Saturday 4th Dec ‑10am- 2.30pm
Election Day (in St Luke’s hall) & Mini-Market (Outside OpShop):
Please note: The Carpark will be closed on the day.
There will be a drop off and pick up zone only.
Parking is available in the surrounding streets or in the Edgeware Road public carpark (at a fee).
Next Sunday 5th Nov: 6pm Evening Service.
Christmas cards sale: New stock now available ! 2021 Stock — $8 or $10 per pack. 2020 Stock — Reduced to $8 per pack. Support the Leprosy Mission. Available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see Stephan Gates during Morning tea.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY desperately needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for food, health and cleaning donations. Please give generously.
Stanmore Nursing Home Gifts: As is our usual custom we take a small gift to each patient at the Stanmore Nursing Home (OPAL) in Cambridge St at Christmas time. Your donation no matter how small helps the parish to pay for a selection of equal value gifts — usually chocolates, or something suitable for those patients who are diabetic. Ruth and Jennifer usually do the gift shopping. Before Covid-19’s restrictions we would sing carols while we walked around and gave out our gifts, however we are probably not going to be able to that again this year, but we will check again with the staff closer to the time. If you would like to donate please place in an envelope so marked in the offertory plate, or donate online reference “Nursing Home”. Many thanks for your generosity!
Advent Studies for this year beginning week following Advent Sunday, 28th Nov.
Is anyone interested in an evening study?
Please let me know what day would be best for you. We would begin at 7pm or 7.30pm with tea/coffee provided. Fr Jeff.
Christmas 2021 Services
Sunday 19th December — 6pm Carols with Nativity Play — In the Carpark.
Friday 24th December — 11pm Christmas Eve Service.
Saturday 25th December – 9.30am Christmas Day Service.
EVENTS IN 2022
Mark the date: Saturday 12th February 2022 for a Wardens Dinner “Under the Stars”. Will be a catered dinner, $20pp with tickets on sale in the New Year.
Lea MacNeil has jam, conserves, pickles and various sauces to sell; please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to order them from her. All proceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.
Food for our worms – Now that we are back at Church please remember our little friends and that their work ON YOUR VEGIE SCRAPS helps reduce greenhouse gasses (methane). If you bring a container I am happy to place worm castings for your garden in it for the next week. Please leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off during the week. The parish worms are so plentiful at the moment that I can supply start up livestock if you have begun a worm farm. But I do need them to going to a good home. (NB — no dairy, citrus or meat) Fr. Jeff
We appreciate things may have been financially harder due to COVID-19, but ask that you consider making a donation to support:
The Christmas Bowl Appeal — annual appeal of the Acts of Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches.
We encourage parishioners to donate online via actofpeace.org.au/christmasbowl (our parish is registered as ‘Enmore-Stanmore Anglican Parish’), or call 1800 025 101.
Please note: There are a limited number of donation envelopes in the church foyer for those who do not use mobile phones or have internet access.
Prayers for the sick: Julie Olston; Ariel Sommer; Noel Jeffs; Joan Dale; Judy Jewson; Amanda Romeo; Maryrose Crowther; Tosia Cribben; Angus; John Bowen; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Peter Knox; Barry McKay; Ruth Dodd; Andrew Stratgolda; and Phillip Hall.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Alfred Welsh; Peter Szepetiuk; Elsie Farrell; Clarrie Ayers; and Gregory Joubert.
Saints Commemoration: 30th Nov: Andrew, Apostle and Martyr; 2nd Dec: Frances Perry, founder of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne (d.1892); 3rd Dec: Francis Xavier, Priest and missionary (d.1552); and 4th Dec: Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, man of prayer (d.1637).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Ray Sommer; Robyn Oldfield; Isabelle Djorgjevic: Lyn Carrington; Stephen Thurley; John Dickson; John Hardy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Pauline Newell; Ann Connolly; Dayalan Saminathan; Kuwert; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Lochlan Lonesborough.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Rajah Selvarajah & Greg; Peter Seymour; Andy Serafin & Colin; Louisa Silverman; Ray & Laurel Sommer; and Karlene Thompson.
Monday: Christine Thurley, Troy & Family; Nadia Wheatley; Janet Walmsley.
Tuesday: Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; and Janet Widmer & Cliff.
Wednesday: Bp Ronald & Katie Williams; Sally Woellner and Victor Anyarisi.
Thursday: Kay Younie, Natasha & Timothy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen.
Friday: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pastoral care ministry at Bankstown Hospital and all those he ministers to.
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.
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sun||Jeremiah 33.23–26||Ps 25.11–22||Luke 20.45–21.6, 20–24|
|Mon||Isaiah 1.18–31||Ps 44||1 Thessalonians 1|
|Tue||Isaiah 2.6–18||Ps 73||1 Thessalonians 2.1–12|
|Wed||Isaiah 2.19–3.12||Ps 94||1 Thessalonians 2.13–20|
|Thur||Isaiah 3.13–4.6||Ps 10||1 Thessalonians 3|
|Fri||Isaiah 5.1–17||Ps 78.39–70||1 Thessalonians 4.1–12|
|Sat||Isaiah 5.18–30||Ps 81||1 Thessalonians 4.13–5.11|
Readings for Next Sunday — Second Sunday of Advent: First Reading: Malachi 3.1–4; Psalm: Song of Zechariah (APBA p.10); Second Reading: Philippians 1.1–11; and Gospel: Luke 3.1–6
Points for Though and Reflection From Julie Sevig of WorkingPreacher.org
- What “worries of this life” weigh you down? (Luke 21:34)
- Where do you see God’s righteousness at work today? (Jer 33:14–16)
- What is one way you can ‘abound in love for one another’ today? Individually or together? (1 Thes 3:12)