The feast of the Ascension at CCSL:
Please join us in celebrating Ascension Day at Christ Church St Laurence on Thursday 26th May, at 6pm. For those who are unable to attend the service will be live streamed.
St Luke’s Vivid Walk — 9 June 2022 at 6pm (until about 8pm).
The Vivid Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas returns from 27 May to 18 June 2022.
This year the light installations have been diffused (pun intended) across the CBD, in part to mitigate crowding.
Brett is arranging a walking tour, subject to conditions at the time.
The walk is planned to commence at Frankly, My Dear … which will illuminate the Business School, University of Technology Sydney, designed by renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry (see details in attached link).
We will then walk to Convergence in the unused Goods Line tunnel nearby and Vivid Reflections on the Sydney Central Station clock tower. If there’s time and inclination, we could venture further afield.
Please share any other itinerary suggestions.
RSVP: by 8 June 2022 to email@example.com or to Brett to receive updates.
Covid safety: consider your level of Covid immunity at the time, quality masks will be provided if you do not have one.
Thank you: Michelle and Fr Jeff would like to thank all those who offered their love and condolences following the death of Michelle’s mother Dawn. Dawn had been living independently in Newcastle and has visited St Lukes on a number of occasions. She had been very ill for weeks now and passed away last Sunday. Her funeral is at St Andrews Mayfield tomorrow.
Church Carpark: It would be appreciated if the church driveway could be kept free for emergency vehicle access. The life that might be saved could well be yours or someone in your family. If you have a large car that is not easily accommodated within our carparking spaces, please drop your passengers off and drive through. There is adequate free parking available in the Cypriot Club carpark – entry off Stanmore Road.
Pre-Poll BBQ – held on Saturday 14 May
The Rector and Wardens made a last minute decision at their meeting on Thursday 12 May, to hold a Pre-Poll BBQ on the following Saturday 14 May, which was very much appreciated by the voters, as they got their Democracy Sausage ahead of Election Day!
Many thanks to Kevin, Tiffany and Nick Chiew, Andrew Patterson, Milly and
Fr Jeff for their assistance in making the day so successful. While the profit margin for the BBQ sales may be modest (around $300) it was a beautiful day with good outreach to our local community. Our Opshop benefited greatly too and is becoming more widely known because of events such as these.
The Wardens sincerely thank all those who, at such short notice, helped to make the barbecue such a success.
Unfinished Business: Celebrating Anglican Women’s Ministry in Australia
A national conference to be held at Christ Church St Laurence, 812 George Street, Sydney, 16–18 September 2022
Further details, including the conference program and registration details, will be provided in due course.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Bp Ronald & Katie Williams; Kay Younie, Natasha & Timothy; Shirley, Allen, Barbara & Jade; and Beth Armstrong.
Monday: Victor Anyarisi; and Jennifer, Peter, Elise & Blake B.
Tuesday: Fr John & Joanne Bowen; Fr Philip & Rosemary Bradford.
Wednesday: Tony Brownlow; Les & Lyn Carrington; and Ruth Champion.
Thursday: Tiffany, Kevin, Alexander & Nicholas Chiew.
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 various COVID stains. 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: Richard Hagen; Andrew Reddy; John Pahali; Ray Sommer; Tony Brownlow; Michelle Sowerby and family; Karlene Thompson; Julie Ankers; John Bowen; John Perkins; Florence Shellard; Amanda Romeo; Andy Serafin; Maryrose Crowther; Ruth Dodd; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Joanne Kenny; The Psomas Family; Ann Mason Furmage; and Marie Mungoven.
Recently Departed: Dawn Sparkes.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Fredrick Crowther; Clive Turnbull; Neville Armstrong; Patrick Sadler; Freda Ferguson; Ann Davis; Peter Edgley; and Lawrence Clayton.
24th: John (d. 1791) and Charles (d. 1788) Wesley, evangelists.
25th: Bede of Jarrow, Priest and teacher (d. 735).
26th: Ascension Day.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: John Hardy; Pauline Newell; Beth Armstrong; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Stephen Thurley; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Kuwert; Rev Laurie MacIntyre; Kiki Chun; Raul of Radio Skidrow and his family; Andrew Stratgolda; Lochlan Lonesborough; and Noel Jeffs.
Readings for Next Sunday: Sunday After Ascension/7th Sunday After Easter
First Reading: Acts 16.16–34 Psalm: 97
Second Reading: Revelation 22.12–22 Gospel: John 17.20–26
Reflect and Connect Points for Thought and Reflection
From Lynn Baab WorkingPreacher.org
- Which blessings of God are evoked in Psalm 67? Describe their relevance for our time.
- If you saw the “healing of the nations” (Rev 22:2), what do you think it would look like?
- How do the names Advocate, Helper, Comforter or Counsellor help you understand the Holy Spirit? (John 14:26)
A Service in the Style of Taizé
In March, St Lukes’ hosted a Taizé service led by Br Matthew from the Taizé community in France. It was even more successful than we had anticipated, with a pleasing number of parishioners in attendance. Comments made to me and others after the service indicated a desire to have more meditative services in this style going forward.
At the same time, the monthly evening service has been under review. Should we continue to do it? Can we try other formats. I think we can say yes to both these questions.
So for a time, we will trial a form of service in the style of Taizé worship, which for those who do not know is one that is a service that is characterised by soft lighting with candles, meditative music which is somewhat repetitive but easily learned. There will be a bible reading, a short talk and in our service there will be some prayers from the heart by those who want to do that. I will also have some healing oil and reserve sacrament available for anyone who wishes to receive those sacramental gifts.
I hope to begin this service in June. Fr Jeff
Parish Prayer Group
One suggestion that was made during our discussions about the parish’s future was the possible formation of a parish prayer group. This would be to pray for the world, the church in general and our parish and its members in particular.
Given that our parish is spread out geographically, and peak hour traffic can delay getting to the parish at times, a zoom option is something to be considered. The other option is to gather physically for prayers each week or fortnight.
Let me know your thoughts on this. Fr Jeff
Healing Prayers in the Parish
Currently, healing prayers are offered at the conclusion of our Wednesday eucharist service.
Another worthy suggestion which has been made is that there may be those who would like prayers for healing on Sunday morning.
If you would like prayers for healing, then I will be available in the chapel after the service and will be happy to anoint you and pray for your healing.
This ministry of prayer can be for (as the Prayer Book reminds us) need, sickness or any kind of trouble.
The Keys To Helping A Loved One Who’s Grieving
- Don’t let fears about saying or doing the wrong thing stop you from reaching out.
- Let your grieving loved one know that you’re there to listen.
- Don’t fill the silence by telling the person all your own grief stories.
- Understand that everyone grieves differently and for different lengths of time.
- Offer to help in practical ways.
- Maintain your support after the funeral.
It’s better not to say:
“It’s part of God’s plan.” Often, they’ll respond with, “What plan? Nobody told me about any plan.”
“Look at what you have to be thankful for.” They know they have things to be thankful for, but right now they are not important.
“S/He’s in a better place now.” The bereaved may or may not believe this.
“This is behind you now; it’s time to get on with your life.” Sometimes the bereaved are resistant to getting on with because they feel this means “forgetting” their loved one.
Statements that begin with “You should” or “You will.” These statements are too directive. Instead you could begin your comments with: “Have you thought about…” or “You might try…”
Source: American Hospice Foundation