St Luke's Anglican Church in Enmore a lively, inclusive welcoming liturgical community

Notices_Sunday 3rd December 2023 — First Sunday of Advent


Wel­come to any vis­it­ors with us today.  Please join us for morn­ing tea.



Happy Birth­day to: Kathy Drum­mond; Rajah Selva­ra­jah; Christine Thur­ley; Belinda Reddy; Jen­nifer Bestel; Vic­tor Any­anji; Ron­ald Naidu; and Thomas Fleming.




TONIGHT: 6pm Spir­it of Taize Ser­vice.


Tues 5th Dec at 7.30pm – Last Bible Study for 2023 — Led by Fr Philip– Let­ter of James (Plans to recom­mence in 2024 TBC).  Address: 5 Lin­coln Street, Stan­more.  Mob: 0431 655 220.  Please bring a Bible.  Sup­per will be provided.  All welcome!


Thursday 7th Decem­ber @ 12pm – Pas­tor­al Care Group Meeting.


Sunday, 10th Decem­ber – Rect­ory Open House & hos­pit­al­ity straight after the 9.30am ser­viceBBQ Saus­ages and some drinks provided.  Please bring any­thing else you would like.


Nurs­ing Home Gifts: As is our usu­al cus­tom, we take a small gift to each patient at the Stan­more Nurs­ing Home in Cam­bridge St at Christ­mas time. Your dona­tion no mat­ter how small helps the par­ish to pay for a selec­tion of equal value gifts — usu­ally chocol­ates, or some­thing suit­able for those patients who are dia­bet­ic.  If you would like to donate, please place your dona­tion on the offer­tory plate in an envel­ope marked “Nurs­ing Home” or donate online with ref­er­ence “Nurs­ing Home”.   Many thanks for your generosity!


Christ­mas Cards for 2023:  We have a small num­ber of packs of Christ­mas cards from 2022 for sale in the Com­munity Resource Centre.  Please see Steph­en Gates after church.



Sat­urday 16 & Sunday 17 Decem­ber at 3pm — RCC Handel’s Messiah:

Join Radio Com­munity Chest for their 82nd annu­al per­form­ance of Han­del’s immor­tal ora­tor­io, Messiah.

These breath­tak­ing per­form­ances fea­ture a 300+ choir, the world-renowned Organ of the Town Hall, pro­fes­sion­al soloists and orchestra.

Ven­ue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

For book­ings see —



Christmas Services and Events

Sun 17th Dec – 9.30am Third Sunday of Advent Service

Gifts will be giv­en out to any chil­dren at this service.

After the ser­vice and morn­ing tea parish­ion­ers are invited to sing car­ols at Stan­more nurs­ing home while gifts are distributed.


Sun 17th Dec– 6pm CAROL service


Wed 20th Dec – 7.30pm CHRISTMAS service

(Pre-Christ­mas ser­vice for those who will be going away)


Sun 24th Dec– 7.30pm CHRISTMAS EVE service

(Note: 9.30am ser­vice is can­celled for this Sunday only)


Mon 25th Dec– 9.30am CHRISTMAS DAY service

Sun 31st Dec– 9.30am First Sunday after Christmas/NEW YEAR’S EVE service



23–25 Feb­ru­ary 2024 — Par­ish Retreat: Booked at the Old Mon­as­tery Stroud (Fri­day even­ing to Sunday after­noon).  We are now tak­ing names for reser­va­tions.  The bed­rooms are nearly all single rooms with shared bath­rooms, and we will be self-cater­ing.  See Ruth Champion.


A note from Fr John Hawkins to St Lukes’ con­greg­a­tion:   Fr John is slowly recov­er­ing from a ser­i­ous stroke.  He gets around more slowly these days and has oth­er issues that have affected his driv­ing.  He sends his best wishes and pray­ers to the par­ish and his heart­felt appre­ci­ation for our pray­ers for him.


ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and clean­ing items: A bas­ket is in the church foy­er for donations.


Lea MacNeil has jam, con­serves, pickles and vari­ous sauces to sell; please email her at to order them from her.  All pro­ceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.


Food for our worms – Leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off dur­ing the week.  Please remem­ber to remove the strings from your teabags.  (N.B. — no dairy, cit­rus, onions or meat).



Weekly Inter­ces­sions for our Com­munity:

Sunday: Ruth Cham­pi­on; Nancy Cheng; Tiffany, Kev­in, Nich­olas & Alex­an­der Chiew; Ron, Milly, Nam & Viol­etta Clarke.

Monday: Les & Lyn Car­ring­ton; and Lyn Cun­neen & John MacLulich.

Tues­day: Brett Dav­ies & Amrit Macintyre; and Edi & Oscar Davis.

Wed­nes­day: Susan Deas; John Dick­son; Kathy Drum­mond; and Dav­id Dunlop.

Thursday: Michael, Eliza­beth, Tom, Ella & Nick Fleming.

Fri­day: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pas­tor­al care min­istry at Bank­stown Hos­pit­al and all those he min­is­ters to.

Sat­urday: Almighty God, we pray for those in areas of con­flict.  We pray for heal­ing and good med­ic­al care for those who have been injured.  For those who have lost homes and pos­ses­sions, please meet their daily needs for food, clean water and shel­ter and com­fort those who mourn the loss of loved ones.  And bless all who are help­ing those impacted.  Amen.



Pray­ers for the sick: Mar­garet Chiew; Dav­id Dun­lop; (Fr) John Bowen; Janet Walms­ley; Ruth Cham­pi­on; Joseph Kumar; Ger­ald Grant; Alex Regos; Christine & Vic­tor Kon­draten­ko; Simone Abra­hams; Salochna Devi; Ruth Dodd; Robyn Palmer; Julie Ankers; Cath­er­ine Lough­man; Chris­toph­er Middleton; Helen Woell­ner; Libby Dav­is; Steph­en Grif­fen; Christine Pick­ard; Tom Hall; Auntie Glor­ia (Shipp) and Nick Molesworth.


Recently Depar­ted: Mary Kim­ber.


Anniversar­ies of the Depar­ted: Shir­ley Lard­ner; Clar­rie Ayers; Gregory Joubert; Jes­sica Juer­gens; Mark Trav­is; and Kath­leen Anderson.


Saints Com­mem­or­a­tion: 4th: Nich­olas Fer­rar, Dea­con and man of pray­er (d. 1637); 6th: Nich­olas of Myra, Bish­op and phil­an­throp­ist (d. c. 342); 7th: Ambrose of Mil­an, Bish­op and teach­er (d. 397); and 8th: The Con­cep­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary; & Richard Bax­ter, Pas­tor and spir­itu­al writer (d.1691).


Long Term Pas­tor­al Pray­er list: (Fr) John Hawkins; Robert & Lyn­dall Dubler; Andy Ser­afin; Florence Shel­lard; Ray Som­mer; John Hardy; Lyn Car­ring­ton; John Dick­son; Bar­bara Allen; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Don­nell; Ann Jeffs; and Noel Jeffs.



Read­ings for Next Sunday: Second Sunday in Advent

First Read­ing: Isai­ah 40.1–11                 Psalm: 85.1–2, 8–13

Second Read­ing: 2 peter 3.8–15a           Gos­pel: Mark 1. 1–8



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 scan the code link and donate online (our par­ish is registered as ‘Enmore-Stan­more Anglic­an Par­ish’), or call 1800 025 101.



ABM Advent and Christ­mas Appeal

We encour­age parish­ion­ers to scan the code link to donate online.

Please note: There are a lim­ited num­ber of dona­tion envel­opes for both ABM and the Christ­mas Bowl Appeal avail­able in the church foy­er for those who do not use smart mobile phones with cameras.