Weekly letter from St Luke's - 8 April 2022
Dear Parish Friends
This weekend we start the central week of the Christian Year, Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day. I hope that you will be able to come and walk the journey through the week with us. Palm Sunday has two foci. First we gather outside the church for the liturgy of the palms. We receive palm crosses, which link the beginning and the end of the week - the palms waved before Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem, and the cross on which he died. Then we move into church for the liturgy of the passion. We read together the whole narrative of the Holy Week events, this year from Luke's gospel, as an overview of where we will be travelling through the week. As is tradition, there will be no sermon - the text speaks for itself.
Sunday services are at the usual times of 7am and 9am, with the 9am service streamed over Zoom. The week's notice paper (which includes details of all the Holy Week and Easter services), service sheet for the 9am service and Zoom instructions are available via the links below.
On Sunday evening we welcome our brothers and sisters from other churches in the Annerley/Tarragindi area for an Ecumenical service. Pastor Neil from Fairfield Christian Family will be our preacher. Please bring a plate of food to share after the service.
Finally, don't forget tomorrow (Saturday) morning the meeting of those interested in sustainability and environmental issues and how our parish can respond to them. 10.30am in the lower hall.
A prayer for Palm Sunday:
Merciful God, as we enter Holy week, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Stir up within us the gift of faith that we may not only praise him with our lips, but may follow him in the way of the cross.
Yours in Christ