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

Second Sunday in Lent 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:              Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today:                   David Dunlop & Nadia Wheatley
Next week:                              Graham & Suzanne Campton
Readers Today:                                    Noel Jeffs & Jennifer Bestel
Readers next week:                  Peter Gilbert & Kate Abou Takka
Intercessor:                              Ruth Champion
Next week:                              Peter Seymour
Hospitality:                              Reddy family
Next Week:                              John M, Jo Burton, & Ruth C
Cleaners Saturday 20th                         R Hagen, S Gates, R Champion

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

As we journey through Lent we might find ourselves with the keen awareness that our God is a God of journeys. In our readings from today we see two journeys – one of Abraham from Ur to Canaan, and the other of Jesus and a handful of his disciples going up Mount Tabor. In both cases God is bringing his servants away from what is familiar and taking them to unfamiliar places, and often it can be scary for them. We know that ultimately they were strengthened by the experience in their faith. When God calls us out of our familiar surroundings we should take heart knowing that he is with us and we will ultimately be strengthened by our journey.

  • Pray for all those who God has called to difficult ministries, callings and occupations.
  • Give thanks for the Church of the Province of South East Asia, remembering especially the Most Rev Ng Moon Hing as he is installed as Primate of the Church tomorrow.

Text:        The Rev Will Johnston, Assistant Curate,
St Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016

Introit Hymn: TIS – 125 The God of Abraham praise

The Sentence   Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3.20

The Collect:
God of our ancestors,
whose chosen servant Abraham
was given faith to obey your call
and go out into the unknown:
endow your Church with such faith
that we may follow you with courage;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading                                                  ….Genesis 15.1-12, 17-18
A reading from the book of Genesis
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’  But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’ He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed the Lord ; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?’ He said to him, ‘Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.’  He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.  As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.  When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire-pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.  On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.
For the word of the Lord                                         Thanks be to God

Psalm 27  (Psalm is to be read during Lent)
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear?:
the Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes,
come upon me to devour me:
they shall stumble and fall.
3 If an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not be afraid:
and if war should rise against me, yet will I trust.
4 One thing I have asked from the Lord,
which I will require:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
5 To see the fair beauty of the Lord:
and to seek his will in his temple.
6 For he will hide me under his shelter
in the day of trouble:
and conceal me in the shadow of his tent,
and set me high upon a rock.
7 And now he will lift up my head:
above my enemies round about me.
8 And I will offer sacrifices in his sanctuary
with exultation:
I will sing, I will sing praises to the Lord.
9 O Lord, hear my voice when I cry:
have mercy upon me and answer me.
10 My heart has said of you, ‘Seek his face’:
your face, Lord, I will seek.
11 Do not hide your face from me:
or thrust your servant aside in displeasure;
12 For you have been my helper:
do not cast me away or forsake me, O God of my salvation.
13 Though my father and my mother forsake me:
the Lord will take me up.
14 Teach me your way, O Lord:
and lead me in an even path, for they lie in wait for me.
15 Do not give me over to the will of my enemies:
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and those who breathe out violence.
16 But I believe that I shall surely see
the goodness of the Lord:
in the land of the living.
17 O wait for the Lord;
stand firm and he will strengthen your heart:
and wait, I say, for the Lord.

Second Reading                                              Philippians 3.17-4.1
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

For the word of the Lord                                   Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Jubilate, Servite – Rejoice in God, Serve the Lord with Gladness

Gospel Acclamation (to be said during Lent)

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
this is my beloved Son, hear him.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


The Gospel                                                                 Luke 13.1-9

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.  Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’ Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’

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


The Sermon


Hymn after Sermon:   TIS – 164 The great love of God

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 – 520 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
Hymn during Communion:

Final Hymn: TIS – Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

Bible Readings for the Week 22nd to 28th February

MONDAY Daniel 9.4-10 Psalm 79.8-13 Luke 6.36-38
TUESDAY Isaiah 1.10,16-20 Psalm 50.16-21 Matthew  23.1-12
WEDNESDAY Jeremiah 18.18-20 Psalm 31.1-5 Matthew 20.17-28
THURSDAY Jeremiah 17.5-10 Psalm 1 Luke16.19-31
FRIDAY Genesis 37.3-4,12-28 Psalm105.16-22 Matthew 21.33-46
SATURDAY Micah 7.14-15,18-20 Psalm 103.1-5 Luke15.1-3,11-32


Next Sunday: Third Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 55.1-9
Psalm: 63.1-9
1 Corinthians 10.1-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 13.31-35


The Emmaus Room is now alarmed.  If you have a key and need to know about access please see one of the Wardens.
Op Shop –We only need to accept really good, clean, quality clothing and goods.  Please do not bring any secondhand electrical goods or secondhand stuffed toys as we cannot sell them in the shop.
Bookstall News – The 50% off stocktake sale continues on selected titles.
New books in stockSimply Jesus by Tom Wright; St Paul, the misunderstood Apostle by Karen Armstrong; A Man Called Johnny Mac, edited by Muriel Porter; A New Exile: The future of Anglicanism by Muriel Porter.
The Life in Abundance Conference (Anglican Mission & Evangelism) attended by 5 of us from the parish, held at Trinity College Melbourne last week, was a fantastic/unique experience and great for net-working!  The conference was extremely well organized, excellent speakers, workshop facilitators and inspirational worship.  We would recommend it to anyone to attend; – it maybe held in 2018.  We met up with The Rev’d Kate MacNeil, now Rector of Nth Coburg – some of you will remember Kate with great affection, as she does us.  See the notice board for her letter/photos.
TodayParish Council and
ACuppa for a CureMorning Tea at St Luke’s will be a special Cuppa after church to raise money for people affected by leprosy. Some literature will be available about the work of The Leprosy Mission and before we have that Cuppa, Janet Walmsley will share some recent news.
Wednesday 24 February – Evening Lenten Studies commence at Metropolitan Community Church; the second will be at St Luke’s on 2 March and the last at St Joseph’s on 9 March.  “Defining Easter from our different perspectives”.
Saturday 27 February – Boyz Nite Out – 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. at Thai Hot Pepper, King Street South, Newtown opposite Alice Street.
RSVP by 25 February to John R. 0400 955 772 or
Sunday 28 February – our AGM (Annual Vestry Meeting) will be held in the hall after morning tea.  If you are writing a report to be tabled, it will need to be sent to the parish email ( by Friday 19 February at the latest.  If you think it’s appropriate, you may speak to the report for a few minutes.  This gives parishioners an opportunity to ask any pertinent questions.  Nominations for the positions of two People’s Wardens and Parish Councillors will be accepted.  These forms are available from the Bookstall.  Please complete as required and put in the folder in the plastic sleeve ready for the meeting.

Coming Events:
Friday 4 March, Book Launch by Michael Kirby at Gleebooks of Keith Mascord’s new book – Faith without Fear – time yet to be provided.
Sunday 6 March, Mothering Sunday – Simnel cake makers wanted!
Sunday 6 March – Palm Cross makers wanted.
Sunday 13 March – Palm Cross makers wanted.
Saturday 19 March, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.– St James’ Institute event: Adrian and Bridget Plass present View from A Bouncy Castle: Humour, Wholeness and Healing.  See further information on the Notice Board as a booking is necessary.

Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday

Wednesday 13 April – Sesqui-centennary of St Joseph’s Newtown – Sesqui-centennary Dinner at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, 6.30 for 7 pm. BOOK NOW : Early bird (before 1 March) $80 & concession $50.  After 1 March, $95 & concession $50.  Send number of tickets, names of diners, dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) to  Pay by direct debit: BSB: 062-784 Account No. 452501.  Use your surname in reference on direct debit.  Please send email when you make the payment.  Cheques can be sent to 109 Lennox St, Newtown with all details as above included.
Sesqui-centennary Mass – 31 July at 10.30 am at St Joseph’s, Newtown.  Details:


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 Offertory 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



Prayers for each day of the week

Stuart Ogg; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann & Rachel Petersen & Wolf; Jenny Praisang.
Simon, Annisa, Caitlin & Georgie Probets; Tony Purcell; Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj.
Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit; Brian Rawnsley & Janet Widmer; Edward & Joyce Reddy.
Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Bryson & Belinda Reddy; Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie Reddy; Matilda Rinker.
John Roe; Grahame Sadler; Ken Searle; Andy Serafin & Colin; Peter Seymour; Jeff Sheather.
Laurel & Ray Sommer; Mary Sotiriadis; Raboom & Nol Takham; Matthew, James & Mark Tangruthaitham.
Christine Thurley & Troy Matthews; John Tonetti; Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; Nadia Wheatley.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need…

Simon LoSchiavo, Leanne, Bishop Ivan Lee, Bruce Sims & Peter, Ray Sommer, Madeline Spielman; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark, Caroline Wilson, Fr. Adrian Stephens, Bryn Brook-Evans and Lu Piper.

The sick – Long term

Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Diane Badcock; Angela Bell; Ross Black, Fatima Begun; Jason Broadbridge, Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen; Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Ann Jeffs, Javen Khan; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; John McLulich; Janet McLeod; Norma MacPherson; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan; Mary Sotiriadis; Trier Family, Saria Sevilla; Antoun and Mark Travis.

Recently Departed

Muriel Dimen.

Anniversaries of Deaths.

Kathleen Rushton; Herbert Caines; Herbert Wandmaker

Saints and Commemorations

23rd: Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, martyr (d.155)
7th : George Herbert, parish priest, poet (d.1633)

Our prayers for those in need are for people in serious difficulties.
We pray regularly for all parishioners on each day of the week.
Intercessors may like to use Christian names only on Sunday

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 8.30a.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:

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
Hon Clergy Associate
Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 51362)
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
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417670749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041.
Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Jennie Winton, Diana Jefferies; Les Carrington.
Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch.
Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.