11 December 2016
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.
|Preacher & Celebrant:
Readers next week:
|Fr. Philip Bradford
Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Kevin Green & Lea MacNeil
Susan Hill & Tony Brownlow
John M, Angela Bell, Evelyn Maack
Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Kevin Green , Neville Daniels
Many live in a parched land, waiting for the rains to come when the wilderness will blossom once more, when life and joy returns. Like Isaiah, let us strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way and say to those with fearful hearts ‘do not fear.’ Let us look forward to the day when the ransomed of the LORD will return with everlasting joy. May our songs ring with authenticity and be an encouragement to those who need a helping hand or have lost their way, or just need someone to listen.
Pray that we might be patient and not grumble or complain against each other for the Lord’s coming is near.
Give thanks for the work of USPG (based in the UK and Ireland) who have worked since 1701 to help others around the world to ‘take hold of the life that is truly life’ (1 Timothy 6.19).
Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Catechist, St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: TIS 266 – Wake, awake for night is flying
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: Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.’ Isaiah 35.3–4
Sustain us, O God, with the power of your love
on our journey to meet the One who is coming:
strengthen our weak hands,
make firm our feeble knees,
and open blind eyes to the dawning of your kingdom,
so that our hearts may rejoice
as we behold the majesty of our God.
We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 35.1–10
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!Here is your God. He will come with vengeance with terrible recompense.He will come and save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Song of Mary
- My soul proclaims the | greatness of the | Lord:
my spirit re-| joices in | God my | Saviour,
Who has looked with favour on his | lowly | servant:
from this day all gener-| ations will | call me | blessed.
The Almighty has done | great | things for me:
and | holy | is his | name.
God has mercy on | those who | fear him:
from gener-| ation to | gener-| ation.
The Lord has shown | strength with his | arm:
and scattered the | proud in | their con-| ceit,
Casting down the mighty | from their | thrones:
and | lifting | up the | lowly.
God has filled the hungry with | good | things:
and sent the | rich a-| way | empty.
He has come to the aid of his | servant | Israel:
to re-| member the | promise of | mercy,
†The promise | made to our | forebears:
to Abraham | and his | children for | ever.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading James 5.7–10
A reading from the letter of James
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
The Spirit of the | Lord is u | pon me;
he sent me to | bring Good | News to the | poor.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Gospel Matthew 11.2–11
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John:‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.”
Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS – Behold a rose is growing
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 283 – Long ago, prophets knew
Hymn during Communion:
Final Hymn: TIS – 158 – God has spoken by his prophets
Notices and Children’s Book Presentation
The Angelus and Dismissal
Please wear your name badge for the convenience of others and join us for morning tea in the hall
Our Combined Advent Studies on John the Baptist (Locusts and Wild Honey ends this week with Pt. 4 on Tuesday 13 December at the Metropolitan Community Church, 96 Crystal St, Petersham. This is a very well presented and timely study. As this is the last study, there will be a light supper to follow.
Don’t forget the Christmas Bowl and ABM Christmas Appeals – envelopes provided.
Also, donations for Stanmore Nursing Home gifts would be appreciated. Envelopes are provided for these donations at the back of the church or see the welcomers.
Sunday 18 December – Nativity Play Without Rehearsal at 6.30 pm. This is our annual Family Christmas get-together – a time to invite the neighbours and friends, especially those with children. There is supper to follow in the hall.
Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm
Christmas Day – 9.30 am Family Eucharist
Following the Family Eucharist on Christmas Day there will be a light brunch in the hall for all who are not rushing off to other festivities and would like to join in. So we’ll have an idea of numbers, please let Jennie Winton know (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0401 727 718) if you’ll be joining us.
Bookstall News – Christmas cards are now available. We also have copies in stock of John Bunyan’s Reflections and 24 Songs for a Reasonable Reformation: Beauty and Truth $12; and Keith Mascord’s Faith without Fear $30; and Jesus I have loved, but Paul? a Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity by J R Daniel Kirk.
Our Website www.stlukesenmore.org.au
Our website is being constantly updated by Fr Philip (sermons) and Angela Bell (weekly bulletins and events). Have you taken a look recently? Your feedback would be appreciated.
Christmas Market Results:
Sincere thanks to all who made the Christmas Market a wonderful event.
The Individual Stall profits are tabulated below:-
Outside Stall Donation $60.00
Opshop Float Donation $550.00
Expenses Approx. $900.00
Please note that the amount raised by the Pre-Loved Toys * was donated to UNICEF – the Sunday School Children have donated this to a special project.
The approximate total profit for the day was $6,250.00
Bible Readings for the Week 12 to 18 December 2016
|MONDAY||Numbers 24.2–7, 15–17||Psalm 25.4–10||Matthew 21.23–27|
|TUESDAY||Zephaniah 3.1–2,9–13||Psalm 34.15–22||Matthew 21.28–32|
|WEDNESDAY||Isaiah 45.6–8,18,45.21–26||Psalm 85.8–13||Luke7.19–23|
|THURSDAY||Isaiah 54.1–10||Psalm 30.1–5||Luke7.24–30|
|FRIDAY||Isaiah 56.1–3, 6–8||Psalm 67||John 5.33–56|
|SATURDAY||Genesis 49.2, 8–10||Psalm 72.1–7||Matthew 1.1–17|
Next Sunday’s Readings –Fourth Sunday of Advent
Psalm 80.1–7, 17–19
Prayers for each day of the week
Shirley & Barbara Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; James, Elliot & Harry
Our Prayers for those in immediate need: Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Fr Ron Morris, Fr Ken Munns; Brian Rawnsley, Linda Rinker & Patricia Gonzales.
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Marilyn Gibb; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Linda Jensathit; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Fr Ken Munns; 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; Barbara Granger; & Dawn Holland.
Give Thanks for Blessings Received
Anniversaries of the Departed
Mary Crowther; James Gavin; Allen Wells; Oswald Coombs; Florence Thomas; Sarah Kettlewell
13th Dec: Lucy, martyr and virgin (d.304)
14h Dec: John of the Cross, mystic & teacher (d.1591)
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
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Pastoral Care Support Group