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

Celebrating Ascension Day

8th May 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.
Celebrant & Preacher:              Fr. Philip Bradford

Welcomers Today:                   Jennie Winton & Richard Hagen
Next week:                              David Dunlop & Ann Petersen

Readers Today:                                    John M & Janet Walmsley
Readers next week:                  Kay Younie & John Roe
Intercessor:                              Ruth Champion

Next week:                              Moya Holle

Hospitality:                              Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner

Next Week:                              John M, Jo Burton, Ruth Champion

Cleaners Saturday 14th                         R Hagen, S Gates, R Champion

Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.

Kindly turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent before the service commences.

Ascension is great way to start a ‘strong discussion’ if that is what you want. Why do the reports differ? In Acts we read, ‘When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.’, but in Luke (same author) we read, ‘he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.’ – no clouds! Are these details really important? What is important is that Jesus returned to his Father in Heaven. Then in Acts we are told he will reappear the way he left – in a cloud. Is that important? What is important is that he will return – how, when, where we don’t know, but we believe it will happen. At our Eucharist (APBA p 129) we say, ‘Chris has died. Christ is risen (note is not has), Christ will come again. That last statement is the bottom line.


  • Let us not look back at the Ascension, but pray that we may be ready for Christ’s coming again.
  • Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Australia, and the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Text:           The Rev Ken Spreadborough,
Chair of ABM’s Brisbane Diocesan Committee
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016


Introit Hymn: TIS 517 – Hallelujah sing to Jesus



The Sentence God has raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name.         Ephesians 1.20-21


The Collect:
God of majesty,
you led the Messiah through suffering into risen life,
and took him up into the glory of heaven:
clothe us with the power promised from n high,
and send us forth to the ends of the earth
as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ,
the firstborn from the dead,

Who lives with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. Amen.


First Reading                                                                    Acts 1.1-11

A reading from the book of Acts of the Apostles

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying* with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with* the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

For the word of the Lord                                         Thanks be to God

Psalm 110

1 The Lord | says to | my lord:

‘Sit at my right hand until I | make your | enemies your footstool.’


2 The Lord sends out from Zion your | mighty | sceptre

Rule in the | midst | of your | foes.
3 Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your

forces on the| holy | mountains:* From the womb of the morning,

like | dew your | youth * will | come to you.
4 The Lord has sworn and will not | change his | mind:

‘You are a priest for ever according

to the | order | of Mel-| chizedek.’*
5 The Lord is | at your | right hand;

he will shatter | kings on the | day of his | wrath.
6 He will execute judgement among the nations

filling | them with | corpses:

he will shatter heads  | over the | wide | earth.
7 He will drink from the stream | by the | path:

therefore | he will | lift up his | head.


Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;

As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men


Second Reading                                                     Ephesians 1.15-23

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love* towards all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God* put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

For the word of the Lord                                         Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Go and teach all | people my | gospel.
I am with you always, un-| til the | end of the | world.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The Gospel                                                                 Luke 24. 44-53

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah* is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses* of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.* 52And they worshipped him, and* returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.*

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


The Sermon


Commissioning of our newly appointed Thai Community Leaders:


Rector:             Sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, we are all baptised by the one Spirit into one Body and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good. Today we will commission Amanda Mason and Eddie Kittirat as joint leaders of the Thai community within our congregation at St. Luke’s.


The Rector asks:          Amanda and Eddie, will you faithfully and gladly perform the duties of your ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of the Thai community?


Response: We will


The Rector prays:        Eternal God, the fountain of all wisdom and the source of all goodness: give to Amanda and Eddie, love, patience and perseverance as they lead and encourage the Thai community here. Grant that they will always seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Thai Community will sing a Thai hymn



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.   Amen



Offertory Hymn: TIS 369 – Hail the day that sees Him rise



Hymn during Communion:  TIS 703 – As the deer pants

Final Hymn: TIS 216 – Rejoice the Lord is King

(Thai Hymn Book Hymn 104)


Tuesday night Bible Study at Fr. Philip and Rosemary’s home, 5 Lincoln St. Stanmore continues this week (10th May). 7.30pm or 6.30 if you would like dinner. All welcome. Details see Fr. Philip.

Bookstall News – More copies now in stockThe Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, Faith without Fear by Keith Mascord.

Membership Cards – All parishioners are requested to complete one of our new membership cards, which will update your details but also we need your permission to print your name on the pew sheet, which also goes on our website. These are available from the Welcomers.

Name Badges – We are all encouraged to wear our name tags. It makes it much easier for newcomers and visitors to get to know us and feel at home here. If you don’t have one, or can’t find it, let Jennie or the Welcomers know.

Friday 13 May – Kinetic Jazz Orchestra at 7 pm in our Hall. See leaflet on Information Table for details.

Saturday 14 May – BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE – helpers wanted – Please put your name on the roster in the hall. Please see Ruth even if you can only come for an hour. – especially 11.00 to 4.00 p.m.

Also on Saturday 14 May – Pentecost Eve – 2.00 pm – Ecumenical Service at the Poor Clare Sisters, Campbelltown.

Saturday 14 May – Kinetic Jazz “Polymorphic Orchestra” at 7 pm in our Hall. See leaflet on Information Table for details.

Sunday 15 May – Faithworks@Newtown 2016 presents Neil and Thea Ormerod – “Laudato Si – making it happen here and now”. 4 – 6 pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cnr Bedford and Station Sts, Newtown.

Sunday 22 May – Trinity Sunday our preacher is The Rev’d Dr Alan Cadwallader, with a forum to follow for those who are interested.

Thursday 26 May 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. – Footbridge Theatre Sydney Writers’Festival at Sydney University – American Poet Eileen Myles.

Sat/Sun 28-29 May – Blayney Parish Visit is now organized.


St Luke’s Direct Transfer


St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details

Account Name:         St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account

BSB: 062-165                        Account Number: 10023547


Bible Readings for the Week 9th to 15th

MONDAY Acts 19.1-8 Psalm 68.1-6 John 16.29-33
TUESDAY Acts 20 17-27 Psalm 68.7-14 John 17.1-11
WEDNESDAY Acts 20.28-38 Psalm 68.28-35 John 17.11-19
THURSDAY Acts 22.30, 23.6-11 Psalm 16.1-6 John 17.20-26
FRIDAY Acts 25.13-21 Psalm 103.15-22 John 21.15-19
SATURDAY Acts 1.14-17,20-26 Psalm 113 John 15.9-17


Next Sunday: Day of Pentecost

Acts 2.1-21
Psalm: 104.26-36
Romans 8.14-17
Gospel Reading: John 14.8-17


Prayers for each day of the week


Peter Brown & Iain; Tony Brownlow; Les & Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; John & Nancy C.


Ron, Binh, Nam, Milly & Violetta Clarke; Ron& Sheila; Nigel, Vivien, Nathan & Abigail Cross.


Lyne, Eleanor & Constance Cuneen & John MacLulich; Neville Daniel; Edi & Oscar Davis; Kathy Drummond.


David Dunlop; Joan Everingham; Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas Fleming.


Stephen Gates & Andrew; Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola; Wayne Gillies; Kevin Green.

Friday: Stuart Grigg & “Tricia Blomberry; Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi.

John, Martha & Christopher Haly; Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet, Susan & Alex Hill.


Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Mary Sotiriadis; Simon LoSchiavo; Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Madeline Spielman; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark; Caroline Wilson; Fatima Begum; Kristie.

The sick – Long term:

Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Jason Broadbridge, Maureen & Henry Byers; David Byers; Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen; Paull Garrett; Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Javen Khan; Kylie Laughlin; Bishop Ivan Lee; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; Janet McLeod; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lyndy Ogg; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Susan Paterson; Bill Phillips & Family; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan; Florence Shellard; Ron & Betty Squires; George Squires; Stephen Thomas; Trier Family, Saria Sevilla; Antoun, Mark & Patricia Travis; Xenia and Simeon; Helen Olston; the Rev’d Graham and Judy Reynolds; Ray Sommer; Janet Walmsley;

Gisela Winter; Tim M.


Recently Departed


Anniversaries of the Departed:

Helen Hack; Peter Rinker; Allen Peime; George Nixon; Ben Doyle; Edelmira Lorca.


Saints Commemoration:

[None this week.]

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.

Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042

Parish email:

Fr Philip:

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m. 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 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041

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

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

Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.