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Weekly letter from St Luke's - 26 August 2020

Dear Parish Friends

Last Sunday we welcomed Sherril Molloy and Sharen Mehan from the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC). They enjoyed meeting with us and sharing their views about the proposed Anglican Early learning Centre. I have their contact details if anyone would like to continue the discussion with them.

Attached is a summary of last week’s Parish Council. You will note that there is to be a special meeting of the council next week to fully discuss the ASC proposal, and I will send out a summary of all the information received to date with my letter next week.

Whenever there is a big decision to be made in the life of the church, the most important thing that we can all do is to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that whatever decision is made is the right one for the furtherance of God’s mission. We often only see part of the whole picture, and can let our mind be clouded. Therefore please pray for wisdom to make good choices. As James says in his letter, “if any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” (James 1:5). The psalmist also reminds us that God says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8)

Please also keep in prayer the families of Fergus Edwards, whose funeral is Thursday (27th) at 1pm, and Shirley Spencer, whose memorial service is Friday (28th) at 11am. Because of the Coronavirus restrictions only those who have been invited by the families can attend the services at St Luke’s. We are aware that there are some who are unable attend because of the difficulties of travel, and also members of our congregation who would have wanted to support the family. Therefore, both services will be streamed over Zoom (see attached for the connection details).

Finally this week, I would like to congratulate Alan and Barbara Johnson on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary. May God continue to bless and protect them.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

With blessings for the week ahead.

Yours in Christ

Rev’d Timothy

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