St Luke’s received a thankyou letter and certificate of appreciation today for our donations to the Christmas Bowl in 2020. The Christmas Bowl is part of our commitment as a church to ecumenical action – churches working together for good.
Thankyou to everyone from St Luke’s who contributed!
In all of the change that happens around us, one of the constant aspects of our faith journey at St Luke’s is the annual cycle of the liturgical calendar, marking the seasons of Jesus’ journey on earth.
Tomorrow we commence the period of Lent – 40 days of reflection and sacrifice as we imagine the time spent by Jesus in the desert, grappling with fears and temptations.
If you are looking for some resources to use as part of your devotional time during Lent, here are some suggestions:
Every year at Easter, Common Grace brings a Lent series based on the central teachings of Jesus. In 2021 they’ve put together a compilation series from Christian teachers, who show us what it looks like when justice overflows from following Jesus.
To sign up to their weekly Lenten emails, click here.
Uniting World’s Lent Event
UnitingWorld is the part of the Uniting Church with the privilege of nurturing relationships with our global church family, and we love the season of Lent! Through Lent Event, we provide a Bible Study series to help you think through what it means to be a global neighbour, and encourage you to take action with a 40-day challenge to give or take up something that helps make the world a better place. With stories that show how your prayers and gifts are building hope and ending poverty around the world, we aim to cultivate generosity, compassion and awareness of others.
If you’re ready to take a new look at Lent, go for a deep dive online to find resources, and check out www.lentevent.com.au for simple ways to get involved.
Check out our video! 🙂 #aussiemusic The Neon Effect play their arrangement of the Dark Room Fiddler, a march by Kate BurkeMichelle Burton – harp // Catie Martin cello // Jessica Foot fiddlewww.theneoneffect.com.auDirector – Jonathan Burton www.jburtonfilm.comCinematographer – Tim MortonSound Production – Mischa Hermanhttps://youtu.be/y3geCBaBaJs
Pick up a copy of the latest update from Uniting World for supporters from the holders outside the office or from a friendly usher this Sunday. It is great to read the stories of support from churches like St Luke’s is making a real positive difference to our fellow faith communities in other countries. It’s also great to hear about how other congregations are creatively fundraising for Uniting World and building meaningful relationships with our partner churches overseas.
Australians received 20 million UNWANTED gifts last year for Christmas. The gifts in the Everything in Common catalogue represent gifts that people really want and need very much.
$10 can provide chickens for a family to breed and sell at market, using the profits for school or medicine
$25 can help kids in Timor-Leste get the nutrition they need so they can grow up strong and healthy
$50 can get families like Kadek’s (see catalogue cover) a goat – and with it, time in school or even university
Last year, with your help, our partners worked with 202,305 people to bring light and hope – well beyond the Christmas Season. See Jean and her team after church every Sunday in Advent to purchase your gifts directly from the stall, or head to the website: https://everythingincommon.com.au/
Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, have sent their Summer 2019 newsletter, featuring encouraging stories of the communities we are helping through the Christmas Bowl and other donor activities.
2 copies of the newsletter are pinned to the office noticeboard, along with a letter from CEO Janet Cousins – feel free to read and pass them around the congregation.