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

Second Sunday of Advent 2016

4th December 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.

Preacher & Celebrant:
Welcomers Today:
Next week:
Readers Today:
Readers next week:
Next week:
Next Week:
Cleaners10th December:

Fr. Philip Bradford
EvelynMaack & Stephen Gates
Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Kay Younie & Stephen Gates
Kevin Green & Lea MacNeil
Peter Gilbert
Diana Jefferies
Reddy Family (Birthday Cake)
John M, Angela Bell, Evelyn Maack
Richard Hagen, Stephen Gates & Ruth C.

The words of the prophet Isaiah spoke to an Israel looking to the arrival of one upon whom the Spirit of the LORD would rest. This ‘shoot from the stump of Jesse’ would be wise and powerful righteous and faithful and his coming would involve all the nations. What is God’s word saying to you today? Paul reminds us that what was written in the past was so that we might have hope. May we ponder anew His word.

  • Pray that the God who gives endurance and encouragement may give us a spirit of unity to follow Jesus, glorifying God and accepting one another.

  • Give thanks for the work of CAPA, the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.

Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Catechist, St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016

Introit Hymn: TIS 270 – On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Liturgy for Lighting the Advent Candle

2nd Sunday of Advent – Peace

The Minister greets the congregation: The Lord be with you



And also with you

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.)



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.

We light this second candle to remind us that Jesus is
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.)



Let us join together in a prayer for peace:

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: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Mark 1.15

The Collect:

God of all peoples,
whose servant John came baptising
and calling for repentance:
help us to hear his voice of judgement,
that we may also rejoice in his word of promise,
and be found pure and blameless in that glorious Day
when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 11.1-10

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord .He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 72.1-7, 18-21

  1. Give the king your | judgement O | God:
    and your righteousness to the | son | of a | king,

  2. That he may judge your | people | rightly:
    and the | poor
    of the | land with | equity.

  3. Let the mountains be laden with peace be-| cause of his | righteousness:
    and the hills also with pros-| peri
    ty | for his | people.

  4. May he give justice to the poor a-| mong the | people:
    and rescue the children of the | needy
    and | crush the op-| pressor.

  5. May he live while the | sun en-| dures:
    and while the moon gives light through-| out all | gener-| ations.

  6. May he come down like rain upon the | new-mown | fields:
    and as | showers
    that | water the | earth.

  7. In his time shall | righteous ness | flourish:
    and abundance of peace till the | moon shall | be no | more.

  8. 18. Let his name | live for | ever:
    and en-| dure as | long
    as the | sun.

  1. Let all peoples use his | name in | blessing:
    and all | nations | call him | blessed.

  2. Blessed be the Lord God * the | God of | Israel:
    who a-| lone does | great | wonders.

  3. Blessed be his glorious | name for | ever:
    and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. | Amen | A-| men.

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

Second Reading Romans 15.4-13

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, ‘Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name’; and again he says, ‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people’; and again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him’; and again Isaiah says, ‘The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation

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 Gospel Matthew 3.1-12

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,
‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’
This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’
Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,
and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance.
Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

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

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 264 – Hark! a herald voice is calling

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.

Offertory Hymn: TIS 526 – Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us

Hymn during Communion:

Final Hymn: TIS 273 – Lo! he comes with clouds descending


Please wear your name badge for the convenience of others and join us for morning tea in the hall where we will sing Happy Birthday to:

Pauline Newell; Edward Reddy; Raboom Takham; Christine Thurley; Jeffrey; Belinda Reddy; Kathy Drummond; Fran Morris; Neville Daniels; Jennifer Bestel; Thomas Fleming; Brian Rawnsley; Stephan Thomas; Georgie Martin; Brent Egan.

Our Combined Advent Studies on John the Baptist (Locusts and Wild Honey) is at St Luke’s this Tuesday 6 Dec at 7.00 p.m. It ends with Pt. 4 on Tuesday 13 Dec at the Metropolitan Community Church, 96 Crystal St, Petersham. This is a very well presented and timely study – finishes around 8.15 p.m.

This is the absolute last call today for Toys & Tucker for Anglicare which will be collected on Tuesday (6 December). Thank you for your response.

Saturday 10 December, 6 for 6.30 pm Last Boyz Nite Out for the year. Thai Power II, 220 Addison Road, Marrickville, on the 428 bus route. Expressions of interest to John Roe 0400955772 by 6 December.

Sunday 11 December – Children’s Book Presentation

Sunday 18 December – Nativity Play Without Rehearsal

Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm

Christmas Day – 9.30 am Family Eucharist

Bookstall News – Christmas cards are now available. We also have copies in stock of John Bunyan’s Reflections and 24 Songs for a Reasonable Reformation: Beauty and Truth $12; and Keith Mascord’s Faith without Fear $30; and Jesus I have loved, but Paul? a Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity by J R Daniel Kirk, and Lectionaries for 2017 (be quick, stock is running out fast).

Our Website

Our website is being constantly updated by Fr Philip (sermons) and Angela Bell (weekly bulletins and events). Have you taken a look recently? Your feedback would be appreciated.

THEATRE PARTY – A NEW Australian Musical LADIES IN BLACK. Star City Lyric Theatre – 8 pm Wednesday 18 January Cost $80. Let John Roe if you are interested 0400955772 or

Christmas Market Results:

Sincere thanks to all who made the Christmas Market a wonderful event. Our Raffles were won by the following:-

1st – Jude (from Summer Hill – Care & Share – Musicians and Performers);

2nd – Jeff from Newtown;

3rd – Ian from Kingsgrove (Leichhardt Band) and

4th – Shirley from Enmore (our very loyal Opshopper). Congratulations all!

Individual Stall profits:

Lemonade Stall


White Elephant
Thai Food
Baby Clothes
Pre-Loved Toys


Outside Stall Donation $60.00

Opshop Float Donation $550.00

Expenses Approx. $900.00

Please note that the amount raised by the Pre-Loved Toys was donated to UNICEF – the Sunday School Children have donated this to a special project.

Approximate total profit for the day was $6,250.00

Bible Readings for the Week 5 to 11 December 2016


Isaiah 35.1-10

Psalm 85.8-13

Luke 5.17-26


Isaiah 40.1-11

Psalm 96.7-13

Matthew 18.12-14


Isaiah 40.25-31

Psalm 103.1-5

Matthew 11.28-30


Isaiah 41.13-20

Psalm 145.8-13

Matthew 11.11-15


Isaiah 48.17-19

Psalm 1

Matthew 11.16-19


Sirach 48.1-4,9-11

Psalm 80.14-19

Matthew 17.10-13

Next Sunday’s Readings –Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35.1-10
For the Psalm Song of Mary (APBA p.9or 425)
James 5.7-10
Matthew 11.2-11


Prayers for each day of the week

Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee; Mathias Oduro; Stuart Ogg; Katherine Oldfield.

Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann, Rachel Petersen & Wolf; Jenny Praisang; Tony Purcell.

Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit; Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson Reddy.

Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie; Edward & Joyce Reddy; Matilda Rinker; John Roe.

Jick Rounsang; Grahame Sadler; Ken Searle; Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; Peter Seymour.

Laurel & Ray Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham; Matthew, James & Mark Tangruthaitham.
Rung Thanachaitaweesub; Numwan Thawanwanichkul; Nok Thawom; Stephen Thomas.

Our Prayers for those in immediate need: Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Linda Jensathit; Fr Ron Morris, Brian Rawnsley,

Our Prayer for those in need.

Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Marilyn Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Fr Ken Munns; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Bp Greg Thompson; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Marianela O’Brien & Caroline Wilson.


Donald Johnston (Priest)

Give Thanks for Blessings Received that
Jude & Isla have stable health & for their support dog.

Anniversaries of the Departed

Clarrie Ayers; Gregory Joubert; Jessica Juergens; Kathleen Anderson.

Saints Commemoration

6th Dec: Nicholas of Myra, bishop & philanthropist (d.c. 342)
th Dec: Ambrose of Milan, bishop & teacher (d.397)
th Dec: Richard Baxter, pastor & spiritual writer (d.1691).


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:

Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour

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

OFFICE HOURS: 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 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041

Parish 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