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.
Today’s Psalm is a wedding song, and is addressed to a king. Nonetheless we mere commoners can all be exhorted to ‘ride on in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice’. Our God is one who prefers that, rather than our filling our hearts with the evils of ‘fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride and folly’.
- · Pray for those who work to establish truth and to do justice, especially those in the forensic, police and legal professions.
- · Pray for the Daehan Song Gong Hoe, the Anglican Church of Korea, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.
Text: © Anglican Board of Mission, 2015
Introit Hymn TIS 145. The King of Love my Shepherd is
Sentence: Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1.17
Cleanse our consciences, O Lord,
and enlighten our hearts
through the daily presence of your Son Jesus Christ,
that when he comes in glory to be our judge
we may be found undefiled and acceptable in his sight;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Song of Songs 2.8-13
A reading from Song of Songs
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women. Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig-tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me. ’My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding-places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 My heart is astir with fine phrases,
I make my song for a king:
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 You are the fairest of men,
grace flows from your lips:
therefore has God blessed you for ever and ever.
6 Your throne is the throne of God, it endures for ever:
and the sceptre of your kingdom is a righteous sceptre.
7 You have loved righteousness and hated evil:
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
8 All your garments are fragrant
with myrrh, aloes and cassia:
music from ivory palaces makes you glad.
9 Kings’ daughters are among your noble women:
the queen is at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading James 1.17-27
A reading from the letter of James
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world..
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
The father gave us birth by his message of truth,
That we might be as the first fruits of his creation.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
The Gospel Mark 7.1-8,14-23
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.” You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’ Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, ‘Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?’ (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, ‘It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
The Sermon –
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 588 – In heavenly love abiding
Gracious God, we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Acting Rector Philip and all who worship here.
At this time of change, 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 – 517 Hallelujah sing to Jesus
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 687 – God gives us a future.
Next Sunday:The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecostt
Proverbs 22.1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Ps125; James 2.1-10,14-17; Mark 7.243-37
Bible Readings for the Week 31st to 6th September 2015
|Monday||1 Thessalonians 4.13-18||Psalm 96.7-18||Luke 4.16-30|
|Tuesday||1 Thessalonians 5.1-6,9-11||Psalm 27.11-17||Luke 4.31-37|
|Wednesday||Colossians 1.1-8||Psalm 52.8-9||Luke4.38-44|
|Thursday||Colossians 1.9-14||Psalm 98.1-7||Luke 5.1-11|
|Friday||Colossians1.15-20||Psalm 100||Luke 5.33-39|
|Saturday||Colossians 1.21-23||Psalm 54||Luke 6.1-5|
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.
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547
You can use your own name as a reference, but if you prefer, just use the word Offering as a reference and your name will remain anonymous. Your personal and banking details will not be given to St Luke’s.
Notices for first week of September:
Bp Robert’s successor has been announced. The Rev’d Dr Michael Stead, currently Rector of Turramurra Parish will be our new Bishop for the Southern Region. He will be consecrated in early December in St Andrew’s Cathedral. A letter of congratulations will be sent by Fr Philip on behalf of the parish.
Evelyn Maack, would like say thank you to all those kind people who bought cakes and slices at morning tea last Sunday. Your enthusiasm and generosity resulted in $60 being raised towards the SanFilippo Foundation, and a lot of JOY which reminded her of our congregation’s ongoing prayers for her grandchildren Isla and Jude. The Foundation is rumoured to be close to some excellent news!
Thank you too for supporting the sale of food provided by the Reddy Family to help with cancer treatment for one of their family from Fiji.
OPSHOP – Urgent need for helpers on a Saturday during the month of Sept-Oct when we have a lot of our regulars away. If you can spare some time to help please see Andy, Ruth or Peter Seymour.
Saturday 5th September – 1.30 p.m. in the City RSL Club (565 George St., down from the Cathedral) The Anglican Historical Society (Diocese of Sydney) presents – Roy Williams on “AN UNDER-RATED LEGACY: AUSTRALIA’S DEBT TO CHRISTIANITY, 1788-2015”. All welcome. Lunch is available in the adjoining quiet bistro from 12 noon. (This is a John Bunyan recommendation.)
Saturday 12th September – Coffee’n Garden Group meets at 9.00 a.m. – our grounds and back of the Rectory need a clean up. Please come along and help!
Sunday 13th September at 2.30 p.m. A Festival of Hymns, with choir, brass, timpani and organ, for the Church Year at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St – opposite Parliament House.
Saturday 17th October is our Wardens’ Dinner – Indian Style – tickets will be on sale shortly: $30 and $25 conc. And $60 per family.
Sunday 18th October is our St Luke’s Patronal Festival with our Guest Preacher, the Rev’d Anastasia Webster-Hawes, Rector of Blayney.
**Notices given in church should be relevant to the parish and mission. If you would like to make an announcement please ask Fr Philip prior to the service if you can do so? Any other matters should be sent to the parish email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned through to Ruth or Christine Thurley by Thursday prior to the Sunday to be printed in the pew sheet. The pew sheet is printed early on Friday mornings.
Visit our Bookstall on your way to morning tea!
Lectionaries for 2016 available.
Poetry on the Noticeboard
Br Noel has put up some poetry on the noticeboard for anyone who would like to read them and who shares a love of poetry. Currently we have a selection of short poems by American Poets.
Our ABM Parish Projects for 2015
- · Al-Ahli Arab Hospital Gaza (PS001LH); this hospital is the oldest hospital in Gaza City and has 80 beds. It provides medical and health services to patients regardless of ethnicity religion, political affiliation or economic status. It serves everybody in the community.
- · Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College in Cairns (AU003WB); trains indigenous people for ordained ministry and lay-ministry.
- · Language, Literacy and Numeracy in Vanuatu VU006EA)
We have benefited greatly in the past from bequests left to the parish by parishioners who have included St Luke’s in their will. This has enabled a trust fund from which the parish gains interest for building maintenance and other works. Some amounts left to the Parish have been large, some very small; all have been appreciated. The Wardens have elected to retain this capital and generally only use the interest as needed for various projects. If you would like to think about this and include St Luke’s in your will it is one way of ensuring the ongoing maintenance of this extraordinary parish.
Flower Fund – a flower fund is being set up to ensure that flowers are provided by the parish and not all paid for by individual flower arrangers. If you would like to donate flowers in memory of loved ones, please put the money in an envelope and mark it “Flower Fund”, with the name of the person and the Sunday you wish the flowers to be included. A reference to the memorial will then be put in the pew sheet. Flower arrangers will also make donations, and this will enable these “donations” to be included in offertory giving.
Prayers for each day of the week
Our Prayers for those in need…
Shirley Allen; Elizabeth Armstrong; Anne Aylbury; Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Ross Black; Jason Broadbridge; Anwyn Brook-Evans; Henry & Maureen Byers; Robert Champion; Julie Cireeli; Ron Cross; Lance David, Les Dixon; Joy Gander; Roslyn Gee; Judy George; Marissa; Marlene Hicken; Jude, Meg & Isla; Rhiannon Henry Edwards; Cecily Hentzberger; Bp Richard Hurford, Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Linda Jensathit; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Simon LoSchiavo; Marie McGrath; Bp Ken Mason; Eve Moggs; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Bill Phipps, Ross Ponder & family; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Katrina Quinn; Brian Rawnsley; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michelle Rowlands; Sr Fiona CSC; Saria Sevilla; Stephen Thomas; Robert Weatherby-Fell; Julie & Alex Wright; and Leanne.
Anniversaries of Deaths.
2nd: Martyrs of New Guinea
3rd: Gregory of Rome, bishop & teacher (d.604)
Eliza Darling, pioneer social reformer in NSW (d.1868).
We pray regularly for all parishioners on each day of the week.
Intercessors may like to use Christian names only on Sunday
ABN.78 161 584 893.
SUNDAY WORSHIP Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall.
WEEKDAY SERVICES: Morning Prayer: Tuesday 8.30 am, Wednesday 9.30 am & 10.00 a.m. Eucharist (followed by morning tea); & Friday 8.30am.
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES by arrangement.
ACTING RECTOR. Fr Philip Bradford. Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.30am to 11 a.m.
HON CLERGY ASSOCIATES
Fr Ron Morris (Mb 0409 451362.)
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 0400-312-354
Eddy Reddy; Mb 0410634948;
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041.
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Jennie Winton, Diana Jefferies; Les Carrington.
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch;
Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.