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.
The last verse of today’s psalm (May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer) is often used as a pre-sermon prayer. Yet it is a prayer not just for preachers but for all of us to use daily – to help us to ensure our words and thoughts are always godly.
- · Pray for godliness of speech and thought throughout this week.
- · Pray for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, giving thanks for the work they do to further God’s mission in the world.
Text: © Anglican Board of Mission, 2015
Introit Hymn TIS 133. O Worship the King, Tune Hanover
Sentence: Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for the sake of the gospel will save it. Mark 8.35
God of mercy,
help us to forgive as you have forgiven us,
to trust you, even when hope is failing,
and to take up our cross daily
and follow you in your redeeming work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Proverbs 1.20-33
A reading from the book of Proverbs
Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord , would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.’
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 The heavens declare the | glory of | God:
and the | firmament pro-| claims his | handiwork;
2 One day | tells it to a-| nother:
and night to | night com-| municates | knowledge.
3 There is no | speech or | language:
nor | are their | voices | heard;
4 Yet their sound has gone out through | all the | world:
and their | words to the | ends of the | earth.
5 There he has pitched a | tent for the | sun:
which comes out as a bridegroom from his chamber,
and rejoices like a | strong man to | run his | course.
6 Its rising is at one end of the heavens, and its circuit to their | farthest | bound:
and nothing is | hidden | from its | heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, re-| viving the | soul:
the command of the Lord is true, | and makes | wise the | simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, and re-| joice the | heart:
the commandment of the Lord is pure, | and gives | light to the | eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and en-| dures for | ever:
the judgements of the Lord are unchanging, and | righteous | every | one.
10 more to be desired are they than gold, even | much fine | gold:
sweeter also than honey, than the | honey that | drips from the | comb.
11 Moreover, by them is your | servant | taught:
and in keeping them | there is | great re-| ward.
12 Who can know their own unw-| itting | sins?
O cleanse me | from my | secret | faults.
13 Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins,
lest they get the | mastery | over me:
so I shall be clean, and | innocent of | great of-| fence.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation
of my heart be acceptable | in your | sight:
O Lord, my | strength and | my re-| deemer
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading James 2.18-26
A reading from the letter of James
But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith without works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
My only glory is the cross of our | Lord Jesus | Christ,
which crucifies the world to | me and | me to the | world.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
The Gospel Mark 7.24-38
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
The Sermon –
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 600 – My Saviour lifted, Tune Glenfinlas
Gracious God, we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Acting Rector Philip and all who worship here.
At this time of change, 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 – 349In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 446 –Glorious things of you are spoken, Tune Austria
Memorial of the Incarnation
Next Sunday:he Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 31.10-31; Ps1; James 3.1-12; Mark 9.30-37
Bible Readings for theWeek 14th to 20th September 2015
|Monday||1 Timothy 2.1-8||Psalm 28||Luke 7.1-10|
|Tuesday||1 Timothy 3.1-13||Psalm 101.1-7||Luke 7.11-17|
|Wednesday||1 Timothy 3.14-16||Psalm 111.1-8||Luke 7.31-35|
|Thursday||1 Timothy 4.12-16||Psalm 111.7-10||Luke 7.36-50|
|Friday||1 Timothy 6.2c-12||Psalm 49.5-9||Luke 8.1-3|
|Saturday||1 Timothy 6.134-16||Psalm 100||Luke 8.4-15|
St Luke’s Direct Transfer
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.
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547
You can use your own name as a reference, but if you prefer, just use the word Offering as a reference and your name will remain anonymous. Your personal and banking details will not be given to St Luke’s.
Notices for third week of September:
Tuesday 7.30 p.m. 15th September: Bible Study at Fr Philip & Rosemary’s home at 5 Lincoln Street Stanmore. If you would like to join them for a meal, please let them know and arrive at 6.45 p.m.
Today 2.30 p.m. A Festival of Hymns, with choir, brass, timpani and organ, for the Church Year at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St – opposite Parliament House.
Today at 5.00 p.m. Beethoven Mass in C at Christchurch St Lawrence Broadway with Guest Preacher, The Most Rev’d Dr Glenn Davies
Sunday 20 September 4.00 p.m. – Choral Evensong at St Luke’s with the Brabyn Singers – The Feast of St Michael & All Angels – please bring a plate to share in our usual High Tea afterwards, which will be held in the Rectory.
Sunday 20 September – Eremos Annual Gathering – 1.45 to 5 pm
with keynote speaker Sally Longley at 2.45 – Praying for our Enemies
Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock – for further information go to www.eremos.org.au
Wednesday 23 September – Women’s Reading Group meets at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home, 43/1 Coronation St, Petersham. Starting this month we are reading Karen Armstrong’s “Fields of Blood”. If you are interested in joining us please see Ruth or Jo Burton.
Saturday 17th October is our Wardens’ Dinner – Indian Style – tickets will be on sale shortly: $30 and $25 conc. and $60 per family.
Sunday 18th October – St Luke’s Patronal Festival with our Guest Preacher, the Rev’d Anastasia Webster-Hawes, Rector of Blayney. There may be some visitors from Bathurst coming and if anyone can provide bed and board for the Saturday night, it would be appreciated; please see Fr Philip or Ruth. Anastasia and Don will be staying with Fr Philip and Rosemary.
Notices given in church should be relevant to the parish and our mission. If you would like to make an announcement please ask Fr Philip prior to the service if you can do so? Any other matters should be sent to the parish email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned through to Ruth or Christine Thurley by Thursday prior to the Sunday to be printed in the pew sheet. The pew sheet is printed early on Friday mornings.
Visit our Bookstall on your way to morning tea!
Lectionaries for 2016 available.
Our ABM Parish Projects for 2015
- · Al-Ahli Arab Hospital Gaza (PS001LH); this hospital is the oldest hospital in Gaza City and has 80 beds. It provides medical and health services to patients regardless of ethnicity religion, political affiliation or economic status. It serves everybody in the community.
- · Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College in Cairns (AU003WB); trains indigenous people for ordained ministry and lay-ministry.
- · Language, Literacy and Numeracy in Vanuatu VU006EA)
We have benefited greatly in the past from bequests left to the parish by parishioners who have included St Luke’s in their will. Some amounts left to the Parish have been large, some very small; all have been appreciated. The Wardens have elected to retain this capital and generally only use the interest as needed for various projects. If you would like to think about this and include St Luke’s in your will it is one way of ensuring the ongoing maintenance of this extraordinary parish.
Flower Fund – a flower fund is being set up to ensure that flowers are provided by the parish and not all paid for by individual flower arrangers. If you would like to donate flowers in memory of loved ones, please put the money in an envelope and mark it “Flower Fund”, with the name of the person and the Sunday you wish the flowers to be included. A reference to the memorial will then be put in the pew sheet
Prayers for each day of the week
Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia Blomberry; Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi; John, Martha & Christopher Haly.
Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann & Rachel Petersen & Wolf; Jenny Praisang; Simon, Annisa, Caitlin & Georgie Probets.
Our Prayers for those in need…
Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Diane Badcock; Fatima Begum; Ross Black; Henry & Maureen Byers; Robert Champion; Les Dixon; Joy Gander; Roslyn Gee; Marissa; Marlene Hicken; Meg, Jude & Isla; Rhiannon Henry Edwards; Bp Richard Hurford, Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Poppy & Martin; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Simon LoSchiavo; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; Bp Ken Mason; Eve Moggs; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Oglvie; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Sr Fiona CSC; Saria Sevilla; Stephen Thomas; Julie & Alex Wright; Leanne, Madeline and Jennifer.
Elizabeth Goldsmith; Beatrice Hunt; Ruby Dorrington; Violet Chandler; Margaret Coombs;
15th: John Oliver Feetham, Bishop & Bush Brother (d.1947)
16th: Ninian of Galloway, Bishop & Missionary (d.c. 432)
17th: Hildegaard of Bingen,
Abbess, spiritual writer (d.1179)
18th: John Ramsden Wollaston, Priest & Missionary (d.1856)
We pray regularly for all parishioners on each day of the week.
Intercessors may like to use Christian names only on Sunday
ABN.78 161 584 893.
SUNDAY WORSHIP Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall.
WEEKDAY SERVICES: Morning Prayer: Tuesday 8.30 am, Wednesday 9.30 am & 10.00 a.m. Eucharist (followed by morning tea); & Friday 8.30am.
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES by arrangement.
ACTING RECTOR. Fr Philip Bradford. Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.30am to 11 a.m.
HON CLERGY ASSOCIATES
Fr Ron Morris (Mb 0409 451362.)
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP:
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.
Stuart Veitch 0400-312-354
Eddy Reddy; Mb 0410634948;
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041.
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Jennie Winton, Diana Jefferies; Les Carrington.
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch;
Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.