St Luke's Anglican Church in Enmore a lively, inclusive welcoming liturgical community

Advent 1 27 November 2016


27 November 2016

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.

Preacher & Celebrant:
Welcomers Today:
Next Week:
Readers Today:
Readers Next Week:
Next Week:
Next Week:
Cleaners 3rd December:
Fr. Philip Bradford
Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Evelyn Maak & Stephen Gates
Thomas & Ellenor Fleming
Kay Younie & Stephen Gates
Brett Davies
Amrit MacIntyre
Les Carrington & Kevin Green
Reddy Family (Birthday Cake)
Ann Petersen, Peter Gilbert, Alfredo Narnola

ABMThe Psalmist prays for the peace of Jerusalem while Isaiah sees a day when many peoples from all nations will go up to the mountain of the LORD and to the LORD’s house to be taught his word and his ways. May we, this Advent, as we ponder anew the birth of Jesus, wake from our sleep, for our salvation is near, the night is over and the day has come. Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ and walk in the light. And let us not be found wanting when our Lord returns again. May he find us people of faith, hope, love and peace.

  • Pray that this Advent we may love our neighbours as ourselves, rejoice with and encourage one another with the promises of God in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Give thanks for the work of the Anglican Alliance for Development, Relief and Advocacy

Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Catechist, St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016

Introit Hymn: TIS 265 – O come, O come Emmanuel

Liturgy for Lighting the Advent Candle

1st Sunday of Advent – Hope

The Minister greets the congregation:

The Lord be with you

All: And also with you.



Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”

He who follows me will not walk in darkness,
But will have the light of life.

A child / congregation:Why do we light this candle?



This candle reminds us of the light of hope
The prophets had in their expectations of a Messiah
Bringing peace and love to the world.

The candle is lit.



Lord God, our world is in darkness and we need.
The light of peace and love to shine in it;

Help us to prepare our lives and our homes
To receive the One who is the light of the world.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

The Sentence: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2.3a

The Collect:

Almighty God,
give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness
and put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came among us in great humility
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge
the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 2.1-5

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. ‘For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

For the word of the Lord      Thanks be to God

Psalm 122

  1. I was glad when they | said to | me:
    ‘Let us | go to the | house of the | Lord.’
  2. And now our | feet are | standing:
    with-| in your | gates O Je-| rusalem;
  3. Jerusalem which is | built as a | city:
    where the | pilgrims | gather in | unity.
  4. There the tribes go up * the | tribes of the | Lord:
    as he commanded Israel * to give | thanks to the | name of the | Lord.
  5. There are set | thrones of | judgement:
    the | thrones of the | house of | David.
  6. O pray for the | peace of Je-| rusalem:
    may | those who | love you | prosper.
  7. Peace be with-| in your | walls:
    and pros-| peri ty | in your | palaces.
  8. For the sake of my kindred | and com-| panions:
    I will | pray that | peace be | with you.
  9. For the sake of the house of the | Lord our | God:
    I will | seek | for your | good.

Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men

Second Reading Romans 13.9-14

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

For the word of the Lord      Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Lord show us your | mercy and | love,
and | grant us | your sal-| vation.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The Gospel Matthew 24.36-44

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

For the Gospel of the Lord      Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 272 – Come, thou long expected Jesus

Prayer for our Parish

God of Love,
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.

Offertory Hymn: TIS 275 – Hail to the Lord’s anointed

Hymn during Communion:

Final Hymn: TIS 276 – There’s a light upon the mountains


Today at 5 p.m. is our Advent Carol Evensong with the Brabyn Singers. Please invite your family and friends and if possible bring a plate of something for high tea – nothing that needs to be heated please.

A big thank you to all who worked so hard for our very successful Christmas Market yesterday, especially to our organisers, Jennifer Bestel and Jennie Winton.

Our Combined Advent Studies on John the Baptist (Locusts and Wild Honey) is in 4 Parts. The 1st part was last week:-

Pt. 2. – 7.00 p.m. – Tuesday 29 November, St Luke’s Church Enmore;
Pt. 3 – 7.00 p.m. – Tuesday 6 December, St Luke’s Church Enmore:
Pt. 4 – 7.00 p.m. – Tuesday 13 December, Metropolitan Community Church, 96 Crystal St, Petersham.

This is a very well presented and timely study – finishes around 8.15 p.m.

This is the last call for Toys & Tucker for Anglicare which will be collected on Tuesday 6 December. No chocolates please or anything that is perishable. Various toys (without batteries), canned goods or packet foods are most acceptable. Thank you for your response.

Saturday 10 December, 6 for 6.30 pm Last Boyz Nite Out for the year. Thai Power II, 220 Addison Road, Marrickville, on the 428 bus route. Expressions of interest to John Roe 0400955772 by 6 December.

Bookstall News – We have copies in stock of John Bunyan’s Reflections and 24 Songs for a Reasonable Reformation: Beauty and Truth $12; also Keith Mascord’s Faith without Fear $30; and Jesus I have loved, but Paul? a Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity by J R Daniel Kirk, and Lectionaries for 2017 (be quick, stock is running out fast).

Our Website

Our website is being constantly updated by Fr Philip (sermons) and Angela Bell (weekly bulletins and events). Have you taken a look recently? Your feedback would be appreciated.

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Advance Notice


A NEW Australian Musical LADIES IN BLACK. Star City Lyric Theatre – 8 pm Wednesday 18 January Cost $80. Let John Roe know by 13 November if you are interested 0400955772 or

Bible Readings for the Week 28 November to 4 December 2016

MONDAY Isaiah 2.1-5 Psalm 122 Matthew 8.5-11
TUESDAY Isaiah 11.1-10 Psalm 72.1-7 Luke 10.21-24
WEDNESDAY Isaiah 25.6-10 Psalm 23 Matthew 15.29-37
THURSDAY Isaiah 26.1-6 Psalm 118.19-25 Matthew 7.21-27
FRIDAY Isaiah 29.17-24 Psalm 27.9-17 Matthew 9.27-31
SATURDAY Isaiah 30.19-26 Psalm 147.1-6 Matthew 9.35-10,5-8

Next Sunday’s Readings – Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11, 1-10
Psalm 72.1-7, 18-21
Romans 15.4-13
Matthew 3.1-12

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has called for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, saying it is “vital” if the country’s indigenous people are to flourish. Archbishop Freier expressed concern that the political debate about the introduction of same-sex marriage and parliament’s rejection of a plebiscite on the issue should not be used to prevent a referendum on indigenous recognition. He said that the issue had “dropped increasingly below the Federal Government’s radar”. Last week, the standing committee of the Anglican Church of Australia agreed to support recognition at the Federal Parliamentary level, including removing powers to make laws on the basis of race while allowing the country to make laws to overcome disadvantage, ameliorate past discrimination and protect culture, language and heritage


Prayers for each day of the week

John, Martha & Christopher Haly; Raymond Heslehurst; Michael. Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks.

Janet, Susan & Alex Hill; Lay-kum Ho; Moya Holle; Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas.

Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat.

Joseph & Esther Kumar; Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Fabian LoSchiavo; Evelyn Maack.

Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre; Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas; Alex Maneekaew.

Merrill & Georgie Martin; Amanda Mason; John M; Fr. Ron Morris; Fran Morris.

Ian Mylchreest; John Naidu; Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Linda Jensathit; Fr Ron Morris, Brian Rawnsley.

Our Prayer for those in need.

Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maureen & Henry Byers; Marilyn Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Bp Greg Thompson; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Marianela O’Brien & Caroline Wilson.

Thanks for Blessings Received
Emily & Taylor are now settled in America and in their new house.
Russell Clark is recovering from hip surgery and is home, & Kay is coming home after having rehab also.

Anniversaries of the Departed

Les Clark; Alfred Welsh; Peter Szepetiuk; Elsie Farrell;

Saints Commemoration

30th Nov: Andrew, Apostle & Martyr
2nd Dec: Frances Perry, founder of the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne (d.1892)
3rdDec: Francis Xavier, priest and missionary (d.1552)

Evacuation and Location of Fire Extinguishers.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our practice evacuation last week – we all successfully left the building, including two visitors in wheelchairs, within 3 minutes. We are required by the Diocese to practice this annually.

We were issued with a Fire Safety Certificate this week, following a check on our meter boards, exits signs and fire extinguishers.

Please everyone be aware that during any incident we need to observe our evacuation procedure and meet up on the footpath on Stanmore Road at the bottom of the stairs from the church. The Churchwardens should then ensure the building is clear, fire extinguishers manned and fire brigade called if necessary.

Please take note that the gas main is located on the Rectory wall facing the church and can be turned off by a tap located behind the bushes – low to the ground on the left of the meter. The gas stove can be turned off at the rear of the stove – pull the stove out and gas tap is located on the wall at the rear of the stove, at floor level.

Fire Extinguishers are branded for a particular purpose, so please take care to read the directions on the extinguishers from time to time. They are located:-

  • In the kitchen just inside the door from the hall on the right hand side. This extinguisher is a liquid and safe to use on fires on caused by cooking oil on our stove. If a gas fire erupts we need to use the powder filled extinguisher at the back of the hall. [Once our renovations are completed in the hall and the kitchen we will install a powder type extinguisher in the kitchen as well.]

  • At the rear of the hall near the Emmaus Room access door located on the left-hand side walking towards the Emmaus Room. This is a powder type extinguisher and safe for general use.

  • In the church narthex (main entrance|) just inside the door from the porch on the right-hand side.

Parish Information ABN.78 161 584 893.


Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry at 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall. Thai Community meets in the Chapel after morning tea. Enquiries to Amanda Mason 0407 101 382.


Wednesday 9.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer; 10.00 a.m. Eucharist (followed by morning tea); Friday 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.

Rector – Fr Philip Bradford – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
Office Ph 9557 4219 PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email:
Fr Philip:

Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour

Pastoral Care
Lay-Ministers – Part Time – Lea MacNeil & Amanda Mason.


OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 am; Wednesday 9.00 am to 12 noon; Friday 8.30 to 10.30 a.m.

Hon Clergy Associate:
Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)

Organist: Kathy Drummond
Occasional Organist: C. Brooks

133 Enmore Rd, Tel: 9550 5713
Hours: Tues, Wed & Friday 9.30   4; Thursday 9.30-3; Sat 9.30 – 2.30, Sunday, Monday – Closed.

Hall Administrator:
Stuart Veitch Mb 0400-312-354

Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.

Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.

Pastoral Care Support Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle; Peter Seymour