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 Ann Petersen & David Dunlop
Next week: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Readers Today: Kevin Green & Lea MacNeil
Readers next week: Nadia Wheatley & Ian Mylchreest
Intercessor: Peter Seymour
Next week: Moya Holle
Hospitality: John M, Ruth Champion, E Maack
Next Week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Cleaners Saturday 23rd : Moya H, Matilda R, Grahame S, Neville D
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
A Hearing Loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to
Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, has been depicted at times, as a compliant maiden and patronizingly praised for being a ‘doormat’. In the Song of Mary (Magnificat), we sing of the subversion that proclaims the overturning of both the religious and social status quo. Mary not only prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, but she was the Theotokos – the God bearer.
Pray for a discerning spirit for each other and for the church; and faith and courage to follow God who prepares the way.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, the Anglican Church in Hong Kong.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE BEFORE THE SERVICE STARTS.
Introit Hymn: TIS 269 – Hark the glad sound
Liturgy for Lighting the Advent Candle
3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy
The Minister greets the congregation:
The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
(The two candles are lit.)
Minister: We have re-lit the two candles in our Advent wreath, to remind us of God’s gifts of hope and peace. Today we light the third candle, the
candle of joy. The Book of Isaiah describes the joy that will come with
the dawning of God’s reign of peace. Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, sight to the blind and to set the captives free.
All: We light this candle of joy and thank God for the gift of Jesus who sets us free.
(The third candle is lit.)
All: God of all compassion help us to remember that you are the source of all joy. May your love flow through us into the world giving birth to great joy. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Sentence: Isaiah 61.1–2
Bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, the day of vengeance of our God.
The Collect (we pray together)
you sent John the Baptist
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son:
grant us wisdom to see your purpose
and openness to hear your will,
that we too may prepare the way for Christ
who is coming in power and glory
to establish his rule of peace and justice;
through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord ’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 When the Lord turned again the | fortunes • of | Zion:
then were we like | those re-| stored to | life.
2 Then was our mouth | filled with | laughter:
and | our tongue | with | singing.
3 Then said they a-| mong the | heathen:
‘The Lord has | done great | things for | them.’
4 Truly the Lord has done great | things for | us:
and | therefore | we re-| joiced.
5 Turn again our | fortunes • O | Lord:
as the streams re-| turn to • the | dry | south.
6 Those who | sow in | tears:
shall | reap with | songs of | joy.
†7 They that go out weeping | bearing • the | seed:
shall come again in gladness | bringing • their | sheaves | with them.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading 1Thessalonians 5.12-28
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labour among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. Beloved, pray for us. Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all of them. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of the Lord | is up-| on me;
he sent me to | bring Good | News • to the | poor.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
And also with you.
The Gospel John 1.6-8, 19-28
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’
Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord”, as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’
This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon TIS 158 God has spoken by His prophets
Prayer for our Parish
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 520 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
Hymn during Communion – Eat This Bread
Final Hymn: TIS 217 (T.i) – Love divine, all loves excelling
Today at 6.00 p.m. The Play without Rehearsal – Nativity Play for all children – every child has a part! Supper to follow. Flyers will be available today to give to any family you may know who might still be able to come.
At our Sunday School Presentation last Sunday we omitted to say a big thank you to our Sunday School Teachers; Diana Jefferies, Jennifer Bestel, Amrit MacIntyre and Fabian LoSchiavo. We do so appreciate what they do for our young people.
A big thank you to everyone who wrapped our Christmas Gifts for the Stanmore Nursing Home! We will leave to sing carols at the home in Cambridge Street and give out the gifts after morning tea. However, in order to fit in with their lunch being served at 12 noon, we need to leave by 11.15 a.m. Some will walk but if you need a lift please go with Ruth who has the gifts in the boot of her car and the carol sheets.
ABM Advent Envelopes are available for your Advent gift to missions. ABM, as many of you know, has been badly affected by our Government’s decision to withdraw funds from many charities. Please give generously over the next 2 Sundays to help ABM deliver their much needed programs, particularly in PNG.
Christmas Day: A big thank you also to Jo, Laurence and Diana who will organise hospitality after the Christmas Day service. This is not brunch, its morning tea! If you attend this service and can also welcome any visitors and/or help in the kitchen, it would be appreciated. We greet everyone before, during (in the Peace|) and after the service.
Flowers for our church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of flowers, please see Moya Holle or put your donation in an envelope so marked and place it in the offertory collection.
The Epiphany Pilgrimage to Leura in 2018 will be on Saturday 13th January at Lea and Donald’s place.
The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Archbishop Suheil Dawani, has called for tolerance, harmony and mutual respect for all in the Holy City of Jerusalem. He made his comments in a sermon preached at St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem last week, on the second Sunday in Advent.
Each year in this Parish we try to give a generous donation to the Christmas Bowl; either now or after Christmas is fine.
This appeal has been running since 1949, bringing Christians together across Australia. Initially we started with each family donating the cost of their Christmas Dinner. This may or may not be appropriate for you, but we encourage everyone to give generously to this appeal and the parish will also give a donation from general funds. The Act for Peace is the welfare arm of the National Council of Churches and they assist with conservation farming techniques in places like Zimbabwe, and in Myanmar, where the Rohingya people are fleeing deadly violence and they are in makeshift camps with little or no clean water, food or shelter.
Bible Readings for the Week 18th to 24th December 2017
|MONDAY||Jeremiah 23.5-8||Psalm 72.15-21||Matthew 1.18-24|
|TUESDAY||Judges 13,2-7,24-25||Psalm 71.17-22||Luke 1.5-25|
|WEDNESDAY||Isaiah 7.10-14||Psalm 24.1-6||Luke 1.28-38|
|THURSDAY||Song OS 2.8-14||Psalm 33.17-21||Luke 1.39-45|
|FRIDAY||1 Samuel 1.24-28||Song of Hannah (APBA.p.429)||Luke 1.46-56|
|SATURDAY||Malachi 3.1-4; 4.2-3||Psalm 25.3-10||Luke 1.57-66|
Next Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Advent
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm Song of Mary (APBA p.9 or 425
Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Prayers for each day of the week
Nan and Leon; Johnny Nitcharoen & Eed Darunee.
Mathias Oduro; Katherine Oldfield; Julie & Philippa Olston.
Ann & Rachel. Petersen & Wolf; Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj.
Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Leilani, Stephanie & Joyce Reddy.
John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; John Roe; Grahame Sadler.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Barbara MacLulich; Leanne; Doug Hall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Robert & Lyndall;Sue Drewett; Ron Flood; Ken Gilmour; Phil Dingle; Rosemary Bradford; Josie Sanderson, Irma,Beth Armstrong and Andy Serafin.
The sick – Long term:
Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Robin Crowther; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel; Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Noel Jeffs; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Joyti & Joshlyn Kumar; Jude, Isla, Megan & Alan; Evelyn; Marissa; Linda Jensathit; Barbara MacLulich; Jennifer McGovern; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly; Victoria; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Sidney Smith; Giuseppe Bruzzese; Susanne Crowther; Bill Carter; Arthur Porter; Adrian Archinal
Today we commemorate on
21st Dec: Thomas, Apostle and Martyr
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 with Amanda after church and at 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.
Parish email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rector: Fr Philip: 0431 655 220 email@example.com
Office Phone Number is 9557 4219, which diverts to Fr Philip’s mobile if the office is unstaffed.
Lay Ministers-Part Time: Lea MacNeal & Amanda Mason
Honorary Lay Minister: Peter Seymour
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
Hon Clergy Associate:
Fr John Reimer
Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo: 0417670749.
Eddy Reddy: 0410634948
Ruth Champion: 0400166041
Pastoral Care Group
Tonight – Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.
The Nativity Play without Rehearsal
Every child has a part; come dressed in costume or not! We have spare costumes! And supper to follow.
11.00 pm Christmas Eve – 24th December 2017
(note this was previously 11.30 p.m.)
9.30 a.m. Christmas Day – 25th December 2017
(With morning tea to follow)