Today: we will visit the Stanmore Nursing Home after church and morning tea, to sing carols and give each resident a small gift.
Tonight: we will hold our ‘Nativity Play Without Rehearsal’ with supper to follow. Please be there at 6 pm for a 6.30 pm start. You can bring your own costume from home or wear one of ours.
This week: Advent Study – Monday at 7.30 pm: Come along for some lively discussion and fellowship on a Monday Evening. The study we are using for Advent discussions is the Advent and Christmas “Sacred Space Booklet”.
Christmas Eve (otherwise known as Midnight Mass) we are holding at 11 p.m.
Christmas Day our Eucharist and Carols will be held at 9.30 a.m. followed by morning tea organised by Jo Burton and helpers. Unfortunately, with so many of us away at Christmas it is not possible to host a lunch on Christmas Day.
2020 Opshop Calendars for sale – limited number available at $2 each. Please see Andy Serafin.
Two Cameras — Free to give away to a good home. Both in good order. One is a Canon Power Shot A2400 — 6 years old – it’s a very compact camera, able to slip in a pocket easily. The other camera is an older one, a Canon SX10 IS – about 11 years old. It’s a larger body camera with a solid feel. Both come complete with bag, memory card, batteries, and charger. Please see Noel Jeffs
Play Group@Enmore — A very big thank you to our fabulous volunteers who make it happen each week. We will recommence on Monday 10th February 2020 from 10am to 12 Noon. For Information phone Ian: Mob 0427 250 390.
Hospitality volunteers: Thank you to all our hospitality volunteer teams who look after us so well each week. If we could only get three or more other people for another weekend, our hospitality teams would not feel so burdened. YOU can do this – no effort needed and all food can be bought and the cost reimbursed. Teams often swap due to commitments as well! If you are interested, please see Ruth Champion.
For your diary — 2020 events:
Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura – Saturday 11 January, 2020. Hosted by Lea and Donald at 22 Albert Street, Leura. Arrival time is 12 noon for Eucharist at 12.30pm, followed by BBQ at 1 pm.
Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ Recital — Sunday, 29 March 2020 at 3pm. From Vienna to Enmore, accomplished young Australian-born organist David Reccia Chynoweth performs works by J S Bach, Koehne, Alexandre Guilmant & others on the St Luke’s Wordsworth & Maskell Pipe Organ (1883), unique in Australia, to mark the restoration of the façade pipes. Keep the date!
Food for our little friends — Don’t forget to keep your cooked food scraps, fruit peelings, tea leaves and coffee grounds for the parish worm farms. (No citrus dairy or meat).
Homemade curds, relishes, pickles and jam - If you would like to order some, please email your order to Lea MacNeil (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be delivered to the OpShop.
Any notices for the service booklet will need to be submitted to the Parish Office email by Wednesday evening at the latest.
Readings for the coming week:
|Monday||Malachi 3.1–4; 4.2–3||Psalm 25.3–9||Luke 1.57–66|
|Tuesday||2 Samuel 7.1–5,8–11,16||Psalm 89.19–29||Luke 1.67–69|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 62.6–12||Psalm 97||Luke 2.8–20|
|Thursday||2 Chronicles 24.17–22||Psalm 31. 1–8||Matthew 10.17–22|
|Friday||Proverbs 8.22–31||Psalm 97||John 20.2–8|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 31.15–20||Psalm 124||Matthew 2.13–18|
Readings for Next Sunday: First Sunday after Christmas
First Reading: Isaiah 63.7–9; Psalm: 148; Second Reading: Hebrew 2.10–18; & Gospel: Mathew 2.13–23
Weekly Intercessions for our Community: Monday: Les & Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; and Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke; Tuesday: Ron Cross & family; and Lyne Cuneen, John Maclulich, Eleanor & Constance; Wednesday: Edi & Oscar Davis; Kathy Drummond; and David Dunlop; Thursday: Michael Fleming, Elizabeth Armstrong; Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas; Friday: Stephen Gates & Andrew; Altin Gavranovic & Hannah Forsyth; & Saturday: We pray for all whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by or ha ve been destroyed by bushfire. That they will be comforted, supported and sustained in their time of need. We also pray for all those helping to fight these fires that they may be kept safe and receive the resources that they need.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Rosemary Bradford; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; Gary & Karen Steiner-Hill; Kenneth Barongo; Pauline Newell; Barbara Beecroft; Ronan & Veronica Nath; Sr Elizabeth (SSC); Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Connolly; Meaghan Patterson; Saffron Powell; the Perkins Family; Fr Peter Carlsson; Bee Meng Soh; Dayalan Saminathan; Amanda& David Romeo, & Courtney; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Victor Anyarisi; and Baby Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay.
|Discussion Questions for December 22, 2019|
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Have you ever asked God for a sign? If not, why? If so, did you receive it? How did it change you? (Isa 7:11)
Paul says he is “called to be an apostle.” What calling could you name when you introduce yourself? (Rom 1:1)
The prophet says the Messiah will be called Emmanuel, “God with us.” How does the name speak to you? (Matt 1:23)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Beth Ann Gaede.