Volunteers needed for Christmas Day– to setup, serve and clear away morning tea after the 9.30am service. Nothing fancy — just a cuppa and a biscuit in the hall after the service. Kathy Drummond has offered to help but we need some other volunteers to make it happen. Please let Jennifer McGovern know ASAP otherwise there will be no morning tea on Christmas Day.
Tonight — 6pm Carol Service (in the church carpark): Please note – The carpark will be closed to all vehicles tonight. There will be a sausage sizzle and soft drinks available BEFORE the carols. If you would like a delicious sausage on bread roll, come at 5.30 p.m. You are also welcome to BYOG. A Gold coin donation for the BBQ would be appreciated.
Parish Office will be closed between Tuesday 22nd Dec — Tuesday 29th Dec 2020 due to Jennifer being away on holidays. The office will then be open Wednesday 30th Dec, Thursday 31st Dec and Saturday 2nd Jan from 9.15am — 2.45pm. Please note — starting from Monday 4th January 2021 onwards the office will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.15am to 2.45pm.
Christmas Eve/Day Services 2020:
Thursday 24th December — 11.00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
Friday 25th December — 9.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist
Congratulations to Philip and Rosemary who became great- grandparents on the 11th December, with the arrival of Frances Jean Noella Gray — a daughter for Rosie (their oldest granddaughter) and Lachlan. Little Frances was 8 and a half pounds!
“Words of Hope” Poetry Day film can now be viewed at: https://www.stlukesenmore.org.au/poets/Words-of-hope.mp4 Many thanks to John Haly for putting this together for us.
Giving: At the last Parish Council meeting I shared my attitude to giving and members present asked me to share it more widely. As each new year begins, I always increase my giving just a little. In this way, I play my small part in making sure that the parish keeps up with rising costs. Not a huge increase but a little one. 1 or 2%. This is my suggestion to all if that is affordable. Fr Jeff
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas; Diana Jefferies; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; and Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar.
Monday: Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; John Lo; and Fabian LoSchiavo.
Tuesday: Lea McNeil & Donald Thomas; Evelyn Maack; and Jennifer McGovern.
Wednesday; John M.; Jo Middleton; Fran Morris; and Ian Mylchreest.
Thursday: Ronald Naidu; and Anthea, Ron, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath.
Friday: Pauline Newell; and Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed (Darunee Intapan).
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. 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.
Thanksgiving: John Tonetti gives thanks for his clear kidney biopsy results and good health.
Prayers for the sick: Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Kevin Tibbey; Glen; Mary Middleton; Barbara Reyne; Fr John Bunyan; John Hardy; Louise Trott; She Kar Nair; Rev’d Val Tibbey; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Linda Macqualter; Esther Middleton; Peter Cinelli; John Dickson; Rita Muscat & her family; Rob Lake; Tamara & Craig; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Graham Waddington; Amanda Cowley; Jean Boyd; Graham Sadler; Fr Phillip Carter; Phillip Kuwert; Peter Knox; and Sr Colleen Crook.
Recently Departed: Dr Richard Hawker (Evelyn Maack’s Brother).
Anniversaries of the Departed: Susanne Crowther; Bill Carter; Arthur Porter; Adrian Archinal; Ada Ferris; and Nellie Potts.
Saints Commemoration: 2 1st Dec: Thomas, Apostle and Martyr; 25th Dec: The Birth of our Lord; and 26th Dec: Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.
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; Fr Peter Carlsson; 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 the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||2 Samuel 7.18–29||Psalm 89.26–38||Mark 12.35–37|
|Monday||Isaiah 57.214–21||Psalm 119.129–125||Revelation 21.9–21|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 58||Psalms 118.19–29; 120||Revelation 21.22–22.5|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 59.1–12a||Psalms 127; 128; 129||Revelation 22.6–13|
|Thursday||Isaiah 22.17–22||Psalm 85||Revelation 22.14–21|
|Friday||Micah 5.2–5a||Psalm 138||1 John 4.7–21|
|Saturday||Isaiah 60.1–11||Psalm 139||Titus 1|
Readings for Next Sunday — First Sunday After Christmas: First Reading: Isaiah 61.10–62.3; Psalm 148; Second Reading: Galatians4.4–7; and Gospel: Luke 2.22–40
Discussion Questions from WorkingPreacher.org – by Julie Selvig
- After all God did for David, God promises more. How do we also respond with gratefulness and humility? (2 Sam 7)
- How does your congregation share the secret of God’s gracious salvation with the world? (Rom 16:25–27)
- We hear much impossibility today. How does this story of possibility ring true for you this season? (Luke 1:37)
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 and ABM this year.
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 the direct link: mycb.link/50145 to our parish page ‘Enmore-Stanmore Anglican Parish’, or call 1800 025 101.
ABM 2020 Advent and Christmas Appeal.
We encourage parishioners to use QR Code on the digital donation cards (in the church foyer) or make a donation online at abmission.org.au.
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.