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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 17th September 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: Tony Brownlow & Stephen Gates
Readers next week: Janet Widmer & Oscar Davis
Intercessor Ruth Champion
Next week: Richard Hagen (for John Tonetti)
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner

Cleaners/Flowers Sat 23rd : R Hagen, S Gates, R Champion

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

We continue to hear Jesus’ instruction to the community, as he reminds Peter, as leader of the church, how often he should forgive by telling the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.

10,000 denarii was the equivalent to about 200,000 years’ wages! How bountiful is our heavenly Father’s mercy that he might forgive us, if we only ask. The parable serves as a powerful reminder: we must remember to forgive, as we too are forgiven.

  • Pray that we might be witnesses of the good news of God’s magnanimous forgiveness, and extend that grace to others.

  • Give thanks for the Anglican Communion Office, and for all the work they do on behalf of Anglicans worldwide.

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

Please switch off your mobile phone before the service commences.

Introit Hymn: TIS 445 – Jesus, where’er your people meet

Sentence: If you, O Lord, should note what we do wrong, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. Psalm 130.3–4


O God,
you call your Church to witness that in Christ
we are reconciled to you:
help us so to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may turn to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Exodus 14.19-31

A reading from the book of Exodus

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The L ord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22 The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers.

24 At the morning watch the L ord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25 He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the L ord is fighting for them against Egypt.’ 26 Then the L ord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the L ord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 30 Thus the L ord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work that the L ord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the L ord and believed in the L ord and in his servant Moses.

For the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 114

1 When Israel came | out of | Egypt:
and the house of Jacob from among a | people • of an | alien | tongue,

2 Judah be-| came his | sanctuary:
and | Israel | his dom-| inion.

3 The sea saw | that and | fled:
Jor-|dan was | driven | back.

4 The mountains | skipped like | rams:
and the little | hills like | young | sheep.

5 What ailed you | O sea • that you | fled:
O Jordan that | you were | driven | back?

6 You mountains that you | skipped like | rams:
and you little | hills like | young | sheep?

7 Tremble O earth at the | presence • of the | Lord:
at the | presence • of the | God of | Jacob,

8 Who turned the rock into a | pool of | water:
and the flint-stone | into • a | welling | spring.

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

Second reading Romans 14.1-14

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgement on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgement on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds.
Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgement on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God. For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’ So then, each of us will be accountable to God. Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.
I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
I give you a | new com-| mandment:
love one another as | I | have loved | you
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel Matthew 18.21-35

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

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

The Sermon

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 464 – Seek, O seek the Lord

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 341 – My song is love unknown

Hymn during Communion: TIS 699 – A new commandment

A new commandment I give unto you,
That you love one another as I have loved you,
That you love one another as I have loved you.

By this shall people know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.
By this shall people know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.

Final Hymn: TIS 224 (ii) – All hail the power of Jesus’name


Parish Council meets today in the Emmaus Room after morning tea.

Community of the Sisters of the Church (SCS) – It is 125 years since the Sisters arrived in Australia, opening schools in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. They provided Christian boarding schools for those whose parents were living in remote places and later for Missionaries serving overseas. Later other Sisters worked in various places of industry and commerce. Some of us in Sydney became Associates through their House in Hereford Street Glebe; some of you will know the Sisters, who visit us from time to time, Sr Rosamund and Sr Fiona, now in her 90s. Some Associates will be able to be at the Service at Christ Church St Laurence today and some of us will be remembering the Sisters as they worship in our own parish churches.

Sunday 24 September – 2 pm – Anglicans Together AGM followed by discussion of the upcoming Sydney Synod Matters at St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip St Sydney. All are most welcome to attend.

Reconciliation and journey of healing Eucharist – Sunday1st October. Since 2005 our parish has held an annual Reconciliation and journey of healing Eucharist. Incorporated into our Sunday Eucharist, this service is a chance for us to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which St Luke’s is built, and to offer our prayers for Reconciliation with the Indigenous people of Australia. During this Journey of Healing we consider the connection between Aboriginal people and the land, and we think about our own responsibilities for Reconciliation. The Liturgy for our Reconciliation Eucharist includes elements of a Sorry Day liturgy developed in 2004 by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council. In the place of the Sermon, we invite an Aboriginal Guest Speaker to talk to us. This year our guest will be Pastor Ray Minniecon, who is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South East Queensland, the South Sea Islander people, with connections to the people of Ambrym Island.

Pastor Ray is the author of a very moving prayer, which has become known as the Redfern Prayer. He lives in Sydney and has dedicated his life to supporting members of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal people. He first visited us a few years ago, and we look forward to this opportunity to hear him speak again. It is good to meet old friends along our Journey of Healing. We urge you to invite family and friends to this important outreach activity of our parish.

Healthy Church Growth Leadership Group will also meet on Sunday 1 October at 1 p.m. This group is forming to foster the growth of our Parish and will be mentored by Fr. John Sanderson of Christ Church St Lawrence. It’s not too late to join. Please see Ruth if you are interested as it is important we all start together.

St Francis Day 8 October – This is a youth service in which our young people will be reading, praying and assisting Fr Philip; please also bring your pets for a blessing.

Monday 9 October – Synod Commences.

Wardens’ Dinner – Saturday 14 October 2017 at 6.30 pm – Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Dress up or come as you are – there’s plenty of room for us peasants. You had more chance of losing your head if you were clergy or royalty – they were rough times! At St Luke’s we are all equal! Two course Spit Roast Dinner; $35 a ticket; $60 family ticket and $25 Conc. pens/students. Tickets are now on sale so get in early and book a table or a seat; see Ruth in the hall during morning tea.

Sunday 15 October is St Luke’s Day – Fr Dave from Dulwich Hill is our visiting preacher. We will only have morning tea and not shared lunch on this day as our Wardens Dinner will be the evening prior. We will try not to make this a late night so we can all be back in time for church in the morning! Please join us for lunch at the Warren View.

Sat. 21st October – – ‘Equal Voices’ First Annual Symposium – Julie McCrossin & Matt Glover – University of Technology, Broadway.

25 November – Our Christmas Market.

ABM Cooks are making lemon butter, tomato relish, Zucchini pickles, Florentine Biscuits, Orange Cake, Banana and Walnut Cake, all at reasonable prices. Use order forms at Bookstall – reasonable costs!!

Giving to St Luke’s

Envelopes are provided for your weekly giving, please see the Welcomers if you need any. 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

Next Sunday Readings –Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Exodus 16.2-15
Psalm: 105.1-6,37-45

Second reading: Philippians 1
Gospel: Matthew 20.1-16

Bible Readings for the Week 18th to 24th September 2017

MONDAY 1 Timothy 2.1-8 Psalm 28 Luke 7.1-1-10
TUESDAY 1 Timothy 3.1-13 Psalm 101.1-7 Luke 7.11-17
WEDNESDAY 1 Timothy 3.14-16 Psalm 111.1-8 Luke 7.31-35
THURSDAY 1 Timothy 4.12-16 Psalm 111.7-10 Luke 7.36-50
FRIDAY 1 Timothy 6.2c-12 Psalm 49.5-9 Luke 8.1-3
SATURDAY 1 Timothy 6.13-16 Psalm 100 Luke 8.4-15

Prayers for each day of the week

Raboom & Nol Takham; Mathew, James, Mark Tangruthaitham; Stephen Thomas; Karlene Thompson.


Christine Thurley & Troy; John Tonetti; Stuart Veitch, Jo & Laurence; Janet Walmsley; Nadia Wheatley.


Matthew, Bronwyn, Sam & Thomas Whiting; Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner; Waew Weawjan.


Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea; Shirley & Barbara Allen; Victor Anyarisi; Beth Armstrong.


James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; Ian Barnett; Matthew, Michelle, Darcy, Patrick, Charlotte & Emily Batterham.


Angela Bell & Saffron Powell; Ewan, Jessica & Cynthia Berkemeier; Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel.


Merrvyn Bishop; Ross Black; Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks & Martin; Tony Brownlow.

Prayers for those in immediate need:

Noel Jeffs, Alex & Libby Jones; 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, Ken Gilmour; Barbara O’Reilly, Cheryl Dahler, Jude, Isla, Megan and Alan. Tanya Stewart and Meaghan Patterson.

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; Evelyn; 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, Peter; Margaret Flakeler, Wolf Winter, Paull Garrett and Sr Helena.

Recently Departed

John Fisher (Uncle to Fabian)

Anniversaries of the Departed

Margaret Coombs; Des Stone; Patricia Smith


Saints Commemoration

20th: John Coleridge Patteson, first bishop of Melanesia, martyr (d.1871)
st: Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist and Martyr.

Parish Information ABN.78 161 584 893.

SUNDAY WORSHIP: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


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.