Fifth Sunday in Lent
2nd April 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.
Preacher & Celebrant: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Readers Today: Peter Gilbert & Nadia Wheatley
Readers next week: Ellenor & Thomas Fleming
Intercessor: Diana Jefferies
Next week: Peter Seymour
Hospitality: Thai Community (Birthday Cake)
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Cleaners Saturday 8th Kevin Green & Neville Daniels
Please turn off your mobile phone.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan Andy Serafin or Fr Philip before the service if required. A Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T-setting.
Despite the danger of being stoned by the authorities, Jesus is intent on going to Judea. He does this in order to fulfil God’s mission, which is that Lazarus should be restored to health, and fullness of life. Jesus is not deterred by the danger but sees it as an opportunity to show God’s power at work in the world. Martha responds to Jesus’ declaration that he is the Resurrection by proclaiming her belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. She did this even before Lazarus had emerged from the tomb alive.
Pray that you will find opportunities to show others where God is working in the world today.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Kenya.
Text: Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ says the Lord; ‘whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’ John 11.25–26
your Son came into the world
to free us all from sin and death:
breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit,
that we may be raised to new life in Christ,
and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Ezekiel 37.1-14
A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’ So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God : I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 Out of the depths have I called to | you O | Lord:
Lord | hear | my | voice;
2 O let your ears con-| sider | well:
the | voice of my | suppl-| ication.
3 If you Lord should note what | we do | wrong:
who | then O | Lord could | stand?
4 But there is for-| giveness with | you:
so that | you | shall be | feared.
5 I wait for the Lord * my | soul | waits for him:
And | in his | word is my | hope.
6 My soul | looks for the | Lord:
more than watchmen for the morning*
more I say than | watchmen | for the | morning.
7 O Israel trust in the Lord * for with the | Lord there is | mercy:
and with | him is | ample re-| demption.
8 He will re-| deem | Israel:
from the | multi tude | of their | sins.
Second reading Romans 8.6-11
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel John 11.1-45
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ 4But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’ When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’ When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’ Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feed bound with strips of cloth and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’ Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 409 – O breath of life
Prayers of the People
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 341 – My song is love unknown
Hymn during Communion: Don’t Be Afraid
Final Hymn: TIS 210 – O for a thousand tongues to sing
Today – Commissioning of our newly elected Wardens, Parish Councillors, Synod Representatives.
Happy Birthday: Ross Black; Ron Cross; Jacqueline Hicks; Stuart Ogg; Edwin & Bryson Reddy; Diana Jefferies; Stephanie Reddy; Ray Sommer; Elise Bestel; Christopher Haly; Jenny Praisang; Elizabeth Fleming.
Palm Crosses – We are continuing to make our orders (we receive $1 ea) for our 850 Palm Crosses today – plus we need 100 for ourselves. Please stay and help if you can. We made over 400 last week.
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.
Diary of Events/Services:
Monday 3 April – The Steering Committee of Equal Voices warmly invites us all to the Launch by Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG on Monday 3 April at 6.30 p.m. at Pitt St Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney for refreshments on arrival and 7.00 p.m. commencement, to conclude by 9.00 p.m.
Tuesday 4 April 7.00 p.m. – Lenten Study at St Joseph’s Newtown
Sunday 9 April – Wardens’ Meeting
Wednesday 12 April – Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Vows at St James King Street at 11.00 a.m. Bp Michael Stead will preside and all parish clergy and lay parish readers are invited to renew their vows. The consecrated oils will be available. A light lunch will be served following the service in the St James’ Hall.
Maundy Thursday 13 April 7.30 p.m. – Our Foot washing and Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, Altar of Repose in the Chapel.
Good Friday 14 April 9.30 a.m. – Good Friday Liturgy at 9.30 a.m. followed by morning tea. 12 noon: Stations of the Cross.
Saturday 15 April at 10.00 a.m. – Working Bee to prepare the hall for lunch and clean up the grounds. Please come and help if you can.
Easter Day – 9:30 am – Family Eucharist & Shared Lunch to follow.
Sunday 23 April – Parish Council Meeting
*Sunday 30 April – Our Preacher will be Fr John Sanderson from CCSL and a Forum will follow. This is a very important day in the life of our Parish and we need YOU to be there. Fr John will be discussing all forms of outreach and connections, which we need to proactively grow our Parish. Those of us who attended the forum Fr John organised in 2016 at St Paul’s Burwood were significantly impressed with his information and style. Please give serious thought to attending – we will provide refreshments.
Parking – Please make sure to park only in the marked spaces provided, so that others who leave before you are not inconvenienced.
Discover Nepal in a Trek to Defeat Leprosy:
The Adventure of a Lifetime
Nov 5-19, 2017
The Leprosy Mission Australia together with Inspired Adventures is providing an opportunity to discover Nepal, trek the Annapurna and witness first-hand what The Leprosy Mission does on the ground. If you are interested in joining the Trek, please talk to Janet Walmsley.
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, 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
And please support our Lent ABM Projects and our ongoing projects:-
Al-Ahli Hospital; The Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College Cairns and the Vanuatu Literacy Program.
Bible Readings for the Week 3rd to 9th April 2017
|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 the 3YM 29-34||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 Readings – Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
Second reading: Philippians 2.5-11
Gospel: Matthew 26.14-27.66
Prayers for each day of the week
Pray for our Sister Parish of Blayney
For Rev’d Anastasia, her assistant clergy and people.
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; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Jennifer McGovern, 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 & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Anniversaries of the Departed
Mynette Alexander; Benson Greenough; Bobart Bell; Anne Oliver; Nita Richards; Mervyn O’Keefe; William Hobbs; Nancy Parsons; Donald Morgan; Etta Kettlewell.
3rd: Richard of Chichester, bishop (d.1256)
Parish Information www.stlukesenmore.org.au 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.
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:
Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)
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.