Barbara Reyne; Carol Mann; Jennifer B; and Victoria Keighery.
Recently Departed: Neville Brown (Stuarts Grigg & ‘Tricia’s son-in-law).
Anniversaries of the Departed: Bert Blatch; Nola Barr; Ivy Lawson; Eric Juergens; Edgar Fisher; Margaret Turnbull; and Kathleen Rushton.
Saints Commemoration: 17th: Holy Innocents; and 20th: William Grant Broughton, first Bishop of Australia (d.1853).
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Sunday: Mathias Oduro; Katherine Oldfield; and Julie Olston & Philippa Fredrickson; Monday: Ann Petersen, Rachel & Wolf Winter; and Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Tuesday: Eddie, Susan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leilani, & Carmen Reddy; Wednesday: Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda, & Bryson Reddy; Thursday: John Reimer; Matilda Rinker & family; and Grahame Sadler; Friday: Ken Searle; Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; and Janet Walmsley; and Saturday: We pray for people living through or recovering from bushfire, drought and flooding devastation, across Australia. Also, for everyone involved in the post bushfire and flooding 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; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Victor Anyarisi; Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Robert & Lyndall; Kit & Ben; Hiro Itadini; and Br William (SSF).
Discussion Questions for Epiphany 6 – from WorkingPreacher.org
- You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. Is it possible we worship other things? How can we avoid this? (Deut 10:20) [JP]
- Paul says the church is God’s field and building? What do the images mean? What others fit? (1 Cor 3:9)
- What does the act of reconciling before offering gifts mean for sharing the peace in worship? (Matt 5:23–24)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Beth Ann Gaede.
Leprosy Mission Prayer
Almighty Father, the giver of life and health, look mercifully on those who suffer from leprosy. Stretch out your hand to touch and heal them as Jesus did during his earthly life. Grant wisdom and insight to those who are seeking the prevention and cure of the disease; give skill and sympathy to those who minister to the patients; reunite the separated with their families and friends; and inspire your people with the task set before The Leprosy Mission, that it may never lack either the staff or the means to carry on its healing work, in accordance with your will, and to the glory of your holy name. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.