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

Sixth Sunday of Easter 21 May 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter
21 May 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. David Warner
Welcomers Today: Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Next week: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen
Readers Today: Brett Davies & Evelyn Maack
Readers next week: John Roe & Janet Widmer
Intercessor Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Diana Jefferies
Hospitality: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Next Week: Reddy Family

Cleaners/Flowers Sat 27th M Rinker, Kevin Green, Neville Daniels

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

Please switch off your mobile phone before the service.

Jesus says to us today: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Yet how often do we fall short of loving God and loving neighbour? How often are we slack to attend to prayer and worship, annihilating our own spiritual lives? How many times do we fall into gossip and backstabbing, creating hurt in our own parish community? May we turn from our wickedness and live. Lord, may the world know we are your disciples by the love we show to each other!

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will help us to focus on our interior prayer lives, and to build up our parishes to be welcoming and transforming communities.

  • Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Province of South East Asia.

Text: Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017

Introit Hymn: TIS 376 – I know that my redeemer lives!


Those who love me will keep my word,’ Jesus promises, ‘and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14.23


O God,
you have prepared for those who love you
joys beyond our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love for you,
that, loving you above all else,
we may obtain your promises
that exceed all we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

First Reading Acts 17.22-31

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.

For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said, “For we too are his offspring.” Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 66.7-19

7O bless our | God you | peoples:
and cause his | praises | to re-| sound,

8Who has held our | souls in | life:
who has not | suffered
our | feet to | slip.

9For you have | proved us O | God:
you have | tried us
as | silver is | tried.

10You brought us | into the | net:
you laid sharp | torment | on our | loins.

11You let our enemies ride over our heads *
we went through | fire and | water:
but you brought us out | into
a | place of | liberty.

12I will come into your house with | burnt-| offerings:
and | I will | pay you
my | vows,

13The vows that | opened my | lips:
that my mouth| uttered | when I | was in | trouble.

14I will offer you burnt-offerings of fattened beasts *
with the sweet | smoke of | rams:
I will sacrifice a | bull
and the | flesh of | goats.

15Come then and hear all | you that fear | God:
and I will | tell what | he has | done for me.

16I called to him | with my | mouth:
and his | praise was | on my | tongue.

17If I had cherished wickedness | in my | heart:
the | Lord would | not have | heard me.

18But | God has | heard me:
he has | heeded
the | voice of my | prayer.

19Praise | be to | God:
who has not turned back my prayer *
or his | steadfast | love from | me.

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 3.8-22

A reading from the first letter of Peter

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For ‘Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

The Gospel Procession


Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
All who love me will | keep my | words,
and my Father will love them * and | we will | come to | them.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Gospel Reader: The Lord be with you!

Response: And also with you.

The Gospel John 14.15-21

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’

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

The Sermon

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

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 534 – Love is His Way

Hymn during Communion – AHB 571

A new commandment I give unto you,
That you love one another as I have loved you,
That you love one another as I have loved you.

By this shall all men know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another.
By this shall all men know that you are My disciples,
if you have love one for another. 

Final Hymn: TIS 179 – Praise with joy


From 1-31 May
, Fr Philip and Rosemary are currently overseas and Fr David Warner is our locum for this month. Fr David will be available Sunday, Wednesday and Friday only and his contact telephone number is 0418 283 519.

Parish Council meets today in the Emmaus Room after church. If you have any concerns or suggestions you would like us to consider please speak to a Warden or Parish Councilor.

Special Retiring Offertory today and next week for the ABM Famine Appeal –for those suffering in South Sudan. Please give generously as people are literally watching their children starve to death. This is a humanitarian crisis that needs our generosity, as well as our prayers. Alternatively give online –

The Women’s Reading Group meets on Wednesday 24 May at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home, 43/1 Coronation Avenue, Petersham. Please see Ruth if you are interested.

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 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 2 September 2017

The Annual Wardens Dinner is now Saturday 16 September at 7.00 p.m. due to the Anglicans Together Dinner and Martyrs Day’ service being in close proximity to our previously chosen date. Our theme is “The Reformation” 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. Come dressed in period costume or come as you are!

Bookstall NewsBook of the Week: Silence by Shusaku Endo. “It is 1640 and Father Sebastian Rodrigues, an idealistic Jesuit priest, sets sail for Japan determined to help the brutally oppressed Christians there. He is also desperate to discover the truth about his former mentor, rumoured to have renounced his faith under torture. Rodrigues cannot believe the stories about a man he so revered, but as his journey takes him deeper into Japan and then into the hands of those who would crush his faith, he finds himself forced to make an impossible choice: to abandon his flock or his God.” Now a major film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Check out for events and items of interest.

Giving to St Luke’s – thank you for your gifts by plate, envelope or direct giving. 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. These 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

No Child Should Suffer – Support ABM’s TAx appeal

ABM’s 2017 Tax Appeal supports the Child Nutrition project based at the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Parents and children are benefiting from this assistance in Beit Hanoun, a poor area of Gaza, near the Israeli border that was hit hard in the 2014 bomb attacks. Since the attacks, ABM’s partner, the Al Ahli Arab Hospital – a medical facility of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem – has continued to help children restore and maintain their health. The Child Nutrition Program seeks to build health profiles for children and help families that are struggling to cope. Over the course of three months, children are given a medical assessment by an expert paediatrician and a program of nutritional supplements is developed. The hospital provides the necessary supplements and monitors the children for signs of improvement. Please consider a tax-deductible gift before June 30 so children on the Gaza Strip can continue to receive quality care and nutrition support. Go to


We give thanks that Julia (Rosemary’s sister) Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom now have a home!

Bible Readings for the Week 22nd to 28th May 2017

MONDAY Acts 16.11-15 Psalm 149 John 15.26-16.4
TUESDAY Acts 16.22-34 Psalm 138 John 16.5-11
WEDNESDAY Acts 17.15-18.1 Psalm 148.9-15 John 16.12-15
THURSDAY Acts 1.1-11 Psalm 47. Eph 1.15-23 Matthew 28.16-20
FRIDAY Acts 18.9-18 Psalm 47 John 16.20-23
SATURDAY Acts 18.23-28 Psalm 47 John 16.23-28

Next Sunday Readings – Seventh Sunday of Easter
First Reading Acts 1.6-14
Psalm 68.1-10, 32-35
Second reading: 1 Peter 5
Gospel: John 17.1-11

Please continue to pray for our Nominators as they search on our behalf for a new Rector.


Prayers for each day of the week

Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; Pauline Newell; Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee.

Mathias Oduro; Stuart Ogg; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston; Ann & Rachel Petersen & Wolf.
Jenny Praisang; Tony Purcell; Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Winnie Rakphong; Milk Raksajit.

Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson Reddy; Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie Reddy; Edward & Joyce Reddy.
Matilda Rinker; John Roe; Jick Rounsang; Grahame Sadler; Ken Searle; Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes.
Peter Seymour; Ray & Laurel Sommer; Raboom & Nol Takham; Matthew, Mark & James Tangruthaitham.
Stephen Thomas; Christine Thurley & Troy.

Prayers for those in immediate need:

Stuart Ogg; Alex & Libby Jones; Jean Widmer; Leanne; Asia Bibi, Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Jean Weller; Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Wolf Winter, Noel Jeffs.


Stuart Ogg remains in RPA Hospital – moved to 8th floor; Br Noel has had a fall and broken his hand.

Our Prayers for those in onging need:

Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Mark Davies; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Noel Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Linda Jensathit; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; 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), Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom; Bruce Sims, Marco LoSchiavo, & Peter; Margaret Flakeler & Paull Garrett.

Recently Departed

Anniversaries of the Departed

Rhoda Palmer-Gibson; Frederick Crowther; Clive Turnbull; Neville Armstrong; Patrick Sadler; Freda Ferguson; Peter Edgley.

Saints Commemorations

24th: John (1791) and Charles (d.1788) Wesley, evangelist.
th: Ascension Day.
th : Augustine of Canterbury, missionary and bishop (d.605)

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 (Currently on leave)

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 (Currently overseas)

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.