We welcome especially today Fr Ron Silarsah and Chantal from Christ Church St Laurence. And our visitors from our sister Parish of Christ Church Blayney/Milthorpe who have travelled down to be with us on this occasion. Each year a group of us travels to Blayney/Milthorpe during Lent. We welcome also any other visitors.
Today: Shared Luncheon following the service – All welcome.
Monday 21 October - We will celebrate the life of Angela Bell with a service starting at 10am. The parish is providing a morning tea in the hall afterwards. If you would care to bring a plate of food – it would be much appreciated.
Wednesday 23 October — Women’s Reading Group: Held in Pauline Newell’s home in Petersham — starting at 7.30 pm.
Wardens’ Dinner — Saturday 26th October has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Anyone who has purchased a ticket will be fully refunded.
Saturday, 2 November 2019 — In the church hall. Cinema Paradiso: “The Song Keepers” at 4 for 4.30pm. In the small churches of remote Central Australia, a hidden 140-year old musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women known as the Central Australian Aboriginal Choir. The choir embarks upon an historic tour of Germany to take back the hymns that were given to their great-grandparents. It will be good to discuss the film at interval over some wine and cheese.
Thursday 14th November – Next Long Table Dinner– 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: email@example.com
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 some additional that would be appreciated.
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.
Parish Resources Centre — At the last PC meeting it was decided that our previously known Bookstall be better defined as Parish Resources Centre, as there are also books and magazines to borrow. Items to be purchased for sale will be Lenten or Advent Study Books, lectionaries, Christmas Cards, Calendars and other literature for both young people and general reading material as determined to be purchased by the Rector, Wardens or Parish Council in consultation with Stephen Gates our current Manager. Any specific or personal orders should be done online through your preferred option - the Book Depository or Amazon. It is only causing unnecessary paperwork for us to order a one-off book and then sell it back to you. The person who manages the Parish Resources, currently Stephen Gates, reports directly to the Wardens and Parish Council.
The long-term pastoral prayer list and the sick list - have started again. If you have placed names on these lists in the past and the person is still in need of prayer then simply place their name on the new list near the bookshop.
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 – Cancelled for 21 October – Resumes again 28 October 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.
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 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 4.20–25||Song of Zechariah (APBA.p.30 or 425)||Luke 12.13–21|
|Tuesday||Romans 5.12–21||Ps 40.6–12||Luke 12.35–38|
|Wednesday||Romans 6.12–18||Ps 124||Luke 12.39–48|
|Thursday||Romans 6.19–23||Ps 1||Luke 12.49–53|
|Friday||Romans 7.18–25a||Ps 119.65–72||Luke 12.54–59|
|Saturday||Romans 8.1–11||Ps 24.1–6||Luke 13.1–9|
Readings for Next Sunday: First Reading: Joel 2.23–32; Psalm: 65; Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4.6–8, 16–18; and Gospel: Luke 18.15–30
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Merrill & Georgie Martin; Anne McCarthy; and Jennifer McGovern; Tuesday: John M.; Jo Middleton; Fran Morris; and Ian Mylchreest; Wednesday: Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Rohan & Veronica Nath; and Ronald Naidu; Thursday: Pauline Newell; and Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee; Friday: Mathias Oduro; and Katherine Oldfield; and Saturday: We pray for all whose lives and possessions are threatened by or have been destroyed by bush fires or extreme drought. That they will be comforted 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, Megan & Alan 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; and the Perkins Family.
Reflection…Luke wrote as a Gentile for Gentile Christians. His Gospel and Acts of the Apostles reveal his expertise in classic Greek style as well as his knowledge of Jewish sources. There is a warmth to Luke’s writing that sets it apart from that of the other synoptic Gospels, and yet it beautifully complements those works. The treasure of the Scriptures is a true gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Saint Luke is the Patron Saint of: Artists/Painters, Brewers, Butchers, Notaries, Physicians/Surgeons.
Some more about Luke’s Gospel in general…What will life be like for us in the next life? Well, we don’t know exactly. God has not revealed to us the details; he seems to be saving that for a surprise. The Gospel of Luke, which we … hear continuously this year on Sundays in Ordinary Time and Lent, assures us that the Kingdom of God, in its fullness, will confound all our expectations and will overturn our experiences. In fact, in the Kingdom of God everything will be turned upside down. This is especially true when it comes to power, privilege and wealth. Luke assures us time and again that in God’s Kingdom those who struggle in life now—those who are at the bottom or on the edges of human society—will suddenly find themselves at the top and in the center. On the other hand, he warns those who now enjoy the greatest human security and social advantage that their experience may be very different. As Jesus tells his listeners on one occasion, “Behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last”(Luke 13:30, New American Bible, also used for other quotes). This notion that in the end God will turn everything we know upside down is often called the “Great Reversal.”It is a hallmark of Luke’s Gospel, where it appears frequently. https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-luke/