Welcome to our worship this morning!
At St Luke’s we seek to share God’s unconditional love and acceptance of all people, regardless of age, gender, race, marital or family status, sexual orientation, disability or wealth.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
To facilitate the hearing loop please turn your hearing aid to T-Cell setting.
Please silence your mobile phones before the service commences.
Celebrant: Fr Philip Bradford
Preacher: Rosemary Bradford
Welcomers: Angela Bell & Peter Seymour
Next week: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnolo
Readers: Peter Seymour & Tony Brownlow
Readers next week: Andrew Reddy & Anne Hywood
Intercessor: Diana Jefferies
Next week: Bianca & Bryson Reddy
Hospitality: Reddy Family
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Flowers/Dusting Sat 18th: Ann Petersen & Peter Gilbert
Even in utter despair the Psalmist finds hope, telling us that with the Lord there is mercy, forgiveness, and ample redemption. May we realize this, knowing that we can start with a clean slate in God’s eyes, if we would only put our trust in the divine mercy.
- Pray that you will be merciful whenever the opportunity arises this week. Pray that others will forgive your offences this week.
- Pray for the Church of Pakistan, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.
GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME
We stand as the Celebrant and Sanctuary Persons enter the church
Introit hymn is sung from the hymn book – TiS 150 – Ye Watchers and ye
THE GREETING – The Celebrant:
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Priest: Blessed be God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.
THE SENTENCE: (said by the Sub-Deacon)
When the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, so that we might receive adoption as God’s children. Galatians 4:4-5
THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION (The Celebrant leads)
Let us pray…
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE (Gloria in excelsis) we stand and sing:-
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
Almighty God and Father,
we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
You take away the sin of the world;
Have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father;
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy one,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen
THE COLLECT OR PRAYER OF THE DAY
We say the collect together:
Who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of Your incarnate Son;
grant that we, who are redeemed by His blood,
may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God now and for ever. Amen.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD
(Please sit for the readings and the psalm)
First Reading Isaiah 61: 10-62.3
A reading from the Book of Isaiah
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Song of Mary – The Magnificat
- My soul proclaims the | greatness of the | Lord:
my spirit re-| joices • in | God my | Saviour,
Who has looked with favour on his | lowly | servant:
from this day all gener-| ations will | call me | blessed.
†3. The Almighty has done | great things | for me:
and | holy | is his | name.
God has mercy on | those who | fear him:
from gener-| ation to | gener-| ation.
The Lord has shown | strength with his | arm:
and scattered the | proud in | their con-| ceit,
Casting down the mighty | from their | thrones:
and | lifting | up the | lowly.
God has filled the hungry with | good | things:
and the rich he has | sent a-| way | empty.
He has come to the help of his | servant | Israel:
For he has re-| membered his | promise of | mercy,
The promise | made to our | forebears:
to Abraham | and his | children for | ever
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be- | ginning • so | now; and for | ever. | A-| men
Second Reading Galatians 4:4-7
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
During the Gospel Procession we sing:-
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are | they who | hear
The | word of | God and | keep it
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Deacon: The Lord be with you
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel Luke: 2:1-7
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
The Sermon (followed by a short quiet-time of reflection.)
Hymn after the Sermon: – TiS 204 – Behold a rose is growing
We stand – Celebrant says: Let us together affirm the faith of the church.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one being with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation (we bow our heads)
He came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human. (and here we stand upright.)
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Celebrant says: Let us pray for the people of God.
We kneel or sit for the Prayers led by a member of the congregation/
After each petition…
Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer
Prayer for our Parish: (We pray together)
God of Mission,
you alone bring growth to your Church,
send to us your Holy Spirit to give
vision for our planning,
wisdom in our actions,
and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community. Amen
Prayers for our community today:-
Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston
Ann, Rachel Petersen & Wolf.
Our prayers for those in immediate need:-
Pat Masters (mother of Br Christopher-John SSF); Sheila Brown; Anne Hywood; Kate Morrow; Robert & Lyndall; Adriel; Kirsten Harley; Beryl Digby; Sister Frances (CSC); William Frew; Peter Wheatley; Br Kentigern John SSF; Jackie Bonham; Emma Burns; Sue Drewett; Barbara Granger; Doug Hall; Patricia Harris; Kim Hill; Irma; Jenny; Kristy & Rodney; Sharda Kumar; Leanne; Pip Leonard, Damien Lew; Robyn & Frank Norman; Michael Bunyan, Anand, Digvijay and baby Anaisha; Anne Derwin; Barbara Becroff; Fr Lloyd George.
Anniversaries of the departed:-
Henry Byers, Mary Sotiriadis, Neil Daniels, Arthur Ayers, Maria Bugle, Amy Burrow, John Lewis, Allen Polgen, Mary McCarthy, Sydney Day, and Flo Taylor.
Saints Commemorated this week:-
13th: Jeremy Taylor, bishop and spiritual writer (d.1667)
14th: Twentieth century martyrs, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia (d.1918); Maximilien Kolbe, friar (d.1941); Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian (d.1945); MariaSkobtsova (d.1945); Martin Luther King, worker of civil liberties (d.1968); Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda (d.1977) and Oscar Romero Archbishop of San Salvador (d.1980)
Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
The Sub-deacon says:
God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s Table.
Let us be quiet while we call to mind our sins. A time of silence is kept.
The Sub Deacon says: Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
we have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Celebrant says -.
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THE GREETING OF PEACE
(Clergy and sanctuary party move to face the people in front of the altar.)
Celebrant We are the body of Christ
People: His Spirit is with us.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
(We offer each other the greeting of God’s peace.)
A hymn is sung while the collection is taken.
Offertory Hymn – TiS 526 – Lord Jesus Christ
The bread and wine are brought to the altar. Small candles are also brought up. Any member of the congregation can carry a candle to represent a prayer or a thanksgiving of their own.
During the hymn there is a pause for the offertory prayer as the bread and wine (gifts) are offered and the Celebrant prays:-
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,
Mighty Creator, ever-living God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.
By His death on the cross and rising to new life,
He offered the one true sacrifice for sin
And obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
And with all the company of heaven,
We proclaim your great and glorious name,
For every praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
This bread and wine,
And we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
We who eat and drink them may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night He was betrayed Jesus took bread;
And when He had given you thanks He broke it
And gave it to His disciples, saying
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper, He took the cup,
And again giving you thanks
He gave it to His disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
Shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore we do as our Saviour has commanded;
Proclaiming His offering of Himself made once for all upon the cross,
His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
And looking for His coming again,
We celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
His one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Renew us by your Holy Spirit; unite us in the body of your Son,
And bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
With whom and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise.
Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE COMMUNION
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.
Then is sung the Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.
THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION – The Celebrant says –
Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance that he died for us. Let us feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
We all gather around the altar for communion. Non-communicants are invited to share in the circle and receive a blessing. When offering the bread, the priest says…
The body of Christ [the bread of heaven] keep you in eternal life. Amen
When offering the wine, the priest or assistant says…
The blood of Christ [the cup of salvation] keep you in eternal life. Amen
During Communion we sing a chant together: TiS 302 – The Angel Gabriel
1 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
‘All hail,’ said he, ‘thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favoured lady.’
2 ‘For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honour thee,
thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold;
most highly favoured lady.’
3 Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
‘To me be as it pleaseth God,’ she said,
‘My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name’:
most highly favoured lady.
4 Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say
‘Most highly favoured lady.’
After communion we return to our places and sit or kneel.
Silence is kept for a short meditation.
THE SENDING OUT OF GOD’S PEOPLE
The Celebrants says: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
The Celebrant continues…
And we respond:
We offer ourselves to you
As a living sacrifice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit,
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen
The priest (or bishop if present) gives a blessing:
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
A final hymn is sung: TiS 172 – my soul gives glory to my God
The Notices are given.
MEMORIAL OF THE INCARNATION OR THE ANGELUS
Celebrant: The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
I am the lowly servant of the Lord
be it done to me according to your word.
The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us.
Blessed in the message Gabriel brought
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.
Celebrant: Lord, we unite our prayers with those of Mary and all your saints.
Let your Word become flesh in our lives
Grant Lord, that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Amen.
The deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Welcome to any visitors to our service this morning and please join us for morning tea in the hall at the conclusion of our service.
The flowers in the church today have been donated in memory of the Late Henry Anthony Robert Byers , by his loving family, Maureen Byers, Eddie, Susan, Edwin, Leilani, Stephanie and Carmen Reddy, David Byers, Josie Stathis, Anthony, Pamela Papadimitriou. Given in loving memory of our dad, father-in-law, Nannu and Buz Nannu Henry Byers who died on 18 August 2017.
Cinema Paradiso Future Dates: 12 September and 10 October. See Brett to make a recommendation.
Thursday 16 August 6.30 pm – The Long Table – all welcome (bring a friend) to De Lanna Thai St Cuisine, 220 Addison Rd Marrickville (no corkage charge).
Sunday 19 August – Our Journey of Healing and Reconciliation Service. Our guest speaker will be Mrs Sharon Minniecon with Pastor Ray Minniecon.
Warden’s Dinner – 25 August at 6.30 p.m. Our theme is 100 Years since the end of World War 1. Tickets on sale $35 adult; $20 concession; children free. See Ruth to reserve a table or book a ticket. Come in a themed costume or as you like it.
Our organ pipes will be returning during the day on Saturday 25 August and a Blessed the following day Sunday 26 August. Thanks be to God.
1 September the Commemoration of the New Guinea Martyrs. Each year the Anglican Board of Mission Sydney Committee organises a Service to commemorate the Anglican missionaries who died in Papua New Guinea in 1942. This year the Eucharist Service will be held at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Balmain (Cnr Spring St & Birchgrove Rd., Balmain) – Saturday 1st September at 11am, to be followed by a light lunch. Please accept this as a personal invitation to join us at this Service. For more information see Moya.
Friday 14 September 6.30 p.m. – ABM Board invite you to a dinner at The Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney. No charge – donation accepted. Guest Speaker, The Most Revd Allan Migi,Primate of PNG.
21 September St James’ Eats (St James Church King St), at De Lanna Thai Restaurant 6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m. 220 Addison Rd Marrickville. $40 pp paid in advance RSVP: Christine Cheetham by 1 Sept, 0407017377 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 30 September – St Michael & All Angels – 9.30 a.m. Eucharist
Sunday 21 October – St Luke’s Patronal Festival Service & Shared Lunch. Please invite your family and friends and bring along a hot dish or sweet to share.
Parish Information ABN.78 161 584 893.
Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry at 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall. Evening Prayer in our Chapel on 1st Sunday of the month at 6.00 p.m.
Thai Community meets at morning tea. Enquiries to Amanda Mason 0407 101 382.
Wednesday 9.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer; and
10.00 a.m. Eucharist and Prayers for Healing (followed by morning tea)
Friday 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer led by Peter Seymour.
Rector – Fr Philip Bradford.
Phone 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email: email@example.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeil & Amanda Mason
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour
|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
Hon Clergy Associate:
Fr John Reimer
Organist: Kathy Drummond
Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
133 Enmore Rd, Tel: 9550 5713
Hours: TuesWed & Friday 9.30 4; Thursday 9.30-3; Sat 9.30 – 2.30, Sunday Monday – Closed.
Stuart Veitch Mb 0400-312-354Wardens:
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddie Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041 email@example.com
Andy Serafin; Angela Bell; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Brett Davies, Tony Purcell; Evelyn Maack & James Barnes (Treasurer)
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.
Pastoral Care Group
Lea MacNeil; Ruth Champion; John Tonetti, Moya Holle, Ann Petersen.