Tonight: Ecumenical Advent Prayer Service at 7.00pm — 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).
This week: Advent Study – Monday at 7.30 pm & 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”.
Next week: Sunday 15 December: we will be giving gifts to our young people during our 9.30am service.
Last week for Donations of money are requested in lieu of gifts: We will not be collecting presents/gifts this year for Anglicare ‘Toys’n’Tucker’ and ‘Stanmore Nursing Home’. 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) — available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see the Manager, Stephen Gates during Morning tea.
Our Play Group – Finishes for 2019 on Monday 16th December: For carers of young children is continuing in the hall Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Will recommence on Monday 3rd February, 2020.
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.
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;
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 organised by Jo Burton and helpers. 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!
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.
Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||Isaiah 35. 1–10||Psalm 85.8–13||Luke 5.17–26|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 40.1–11||Psalm 96.7–13||Matthew 18.12–14|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 40.25–31||Psalm 103.1–5||Matthew 11.28–30|
|Thursday||Isaiah 41.13–20||Psalm 145.8–13||Matthew 11.11–15|
|Friday||Isaiah 48.17–19||Psalm 1||Matthew 11.16–19|
|Saturday||Malachi 4||Psalm 80.14–19||Matthew 17.10–13|
Readings for Next Sunday — Third Sunday of Advent: First Reading: Isaiah 35.1–10; Psalm: The Song of Mary (APBA p.31); Second Reading: James 5.7–10; & Gospel: Mathew 11.2–11
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson Reddy;
Tuesday: Eddie, Susan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leilani & Carmen Reddy; Wednesday: John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; Grahame Sadler; and Ken Searle; Thursday: Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; and Peter Seymour; Friday: Somsakdi Sirithammakij & Richard Hagen; and Ray & Laurel Sommer; &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.
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.