Second Sunday of Advent
10 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: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen
Next week: Ann Petersen & David Dunlop
Readers Today: Angela Bell & John Tonetti
Readers next week: Kevin Green & Lea MacNeil
Intercessor: Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Peter Seymour
Hospitality: Ruth C, Kathy D, Angela
Next Week: John M, Ruth Champion, E Maack
Cleaners Saturday 16th: M Rinker, K Green, N Daniels
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
Kindly turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent before the service
The Isaiah reading not only forms the background to the ministry of John, the Baptizer, but also fills out his cryptic message in the Gospel reading. It is a message of forgiveness, comfort and liberation breaking forth with the coming of the Lord to the people of the Covenant. John, indeed prepared the way for the coming of the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
Pray for those who cry out in the wilderness in our generation; for those with a deliberate lifestyle that reflect the message they bear from God.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
Introit Hymn: TIS 526 – Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
2nd Sunday of Advent – Peace
Celebrant: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Celebrant: Last Sunday we lit the first of our Advent candles, the candle of hope.
Let us light it again as a symbol of our desire for healing and hope in the world.
(The first candle is lit.)
Celebrant: John the Baptist called on the people of his day to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. They were to repent, turn around and change direction. The peace we seek grows out of a willingness to change.
All: We light this second candle to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. His life has shown us ways to share God’s peace with others.
(The second candle is lit.)
Celebrant: Let us join together in a prayer for peace using the words of St. Francis.
All: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. Amen
The Sentence: Luke 3.4; Isaiah 40.5a
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. For the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together.
The Collect (we pray together)
you sent your messengers the prophets
to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy
the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 40.1-11
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’
‘Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass; their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 O Lord you were gracious | to your | land:
you re-| stored the | fortunes • of | Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity | of your | people:
and | covered | all their | sin.
8 I will hear what the Lord | God will | speak:
for he will speak peace to his people *
to his faithful ones whose | hearts are | turned to | him.
9 Truly his salvation is near to | those that | fear him:
and his | glory • shall | dwell • in our | land.
10 Mercy and truth are | met to-| gether:
righteousness and | peace have | kissed each | other;
11 Truth shall flourish | out of • the | earth:
and righteousness | shall look | down from | heaven.
12 The Lord will also give us | all • that is | good:
and our | land shall | yield its | plenty.
13 For righteousness shall | go be-| fore him:
and tread the | path be-| fore his | feet.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading 2 Peter 3.8-15a
A reading from the first letter of Peter
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him,
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Prepare the way for the Lord * make | straight his | paths:
all people shall | see the • sal-| vation • of | God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
And also with you.
The Gospel Mark 1.1-8
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” ’,
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon
TIS 270 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Prayer for our Parish
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 275 Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Hymn during Communion – My peace I leave you
Final Hymn: TIS 207 – Jesus shall reign where’re the sun
All our young people will be presented with a book at the conclusion of our service today. Thank you to Rachel Reddy for purchasing these books on behalf of the parish.
Parish Council meets today after morning tea in the relocated office.
Janet Walmsley has some Christmas Cards made in Thailand, India and Nepal that she would like to sell for The Leprosy Mission this morning. There are also other Christmas and gift cards for sale at the bookstall this morning
Advent Study Week 4 (final study) is on Tuesday 12 December at 7.00 p.m. at St Luke’s. All welcome and no preparation required!
Toys and Tucker – Thank you for gifts and food given to this worthy cause; they will be collected tomorrow.
Sydney Theatre Company – 6 Nov to 13 December 2017, presents “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov. A “thrilling production of a stunning play at the Sydney Opera House and co-starring our Miranda Daughtry!! Book tickets either through the Opera House or the Sydney Theatre Co.
Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m. The Play without Rehearsal – Nativity Play for all children – every child has a part! Supper to follow. Flyers will be available today to give to any family you may know who might be interested. They will also be distributed from the Opshop.
Christmas Gifts for Stanmore Nursing Home – each year we give all the patients at the nursing home a small gift when we go to sing carols after church. This will be next Sunday next 17 December. If you can spare a few dollars please put your donation into an envelope so marked which can be found on the table at the entry to the church. We need to buy gifts for 69 patients; 9 of whom are diabetic.
Christmas Day: – As no-one has come forward to do hospitality on Christmas Day, unfortunately we are unable to have morning tea or brunch following our 9.30 a.m. service. A lot of us will be away from Sydney or with other family members on Christmas Day, so we regret that we will be unable to organise any hospitality after the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service.
The Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura in 2018 will be on Saturday 13th January at Lea and Donald’s place.
Bible Readings for the Week 11 to 17 December 2017
|MONDAY||Isaiah 35.1-10||Psalm 85.8-13||Luke 5.17-26|
|TUESDAY||Isaiah 40.1-11||Psalm 96.7-13||Matthew 18.12-14|
|WEDNESDAY||Isaiah 40.25-31||Psalm 103.1-5||Matthew 11.28-30|
|THURSDAY||Isaiah 41.13-20||Psalm 145.8-13||Matthew 11.11-15|
|FRIDAY||Isaiah 48.17-19||Psalm 1||Matthew 11.16-19|
|SATURDAY||Sirach 48.1-4,9-11||Psalm 80.14-19||Matthew 17.10-13|
Next Sunday: Third Sunday in Advent
First Reading: Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5.12-28
Gospel: John 1.6-8, 19-28
Prayers for each day of the week
Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat; Joseph, Esther, Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar.
Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Fabian LoSchiavo.
Blue & Amy Luangjai, Ariel and Boon and Evelyn Maack.
Nan and Leon Malascrabes; Merrill & Georgie Martin.
Amanda Mason; John M; Fran Morris; Ian Mylchreest.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Robin Smith; Noel Jeffs; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Sue Drewett; Ron Flood; Ken Gilmour; Phil Dingle; Rosemary Bradford; Josie Sanderson and Andy Serafin.
We give thanks for Leigh Garretty’s recovery after his long illness. And we give thanks that Robert, who suffered a severe spinal injury 18 mths ago, and was on our prayer list during that time, has now been appointed to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal – an answer to prayer!
The sick – Long term:
Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel; Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; 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; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Mary Crowther; James Gavin; Allan Wells; Oswald Coombs; Florence Thomas; Sarah Kettlewell.
Today we commemorate on
13th Dec: Lucy, martyr and virgin (d.304)
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: email@example.com
Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddy Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041
Pastoral Care Group
Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.
The Nativity Play without Rehearsal
Every child has a part; come dressed in costume or not! We have spares! Supper to follow.
11.00 pm Christmas Eve – 24th December 2017
(note this was previously 11.30 p.m.)
9.30 a.m. Christmas Day – 25th December 2017