Dear Parish Friends Wishing you a very blessed Christmas from all at St Luke’s. If you were unable to join us at our services last night or today, the 9am service this morning was recorded and is available at http://notes.stlukesekibin.org.au/sundays/201225-christmas. Note that next Sunday there will only be a single service at 8am. The notice paper for the weekend is available on our website at https://www.stlukesekibin.org.au/notice-paper The following week the regular week
Note that there will be just a single service at St Luke's on Sunday 27th December, at 8am. There will not be services of Evening Prayer in the week commencing 27th December except on 31st December when a service of prayers, music and refection for the year will be held on Zoom. The following weekend we will celebrate the feast of the Epiphany with services on Saturday 2nd January (6pm on Zoom) and Sunday 3rd January (7am and 9am at St Luke's).
Dear Parish Friends As I write this letter, I reflect on the fact that on one week’s time all the Christmas services will be over, the turkey will be in the oven and June and myself will be trying not to fall asleep in front of the Christmas Tree. Then the following day, the shops will begin to be stripped of the Christmas decorations, and Easter Eggs will start to appear! It seems that after all the anticipation, Christmas will be over before you notice. But that is not how
Dear Parish Friends In our services recently we have been reading a lot from the book of Isaiah. As a prophet who encouraged the Jews to look forward in hope to the restoration of Jerusalem, a new beginning, his writings are very relevant to the season of Advent, as we too look towards the new beginning that Christ’s coming brings. I was particularly struck this week by a verse read at Evening Prayer on Wednesday: I will give you the treasures of darkness
Dear Parish Friends Our Old Testament reading this coming Sunday, from the prophet Isaiah, starts with these words, which I shall quote from the King James Version: Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God When you hear this, maybe, like me you hear in your mind a crystal-clear tenor voice during a performance of Handel’s Messiah, often a staple of the Christmas festivities. But, as always, it is worth moving behind the musical grandeur and consider what this is sayin