Second Sunday of Easter
23 April 2017
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 & David Dunlop
Next week: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Readers Today: Stephen Gates & Lea MacNeil
Readers next week: Jennie Winton & Richard Hagen
Intercessor Richard Hagen
Next week: Moya Holle
Hospitality: The Reddy Family
Next Week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Cleaners Saturday 30th: Julie Olston, Tony B & Neville Hack
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
St Thomas is remembered for his doubt and yet we forget that more importantly his encounter with the Risen Jesus leads him to proclaim that Jesus is his Lord and his God. Similarly, may our lives be turned around so that we can join in with Thomas’ statement of fidelity.
Pray for all those who struggle with doubt and agnosticism when it comes to who Jesus is. May the Holy Spirit strengthen them as they grapple with questions of belief.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.
Text: Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1.3
Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe
and the hope of those who doubt:
may we, who have not seen, have faith
and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Acts 2.14a, 22-32
A reading from the book of Acts of the Apostles
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know — this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.
But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
- Preserve | me O | God:
for in | you have I | taken | refuge.
- I have said to the Lord | You are | my lord:
and all my | good de-| pends on | you.
- As for those who are held | holy on the | earth:
the other | gods in whom | people de-| light,
- Though the idols are many that | they run | after:
their offerings of blood I will not offer *
nor take their | name up-| on my | lips.
- The Lord is my appointed portion | and my | cup:
you | hold my | lot in your | hands.
- The share that has fallen to me is in | pleasant | places:
and a fair | land is | my pos-| session.
- I will bless the Lord who has | given me | counsel:
at night also | he has in-| structed my | heart.
- I have set the Lord | always be-| fore me:
he is at my right | hand and I | shall not | fall.
- Therefore my heart is glad and my | spirit re-| joices:
my flesh | also shall | rest se-| cure.
- For you will not give me over to the | power of | death:
nor suffer your | faithful one to | see the | Pit.
- You will show me the | path of | life:
in your presence is the fulness of joy *
and from your right hand flow de-| lights 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 1 Peter 1.1-12
A reading from the first letter of Peter
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
You believe in me, Thomas, be | cause you have | seen me;
Happy are those who | have not | seen me but | still believe!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel John 20.19-31
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 382 – Now the green blade riseth
Prayers of the People
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 534 – Love is His word
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 386 – By your kingly power, O risen Lord.
Today – Parish Council Meets after morning tea.
Next Sunday 30 April – An important event!
Our Preacher will be Fr John Sanderson from CCSL and a Forum will follow. This is a very important day in the life of our Parish and we need YOU to be there. Fr John will be discussing all forms of outreach and connections, which we need to proactively grow our Parish. Those of us who attended the forum Fr John organised in 2016 at St Paul’s Burwood were significantly impressed with his information and style. Please give serious thought to attending – we will provide refreshments.
Miranda Daughtry spoke to some of you last week about her current play Hysteria which is on at the Eternity Playhouse at Darlinghurst, until the 30th April. No Monday performance but there are matinees on Saturdays as well as an evening show. There is a discount code if you book online : LOBSTER!
Wednesday 26 April – Women’s Reading Group at Pauline Newell’s home.
Saturday 6 May – Boyz Nite Out – at the Europe Grill Restaurant corner St John & King Sts, Newtown. 6.00 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. RSVP to John Roe – 0400 955 772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1-31 May, Fr Philip and Rosemary will be overseas and Fr David Warner will be our locum. He currently assists in an honorary capacity in the parish of St Luke’s Concord. Fr David’s contact telephone number is 0418 283 519.
Last Maundy Thursday – Queen Elizabeth II distributed ceremonial pouches of coins (Maundy money) to 182 men and women at Leicester Cathedral. This ancient ceremony dates back to 13th Century and she has now fulfilled this ceremony in every one of England’s Anglican Cathedrals.
Check out www.anglicanstogether.org./files/page_events.html for events and items of interest.
Bookstall News – New stock: The Oxbridge Evangelist – Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C.S. Lewis by Michael J. Gehring; Phenomenal Sydney – Anglicans in a Time of Change 1945-2013 by Marcia Cameron; A Man Called Johnny Mac – Selected writings of Bishop John McIntyre, edited by Muriel Porter; Silence by Shusaku Endo (the book of the film); Encounters between Jesus and Women: Models of Discipleship by Margaret Ghosn; The Historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright.
Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 12 August – Please put this date in your diary and keep it free to help at one of our biggest fundraisers for the parish.
Anglicans Together dinner – Friday 25 August 2017
Martyrs Day Service – Saturday 26 August 2017
Wardens Dinner –is possibly changing from August to September due to the Anglicans Together Dinner and Martyrs Day ‘service– watch this space– Theme is “The Reformation” 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. Parish Council will possibly make a decision today.
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, St Luke’s Direct Transfer may work for you. Please put your name or the word “Offering” as a reference.
St Luke’s Direct Transfer
St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547
And please support our Lent ABM Projects and our ongoing projects:-
Al-Ahli Hospital; The Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College Cairns and the Vanuatu Literacy Program.
Bible Readings for the Week 24th to 30th April 2017
|MONDAY||Acts 4.23-31||Psalm 2.1-8||John 3.1-8|
|TUESDAY||Acts 4.32-37||Psalm 93||John 3.7-15|
|WEDNESDAY||Acts 5.17-26||Psalm 34.1-8||John 3.16-21|
|THURSDAY||Acts 5.27-33||Psalm 34.11-18||John 3.31-36|
|FRIDAY||Acts 5.34-42||Psalm 27.1-5||John 6.1-15|
|SATURDAY||Acts 6.1-7||Psalm 33.17-21||John 6.16-21|
Next Sunday Readings – Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2.14a, 36-41
Psalm: 116.1-4, 11-18
Second reading: 1 Peter 1.13-25
Gospel: Luke 24.13-35
Prayers for each day of the week
Prayers for those in immediate need:
Stuart Ogg; Jean Widmer; Cynthia Berkemeier; Leanne; Asia Bibi, Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Jean Weller; Linda Jensathit, Barbara Granger, Julia Baird, John & Jill Eddy, Wolf Winter.
Prayer of thanksgiving – For David’s new prostheses and for Sally’s new course; we pray for her mastery of it!
The sick – Long term:
Our Prayer for those in need:
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Jennifer McGovern, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lamar Powell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Amrit McIntyre, Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Margaret Watkins, Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom; Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Tom Algeo; Robin Yeap & Fiona Carroll.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Bill Moffat; Harold Cheeseman; Hannah Gavin; Leonard Boone; Sara Ayers; Herbert Heck; William Keating; Annie Roberts; Terry Ogg
25th: Mark, Evangelist and Martyr &Anzac Day
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)
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
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & Amanda Mason.
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour
|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:
Organist: Kathy Drummond
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417 670 749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Pastoral Care Support Group