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Notices_Sunday 22nd May_Sixth Sunday Of Easter



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 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.



Saints Com­mem­or­a­tion:

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

  1. Which bless­ings of God are evoked in Psalm 67? Describe their rel­ev­ance for our time.
  2. If you saw the “heal­ing of the nations” (Rev 22:2), what do you think it would look like?
  3. 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