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: Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Ann Petersen & Richard Hagen
Next week: David Dunlop & Ruth Champion
Readers Today: Mary Sotiriadis & John Roe
Readers next week: Grahame Sadler & Nadia Wheatley
Intercessor: Moya Holle
Next week: Rosemary Bradford
Hospitality: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre (birthday cake)
Next Week: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Cleaners Saturday 12th Kevin Green & Neville
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
There are probably few stories that Jesus tells in the New Testament that are as moving and significant to all of us as that of the Prodigal Son. No tale illustrates God’s love and forgiveness in such tender ways. I often try to place myself in the place of the prodigal son on his journey home and to feel what he must have felt, a spiritual exercise that can bring me to some grief, then imagining the joy not only of the welcome home but the reconciliation that came with it. This Lenten season we remember that we are walking that same road home to the father where we are welcomed and forgiven through Christ.
- Pray for reconciliation with those who we have wronged and who have wronged us; and pray that we might be as quick to show mercy and love as the father from the parable.
- Give thanks for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, and pray for peace between and within both countries.
Text: The Rev Will Johnston, Assistant Curate,
St Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Kindly turn off your mobile phone before the start of the service.
Introit Hymn: TIS 145 The King of love my shepherd is
The Sentence God has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5.18
God of compassion,
you are slow to anger, and full of mercy,
welcoming sinners who return to you with penitent hearts:
receive in your loving embrace all who come home to you,
and seat them at your bountiful table,
that, with all your children,
they may feast with delight on all that satisfies
the hungry heart.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Joshua 5.2-12
A reading from the book of Joshua
At that time the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites a second time.’ So Joshua made flint knives, and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath-haaraloth. This is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the warriors, had died during the journey through the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt. Although all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people born on the journey through the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised. For the Israelites travelled for forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the warriors who came out of Egypt, perished, not having listened to the voice of the Lord. To them the Lord swore that he would not let them see the land that he had sworn to their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way. When the circumcising of all the nation was done, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.’ And so that place is called Gilgal to this day. While the Israelites were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 Blessed are those whose sin | is for-| given:
whose in-| iquity is | put a-| way.
2 Blessed are those to whom the Lord im-| putes no | blame:
and in whose | spirit there | is no | guile.
3 For whilst I | held my | tongue:
my bones wasted away | with my | daily com-| plaining.
4 Your hand was heavy upon me | day and | night:
and my moisture was dried up | like a | drought in | summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my | sin to | you:
and my in-| iquity I | did not | hide;
6 I said ‘I will confess my transgressions | to the | Lord’:
and so you forgave the | wickedness | of my | sin.
7 For this cause shall everyone that is faithful
make their prayer to you in the | day of | trouble:
and in the time of the great water-flood,
| it shall | not come | near them.
8 You are a place to hide me in,
you will pre-| serve me from | trouble:
you will surround me with de-| liverance on | every | side.
9 ‘I will instruct you, and direct you in the way that | you should |
I will fasten my eye u-| pon you, and | give you | counsel.
10 ‘Be not like horse or mule, that have no | under-| standing:
whose forward course must be | curbed with | bit and | bridle.’
11 Great tribulations remain | for the un-| godly:
but whoever puts their trust in the Lord,
mercy embraces | them on | every | side.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, | and be | glad:
and shout for joy, all | you that are | true of | heart.
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5.16-21
A reading from Paul’s Second letter to the Corinthians
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation (to be said during Lent)
Praise and honour to you Lord Jesus Christ!
I will rise and go to my father and tell him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
Praise and honour to you Lord Jesus Christ!
The Gospel Luke 15.11-32
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate. ‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” ’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 687 God gives us a future
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 347 We sing the praise of him who died
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 217 Love divine, all loves excelling
Happy Birthday to: John MacLulich; Bianca Reddy; Katherine Oldfield; John Tonetti; Tony Brownlow; Joseph Kumar
A very successful AGM was held last Sunday with 34 persons signing the Declaration of Attendance. Fr Philip announced that he had appointed Mrs. Jennie Winton as his Warden; Eddie Reddy and Ruth Champion were re-elected as People’s Wardens. Fabian LoSchiavo declined to continue as Warden due to family commitments this year; however Fr Philip has asked him to be on PC as one of his representatives. The elected Parish Council Members are listed on the last page of the pew sheet. We welcome Amrit MacIntyre and Tony Purcell as new members and say thank you to Diana Jefferies and Les Carrington for their significant contribution last year. Fr Philip has yet to appoint one more parish councillor
Bookstall News – The 50% off stocktake sale continues on selected titles.
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.
The Life in Abundance Conference (Anglican Mission & Evangelism) attended by seven of us from the parish, held at Trinity College Melbourne two weeks ago was a fantastic/unique experience and great for net-working! The conference was extremely well organized, excellent speakers, workshop facilitators and inspirational worship. We would recommend it to anyone to attend; – it maybe held again in 2018. We met up with The Rev’d Kate MacNeil, now Rector of Nth Coburg – some of you will remember Kate with great affection, as she does us. See the notice board for her letter/photos.
Today – Retiring Collection to support the victims of the recent cyclone that has hit the Fiji Islands.
And Palm Cross makers wanted after morning tea and maybe again next week. We need to make around 800. A fact sheet and demonstrations will be given on the technique if you’ve forgotten. Please come – many hands will ensure it’s done as quickly as possible.
Sunday 13th March at 3.00pm – A Lenten Concert “The Seven Last Words” Schutz; “Jesu, meine Freude” JS Bach. Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, St Laurence Early Instrument Ensemble, conducted by Neil McEwan in the church of Christ Church St Laurence, Railway Square. Tickets $30/25 at the door.
Thursday 17 March – ‘Navigating the Northern Beaches’, bus trip from St Paul’s Burwood. Visit the Bahaí House of Worship, St Sava Serbian Orthodox Chuch, St John’s Dee Why and Stony Range Regional Botalical Gardens. Full details and booking forms on notice board and information table.
Saturday 19 March, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.– St James’ Institute event: Adrian and Bridget Plass present View from A Bouncy Castle: Humour, Wholeness and Healing. See further information on the Notice Board as a booking is necessary.
Saturday 19 March 5.00 p.m. at St James King’ Street, Sydney – Songs of Reflection – a program of Handel and Bach by the Choir of St James’ and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday
Wednesday 23 March 11.00 a.m. – Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Ministerial Commitment with Bishop Michael Stead at CCSL.
Wednesday 13 April – Sesqui-centennary of St Joseph’s Newtown – Sesqui-centennary Dinner at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, 6.30 for 7 pm. BOOK NOW : Early bird (before 1 March) $80 & concession $50. After 1 March, $95 & concession $50. Send number of tickets, names of diners, dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay by direct debit: BSB: 062-784 Account No. 452501. Use your surname in reference on direct debit. Please send email when you make the payment. Cheques can be sent to 109 Lennox St, Newtown with all details as above included.
Sesqui-centennary Mass – 31 July at 10.30 am at St Joseph’s, Newtown. Details: newtownfaith.blogspot.com.au.
ST LUKE’S DIRECT TRANSFER
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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 7th to 13th March 2016
|MONDAY||Isaiah 65.17-21||Psalm 30.8-12||John 4.43-54|
|TUESDAY||Ezekiel 47.1-9,12||Psalm 46.1-7||John 5.1-16|
|WEDNESDAY||Isaiah 49.8-15||Psalm 145.8-13||John 5.17-30|
|THURSDAY||Exodus 32.7-14||Psalm 106.20-24||John 5.31-47|
|FRIDAY||Wisdom 2.1, 12-22||Psalm 34.15-22||John 7.25-30|
|SATURDAY||Jeremiah 11.18-20||Psalm 7.6-12||John 7.40-52|
Next Sunday: Fifth Sunday in Lent
Gospel Reading: John 12.1-8
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 Blombery; Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi.
John Martha & Christopher Haly; Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks.
Janet, Susan & Alex Hill; Moya Holle, Anne Hyland & Peter Tregilgas; Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs.
Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; Joseph & Esther Kumar.
Fabian LoSchiavo; Evelyn Maack; Amrit MacIntyre & Brett Davies; Donald Thomas & Lea MacNeil.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
The people of Fiji; Simon LoSchiavo; Bishop Ivan Lee; Bruce Sims & Peter; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark; Caroline Wilson; Fr. Adrian Stephens; Lea MacNeil; Mark Travis; Janet McLeod.
The sick – Long term:
Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah & Grace Ashton; Diane Badcock; Angela Bell; Ross Black, Fatima Begum; Jason Broadbridge, Bryn Brook-Evans Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen; Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Javed Khan; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; ; Norma MacPherson; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Lu Piper; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan; Ray Sommer; Mary Sotiriadis; Madeline Spielman and Saria Sevilla;.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Herbert Surrey; Thomas Stericker; Isabel Morgan; Nancy Russell; Rod Robins; Jeoisime Green and James Gibbs (chapel flowers in memory)
7th : Perpetua and her companions, Martyrs at Carthage (d.203)
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.
Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email: email@example.com
Fr Philip: firstname.lastname@example.org
|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
email@example.comHon Clergy Associate: Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)
Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Fabian Lo Schiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.
Pastoral Care Group