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

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 28 January 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.

Celebrant & Preacher                        Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today                              Evelyn Maack & Stephen Gates
Next week:                                           Brett Davies & Amrit MacInytre

Readers Today:                                  Moya Holle & Stephan Gates
Readers next week:                            Bryson & Belinda Reddy
Intercessor:                                          Peter Seymour
Next week:                                           Rosemary Bradford
Hospitality:                                          John M. Evelyn M. & Ruth C (for Amrit).
Next Week:                                          Julie Olston, K Drummond, A Bell
Cleaners Saturday 3rd  :                     Moya (for Ann), P Gilbert, Afredo Narnola

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 the T-setting


Today the Psalmist says of God: ‘His marvellous acts have won him a name to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and merciful’. What are the times that you have seen the Lord’s grace and mercy in action in your life? Where have you shown that same grace and mercy to others?

  • Pray that you might show God’s grace and mercy to those around you.
  • Pray for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.

Text:        Robert McLean, Partnerships Coordinator
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2018


Introit Hymn: TIS 611 God of grace and God of glory


The Sentence:                                                             Matthew 9:35

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.



The Collect (we pray together)
God of compassion,
you have shown us in Christ
that your love is never ending:
enable us both to love you with all our heart
and to love one another as Christ loved us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


First Reading                                                  Deuteronomy 18:15-20

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy


The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: ‘If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.’ Then the Lord replied to me: ‘They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.’

For the word of the Lord                                 Thanks be to God

Psalm 111


1        O praise the Lord * I will praise the Lord with my | whole | heart:

in the company of the upright * and a-| mong the | conger-| gation.


2     The works of the | Lord are | great:

and studied by | all who | take de-| light in them.


3     His deeds are ma-| jestic • and | glorious:

and his | righteous • ness | stands for | ever.


4     His marvellous acts have won him a name to | be re-| membered:

the | Lord is | gracious • and | merciful.


5     He gives food to | those that | fear him:

he re-| members • his | covenant • for | ever.



6      He showed his people the | power • of his | acts:

in giving them the | herit • age | of the | heathen.


7        The works of his hands are | faithful • and | just:

and | all his com-| mandments • are|  sure.


8      They stand firm for | ever and | ever:

they are done in | faithful • ness | and in | truth.


9      He sent redemption to his people * he ordained his | covenant • forever:

holy is his name and | worthy | to be | feared.


10      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom *

and of good understanding are those that | keep • his com-| mandments:

his | praise • shall en-| dure 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                                              1 Corinthians 8:1-13


A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  2 Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 3 but anyone who loves God is known by him.  4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘no idol in the world really exists’, and that ‘there is no God but one.’ 5 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.


7 It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 ‘Food will not bring us close to God.’ We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling-block to the weak. 10 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? 11 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.


For the word of the Lord                                 Thanks be to God


Gospel Procession:

Gospel Acclamation


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
This is the light of revel | ation to the | nations,
and the | glory of | your people, | Israel.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord be with you;
And also with you.


The Gospel                                                                    Mark 1:21-28

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ 26 And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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


The Sermon


Hymn after the Sermon TIS 211 Jesus, lover of my soul


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 526 Lord Jesus Christ

Hymn during Communion –   O, the love of my Lord

2          Ev’ry day, ev’ry hour, ev’ry moment

have been blessed by the strength of his love.

At the turn of each tide he is there at my side,

and his touch is as gentle as silence.

3          There’ve been times when I’ve turned from his presence,

and I’ve walked other paths, other ways;

but I’ve called on his name in the dark of my shame,

and his mercy was gentle as silence.

Final Hymn: TIS 28 God is our strength and refuge


Friday 2 February at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. Boyz Nite Out – at the Thai Hot Pepper, King St, opposite Alice St. Newtown. RSVP please to John Roe on 0400 955 772 or email

Saturday 3 February – Sisters of the Church Associates Meeting – St John’s Village Glebe Community Room at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday, 4th February at 1.30 pm, in St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street (note:  not wheel-chair accessible)  It will be a simple, united service, with prayers and psalms and lots of hymns commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda  of 1568, when for the first time, on January 28th, a Christian ruler, King John Sigismund in Transylvania, allowed Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Unitarians to worship freely.  (Restrictions on freedom of worship remained even in Britain well into the 19th century.)  This might be called a reasonable reformation rally!   (From the Rev’d John Bunyan)

Leprosy Mission News:-

Friday 9 February at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. Leprosy Mission Nepali Dinner Event at All Saints Woollahra Anglican Church, 85 Ocean Street, Woollahra.  See notice the board for details or speak with Janet Walmsley, who is assisting with the organisation of the event. Speaker is Amar, a former sufferer of leprosy who is now the principal of a school in Nepal and a director of Leprosy Mission International.

Sunday 11 February, Amar from the Leprosy Mission will also be the guest speaker at our 9.30 a.m. Eucharist.

Ash Wednesday – 14th February – our morning service in the Chapel is at the usual time of 10.00 a.m. followed by morning tea.  In the evening a service will be held at 7.30 p.m.

Lenten Studies – The combined churches of St Joseph’s Newtown, Metropolitan Community Church and St Luke’s will be hosting a Lenten Study on a Tuesday evenings during Lent at 7.00 p.m.(more information shortly) and following the Healing Mass on a Wednesday we will hold a Lenten study and discussion in the hall during morning tea from 11.00 a.m.  If anyone else would like to host a Lenten Study group at home, another time, please speak with Fr Philip.  Study books will be provided.

The ABM Sydney Committee has organised the Sydney Launch of the ABM 2018 Lent Appeal – to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 14th February 2018.  The Guest Speaker will be the ABM Executive Director, The Reverend John Dean.  It will take place at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 17 Burton Street, Concord.  St Luke’s Rector, the Reverend Ken Fenton, and the Committee, will warmly welcome your attendance.

Saturday 17 February the Healthy Church Life Group and Parish Council meet for Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. in the Chapel – coffee / tea and meeting to follow in the hall.

Sunday 4 March – Blayney Visitation Weekend is proposed when we will take our usual gift of 2 Paschal Candles to the Parish.  Book asap if you would like to come, as it’s their Annual Show weekend.

Sunday 11 March – Our Annual Vestry Meeting (please have  your reports ready for mid-February).

Advance Notice – “Priscilla – The Musical” Tuesday 19 June at the Lyric Theatre Star City.  John Roe will take expressions of interest during February.

Parish Gardens:  If anyone has the time and can come and help remove weeds and rubbish from our front gardens and along the hall, we would welcome your help.  This can be done at any time.  The waste skip is available for weeds/rubbish and is not locked.  Please bring your own gardening gloves.

Information – Ross Black moved to Weston some time ago to be closer to his family and to continue in better health.  While we have removed him from our parish roll he will always be remembered with affection by those who knew him in the past as a lively and vibrant member of our community.  Some of us are still in contact with Ross.

The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil – the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil – has elected its first female bishop, some 34 years after the province first paved the way for women to serve in all three orders of ministry. The Revd Canon Marinez Santos Bassotto was elected on Saturday (20 January) as the next Bishop of the Amazon during a meeting at Belém, in the northern Brazillian state of Pará.  She will succeed Bishop Saulo Mauricio de Barros, who retired last November.  The province was one of the first in the Anglican Communion to official open the episcopate to women in 1983.  Its first female deacons were ordained in 1984 and its first female priests in 1985.

Bible Readings for the Week 29th to 4th February 2018

MONDAY 2 Samuel 15.13-16.13 Psalm 3 Mark 5.1-20
TUESDAY 2 Samuel 18.9-14,24-19.3 Psalm 86.1-7 Mark 5.21-43
WEDNESDAY 2Samuel  24.2.9-17 Psalm 32.1-7 Mark 6.1-6
THURSDAY 1 King 2.1-4,10-12 Psalm 144.1-4 Mark6.7-13
FRIDAY Sirach 47.2-11 Psalm 18.48-52 Mark 6.14-29
SATURDAY 1 King 3.4-13 Psalm  119.9-16 Mark 6.30-34


Next Sunday: The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Isaiah 40.21-31
Psalm 147.1-11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9.16-23
Gospel: Mark 1.29-39


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 with Amanda after church and at 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)

CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.

Parish email:

Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220

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.

Hon Clergy Associate

Fr John Reimer

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

Fabian LoSchiavo:  0417670749.
Eddy Reddy:  0410634948
Ruth Champion:  0400166041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; James Barnes; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; 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.