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 Bret Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Readers Today: Ellenor & Thomas Fleming
Readers next week: Tony Brownlow & Jennifer Bestel
Intercessor: Richard Hagen
Next week: Ruth Champion
Hospitality: Kathy, Angela & Julie Olston (B’day cake)
Next Week: John M, Ruth C, Evelyn Maack
Cleaners Saturday 13th : Julie O, Tony B, N Daniels
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
A Hearing Loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid
The Psalmist tells us ‘The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring tribute: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts’. The Magi bring their gifts to the Christ Child. What gifts shall we offer to God? How shall we repay the Lord for all his benefits to us?
Pray that the Spirit will move you to offer something that is precious in God’s sight.
Pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.
Text: Robert McLean, Partnerships Coordinator
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2018
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE BEFORE THE SERVICE STARTS.
Introit Hymn: TIS 314 – As with Gladness men of old
The Sentence: Isaiah 60.1
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord
has risen upon you.
The Collect (we pray together)
Lord God of the nations,
we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendour:
may the brightness of your incarnate Word
pierce the night that covers the earth,
signal the dawn of justice and peace,
and beacon all nations to walk as one in your light.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
in the splendour of eternal light,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 60.1-6
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 72.1-7, 10-14
1 Give the king your | justice • O | God:
and your righteousness | to a | king’s | son.
2 May he judge your | people • with | righteousness:
and your | poor | with | justice.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity | for the | people:
and the | hills in | righteous-| ness.
4 May he defend the cause of the | poor • of the | people:
give deliverance to the | needy • and | crush • the op-| pressor.
5 May he live while the | sun en-| dures:
and as long as the moon through | out | all | gener-| ations.
6 May he be like rain that falls on the | mown | grass:
like | showers • that | water • the | earth.
7 In his days may | righteous • ness | flourish:
and peace abound until the | moon | is no | more.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles | render • him | tribute:
may the kings of | Sheba and | Seba • bring | gifts.
11 May all kings fall down be-| fore | him:
all | nations | give him | service.
12 For he delivers the needy | when they | call:
the poor and | those who | have no | helper.
13 He has pity on the | weak • and the | needy:
and | saves the | lives • of the | needy.
14 From oppression and violence he re-| deems their | life:
and | precious • is their | blood • in his | sight.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading Ephesians 3.1-12
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power.
Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
We have seen his star | in the | East;
and have | come to a-| dore the | Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
And also with you.
The Gospel Matthew 2.1-12
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon TIS 272 – Come thou long expected Jesus
Prayer for our Parish
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 275 – Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Hymn during Communion – We three Kings from Orient are
(Mission Praise Hymn Book – 740)
- We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign. [Refrain]
- Frankincense to offer have I;
incense owns a Deity nigh;
prayer and praising, voices raising,
worshiping God on high. [Refrain]
Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]
Glorious now behold him arise;
King and God and sacrifice:
sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]
Words and music: J H Hopkins (1820-91)
Final Hymn: TIS 454 – Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Happy Birthday to all those celebrating birthdays this month – If you are visiting us today we welcome you! Please join us for hospitality in the hall after the service and for the birthday cake.
A New (amended) Master Roster for 2018 is now available from the hall foyer.
Friday 12 January at 10.30 a.m. – Funeral Service for Faye (Faith) Carter, R.I.P., former parishioner and wife of Bill Carter (deceased) of Drummoyne; aged 82 years.
Saturday 13th January – Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura at Lea and Donald’s place, 22 Albert Street Leura, starting at noon with a Eucharistic Celebration and BBQ to follow. A ham is being provided as well as about 3-4 dozen sausages which we have in the parish freezer and need to be cooked and eaten. Bring your choice of beverage and sunny weather! If you would like to bring a salad or a dessert and a fold-up chair – it would be appreciated. All else will be provided but you may need to bring an umbrella and/or hat, Aeroguard and block-out. Everyone welcome and we have some spare seats in cars, otherwise the train is a good way to travel and someone can pick you up from the station or get a cab – it’s only a 6 minute drive!
Each year in this Parish we try to give a generous donation to the Christmas Bowl; either now or after Christmas is fine.
This appeal has been running since 1949, bringing Christians together across Australia. Initially we started with each family donating the cost of their Christmas Dinner. This may or may not be appropriate for you, but we encourage everyone to give generously to this appeal and the parish will also give a donation from general funds.
Wednesday 24 January – Women’s Reading Group will meet at Pauline Newell’s apartment 43/1 Coronation Ave Petersham at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 3 February – Sisters of the Church Associates Meeting – St John’s Village Glebe Community Room at 10.30 a.m.
Ash Wednesday – 14th February – our morning service in the Chapel is at the usual time of 10.00 a.m. followed by morning tea. In the evening a service will be held at 7.30 p.m.
The ABM Sydney Committee has organised the Sydney Launch of the ABM 2018 Lent Appeal – to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 14th February 2018. The Guest Speaker will be the ABM Executive Director, The Reverend John Dean. It will take place at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 17 Burton Street, Concord. If you live in Sydney within travel distance of Concord, St Luke’s Rector, the Reverend Ken Fenton and the Committee will warmly welcome your attendance at this important occasion at the commencement of the Lenten Season.
Saturday 17 February the Healthy Church Life Group and Parish Council meet for Morning Prayer at 8.00 a.m. in the Chapel – coffee / tea and meeting to follow in the hall.
Dates for your diary
Sunday 4 March – Blayney Visitation Weekend is proposed when we will take our usual gift of a Paschal Candle to the Parish.
Sunday 11 March – Our Annual Vestry Meeting.
Bible Readings for the Week 8th to 14th January 7th 2018
|MONDAY||1 Samuel 1.1-8||Psalm 116.11-18||Mark 1.14-20|
|TUESDAY||1 Samuel 1.9-20||Song of Hannah APBAp.429||Mark 1.21-28|
|WEDNESDAY||1 Samuel 3.1-10, 19-20||Psalm 40.5-11||Mark1.29-39|
|THURSDAY||1 Samuel 4.1-11||Psalm 44.10-17||Mark1.40-45|
|FRIDAY||1 Samuel 8.4-7,10-22||Psalm 89.14-18||Mark 2.1-12|
|SATURDAY||1 Samuel 9.1-10.1||Psalm 21.1-7||Mark 2.13-17|
Next Sunday: Second Sunday After Epiphany
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3.1-10
Psalm 139.1-5, 12-18
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6.12-20
Gospel: John 1.43-51.
Prayers for each day of the week
Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke.
Ron Cross & Family; Lyne, Eleanor, Constance Cuneen & John MacLulich.
Neville Daniels; Edi & Oscar Davis & Austin.
Stephen Gates & Andrew; Altin & Hannah Gavranovic.
Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola; Kevin Green.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Barbara MacLulich; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Robert & Lyndall; Sue Drewett; Ron Flood; Ken Gilmour; Rosemary Bradford; Irma; Andy Serafin and Damien Lew (who is in a coma following a motorbike accident in India.)
The sick – Long term:
Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Robin Crowther; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel; Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Noel Jeffs; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Jude, Isla, Megan & Alan; Evelyn; Marissa; Linda Jensathit; Barbara MacLulich; Jennifer McGovern; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly; Victoria; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Phil Dingle and
Faith (Faye) Carter
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Zena Thornton; Frances Welsh; Irene Crittenden; Thelma Cordukes; Rockley Miller; John Fraser.
Today we commemorate on
10th: William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyr (d.1645)
13th: Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and teacher (d.367)
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 with Amanda after church and at 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.
Parish email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220 email@example.com
Office Phone Number is 9557 4219, which diverts to Fr Philip’s mobile if the office is unstaffed.
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & Amanda Mason
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour
|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
Hon Clergy Associate:
Fr John Reimer
Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
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.
Stuart Veitch Mb 0400-312-354
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddy Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041
Andy Serafin; James Barnes; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.
Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.