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Reconciliation & Journey of Healing Eucharist – 11th September 2016

Reconciliation & Journey of Healing Eucharist

11 September 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.

Guest Speaker:
Welcomers Today:
Next week:
Readers Today:
Readers next week:
Next week:
Next Week:
Cleaners Saturday 17th :
Fr. Philip Bradford
Dr. Elsie Heiss
Ruth Champion & Janet Widmer
Jennie Winton & Richard Hagen
Janet Walmsley & John M
Pauline Newell & John Roe
Brett Davies
Tony Brownlow
B Davies & A MacIntyre & Fleming Family
G & S Campton & K Drummond
Julie Olston, Tony Brownlow  Neville Daniels

Even in utter despair the Psalmist finds hope, telling us that with the Lord there is mercy, forgiveness, and ample redemption. May we realise this, knowing that we can start with a clean slate in God’s eyes, if we would only put our trust in the divine mercy.
Text:      © Anglican Board of Mission, 2015


The Profession of Faith used in this liturgy is from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Melbourne. The other prayers are from the liturgy that the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) developed for Sorry Day, 2004, from the WA Reconciliation Inter-Faith Working Group, and from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Victoria.


Yothu Yindi, ‘Gapu’ – from the album Tribal Voice

[Smoking gum leaves are carried in.]

Introit Hymn: TIS 668 – Touch the Earth Lightly

  1. Touch the earth lightly,use the earth gently,
    nourish the life of the world in our care;
    gift of great wonder,
    ours to surrender,
    trust for the children tomorrow will bear.
  1. We who endanger,
    who create hunger,
    agents of death for all creatures that live,
    we who would foster
    clouds of disaster,
    God of our planet, forestall and forgive!
  1. Let there be greening
    birth from the burning,
    water that blesses and air that is sweet.
    health in God’s garden,
    hope in God’s children,
    regeneration that peace will complete.
  1. God of all living,
    God of all loving,
    God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
    teach us, deflect us,
    Christ reconnect us,
    using us gently, and making us one.

The Sentence:  Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.                    Ephesians 5:1-2


Rector: We begin today’s liturgy by together acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather today.

(Acknowledgement of Country)

We acknowledge the Eora as the original custodians of this land where we are gathered this morning. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and to Aboriginal people living in our community today. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside Indigenous people for reconciliation and justice.

The Collect     (we pray together)

God of justice and forgiveness,
Guide us as we continue on our journey of Reconciliation — a journey about both healing the past and shaping the future. Grant us the courage to speak out against the injustices that our Indigenous brothers and sisters continue to suffer. Help us to see with new eyes, to listen to the stories of our Indigenous brothers and sisters and to feel with a heart of compassion. Help us to build right relations with each other based on truth and justice.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord.   Amen.


First Reading                                                              Proverbs 8: 1-4; 22-31

A reading from the Book of Proverbs
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;
Beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.  The Lord created me at the beginning* of his work,  the first of his acts of long ago.

Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.  Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth — when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.

When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

For the word of the Lord                                             Thanks be to God

Psalm:  133.1- 4

1  Behold how good and how | lovely – it | is:
when brothers | live to-| gether – in | unity.

2  It is fragrant as oil upon the head * that runs down | over – the | beard:
fragrant as oil upon the beard of Aaron *
that ran down over the | collar | of his | robe.

3  It is like a | dew of | Hermon:
like the dew that falls up-| on the | hill of | Zion.

4  For there the Lord has com-| manded – his | blessing:
which is | life for | ever-|  more.

Glo-| ry to | God: Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men


Second Reading                                                          2 Corinthians 5: 17-19

A reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

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.

For the word of the Lord                                             Thanks be to God

During the Gospel Procession – Goodness is stronger than evil

Gospel acclamation:

 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
God was in Christ, to reconcile the | world to him | self:
And the Good News of reconciliation he | has en | trusted to | us.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


The Gospel                                                                  Matthew 5: 1-10

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

When Jesus* saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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

 Guest Speaker:           Dr. Elsie Heiss

Hymn after the Sermon– TIS 607: Make me a Channel of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You.

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness – only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You.

Profession of Faith

We believe in God as our Father
who mothers us with compassion and love,
the creator of light, desert, darkness and rain,
of oceans, cities, rainforests,
and of all that breathes in this our Australian land.
We believe in Jesus, gift of our God,
who journeys with us,
who challenges and calls us, the community,
to build justice and live in peace.
We believe in the Spirit that breathes life in a creating force.
We believe in Jesus, born of a Virgin Mary, whose life,
death and resurrection resounds in us
through communities gathered to break bread
and share wine.
We believe in the story of the prophets, old and new,
and our Catholic tradition and in the celebration of all saints.
We believe in our peaceful world,
and our role to live the Gospel
with our brothers and sisters.

Prayers of the People

Loving God,
On this day we acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia. We turn to you in prayer and seek the help of the Holy Spirit as we commit ourselves to journeying together in a spirit of Reconciliation.

We pray in thanksgiving for the way in which Indigenous peoples have cared for the land. Enable us to work together to preserve our fragile environment.

We pray for a better understanding and respect between all peoples of our country. Help us as we grow to appreciate one another. In your eyes, we are one. Help us to see you, Lord, in each person created by you, so we may freely love and accept one another.

Lord hear us.

Lord hear our prayer.


Prayer for the Journey of Healing (we say together)

Dear God

We who have come from every land give thanks for Australia;
this earth that feeds us;
the shores that bind us;
the skies that envelop us in freedom.

We stand together, united as one people:
proud of our ability to work together;
grateful for our gifts;
nourished by our diversity and our harmony.
Yet we turn to the original people of this land
and see, too, what we have taken.

We weep for their loss of freedom, of country, of children –
even of their very lives
We stand in awe at their survival, and in debt for their land.
We have shadows in our history which, if unfaced, diminish us.
We have taken without asking;
Our nation has taken without asking;
Lives are wounded.
We see the pain, feel the sorrow and seek forgiveness.
Let us look back with courage; see the truth and speak it.
Let us look around with compassion; see the cost and share it.
Let us look forward with hope; see what can be and create it.
Give us courage to face the truth; compassion to share the burden,
strength to play our part in the healing,
and hope to walk forward to a place of justice.
With courage, compassion, strength and hope, we will walk together on the journey of healing.

Celebrant:       Almighty God who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, X pardon you and set you free from your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

We stand for the Greeting of Peace

Celebrant:       We are the body of Christ
All:      His Spirit is with us.

Celebrant:       The peace of the Lord be always with you,
All:      And also with you.


Offertory Hymn: TIS 658 – I The Lord of Sea and Sky (Daniel Schutte 1947)

  1. I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin,
    My hand will save.
    I, who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here am I, Lord.  Is it I Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people’s pain,
    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone,
    I will speak my words to them.
    Whom shall I send?
  1. I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will send the poor and lame,
    I will set a feast for them,
    My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide,
    ‘Til their hearts be satisfied,
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I send?


 At the Offertory: As well as bringing candles, the congregation are invited to bring red, black & yellow paper hands (available with the candles at the back of the church) and place them in the container at altar, as a symbol of Reconciliation.


Hymn during Communion;  Behold, behold I make all things new



Prayer after Eucharist

Holy God, in this sacrament we have received the body and blood of your Son whom we proudly proclaim as light of the world and sun of justice. Hear our prayer that we might always walk in that light and work for justice and reconciliation of all people in our land. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray together the Closing Prayer:

Creator of all things,
both seen and unseen.
Make us strong as we seek;
speak to us in your great wisdom.
Grant us your help and guidance.
Teach us to love all people
regardless of race or colour or belief.
May we listen with great care
to the heartbeat of this land
and to its people
who cared for it so well
and for so long.
May the peace these people and their land
have always enjoyed
continue to be strengthened and preserved
by all who wish to come and be part of
this country and its Ancient Dreaming.

(Used with the permission of Elizabeth Pike, 1998).

During the final hymn the coloured hands from altar are taken out in the procession, for the children to plant around the coastal Banksia in the Journey of Healing garden.


Final Hymn: TIS – 416 – Great God your Spirit

(Tune: Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry; Words by Alan Gaunt 1935)

  1. Great God your Spirit like the wind
    unseen but shaking things we see
    will never leave us undisturbed.
    Fulfil our dreams or set us free
    until we turn from faithless fear
    and prove the promise of your grace
    in justice, peace and daily bread
    with joy for all the human race.
  1. Lord, shake us with the faith of love
    to rouse us from our dreadful sleep.
    Remove our hearts of stone, and give
    new hearts of flesh to break and weep
    for all your children in distress
    and dying for the wealth we keep.
    Help us prevent while we have time,
    the blighted harvest greed must reap.
  1. And then, in your compassion,
    give your spirit like the gentle rain
    creating fertile ground from which
    your peace and justice spring like grain;
    until your love is satisfied,
    with all creation freed from pain,
    and all your children live to praise
    your will fulfilled, your presence plain.

 We have held our Reconciliation and Healing Service at St Luke’s since 2005.

“Communication is the key. Creating dialogue between those of other faiths as well as those from other cultures is reconciliation at its best.” Dr Elsie Heiss.

Incorporated into our Sunday service is a chance for us to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which St Luke’s is built, and to offer our prayers for Reconciliation with the Indigenous people of Australia. Our liturgy includes prayers developed by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC).

In the place of the Sermon, we invite an Aboriginal guest to talk to us. Our guest and speaker this year is Wiradjuri Elder, Dr Elsie Heiss.

Elsie visited us in 2010 and talked about her personal journey. This time, she has chosen to talk about Spirituality. For those of us who remember Elsie’s last visit, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our relationship and understanding.  For newcomers, it is a chance to meet one of the very important Elders of Sydney’s Aboriginal Catholic Ministry.

Originally from Cowra, for many years Elsie has lived in the Botany Bay area, where she takes an inspirational leadership role in the Reconciliation Church at La Perouse. Awarded the 2003 NAIDOC Community Award, she was named NATSICC’s Elder of the Year In 2009, and ganted an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Notre Dame the following year.

The Notices

The Flowers in the Chapel and church foyer today have been donated by Ann Petersen in loving memory of her mother and arranged by Moya Holle. The flowers in the sanctuary have been provided and arranged by Nadia Wheatley.

Tuesday night Bible Study is currently in recess – watch this space.

Friday 16 September – Boyz Nite Out at Thai Hot Pepper, King Street at the lights at Alice Street, 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. Expressions of interest to John Roe by 14 September, on 0400 955 772 or email to

Saturday 17 September – Sydney MOW AGM at St Alban’s. Epping, with David and Robyn Claydon as Guest Speakers.

Tuesday 20 Thursday 22 September at 7.30 p.m.: This year’s New College lectures will be given by Dr.Simon Gathercole, a Reader in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. His topic will be the “apocryphal” Gospels and their relationship to the four canonical Gospels. In place of our Bible Study, this should be edifying.  Admission is free and you can register online at

Saturday 24 September – The Wardens “Swingin‘ Nightclub” & Dinner. Tickets are $35 or $25 concession and are available today and next Sunday. Please see Ruth during morning tea to secure your place. You may like to book a table with friends.

Sunday 2 OctoberSt Francis’ Day – Blessing of the pets.

Sunday 16 October – Back to St Luke’s Day – Guest preacher will be Professor Diane Speed, Dean and CEO of Sydney College of Divinity. We will be inviting former parishioners and others connected with St Luke’s or St Augustine’s. If you know of anyone who would like to come, please let Ruth or Jennie know so that we can send them an invitation.

Sunday 23 October at 4.00 p.m. – Evensong with the Brabyn Singers.

Sunday 6 November – Confirmation Service – Bishop Michael Stead will be here for the confirmation service. If you or anyone you know wishes to be confirmed, please see Fr Philip.

Saturday 26 November – Christmas Market. See Jennifer Bestel for further information and offers of help!

Bookstall NewsNadia’s book Flight has won the Picture Book Award in the Children’s Book Awards for this year. We have copies in stock.

ABM Cooks are taking orders for: Lemon butter; Apple Chutney; Tomato Relish; Fruit Cake; Florentine Biscuits (with or without nuts); Cheese Oatmeal biscuits; Zucchini Pickles. Place your orders with Moya.

Giving to St Luke’s

Envelopes in which to place your weekly offering are available at the Welcome Table at the entrance to the church and also at the Information Table near the Bookstall. If you would like to use this method of giving, please take a box.  Alternatively …

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 September 2016

MONDAY 1 Corinthians 11.17-26,33 Psalm 40.6-11 Luke 7.1-10
TUESDAY 1 Corinthians 12.12-14,27-31a Psalm 100 Luke 7.11-17
WEDNESDAY 1 Corinthians 12.31-13.13 Psalm  33.1-5 Luke 7.31-35
THURSDAY 1 Corinthians 15.1-11 Psalm  118.14-19 Luke 7.36-50
FRIDAY 1 Corinthians 15.12-20 Psalm  17.8-16 Luke 8.1-3
SATURDAY 1 Corinthians 15.35-37 Psalm  56.8-12 Luke 8.4-15


Next Sunday: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 8.18-9.1
Psalm: 79.1-9
1 Timothy 2.1-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 16.1-13



Prayers for each day of the week

Altin & Hannah Gavranovic; Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola; Kevin Green; Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry.

Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi; John, Martha & Christopher Haly; Raymond Heslehurst.

Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet, Susan & Alex Hill; Lay-kum Ho; Moya Holle; Peter & Anne Hywood.

Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Eddy, Mint, Atom, & Arty Kittirat; Joseph & Esther Kumar.

Geoff  Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey; Fabian LoSchiavo; Evelyn Maack; Amrit MacIntyre & Brett Davies.


Lea MacNeil & Donald Thomas; Alex Maneekaew; Merrill & Georgie Martin; John M; Fr. Ron Morris.

Fran Morris; Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitchacoen & Darunne.


Our Prayers for those in immediate need:

Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Jenny Johnston; Linda Jensathit; Sheila Cross.

Prayer for the sick or in need.

Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Lyn Carrington; Kay & Russell Clark; Paull Garrett; Ros Gee; Madeline Gee; Marilyn Gibbs;  Tina Gounder & Jayden Gounder; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Eddy Kittirat; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Emily & Taylor McCormick; Jennifer McGovern; Janet McLeod; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Bishop Greg Thompson & Diocese of Newcastle; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; David.

Thanksgiving for blessings received:

David is making good progress; Robert Dubler is now breathing unassisted and in rehab; Leigh Garretty is also in rehab

Recently Departed:


Anniversaries of the Departed

Elizabeth Goldsmith; Beatrice Hunt; Ruby Dorrington; Violet Chandler; Margaret Coombs.

Saints Commemoration:

13th: Cyprian of Carthage, bishop and martyr (d.258).
15th: John Oliver Feetham, bishop and bush brother (d.1947).
16th: Ninian of Galloway, bishop and missionary (d.c.432).
17th: Hildegaard of bingen, abbess and spiritual writer (d.1179).


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 – 0431 655 220 (Mob
Office Ph 9557 4219 PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Parish email:
Fr Philip:

Pastoral Care
Lay-Ministers – Part Time
– Lea MacNeil & Amanda Mason.


Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 am; Wednesday 9.00 am to 12 noon; Friday 8.30 to 10.30 a.m.

Hon Clergy Associate:
Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)
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

Jennie Winton Mb 0401727718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.

Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey; Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.

Pastoral Care Support Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle; Peter Seymour