YES – We can Sing!!!!
However, when we sing in church EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK!!!
The Wardens and the Rector met during the week to consider the issue of singing in church. We considered the results and comments from the e‑mail survey as well as other views that had been put to us, and carefully read the relevant legislation and the Archbishop’s advice. As a result, we have decided that St Luke’s should return to congregational singing of the hymns, with the condition that while the congregation is singing all of us must wear a mask, whether singing or not. The Premier has said this is to be reviewed on 17th March.
The usual COVID-safe measures continue to apply:
• Make use of the hand sanitiser available upon arrival, and before communion.
• Sit only where you find a green tick. Where there are two green ticks side by side, please leave for couples/pairs, wherever possible.
• At the peace, greet those in your immediate vicinity with folded hands or a nod, and refrain from moving about the church
• At communion, wait for the call from an usher before leaving your pew and maintain a single line in the aisle, in line with the markers.
• At the conclusion of the service, keep moving through the foyer to avoid a build-up of people waiting to exit.
In keeping with health advice concerning the use of outdoor settings and well-ventilated spaces, we are keeping church doors open whenever possible, and offer and encourage all parishioners to join morning tea outdoors.
The NSW Public Health Order requires all of us to scan the Q‑code using the Services NSW App when attending church. If you cannot scan in, please tell a Welcomer, who will find an alternative method to register you. If you need any help with the set up on your phone, Stuart Veitch is happy to assist at morning tea.
Please avoid attending church if you have any symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- fever (37.5 ° or higher);
- cough and/or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing);
- sore throat;
- loss of taste and/or loss of smell;
Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
Happy Birthday to: Bianca Reddy; Elise Bestel; Katherine Oldfield; John Tonetti; Tony Brownlow; Joseph Kumar; Violetta Clarke Nam Clarke; Peter Seymour; Marilyn Gibbs; & Selina Hardy.
Tonight: 6pm Evening Service.
Lenten Study: After the Wednesday Healing service and morning tea, we will be discussing the readings of the day from the Lectionary.
AGM – Sunday 14th March 2021: The Annual General Meeting, including the election of the 2021 Parish Council, Wardens, Nominators and one Synod Representative, will held at 11.15am on Sunday 14 March 2020, in the church or the hall.
“Notice of Proposed Nomination” forms for election into office at the AGM are now available in the church foyer and at the Community Resource Centre. Please ask someone before you nominate them and don’t forget to ask someone to second your nomination.
Palm Cross making – Sunday 21st March after morning tea.
Please come and join us in the hall to make our palm crosses for Palm Sunday. No experience needed as instruction will be given on the day.
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.
ABM 2021 Lent, Good Friday & Easter Gift Appeal
We encourage parishioners to use the QR Code on the digital donation cards or make a donation online at abmission.org.au. Please note: There are some donation envelopes in the church foyer and hall for those who do not use mobile phones or have no internet access.
Bookings: pinchgutoperia.com.au or (02) 9318 8300
Botticelli to Van Gogh Exhibition:
Expressions of interest are invited to visit the Botticelli to Van Gogh Exhibition at the National Art Gallery (Canberra) on possibly Friday/Saturday 30 April/1 May, staying overnight.
The Exhibition entry ticket is $28, or $25 conc. Overnight accommodation is approximately $125. Meal costs would also need to be factored in to the cost.
Please let the office know by Monday 8 March if you-
a) are interested in going;
b) need transport or willing to drive; or
c) wish to fly, train or bus independently.
It was thought that a bus could be hired, with a driver to transport those of us who are interested, to the exhibition. Due to COVID restrictions (social distancing) on transport, however, this could work out to be rather costly. If we only have a few people, one or two cars may suffice.
All interested persons will be notified of the outcome by Sunday 14 March after which details/bookings can be finalised.
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.
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: This month’s piece is Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh,1889. 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.
We need parishioners specially to assist with roster duties: 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 email@example.com 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: Matthias Oduro; Katherine Oldfield; Julie Olston & Philippa Fredrickson; Fr Jeff & Michelle Parker; and Ann Petersen, Rachel & Wolf Winter
Monday: Saffron Powell; Annie Pratten; and Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj.
Tuesday: Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda & Bryson Reddy.
Wednesday: Eddie, Susan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leilani, and Carmen Reddy.
Thursday: John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; Grahame Sadler; and Ken Searle.
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: Fr Jeff Parker; Kristen Harley; Stephen Thurley; Fr John Bunyan; Louise Trott; She Kar Nair; Maureen Clunas; Wolf Winter; Peter Cinelli; 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; Lyndall McCarron; Maurice Pope & his family; Christine Pickard; Raul (Skid Row Radio) & Family; and Christina Rees (CBE).
Anniversaries of the Departed: Thomas Stericker; Isabel Morgan; Nancy Russell; Rod Robins; Jeoisime Green; Ivy Noble; Robert Williams; and Fr John Buderus.
Saints Commemoration: 9th March: Sister Emma SSA, Superior of the Society of the Sacred Advent, Queensland (d. 1939).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: John Dickson; John Hardy; 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 Next Sunday — Fourth Sunday in Lent: First Reading: Numbers 21.4–9; Psalm: 107.1–3, 17–22; Second Reading: Ephesians 2.1–10; and Gospel: John 3.14–21
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Jeremiah 26.1–15||Ps 119.57–64||Mark 14.53–72|
|Monday||Jeremiah 32.1–15||Pss 24; 26||Hebrews 10.5–18|
|Tuesday||Jeremiah 32.16–35||Pss 22.23–32; 32||Hebrews 10.19–31|
|Wednesday||Jeremiah 32.36–33.9||Ps 27||Hebrews 10.32–39|
|Thursday||Jeremiah 33.10–26||Pss 30; 32||Hebrews 11.1–12|
|Friday||Jeremiah 43.8–22||Ps 31||Hebrews 11.13–28|
|Saturday||Jeremiah 35||Ps 35.18–29; 36||Hebrew 11.29–40|