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

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 20 August 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 Bishop Michael Stead

Celebrant: Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Next week: John Tonetti & Stephen Gates

Readers Today: Nadia Wheatley & Peter Gilbert
Readers next week: Lea MacNeil & Kevin Green
Intercessor Richard Hagen
Next week: Peter Gilbert
Hospitality: Amrit MacIntyre & Brett Davies (swap)

Next Week: John M, Janet Walmsley, Evelyn Maack

Cleaners/Flowers Sat 26th R Hagen, S Gates, Moya Holle

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.

One of the greatest gifts the Anglican tradition has given to the church is the Prayer of Humble Access; an incredible legacy of Cranmer’s poetry and his gift for liturgy. Controversial, and yet endlessly popular amongst the Christian faithful the world over; this prayer reminds us of the Canaanite woman’s immense faith in Jesus, and the depth of God’s bountiful mercy despite our own frailties and sinfulness.

  • Pray that we will approach God’s altar of grace with humility, in the knowledge of his great love for us.

  • Give thanks for the Nippon Se Ko Kai, the Anglican Church of Japan

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

Introit Hymn: TIS 111 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Sentence: Thus says the Lord, ‘Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.’ Isaiah 56.1


God of freedom,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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 45.1-15

A reading from the book of Genesis

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, ‘Send everyone away from me.’ So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come closer to me.’ And they came closer. He said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither ploughing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 

Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, “Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.” And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honoured in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.’ Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

For the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 133

1Behold how good and how | lovely it | is:
when families | live to-| gether  in | unity.

2 It is fragrant as oil upon the head *
that runs down | over the |beard:
fragrant as oil upon the beard of Aaron *
that ran down over the | collar | of his | robe.

3 It is like a | dew of | Hermon:
like the dew that falls up-| on the | hill of | Zion.

4 For there the Lord has com-| manded his | blessing:
which is | life for | ever-| more.

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

Second reading Romans 11:13-32

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!

 If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree,
 do not vaunt yourselves over the branches. If you do vaunt yourselves, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, ‘Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.’  

That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe.
For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen, but God’s kindness towards you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.

For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

 And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, ‘Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.’  ‘And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’  As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.  For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Jesus preached the Good News | of the | kingdom;

and | healed all | who were | sick.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel Matthew 15.10-28

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?’ He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.’ But Peter said to him, ‘Explain this parable to us.’ Then he said, ‘Are you also still without understanding?  Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.’ Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’  But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’  He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’  But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed

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

The Sermon

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 459 (ii) – In Christ there is no east nor west

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 534 – Love is His Word, Love is His Way

Hymn during Communion: O, the Love of my Lord is the essence

  1. O, the love of my Lord is the essence
    Of all that I love here on earth.
    All the beauty I see, He has given to me
    And His giving is gentle as silence.

2. Ev’ry day, ev’ry hour, ev’ry moment
have been blessed by the strength of His love.
At the turn of each tide He is there at my side,
And His touch is as gentle as silence.

3. There’ve been times when I’ve turned from his presence,
and I’ve walked other paths, other ways;
but I’ve called on his name in the dark of my shame,
and his mercy was gentle as silence.

Final Hymn: TIS 687 – God gives us a future


We extend a warm welcome to Bishop Michael today. Everyone is invited to the hall for morning tea and to meet the Bishop. Parish Council meets at 11.30 in the Emmaus Room after morning tea.

Thank you to all those wonderful people who helped at our Bunnings BBQ last Saturday to raise money for our kitchen/hall upgrade. We raised a total of $2,623.24, thanks to the generosity of Eddie and Susan Reddy.

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. 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. Please see Ruth for details.

Anglicans Together DinnerFriday 25 August 2017. Note tickets are now sold out.

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

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

Saturday 16 September – from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. you are invited to Jennie Winton’s new home at Bundanoon – 10 Hill Street, Please call her on 0401 727 718 or email her on if you would like to go.

Please note a change of date for the Wardens’ Dinner – now Saturday 14 October 2017 at 6.30 pm – Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

This is a fun night so put it in your diary and start thinking about your costume. This is the time of Martin Luther, Elizabeth Luther; Elizabeth I; Thomas Cranmer, Cardinals, monks, princes and paupers; knaves and maids! A lot to choose from!

ABM COOKS are making lemon butter, chutneys, fruit cake and chocolate biscuits. See Moya to order at reasonable costs.

African Crisis!

It is a reported fact that the nations of South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and Kenya are all affected by severe drought. Hundreds of babies, toddlers and elderly folk are dying every day from starvation. Agencies and volunteers on the ground in Africa are shocked at the extent of the deaths and by the callous attitude of the west to the plight of these people. Go online and look for “African famine” and choose where you would like to donate.

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

Envelopes in which to place your weekly offering are available at the Welcome Table. If you want to ensure regular giving to St Luke’s, but find you never have the right amount in cash, or are sometimes unable to attend on Sundays, then 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 21st to 27th August 2017

MONDAY Judges 2.11-19 Psalm 106.42-48 Matthew 19.16-22
TUESDAY Judges 6.11-24a Psalm 85.8-13 Matthew 19.23-30
WEDNESDAY Judges 9.6-15 Psalm 21.1-7 Matthew 20.1-16a
THURSDAY Judges11.29-39a Psalm 40.5-11 Matthew 22.1-14
FRIDAY Ruth1 Psalm 146.5-12 Matthew 22.34-40
SATURDAY Ruth2.1-17,4.13-17 Psalm 128 Matthew 23.1-12

Next Sunday Readings –Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Exodus 1.8-2.10
Psalm: 124
Second reading: Romans 12.1-8
Gospel: Matthew 16.13-20

Tuesday night Bible Study will recommence shortly – watch this space!


Prayers for each day of the week

Ampika Malascrabes; Merrill & Georgie Martin; Amanda Mason; John M; Fran Morris; Ian Mylchreest.


Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Rohan & Veronica Nath; Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee.

Mathias Oduro; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann & Rachel Petersen & Wolf.

Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit; Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson Reddy.

Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie; Joyce Reddy; John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; John Roe; Grahame Sadler.
Leilani Saseve; Ken Searle; Andy Serafin & Colin; Peter Seymour; Somsakdi Sirithammakij ; & Richard Hagen.
Ray & Laurel Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham; Matthew, Mark & James Tangruthaitham; Stephen Thomas.

Prayers for those in immediate need:

Noel Jeffs, Alex & Libby Jones; Janet Widmer; Leanne; Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Rhiannon Henry-Edwards, Bill Kennedy; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Merrin & Elizabeth; Sue Drewett. Ron Flood, Rev’d Ken Gilmour; Suzanne Campton; Barbara O’Reilly and Cheryl Dahler.

Our Prayers for those in ongoing need:

Shirley; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel, Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Linda Jensathit; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Barbara MacLulich, 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; Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, Peter; Margaret Flakeler, Wolf Winter, Paull Garrett; Sr Helena and Sr Rosamund.

Recently Departed

Henry Byers

Anniversaries of the Departed

Dorothy Dunkerley; Wanda Coleman;

Saints Commemorations

24th: Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr.


































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

Youth Warden: Ellenor Fleming

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.