Singing in Church – We CAN sing!!!
We have been advised by the Bishop that from 7 December 2020 we are 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 the wearing of face 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!
Carols Service Rehearsal @ 11.30am: For those who have registered to sing at the Carol Service. Please see Jo Burton in the church at 11.30am sharp for a rehearsal of the carols.
Working Bee — Saturday, 19 December, from 10 am to 2 pm: The wardens invite parishioners to join them in a working bee to tidy up the church grounds and car park [for service and carols the next day], and any other jobs that need doing on the day.
Next Sunday 20th December — 6pm Carol Service (in the church carpark): Please note – The carpark will be closed to all vehicles on the night. While we are able to sing, we still need to meet Covid-19 safety planning restrictions so RSVP’s are essential – please let Jennifer know via parish email or on mob: 0409 049 442 if you intend to come. There will be a sausage sizzle on the night. Gold coin donation please.
Wednesday 16th 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. It can be downloaded instantly from Amazon via Kindle for a small cost.
This coming Thursday marks the 250th centenary of composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s baptism on 17 December 1770 in Bonn, Germany. Beethoven began to lose his hearing when he was 26 years old. When he realised he could not be cured of his deafness, he wrote the following prayer: “O God, give me strength to be victorious over myself. O guide my spirit and raise me up from these dark depths, so that I may fearlessly struggle upward in fiery flight. For it is you alone, Lord, who understands me and can inspire me. Amen.” Premiered in Vienna on 22 December 1808, when he was troubled by his hearing loss, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with the famously distinctive “short-short-short-long” motif.
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 Eve/Day Services 2020:
Thursday 24th December — 11.00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
Friday 25th December — 9.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, ring Church Office (During office hours ONLY) or contact Jennifer Mob: 0409 049 442.
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
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: 800 737 732
Lea MacNeal 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.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: John Dickson; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop; and Michael Fleming, Elizabeth Armstrong, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas.
Monday: Stephen Gates & Andrew Elder; Marilyn Gibbs; and Kevin Green.
Tuesday: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnolo; and Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry.
Wednesday; Richard Hagen & Som Sirithammakij; and Raymond Heslehurst.
Thursday: John, Martha & Christopher Haly; and Selina & John Hardy.
Friday: Susan Hill, Janet Broady, & Alex; Moya Holle; and Noel Jeffs.
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.
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; Phillip Kuwert and Peter Knox.
Anniversaries of the Departed: James Gavin; Allan Wells; Oswald Coombs; Florence Thomas; Sarah Kettlewell; Sidney Smith; and Guiseppe Bruzzese.
Saints Commemoration: 14th Dec: John of the Cross, mystic and teacher (d.1591).
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||Isaiah 60.15–22||Psalm 18.1–6, 48–50||Luke 7.18–28|
|Monday||Isaiah 11.10–12.6||Psalm 119.105–108||Revelation 15|
|Tuesday||Isaiah 12.14–14.2||Psalm 104.26–37||Revelation 16|
|Wednesday||Isaiah 14.24–32||Psalm 105.23–45||Revelation 17|
|Thursday||Isaiah 54||Psalm 106.25–50||Revelation 19.1–10|
|Friday||Isaiah 55||Psalm 107.23||Revelation 19.11–21|
|Saturday||Isaiah 56||Psalms 112;113||Revelation 20.1–10|
Readings for Next Sunday — Fourth Sunday of Advent: First Reading: 2 Samuel 7.1–11, 16; Song of Mary (APBA pp.9); Second Reading: Romans 16.25–27; and Gospel: Luke 1.26–38
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.
From Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Love matters more than ever in a time of crisis. Disasters are always more interesting than successes. In a sense this is because it’s easier to learn lessons from disasters: we see what went wrong and try to avoid the same thing ourselves. There is probably also an element of schadenfreude, a relief that it happened to someone else and not to us. Managing disasters, turning bad situations around and handling reputational damage, is one of the key aspects of risk management, if one is sensible.
The reality of a world that is full of human beings who are at best fallible, and often prone to making wrong choices deliberately, is that there will be regular disasters. In my days as a corporate treasurer, my assumption was always that what could go wrong, would.
For me, the past year has been a remarkable education. When I started this very strange job, effectively on 21 March 2013, I committed to visiting all of the other 37 provinces of the Anglican Communion (the group of churches of which the Church of England is a part, existing in 165 countries, with roughly 80 million members) by the end of 2014. Because these were pastoral visits and not simply business overviews, my wife Caroline and I went together.
The journey has taken us from the riches of Washington, DC to the horrors of the South Sudanese civil war, in the midst of the fighting area, and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the time of writing this (the beginning of November), I look back at a recent visit to the Province of West Africa, which includes Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, as well as other countries in the region. They are struggling with ebola.
Wherever we have gone, we have found people dealing effectively with crises. It is immensely inspiring to see such large numbers putting their lives on the line out of love for God and for their neighbour. Two examples cross my mind. In the South Sudan, the Anglican archbishop called publicly for reconciliation, despite the fact that this put him at high risk, both with his own people, some of whom felt betrayed, and with the enemy, who simply saw him as a figure to be attacked. In Pakistan, the equivalent of the archbishop goes into Taliban-controlled areas, not only loving other Christians and his neighbours, but even his enemies.
I have had my share of crisis management this year. At times it has been successful, and at other times it has failed. As we all know, the reality is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in very large global organisations, the eating and the digestion may not show results for a decade or two. Yet manage we must, and many reading this will have faced unexpected crises themselves.
I go into Christmas with the knowledge of the Christian belief that in the greatest crisis of all, the separation of human beings from God, His answer was to make himself as vulnerable as a baby, to come to us in human form, share our suffering, bear the weight of our wrongdoing and offer us the hope of life. Whatever the crises are, in Christ they are transformed.
|Discussion Questions for Today – from Working Preacher.org — By Julie Selvig
1. There is no shortage of oppressed, brokenhearted and captive. Who needs comfort, liberty this week? (Isa 61:1–3)
2. Can you remember a time when your weeping turned to shouts of joy? (Ps 126:6)
3. When have you taken the opportunity to identify with Christ when asked, “Who are you?” (John 1:19, 22)