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

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 23 July 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: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Kevin Green & Angela Bell

Readers Today: Grahame Sadler & Susan Hill
Readers next week: Ruth Champion & Ian Mylchreest
Intercessor Diana Jefferies
Next week: Amrit MacIntyre
Hospitality: John M, Ruth C, Evelyn Maack

Next Week: J Olston, K Drummond, A Bell

Cleaners/Flowers Sat 29th Richard Hagen, Stephen Gates, Julie O

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

Please switch off your mobile phone before the service commences.

Continuing with the theme of the sowing of seeds, Jesus explains more fully for us this image he gives us of his Kingdom, and warns us of the eternal consequences for those among us who sow the seeds of weeds amongst the wheat. Using powerful dichotomous imageries, Jesus presents us with a choice.

  • Pray that we will remain faithful to God’s word.

  • Give thanks for the Daehan Seong Gong Hoe (대한성공회), the Anglican Church of Korea.

Text: Jesse Poole
Saint Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017

Introit Hymn: TIS 217 Love divine, all loves excelling

Sentence: You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86.15


Saving God,
in Jesus Christ you opened for us a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts
and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Genesis 28.10-19a

A reading from the Book of Genesis

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord , the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. 15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ 16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ 17 And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’ 18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

For the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 139.1-11, 23-24

1 O Lord, you have searched me | out and | known me:
you know when I sit or when I stand *

you comprehend my | thoughts | long be-| fore.

2 You discern my path and the places | where I | rest:you are a-| cquainted with | all my | ways.

3 For there is not a | word on my | tongue:
but you Lord | know it | alto-| gether.

4 You have encompassed me be-| hind and be-| fore:
and have | laid your | hand up-| on me.

5 Such knowledge is too | wonder ful | for me:
so | high
that I | cannot en-| dure it.

6 Where shall I | go from your | spirit:
or where shall I | flee | from your | presence?

7 If I ascend into heaven | you are | there:
if I make my bed in the grave | you are | there | also.

8 If I spread out my wings to-| wards the | morning:
or dwell in the | utter
most | parts of the | sea,

9 Even there your | hand shall | lead me:
and | your right | hand shall | hold me.

10 If I say ‘Surely the | darkness will | cover me:
and the | night | will en-| close me’.

11 The darkness is no darkness with you *
but the night is as | clear
as the | day:
the darkness and the | light are | both a-| like.

23 Search me out O God and | know my | heart:
put me to the | proof and | know my | thoughts.

24 Look well lest there be any way of | wicked ness | in me:
and lead me in the | way
that is | ever-| lasting.

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

Second reading Romans 8.12-25

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. 18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

The Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Blessed are you Father * Lord of | heaven and | earth;
you have revealed to little ones the | myster
ies | of the | kingdom.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel Matthew 13.24-30,36-43

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

24 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” 28 He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” 29 But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ 37 He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

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

The Sermon

Hymn after Sermon: TIS 564 O God of bethel

Prayers of the People

Prayer for our Parish
Gracious God,
we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our clergy, lay-ministers 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 to those who will choose a new rector,
wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us warm and generous hearts; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Offertory Hymn: TIS 123 Be still my soul

Hymn during Communion –

Final Hymn: TIS 405 O spirit of the living God


Interment of Ashes – After this morning’s service there will be a brief service to inter the ashes, in our memorial garden, of the late Stuart Ogg.

Parish Council – Parish Councillors are reminded that there will be a special Parish Council meeting on 30th July 2017 after the 9:30 Eucharist, including a consultancy with Fr. John Sanderson on enhancing the Parish profile.

Neville Hack – R.I.P. – Sadly Neville died in his sleep last Sunday evening and was found by staff on Monday morning. He will be sadly missed at St Luke’s as he has been a part of this community for over 25 years. When we have a date and time for his funeral we will make it widely known.

The Organ Fund for the painting of the front pipes is tax-deductible! We still need another $15,000 – a big ‘thank you’ to all who have already contributed. Please fill in a form (in the church foyer or entrance to the hall). If you would like to see what the original looked like, one of the pipes has been ‘uncovered’ – stripped of two layers of paint. For further details see Kathy Drummond.

We recommend you go and see the excellent exhibition:-
Learning from Country – on til 31 July, Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
Visit the journey through six award winning books produced by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Ken Searle, both valued members of our congregation. See further information online at http//

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. Roster will be organised in the next 2 weeks.

Anglicans Together DinnerFriday 25 August 2017. This year the Anglicans Together Dinner will be held in the Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. The Guest Speaker will be Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Martyrs Day Service – Saturday 2nd September, 10.30am, at St Alban’s Church, 3 Pemroke Street, Epping. Special preacher: Fr Peter Yeats, Rector of St John’s, Balmain, Refreshments afterwards in Parish Hall- Ring Denise, 9876 3362″

The Annual Wardens Dinner is on Saturday 16 September at 7.00 p.m. Our theme is “The Reformation”. Come dressed in period costume or come as you are!

Sick List – If you know of anyone whose name should be removed from the sick list, either on-going or in immediate need, please notify Peter Seymour.

Confirmation – Please advise the Rector immediately of people seeking conformation. Confirmation will be held on Sunday 20 August next.

Eremos – Spirituality and Social Justice: Citizens and Change.This forum explores faith and activism where speakers from four different spiritual and faith traditions will share how their faith has impacted their involvement in social change. Date:Sunday 6 August, 2 – 5 pm, Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock,. Bookings: send an email to or call Ruth on 99556350/ mobile: 0408 291 429.Cost: donations between $10 and $20 at the door.

MOW Australia – AGM – Saturday 2nd September, 2pm at St Alban’s Epping Parish Hall.  Guest Speaker: Dr Josie McSkimming, Clinical Social Worker & Lecturer UNSW.”

Giving to St Luke’s – thank you for your gifts by plate, envelope or direct giving. New boxes will be available for the financial year July to June 2018 on 1st Sunday in July. 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

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Bible Readings for the Week 24th to 30th July 2017

MONDAY Exodus 14 51-58 Psalm 24.7-10 Matthew 12.38-42
TUESDAY Exodus 14.21-15.1 Psalm 78.11-15 Matthew 12.46-50
WEDNESDAY Exodus 16.1-5, 9-15 Psalm 78.21-30 Matthew 13.1-9
THURSDAY Exodus 19.1-2,9 11,16-20b Song of 3YM (p.399) Matthew 13.10-17
FRIDAY Exodus 20.1-17 Psalm 19.7-14 Matthew 13.18-23
SATURDAY Exodus 24.3-8 Psalm 50.1-6 Matthew 13.24-30

Next Sunday Readings –Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Genesis 29.15-28
Psalm: 105-11
Second reading: Romans 8.26-39
Gospel: Matthew 13. 44-58


Prayers for each day of the week

David Dunlop; Brent Egan; Michael, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellenor & Nicholas Fleming.

Stephen Gates & Andrew; Altin & Hannah Gavranovic; Peter Gilbert & Alfreda Narnola; Kevin Green.

Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi; John, Martha & Christopher Haly.

Raymond Hesleshurst; Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet, Susan & Alex Hill.

Moya Holle; Peter & Anne Hywood; Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo.
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.

Prayers for those in immediate need:

Noel Jeffs, Alex & Libby Jones; Jean Widmer; Leanne; Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Jean Weller; Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Laurie Bestel, Robert Gibbs, Rhiannon Henry-Edwards, Barbara MacLulich; Sr Helena (Clare Sisters Camperdown) Bill Kennedy; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Merrin & Elizabeth; Sue Drewett. Sr. Rosamund; Ron Flood.

Our Prayers for those in ongoing need:

Shirley; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Mark Davies; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Linda Jensathit; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; 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), Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, & Peter; Margaret Flakeler, Wolf Winter & Paull Garrett.

Recently Departed

Neville Hack, Ona Mor na Davies, Ella Mackenzie Calver

Anniversaries of the Departed

Fr. Philip Westley; Ivy Rowlands; Rita Green; Queenie Balkwell; Harry Harrison;

Saints Commemorations

25th: James, Apostle and Martyr.

26th: Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

29th: Mary and Martha of Bethany


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)

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:

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:
The Rev’d. John Reimer

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 0417 670 749
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041

Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Amrit MacIntyre; Tony Purcell; Evelyn Maack; Angela Bell, James Barnes (Treasurer).

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

Synod Reps:

Diana Jefferies & Peter Seymour

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