Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
12 February 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.
Celebrant &Preacher: Fr Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Next week: Evelyn Maack & Stephen Gates
Readers Today: Pauline Newell & Joseph Kumar
Readers next week: Moya Holle & Noel Jeffs
Intercessor: Ruth Champion
Next week: Rosemary Bradford
Hospitality: Thai Community
Next Week: Les Carrington & Kevin Green
Cleaners Saturday 18thA Petersen, P Gilbert, A Narnola
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see Fr Philip before the service if required.
Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T‑setting.
Please turn off your mobile phone.
In the Epistle reading, St Paul is creating an environment to correct what is normally known as ‘sibling rivalry.’ Paul equates his ministry with the ministry of Apollos and affirms to the Corinthians that Apollos and Paul were both servants of the Living God and there was no need for the Church to be divided along those lines of one group liking Paul and another liking Apollos. The ministry is one and the owner of the very ministry is none other than God himself. Why are there so many divisions in the Church nowadays? God is calling the Church to heal the wounds and unite people by planting the seed of love.
Pray that God will bring unity within the body of Christ, the Church and heal the broken hearts. Pray for unity of purpose in our diversity that the Church may be one as Christ and his Father are one (John 17.11)
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of Bangladesh.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
The Sentence Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Psalm 119.1
you gave the law to guide our lives:
grant that we may never shrink from your commandments,
but, as we are taught by your Spirit,
may fulfil your law in perfect love;
through Christ our Lord and Master,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Deuteronomy 10.12–22
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the Lord set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today. Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing.
You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen. Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy persons; and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in heaven.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Blessed are those whose | way is | blameless:
who | walk in the | law of the | Lord.
Blessed are those who | keep his com-| mands:
and seek him | with their | whole | heart;
Those who | do no | wrong:
but | walk in the | ways of our | God.
For you Lord | have com-| manded us:
to perse-| vere in | all your | precepts.
If only my | ways were un-| erring:
towards the | keeping | of your | statutes!
Then I should | not be a-| shamed:
when I | looked on | all your com-| mandments.
I will praise you with sin-| cerity of | heart:
as I | learn your | righteous | judgements.
I will | keep your | statutes:
O for-| sake me | not | utterly.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit.
As in the be-|ginning so | now; and for | ever. | A-| men.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 3.1–9
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, ‘I belong to Paul’, and another, ‘I belong to Apollos’, are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labour of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
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.
The Gospel Matthew 5.21–37
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 430 Your words to me
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 534 Love is his word
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS 571 Forth in your name O Lord
Tuesday night Bible Study. Bible study has recommenced; Tuesday nights, Philip and Rosemary’s home, 6:30 for a meal, 7:30 study commences. The book of Daniel is the current study.
Sunday 19 February 2017. Our Guest speaker will be Ms Julie Sneddon from the Cana Communities. Cana Communities works with the disadvantaged in inner Sydney providing food, shelter, and overnight accommodation. A retiring offertory will be held on this day for Cana.
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.
2017 ABM Projects: Al-Ahli Hospital, Wontulp-Bi-Buya Theological College Cairns, Vanuatu Literacy Program. The amount raised for 2016 will be reported to the AGM.
There will be a Parish Retreat at the Stroud Hermitage on 3–5 March.This is going ahead as we now have 10 people expressing interest.A deposit has been paid and we can now plan the program. The Planning Committee consists of Fr Philip and Rosemary, Mandy Tibbey, Jennie Winton and Peter Seymour, so if you would like to attend please let Fr Philip or the Church Wardens know asap.
Saturday 4 March 2017 – Listen Quiet Day. St John’s Church Balmain 10:00 a.m. in the Church and grounds, led by Revd Keith Dean-Jones OGS, Rector of Bundaberg (Diocese of Bris), Australian Provincial of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. Enq 9755 9181, email@example.com
Sunday 12 March is our AGM — after morning tea. Please stay! If you need to submit a report please do so by 24 February, however, we request that you speak briefly to the report on the day, 2–3 minutes.
Saturday 18 March 2017 is the MOW AGM – please come!
Note from the Wardens:-
Due to a number of glass doors and windows being vandalised over a period of weeks, on the advice of the Police and our Diocesan Insurance Manager, we will be installing CCTV cameras around the church site perimeter.These will be monitored in the parish office and can be used to assist the police.The work should be completed within the next week.
Please note that Ruth will be interstate from 13 February until 5 March 2017.If you have any concerns relative to the Church Wardens, please contact Jennie Winton 0401 727 718 or Eddie Reddy 0410 634 948.
Sydney Diocesan Secretariat.Currently seeking a Commercial Property Specialist. Enquiries through “Head of People, Learning and Culture”, Jillian Fulcher, (02) 9265 1555, or firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 February 2017. See notice board.
New Year Reminder. Want to know throughout the year what is on in and around Sydney in the next few months? Keep an eye on the Anglicans Together Events page for a regularly updated list of exciting and fascinating events, being all things musical, contemplative, intellectually challenging etc.
St Paul’s Burwood. Bus Trip — ‘Head to the Hills’, Friday 31st March 2017, $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.
Equal Voices. You are invited to attend a service of prayer, reflection, and contrition; St James Church King St Sydney, 24th February 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Featuringthe commissioning of a national apology to LGBTIQ+ fellow Australians with a commitment to do all possible to end hurtful discrimination which Christians of all denominations have been responsible for throughout Australian history. See notice board for further information provided by Rev. Keith Mascord.
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 …
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
Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 13th to 19th February 2017
Next Sunday Readings — Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
First reading: Leviticus 19.1–2,9–18
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3.10–17
Gospel: Matthew 5.38–48
Prayers for each day of theweek
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; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; 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.
Anniversaries of the Departed
Francie Fielder; James Hagston; Muriel Blatch; Bert Blatch; Nola Barr
14th: Cyril (d.869) and Methodius, bishop (d.885) missionaries to the Slavs
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.
Hon Clergy Associate:
Organist: Kathy Drummond
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