17th April 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.
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Graham & Suzanne Campton
Readers Today: Moya Holle & Kevin Green
Readers next week: Tony Brownlow & Lea MacNeil
Intercessor: John Tonetti
Next week: Diana Jefferies
Hospitality: Les Carrington & Kevin Green
Next Week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Cleaners Saturday 23rd: Moya Holle, John Tonetti, Neville D.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
Kindly turn off your mobile phone before
the start of the service
In the modern world, so many won’t take the step of believing in Jesus until the question, similar to this one is answered to their satisfaction, plainly and in scientific terms. “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus has answered this with “The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me”. We need to answer the modern doubters in the same way. In Jesus’ time the doubters were there with him and could clearly see what he was doing, and yet did not believe. How much harder it is for us, in this day and age to show the works of Jesus to the doubters. The problem is that they are not always easy to see and there are none so blind as those who do not wish to see. Let us find ways to bring the modern miracles of Jesus to those who are blind to them.
- Pray for the ‘modern spiritually blinded’, that their eyes may be opened to the works, beauty and glory of Jesus.
- Give thanks for the Anglican Church of Australia, and pray that in each of the dioceses God’s love for the world may be made known.
Text: The Rev Ken Spreadborough,
Chair of ABM’s Brisbane Diocesan Committee
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: TIS 145 – The King of love my shepherd is
The Sentence The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7.17
you sent Jesus, the good shepherd,
to gather us together:
may we not wander from his flock,
but follow wherever he leads us,
listening for his voice and staying near him,
until we are safely in your fold,
to live with you for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Acts 9.36-43
A reading from the book of Acts of the Apostles
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 The Lord | is my | shepherd:
therefore | can I | lack | nothing.
2 He will make me lie down in | green | pastures:
and | lead me be-| side still | waters.
3 He will re-| fresh my | soul:
and guide me in right pathways | for his | name’s | sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will | fear no | evil:
for you are with me, your | rod and your | staff | comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me
in the face of | those who | trouble me:
you have anointed my head with oil, | and my | cup shall be | full.
6 Surely your goodness and loving-kindness
will follow me all the | days of my | life:
and I shall dwell in the | house of the | Lord 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 Revelation 7.9-17
A reading from the book of Revelation
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’
I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’
Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, | says the | Lord;
I know my | sheep, and | mine know | me.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Gospel John 10.22-30
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 355 – Man, more than man
(This haunting tune was composed by Dr Eric Gross, an Australian Composer, an Associate Professor of Music at Sydney University and Conductor of the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choral Society in the 1960-70s.)
Prayer for our Parish
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
Offertory Hymn: TIS 520 – Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 223 – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Tuesday night Bible Study at Fr. Philip and Rosemary’s home, 5 Lincoln St. Stanmore continues this week (26th April). 7.30pm or 6.30 if you would like dinner. All welcome. Details see Fr. Philip
Sunday School teacher needed while Fabian is looking after his brother in Bombala. Fabian’s Sunday is the first Sunday in the month and also the 5th Sunday, when there is one. If you can help please speak with Jennifer Bestel or Diana.
Bookstall News – New books in stock – The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, Simply Jesus by Tom Wright; A Man Called Johnny Mac, edited by Muriel Porter; A New Exile: The future of Anglicanism by Muriel Porter, Faith without Fear by Keith Mascord.
Membership Cards – All parishioners are requested to complete one of our new membership cards, which will update your details but also we need your permission to print your name on the pew sheet, which also goes on our website. These are available from the Welcomers.
Kinetic Energy play “Home” in St Luke’s Hall.
Last performance tonight, 24 April – at 6.30 pm
Bookings 9665 6489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 27 April – 7.30 pm – Women’s Reading Group at Pauline Newell’s home.
Thank You Everyone who helped with our Bunnings |Cake Stall yesterday: those who baked and those who did the selling! We are very grateful for your support.
Please remember: 14 MAY – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – helpers wanted from 9 am – 4 pm. More information will be provided later.
Boyz Nite Out: 7th May at Tabaq Indian restaurant, cnr. of St. John St. and King St. Newtown. 5.30 for 6pm Please advise John Roe by 5th May 0400955772
Saturday 14 May – Pentecost Eve – 2.00 pm – Ecumenical Service at the Poor Clare Sisters, Campbelltown. Further details to come.
Sunday 15 May – Faithworks@Newtown 2016 presents Neil and Thea Ormerod – “Laudato Si – making it happen here and now”. 4 – 6 pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cnr Bedford and Station Sts, Newtown.
Theatre Party – please let John Roe know if you are interested.
7 September – Fawlty Towers Live – 8 pm at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay $85.00. Expressions of interest to: John Roe by 1 July to 0400 955 772 or email@example.com.
Sunday 31 July – Sesqui-centennary Mass – 10.30 am at St Joseph’s, Newtown. Details: newtownfaith.blogspot.com.au.
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. Please put your name or the word Offertory as a reference.
St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 18th to 24th April
|MONDAY||Acts 11.1-8||Psalm 42.1-7||John 10.1-10|
|TUESDAY||Acts 11.19-26||Psalm 87||John 10.22-30|
|WEDNESDAY||Acts 12.24—13.5||Psalm 67||John 12.44-50|
|THURSDAY||Acts 13.13-25||Psalm 89.19-25||John 13.16-20|
|FRIDAY||Acts 13.26-33||Psalm 2.6-11||John 14.1-6|
|SATURDAY||Acts 13.44-52||Psalm 98.1-4||John 14.7-14|
Next Sunday: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Gospel Reading: John 13.31-35
Treasurers Report for Jan to Feb 2016:
Prayers for each day of the week
Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas Fleming; Stephen Gates & Andrew.
Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola; Wayne Gillies; Kevin Green; Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry.
Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi; John, Martha & Christopher Haly.
Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet, Susan & Alex Hill; Moya Holle; Anne Hywood & Peter Tregilgas.
Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat.
Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Fabian LoSchiavo; Evelyn Maack; Amrit MacIntyre & Brett Davies.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Simon LoSchiavo; Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Ray Sommer; Madeline Spielman; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark; Caroline Wilson; Fatima Begum; Kristie.
The sick – Long term:
Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Jason Broadbridge, Maureen & Henry Byers; David Byers; Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen; Paull Garrett; Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Javen Khan; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Bishop Ivan Lee; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; John McLulich; Janet McLeod; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lyndy Ogg; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Susan Paterson; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan; Mary Sotiriadis; Stephen Thomas; Trier Family, Saria Sevilla; Antoun and Mark Travis; Xenia and Simeon; Helen Olston; the Rev’d Graham and Judy Reynolds; Gisela Winter; Tim M.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
James Unwin; Margaret Coote; Frederick Anderson; Graham Hall; Bill Moffat.
21st: Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, teacher (d. 1109).
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 8.30a.m. – Morning Prayer
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.
Rector – Fr Philip Bradford.
Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
firstname.lastname@example.orgHon Clergy Associate: Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 51362)Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Jennie Winton Mb 0401727 718
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041.Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Tony Purcell, Susan Hill, Fabian Lo Schiavo and Amrit MacIntyre.Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.
A personal statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
In the last month I have discovered that my biological father is not Gavin Welby but, in fact, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.
This comes as a complete surprise.
My mother (Jane Williams) and father (Gavin Welby) were both alcoholics. My mother has been in recovery since 1968, and has not touched alcohol for over 48 years. I am enormously proud of her.
My father (Gavin Welby) died as a result of the alcohol and smoking in 1977 when I was 21.
As a result of my parents’ addictions my early life was messy, although I had the blessing and gift of a wonderful education, and was cared for deeply by my grandmother, my mother once she was in recovery, and my father (Gavin Welby) as far as he was able.
I have had a life of great blessing and wonderful support, especially from Caroline and our children, as well as a great many wonderful friends and family.
My own experience is typical of many people. To find that one’s father is other than imagined is not unusual. To be the child of families with great difficulties in relationships, with substance abuse or other matters, is far too normal.
By the grace of God, found in Christian faith, through the NHS, through Alcoholics Anonymous and through her own very remarkable determination and effort, my mother has lived free of alcohol, has a very happy marriage, and has contributed greatly to society as a probation officer, member of the National Parole Board, Prison Visitor and with involvement in penal reform.
She has also played a wonderful part in my life and in the lives of my children and now grandchildren, as has my stepfather whose support and encouragement has been generous, unstinting and unfailing.
This revelation has, of course, been a surprise, but in my life and in our marriage Caroline and I have had far worse. I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes. Even more importantly my role as Archbishop makes me constantly aware of the real and genuine pain and suffering of many around the world, which should be the main focus of our prayers.
Although there are elements of sadness, and even tragedy in my father’s (Gavin Welby’s) case, this is a story of redemption and hope from a place of tumultuous difficulty and near despair in several lives. It is a testimony to the grace and power of Christ to liberate and redeem us, grace and power which is offered to every human being.
At the very outset of my inauguration service three years ago, Evangeline Kanagasooriam, a young member of the Canterbury Cathedral congregation, said: “We greet you in the name of Christ. Who are you, and why do you request entry?”
To which I responded: “I am Justin, a servant of Jesus Christ, and I come as one seeking the grace of God to travel with you in His service together.”
What has changed? Nothing!