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.
Celebrant & Preacher Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today Angela Bell & Stephen Gates
Next week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Readers Today: Oscar Davies & Bianca Reddy
Readers next week: Ellenor Fleming & Thomas Fleming
Intercessor: Diana Jefferies
Next week: Richard Hagen
Hospitality: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Next Week: Reddy Family (B’day cake)
Cleaners Saturday 6th : R Hagen, S Gates, Ruth Champion
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
The Song of Simeon vv 29-32 (Nunc Dimittis) is saturated by a sense of fulfilment, gratitude and praise for the coming of the long awaited Messiah. Yet, those beautiful words are followed by his ominous message to Mary that warns of a sword that will pierce her soul. Beneath the surface of every Nativity narrative, we see the dark looming shadows of the cross.
We call out Abba! Father! To God who watches over us.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Networks of the Anglican Communion.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE BEFORE THE SERVICE STARTS.
Introit Hymn: TIS 268 Joy to the world!
The Sentence: Israel. Luke 2.30–32
My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people
The Collect (we pray together)
whose Son Jesus was presented in the temple
and was acclaimed the glory of Israel
and the light of the nations:
grant that in him we may be presented to you
and in the world may reflect his glory;
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 61.10-62.3
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 Praise the LORD! Praise the | LORD from the | heavens;
O | praise him | in the| heights!
2 Praise him, | all his | angels;
O | praise him | all his | host!
3 Praise him, | sun and | moon;
O praise him, | all you | shining | stars!
4 Praise him, you | highest | heavens,
and you | waters a|bove the | heavens!
5 Let them praise the | name of the | LORD,
for he com|manded and | they were cre|ated.
7 Praise the LORD | from the | earth,
all the multitude of sea | monsters | and all | deeps,
8 fire and hail, | snow and | frost,
stormy wind ful|filling | his com|mand!
9 Mountains | and all | hills,
fruit | trees and | all | cedars!
10 Wild animals | and all | cattle,
creeping | things and | flying | birds!
11 Kings of the earth and | all | peoples,
princes and all | rulers | of the | earth!
12 Young men and | women a|like,
you who are | old and | young to|gether!
13 Let them praise the | name of the | LORD,
for his | name a|lone is ex|alted;
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading Galatians 4.4-7
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Open our | heart O | Lord,
to | listen • to the | words • of your | Son.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
And also with you.
The Gospel Luke 2.22-40
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’ Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon TIS 292 Infant holy, infant lowly
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 414 There’s a spirit in the air
Hymn during Communion –
Final Hymn: TIS 209 Of the Father’s love begotten
If you are visiting us today we welcome you! Please join us for hospitality in the hall after the service.
A New Master Roster for 2018 is now available from the hall foyer.
The Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura in 2018 will be on Saturday 13th January at Lea and Donald’s place.
Each year in this Parish we try to give a generous donation to the Christmas Bowl; either now or after Christmas is fine.
This appeal has been running since 1949, bringing Christians together across Australia. Initially we started with each family donating the cost of their Christmas Dinner. This may or may not be appropriate for you, but we encourage everyone to give generously to this appeal and the parish will also give a donation from general funds.
Flowers: some flowers in church today are donated by Susan Reddy in memory of her Father Henry Byers.
Perking Officers Funeral
As the coffin was being lowered into the ground at a Parking Officers funeral, a voice from inside screams “I’m not dead, I’m not dead. Let me out!”. The Vicar smiles, leans forward sucking air through his teeth and mutters: “Too late mate, I’ve already done the paperwork”!
Baptising a Drunk
A drunk is stumbling through the woods when he comes upon a preacher baptising people in the river. He proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon he asks the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk shouts, “Yes, I am.” So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him back and asks, “Brother, have you found Jesus?” The drunk replies, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!” The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him again but for a little longer. He again pulls him out of the water and asks, “Have you found Jesus, brother?” The drunk answers, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!”
By this time, the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk again, but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds, and when he begins kicking his arms and legs about, he pulls him up.
The preacher again asks the drunk, “For the love of God, have you found Jesus?”
The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath, and says to the preacher,
“Are you sure this is where he fell in?”
Bible Readings for the Week 1st to 7th January 7th 2018
|MONDAY||Numbers 6.22-27||Psalm 8, Galatians 4.4-7||Luke 2.15-21|
|TUESDAY||1 John 2.22-28||Psalm 98.1-7||Luke 1.19-28|
|WEDNESDAY||1 John 2.29-3.6||Psalm 98.8-10||John 1.29-34|
|THURSDAY||1 John 3.7-10||Psalm 98.1-7||John 1.35-42|
|FRIDAY||1 John 3.11-21||Psalm 100||John1.43-51|
|SATURDAY||Isaiah 60.1-6||Psalm 72.1-7,10-14; Ephesiana 3.1-12||Matthew 2.1-12|
Next Sunday: The Epiphany of Our Lord
First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-6
Psalm 72.1-7, 10-14
Second Reading: Ephesians 3.1-12
Gospel: Matthew 2.1-12.
Prayers for each day of the week
Amelia Zea; Shirley & Barbara Allen; Victor Anyarisi.
Beth Armstrong; James, Elliot & Harry Barnes.
Ian Barnett; Matthew, Michelle, Darcy, Patrick, Charlotte & Emily Batterham.
Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel; Mervyn Bishop.
Ross Black; Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks & Martin.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Barbara MacLulich; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Robert & Lyndall; Sue Drewett; Ron Flood; Ken Gilmour; Phil Dingle; Rosemary Bradford; Irma; Beth Armstrong and Andy Serafin and Joan Dale.
The sick – Long term:
Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Robin Crowther; 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; Linda Jensathit; Barbara MacLulich; Jennifer McGovern; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly; Victoria; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
In memorium: Henry Byers
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Muriel Hackett; Arthur Thomas; Lil Kettlewell;
Today we commemorate on
2nd Basil of Caesarea (d.379) and Gregory of Nazianzus (d.389) Bishops and teachers
Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry at 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall. Thai Community meets with Amanda after church and at 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.
Parish email: email@example.com
Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number is 9557 4219, which diverts to Fr Philip’s mobile if the office is unstaffed.
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & 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
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddy Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041
Pastoral Care Group