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We will feature news & events about the life and activities here at St Luke's and at our partner church in mission, St Alfred's Blackburn North.
Great News! Danni Armstrong has been appointed as Part Time Children's Minister at St Luke's.
Danni is a tertiary student studying agriculture and is also doing her Cert III in children's work. She was Children's Ministry Intern at St Alfred's Anglican Church (our partner church) in 2018.... read more
Fri Dec 28 2018 – Fri Jan 4 2019
About 30 adults and 7 children thoroughly enjoyed our week away in the magnificent grounds on “The Abbey” Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes. It wasa great opportunity for relaxation and fellowship for all ages – everyone is always made welcome. The Abbey is set on several acres of open bushland where koalas, echidnas and kangaroos are frequent visitors and the birdlife chorus provides the island’s soundtrack.... read more
Following our lead-in to Christmas 2018 with our Surprise! series, we have begun a new series called The Beginning of theGospel, with the text from Mark.
Brian Westaway preached on Sun Dec 30 2018 on the topic Good News, taken from Mark 1: 1-15
Brian preached on Sun Jan 6 2019 on the topic News Spreads, taken from Mark 1: 16-28
Peter MacPherson preached on Sun Jan 13 2019 on the topic Preaching and Healing taken from Mark 1: 29-45
Brian preached on Sun Jan 20 2019 on the topic Healing and Forgiveness taken from Mark 2: 1-12... read more
Our 6PM Service was a wonderful celebration of the joy of remembering the birth of Jesus some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.
80 people including about 20 children enjoyed the navity play, narrated by Rev Brian Westaway, starring the children!
A mixture of songs, the lighting of the Advent candle,... read more
We look forward with anticipation to celebrating as a community the birth of our Saviour Jesus!
We have a special Surprise! sermon series for the four Sundays leading to Christmas Day
We have a special Christmas Eve Children and Families celebration at 6PM (Monday Dec 24)
and a Christmas Day Service at 9.30AM
Everyone is invited!
For Unto Us A Child is Born
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever.
Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Fourth Advent 2018 Service.
We welcomed Rev Mike McNamara, Senior Associate Minister at our partner church, St Alfred's in Blackburn North who will gave the sermon entitled
"Surprise! Everything Changes" based on Matthew 11: 1-11
Our First Advent service was Dec 2, led by Bishop Paul Barker, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.
Our Second Advent service was Dec 9, led by Brian Westaway, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.
Our Third Advent service was Dec 16, led by Brian Westaway, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.
During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.
This week the focus was on Peace... read more
The maternal mortality rate in Australia is extremely low by international standards and reflects the high quality of medical care available to most Australians. The situation would have been very different in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, as it is in many developing countries today.
Day 15 - Sunday, December 16
Mary: The Mother of Christ
Scripture: Luke 1:30-33
And the angel said unto her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And behold, you shall conceive and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Third Advent 2018 Service with a sermon entitled
"Surprise! I'll Be Back" based on Luke 21: 25 - 38
We started with a humerous 34 second spoof by Arnie spoofing his famous "I'll be back" line from the Terminator film series.... read more
An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-9, Psalm 86:15
The glory of Advent is summed up in the first word in our passage today: but. We were dead in sin, but God intervened. We followed the ways of this world, but God stepped in. We were disobedient and deserved wrath, but God sent His Son.
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Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Second Advent 2018 Service with a sermon entitled
"Surprise! The Cost of Christmas" based on 1 Peter 4: 12-19
which focuses on the apparent contradiction of Christian life whereby glory is accompanied by suffering under the theme ‘Surprise! The Cost of Christmas.’... read more
50 people enjoyed a special celebration service to mark Advent, followed by a time of fellowship together over lunch.
The service was also a fundraiser for Anglicare, with a $17 donation requested.
The service was begun by Rev Brian Westaway, who gave a welcome and then a short homily on the time of Advent, where we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Ladies from the leadership group gave short prayers and readings from scripture, interspersed with carol singing.... read more
We enjoyed a wonderful of worship and fellowship on Sunday Dec 2 - the first Sunday of Advent 2018 when Bishop Paul Barker, our Regional Bishop preached, and spend fellowship time with us.
Advent is the lead up period before Christmas, and we start a sermon series called Surprise! I'm Coming - Bishop Paul preached on the theme from Matthew 3:1-12.... read more
Sunday, November 25, Brian Westaway - Psalm 8
Brian helped us reflect on Psalm 8 this morning. Psalm 8 is a hymn of praise addressed directly to God. The God we praise is the majestic and glorious creator of the universe. It’s astounding that this majestic creator should also create humans and put them in charge of his creation. It reminds us of Genesis 1 & 2 that God looks at all he has created, including humans, and see it as “very good.” We are very special to God. As we praise God, however, “we do so in penitence and hope, remembering that ‘the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God’ (Rom 8:19).” (James L. Mays Psalms p.70)... read more
Despite the inclement weather our Vermont Diamonds group had a terrific day of fun and fellowship together.
We went to beautiful Dromana and the summit of Arthur’s Seat via the new all-weather Eagle chair lift – fully accessible for all people.
Time for lunch together after.
Please join us in 2019 when our day trips resume!
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We had a wonderful breakfast together Saturday November 24 at St Alfred's Anglican church - our partner church.
We then listened and a time of question and answer with our special guest speaker, John Steward.
Over his life as a missionary and community builder, John has learnt a lot about forgiving, peace-building and reconciliation. He has much to say that can help Aussie men.... read more
From Peter MacPherson, our Senior Minister
This Sunday marks the centenary of the end of World War 1. The Armistice was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 thus bringing hostilities to an end. Historians estimate that 15-20 million people had died because of the war. The scale of death is beyond comprehension.
We rightly pause to mark this centenary in 2018. It’s a moment to give thanks but also a moment to reflect. Sadly the last 100 years suggest that humans continue to find it impossible to live at peace with one another.
You might find it helpful to pray the following prayer:... read more
Operation Christmas Child involves us as a Church in filling “shoe-boxes” with gifts that can be forwarded to Samaritan’s Purse to children in need in the developing world - Sunday 28 October was the date to return the filled boxes.... read more
On Sunday October 28 our guest preacher was David Spitteler from The Asylum Seekers Centre. This issue has been in the news again recently so with great interest we enjoyed hearing from David - and inspired by him.
David preached on the topic -Sight for the Blind -taken from Mark 10:46-52... read more
We as the current church community at St Luke's Vermont, together with about 12 past members celebrated together St Luke's Day - the 111th at Vermont, from our beginning in 1907 to the present... read more
Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018
We enjoyed having our special guest Preacher, Rev Andrew Livingstone, from CMS preaching on the topic: "Walking In God's Way: our response to a pain/pleasure culture" from the Bible passage Genesis 18:17-20... read more
Our Associate Minister, Rev Brian Westaway drew together the threads as we conclude our series in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. We looked at the apparent meaninglessness of life in the absence of an appreciation of God as Creator and sustainer.... read more
Oscar's is a new group at St Luke's and St Alfred's and it stands for "Over Sixties Chat and Refreshments". It is a relaxed gathering and you are most welcome and indeed encouraged to join us!
We met for the first time on FRI OCTOBER 5, 10:30am - 12 noon in the foyer of St Alfred's church, 107 Springfield Rd Blackburn North.
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We enjoyed having the Little family on Sunday September 23. Andrew Little preached, and Andrew and his wife Myfanwy were interviewed about their work with MAF by Brian Westaway.
Andrew, Myfanwy and family are serving with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) as the Chief Flight Instructor in Mareeba, Far North Queensland.
The Little family are members of St Alfred's Anglican church.... read more
Fri Sept 21 – ScienceWorks - It was a day of fellowship, friendship, fun and learning at Scienceworks – with a special exhibit “Above and Beyond” about air travel from the beginning to the future. Sponsored by Boeing, it has been put together with NASA and the Smithsonian.... read more
Thursday 13 September - about 35 people enjoyed morning tea/coffee and yummy treats followed by a delicious basket lunch - whilst being amazed, informed, and most of all inspired by our special guests from Anglicare - Social Worker, Jane and the therapy dog, Zues.... read more
Our ladies of St Alfred's and St Luke's churches enjoyed dinner together. 6.30pm, Tues 18 September at Ganesh's Indian Restaurant in Blackburn
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Saturday the 1st of September at 7:30am at St Alfred's Anglican Church - our Partner Church
About 40 men enjoyed a wonderful breakfast over great fellowship and then was challenged, entertained and most of all inspired by listening to our speaker, Revd Dr Wei-Han Kuan - the State Director of the Church Missionary Society – Victoria.... read more
From Peter MacPherson
Greetings from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
I am travelling as a guest of Compassion under the leadership of Tim Hanna, the National Director of Compassion Australia. Our group is quite small –comprising two ministry couples from Perth, one pastor from Brisbane, and me.... read more
Forty people enjoyed great conversation, a wonderful 2 course meal and were royally entertained by the poetry and story-telling of special guest artist, Annie Wisham.... read more
Operation Christmas Child involves us as a Church in filling “shoe-boxes” with gifts that can be forwarded to Samaritan’s Purse to children in need in the developing world.... read more