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: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Kevin Green & Angela Bell
Readers Today: Janet Widmer & Brett Davies
Readers next week: John Roe & Anne Hywood
Intercessor: Richard Hagen
Next week: Ruth Champion
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre (swap)
Next Week: J Olston, K Drummond, Angela (B’day cake)
Cleaners Saturday 2nd : 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.
A Hearing Loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to
The Gospel reading is the apocalyptic vision of the coming of the Son of Man in his glory – all nations and all angels are gathered before the majestic King. But immediately and alarmingly, the conversation turns both domestic and mundane. It is not about visions and heights of spirituality or powers attained; it is not about tremendous wisdom or leadership exercised; it is about feeding the hungry, giving drinks to the thirsty, clothing the naked – and dare I add (even though it is not in the text), welcoming the refugees.
Pray for courage for all of us.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.
Give thanks for the work and witness of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
Kindly turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent
before the service
Introit Hymn: TIS 145 – The King of Love my Shepherd is
The Sentence: Psalm 100.1
O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his face with songs of joy.
The Collect (we pray together)
Stir up, we pray you, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people,
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
First Reading Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24
A reading the book of the prophet Ezekiel
For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 O shout to the Lord in triumph | all the | earth:
serve the Lord with gladness *
and come before his | face with | songs of | joy.
2 Know that the Lord | he is | God:
it is he who has made us and we are his *
we are his | people • and the | sheep • of his | pasture.
3 Come into his gates with thanksgiving *
and into his | courts with | praise:
give thanks to him and | bless his | holy | name.
4 For the Lord is good * his loving mercy | is for | ever:
his faithfulness through-| out all | gener-| ations.
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 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I 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, so 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, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
God 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, far 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. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Blessing on him who comes in the | name • of the | Lord!
Blessings on the coming | kingdom • of our | father | David.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
The Lord be with you;
The Gospel Matthew 25.31-46
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon – TIS 629 – When I needed a neighbour..
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 497 – Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Hymn during Communion
Final Hymn: TIS 216 – Rejoice, the Lord is King
Thank you so much for your assistance in whatever capacity yesterday. Many hands certainly make for easier and lighter workloads. The profits of each stall will be in the pew sheet next week.
Advent Studies (2) Tuesday 28 November at 7.00 p.m. at St Joseph’s Newtown, the following, week 3 is at St Luke’s. All welcome and no preparation required!
Next Sunday is our Advent Carol Service – 3 December at 5.00 p.m. with the Brabyn Singers and supper to follow. Please bring a plate to share and come and enjoy the evening of music and readings.
Saturday 9 December at 8.30 a.m. – our Healthy Church Life Group and Parish Councillors meet in the Chapel for Morning Prayer, followed by our seminar and morning tea. A light lunch will complete the day. Please let Ruth know if you are coming, for catering purposes.
Children’s Book Presentation this year will be on Sunday 10 December at the conclusion of the service.
Sydney Theatre Company – 6 Nov to 13 December 2017, presents “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov. A “thrilling production of a stunning play at the Sydney Opera House and co-starring our Miranda Daughtry!! Book tickets either through the Opera House or the Sydney Theatre Co. If people are interested in going please liaise with Moya about a date.
Christmas Carols and gifts for the Stanmore Nursing Home will occur after church/morning tea on Sunday 17th December at 11.30 a.m.
Toys and Tucker – a box for your annual donations to this worthy appeal is in the foyer. The gifts and food will be collected soon –please give a gift to the disadvantaged in our community.
Christmas Gifts for Stanmore Nursing Home – each year we give patients at the nursing home a small gift and we will be singing carols after church there on Sunday 17 December. Please put your donation into an envelope so marked which can be found on the table at the entry to the church.
Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m. The Play without Rehearsal – Nativity Play for all children – every child has a part! Supper to follow.
Christmas Day – we have received an enquiry as to whether we will be having brunch following our 9.30 a.m. service on Christmas Day again this year. As a lot of us will be away from Sydney or with other family members, so we are looking for someone to organise brunch. If you are coming on Christmas Day and would like to help with this, please let the Wardens know or Fr Philip. Thank you.
The Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura in 2018 will be on Saturday 13th January at Lea and Donald’s place. More information next week.
Bible Readings for the Week 27th to 3rd November 2017
|MONDAY||Same as Sunday||Same as Sunday||Same as Sunday|
|TUESDAY||Daniel 2.31-45||SOC 1-4 (APBAp.419)||Luke 21.5-11|
|WEDNESDAY||Daniel 5.1-6,13-17,23-28||SOC 5-7 (APBA.p.427||Luke 21.12-19|
|THURSDAY||Daniel 6.12-28||SOC 8-10(APBAp.427, Lines 17-24)||Luke 21.20-28|
|FRIDAY||Daniel 7.2-14||SOC 11-13(APBAp.427, lines 25-31)||Luke 21.29-33|
|SATURDAY||Daniel 7.15-27||SOC 14 end (APBAP427-8, l||Luke 21.34-36|
Next Sunday: First Sunday in Advent
First Reading: Isaiah 64.1-9
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.1-9
Gospel: Mark 13.24-37
Prayers for each day of the week
Angela Bell & Saffron Powell, and Cynthia Berkemeier.
Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel; Mervyn Bishop.
Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford. Chris Brooks & Martin.
Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke; Ron Cross & family.
Lyne, Eleanor, Constance Cuneen & John MacLulich.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Robin Smith; Noel Jeffs; Leanne; Doug Hall; Robert & Lyndall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Sue Drewett. Ron Flood, Ken Gilmour; Phil Dingle; and especially for Rosemary Bradford and Andy Serafin.
The sick – Long term:
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; 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; Leigh Garretty; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Les Clark; Alfred Welsh; Peter Szepetiuk; Elsie Farrell;
Today we commemorate on
30th: Andrew, 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 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,
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.
Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.
The Nativity Play without Rehearsal
Every child has a part; come dressed in costume or not! We have spares! Supper to follow.
11.00 pm Christmas Eve – 24th December 2017
(note this was previously 11.30 p.m.)
9.30 a.m. Christmas Day – 25th December 2017