Singing in Church – Next Week we CAN sing!!!
This week we have been advised by the bishop that from 7 December 2020 we will be able to sing in Church again. Alleluia!
There are a number of changes to our Covid restrictions, but this is what Bp Stead told us about singing:
Congregational singing indoors is permissible, but NSW health strongly recommends wearing of masks.
For the moment, the 1.5m rule as detailed below still applies.
Thank you all for your patient endurance in this. We’ve done well.
Happy Birthday to Fabian LoSchiavo; Kathy Drummond; Christopher Brooks; Rajah Selvarajah; Pauline Newell; Christine Thurley; Jennifer B.; Ronald Naidu; Belinda Reddy; Thomas Fleming; and Victor Anyarisi.
Tonight: Sunday 6th December an Evening Service will be held at 6pm.
Carolers Wanted! Our Carol Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday 20 December, outdoors in the carpark. If you have missed singing, this is your chance. With groups of five singers permitted, Jo Burton has kindly offered to lend her skills with ensemble singing to co-ordinate as many groups of socially distanced singers as is necessary for all to sing. No special expertise is necessary! Just a love of carols and singing, along with a willingness to attend a rehearsal on Sunday 13 December, immediately after morning tea. At the rehearsal, Jo will match the groups with carols. Registration is essential by TODAY- Sunday 6 Dec for safe planning; please email Jo Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is looking forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday 9th Dec — Advent Studies: After 10.00 a.m. Eucharist and Morning Tea and in the evening at 7.00 p.m. We are using “Advent for Everyone – A Journey with the Apostles” by Tom Wright. I have some books for free or they can be downloaded instantly from Amazon via Kindle for a small cost.
Thursday 10th Dec — Pastoral Care Group: Meeting in hall between 12–2pm.
Next Sunday 13th December — Carol Service Rehearsal: For those who have registered to sing at the Carol Service — immediately after morning tea. At the rehearsal, Jo Burton will match the groups with carols.
Retirement of the Most Rev Dr Glenn N Davies (Archbishop of Sydney):
On 23 November 2020, the Standing Committee of the Synod noted that Archbishop Glenn Davies will reach the age of 70 years and six months on 26 March 2021, and will retire on that date in accordance with subclause 5(3) of the Retirements Ordinance 1993 (and resolutions of this Standing Committee made on 23 March 2020). The Standing Committee subsequently made a resolution under subclause 2(2) of the Archbishop of Sydney’s Election Ordinance 1982 (the Ordinance) declaring that the See of Sydney will be vacant from that date. A special session of the 52nd Synod to elect the next Archbishop is planned to be held in either the week commencing 3 May 2021, or the week commencing 10 May 2021. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions it has not yet been possible to secure a firm booking at a suitable venue, and it remains unclear whether the Synod will be able to meet at that time. For similar reasons, the first ordinary session of the 52nd Synod, currently planned for 27 April 2021 also remains unconfirmed. A summons to the ordinary and special sessions of Synod, along with information on the making of nominations and the appointment of alternates, will be sent to members of Synod as soon as practicable.
Daniel Glynn, Diocesan Secretary.
Stanmore Nursing Home Gifts: Money can be donated via the offertory plate (placed in a separate labelled envelope) or the St Luke’s Church Working Account (see back of Service booklet for details). Please remember to reference your gift – S N Home. We cannot sing Carols, we can still take chocolates etc.
Christmas Cards now for Sale: New 2020 stock –- supporting The Leprosy Mission, Australia-$10 per pack of 10. Please see Stephan Gates at the Community Resource Centre straight after the service.
Christmas Services 2020:
Sunday 20th December – 6pm Carol Service
Thursday 24th December — 11.00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
Friday 25th December — 9.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist
Poetry Board: Please see the board for poems from each of the poets from our ‘Word of Hope’ poetry day. A video of the day will also be available shortly.
Attendance List: This is an essential part of our Covid-safe plan which has been lodged with the State Health Department. We request, once again, that you do respond, as it helps us with the planning needed to ensure a safe environment. Please RSVP via email@example.com, ring Church Office (During office hours ONLY) or contact Jennifer.
A note from the Treasurer:
It has been a difficult year for the parish in so many ways. However, congregational giving has remained resilient throughout, with all of us shifting our giving to internet banking during April and May, and 80% of giving remaining by internet banking. It is no small feat to have made such an adjustment, and we can all be rightly proud of this achievement. I would like to encourage all those who have shifted to internet banking to continue with it. The greater predictability and the administrative ease of not handling large amounts of cash is appreciated, and this will be particularly so as the holiday season comes upon us. Stuart Veitch
Lea MacNeal 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.
Life-Saving Phone numbers:
LifeLine: 13 11 14 Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 MensLine: 1300 789 978 Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Monday: James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; Ian Barnett; and John & Joanne Bowen.
Tuesday: Fr Philip & Rosemary Bradford; and Christopher Brooks.
Wednesday; Tony Brownlow; Les & Lyn Carrington; and Ruth Champion.
Thursday: Nancy Cheung; Ron Cross; and Brett Davis & Amrit MacIntyre.
Friday: Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke; and Edi & Oscar Davies.
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.
For our community today: Beth Armstrong; Kenneth Barong; and Jennifer, Peter, Elise & Blake B.
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; Edna Chambers; 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; John Tonetti; Jean Boyd; Graham Sadler; Fr Phillip Carter and Phillip Kuwert.
Recently Departed: Judy Silver (Close friend of Fabain LoSchiavo’s sister, Victoria); and Nguyen Cong Tam.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Kathleen Anderson; and Mary Crowther.
Saints Commemoration: 7th Dec: Ambrose of Milan, Bishop & teacher (d.397); and 8th Dec: The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and Richard Baxter, Pastor and spiritual writer (d. 1691).
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||Malachi 3.1–10||Psalm 87||Luke 1.5–25|
|Monday||Isaiah 43.14–44.5||Psalm 119.104||1 Thessalonians 5.12–28|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 44.6–23||Psalm 89.19–38||2 Thessalonians 1|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 44.24–45.8||Psalm 91||2 Thessalonians 2|
|Thursday||Isaiah 45.9–25||Psalm 94||2 Thessalonians 3|
|Friday||Isaiah 46.1–47.4||Psalms 97; 98||Revelation 14.1–12|
|Saturday||Isaiah 48.1–13||Psalms 103||Revelation 14.13–20|
Readings for Next Sunday — Third Sunday of Advent: First Reading: Isaiah 61.1–4, 8–11; Psalm: 126; Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.12–28; and Gospel: John 1.6–8, 19–28
Living Well Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope With All
Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Can be downloaded from Amazon or purchased as a booklet.
This 50-page guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Advent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas.
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.