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St Francis of Assisi 2015

St Luke’s Enmore with Stanmore

An Anglican Parish in the Diocese of Sydney.

St Francis of Assisi     4th October 2015

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:                                Fr. Philip Bradford
Preacher:                                  Mrs Rosemary Bradford tssf
Welcomers Today:                   Ruth Champion & John Tonetti
Next week:                              Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Readers Today:                       Noel Jeffs & Pauline Newell
Readers next week:                  Jennie Winton & David Dunlop
Intercessor:                                Diana Jefferies
Next week:                              Peter Gilbert
Hospitality:                                 K Oldfield & S Woellner (B’day cake)
Next Week:                              Les Carrington & Kevin Green
Cleaners Saturday 10th              Richard Hagen, Stephen Gates, Ruth C

Blessing of the animals will take place at the Sanctuary step after the last hymn.

As Jesus moves further afield, his teachings, yet again, come under the scrutiny of those preoccupied with legalisms. Seeking to drive a wedge between his teachings and those of the Jewish Torah and of the state, they test him. In his retort, Jesus affirms the equality of women and men and the sanctity of their union as grounded in creation. Legalisms can be restrictive and lead to exclusion whereas the love of God transcends human boundaries. Jesus drives home the point by rebuking his disciples for their exclusion of the little children and his welcoming of them with open arms.

  • Pray that we may discern those inner legalisms that can lead us to exclude others from sharing in our experience of the Kingdom of God.

Text:              The Rev Laurette Glasgow, Special Advisor for Government Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Diocese of Ottawa
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2015

DAYLIGHT SAVING BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER – Please remember to put your clock forward one hour so you don’t miss the service!

Introit Hymn: TIS All creatures of our God and King (verses 1-4 and last, omitting verses 5 & 6).

The Sentence:As for me, the only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and the world.

The Collect:

Father, you helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ
through a life of poverty and humility.
May we follow your Son
by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi,
and by imitating his joyful love.


First Reading                                                            Genesis 1.26-31
A reading from the book of Genesis

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

For the word of the Lord                                        Thanks be to God  

Psalm 148

1Praise the Lord! Praise the | Lord from the | heavens;
praise | him | in the | heights!

2Praise him, | all his | angels;
praise | him, | all his | host!

3Praise him, | sun and | moon;
praise him, | all you | shining | stars!

4Praise him, you | highest | heavens,
and you | waters a-| bove the | heavens!

5Let them praise the | name of the | Lord,
for he com-| manded and | they were cre-| ated.

6He established them for-| ever and | ever;
he fixed their | bounds, which | cannot be | passed.

7Praise the | Lord from the | earth,
you sea | monsters | and all | deeps;

8Fire and hail, | snow and | frost,
stormy wind ful-| filling | his com-| mand!

9Mountains | and all | hills,
fruit | trees and | all | cedars!

10Wild animals | and all | cattle,
creeping | things and | flying | birds!
11Kings of the earth and | all | peoples,
princes and all | rulers | of the | earth!

12Young men and | women a-| like,
old and | young | to-| gether!

13Let them praise the | name of the | Lord,
for his | name a-| lone is ex-| alted;

14 His glory is above | earth and | heaven.
he has | raised up a | horn for his | people.

†15praise for | all his | faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him. | Praise | the | Lord!

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

Second Reading                                                                  Galatians 6.14-18
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

For the word of the Lord                                         Thanks be to God

Gospel Procession

Gospel Acclamation

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


The Gospel                                                                     Matthew 11.25-30
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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


Hymn after Sermon:   TIS470    Rejoice in God’s Saints

Parish Prayer:

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 –TIS 703 – As the deer…
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 strength, 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 203    Fairest Lord Jesus

Blessing of the animals

The Blessing

Memorial of the Incarnation
Saint Francis and the Sow
By Galway Kinnell

The bud stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;
as Saint Francis put his hand on the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow
Began remembering all down her thick length,
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine
down through the great broken heart
to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:
the long, perfect loveliness of the sow.

Galway Kinnell, “Saint Francis and the Sow” from Three Books. Copyright © 2002 by Galway Kinnell. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved,

Next Sunday:  Twentieth  Sunday After Pentecost

Job 23.1-9,16-17;   Psalm 22.1-15; Hebrews 4.12-16; Mark 10.17-31

Bible Readings for the Week 5th to 11th October 2015

Monday Jonah1.1-2.1;2-10 Psalm 130 Luke 10.25-37
Tuesday Jonah 3.1-10 Psalm 130 Luke 10.38-42
Wednesday Jonah 4.1-11 Psalm 86.8-13 Luke 11.1-4
Thursday Malachi 3.13-20a Psalm 1 Luke 11.5-13
Friday Joel1.13-15; 2.1-2 Psalm 9.1-8 Luke 11.15-26
Saturday Joel 3.12-21 Psalm 97.6-12 Luke 11.27-28


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.
St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details
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 first week of October:

Happy Birthday to all our parishioners who have birthdays this month.  Please come and help blow out the candles at morning tea.
In the hall during morning tea today we will be entertained by Dennis Clare, a mime artist of great reputation!  Please enjoy and respond with acclamation to his great miming.  And a thank you to Br Noel for organizing this artist for our enjoyment!
Wardens Meeting after morning tea this morning.
The Wardens and Treasurer have received good news that the Diocesan Finance Committee has re-assessed our accounts for 2014 and determined that we have met our “local revenue” obligations.  While this is good news we are mindful that next year costs will rise again and as our Treasurer is constantly reminding us we should not so heavily rely on our Opshop.  Our freewill offering is very important to the viability of the parish.
The Parish Council would like to say thank you to Fabian LoSchiavo for making the high altar frontal and for painting the hall.  We all appreciate his efforts and thank him sincerely.
Flowers in church today have been donated by Br Noel Jeffs and some were also in the church from the funeral of the Late Les Dixon.

The Wardens would like to acknowledge with thanks a gift to the Parish from Les’ estate of $3,000.  This money will be put into our trust funds.

Saturday 10 October – Boyz Nite Out – Thai Hot Pepper,
King Street,  opposite Alice Street,  Newtown 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Please RSVP to John by 8 October – 0400 955 772
Sunday 11 October – Christmas Market Meeting after morning tea in the Emmaus Room.  See Jennifer Bestel for details.
Saturday 17 October is our Wardens’ Dinner – Indian Style – tickets are now on sale: $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.
Sunday 25 October – Parish Council meets following morning tea.
Saturday 28 November – Our Christmas Market! Time to start baking our Christmas cakes and puddings!
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  – 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 Friday mornings.
Visit our Bookstall on your way to morning tea! Rosemary Bradford is in charge while Jennie Winton is overseas. Jennie returns next week.

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)

Our total to ABM this year towards our nominated projects is $7,365.30.

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.


Prayers for each day of the week

Neville Hack; Richard Hagen & Somsakdi; John, Martha &
Christopher Haly.
Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet Broady& Susan & Alex Hill; Lay-kum Ho; Moya Holle.
Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs; Linda Jensathit; Kenny Khoo; Eddie, Mint, Atom Kittirat; Joseph & Esther Kumar
Robert; Gillian, William & Benjamin Lamb; Ross Lehman & Kuna; Geoff Lindsay & Mandy Tibbey.
Fabian LoSchiavo; Evelyn Maack; Amrit MacIntyre & Brett Davies; Donald Thompson & Lea Donald.
Alex Maneekaew; Merrill & Georgie Martin; John Merchant; Ron Morris; Fran Morris.
Ron, Anthea, Ronan, Veronica & Rohan Nath; Pauline Newell; Johnny Darunee Nitchacoen.


Our Prayers for those in immediate need…

Simon LoSchiavo, Leanne, Madeline, Mary Sotiriadis & Fr Ron Morris.

The sick – Long term

Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Diane Badcock; Fatima Begum; Robert Champion; Joy Gander; Roslyn Gee; Rhiannon Henry Edwards; Josephine Jabbour; Ann Jeffs, Poppy & Martin; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; Bp Ken Mason; Eve Moggs; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Oglvie; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Brian Rawnsley; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Sr Fiona CSC; Saria Sevilla; Trier family, Von Heseltine Family; Julie & Alex Wright..
Recent Departed
Anniversaries of Deaths.

Thomas Kerr; Ruth Cropley; Emily Champion; Austin McLachlan.
Saints and Commemorations

12th: Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer, England (d.1845)
15th :Teresa of Avila (d.1592)
16th : Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley, Bishops & Martyrs (d.1555)
17th : Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & Martyrs (d.115)

Our prayers for those in need are for people in serious difficulties. We pray regularly for all parishioners on each day of the week.
Intercessors may like to use Christian names only on Sunday

Parish Information

ABN.78 161 584 893.
SUNDAY WORSHIP   Sung Eucharist and Children’s Ministry at 9.30 am followed by hospitality in the hall.  Thai Community will meet in the Chapel after morning tea.
WEEKDAY SERVICES: Morning Prayer: 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.
Fr Ron Morris (Mb 0409 451362.)
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
Fabian LoSchiavo;
Eddy Reddy; Mb 0410634948;
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041.
Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Peter Seymour; Jennie Winton, Diana Jefferies; Les Carrington.
Parish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tibbey Susan Hill; Ruth Champion & Stuart Veitch;
Pastoral Care Group
Ruth Champion; Stuart Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle.