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

Fourth Sunday in Lent & Mothering Sunday

11 March 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.

Preacher & Celebrant: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Kevin Green & Angela Bell

Readers Today: Joseph Kumar & Angela Bell
Readers next week: John Merchant & Janet Walmsley
Intercessor: Richard Hagen
Next week: Rosemary Bradford
Hospitality:. Julie Olston, Kathy Drummond, Angela Bell
Next Week: Reddy Family
Cleaners Saturday 17th: Richard Hagen, Stephen Gates, Ruth Champion.

Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.

Hearing Loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to


Psalm 107 recites how God has saved people from difficult situations. In the section selected for the Eucharist today, we are told by the Psalmist that ‘Fools were far gone in transgression: and because of their sins were afflicted’. Those fools, of course, are us, and because of God’s intervention in our lives we should praise God’s saving grace towards us.

Let us thank the Lord for his goodness: and for the wonders that he does for us; Let us offer sacrifices of thanksgiving: and tell what he has done with shouts of joy (cf. vv 21-22)

Pray for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, 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

Please turn off your mobile phones or put onto silent.

Introit Hymn: TIS 678 God beyond glory

The Sentence: John 3.14–15

The Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.

The Collect (we pray this collect and the following, together)

Everlasting God
in whom we live and move and have our being,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you:
give us purity of heart and strength of purpose,
that no selfish passion may hinder us
from knowing your will,
no weakness prevent us from doing it;
that in your light we may see light,
and in your service find perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
God our Redeemer, your Son Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, lived in a family in Nazareth: Grant that in our families on earth we may so learn to love and to live together that we may rejoice as one family in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading Numbers 21.4-9

A reading from the book of Numbers

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 107.1-3, 17-22

1 O give thanks to the Lord for | he is | good:

for his loving | mercy | is for | ever.

2 Let the Lord’s re-| deemed | say so:

whom he has redeemed from the | hand | of the | enemy,

3 And gathered in from every land *

from the east and | from the | west:

from the | north and | from the | south.

17 Fools were far | gone • in trans-| gression:

and be-| cause • of their | sins • were af-| flicted.

18 They sickened at | any | food:

and had | come • to the | gates of | death.

19 Then they cried to the Lord in | their dis-| tress:

and he | took them | out • of their | trouble.

20 He sent his | word and | healed them:

and | saved their | life • from the | Pit.

21 Let them thank the Lord | for his | goodness:

and for the wonders that he does

| for the | children • of | Adam;

22 Let them offer sacrifices | of thanks-| giving:

and tell what he has | done with | shouts of | joy.

Second Reading Ephesians 2.1-10

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

During the Gospel Procession – Let us give our thanks

Gospel Acclamation

Deacon: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Response: God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son
that all who believe in him might have eternal life.

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Deacon: The Lord be with you;
Response: And also with you.

The Gospel John 3.14-21

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 2For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

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

The Sermon

Hymn after the Sermon: TIS 136 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Prayer for our Parish: (We pray together)

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 fulfill 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 331 Sing, my tongue the glorious battle

Hymn during Communion – This is the body of Christ

Blessing of the Simnel Cake by Fr Philip.

Final Hymn: TIS 210 – O for a thousand tongues to sing

Memorial of the Incarnation


Today we are celebrating Mothering Sunday (in the U.K./European tradition – and previously as Church of England); we bless and receive a piece of Simnel Cake as this was also known as Refreshment Sunday.

Today is our AGM following morning tea. If you would like to vote please sign the circulated declaration at the beginning of the meeting. If you have not yet joined our parish but would like to please speak to the Welcomers in the foyer, who will provide you with a “Welcome Pack” which includes a membership form.

ABM seeks to raise $50,000 for humanitarian aid so that vital supplies of food and water can be provided for the many people in need. We are in touch with the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea who are assessing and preparing their emergency response. Your prayers and support will be greatly appreciated by ABM’s Partners. To donate to the PNG Earthquake Emergency Appeal, please phone 1300 302 663 or visit

Lenten Studies – Lenten Study is currently held following the Healing Service at 10.00 a.m. on each Wednesday during Lent. The study book on prayer is “Say it to God” by Luigi Gioia which is The Archbishop of Canterbury’s recommended Lenten Book. If you can afford it, a donation of $20 to cover the cost would be appreciated.

The combined churches of St Joseph’s Newtown, Metropolitan Community Church and St Luke’s are hosting a Lenten Study on the 3 remaining Tuesday evenings in Lent, for which you will need to bring a bible. 7.00 – 8.15 pm.

Week 2 – Tuesday 13th March

St Luke’s Anglican Church, Stanmore Rd Enmore, Fractured Love: Hosea 2:2-13

Week 3 – Tuesday 20th March St Joseph’s Church, Bedford St Newtown, Restored Love: Hosea 2:14-3:4

Week 4 – Tuesday 27th March

St Luke’s Anglican Church, Stanmore Rd Enmore, Healing Love: Hosea 14:1-9

Sunday 18 March – Palm Cross Making after church – we need 280 palm crosses made before this, so please take some palm fronds today to make some crosses at home if at all possible. Thank you if you can help.

Sunday 25 March – Palm Sunday and procession of palms.

Good Friday 30th March – 9.30 a.m. service & morning tea.

Saturday 31st March – Flower arranging and Working Bee to set the hall ready for the shared lunch. If you can donate something towards the cost of our flowers that would be appreciated.

Easter Day – 1st April – 9.30 a.m. Eucharist and shared lunch in the hall. Please bring a dish (savoury or sweet) to share with others.

Parish visit to Blayney – 3-4 March 2018

Fr Philip, Rosemary, Peter Seymour, Stuart Grigg, Kay Younie, Evelyn and Ruth went to our country sister parish of Blayney last weekend. We knew before we arranged this weekend that the Rector, Anastasia Webster-Hawes, was on Long Service Leave and that Fr Philip was filling the position of Locum for the day. After settling in at our motel we drove on to Carcoar later that afternoon to meet up with members of the parish at the historic Carcoar Church. We arrived to the sound of the bell ringing the Angelus (this was from further up the hill at the Shalom Retreat House). We entered the little church to the beautiful sounds of the Richardson pipe organ being played by Bishop Richard Hurford; then followed a very informative talk on the church and district by the local custodian and church warden, Ron Murray, who faithfully prays the morning and evening office every day in the church and has done for the past 40 years. This church had a very Anglo-Catholic tradition and was lovingly paid for by the local people and is made from bricks that used to be made in the local brickworks. There are beautiful stained glass windows and even had chandeliers at one time. At 7 p.m. we joined yet more parishioners at the Royal Hotel for conversation, drinks and an excellent dinner.

Sunday morning we joined Fr Philip (Celebrant and Preacher) and Rosemary the 8.00 a.m. said Holy Communion at Christ Church Blayney where Bishop Hurford assisted and welcomed us on behalf of the parish. We presented the Pascal Candle to Church Warden, Gill Haylan, during the notices and we suggested a reciprocal visit to our parish.

Peter and Stuart departed for Sydney, and the rest of us, including Evelyn who had joined us that morning from Bathurst, left Blayney about 9.00 a.m. for the short drive to the beautiful town of Millthorpe. The LLM (Licensed Lay-Minister) Deidre welcomed us, as did the organist, Francis Dormer, formerly from Christ Church St Lawrence. Fr Philip was again Celebrant and Preacher, assisted in the service by the LLM.

Following a lovely morning tea and lots of chatter (including a possible plan to organise a reciprocal visit to our parish for St Luke’s Day this year), the parishioners departed and the rest of us went for a wander around the old church grave yard. We eventually found John Lister’s grave, the man credited with first finding gold in the area. The number of babies and children buried in these graveyards is always a solemn reminder of how hard times were for these early settlers. (A more detailed report, with photos, will also appear on our website in due course.)

Advance Notice – “Priscilla – The Musical” Tuesday 19 June at 7.00 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre – Adults $75 and Conc. $60. John Roe will take expressions of interest during March, please speak to him during morning tea.

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 offering 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 12th to 18th March

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

First Reading: Jeremiah 31.31-34
Psalm 119.9-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 5.5-14
Gospel: John: 12.20-33


Prayers for each day of the week


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


Janet Widmer; Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner.


Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea.
Shirley & Barbara Allen; Victor Anyarisi; Beth Armstrong.


James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; Ian Barnett.


Matthew, Michelle, Darcy, Patrick, Charlotte & Emily Batterham.

Angela Bell & Saffron Powell; Ewan, Jessica & Cynthia Berkemeier.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Paull Garrett; Geoff Widmer; Emma Burns; Lyn Carrington; Sharda Kumar; Pip Leonard, Robyn & Frank Norman; Jackie Bonham, Sheila Brown, Patricia Harris, Barbara MacLulich; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards and her family; Kristy & Rodney; Sue Drewett; Ken Gilmour; Irma; Andy Serafin, Damien Lew, Kim Hill; Robert and Lyndall. And we give thanks for Helen Woellner’s recovery so far, and praying for her full recovery from chemo treatment.

The sick – Long term:

Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; 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; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Yavani Mu Daly; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & her mother; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Alex & Libby Jones, Bob Hogg.

Recently Departed


Anniversaries of the Departed:
Nancy Russell; Rod Robins; Jeoisime Green; Ivy Noble; Robert Williams; Fr. John Buderus; Anastassios Daras; Doris Thurling; Bill Newell.

Saints Commemoration:

17th: Patrick, Bishop & Missionary to Ireland (d.461).


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:; Fr Philip:

Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeil & 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 0400-312-354Wardens:
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
Lea MacNeil; Ruth Champion; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.