St Luke's Anglican Church in Enmore a lively, inclusive welcoming liturgical community

Fifth Sunday in Lent

13th March 2016

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:                   David Dunlop & Ruth Champion
Next week:                              Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola

Readers Today:                                    Grahame Sadler & Nadia Wheatley
Readers next week:                  Jennie Winton & John Tonetti
Intercessor:                              Rosemary Bradford

Next week:                              Richard Hagen

Hospitality:                              Les Carrington & Kevin Green

Next Week:                              Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner

Cleaners Saturday 19th        A Petersen, P Gilbert, A Narnola

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

Mary, the sister of Martha, has a very rough deal in today’s gospel. She tries her hardest to do a beautiful passionate thing out of her love for Jesus and gets howled down for it. Often when we try our best we can end up disheartened and upset when others react negatively, misunderstanding our good intentions or the place where we fit in. We should take some heart from this story, because it shows that the beautiful things we do out of love for God are not forgotten, they have the highest and most important place. If Mary got to anoint the Lord for his burial, the works of love we offer are just as important.

  • Pray that we might appreciate the gifts others bring to God, seeing and celebrating their passionate love for him; and pray that we might have more chances to offer works of love to God.
  • Give thanks for the Church of Pakistan, remembering especially today their ministry in a predominantly non-Christian context.

Text:        The Rev Will Johnston, Assistant Curate,
St Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016


Introit Hymn: TIS 344 Glory be to Jesus


The Sentence Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.                                                                      Psalm 126.6


The Collect:
O God,

the Redeemer of all who trust in you:

heed the cry of your people,

and deliver us from the bondage of sin,

that we may serve you in perfect freedom

and rejoice in your unfailing love;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



First Reading                                              Isaiah 43.16-21


A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick. Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.

For the word of the Lord                                        Thanks be to God



Psalm 126 (to be said during Lent)

1 When the Lord turned again the fortunes of Zion:

then were we like those restored to life.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter:

and our tongue with singing.

3 Then said they among the heathen:

‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4 Truly the Lord has done great things for us:

and therefore we rejoiced.

5 Turn again our fortunes, O Lord:

as the streams return to the dry south.

6 Those who sow in tears:

shall reap with songs of joy.

7 They that go out weeping, bearing the seed:

shall come again in gladness,

bringing their sheaves with them.


Second Reading                                                      Philippians 3.3-14

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh—even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

For the word of the Lord                                        Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession


Laudate Omnes Gentes
Laudate Omnes Gentes

Gospel Acclamation (to be said during Lent)

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

With all your heart turn to me,
for I am tender and compassionate.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!


The Gospel                                                                      John 12.1-8

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’


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


The Sermon


Hymn after Sermon:   TIS 382 Now the green blade rises


Prayer for our Parish


God of Love,

God of Mission,

you alone bring growth to your Church,

send to us your Holy Spirit to give

vision for our planning,

wisdom in our actions,

and power to our witness.

Help our church to grow in numbers,

in spiritual commitment to you,

and in service to our local community.   Amen

Commissioning of the Wardens, Parish Council and Lay-Pastoral Care Workers.

Offertory Hymn: TIS 331 (Tune Picardy) Sing my tongue the glorious battle

Hymn sung during Communion

Behold I make all things new
Behold I make all things new

Final Hymn: TIS 571 Forth in your name, O Lord, I go


A very successful AGM was held on Sunday 28 February with 34 persons signing the Declaration of Attendance. Fr Philip announced that he had appointed Ms. Jennie Winton as his Warden; Eddie Reddy and Ruth Champion were re-elected as People’s Wardens. Fabian LoSchiavo declined to continue as Warden due to family commitments this year; however Fr Philip has asked him to be on PC as one of his representatives. The elected Parish Council Members are listed on the last page of the pew sheet. We welcome Amrit MacIntyre and Tony Purcell as new members and say thank you to Diana Jefferies and Les Carrington for their significant contribution last year. Fr Philip has yet to appoint one more parish councillor

Bookstall News – The 50% off stocktake sale continues on selected titles.

New books in stockThe Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, Simply Jesus by Tom Wright; A Man Called Johnny Mac, edited by Muriel Porter; A New Exile: The future of Anglicanism by Muriel Porter.

A big thank you to our Palm Cross makers who stayed last week to make enough palm crosses so we do not need to make them today.

Today at 1.30 pmAustralian Churches Refugee Taskforce: You’re invited to National#LetThemStay training at Mary McKillop Place, 7-11 Mount Street, North Sydney. Learn how to take part in this type of non-violent resistance presented in partnership by GetUp! And The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce.

Today at 3.00pm – A Lenten Concert “The Seven Last Words” Schutz;  “Jesu, meine Freude” JS Bach.  Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, St Laurence Early Instrument Ensemble, conducted by Neil McEwan in the church of Christ Church St Laurence, Railway Square. Tickets $30/25 at the door. 

Thursday 17 March – ‘Navigating the Northern Beaches’, bus trip from St Paul’s Burwood. Visit the Bahaí House of Worship, St Sava Serbian Orthodox Chuch, St John’s Dee Why and Stony Range Regional Botalical Gardens. Full details and booking forms on notice board and information table.

Saturday 19 March, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.– St James’ Institute event: Adrian and Bridget Plass present View from A Bouncy Castle: Humour, Wholeness and Healing. See further information on the Notice Board as a booking is necessary.

Saturday 19 March 5.00 p.m. at St James King’ Street, Sydney – Songs of Reflection – a program of Handel and Bach by the Choir of St James’ and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday

Wednesday 23 March 11.00 a.m. – Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Ministerial Commitment with Bishop Michael Stead at CCSL.

Friday 1 April BOYZ NITE OUT – at Alberto’s Pizzeria, King St. South, opposite Bray St. RSVP to John Roe by 30 March: or 0400 955 772.

Wednesday 13 April – Sesqui-centennary of St Joseph’s Newtown – Sesqui-centennary Dinner at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, 6.30 for 7 pm. BOOK NOW : Early bird (before 1 March) $80 & concession $50. After 1 March, $95 & concession $50. Send number of tickets, names of diners, dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) to Pay by direct debit: BSB: 062-784 Account No. 452501. Use your surname in reference on direct debit. Please send email when you make the payment. Cheques can be sent to 109 Lennox St, Newtown with all details as above included.

Sesqui-centennary Mass – 31 July at 10.30 am at St Joseph’s, Newtown. Details:

Coming Events

Two Theatre Parties:

4 May – Fiddler on the Roof8 pm Capitol Theatre $95.00. Expressions of interest to: John Roe by 31 March to 0400 955 772 or

7 September – Fawlty Towers Live8 pm at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay $55.00. Expressions of interest to: John Roe by 1 July to 0400 955 772 or




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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 14th to 20th March 2016

MONDAY Susanna41-62 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 3YM p.399) 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 74.12-17 John 11.45-57



Next Sunday: Psalm

Isaiah 50.4-9a
Psalm: 31.9-18
Philippians 2.5-11
Gospel Reading: Luke 22.14-23.56


Prayers for each day of the week


Alex Maneekaew; Merrill & Georgie Martin; John M; Fr Ron Morris; Fran Morris.


Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitchacoen & Darunee


Mathias Oduro; Stuart Ogg; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann   & Rachel Petersen & Wolf.


Jenny Praisang; Tony Purcell; Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit.


Brian Rawnsley & Janet Widmer; Joyce & Edward Reddy; Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Bryson & Belinda Reddy.

Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie Reddy; Matilda Rinker; John Roe; Grahame Sadler; Ken Searle.


Andy Serafin & Colin; Peter Seymour; Jeffrey Sheather; Laurel & Ray Sommer; Mary Sotiriadis.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Simon LoSchiavo; Bishop Ivan Lee; Bruce Sims & Peter; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark; Caroline Wilson; Fr. Adrian Stephens; Mark Travis; Janet McLeod.


The sick – Long term:

Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah & Grace Ashton; Diane Badcock; Angela Bell; Ross Black, Fatima Begum; Jason Broadbridge, Bryn Brook-Evans ; Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen;   Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Javed Khan; Kylie Laughlin;   Ross Lehman; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; Norma MacPherson; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Lu Piper; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan;   Ray Sommer; Mary Sotiriadis; Madeline Spielman. Saria Sevilla and Lea MacNeil

Anniversaries of the Departed:

Ivy Noble; Robert Williams; Fr. John Buderus; Anastassios Daras; Doris Thurling; Bill Newell; Peter Williams; Kenneth Newell; Raymond Taylor

Recently Departed

Paddy Hagen (Richard’s mother)

Saints Commemoration:

17th : Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland (d.461)
18th : Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and teacher (d.386)
19th: Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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:

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.

Hon Clergy Associate:

Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)

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

Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041

Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.

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

Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.