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Fifth Sunday in Lent 18 March 2018

You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’

The image is of King Melchizedek bringing bread & wine, & blessing Abram


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.

Preacher & Celebrant: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today Kevin Green & Angela Bell
Next week: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen
Readers Today: John M & Janet Walmsley
Readers next week: Kay Younie and Edwin Reddy
Intercessor: Rosemary Bradford
Next week: Amrit MacIntyre
Hospitality:. Reddy Family
Next Week: John M, Ruth C, Evelyn Maack

Church Cleaning 24th : (Paul Bonney) & Kevin Green (dusting)

*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


Today Passiontide begins, and in some parishes the crosses and other sanctuary items are veiled from now till Easter. May we veil our eyes to sin, and with the Psalmist, find our delight wholly in God’s statutes.

  • Pray that you might treasure God’s words in your heart that you might not sin against God. (cf. v 11)

  • Pray for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, 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 phones or put onto silent.

Introit Hymn: TIS 141Praise to the holiest in the height

The Sentence: Jeremiah 31.33
‘This is the covenant I will make with them,’ says the Lord God: ‘I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.’

The Collect (we pray together)
O God, our Redeemer,
in our weakness we have failed
to be your messengers of forgiveness and hope:
renew us by your Holy Spirit,
that we may follow your commands
and proclaim your reign of love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading Jeremiah 31.31-34

A reading from the book of prophet Jeremiah

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord : I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord ’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord ; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more..

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 119.9-16

9 How shall the young keep their | path | pure:

unless they | hold | to your | word?

10 I have sought you with my | whole | heart:

let me not | stray from | your com-| mandments.

11 I have treasured your | words • in my | heart:

that I | might not | sin a-| gainst you.

12 Blessed are | you Lord | God:

O | teach | me your | statutes.

13 With my lips I | have been | telling:

all the | judgements | of your | mouth;

14 And I find more joy in the way of | your com-| mands:

than | in all | manner • of | riches.

15 I will meditate | on your | precepts:

and give | heed | to your | ways;

16 For my delight is wholly | in your | statutes:

and I will | not for-| get your | word.

Second Reading Hebrews 5.5-14

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’; as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

About this we have much to say that is hard to explain, since you have become dull in understanding. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

During the Gospel Procession – Wait for the Lord

Gospel Acclamation

Deacon: Glory to you, Word of God Lord Jesus Christ!

Response: If you serve me, follow me, says the Lord;
and where I am, my servant will also be.
Glory to you, Word of God Lord Jesus Christ!

Deacon: The Lord be with you;
Response: And also with you.

The Gospel John 12.20-33

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

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

The Sermon

Hymn after the Sermon: TIS 382 – Now the green blade rises

Prayer for our Parish: (We pray together)

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 351 – Lift high the cross

Hymn during Communion – Take, O take me as I am

Final Hymn: TIS 153God is love, let heav’n adore him


TODAY PALM CROSS MAKING IN THE HALL after morning tea. We can teach you how to make them if you don’t already know.

Please pray for rain to fall on the western districts of NSW, including our Sister Parish of Blayney/Milthorpe/Carcoar where only spasmodic rain has fallen. Some of the farmers have insufficient water in dams and could do with more rain for crops, as well as their sheep and cattle.

We collected $200 for ABM’s humanitarian aid for Papua New Guinea last week, which has been sent. ABM needs $50,000 so that vital supplies of food and water can be provided for the many people in need. We are in touch with the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea who are assessing and preparing their emergency response. Your prayers and support will be greatly appreciated by ABM’s Partners. To donate to the PNG Earthquake Emergency Appeal, please phone 1300 302 663 or visit

Lenten Studies – Lenten Study is currently held following the Healing Service at 10.00 a.m. on each Wednesday during Lent. The study book on prayer is “Say it to God” by Luigi Gioia which is The Archbishop of Canterbury’s recommended Lenten Book. If you can afford it, a donation of $20 to cover the cost would be appreciated.

The combined churches of St Joseph’s Newtown, Metropolitan Community Church and St Luke’s are hosting a Lenten Study on the 2 remaining Tuesday evenings in Lent, for which you will need to bring a bible. 7.00 – 8.15 pm.

Week 3 – Tuesday 20th March St Joseph’s Church, Bedford St Newtown, Restored Love: Hosea 2:14-3:4

Week 4 – Tuesday 27th March

St Luke’s Anglican Church, Stanmore Rd Enmore, Healing Love: Hosea 14:1-9

Sunday 25 March – Palm Sunday and Commissioning of the Parish Council which also meets after church, in the office.

Wednesday 28 March – Women’s Reading Group meets at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s apartment 43/1 Coronation Ave Petersham. All women are welcome to attend and if you are interested please call Ruth Champion on 0400 166 041. We are just starting a new reading!

Maundy Thursday 29 March – 7.30 p.m. Celebration of the Holy Communion, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar. In the Chapel following the service there is an opportunity for silent reflection.

Good Friday 30th March – 9.30 a.m. service & morning tea. And Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in the church.

Saturday 31st March – Flower arranging and Working Bee to set the hall ready for the shared lunch. If you can donate something towards the cost of our flowers that would be appreciated.

Easter Day – 1st April – 9.30 a.m. Eucharist and shared lunch in the hall. Please bring a dish (savoury or sweet) to share with others.

Friday 6 April – Boyz Nite Out – at Sherpa Kitchen (Nepalese) 165 King Street, Newtown; 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. RSVP to John 0400955772.

Saturday 26 May 2018 – Christ Church St Laurence Rail Pilgrimage to Bathurst – see notice board for further information (limited seats).

Our AGM – otherwise known as the Annual Vestry Meeting of the Parish was held last Sunday; copies of the Reports and Treasurer’s Accounts tabled at the AGM are available on the table at the bookstall. Thank you to all those who attended; the Parish Councillors and Wardens elected are listed on the back of this pew sheet. A full set of our audited accounts will be available shortly. We welcome Brett Davies as a new member and say thank you to Amrit MacIntyre for his significant contribution in the past years. As part of the Treasurer’s presentation, James provided the graph below of voluntary hours; this is only a random sample provided by PC members and a few others. We could always do with more help on various rosters – flower arranging, serving and hospitality for instance. We thank everyone who has volunteered to vacuum the church and clean the amenities over the years, however, the Wardens are now engaging Paul Bonney for 2 hours per week to clean the amenities and the floors. Dusting the church and flower arranging (except there are no flowers in Lent and Advent) are still jobs for us to do – so cleaners if you can dust the church and tidy the kneelers, thank you!


A reminder that Daylight Saving ends on 1 April – Easter Day.

Advance Notice – “Priscilla – The Musical” Tuesday 19 June at 7.00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre – Adults $75 and Conc. $60. John Roe will take expressions of interest during March, please speak to him during morning tea.

St Luke’s Direct Transfer

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

Bible Readings for the Week 19th to 25th March

MONDAY Susanna 41-62 Psalm 23 John 8.1-11
TUESDAY Numbers 21.4-9 Psalm .102.18-22 John 8.21-30
WEDNESDAY Daniel 3.14-20,24-28 Song of 3YM 29-34

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John 8.31-42
THURSDAY Genesis 17.3-9 Psalm 105.7-11 John 8.51-59
FRIDAY Jeremiah 20.10-13 Psalm 18.1-7 John 10.31-42
SATURDAY Ezekiel 37.21-28 Psalm- 85.8-13 John 11.45-57


Next Sunday: Sunday of the Passion Palm Sunday

First Reading: Isaiah 50.4-9a
Psalm 31.9-18
Second Reading: Philippians 2.5-11
Gospel: Mark 14.1-15


Prayers for each day of the week


Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel; Mervyn Bishop.


Ross Black; Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks & Martin.


Tony Brownlow; Les & Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion.
Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke; Ron Cross & family.


Lyne, Eleanor, Constance Cuneen & John MacLulich.


Neville Daniels; Edi, Oscar Davies; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop.

Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas Fleming.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Br John Kentigern SSF; Jenny; Paull Garrett; Geoff Widmer; Emma Burns; Lyn Carrington; Sharda Kumar; Pip Leonard, Robyn & Frank Norman; Jackie Bonham, Sheila Brown, Patricia Harris, Barbara MacLulich; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards and her family; Kristy & Rodney; Sue Drewett; Ken Gilmour; Irma; Andy Serafin, Damien Lew, Kim Hill; Robert and Lyndall.

The sick – Long term:

Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; 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; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Yavani Mu Daly; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & her mother; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Helen Woellner; Alex & Libby Jones, Bob Hogg.

Recently Departed


Anniversaries of the Departed:
Peter Williams; Kenneth Newell; Raymond Taylor; Boleslaw Jurczyk; Bessie O’Reilly; Beryl Goodman; Edith Spurrier; Elsie Davis; Wendy Clarke

Saints Commemoration:

19th : Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
th: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, bishop and missionary (d.687)

21st: Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, martyr and liturgist (d.1556)
nd: Thomas Ken, bishop of Bath and Wells, teacher (d.1711)
th: Paul Couturier, ecumenist (d.1953)


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)

Friday 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.

Rector – Fr Philip Bradford.

Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042

Parish email:; Fr Philip:

Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeil & 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

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: 0417670749.
Eddie Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Angela Bell; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Brett Davies, Tony Purcell; Evelyn Maack & James Barnes (Treasurer)

Synod Representatives
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour

Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.

Pastoral Care Group
Lea MacNeil; Ruth Champion; John Tonetti, Moya Holle, Ann Petersen..