The Annunciation to the
Blessed Virgin Mary
26 March 2017
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: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Evelyn Maack & Stephen Gates
Next week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Readers Today: Ruth Champion & Grahame Sadler
Readers next week: Peter Gilbert & Nadia Wheatley
Intercessor: Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Diana Jefferies
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next Week: Thai Community
Cleaners Saturday 1st Richard Hagen & Stephen Gates
Please turn off your mobile phone.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan Andy Serafin or Fr Philip before the service if required. A Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T-setting.
In the gospel reading, the angel of the Lord prepares Mary for the good news on the birth of the Messiah. She strengthens Mary not to be afraid for she had found favour with God. Mary therefore, is referred to by the angel as the favoured one (v28). The Virgin Mary was to bear a holy son, who will be called Son of God. The things of God for the people of God. God’s favour had also been extended to Elizabeth, a relative of Mary in her old age and she had conceived a son for there is nothing impossible with God (v37). God chooses to use whomever he chooses to fulfil his promise and ours is to join in praising God for favouring his people. There are so many promises God fulfils on a daily basis to his people and what is required of us is to remain faithful to him, as Mary remained virgin in her life and she was favoured of God. Let us keep the faith by keeping the fire burning (Leviticus 6.13).
Pray that Christ will continue favouring his Church to glorify himself in our generation as he did in the generation of Mary and Jesus. That we shall continue waiting upon the Lord in prayer.
Give thanks for all those who do their best to bring Jesus to birth in our own generation.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. Luke 1.38
We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that, as we have known the incarnation
of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion we may be brought
to the glory of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
First Reading Isaiah 7.10-14
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
6 O Lord my God * great are the wonderful things which you have done * and your thoughts which | are to-| wards us:
there is none to| be com-| pared with | you;
7 Were I to de-| clare them and | speak of them:
they are more than I am | able | to ex-| press.
8 Sacrifice and offering you do | not de-| sire:
but my | ears you have | marked for o-| bedience;
9 Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have | not re-| quired:
then | said I| Lo I | come.
10 In the scroll of the book it is written of me *
that I should | do your | will:
O my God I long to do it * your | law de-| lights my | heart.
11 I have declared your righteousness in the | great congre-| gation:
I have not restrained my lips O | Lord and | that you | know.
12 I have not hidden your righteousness | in my | heart:
I have spoken of your faithfulness | and of | your sal-| vation.
13 I have not kept back your loving-kindness | and your | truth:
from the | great | congre-| gation.
Second reading Hebrews 10.4-10
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will, O God” (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).’
When he said above, ‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then he added, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel Luke 1.26-38
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’
Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. or nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 302 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came
Prayers of the People
Prayer for our Parish
we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Rector and all who worship here.
We pray that this Parish will always have
a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your Word
and minister your Sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry
and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give your Holy Spirit to those who will choose a new Rector,
that they will have wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us all warm and generous hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Offertory Hymn: TIS 517 Hallelujah Sing to Jesus
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 531 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Daylight Saving ENDS next Sunday 2 April at 2.00 a.m. so please remember to put your clocks/watches back one hour when you go to bed!
Palm Crosses – We are starting to make our orders ($1 ea) for 850 Palm Crosses today – plus we need 100 for ourselves. Please stay and help if you can.
Fr Ron Morris, has now moved to Elizabeth Lodge, Room 708. 46 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay 2022. He would love to hear from any of you by phone when you have a minute. His number is 0409 451 362.
Bookstall News – New stock: Jenny Stewart’s Inner Weather, Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; and for children: The Velveteen Rabbit; Who Made Me; and Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.
Diary of Events:
Wednesday 29 March – ABM Morning Tea & Information Forum. Funds will go towards St Luke’s Mission Projects & ABM Auxiliary Project 2017. 10 am Eucharist; 11 am Morning Tea and Speaker/Video. For information see Moya.
Friday 31 March – St Paul’s Burwood. Bus Trip – ‘Head to the Hills’, $45 including paper bag lunch/tea & coffee. Contact Pam Brock or the Church Office, 205 Burwood Road Burwood 2134 by Sunday 26th March to avoid disappointment. See flyers on information table.
Monday 3 April – The Steering Committee of Equal Voices warmly invites us all to the Launch by Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG on Monday 3 April at 6.30 p.m. at Pitt St Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney for refreshments on arrival and 7.00 p.m. commencement, to conclude by 9.00 p.m.
Wednesday 12 April – Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Vows at St James King Street at 11.00 a.m. Bp Michael Stead will preside and all parish clergy and lay parish readers are invited to renew their vows. The consecrated oils will be available. A light lunch will be served following the service in the St James’ Hall.”
Friday 21 April – St Paul’s Burwood – at 7.00 p.m. in the Large Hall – Piano Recital by Manjia Luo.
Saturday 22 April at 4.30 p.m. in the Large Hall at St Paul’s Burwood – Piano Recital by Jeremy Bell.
Sunday 30 April – Preacher Fr John Sanderson from CCSL and Forum to follow. Please see more details next week when you will hear more about this important day in the life of our Parish.
Sunday 21st May 2017 The Ross Gittins Story – at All Saints Church Hall, Ambrose Street, Hunters Hill at 3.30 p.m. See the notice board for more details.
Parking – Please make sure to park only in the marked spaces provided, so that others who leave before you are not inconvenienced.
Op Shop Donations – We have been inundated with donations recently and our store room is overflowing, please hold off on bringing any donations either to the Emmaus Room or to the Op Shop until further notice.
To keep an eye on fascinating events – musical and contemplative.
Trek to Defeat Leprosy
Discover Nepal in a Trek to Defeat Leprosy:
The Adventure of a Lifetime
Nov 5-19, 2017
The Leprosy Mission Australia together with Inspired Adventures is providing an opportunity to discover Nepal, trek the Annapurna and witness first-hand what The Leprosy Mission does on the ground. Recently Janet Walmsley spoke about the work of TLM and mentioned the coming Nepal trek. Several people expressed interest in finding out more! So if you are interested, or know someone who might be, please see Janet for further information.
Giving to St Luke’s
Envelopes in which to place your weekly offering are available at the Welcome Table at the entrance to the church and also at the Information Table near the Bookstall. If you would like to use this method of giving, please take a box. lternatively, St Luke’s Direct Transfer may work for you. Please put your name or the word “Offering” as a reference.
St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
Account Number: 10023547
And please support our Lent ABM Projects and our ongoing projects:-
Al-Ahli Hospital; The Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College Cairns and the Vanuatu Literacy Program.
Bible Readings for the Week 27th March to 2nd April 2017
|MONDAY||Isaiah 65.17-21||Psalm 30.8-12||John 4.43-54|
|TUESDAY||Ezekiel 47.1-9; 12||Psalm 46.1-7||John 5.1-16|
|WEDNESDAY||Isaiah 49.8-15||Psalm 145.8-13||John 5.17-30|
|THURSDAY||Exodus 32.7-14||Psalm 106.20-24||John 5.31-47|
|FRIDAY||Wisdom 2.1, 12-22||Psalm 34.15-22||John 7.25-30|
|SATURDAY||Jeremiah 11.18-20||Psalm 7.6-12||John 7.40-52|
Next Sunday Readings – Fifth Sunday in Lent
Second reading: Romans 8.6-11
Gospel: John 11.1-45
Prayers for each day of the week
Our Prayers for those in urgent need:
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Jennifer McGovern, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lamar Powell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Amrit McIntyre, Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Margaret Watkins, Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom, Bruce Sims & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Mavis Cuneen; Max Boyley
Anniversaries of the Departed
Ida Ross; Joan Burton; Harry Mossop; John Faulks;
29th: John Keble, priest (d.1866)
Parish Information www.stlukesenmore.org.au 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.
Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour
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:
Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417 670 749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Pastoral Care Support Group