20 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:
Readers Next Week:
Cleaners 26th November:
|Fr. Philip Bradford
David Dunlop & Ann Petersen
Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Jennie Winton & Peter Gilbert
Thomas & Ellenor Flemming
Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Les Carrington & Kevin Green
John Tonetti & Neville Daniels
God’s Messiah was crucified by the Romans incited by his enemies and was placed alongside two criminals, but Jesus still prayed to his Father that they all might be forgiven. This Christ Jesus, the creator of all things, this ruler of all dominions and powers, our head of the church, is the LORD our righteousness. By his death and resurrection, this good shepherd is gathering all the lost and scattered sheep to himself. All of us, whether we are alienated, poor, downcast, living in darkness, living in hopelessness or despair – we are all welcome in God’s family.
Pray that Christ the king may reign in our lives as we seek to forgive, love and reconcile all things on behalf of our loving God.
Give thanks for the work of the Church Agencies’ Network – made up of those agencies which are both development agencies of Christian Church denominations in Australia (or of the National Council of Churches in Australia) and members of the Australian Council for International Development, ACFID.
Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Catechist, St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: TIS 378 – The head that once was crowned with thorns
The Sentence: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9.9
you exalted Jesus Christ to rule over all things,
and have made us instruments of his kingdom:
by your Spirit empower us to love the unloved,
and to minister to all in need,
then at the last bring us to your eternal realm
where we may be welcomed into your everlasting joy
and may worship and adore you for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Jeremiah 23.1-6
A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
A Song of Zechariah
Blessed are you Lord * the | God of | Israel:
you have come to your | people and | set them | free.
You have raised up for us a | mighty | Saviour:
born of the | house of your | servant | David.
Through your holy prophets you | promised of | old:
to save us from our enemies * from the | hands of | all who | hate us,
To show | mercy to our | forebears:
and to re-| member your | holy | covenant:
This was the oath you swore to our | father | Abraham:
to set us | free from the | hands of our | enemies,
Free to worship you with-| out | fear:
holy and righteous before you | all the | days of our | life.
And you child shall be called the prophet of the | Most | High:
For you will go before the | Lord to pre-| pare the | way,
To give God’s people knowledge | of sal-| vation:
by the for-| giveness | of their | sins.
In the tender compassion | of our | God:
the dawn from on | high shall | break u-| pon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the | shadow of | death:
and to guide our feet | into the | way of | peace.
Glory to God; Father Son and Holy Spirit.
As in the beginning so now; and for ever. Amen.
Second Reading Colossians 1.11-20
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Blessed is he who inherits the kingdom of | David our | Father,
blessed is he who | comes in the | name of the | Lord.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Gospel Luke 23.33-43
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 201 – King of glory, King of peace
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 497 – Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 373 – Hail, thou once despised Jesus
The Flowers in the church today are in loving memory of Fr John Holle and arranged by Moya.
Wednesday 23 November – Women’s Reading Group meets at Pauline Newell’s home at 7.30 p.m. Ask Ruth, Jo Burton or Pauline for details if you are interested.
Saturday 26 November – Christmas Market! Please let Jennifer Bestel or Jennie Winton know what stall and what time you can help! We need everyone to be involved to make this our best ever effort. Please take some pamphlets with your for your family, friends and neighbours. Invite them personally!!
Please note that, on the day, it will not be possible to park in the car park (which will be solely for stalls and people). You may bring items in up until 8 am, but after that there will only be a “drop off” zone – drive in from Stanmore Road, drop off goods or people, and leave via Cavendish Lane (both gates will be open), i.e. it will be one-way only. There is parking available at the Cyprus Club in Stanmore Road or street parking in Stanmore Road or surrounding streets.
Christmas Hamper Raffle for Christmas Market
Today is the last call for donations of goods to place in the Christmas hamper which will be raffled during the Christmas Market. There is a basket in the church foyer where you can place delicious items for the hamper. Any questions? Text or phone Julie Olston on 0400 650 676.
Sunday 27 November 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.
Tuesday Bible Studies have now finished for the year. Our Combined Advent Studies on John the Baptist (Locusts and Wild Honey), in 4 Parts. Starts at 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays on:
22 November, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, cnr Bedford & Station Sts, Newtown;
29 November, St Luke’s Church Enmore;
6 December, St Luke’s Church Enmore:
13 December, Metropolitan Community Church, 96 Crystal St, Petersham.
Toys & Tucker for Anglicare 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.
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.
Our Website: www.stlukesenmore.org.au
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.
Please wear your name badge for the convenience of others!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Readings for the Week 21st to 27th November 2016
|MONDAY||Revelation 14.1-5||Psalm 24.1-6||Luke 21.1-4|
|TUESDAY||Revelation 14.14-19||Psalm 96.9-13||Luke 21.5-11|
|WEDNESDAY||Revelation 15.1-4||Psalm 98||Luke 21.12-19|
|THURSDAY||Revelation 18.1-2; 18.21-19.9a||Psalm 100||Luke 21.20-28|
|FRIDAY||Revelation 20.1-4; 20.11-21.2||Psalm 84.1-7||Luke 21.29-33|
|SATURDAY||Revelation 22.1-7||Psalm 95.1-7||Luke 21.34-36|
Next Sunday’s Readings – First Sunday of Advent
Prayers for each day of the week
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Linda Jensathit; Fr Ron Morris.
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Lyn Carrington; Kay & Russell Clark; Paull Garrett; Ros Gee; Madeline Gee; Marilyn Gibbs; Tina Gounder & Jayden Gounder; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Eddy Kittirat; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Emily & Taylor McCormick; Jennifer McGovern; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Bishop Greg Thompson; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; David, David & Chandra; Nilesh Gandar & family; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; Pittaya Nitcharoen; Bill Phipps & family; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Marianela O’Brien & Caroline Wilson.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
William Lawson; Margaret Said; Fr. John Holle; Margaret Lofts; Alice Lofts.
23rd Nov: Clement of Rome, Bishop and Martyr (d.c. 100).
Evacuation and Location of Fire Extinguishers.
On St Luke’s Day a mild panic broke out due to a small fire at the side of the gas stove in the kitchen. 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 and are located:-
In the kitchen just inside the door from the hall on the right hand side. [This extinguisher is safe to use on fires on or caused by our stove or electrical goods.]
At the rear of the hall near the Emmaus Room access door located on the left-hand side walking towards the Emmaus Room
In the church narthex (main entrance|) just inside the door from the porch on the right-hand side.
From the Thai Community
Sincere apologies have been received from the Thai community for cancelling their previously planned (last night) Thai Festival – Loi Kratong. They hope to be able to host something similar in the future and wish to thank you for your understanding.
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.
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
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP:
Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Pastoral Care Support Group: