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Fourth Sunday After Advent 2016


18 December 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:
Welcomers Today:
Next week:
Readers Today:
Readers next week:
Next week:
Next Week:
Cleaners10th December:

Fr. Philip Bradford
Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Jennie Winton & David Dunlop
Susan Hill & Tony Brownlow
Oscar Davis & Belinda Reddy
Peter Seymour
John Tonetti
Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Shared brunch
Moya Holle, John Tonetti, Tony Brownlow

Christmas Eve Roster:-

Welcomers: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen
Intercessions: Rosemary Bradford
Readers: Rosemary Bradford & Richard Hagen.

ABMIt is easy to become over familiar with the story of the Incarnation, but behind the ancient prophecies and work of the Holy Spirit, it is a story about a man and a woman at the beginning of their life together. We see the character of Joseph, his honesty, dignity and respect for Mary, as well as his faith in God. When Jesus entered our world, he entered our experience and meets us where we are, in the ordinary profound moments of life. That is where Immanuel chose to dwell. Let us in our own lives not neglect the ordinary for in these moments, God is at work.

  • Thank God for the life of Joseph, a saintly example for all men, single or married and for Mary, his wife, the Mother of our Lord.

  • Give thanks for the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican Church of Canada) as they seek to bring God’s love to others.

Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Catechist, St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016

Introit Hymn: TIS 290 – Of the Father’s love begotten

Liturgy for Lighting the Advent Candle

4th Sunday of Advent – Love

The Minister greets the congregation:

The Lord be with you

All: And also with you

Minister: Today we will light the fourth Advent Candle, the candle reminding us of God’s love. Before we do that let us remember the gifts of God symbolised by the other candles, the light of hope, the light of peace and the light of joy.

(The first three candles are lit.)

All: The fourth candle helps us to remember that God is love.

(the fourth candle is lit.)

Minister: The Bible tells us that it is because God loved the world so much that Jesus came among us. Let us join in this prayer of thanksgiving.

All: Gracious God, thank you for loving us and for sending
Jesus into the world. Help us to remember that your love
is unending and strengthen us to love others as you love
us. Amen

The Sentence: A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel: God with us. Matthew 1.23

The Collect:

Gracious God,
you chose the virgin Mary, by your grace,
to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour:
so fill us with your grace,
that with her we may rejoice in your salvation,
and in all things embrace your will;
through 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 Isaiah 7.10-16

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19

1 Hear O Shepherd of Israel * you that led | Joseph  like a | flock:
you that are enthroned upon the cherubim | shine | out in | glory;

2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin | and Man-| asseh:
stir up your | power and | come to | save us.

3 Restore us again O | Lord of | hosts:
show us the light of your countenance | and we | shall be | saved.

4 O Lord | God of | hosts:
how long will you be | angry  at your | people’s | prayer?

5 You have fed them with the | bread of | tears:
and given them tears to | drink in | good | measure.

6 You have made us the victim | of our | neighbours:
and our | enemies | laugh us  to | scorn.

7 Restore us again O | Lord of | hosts:
show us the light of your countenance | and we | shall be | saved.

17 Let your power rest on the man at your | right | hand:
on that son of man whom you | made so | strong  for your-| self.

18 And so we shall | not turn | back from you:
give us life and we will | call up-| on your | name.

19 Restore us again O | Lord of | hosts:
show us the light of your countenance | and we | shall be | saved.

Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men

Second Reading Romans 1.1-7

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
I am the servant | of the | Lord:
may his | will for | me be | done.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The Gospel Matthew 1.18-25

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

 Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 292– Infant holy, infant lowly

Prayer for our Parish

Gracious God,
We pray for our Parish of St Luke,for our Rector and all who worship
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 520 – Lord, Enthroned in heavenly splendour

Hymn during Communion:

Final Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear

  1. It came upon the midnight clear,
    that glorious song of old
    from angels bending near the earth
    to touch their harps of gold:
    “Peace on the earth, good will to men,
    from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
    The world in solemn stillness lay,
    to hear the angels sing.
  1. Still through the cloven skies they come
    with peaceful wings unfurled,
    and still their heavenly music floats
    o’er all the weary world;
    above its sad and lowly plains,
    they bend on hovering wing,
    and ever o’er its Babel sounds
    the blessed angels sing.
  1. And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
    whose forms are bending low,
    who toil along the climbing way
    with painful steps and slow,
    look now! for glad and golden hours
    come swiftly on the wing.
    O rest beside the weary road,
    and hear the angels sing!
  1. For lo! the days are hastening on,
    by prophet seen of old,
    when with the ever-circling years
    shall come the time foretold
    when peace shall over all the earth
    its ancient splendors fling,
    and the whole world send back the song
    which now the angels sing.


Please wear your name badge for the convenience of others and join us for morning tea in the hall

Please note – Due to our visit to the Stanmore Nursing Home, Parish Council is cancelled today – we will meet again on Sunday 22 January.

Wardens next meet on Sunday 8 January.

Don’t forget the Christmas Bowl and ABM Christmas Appeals – envelopes provided.

Flowers for Christmas – donations for flowers may either be given to Ruth or put into the offertory.

Also, donations for Stanmore Nursing Home gifts would be appreciated. Envelopes are provided at the back of the church or see the Welcomers.

TodayWe are going to the Stanmore Nursing Home to sing carols and give out gifts. If you can come please do; the patients enjoy our singing and company!

Our Nativity Play Without Rehearsal is on at 6.30 pm. This is our annual Family Christmas get-together – a time to invite the neighbours and friends, especially those with children. There is supper to follow in the hall.

Last week at Children’s Book Presentation, we omitted to thank our dedicated Sunday School teachers. Thank you to Fabian, Jennifer, Diana, Amrit and Jo Raj. We all sincerely appreciate what you do!!

Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm – supper will not be served this year after this service, as brunch is being arranged for Christmas Day.

Christmas Day – 9.30 am Family Eucharist

Following the Family Eucharist on Christmas Day there will be a light brunch in the hall for all who are not rushing off to other festivities and would like to join in. So we’ll have an idea of numbers, please let Jennie Winton know (, or 0401 727 718) if you’ll be joining us.

The Epiphany pilgrimage to the mountains will be on Saturday 14 January – Eucharist and barbecue at Lea and Don’s home, 22 Albert Street, Leura. Bring your own meat and drink and perhaps a salad or sweet to share.

Bookstall News – Christmas cards are still available. And new stock: Joan Chittister’s The Breath of the Soul; Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; and for children: The Velveteen Rabbit; Images of God; Who Made Me; and Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.

Advance Notice:

There will be a Parish Retreat at the Stroud Hermitage on the weekend of 3-5 March 2017.

Our Website

Our website is being constantly updated by Fr Philip (sermons) and Angela Bell (weekly bulletins and events). Have you taken a look recently? Your feedback would be appreciated.

Bible Readings for the Week 19th to 25th December 2016

MONDAY Judges 13.2-7,24-25 Psalm 71.121 Luke 1.5-25
TUESDAY Isaiah 7.10-14 Psalm 24.1-6 Luke 1.28-38
WEDNESDAY Habakkuk 2.1-4 Psalm 117 ,Eph 2.19-22 John 20.24-29
THURSDAY 1 Samuel 1.24-28 SO Hannah (APBAp.429) Luke 1.46-56
FRIDAY Malachi 3.1-4; 4.2-3 Psalm 25.4-10 Luke 1.57-66
SATURDAY 2 Samuel 7.1-5,8-11,16 Psalm 89.19-29 Luke 1.67-69

Next Saturday Readings –Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9.2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2.11-14
Luke 2.1-14

Next Sunday’s Readings – Christmas Day

Isaiah 62.6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3.4-8a
Luke 2.8-20


Prayers for each day of the week

Mervyn Bishop; Ross Black; Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks; Tony Brownlow.

Les & Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; Ron, Binh, Milly, Nam & Violetta Clarke.

Ron & Sheila Cross; Lyne, Eleanor & Constance Cuneen & John MacLulich; Neville Daniels.

Edi & Oscar Davis; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop; Brent Egan.

Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas Fleming; Stephen Gates & Andrew.

Altin Gavranovic & Hannah Forsyth; Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit: Kenny Khoo.

Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; Joseph & Esther Kumar; Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need: Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Fr Ron Morris, Fr Ken Munns; Brian Rawnsley, Linda Rinker & Patricia Gonzales;

Our Prayer for those in need.

Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Marilyn Gibb; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Linda Jensathit; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; 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; Barbara Granger; Dawn Holland and Ray Sommer.

Judy Reynolds

In Thanksgiving for Blessings Received: For Robert’s first visit to chambers last Sunday, with more to come. Pray for Lyndall as she enables these outings. His accident happened on Pentecost Sunday – now speaking well and mobile in a wheelchair. They are hoping for more movement.

Anniversaries of the Departed

Sidney Smith; Giuseppe Crowther; Bill Carter; Arthur Porter; Adrian Archinal.

21st Dec: Thomas, Apostle & Martyr

25th Dec: The Birth of our Lord

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 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
Office Ph 9557 4219 PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email:
Fr Philip:

Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour

Pastoral Care
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

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

Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041

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

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

Pastoral Care Support Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle; Peter Seymour