Happy Birthday to Stuart Veitch; Laurence Burton-Veitch; John M.; Kay Younie; Geoff Lindsay; Ronan Nath; Oscar Davis; Noel Jeffs; David Dunlop; Les Carrington; Ellenor Fleming; Michael Fleming; Janet Walmsley; and Milly Clarke.
Today: Evening Prayer at 6pm. It would be great if you could come along and pray at this time in a different, less formal setting. Those present usually head off to a local café for some dinner afterwards.
St Paul’s Burwood Pantry — Nov 2019. Every quarter we give a donation from the OpShop to St Paul’s pantry to provide for necessities that are generally not given as donations. The Parish Council decided that on the next two Sundays of November we would ask parishioners to bring a can or two of food that we as a parish could donate to the pantry. A basket will be placed in the foyer to receive your donations. Thank you.
Donations are requested for: Anglicare ‘Toys’n’Tucker’ and ‘Stanmore Nursing Home’ for Christmas Gifts. If you would like to donate money, please place it in one of the envelopes provided in the foyer. Your donations can also be placed in the Church Account by Direct Credit with ‘Toys’n’Tucker’ or ‘Stanmore Nursing Home’ as the reference. Thank you.
Christmas cards ($10 per pack) and 2019 Lectionaries ($15 each) — now available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see the Manager, Stephan Gates during Morning tea.
Thursday 14th November – Last Long Table Dinner for 2019: Will be held 6 for 6.30pm to 9pm. Note change of venue to De Lanna Thai Street Cuisine, 220 Addison Road, Marrickville. RSVP: by Friday, 8 November 2019 if you know you can make it, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 23 November — The final Men’s Night Out for 2019: will be held 6 for 6.30 pm at St George Rowing Club, 1 Levey Street, Wolli Creek. For more information please contact Kevin Green on Phone: 8065 1657.
Saturday 30 November — Fr Jeff celebrates 25 years of priesthood. There will be a party at the Rectory to which you are warmly invited. Begins 6.30 p.m. There will be food and drink, but if you would like to bring something additional that would be appreciated.
7th December – St Luke’s Mini Market: To be held outside the OpShop – between 10 am & 2.30 pm. Some cakes, plants, preserves, curds, pickles and jams for sale.
Please be mindful of the Sunday School — The Sunday School struggles sometimes to deal with the noise in the Parish Hall. Please be mindful if you are in the hall during worship (not sure why that would be the case) to keep any noisy conversation to a minimum. The kids and the Sunday School teachers will appreciate that greatly.
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). Methane comes from rotting food scraps put into landfill. According to scientists, methane traps up to 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Using worms like this reduces methane production. So, our modest environmental initiative is actually very powerful.
Our Play Group – For carers of young children is continuing in the hall Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please let others know about this group.
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.
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||Romans 11.29–36||Psalm 69.31–38||Luke 14.12–14|
|Tuesday||Romans 12.5–16a||Psalm 131||Luke 14.15–24|
|Wednesday||Romans 13.8–10||Psalm 112.1–6||Luke 14.25–33|
|Thursday||Romans 14.7–12||Psalm 27.11–14||Luke 15.1–10|
|Friday||Romans 15.14–21||Psalm 98.1–4||Luke 16.1–8|
|Saturday||Romans 16.1–5, 16–27||Psalm 145.1–9||Luke 16.9–15|
Readings for Next Sunday: First Reading: Haggai 1.15b‑2.9; Psalm: 145.1–5,17–21; Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.1–5, 13–17; and Gospel: Luke 20.27–40.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Janet Widmer & Cliff; Sally Woellner; and Kay & Natashia Younie; Tuesday: Amelia Zea; Shirley & Barbara Allen; and Victor Anyarisi; Wednesday: Beth Armstrong;James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; and Ian Barnett; Thursday: Kenneth Barongo; Cynthia Berkemeier; and Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake B; Friday: Mervyn Bishop; Fr Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks & Martin; and Saturday: We pray for all whose lives and possessions are threatened by or have been destroyed by bushfires or extreme drought. That they will be comforted, supported and sustained in their time of need.
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; Geoff Widmer; Sr Elizabeth (SSC); Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; Meaghan Patterson; Saffron Powell; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Bee Heng Soh; and Dayalan Saminathan.
From Matt Skinner on the Feast of All Saints [Professor of New Testament Luther Seminary St. Paul, Minn]
Saints come in many varieties, but in Luke’s Sermon on the Plain Jesus focuses on certain kinds who receive his attention throughout his ministry: the poor, the hungry, the crying, and the hated or ostracized. All of those people, he promises, are “blessed” (makarios in Greek). Blessed and woe. “Blessed” has become a very churchy word with little meaning for most people. “Happy” is another common translation of makarios, but that word has grown too small in contemporary usage, I fear. Think of makarios as “unburdened” or “satisfied.” Jesus also addresses people who are the opposite of the first groups: the wealthy, the satiated, the laughing, and the acclaimed. To all of these he cries out, “Woe!” In this context, “woe” functions as a sharp contrast to “blessed,” yet the Greek word ouai does not mean “cursed” or “unhappy.” Certainly not “damned.” Like the English word yikes, it is more of an attention-getter and emotion-setter than a clear characterization or pronouncement. Jesus therefore promises relief to some groups, to those people who travel rough roads through life. To others, to folks who find existence rather enjoyable or easy, he cries, “Look out!” The big question for the preacher to consider is why those comfortable people should look out. What’s wrong with health, wealth, and merriment? Hold onto that question for a few paragraphs. Jesus sees the world through glasses that distort the conventional values everyone else sees. His spectacles turn everything upside-down, just as Mary’s prophetic vision does in Luke 1:46–55. Things operate differently in the reign of God, as seen while that new state of affairs becomes manifest in Jesus’ ministry. His work and message actively benefit the disadvantaged, not the privileged (cf. Luke 4:16–19; 5:30–32). He brings satisfaction and belonging to those who suffer from poverty—which includes more than the people who lack money but also the powerless and the disenfranchised. His ministry feeds the hungry, which likely anticipates the wondrous deed he performs in Luke 9:12–17 and his penchant for eating with others. It also lays a foundation for the hospitality and meal-sharing that are hallmarks of the community he creates. The people who cry, who live in perpetual loss and grief and who have lost hope, will not be forgotten but will experience joy (e.g., Luke 7:13; 8:52; 23:27–28; 24:52). Exclusion and persecution prove to be no match for those who share in Jesus’ prophetic, liberative ministry. https://www.workingpreacher.org/
Discussion Questions for All Saints:
- Do you have a favourite Saint whose story has impacted on your life?
- Think over the Saints you have known personally and who have led you to God and take a moment to name them and give thanks for them in prayer.
- What makes someone a saint for you?
- Ponder the gospel reading of blessings and woes. How does that teaching by Jesus touch your life?
- (re Ephesians) Is Christ the head over your life today? If not what do you need to do to put Jesus in that position of authority?