Lenten Study — Wednesday 24th February:
‘CLIMATE for CHANGE’ sponsored by ABM. Wednesdays after morning tea, around 11.00 a.m. Some copies will be available, also can be downloaded from ABM website.
Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, 6 March, 2021 at 10am: The Sydney Mission-College of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd invites you to share in their annual Quiet Day for Lent, in the church and grounds of St John’s Church, Balmain, in Spring Street, Birchgrove. The event is free of charge, and participants usually bring their own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a silent retreat, but as well as Morning and Evening Prayer and a midday Eucharist, two lay Companions of the Sydney Mission-College will give short presentations, based on their reading and experience, on the practice of prayer. We gather in the church at 10 am. The Day ends at 4.15 pm. Register by emailing email@example.com or on arrival at the church door. All very welcome.
Email Etiquette Policy:
In these ‘days of email’ we must be careful how we use this method of communication.
The following rules must be observed in this community to avoid disturbing and upsetting each other:
- We must NOT add anyone to an emailing list without their prior consent.
- If we have done this in the past, then either (1) ask that person if they want to remain on the emailing list, or (2) remove any such person from your mailing list.
- If you are receiving unwanted emails from anyone in this parish community then let them or me know and ask for your name to be removed from that list.
This does not apply to parish emails regarding attendance.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Future Dates for your Diary:
28th March – Palm Sunday: 9.30am Service.
1st April – Maundy Thursday: 7.30 pm Service.
2nd April – Good Friday: 9.30am Service & 12pm — Way of the Cross.
4th April – Easter Day: 9.30am Service.
Let’s Start Thinking – From Fr. Jeff. 2020 was in some ways a year in which the aim was to “get through and make the best of it.” 2021 brings with it the hope of a vaccine and the chance to re-set our course forward. I am very interested in hearing the ideas of ALL parishioners as to what we need to do, change, do more of, do less of, add to our activities. It is best to put these ideas on paper rather than in a conversation. There will be a more formal process later in the year, but let’s start thinking now.
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 new version of the video from our “Words of Hope’ Poetry Day is now available at: https://www.stlukesenmore.org.au/poets/words-of-hope.html
The poetry board in the parish hall has recently been updated by Jo Middleton and Louisa Silverman. The work of another poet, Judy Ann Phillips (bio is on the board), is now available to view in large print.
We need parishioners specially 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.
Lea MacNeil has jam to sell and various sauces; please email her firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Sunday: Stephan Gates & Andrew Elder; Marilyn Gibbs; Kevin Green; and Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnolo.
Monday: Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; and Richard Hagen & Som.
Tuesday: John, Martha & Christopher Haly; and Selina & John Hardy.
Wednesday: Susan Hill, Janet Broady & Alex; and Moya Holle.
Thursday: Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas; Noel Jeffs; and Diana Jefferies.
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.
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.; Br William; Ron Clarke & his family; and Lyndall McCarron.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Kathleen Rushton; Herbert Caines; and Herbert Wandmaker.
Saints Commemoration: 23rd Feb: Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr (d.c. 155); 24th Feb: Matthias, Apostle and Martyr; and 27th Feb: George Herbert, Parish Priest, poet (d.1633).
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; 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 the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Jeremiah 2.1–13||Ps 26||Mark 14.1–25|
|Monday||Jeremiah 25.1–17||Pss 118.19–29; 120||Hebrews 3.1–15|
|Tuesday||Jeremiah 25.27–38||Pss 127; 128; 129||Hebrews 3.16–4.10|
|Wednesday||Jeremiah 26.1–19||Pss 132; 134||Hebrews 4.11–5.6|
|Thursday||Jeremiah 26.20–27.11||Ps 136||Hebrews 5.7–6.8|
|Friday||Jeremiah 27.12–28.4||Ps 139||Hebrews 6.9–18|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 28.5–17||Pss 141;142||Hebrew 6.19–7.10|
Readings for Next Sunday — Second Sunday in Lent: First Reading: Genesis 17.1–7, 15–16; Psalm: 22.24–32; Second Reading: Romans 4.13–25; and Gospel: Mark 8.31–38
Discussion Questions from WorkingPreacher.org
- Why do you think it matters that God establishes a covenant with all animals as well as humans? (Gen 9:10)
- In what settings and in what ways do you allow God to teach you and lead you? (Psa 25:4, 5, 8, 9)
- The voice from heaven calls Jesus “Beloved.” What does Jesus’ belovedness mean to you? (Mark 1:11)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Lynne Baab.
|LENT is the period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter (excluding Sundays which are all days of celebration event in Lent); it was traditionally a time of fasting and prayer and of giving up something we habitually liked! Now it is considered more a time of reflection, not necessarily of giving up something but maybe taking on something – come to a Lenten Study, join a group or volunteer to help with the Opshop, serving, welcoming or hospitality! Talk to someone you haven’t become acquainted with at church yet during morning tea. We wish everyone a blessed Lent!|