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Weekly letter from St Luke's - 29th September 2023

Dear Parish Friends

This Sunday at the 9am service we have a special service to conclude our celebration of the season of Creation. We will celebrate St Francis, and you are invited to bring your furry, feathered or scaly friends (or photographs of them, if they would prefer!) and we will bless them and give thanks for their part in the web of creation and in our lives. This will not be a communion service. Do invite your friends to join us.

At the 7am service this week we return to our series of readings in Matthew's gospel, and specifically with the events at the start of Holy Week (Matthew 21:23-32). The day after Jesus had been welcomed into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, with much public acclaim, he is now teaching in the temple, to the increasing disquiet of the temple authorities. Although their question about Jesus' authority to do and say what he does is most probably motivated by a desire to remove him and restore their status quo, it is indeed an important question that needs to be asked by all. Our answer to this should then lead to action, as the parable in the second part of our reading

Our services this weekend are 7am (Holy Communion) and 9am (family service with communion - also streamed on Zoom). The weekly notice paper and 9am service sheet are available via the links below.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon we are holding a community conversation on the 2023 federal referendum at 2.30pm in the upper hall. Our speakers, who are both Christian, will help us understand what the referendum is about by providing both practical information and reflection from a faith perspective.There will be time to ask questions. All are welcome.

Yours in Christ

Rev'd Timothy


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