Third Sunday in Lent
19 March 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.
Preacher & Celebrant: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Next week: Evelyn Maack; Stephen Gates
Readers Today: Neville Hack & Anne Hywood
Readers next week: Ruth Champion & Grahame Sadler
Intercessor: Peter Gilbert
Next week: Amrit MacIntyre
Hospitality: K Drummond, A Bell, J Olston
Next Week: Brett Davies, Amrit MacIntyre
Cleaners Saturday 25th A Petersen, P Gilbert, Alfredo Narnola
Please turn off your mobile phone.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan Andy Serafin or Fr Philip before the service if required. A Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T-setting.
In the gospel reading, the discourse between the Samaritan woman and Jesus shows us how the division between the Jews and the Samaritans was terminated (in v. 9b we read that the Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans). After the discussions and when the Samaritan woman discovered her definition from Jesus’ standpoint, she turned an Evangelist and she went to her home city and invited all to ‘come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ (v. 29). We are being called to tell about Jesus and invite people in our places of work, in our homes and in the market to come and see the Messiah.
Pray that God will give us the boldness required to tell about Jesus in our world where talking about Jesus is increasingly becoming less popular. That public theology be embraced in our Churches and society.
Give thanks for the work and witness of all those whose lives point others towards Jesus.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: TIS 447 Lord, your Almighty Word
God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5.8
O God, the fountain of life,
to a humanity parched with thirst
you offer the living water that springs from the Rock,
our Saviour Jesus Christ:
stir up within your people the gift of your Spirit,
that we may profess our faith with freshness
and announce with joy the wonder of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Exodus 17.1-7
A reading from the book of Exodus
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
O come let us sing | out to the | Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the | rock of | our sal-| vation.
Let us come before his | face with | thanksgiving:
and cry| out to him | joyfully in | psalms.
For the Lord is a | great | God:
and a great | king above | all | gods.
In his hand are the | depths of the | earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are | his | also.
The sea is his and | he | made it:
his hands | moulded | dry | land.
Come let us worship and | bow | down:
and kneel be-| fore the | Lord our | maker.
For he is the | Lord our | God:
we are his | people and the | sheep of his | pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice *—
‘Do not harden your hearts | as at | Meribah:
as on that day at | Massah | in the | wilderness;
‘When your forebears | tested | me:
put me to proof though | they had | seen my | works.
‘Forty years long I loathed that gener-| ation and | said:
“It is a people who err in their hearts *
for they | do not | know my | ways”;
‘Of whom I | swore in my | wrath:
“They | shall not | enter my | rest.”’
Second reading Romans 5.1-11
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you.
Response: And with you.
Gospel Reader: Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
All: Lord, you are truly the Saviour of the world;
Give me living water that I may never thirst again.
All: Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
The Gospel John 4.5-42
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’ Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.’ Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 164 The Great Love of God
Prayers of the People
Prayer for our Parish
we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Rector 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 your Holy Spirit to those who will choose a new Rector,
that they will have wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us all warm and generous hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Offertory Hymn: TIS 520 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
Hymn during Communion: TIS 703 As the deer pants for the water
As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you
You alone are my strengh, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you
Final Hymn: TIS 211 (1) Jesu Lover of my soul
Immediately after our service this morning there will be an interment of Brian Rawnsley’s ashes in the Memorial Garden. We are invited to join with Janet Widmer and family members for this short service. Please then all join us in the hall for refreshments.
Fr Ron Morris, has now moved to Elizabeth Lodge, Room 708. 46 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay 2022. He would love to hear from any of you by phone when you have a minute. His number is 0409 451 362.
Bookstall News – New stock: Jenny Stewart’s Inner Weather, Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; and for children: The Velveteen Rabbit; Who Made Me; and Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.
Tuesday 21 March – 7.00 p.m. Lenten Studies commenced last week but you are welcome to come along to the next of our ‘Cameo Appearances’. We are discussing various characters surrounding and leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. The study will be over four weeks and next Tuesday is hosted by St Joseph’s Catholic Church Newtown. See the notice board for the continuing studies, date/place.
Wednesday 22 March – Women’s Reading Group 7.30 p.m. is at Pauline Newell’s home. In April-May we will be commencing a new book and if you would like to join the group please see Jo or Ruth.
Wednesday 29 March – ABM Morning Tea & Information Forum. Funds will go towards St Luke’s Mission Projects & ABM Auxiliary Project 2017. 10 am Eucharist; 11 am Morning Tea and Speaker/Video. For information see Moya.
Saturday 25 March – Eremos Retreat Day, 10-4pm, Bundeena, $70 or $60 for members; $10 less for conc. Incl. morning tea and lunch. Register: https://www.trybooking.com/OCGI Places are limited so book soon.
Friday 31 March – St Paul’s Burwood. Bus Trip – ‘Head to the Hills’, $45 including paper bag lunch/tea & coffee. Contact Pam Brock or the Church Office, 205 Burwood Road Burwood 2134 by Sunday 26th March to avoid disappointment. See flyers on information table.
Monday 3 April – The Steering Committee of Equal Voices warmly invites us all to the Launch by Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG on Monday 3 April at 6.30 p.m. at Pitt St Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney for refreshments on arrival and 7.00 p.m. commencement, to conclude by 9.00 p.m.
Wednesday 12 April – Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Vows at St James King Street at 11.00 a.m. Bp Michael Stead will preside and all parish clergy and lay parish readers are invited to renew their vows. The consecrated oils will be available. A light lunch will be served following the service in the St James’ Hall.
Bookcases available: Two wooden bookcases and a filing cabinet are available for removal from Fr Ron Morris’ Unit, 75, St John’s Rd, Glebe.
A black wooden open shelves book case – 90cm wide x 180 cm high 29 cm depth;
A light coloured wooden book shelves – lower shelves with doors – 80cm width; 202 cm height; 27 cm depth; and
3 drawer wooden filing cabinet.
For removal asap – more information/photos see Moya Holle.
Parking – Please make sure to park only in the marked spaces provided.
Op Shop Donations – We have been inundated with donations recently and our store room is overflowing, please hold off on bringing any donations either to the Emmaus Room or to the Op Shop until further notice.
To keep an eye on fascinating events – musical and contemplative.
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 Enmore Bank Account Details
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
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 20th to 26th March 2017
2 Kings 5.5-15
Song of 3YM 2, 11-20
Next Sunday Readings – Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 16.1-13
Second reading: Ephesians 5.8-14
Gospel: John 9.1-41
Prayers for each day of the week
We pray too for our Sister Parish of Christchurch Blayney, for The Rev’d Anastasia Webster-Hawes, her Assistant Priests and people.
Our Prayers for those in urgent need:
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; 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 & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Anniversaries of the Departed
Raymond Taylor; Boleslaw Jurezyk; Bessie O’Reilly; Beryl Goodman; Edith Spurrier; Elsie Davis; Wendy Clarke.
20th: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, bishop and missionary (d.687) 21st: Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, martyr and liturgist (d.1556)
22nd: Thomas Ken, bishop of Bath and Wells, teacher (d.1711)
25th: The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Parish Information www.stlukesenmore.org.au 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.
Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour
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. www.stlukesenmore.org.au
Hon Clergy Associate:
Organist: Kathy Drummond
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour
Pastoral Care Support Group