Rehearsal with Jo Burton – today after service & morning tea. Jo Burton will be leading a group of singers in a small number of short excerpts of song to introduce the major sections of the play on Sun 19th Dec, as part of our Christmas Carol Service in the car park. All welcome!
Lunch on Sundays: It was the custom long before I arrived in the parish for a number of members to adjourn to the Warren View for lunch after morning tea. Michelle and I always like to join this group to spend some time with the parishioners who come. Recently someone asked me if this practice had recommenced following the end of the recent lockdown. It has done and this is, of course, open to ALL. At the moment we do need to make a booking so if you plan on coming please let Michelle or Jennifer know. Fr. Jeff
Christmas Carols With Play & FREE BBQ – in the car park — 6pm on Sunday 19th Dec.
There will be abundant opportunities to participate in the service. Volunteers are needed to read a part in the Christmas Play. We hope as many young parishioners as possible can take part, supplemented by grown-ups with Fabian providing dress-ups. Since we can all sing the carols together this year, there will be no formal choir. Jo Burton will lead a group of singers in a small number of short excerpts of song to introduce the major sections of the play.
Please contact Stuart Veitch at morning tea (or on 0400 312 354) to register your interest/for further information.
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 – “Nursing Home”.
Christmas cards sale: New stock now available! 2021 Stock — $8 or $10 per pack; and 2020 Stock — Reduced to $8 per pack. Support the Leprosy Mission. Available from the Parish Resource Centre. Please see Stephan Gates during Morning tea.
Advent Reflections: Are being held on Wednesdays, after 10.30 a.m. Eucharist and Morning Tea during Advent, and in the evening at 7.30 p.m. on those same days.
A New sick list will commence on 2nd Jan 2022:
All existing names will be removed. Please submit names for the new list to the office by email or phone by Monday 20th December. Pastoral Care Committee
ST PAUL’S PANTRY desperately needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations. Please remember that the bags provided to the needy are taken home by hand — most don’t have a vehicle, so please keep your donations to relatively small items like packets of noodles, microwaved rice, small tins of baked beans etc these are the most needed.
Christmas 2021 Services
Sunday 19th December — 6pm Christmas Carols with Play – in the Carpark.
Friday 24th December — 11pm Christmas Eve Service.
Saturday 25th December – 9.30am Christmas Day Service.
Lea MacNeil has jam, conserves, pickles and various sauces to sell; please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to order them from her. All proceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.
Food for our worms –Please leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off during the week. (NB — no dairy, citrus or meat) Fr. Jeff
EVENTS IN 2022
Mark the date: Saturday 12th February 2022 for a Wardens Dinner “Under the Stars”. Will be a catered dinner, $20pp with tickets on sale in the New Year.
Prayers for the sick: Daniel Nakhla; Ariel Sommer; Suzanne Campton; Noel Jeffs; Joan Dale; Maryrose Crowther; Angus; John Bowen; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; John Can Pahali; Alex Regos; Amanda Cowley; Peter Knox; Barry McKay; Ruth Dodd; Andrew Stratgolda; and Phillip Hall.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Mary Crowther; James Gavin; Allan Wells; Oswald Coombs; Florence Thomas; and Sarah Kettle.
Saints Commemoration: 13th: Lucy, Martyr and virgin (d.304); and 14th: John of the Cross, mystic and teacher (d. 1591).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Ray Sommer; Robyn Oldfield; Isabelle Djorgjevic: Lyn Carrington; Stephen Thurley; John Dickson; John Hardy; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Kiki Chun; Beth Armstrong; Ann Jeffs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Pauline Newell; Ann Connolly; Dayalan Saminathan; Kuwert; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Anaisha, & her parents Anu & Digvijay; Rev Laurie McIntyre; and Lochlan Lonesborough.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre; David Dunlop; Michael, Elizabeth, Tom, Ella & Nick Fleming; Stephen Gates & Andrew; Marilyn Gibbs; and Kevin Green.
Monday: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnolo; Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blombery.
Tuesday: Richard Hagen & Som; John, Martha & Christopher Haly.
Wednesday: Selina & John Hardy; and Susan Hill, Janet Broady & Alex.
Thursday: Moya Holle; Pamela Jaksic; Noel Jeffs; and Kittirat family.
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.
Readings for Next Sunday — Fourth Sunday of Advent: First Reading: Micah 5.2–5a; Psalm: Song of Mary; Second Reading: Hebrews 10.5–10; and Gospel: Luke 1.39–55
We appreciate things may have been financially harder due to COVID-19, but ask that you consider making a donation to support both the Christmas Bowl and ABM Advent/Christmas Appeals.
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 actofpeace.org.au/christmasbowl (our parish is registered as ‘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 or make a donation online at abmission.org.au/Christmas21
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.
Points for Thought and/or Discussion from WorkingPreacher.org
- How, where or in whom do you see God in your midst? (Zeph 3:17)
- What do you give thanks for this day? (Isa 12:4)
- Is it even possible to rejoice in the midst of suffering and worry? If so, how do you? (Phil 4:6)
- “What then shall we do?” How are you responding to this Advent question? (Luke 3:10, 12, 14)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Julie Sevig.
Why an Advent Wreath?
The use of the wreath and candles during Advent are a longstanding tradition that was originally adopted by Christians in the Middle Ages as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas.
The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of various evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ.
The candles also have their own special significance. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the colour violet is a liturgical colour that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.
The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah. The second candle, also purple, represents peace. It is a reminder of Jesus being the Prince of Peace.
The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical colour for joy. It symbolises the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.
On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Saviour. This final candle is the candle of love. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
On Christmas Eve/Day the white, or ‘Christ candle’ is lit to celebrate His birth.