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Christmas At St Luke's 2018

Christmas At St Luke's 2018

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.

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An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

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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Second Advent Sunday Dec 9 Surprise! The Cost of Christmas

Second Advent Sunday Dec 9  Surprise! The Cost of Christmas

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.’

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Anglicare Advent Candle Service & Lunch 6th Dec

Anglicare Advent Candle Service & Lunch 6th Dec

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.

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First Advent Service With Bishop Paul Barker Dec 2 2018

First Advent Service With Bishop Paul Barker Dec 2 2018

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.

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Sunday Nov 25 - Brian Westaway

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)

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Vermont Diamonds Trip to Dromana Friday Nov 23

Vermont Diamonds Trip to Dromana Friday Nov 23

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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Final Men's Breakfast for 2018 Was Inspiring

Final Men's Breakfast for 2018 Was Inspiring

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.

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100th Armistice Day Prayer and Reflection

100th Armistice Day Prayer and Reflection

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:

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

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.

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Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 28 2018

Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 28 2018

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

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St Luke’s Day Was A Great Celebration Sunday 21 October, 2018!

St Luke’s Day Was A Great Celebration Sunday 21 October, 2018!

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

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Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018

Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018

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

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Final Sermon from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Final Sermon from the Book of Ecclesiastes

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.

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Oscar's Begins!

Oscar's Begins!

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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Special Guest Preacher Sunday September 23

Special Guest Preacher Sunday September 23

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.

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Vermont Diamonds ScienceWorks Visit

Vermont Diamonds ScienceWorks Visit

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.

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We Had a Wonderful Anglicare Luncheon!

We Had a Wonderful Anglicare Luncheon!

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.

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Ladies Dinner Tues 18 September

Ladies Dinner Tues 18 September

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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We Enjoyed A Wonderful Men's Breakfast!

We Enjoyed A Wonderful Men's Breakfast!

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. 

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Our Vicar Peter MacPherson’s Travel News from Haiti!

Our Vicar Peter MacPherson’s Travel News from Haiti!

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.

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Anglicare Winter Luncheon!

Anglicare Winter Luncheon Brochure

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.

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

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.

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St Luke’s Working Bee Sat July 7

St Luke’s Working Bee Sat July 7

Thanks to everyone who came along! Despite the wet and cold weather we had an enthusiastic group of people come and share the load.

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