The World Council of Churches has declared 1 September to 4 October as the Season of Creation.
From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation”. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.
The Uniting Church has developed some wonderful resources for us to use in our worship and devotional life which you can find here.
During September three Congregations in Geelong are working together to highlight the blessing of God’s creation and our call to care for it.
The Congregations are Wesley, Western Heights and ourselves at St Lukes. This idea was initiated by the environment groups of each congregation.
This will take the form of three services which will be shared around the three churches. In practise this means for us at St Luke’s as follows:
Paul and our environment team will be celebrating the cosmos; and encouraging us to stop and wonder at God’s amazing universe of which we are a part.
Rev. Denis Tomlins and the team from Wesley will visit and focus on caring for flora and fauna.
The team from Western Heights will visit and be celebrating the gift of water and our need to care for it.
(The St Luke’s team will visit Western Heights on the 18th and Wesley on the 25th.)
The Geelong Chorale recommenced rehearsals at St Luke’s every Monday evening in 2022 and are excited to present their upcoming concert:
Having been delayed in making this overseas journey for the past two years, we are delighted that we can finally present “Around the World in Eighty Minutes”. Although restrictions have generally eased, overseas travel still remains a challenge. So come on an overseas journey with us, no need to check in or stand at the luggage carousel, as we take you on an epic journey via the world’s treasury of folk songs.
The Geelong Chorale have been rehearsing at St Luke’s for many years now on a Monday evening. Here’s an update from them as they return to rehearsing and performing again:
The Geelong Chorale are pleased to announce that we are in rehearsal again and will present a feast of singing in three major concerts this year.
Our first concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the quintessential English composer of the 20th century. For this concert we will be joined by four soloists to present a selection of some of his finest choral music: grand anthems, partsongs, folksongs, and movements from the Mass in G minor.
Having been delayed in making any overseas journey for the past two years, we are delighted that we can finally present “Around the World in Eighty Minutes”: a veritable whistle-stop tour of many countries via the world’s treasury of folksongs. Sunday 10th July at 2:30pm in All Saints Church, Noble Street.
In October we will combine with Music at the Basilica’s Windfire Choir to present the monumental ‘St John Passion” by J.S. Bach. This moving work has rarely, if ever, been performed in Geelong. First-class soloists and orchestra will accompany the combined choir, all conducted by Joseph Hie.
You’re invited to an intergenerational Nature Walk with Messy Church friends!
As we soak in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Barwon River, we’ll explore what it means to walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem as Holy Week and Easter approach. This walk is for people of all ages, children, parents and grandparents are welcome!
Buckley Falls Lower Carpark, accessed from Buckley Falls Road in Highton.
Wear: Comfortable shoes for walking and clothing that can be easily adjusted to suit the weather. (Be ready for rain!)
Bring: Hat, waterbottle, insect repellant, sunscreen, snacks
After a short gathering time, we’ll head off to explore the wilder parts of the Barwon River, coming together for afternoon tea and an Outdoor Messy Celebration, finishing by 5pm
Let us know you’re coming by Monday the 7th of April—
Lockdown has been hard! After nearly two years of unrest, and a constant shifting of the goal posts, many of us will have unresolved grief and loss issues that have been ‘on-hold’ during the lockdown, and others may be somewhat ambivalent about the security of the roadmap ahead and the continuing presence of Covid cases.
The Presbytery of Port Phillip West is offering two on-line seminars that seek to offer an opportunity to name the grief and loss impact that Covid-19 (and the lockdowns) have had on each of us, as well as provide a pathway for dealing with our unresolved concerns.
Each session will be 2 ½ hours in length and will be offered for either a morning or an evening session Wed evenings or Friday mornings.
Grief and Loss Seminar 1 – Understanding the Stages of Grief
17 Nov – Wed evening, 7-9:30pm, or
19 Nov – Friday morning, 10am -12:30pm
Grief and Loss Seminar 2 – Understanding the Different Types of Grief and Loss
1 Dec – Wed evening, 7-9:30pm, or
3 Dec – Friday morning, 10am -12:30pm