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

Fourth Sunday of Advent 24 December 2017

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 Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Next week: Angela Bell & Stephen Gates

Readers Today: Nadia Wheatley & Ian Mylchreest
Readers next week: Oscar Davies & Bianca Reddy
Intercessor: Moya Holle
Next week: Diana Jefferies &
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Cleaners Saturday 30th : A Petersen, P Gilbert & A Narnola

24th Midnight readings : Richard Hagen & Bianca Reddy
25th Christmas Day: John M & Rosemary Bradford

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

to T-setting

Those who attend worship this morning will experience a nine months’ time shift between this and the Christmas Eucharist. Let the reverberation of Mary’s words carry you through the rest of this day as you make ready for your celebration of Christmas. ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’

  • Take a deliberate time out to pray this afternoon – seek out a quiet space.

  • Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

  • Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE BEFORE THE SERVICE STARTS.

Introit Hymn: TIS 309 – Angels from the realms of glory

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

Celebrant: 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.)

Celebrant: 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: Luke 1.32–33

This child will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.

The Collect (we pray together)

Gracious God,

whose eternal Word took flesh among us

when Mary placed her life at the service of your will:

prepare our hearts for his coming again

and keep us steadfast in hope,

that we may be ready for the coming of his kingdom;

for his sake, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16

A reading from the Second book of Samuel

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’

Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’ But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders* of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;* your throne shall be established for ever.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Song of Mary

1. My soul proclaims the | greatness • of the | Lord:

my spirit re-| joices • in | God my | Saviour,

2. for he has looked with favour on his | lowly | servant:

from this day all gener-| ations will | call me | blessed.

3. The Almighty has done | great things | for me:

and | holy | is his | name.

4. God has mercy on | those who | fear him:

from gener-| ation to | gener-| ation.

5. The Lord has shown | strength with his | arm:

and scattered the | proud in | their con-| ceit,

6. Casting down the mighty | from their | thrones:

and | lifting | up the | lowly.

7. God has filled the hungry with | good | things:

and sent the | rich a-| way | empty.

8. He has come to the aid of his | servant | Israel:

to re-| member the | promise of | mercy,

9. The promise | made to our | forebears:

to Abraham | and his | children for | ever

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

 

Second Reading Romans 16: 25-27

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Now to God* who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom* be the glory for ever! Amen.*

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
A virgin will give birth | to a | son;

his name will be Emmanuel: | God | is with | us.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord be with you;
And also with you.

The Gospel Luke 1.26-38

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’* But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’* The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born* will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

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

The Sermon

Hymn after the Sermon TIS 294 – Behold a rose is growing

Prayer for our Parish

Gracious God,
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 302 – The Angel Gabriel

Hymn during Communion – O Little Town of Bethlehem (TIS 316)

O Holy Night!

To be sung by Katherine Oldfield on Christmas Eve.

(As this song is part of the service, please do not applaud.)

The words were written as a poem by Placide Cappeau in 1847 at the request of the parish priest of Roquemaure to celebrate the renovation of the church organ. His friend Adolphe Charles Adams, wrote music for the poem and it was later translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here came the wise men from Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Final Hymn: TIS 307 – The Virgin Mary had a baby boy

NOTICES

ABM Advent Envelopes are available for your Advent gift to missions. ABM, as many of you know, has been badly affected by our Government’s decision to withdraw funds from many charities. Please give generously over the next few Sundays to help ABM deliver their much needed programs, particularly in PNG.

If you are visiting us today we welcome you! Please join us for hospitality in the hall after the service.

Thank you to Brett and Amrit for providing morning tea today and also to Jo, Laurence and Diana who will organise hospitality after the Christmas Day service. This is not brunch, its morning tea! If you attend this service and can also welcome any visitors and/or help in the kitchen, it would be appreciated. We greet everyone before, during (in the Peace|) and after the service.

Thank you to Moya Holle and Matilda for arranging our beautiful Flowers for Christmas services. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of these flowers, please put your donation in an envelope so marked and place it in the offertory collection, or give it to the Welcomers in the foyer. Thank you!

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. The Act for Peace is the welfare arm of the National Council of Churches and they assist with conservation farming techniques in places like Zimbabwe, and in Myanmar where they are in makeshift camps with little food or water.

 

Bible Readings for the Week 25th to 31st December 2017

MONDAY Isaiah 9.2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 3.4-8a Luke 2.8.20
TUESDAY 2 Chronicles 24.17-22 Psalm 31.1-8

Acts 6.8-10,7.54-60

Matthew10.17-22
WEDNESDAY Proverbs 8.22-31 Psalm 97; 1 John 1.1-5 John 20.2-8
THURSDAY Jeremiah 31.15-20 Psalm 124; 1 John 1.5-2.2 Matthew 2.13-18
FRIDAY 1 John 2.3-11 Psalm 96.1-6 Luke 2.22-35
SATURDAY 1 John 2.12-17 Psalm 96.7-9 Luke 2.36-40

 

Next Sunday: First Sunday after Christmas

First Reading: 61.10-62.3
Psalm 148
Second Reading: Galatians 4.4-7
Gospel: Luke 2.22-40

 

Wishing you all a very

Happy and Holy Christmas

From

The Rector & Churchwardens,

St Luke’s Enmore!

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

Prayers for each day of the week

Today:

Peter Seymour; Somsakdi Sirithammakij & Richard Hagen

Monday:

Ray & Laurel Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham.

Tuesday:

Matthew, James & Mark Tangruthaitham; Stephen Thomas.
Wednesday:
Karlene Thompson; Christine Thurley & Family; John Tonetti.

Thursday:

Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; Janet Walmsley.

Friday:

Nadia Wheatley; Matthew, Bronwyn, Sam & Thomas Whiting.

Saturday:
Janet Widmer; Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner; Waew Wongjam; Kay & Natasha Younie.

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.

Recently Departed:

 

Anniversaries of the Departed:

Andrian Archinal; Ada Ferris; Nellie Potts; Elsa Clarke;

Today we commemorate on

25th The birth of our Lord
26th: Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
27th:John, Apostle and Evangelist
28th: Holy Innocents
29th: Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, martyr (d.1170)
30th: Josephine Butler, social reformer (d.1905)

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. Thai Community meets with Amanda after church and at morning tea. Enquiries to Amanda Mason 0407 101 382.

WEEKDAY SERVICES:

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: rector@stlukesenmore.org.au

Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220 bradford.pr@gmail.com

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.
www.stlukesenmore.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: Tues Wed & Friday 9.30   4; Thursday 9.30-3; Sat 9.30 – 2.30, Sunday Monday – Closed.

Hall Administrator:
Stuart Veitch Mb 0400-312-354Wardens:
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.

Eddy Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; James Barnes; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.

Synod Representatives
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour

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

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