A very big thank you to Peter Seymour and Fr John, who stepped up while Fr Jeff was away.
We welcome back Fr Jeff & Michelle today and hope they have had a refreshing and relaxing break. They celebrate 39 years of marriage on 6th February.
The flowers today have been donated by Noel Jeffs in memory of Li Tim-Oi’s anniversary. Many thanks to Ann Petersen for arranging them.
Today is the Last day to RSVP for Epiphany in the Mountains – to be held on Saturday, 6th February.
Eucharist at 12 noon, then barbecue at 1 p.m.
The barbecue is strictly RSVP. Because of social distancing requirements, the number of people who can attend has to be strictly limited.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide contact details, email address and phone number, so your attendance can be confirmed, and you can be contacted if the event has to be cancelled at the last minute.
The barbecue will be fully catered for. There will be sausages, and a good selection of non-barbecued and non-meat options available. However, you are welcome to bring meat to be barbecued for you. Also, bring a bottle of your favourite alcoholic beverage if you wish to drink something stronger than juice or soft drink.
Lea MacNeil and Donald Thomas
Meeting to discuss ABM contribution:
Each year St Luke’s parish, and particularly the op shop, generously contributes to ABM. There will be a meeting after mass on 7 February, at 11.30 a.m. in the church to discuss our contribution. Our present projects are: Holy Land — Gaza Child Nutrition Project, Vanuata — Integrated Wash and Literacy Project and Australia — Wontulp-Bi-Buya College. Anyone interested should see Tony Brownlow. Tony can also supply people with an ABM project booklet.
Art in the Hall:
At our recent Poetry Day, parishioners decorated the Hall with some artworks loaned for the occasion which was much appreciated. The Parish Council has now endorsed the idea of allowing parishioners to have art works hung in the Hall on a temporary basis.
Please note that no responsibility is taken for the security or protection from damage or theft of any artwork on loan.
A form waiving any claim by a lender/donor must be signed before any artwork is accepted.
Preference is for art with a recognisable Anglican content.
This month’s piece is a tapestry version of Canaletto’s “Westminster Abbey”,1730.
The updated New Big Roster for February that includes 31st January is now available in church foyer and hall foyer.
We need parishioners especially to assist with welcoming: Thank you to those who have already volunteered. Please speak to Ruth Champion if you can help Mob: 0400 166 041.
ANGLICARE — Introductory Pastoral Care Course – Online
The course is ideal for people who provide pastoral care support within your church community, or who may like to volunteer at a hospital or aged care facility. It introduces the relational ministry of pastoral care, the aims and resources for pastoral care in both institutional and church contexts, listening skills, personal reflection and theological assessment, and the value of pastoral supervision.
Five Saturdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 8:30am – 2:00pm.
Course presenter: Rev. Ian Rienits.
Cost: $300 or $150 concession.
Register Online by 4th February, 2021.
Future Dates for your Diary:
14th February – Feast of the Transfiguration/ Last Sunday After Epiphany.
16th February – Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day.
17th February — Ash Wednesday.
21st February – First Sunday in Lent.
28th March – Palm Sunday.
1st April – Maundy Thursday.
2nd April – Good Friday.
4th April – Easter Day.
Lea MacNeil has jam to sell and various sauces; please email her email@example.com if you would like to give her an order. You may, of course, ask her what type of jam and/or preserve or sauces she has on hand. Donald, her husband can deliver your specific order to the Opshop where you are able to pay for it.
Food for our worms – Food scraps (no dairy, citrus or meat) can be left in the bucket provided. This is part of our Parish environmental initiative.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Monday: Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas; Jennifer McGovern; and John M.
Tuesday: Jo Middleton; Fran Morris; Ian Mylchreest; and Ronald Naidu.
Wednesday: Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; and Pauline Newell.
Thursday: Johnny Nitchareon & Eed; Mathias Oduro; and Katherine Oldfield.
Friday: Julie Olston & Philippa Fredrickson; Fr Jeff & Michelle Parker, and family.
Saturday: Dear loving Father, please deliver us from the coronavirus and limit its impact on Australia and the world. In your mercy bring a swift end to this crisis. Please protect with your loving care those we love — our families, friends and neighbours. Let your fatherly hand guide, shelter and strengthen them. Cast out all anxious fears and doubts. Give us an increasing trust in you and fill our hearts and minds with your peace. We pray for those around the world now struggling with COVID-19. Heal and comfort those who are sick and suffering. Protect and guide the health professionals who are at the front line. Please give wisdom and courage to those who bear responsibility for confronting this challenge. We ask these things through the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
We pray together: (APBA p.204)
We bless you, God of the universe, for this land, for its contrasts of landscape and climate, for its abundance of wealth and opportunity.
We bless you for our history, with all its struggles in adversity, its courage and hope.
Give us in our diversity tolerance and respect for each other and a passionate commitment to justice for all.
Bless us so that we might be a blessing to others.
For our community today: Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Fabian LoSchiavo; and Evelyn Maack.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Mary Middleton; Fr John Bunyan; John Hardy; Louise Trott; She Kar Nair; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Linda Macqualter; Esther Middleton; Peter Cinelli; John Dickson; Rita Muscat & her family; Tamara & Craig; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Graham Sadler; Fr Phillip Carter; Phillip Kuwert; Peter Knox; Sr Colleen Crook; Nada G.; John Thompson; Br William; and Ron Clarke and his family.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Frank Clarke; and Ron Buckingham.
Saints Commemoration: 25th Jan: Conversion of Paul the Apostle; .27th Jan: John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, teacher (d. 470); 28th Jan: Thomas Aquinas, theologian (d. 1274); and 30th Jan: Charles, King of England (d. 1649).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Andrew Reddy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Br Noel Jeffs (SSF); Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Suzanne Campton; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Ann Connolly; Dayalan Saminathan; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Ron Nath; Ronan Nath; Veronica Nath; Rosemary Bradford; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Verity Wright.
Readings for Next Sunday — Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple: First Reading: Malachi 3.1–4; Psalm: 84; Second Reading: Hebrews 2.14–18; and Gospel: Luke 2.22–40.
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Leviticus 19.1–4, 9–18||Ps 33.1–12||1 John 2.12–17|
|Monday||Jeremiah 8.4–17||Pss 64; 67||James 2.1–13|
|Tuesday||Jeremiah 8.18–9.11||Ps 66||James 2.14–26|
|Wednesday||Jeremiah 9.12–26||Ps 68, 24–35||James 3.1–12|
|Thursday||Jeremiah 10.17–11.8||Ps 119.65–88||James 3.13–4.10|
|Friday||Jeremiah 10.17–11.8||Ps 69.17–23, 31–38||James 4.11–5.6|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 11.9–23||Ps 73||James 5.7–20|
A thanksgiving for Australia (APBA p. 218)
God of holy dreaming, Great Creator Spirit, from the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest, and in cities at the water’s edge, creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree you heard the cries of all your people and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, and the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew, and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you, to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit, as we gather from the four corners of the earth;
enable us to walk together in trust from the hurt and shame of the past into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen.