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

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – 26 August 2018

 

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.

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

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Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers: Ruth (for Evelyn) with Stephen Gates
Next week: Brett Davis & Amrit MacIntyre
Readers: Anne Hywood & John Tonetti
Readers next week: Richard Hagen & Oscar Davis
Intercessor: Tony Purcell
Next week: Ruth Champion
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next Week: Tony Purcell, K Drummond, A Bell (B’day cake
Flowers/Dusting Sat 1
st : Moya Holle & Stephen Gates

Both the writer of 1 Kings and the Psalmist focus today on God’s house. How do you see your church? Is it a place where forgiveness is found? Is it a place where spending a day is better than spending a thousand elsewhere? Or is it a stained-glass fortress that exists to keep you safe from the wider community outside?

  • Give thanks for those churches that play an active part in their communities, and pray for those who have become a ghetto of irrelevance. May the latter find a way to take their place helping God to convert the world through love and care of the community.
  • Pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma), giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.

GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME

We stand as the Celebrant and Sanctuary Persons enter the church

Introit hymn sung from the hymn book – TiS 133 – O worship the King

THE GREETING – The Celebrant:

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

And also with you.

Celebrant: Blessed be God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.

THE SENTENCE: (said by the Sub-Deacon)

The Sentence: John 6.63

Jesus said, ‘It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.’

THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION (The Celebrant leads)

Let us pray…

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE (Gloria in excelsis) we stand and sing:-

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
Almighty God and Father,
we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
You take away the sin of the world;
Have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father;
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy one,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen

THE COLLECT OR PRAYER OF THE DAY

We say the collect together:

Everliving God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear the prayers we offer for all your faithful people,
that in the ministry to which you have called them
each may serve you in holiness and truth;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

(We sit for the readings and the psalm)

First Reading 1 Kings 8.22-30, 41-43

A reading from the First Book of Kings

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand.

Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, “There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.” Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David. ‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house, the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place.

Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and forgive. ‘Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm—when a foreigner comes and prays towards this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this house that I have built.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 84

1 How lovely | is your | dwelling-place:

O | Lord | God of | hosts!

2 My soul has a desire and longing to enter the | courts • of the | Lord:

my heart and my flesh re-| joice • in the | living | God.

3 The sparrow has found her a home *

and the swallow a nest where she may | lay her | young:

even your altar O Lord of | hosts my | King • and my | God.

4 Blessed are those who | dwell • in your | house:

they will | always • be | praising | you.

5 Blessed are those whose | strength is • in | you:

in whose | heart • are the | highways • to | Zion;

6 Who going through the valley of dryness *

find there a spring from | which to | drink:

till the autumn | rain shall | clothe it • with | blessings.

7 They go from | strength to | strength:

they appear every one of them *

before the | God of | gods in | Zion.

8 O Lord God of hosts | hear my | prayer:

give | ear O | God of | Jacob.

9 Behold O God | him who • reigns | over us:

and look upon the | face of | your a-| nointed.

10 One day in your courts is | better • than a | thousand:

I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God

* than | dwell • in the | tents • of un-| godliness.

11 For the Lord God is a light and a shield*

the Lord gives | favour • and | honour:

and no good thing will he withhold from | those who | walk in | innocence.

12 O Lord | God of | hosts:

blessed are those who | put their | trust in | you.

Glo-| ry to | God: Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit:

As in the be-|ginning • so | now; and for-| ever | A-| men.

Second Reading Ephesians 6.10-20

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

During the Gospel Procession we sing:-

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The spirit of the | Lord • is up-| on me;
he sent me to | bring Good | News • to the | poor
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Deacon: The Lord be with you

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel John 6.56-69

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’ Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

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

The Sermon (followed by a short quiet-time of reflection.)

Hymn after the Sermon: – TiS 572 (Tune ii) – O Thou who camest …

THE CREED

We stand – Celebrant says: Let us together affirm the faith of the church.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one being with the Father,
through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation (here we bow our heads)
He came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
(here we stand upright.)

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

The Celebrant: Let us pray for the people of God.

We kneel or sit for the Prayers – led by a member of the congregation.

After each petition…

Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer

Prayer for our Parish: (We pray together)

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

Prayers for our community today:-

Edi & Oscar Davis; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop.

Our prayers for those in immediate need:-

Br. William SSF; Robyn Cadwallader; Sheila Brown; Robert & Lyndall; Adriel; Kirsten Harley; Beryl Digby; Sister Frances CSC; William Frew; Peter Wheatley; Br Giles SSF; Br Kentigern John SSF; Jackie Bonham; Emma Burns; Sue Drewett; Barbara Granger; Doug Hall; Patricia Harris; Kim Hill; Irma; Jenny; Kristy & Rodney; Sharda Kumar; Leanne; Pip Leonard, Damien Lew; Robyn & Frank Norman; Michael Bunyan, Anand, Digvijay and baby Anaisha; Anne Derwin; Barbara Becroff; Sam George; and Meaghan Patterson.

The departed

Fatima Begum

Anniversaries of the departed:

Clarrie Cregann and Jane Harker

Saints Commemorated this week:-

27th: Monica, mother of Augustine (d.387).
28
th: Augustine of Hippo, bishop and teacher (d.430)
29
th: Beheading of John the Baptist
31
st: John Bunyan, preacher & spiritual writer (d.1688)
and Aidan of Lindisfarne, bishop and missionary (d.651)

And after the final prayer:

Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen

THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

The Sub-Deacon says: God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s Table.

Let us be quiet while we call to mind our sins. A time of silence is kept.

The Sub Deacon says: Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God,
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
we have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Celebrant says -.

Almighty God,
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

THE GREETING OF PEACE

(Clergy and sanctuary party move to face the people in front of the altar.)

Celebrant We are the body of Christ
People: His Spirit is with us.

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.

(We offer each other the greeting of God’s peace.)

THE OFFERTORY

A hymn is sung while the collection is taken

Offertory Hymn – TiS 218 – Jesus the Name…

The bread and wine are brought to the altar. Small candles are also brought up. Any member of the congregation can carry a candle to represent a prayer or a thanksgiving of their own.

During the hymn there is a pause for the offertory prayer as the bread and wine (gifts) are offered and the Celebrant prays:-

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Priest: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Priest: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,
Mighty Creator, ever-living God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.
By His death on the cross and rising to new life,
He offered the one true sacrifice for sin
And obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
And with all the company of heaven,
We proclaim your great and glorious name,
For every praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
This bread and wine,
And we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
We who eat and drink them may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night He was betrayed Jesus took bread;
And when He had given you thanks He broke it
And gave it to His disciples, saying
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’

After supper, He took the cup,
And again giving you thanks
He gave it to His disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
Shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Therefore, we do as our Saviour has commanded;
Proclaiming His offering of Himself made once for all upon the cross,
His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
And looking for His coming again,
We celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
His one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit; unite us in the body of your Son,
And bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
With whom and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise.

Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE COMMUNION

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.

 

Then is sung the Agnus Dei

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.

THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION – The Celebrant says –

Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance that he died for us. Let us feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

COMMUNION

We all gather around the altar for communion. Non-communicants are invited to share in the circle and receive a blessing. We sing the chant below. When offering the bread, the priest says…

The body of Christ [the bread of heaven] keep you in eternal life. Amen

When offering the wine, the priest or assistant says…

The blood of Christ [the cup of salvation] keep you in eternal life. Amen

After communion we return to our places and sit or kneel.

Silence is kept for a short meditation.

THE SENDING OUT OF GOD’S PEOPLE

We stand…

The Celebrant says: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

The Celebrant continues…

And we respond:

Father,
We offer ourselves to you
As a living sacrifice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit,
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen

The priest (or bishop if present) gives the blessing:

The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

A final hymn is sung: TiS 207 – Jesus shall reign…

The Notices are given.

Please take this booklet with you to use during the week

Lectionary Readings for Mon 27 August to Sat 3rd September 2018

 

Monday

2 Thessalonians 1.1-5

Psalm 96.1-6

Matthew 23.13-22

Tuesday

2 Thess2.1-3a,14-17

Psalm 96.7-13

Matthew 23.23-26

Wednesday

2 Thessalonians3.1-18

Psalm 128

Matthew 23.27-32

Thursday

1 Corinthians 1.1-9

Psalm 145.1-9

Matthew 24.42-51

Friday

1 Corinthians 1.17-25

Psalm 33.1-8

Matthew 25.1-13

Saturday

1 Corinthians 1.26-31

Psalm 33.13-21

Matthew 25.14-30

Readings for next Sunday – 2 September– 15th Sunday After Pentecost

First Reading: Song of Songs 2.8-13; Psalm: 45.1-2, 6-9

Second Reading: James 1.17-27 Gospel Reading: Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

 

MEMORIAL OF THE INCARNATION OR THE ANGELUS

 

Celebrant: The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit

I am the lowly servant of the Lord
be it done to me according to your word.

The Word became flesh
and dwelt among

Celebrant: Grant Lord, that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Amen.

The deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.

us.

Blessed in the message Gabriel brought
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.

Celebrant: Lord, we unite our prayers with those of Mary and all your saints.
Let your Word become flesh in our lives

Parish Information ABN.78 161 584 893.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry at 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall. Evening Prayer in our Chapel on 1st Sunday of the month at 6.00 p.m.

Thai Community meets at morning tea. Enquiries to Amanda Mason 0407 101 382.

WEEKDAY SERVICES:

Wednesday 9.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer; and

10.00 a.m. Eucharist and Prayers for Healing (followed by morning tea)

Friday 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer led by Peter Seymour.

Rector – Fr Philip Bradford.

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

Parish email: stlukes.enmore@outlook.com: bradford.pr@gmail.com

Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeil & Amanda Mason
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
www.stlukes enmore.org.au
rector@stlukesenmore.org.au

Hon Clergy Associate:

Fr John Reimer

Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks

ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
133 Enmore Rd, Tel: 9550 5713
Hours: TuesWed & Friday 9.30  4; Thursday 9.30-3; Sat 9.30 – 2.30.

Healthy Church Life Group:

Fr Philip; Peter Seymour, Moya Holle, Ian Mylchreest, Fabian LoSchiavo, Evelyn Maack, Brett Davies; Angela Bell, and Ruth Champion.

Wardens:
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddie Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041 ruthchampion7878@bigpond.com

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

Hall Administrator:
Stuart Veitch Mb 0400-312-354

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.