17th December 2017


The service this morning is being led by the choir and minister

Flowers – Anne Baird   Organist – Tim Carpenter

Hospitality – Noel McGrevy, Kathryn Jones, Valmai Trainor, Allan Davidson, Roger Williams, Glenda Tabuteau and Leo Hobbis



1.  CAROL SERVICE.  This Sunday we have our Carol Service.  It is the final Sunday of the year for the choir and we thank them, their leader Jill, and the organists for all they have done this year to enhance our worship.  Four of the readings in the Carol Service come from Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  To refresh your memories:

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens was first published in London in 1843. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.  After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.  Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols, as well as new customs such as Christmas trees.  He was influenced by experiences from his own past and was inspired to write the story following a visit to one of several establishments for London's half-starved, illiterate street children. The treatment of the poor and the ability of a self-interested man redeeming himself by transforming into a more sympathetic character are the key themes of the story. There is discussion among academics as to whether this was a fully secular story, or if it is a Christian allegory.  274 years later, Dickens’ story of family, redemption and relationships remains relevant to us in the 21st century and finds its place in the telling of the Christmas Story in Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2017.

2.  Last Sunday we enjoyed the Children’s Christmas Pageant.  There are some copies of the script available on the screen bench. 

3.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS SERVICES…please!  Fancy earning a few extra brownie points at this time of year?  Email Pamela if you would like to help on:

Christmas Eve, 9.30am – liturgist, readers, pray-er & duty elder
Christmas Eve Children’s Service, 7pm

4.     DONATION BOX.  The Worship Committee is trialling the suggestion to have a donation box for our cash and envelope offerings, rather than pass around collection bags during the Offertory Voluntary or Offertory Hymn.  This donation box [a larger one than we previously used] will be in the entrance way as we come into church.  The donation box, along with donations of food, will be brought forward at the end of the Offertory Hymn and left on the Communion Table.  If you haven’t had time at the beginning of the service, and wish to make a donation, come forward after the final Voluntary, and put your donation in it then.  The purpose of this change is to provide a more hospitable atmosphere to visitors.

5.  REVERSE ADVENT CALENDARS.  Advent food boxes can be left in Colin’s office until arrangements can be made for delivery to the foodbank.

6.  ST LUKE’S BIKE RIDE 3-4th MARCH 2018.  PAIHIA TO THE HOKIANGA.  The ride involves staying in Paihia night of Friday 2nd March then cycling as a group between Paihia and Kaikohe on Saturday, and Kaikohe to the Hokianga harbour on Sunday.  Bus to and from start and finish points each day. Can return back to Auckland Sunday evening. Each day is 40km. Almost all of the ride is flat. Details of the ride on https://www.nzcycletrail.com/trails/twin-coast-trail/.         Due to need to book the bus well in advance, bookings have to be confirmed by end of December, plus the cost of bus for both days which is $100 in total.  You will need to arrange you own accommodation in /around Pahia for both nights. Bikes can be hired from http://paihiamountainbikes.co.nz/  Phone: 0211878192. Further info from Ken Hulls.  Please sign the list at reception if you are keen to join the group.

7.  ENNEAGRAM COURSE.  17th February 2018, 9am-3.30pm. Cost $45 per person.  Ever wondered about what this analysis of personality has to teach you? Join with others in self-reflection regarding your particular personality style, and how might this affect your way of being in the workplace, in the world and in your relationships with others.  The Enneagram is a model of the human psyche which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types. In business contexts it is generally used as a typology to gain insights into workplace dynamics; in spirituality it is presented as a path to higher states of being, essence, and enlightenment. It has been described as a method for self-understanding and self-development.  Please sign the list at reception.

8.  HOSPITALITY FOR JANUARY.  Many thanks to those who have already volunteered.  We are still looking for help for some Sundays in January.  Please sign the list at reception if you would like to help.


                              Christmas Services at St Luke’s

Christmas Eve, 7pm – a service for children and their supporters, whether the children are familiar with church or not.  There will be stories, carols, fairies, candles, and Santa.  You are welcome to dress up too. The service begins at 7pm on Christmas Eve and is about 50 minutes long.

 Christmas Eve, 11pm – a candlelight service with a guest choir, plus cake and coffee from 10pm in the Common Room

Christmas Day, 9.30am – a family service


For our Prayers:

Please remember these members of our community:

Please remember Alan and his family as they grieve the loss of Ann
Francisca de Ruiter has fallen and fractured her femur.  She is now in Waitakere Hospital.

Colin and Olinda Woodroffe write:

We ask if you could kindly pass to our St Luke’s Church family our sincere thanks and gratitude for your kind thoughts and prayers at our time of need with our grandson Karl.  Karl is now at home with our son David and his wife Sandra, and his cousins in Brisbane. He is no longer needing the daily visits of the doctor and nurse.  He has had all the tubes off.  He is still on medication which he has to take.  Karl has to have operations every six months to remove the fluid from his head.  We are told that these operations may be for life.  We thank you all for your prayers and support. 

Please note that the people above have given permission for this information to be shared.


VISITORS: If you would like to know about the Community of Saint Luke, including membership, or simply to join the mailing list, please fill out the blue “Welcome to St Luke’s” form (in pews) and put in the box on the screen bench

9.30am – Community Worship

Organist – Tim Carpenter


130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050  

Community Centre & Church Office: Phone 520 0740

Website www.stlukes.org.nz     Facebook www.facebook.com/stlukesNewmarket



Minister: GLYNN CARDY  021 545 969; glynn@stlukes.org.nz

Community Director: Colin Rose  520 0199  021 987 220; colin@stlukes.org.nz

Administrator: PAMELA DAY  520 0740; pamela@stlukes.org.nz

Parish Council Convener: DAVID McNABB; dmcnabb@unitec.ac.nz

Parish Clerk: KEN HULLS kenhulls@xtra.co.nz

Envelope Secretary: MARGARET TIBBLES, 846 7682 (h); margtibbles@gmail.com


PASTORAL.  If you know of anyone needing support, a listening ear, a phone call or a visit at home or in hospital,

please contact Pamela pamela@stlukes.org.nz



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