Fifth Sunday of Easter
14 May 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. David Warner
Welcomers Today: Brett Davies & Amrit & MacIntyre
Next week: Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Readers Today: Bianca & Bryson Reddy
Readers next week: Brett Davies & Evelyn Maack
Intercessor Peter Gilbert
Next week: Amrit MacIntyre
Hospitality: John M, Ruth C, Evelyn Maack
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Cleaners Saturday 20th Richard 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.
Today we hear that St Thomas said to Jesus, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus responded to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life’. How easy it can be to feel rudderless, tossed about on the stormy sea of life. Today Jesus shows us that he is where true direction is to be found. He is our compass for life.
Pray that those who yearn for direction may find it in Jesus Christ, the way, and the truth, and the life.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of Pakistan.
Text: Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life,’ says the Lord. ‘No one comes to the Father except through me. ’ John 14.6
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
give us grace to love one another,
to follow in the way of his commandments,
and to share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Acts 7.55-60
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. hen they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm: 31.1-5, 17-18
1 To you Lord have I | come for | shelter:
let me | never be | put to | shame.
2 O deliver me | in your | righteousness:
incline your ear to me | and be | swift to | save me.
3 Be for me a rock of refuge * a fortress | to de-| fend me:
for you are my | high rock | and my | stronghold.
4 Lead me and guide me for your | name’s | sake:
bring me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me *
for | you | are my | strength.
5 Into your hands I com-| mit my | spirit:
you will redeem me O | Lord | God of | truth.
17 All my days are | in your | hand:
O deliver me from the power of my | enemies
and | from my | persecutors.
18 Make your face to shine up-| on your | servant:
and save me | for your | mercy’s | sake.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for | ever. | A-| men
Second reading 1 Peter 2.11- 25
A reading from the first letter of Peter
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honourably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honourable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.
For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor. Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
The Gospel Procession
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
I am the way the truth and the life | says the | Lord;
no one comes to the | Father ex-| cept through | me.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel John 14.1-14
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 123 Be still my soul
Prayers of the People
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
Hymn during Communion –
Father, we adore You
Lay our lives before You
How we love You
Jesus, we adore You
Lay our lives before You
How we love You
Spirit, we adore You
Lay our lives before You
How we love You
Lyrics Copyright © 1972 CCCM Music/Maranatha!Music
Final Hymn: TIS – 209 And can it be that I should gain
Mothering Sunday/Refreshment Sunday, traditionally held on the fourth Sunday in Lent is when we remember and honour and give thanks for our mothers, through whom we have received from God the gift of life, and so much of our nurture and upbringing. And we pray for all mothers and care givers, to whom this sacred responsibility is entrusted. Today we have some Simnel Cake, which was not provided on “Mothering Sunday”, however it is Australia’s (somewhat commercial) Mother’s Day. Nevertheless, Simnel Cake has been provided and will be blessed and shared amongst us. So, please join us in the hall for hospitality after the service and we wish all our mums a Happy Mothers’ Day.
The Simnel Cake
Simnel comes from the Latin “simila” meaning a fine white wheat flour which was a luxury in the daily mediaeval diet of dark and course rye and barley bread of the common poor. Simnel cake contains marzipan, an almond paste – almonds being an imported luxury during mediaeval times.
From 1-31 May, Fr Philip and Rosemary will be overseas and Fr David Warner is our locum this month. Fr David will be available Sunday, Wednesday and Friday only and his contact telephone number is 0418 283 519.
Sunday 21 May Parish Council meets after church/morning tea.
The Women’s Reading Group meets on Wednesday 24 May at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home, 43/1 Coronation Avenue, Petersham. We are commencing a new book, The Testament of Mary – which can be bought from Better Read than Dead, Newtown for around $20, or online from Amazon. Please see Ruth if you are interested.
Refugee Week is 18-24 June. – information to follow from Act for Peace.
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.
Bunnings Kingsgrove was also approached to hold another BBQ however we were told our organisation was out of area for their store.
Anglicans Together Dinner – Friday 25 August 2017 in the Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Guest Speaker will be Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Oxford. St Luke’s usually has a table and costs will be advised later.
Martyrs Day Service – Saturday 2 September 2017
The Annual Wardens Dinner is now Saturday 16 September at 7.00 p.m. due to the Anglicans Together Dinner and Martyrs Day’ service being in close proximity to our previously chosen date. Our Theme is “The Reformation” 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. Come dressed in period costume or come as you are!
Bookstall News – New stock:
Phenomenal Sydney – Anglicans in a Time of Change 1945-2013 by Marcia Cameron; A Man Called Johnny Mac – Selected writings of Bishop John McIntyre, edited by Muriel Porter; Silence by Shusaku Endo (the book of the film); Encounters between Jesus and Women: Models of Discipleship by Margaret Ghosn; The Historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright.
Check out www.anglicanstogether.org./files/page_events.html for events and items of interest.
Giving to St Luke’s – thank you for your gifts by plate, envelope or direct giving. Envelopes in which to place your weekly offering are available at the Welcome Table at the entrance to the church and also at the Information Table near the Bookstall. If you would like to use this method of giving, please take a box. Alternatively …
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
During the last two weeks, our income and expenditure for the first quarter of this year was illustrated by graphs in the pew sheet. While we are not in a desperate position we are not travelling in the right direction. In fact if we were supporting a full time Rector, we would probably be running at a deficit. If we wish this parish to survive long-term and support a full time Rector we need to grow and increase our giving. Fr John Sanderson at our forum on 30 April provided a framework for us to adopt – to pray, to look and to learn from the skills we each have to better connect with our community and to grow our faith and our church. The Parish Council will look at this framework, however, we all need to be doing what we can to sustain and nurture ourselves and our parish. There is a particular need to look after our young people and to provide better resources to help them. If you have any suggestions, please seek out a Warden or Parish Councillor to have a chat or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And please continue to pray for our Nominators as they continue to search on our behalf for a new Rector.
Bible Readings for the Week 15th to 21st May 2017
|MONDAY||Acts 14.5-18||Psalm 115.1-7||John 14.21-26|
|TUESDAY||Acts 14.19-28||Psalm 145.10-13||John 14.27-31|
|WEDNESDAY||Acts 15.1-6||Psalm 122||John 15.1-8|
|THURSDAY||Acts 15,7-21||Psalm 96.1-6||John 15.8-11|
|FRIDAY||Acts 15.22-31||Psalm 57.8-12||John 15.12-17|
|SATURDAY||Acts 16.1-10||Psalm 100||John 15.18-21|
Next Sunday Readings – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Second reading: 1 Peter 3.8-22
Gospel: John 14.15-21
*FAMINE IN THE SUDAN*
Famine has struck parts of South Sudan and children urgently need our help to survive. War and a collapsing economy have left parents with nothing to feed their families and more than a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished. They need immediate, lifesaving aid and every day every cent counts. Please give what you can to one of the aid agencies working in the area – UNHCR, Care Australia, Save the Children. Donations may be made online or by telephone.
ABM has also launched an emergency appeal as the crisis worsens in parts of East Africa due to extreme drought. Our partners, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan and the Anglican Church of Kenya are responding to this urgent humanitarian emergency.
Prayers for each day of the week
Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat.
Prayers for those in immediate need:
Stuart Ogg; Alex & Libby Jones; Jean Widmer; Leanne; Asia Bibi, Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Jean Weller; Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Wolf Winter.
Stuart Ogg remains very ill in RPA Hospital; please keep him in your prayers.
The sick – Long term:
Our Prayer for those in need:
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Mark Davies; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Noel Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Linda Jensathit; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lamar Powell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; 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), Margaret Watkins, Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom; Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Ben Doyle; Edelmira Lorca; Myra Hack; Ada Mitchell; Elizabeth Stewart; Louis Roberts; William Doyle.
19th: Dunstan of Canterbury (d.988)
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.
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & Amanda Mason.
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour (Currently overseas)
|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
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 0400-312-354Wardens:
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417 670 749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Andy Serafin; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Amrit MacIntyre; Tony Purcell; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell, James Barnes (Treasurer).
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Pastoral Care Support Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle; Peter Seymour.