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

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 30 July 2017


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: Kevin Green & Angela Bell
Next week: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen

Readers Today: Ruth Champion & Ian Mylchreest
Readers next week: Thomas Fleming & Ellenor Fleming
Intercessor Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: John Tonetti
Hospitality: J Olston, K Drummond, A Bell

Next Week: Reddy Family (B’day cake)

Cleaners/Flowers Sat 5th Ann Petersen, P Gilbert, A Narnola

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

Please switch off your mobile phone before the service commences.

Each and every Christian baptised into the Body of Christ shares with Jesus in his kingly, priestly and prophetic nature, called to live out the divine life we share in communion with him.

The prophetic office therefore is not left only to our bishops and priests! Just as Jesus preached in his hometown, so too are we called to share in this ministry, breathing words of prophetic wisdom into our own communities. Jesus shares with his Church the privileged role of calling out injustice, challenging sin and the powers of evil where we see it in ourselves and in our community, and suffering persecution for Truth.

  • Pray that your life and the life of your parish may be transformed by the gift of sharing in the prophetic office of Christ.

  • Give thanks for the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Text: Jesse Poole
Saint Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017

Introit Hymn: TIS – 153 God is love, let heav’n adore Him

Sentence: Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.38–39


O God, the fount of wisdom,
you have revealed to us in Christ
the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price:
grant us your Spirit’s gift of discernment,
that, in the midst of the things of this world,
we may learn to value the priceless worth of your kingdom,
and be ready to renounce all else
for the sake of the precious gift you offer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Genesis 29.15-28

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Then Laban said to Jacob, ‘Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?’ Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, ‘I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.’ Laban said, ‘It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.’ So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.’ So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?’ Laban said, ‘This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me for another seven years.’ Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

For the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 105.1-11

1 O give thanks to the Lord and call up-| on his | name:
tell among the | peoples
what | things he has | done.

2 Sing to him O | sing | praises:
and be telling of | all his | marvel
lous | works.

3 Exult in his | holy | name:
and let those that seek the | Lord be | joyful
in | heart.

4 Seek the | Lord and his | strength:
O | seek his | face con-| tinually.

5 Call to mind what wonders | he has | done:
his marvellous acts and the | judgements | of his | mouth,

6 O seed of | Abraham his | servant:
O children of | Jacob
his | chosen | one.

7 For he is the | Lord our | God:
and his judgements | are in | all the | earth.

8 He has remembered his | covenant for | ever:
the word that he ordained for a | thousand | gener-| ations,

9 The covenant that he | made with | Abraham:
the | oath
that he | swore to | Isaac,

10 And confirmed it to | Jacob as a | statute:
to Israel as an | ever-| lasting | covenant,

11 Saying ‘I will give you the | land of | Canaan:
to be the | portion
of | your in-| heritance.’

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

Second reading Romans 8.26-39

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
No one lives on | bread a-| lone,
but on every word that | comes
from the | mouth of | God.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel Matthew 13.44-58

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place. He came to his home town and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?’ And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour except in their own country and in their own house.’ And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

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

The Sermon

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 136 – There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Prayers of the People

Prayer for our Parish
Gracious God,
we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our clergy, lay-ministers 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 to those who will choose a new rector,
wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us warm and generous hearts; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Offertory Hymn: TIS 432 – Christ is made the sure foundation

Hymn during Communion – This is the body of Christ

Final Hymn: TIS 571 – Forth in your Name


Parish Council – Parish Councillors are reminded that there will be a special Parish Council meeting today, including a consultancy with Fr. John Sanderson on enhancing the Parish profile.

We recommend you go and see the excellent exhibition:-
Learning from Country – concludes this weekend at the Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
Visit the journey through six award winning books produced by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Ken Searle, both valued members of our congregation. See further information online at http//

Eremos – Spirituality and Social Justice: Citizens and Change.This forum explores faith and activism where speakers from four different spiritual and faith traditions will share how their faith has impacted their involvement in social change. Date:Sunday 6 August, 2 – 5 pm, Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock,. Bookings: send an email to or call Ruth on 99556350/ mobile: 0408 291 429.Cost: donations between $10 and $20 at the door.

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 12 August – Please put this date in your diary and keep it free to help at one of our biggest fundraisers for the parish. Roster is available today to put your name down to help – we need you!

Confirmation – Please advise the Rector immediately of people seeking confirmation. Confirmation will be held on Sunday 20 August next.

Wednesday 23 August from 4:30pm to 6pm the St James’ Institute in collaboration with the Sydney Movement for the Ordination of Women (Sydney MOW) welcomes the Reverend Canon Dr Emma Percy, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College Oxford and Chair of Women and the Church (WATCH) UK. In this seminar Canon Percy discusses women and the church and shares her experiences from over 20 years as an ordained Anglican priest in the United Kingdom. Afternoon tea is provided by Jardin St James. Tickets $20. All welcome.Tickets from, by email to or by phoning 8227 1305. This event will conclude at 6pm in time for all to attend Choral Evensong at St James’ Church at 6:15pm, sung by the Choir of St James’.

Women’s Reading Group next meets on Wednesday 23 August at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s residence. We will be reading Fighting Hislam by Susan Carland and the book can be purchased for $23.24 through Book Depositary online. All welcome.

Anglicans Together DinnerFriday 25 August 2017. This year the Anglicans Together Dinner will be held in the Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. The Guest Speaker will be Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Martyrs Day Service – Saturday 2nd September, 10.30am, at St Alban’s Church, 3 Pemroke Street, Epping. Special preacher: Fr Peter Yeats, Rector of St John’s, Balmain, Refreshments afterwards in Parish Hall- Ring Denise, 9876 3362.

MOW Australia – AGM – Saturday 2nd September, 2pm at St Alban’s Epping Parish Hall. Guest Speaker: Dr Josie McSkimming, Clinical Social Worker & Lecturer UNSW.”

Sydney College of Divinity – Special Lecture by Dr Scott Stephens

Wednesday 6 September at 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm see details on notice board.

The Organ Fund for the painting of the front pipes is tax-deductible! We still need another $15,000 – a big ‘thank you’ to all who have already contributed. Please fill in a form (in the church foyer or entrance to the hall). Please see Kathy Drummond for further details.

Giving to St Luke’s – thank you for your gifts by plate, envelope or direct giving. New boxes for this financial year are available in the foyer. Alternatively, 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

BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547

Bible Readings for the Week 31st to 6th August 2017

MONDAY Exodus 32.15-34 Psalm 106.20-24 Matthew 13.31-35
TUESDAY Exodus 33.7-11a,34.5-10 Psalm 103.6-14 Matthew 13.36-43
WEDNESDAY Exodus 34.29-35 Psalm 99.5-9 Matthew 13.44-46
THURSDAY Exodus 40.16-21,34-38 Psalm 84.1-7 Matthew 13.47-53
FRIDAY Leviticus 23.1-11,15-16,34-37 Psalm 81.1-10 Matthew 13.54-58
SATURDAY Leviticus 25.1-17 Psalm 67 Matthew 14.1-12

Next Sunday Readings –Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Genesis 32.22-31
Psalm: 17.1-7, 16
Second reading: Romans 9.1-8
Gospel: Matthew 114.13-21


Prayers for each day of the week

Merrill & Georgie Martin; Amanda Mason; John M; Fran Morris; Ian Mylchreest; Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath.

Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee; Mathias Oduro; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston.

Ann, Rachel Petersen & Wolf; Jenny Praisang; Tony Purcell; Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj.

Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit; Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson; Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie & Joyce Reddy.

Matilda Rinker; John Roe; Leilani Saseve; Grahame Sadler; Ken Searle; Andy Serafin & Colin; Peter Seymour.
Ray & Laurel Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham; Matthew, James & Mark Tangruthaitham.

Rung Thanachaitaweesub; Numwan Thawanwanichkul; Nok Thawom; Christine Thurley & Troy; John Tonetti.

Prayers for those in immediate need:

Noel Jeffs, Alex & Libby Jones; Jean Widmer; Leanne; Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Jean Weller; Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Laurie Bestel, Robert Gibbs, Rhiannon Henry-Edwards, Barbara MacLulich; Sr Helena (Clare Sisters) Bill Kennedy; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Merrin & Elizabeth; Sue Drewett. Sr. Rosamund; Ron Flood and Barbara O’Reilly (friend of Tony Brownlow).

Our Prayers for those in ongoing need:

Shirley; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Linda Jensathit; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; 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), Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, & Peter; Margaret Flakeler, Wolf Winter & Paull Garrett.

Recently Departed

Anniversaries of the Departed

Pearl McCallum; Margaret Munns; Sydney Rowlands; Maisie Caddis; Harold Legge; Antonia Nagy-Laing

Saints Commemorations

31st: Joseph of Arimathea
Ignatius of Loyola, priest and founder of the Society of Jesus (d.1556)
st: Holy men and women of the Old Testament.
rd: Stephen Deacon and First Martyr.
th: John Baptist Vianney, parish priest (Ars, France; d. 1895).
th: Oswald, king and martyr (d.642)

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)

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:

Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & Amanda Mason.

Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour

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:
The Rev’d. John Reimer

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
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417 670 749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Amrit MacIntyre; Tony Purcell; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell, James Barnes (Treasurer).

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

Synod Reps:

Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour

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