Today we welcome Fr Mike Nixon, former Rector of our Parish as our preacher.
Happy birthday to: Pauline Newell; Christine Thurley; Belinda Reddy; Kathy Drummond; Fran Morris; Jennifer Bestel; Thomas Fleming; Georgie Martin; and Ronald Naidu.
The flowers today have been donated today by Beth Armstrong in memory of her son John Edward Finney.
Flowers today have also been donated today by the Reddy Family in memory of Edward Reddy’s Birthday (1st Dec).
Today: 6pm Evening Service
Flyers are available for distribution today, to put in letter boxes where you see appropriate and to give to your neighbours and friends.
Advent Study Gatherings — Mondays 7.30 pm (beginning 2 December) & Wednesdays after Morning Tea: Come along for some lively discussion and fellowship on a Monday Evening. The study we are using for Advent discussions is the Advent and Christmas “Sacred Space Booklet”. Throughout the Advent season, each day includes a Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and reflection.
This week: Saturday 7th December – St Luke’s Mini Market. To be held outside the OpShop – between 10 am & 2.30 pm. Preserves, curds, pickles, jams, plants and cakes for sale, and a BBQ.
Announcement: The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has announced that he will step down on March 31, 2020 before his term was due to expire, and will not seek re-election. Archbishop Freier, who has served a six-term as head of the Anglican Church in Australia. We pray for all those involved in appointing the new Anglican Primate of Australia and the candidates seeking election. Also, for Archbishop Freier as he continues his role of Archbishop of Melbourne.
Hospitality volunteers: Thank you to Elizabeth and Ellenor Fleming, and Diana Jefferies for taking on Amrit and Brett’s Hospitality days. Now 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.
Donations of money are requested in lieu of gifts this Christmas for: Anglicare ‘Toys’n’Tucker’ and ‘Stanmore Nursing Home’. We will not be collecting presents/gifts this year. Instead the Parish Council has decided to collect donations of money and use this to purchase gift cards (Toys’n’Tucker) and small food gifts (Stanmore Nursing Home) on behalf of the parish. 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, Stephen Gates during Morning tea.
Next week: Sunday 8th Dec — Ecumenical Advent Prayer Service – at 7pm. This will be kindly hosted by St Paul of the Cross, 532 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill parish with refreshments afterwards (bring a plate to share).
Sunday 15 December — will be the day we will give gifts to our young people during our 9.30am service; Sunday 22 December — will be our day to visit Stanmore Nursing Home after church and morning tea, to sing carols and give them a small gift; and Sunday 22 December — at 6.30 p.m. we will hold our ‘Nativity Play Without Rehearsal’ and supper to follow.
Christmas Eve (otherwise known as Midnight Mass) we are holding at 11 p.m.
Christmas Day our Eucharist and Carols will be held at 9.30 a.m. followed by morning tea. We are looking for volunteers to host the morning tea. Please let Ruth know if you can do it. Unfortunately, with so many of us away at Christmas it is not possible to host a lunch on Christmas Day.
For your diary — 2020 events:
Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura – Saturday 11 January, 2020. Hosted by Lea and Donald at 22 Albert Street, Leura. Eucharist celebration and BBQ to follow.
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, Beethoven, César Franck, 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!
Our Play Group – 9th December is last day for 2019. For carers of young children is continuing in the hall Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please let others know about this group.
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 (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.
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Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||Isaiah 4.2–6||Psalm 122||Matthew 8.5–11|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 11.1–10||Psalm 72.1–7||Matthew 10.21–24|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 25.6–10||Psalm 23||Matthew 15.29–37|
|Thursday||Isaiah 26.1–6||Psalm 118.19–25||Matthew 7.21–27|
|Friday||Isaiah 29.17–24||Psalm 27.9–17||Matthew 9.27–31|
|Saturday||Isaiah 30.19–26||Psalm 147.1–6||Matthew 9.35- 10.1 5–8|
Readings for Next Sunday — Second Sunday of Advent: First Reading: Isaiah 11.1–10; Psalm: 72.1–7,18–21; Second Reading: Romans 15.4–13; and Gospel: Mathew 3.1–12
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Merrill & Georgie Martin; and Jennifer McGovern; Tuesday: John M.; Jo Middleton; Fran Morris; and Ian Mylchreest; Wednesday: Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica, & Rohan Nath; and Ronald Naidu; Thursday: Pauline Newell; and Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee; Friday: Mathias Oduro; and Julie & Philippa Olston; 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; Sr Elizabeth (SSC); Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; Meaghan Patterson; Saffron Powell; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Bee Meng Soh; Dayalan Saminathan; Amanda & David Romeo, & Courtney; and Grace & Hannah Ashton.