Today — Food for Sale: Reddy Family will be selling packs of Chicken Curry with rice/pappadums for $7 after church. All proceeds will go towards the Bushfire Relief efforts.
Epiphany in the mountains – by Moya Holle: On Saturday 11 February 2020, seven St Luke’s people travelled by train or car to Albert Road, Leura at the invitation of Lea MacNeil and Don Thomas. Arriving, they were greeted by a very typical mountain mist, but a warm welcome from Lea and Don. Fr Philip celebrated an intimate and reflective Epiphany Eucharist in their lounge room. Following that, a truly gourmet lunch – salmon (beet marinated) anti pasta, cheese, four varieties of salads etc. was served by Lea and barbecued meats etc. by Don. Then desert – jellied berries, 3 kinds of home-made ice cream, and Noel’s especially home baked ‘Epiphany’ cake. Then sadly leaving the clear mountains to return to the smoky plains. A memorable Epiphany time. Thanks Lea and Don.
2020 Opshop Calendars for Sale - limited number availableat back of church for $2 each. Please pay Andy Serafin.
Children’s Activities - Folders with quiet activities along with colour pencils, crayons and textas are now available in the foyer and back of the church for the children during church — particularly as Sunday School does not resume until Sunday 26th January.
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 — While Fr Jeff and Michelle are away there is no need to bring food scraps for the parish worm farms. 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!
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!
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.
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: Moya and Brett will be arranging this parish event again this year, likely to be held on the first Thursday evening in June. The cruise company will release the dates, times, prices and departure details in early February with numbers and payment to be finalised by later in that month. So, please keep it in mind and watch for announcements with more details in February.
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.
Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||1 Samuel 15.16–23||Psalm 50.20–24||Mark 2.18–22|
|Tuesday||1 Samuel 16.1–13||Psalm 89.19–27||Mark 2.23–28|
|Wednesday||1 Samuel 17.32–51||Psalm 144.3–10||Mark 3.1–6|
|Thursday||1 Samuel 18.6–9; 19.1–7||Psalm 56.8–12||Mark 3.7–12|
|Friday||1 Samuel 24.3–11||Psalm 57.7–12||Mark 3.13–19|
|Saturday||2 Samuel 1.1–4,11–12,19,23–27||Psalm 80.1–6||Mark3.20–21|
Readings for Next Sunday – Third Sunday after Epiphany: First Reading: Isaiah 9.1–4; Psalm: 27.1–10; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.10–18; and Gospel: Mathew 4.12–25
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Somsakdi Sirithammakij & Richard Hagen; Ray & Laurel Sommer; Tuesday: Karlene Thompson; Christine Thurley & family; and John Tonetti; Wednesday: Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; and Janet Walmsley; Thursday: Nadia Wheatley; Janet Widmer & Cliff; Sally Woellner; and Kay & Natasha Younie; Friday: Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; and Beth Armstrong; and Saturday: We pray for all whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by or have been destroyed by bushfire. That they will be comforted, supported and sustained in their time of need. We also pray for all those helping to fight these fires that they may be kept safe and receive the resources that they 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; 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.
| Discussion Questions for Epiphany 2|
1. Have you ever felt your witness to God has been in vain? If so, how are Isaiah’s words comforting? (Isa 49:4)
2. To sanctify means “to make holy” or “to set apart.” How can you tell you have been sanctified? (1 Cor 1:2)
3. What assurance would you demand before following someone? Would you have left all to follow Jesus? (John 1:37)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Beth Ann Gaede.