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Weekly letter from St Luke's - 31 December 2021

Dear Parish Friends

As we enter a New Year, the Covid-19 pandemic is reaching a new stage. We want you to be able to attend services at St Luke's as safely as practical, so we are updating some practices, and reminding everyone of current requirements. Until further notice, if you are coming to a service or event at St Luke's:

  • If you are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid, please do not come to church - please join us on Zoom if convenient.

  • Wear a mask at all times when inside a building with others, except when taking communion, or eating/drinking at morning tea.

  • Check in with the "Check in QLD" app when you arrive.

  • Sanitise your hands as you enter.

  • Sit only in the alternate pews as marked.

  • Maintain physical distancing wherever possible, particularly between different households.

  • Minimise moving around during services (except coming up for communion).

  • Minimise queuing for communion or candle lighting. You can light a candle when you arrive before the service, after the service (if you want to sit quietly) or at other time.

  • The church will have all windows and doors open and fans running for fresh air ventilation. For morning tea in the hall, helpers please ensure all the doors are open.

  • Cleaning between services is being maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns around the above, please call Brian Wood (0466 656 149), Rev'd Timothy or the other wardens. Our services this Sunday are as usual at 7am and 9am, with the 9am service being streamed on Zoom (service sheet below). There will also be an extra service on Saturday evening at 6pm to pray for the year ahead. This will be at St. Luke's and streamed on Zoom. One of my favourite hymns at this time of year is by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Here are verses 1 and 4 which speaks to us as we look back at 2021, and glimpse forward to another challenging year: Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided, urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way, sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided: Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today. Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt him, loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain, hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him: Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign. Kind regards and wishing you all the best for a happy and holy 2022. Yours in Christ Rev'd Timothy

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