2020 Opshop Calendars for sale – limited number available at $2 each. Please see Andy Serafin.
This week: Advent Study – Monday at 7.30 pm & Wednesdays after Morning Tea: ome 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”.
Play Group @ Enmore will meet in St Luke’s hall — Monday 16 December 2019 — last meeting for 2019. It will recommence on Monday 3rd February 2020 from 10am to 12 Noon. For Information phone Ian: Mob 0427 250 390.
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.
Hospitality volunteers: Thank you to Marilyn Gibbs, Jennifer B. & Stephen Gates for volunteering to make up another hospitality team. If we could get two or three 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.
Christmas cards ($10 per pack) — available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see the Manager, Stephen Gates during Morning tea.
For your diary — 2020 events:
Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura – Saturday 11 January, 2020. Hosted by Lea and Donald at 22 Albert Street, Leura. Arrival time is 12 noon for Eucharist at 12.30pm, followed by BBQ at 1 pm.
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!
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 (email@example.com) and it will be delivered to the OpShop.
Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||Numbers 24.2–7,15–17||Psalm 25.3–9||Matthew 21.23–27|
|Tuesday||Genesis 49.2. 8–10||Psalm 72.1–7||Matthew 1.1–17|
|Wednesday||Jeremiah 23.5–8||Psalm 72.15–21||Matthew 1.18–24|
|Thursday||Judges 13.2–7,24–25||Psalm 71.17–22||Luke 1.5–25|
|Friday||Isaiah 7.10–14||Psalm 24.1–6||Luke 1.28–38|
|Saturday||Song of Songs 2.8–14||Psalm 33.17–21||Luke 1.39–45|
Readings for Next Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 7.10–16; Psalm: 80.1–7,17–19; Second Reading: Romans 1.1–7; & Gospel: Mathew 1.18–25
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Janet Walmsley; Nadia Wheatley; Janet Widmer & Cliff; and Sally Woellner; Tuesday: Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea; Shirley & Barbara Allen; and Victor Anyarisi; Wednesday: Beth Armstrong; James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; and Ian Barnett; Thursday: Kenneth Barongo; Saffron Bell; and Cynthia Berkemeier; Friday: Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake B.; and Mervyn Bishop; 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; Grace & Hannah Ashton; and Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay.
| Discussion Questions for Advent 3 |
1. Isaiah paints God’s redemption as a dangerous desert made lush and safe. What image would you use? (Isa 35:6–9)
2. Would you live differently today if you thought the Lord was coming tomorrow? Why or why not? (James 5:7–9)
3. If someone asked you, “Is Jesus the one?” what evidence would you point to that he is God’s chosen? (Matt 11:3)
(From Working Preacher.com)
“Joy to the World” An Accidental Classic
Did you know that “Joy to the World” was not written as a Christmas carol? In its original form, it had nothing to do with Christmas. It wasn’t even written to be a song.
Isaac Watts was one of the great hymn writers in church history, and I guess nothing shows that better than the fact that he wrote one of his most famous hymns by accident. In 1719, Watts published a book of poems in which each poem was based on a psalm. But rather than just translate the original Old Testament texts, he adjusted them to refer more explicitly to the work of Jesus as it had been revealed in the New Testament.
One of those poems was an adaptation of Psalm 98. Watts interpreted this psalm as a celebration of Jesus’s role as King of both his church and the whole world. More than a century later, the second half of this poem was slightly adapted and set to music to give us what has become one of the most famous of all Christmas carols.