Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
5 February 2017
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.
Fr Philip Bradford
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see Fr Philip before the service if required.
Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T‑setting.
In the Epistle reading, we see the power of humility. In humility, we reach all people and we can warm their hearts with the good news. St. Paul shows that in his weakness, fear and trembling (verse 3), God connected his spirit with the spirits of the Corinthians. There is power in enriching our emotional connection for in that our hearts will be weaved together for the sake of the gospel.
Pray that God will give us grace to humble ourselves as we bring the good news to the people. Pray that God will give us a new heart and put a new spirit in us; that he may remove from us the heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36.26).
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Japan, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
The Sentence ‘Is not this the fast that I choose,’ says the Lord: ‘to loose the bonds of injustice, and to let the oppressed go free?’ Isaiah 58.6
you have appointed us your witnesses,
to be a light that shines in the world:
let us not hide the bright hope you have given us,
but tell everyone your love,
revealed in Jesus Christ the Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 58.1–9a
A reading from the book of prophet Isaiah
Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgements, they delight to draw near to God. ‘Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’ Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
- O praise the Lord * Blessed are they who | fear the | Lord:and greatly de-| light in | his com-| mandments.
Their children shall be | mighty in the | land:
an upright | race who | will be | blessed.
- Riches and plenty shall be | in their | house:
and their | righteousness shall | stand for | ever.
Light arises in darkness | for the | upright:
gracious and | merci ful | are the | righteous.
It goes well with those who act | generously and | lend:
who | guide their a-| ffairs with | justice.
Surely they shall | never be | moved:
the righteous shall be held in | ever-| lasting re-| membrance.
They will not | fear bad | tidings:their hearts are steadfast | trusting | in the | Lord.
Their hearts are confident and | will not | fear:
they will see the | downfall | of their | enemies.
They give | freely to the | poor:
their righteousness stands for ever *
their | head is up-| lifted in | glory.
The wicked shall see it | and be | angry:
they shall gnash their teeth and consume away *
and the | hope of the | wicked shall | fail.
Glo- |ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit.
As in the be-|ginning so | now; and for | ever. | A-|men.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2.1–13
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
I am the light of the world | says the | Lord;
the man who follows me will | have the | light of | life.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Gospel Matthew 5.13–20
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 609 – May the Mind.
Prayer for our Parish
We pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Rector 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 your Holy Spirit to those who will choose a new Rector,
that they will have wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us all warm and generous hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Offertory Hymn: TIS 414 – There’s a Spirit in the Air.
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 153 – God is Love Let Heaven Adore Him.
Happy Birthday to Eddie Reddy; Susan Hill; Lyne Cunneen; Lyn Carrington; Alex Hill; Janet Widmer; Evelyn Maack; Rosemary Bradford; Kevin Green; Veronica Nath.
Today’s Wardens’ Meeting: 5 February 2017 & PC is 19 February 2017.
Tuesday night Bible Study. Bible study has recommenced; Tuesday nights, Philip and Rosemary’s home, 6:30 for a meal, 7:30 study commences. The book of Daniel is the current study.
Sunday 19 February 2017. Our Guest speaker will be Ms Julie Sneddon from the Cana Communities. Cana Communities works with the disadvantaged in inner Sydney providing food, shelter, and overnight accommodation.
Bookstall News – New stock: Jenny Stewart’s Inner Weather, Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; and for children: The Velveteen Rabbit; Who Made Me; and Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.
2017 ABM Projects: Al-Ahli Hospital, Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College Cairns, Vanuatu Literacy Programme. The amount raised for 2016 will be reported to the AGM.
There will be a Parish Retreat at the Stroud Hermitage in March please complete the expression of interest on the back page as soon as possible. Once we know who is likely to come, we can plan the program.
Saturday 4 March 2017 – Listen Quiet Day. St John’s Church Balmain 10:00 a.m. in the Church and grounds, led by Revd Keith Dean-Jones OGS, Rector of Bundaberg (Diocese of Brisbane), Australian Provincial of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. Enquiries 9755 9181, email@example.com
Sunday 12 March is our AGM - after morning tea. Please stay! If you need to submit a report please do so by 24 February, however, we request that you speak briefly to the report on the day, 2–3 minutes.
Saturday 18 March 2017 is the MOW AGM – please come!
Sydney Diocesan Secretariat. Currently seeking a Commercial Property Specialist. Enquiries through “Head of People, Learning and Culture”, Jillian Fulcher, (02) 9265 1555, or firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 February 2017. See notice board.
Giving to St Luke’s
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
Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 6th to 12th February 2017
Next Sunday Readings — Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
First reading: Deuteronomy 10.12–22
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3.1–9
Gospel: Matthew 5.21–37
Prayers for each day of the week
Our Prayers for those in urgent need:
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; 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; Barbara Granger; Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Margaret Watkins, Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom.
Anniversaries of the Departed
Kevin Saunders; Robert Emmenegger.
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)
Friday 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.
Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour
Lay-Ministers — Part Time – Lea MacNeil & Amanda Mason.
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:
Organist: Kathy Drummond
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Pastoral Care Support Group
Expression of Interest
Parish Retreat at Stroud
3–5 March 2017
To successfully plan our Retreat we need to know the number of people wishing to attend; families are welcome.
I/we would be interested in attending the Parish Retreat:
Telephone Contact Numbers:
Please tear this form off and return to the Parish Office or one of the Wardens ASAP.
Planning Committee consists of Fr Philip and Rosemary, Mandy Tibbey, Jennie Winton and Peter Seymour.