Christmas Cards now for Sale: 2019 ABM stock reduced to $5 per pack of 10 – only 4 packs left.
New 2020 stock –Available now – supporting The Leprosy Mission, Australia — $10 per pack of 10.
Please see Stephan Gates at the Community Resource Centre straight after the service.
Saturday 5th Dec – 10am to 2.30pm
Parishioners are urged to support the St Luke’s Mini Market as it is the annual fundraising event for the parish.
Preserves, Pickles, Curds & Jams, and Plants will be on sale, as well as reduced price items from the Opshop. Tickets will also be on sale for the Christmas Hamper.
If you have any questions, please see Andy Serafin.
A Thank You from our Sister church in Blayney - Two years ago we donated $2,000 to the parish of Christ Church Blayney to assist them with repairs to their church — we received a message saying that the cracked wall has finally been repaired and thanking us sincerely for our generosity! It’s good they have achieved their goal. We continue to pray for their Parish as they continue to search for a new Rector.
Saturday 21 November – Men’s Night Out: Delhi-O-Delhi Indian restaurant, 3 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Dinner 5.30 — 7.30 pm. Phone 9557 4455. Must let Kevin Green know by Sunday 15 November.
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.
ABM Projects — St Luke’s contributes to three projects. One of these is the ‘Vanuatu Integrated and Literacy Project’. A description of this project has recently been placed on the notice board in the hall foyer near the book stall.
Safe Use of the Internet: This week Fr Jeff attended an online presentation by the office of the eSafety Commissioner, an office of the Commonwealth Government. The website for the eSafety Commissioner has many tips for parents, schools and other organisations about how to stay safe while using the internet.
These were some tips for young people:
- Stay connected with your friends and family as part of a daily routine. If things are bothering you online or offline, speak openly about it.
- Reach out to your extended family such as cousins, aunties or uncles if you are having a hard time at home with your immediate family.
- Let your teachers or school counsellor know if you need extra support.
- If you are feeling pressures from social media, it’s OK to take a break or switch-off.
- If you think you are being cyberbullied or you feel uncomfortable or unsafe about someone who has contacted you online, read up on eSafety’s advice about how to get support.
- If necessary call one of the numbers below.
For more information the website address is https://www.esafety.gov.au/
Life-Saving Phone numbers — Some important phone numbers which everyone should have on hand are:
LifeLine: 13 11 14 Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 MensLine: 1300 789 978 1800 RESPECT: 1800 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.
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: Marilyn Gibbs; Kevin Green; and Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnolo.
Monday: Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; Richard Hagen & Som Sirithammakij.
Tuesday: John, Martha & Christopher Haly; and Selina & John Hardy.
Wednesday: Raymond Heslehurst; and Susan Hill, Janet Broady & Alex.
Thursday: Moya Holle; Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas; and Noel Jeffs.
Friday: Diana Jefferies; and Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat.
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; 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; Meaghan Patterson; Peter Cinelli; John Dickson; Rita Muscat & her family; Rob Lake; Tamara & Craig; John Can Pahali; and Alex Regos.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Owen Currie; Douglas Witt; and Catherine Shaw.
Saints Commemoration: 10th Nov: Leo of Rome, Bishop & teacher (d.461); 11th Nov: Martin, Bishop of Tours (d. c. 387); and 12th Nov: Charles Simeon, Priest & evangelist (d. 1836).
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 Next Sunday: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
First Reading: Judges 4.1–10 Psalm: 123
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.1–11 Gospel: Matthew 25.14–30
Readings for the coming week: Evening Prayer
|Sunday||Judges 2.7–19||Psalm 63||Matthew 24.21–35|
|Monday||Bel and the Dragon 1–22||Psalms 22.23–32; 23||Revelation 3.1–6|
|Tuesday||Bel and the Dragon 23–44||Psalm 27||Revelation 3.7–13|
|Wednesday||Wisdom 1.1–15||Psalms 30; 32||Revelation 3.14–22|
|Thursday||Wisdom 1.16–2.11||Psalm 31||Revelation 4|
|Friday||Wisdom 2.12–24||Psalms 35.18–29; 36||Revelation 5|
|Saturday||Wisdom 3.1–15||Psalm 119.17–40||Revelation 6.1–11|
Discussion Questions for this week from WorkingPreacher.org
- In what ways do you think you (and your congregation) serve Lord in sincerity and faithfulness? (Josh 24:14)
- What do you think it looks like in practice to set our hope in God and to teach others to do it? (Psa 78:7)
- What do you think keeping awake means in everyday life today, and when and where do you do it? (Matt 25:13)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Lynne Baab.
Making the Most of Advent – Begins 29 November
Advent Studies will be held using this resource. I am interested in hearing about which are the best times/days for you to share in these discussions.
This work by world renowned theologian, Tom Wright, looks at New Testament readings each day during Advent, with reflections by the author and a point for reflection.
I have limited copies of the printed book which I am making available for no charge. (111 pages)
Living Well Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Can be downloaded from Amazon or purchased
This resource is ideal for individual use or sharing with a friend or two. It is available to download onto your phone or to a kindle device at a very cheap price – less than two dollars.
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.