28th February 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: Fr. Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: Graham & Suzanne Campton
Next week: Ann Petersen & Richard Hagen
Readers Today: Peter Gilbert & Kate Abou Takka
Readers next week: Mary Sotiriadis & John Roe
Intercessor: Peter Seymour
Next week: Moya Holle
Hospitality: John M, Jo Burton, & S Campton
Next Week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre (birthday cake)
Cleaners Saturday 5th J Olston, T Brownlow, N Hack
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
In a world so obsessed with commodity and goods, the reading from Isaiah really is refreshing, isn’t it? It shows not only the ‘immaterial’ nature of material goods but it shows the echoes of the great gathering force of the love of God – a force that doesn’t care in the slightest about the material status of the individual. This force is really summed up with Jesus’s pronouncement about the children of Jerusalem, that he wishes to gather them under his wings. As we travel through Lent, let us put away our desires for worldly things and allow ourselves to be gathered.
- Pray that our divisions based on material status might be overcome; and pray for those who are so weighed down by debilitating material concerns that they forget God.
- Give thanks for the Church of Ceylon, which covers most of Sri Lanka, remembering their ministry in a multi-religious context.
- Text: The Rev Will Johnston, Assistant Curate,
St Peter’s, East Maitland, Diocese of Newcastle
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: TIS 564 – O God of Bethel by whose hand
The Sentence ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,’ says the Lord. Isaiah 55.9
O God, the fountain of life,
to a humanity parched with thirst
you offer the living water that springs from the Rock,
our Saviour Jesus Christ:
stir up within your people the gift of your Spirit,
that we may profess our faith with freshness
and announce with joy the wonder of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 55.1-9
A reading from the book of prophet Isaiah
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord , that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 63.1-9 (Psalm is to be read during Lent)
1 O God, you are my God:
eagerly will I seek you.
2 My soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you:
as a dry and thirsty land where no water is.
3 So it was when I beheld you in the sanctuary:
and saw your power and your glory.
4 For your unchanging goodness is better than life:
therefore my lips shall praise you.
5 And so I will bless you as long as I live:
and in your name will I lift my hands on high.
6 My longing shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness:
my mouth shall praise you with exultant lips.
7 When I remember you upon my bed:
when I meditate upon you in the night watches,
8 How you have been my helper:
then I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings,
9 Then my soul clings to you:
and your right hand upholds me.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10.1-13
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.’ We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation (to be said during Lent)
Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Repent, says the Lord;
the kingdom of heaven is at hand
Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
The Gospel Luke 13.31-35
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 552 – Come my way, my truth, my life
Prayer for our Parish
God of Love,
God of Mission,
you alone bring growth to your Church,
send to us your Holy Spirit to give
vision for our planning,
wisdom in our actions,
and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community. Amen
Offertory Hymn: TIS 137 – For the beauty of the earth
Hymn during Communion: As the Deer pants for the water
Final Hymn: TIS 531 – Sent forth by God’s blessing
Op Shop –We only need to accept really good, clean, quality clothing and goods. Please do not bring any secondhand electrical goods or secondhand stuffed toys as we cannot sell them in the shop.
Bookstall News – The 50% off stocktake sale continues on selected titles.
New books in stock – The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, Simply Jesus by Tom Wright; A Man Called Johnny Mac, edited by Muriel Porter; A New Exile: The future of Anglicanism by Muriel Porter.
The Life in Abundance Conference (Anglican Mission & Evangelism) attended by seven of us from the parish, held at Trinity College Melbourne two weeks ago was a fantastic/unique experience and great for net-working! The conference was extremely well organized, excellent speakers, workshop facilitators and inspirational worship. We would recommend it to anyone to attend; – it maybe held again in 2018. We met up with The Rev’d Kate MacNeil, now Rector of Nth Coburg – some of you will remember Kate with great affection, as she does us. See the notice board for her letter/photos.
Today – our AGM (Annual Vestry Meeting) will be held in the hall after morning tea. Nominations for the positions of two People’s Wardens and Parish Councillors will be accepted. These forms are available from the Bookstall. Please complete as required and pass to the Rector or Ruth ready for the meeting.
Thursday 3 March – 7.0
0 pm – The second in the Evening Lenten Studies will be at St Luke’s; the last will be at St Joseph’s on 10 March. “Defining Easter from our different perspectives”. All most welcome.
Thursday 3 March – 10.30 am-1.00 pm – “Growth with Grace” program at St Paul’s, Burwood. This is a follow-up to the very successful workshop last year and St Luke’s parishioners are encouraged to attend. Full details on the Notice Board. Please contact Mrs Caroline Badra on either 9747 4327 or email@example.com if you wish to attend.
Friday 4 March – 6.00 for 6.30 pm – Book Launch by Michael Kirby at Gleebooks of Keith Mascord’s new book – Faith without Fear – bookings can be made through the Gleebooks website.
Sunday 6 March, Mothering Sunday – Simnel cake makers wanted!
Sunday 6 March – Palm Cross makers wanted.
Sunday 13 March – Palm Cross makers wanted.
Thursday 17 March – ‘Navigating the Northern Beaches’, bus trip from St Paul’s Burwood. Visit the Bahaí House of Worship, St Sava Serbian Orthodox Chuch, St John’s Dee Why and Stony Range Regional Botalical Gardens. Full details and booking forms on notice board and information table.
Saturday 19 March, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.– St James’ Institute event: Adrian and Bridget Plass present View from A Bouncy Castle: Humour, Wholeness and Healing. See further information on the Notice Board as a booking is necessary.
Saturday 19 March 5.00 p.m. at St James King’ Street, Sydney – Songs of Reflection – a program of Handel and Bach by the Choir of St James’ and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday
Wednesday 13 April – Sesqui-centennary of St Joseph’s Newtown – Sesqui-centennary Dinner at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, 6.30 for 7 pm. BOOK NOW : Early bird (before 1 March) $80 & concession $50. After 1 March, $95 & concession $50. Send number of tickets, names of diners, dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay by direct debit: BSB: 062-784 Account No. 452501. Use your surname in reference on direct debit. Please send email when you make the payment. Cheques can be sent to 109 Lennox St, Newtown with all details as above included.
Sesqui-centennary Mass – 31 July at 10.30 am at St Joseph’s, Newtown. Details: newtownfaith.blogspot.com.au.
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St Luke’s Enmore Bank Account Details
Account Name: St Luke’s Anglican Church Working Account
BSB: 062-165 Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 29th to 6th March 2016
|MONDAY||2 Kings 5.1-15||Psalm 43||Luke 4.24-30|
|TUESDAY||Song of 3YM 2, 11-20||Psalm 25.3-9||Matthew 18.21-35|
|WEDNESDAY||Deuteronomy4.1,4-9||Psalm 147.12-20||Matthew 5.17-19|
|THURSDAY||Jeremiah 7.23-28||Psalm 95.6-11||Luke 11.14-23|
|SATURDAY||Hosea5.15-6.6||Psalm 51.10-17||Luke 18.9-14|
Next Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Lent
2 Corinthians 5.16-21
Gospel Reading: Luke 15.11-32
New Sick List starts next week, renew names or add to the list, which you will find in foyer.
Prayers for each day of the week
Matthew, Bronwyn, Sam & Thomas Whiting; Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner; Waew Wongjam; Kay & Natasha Younie.
Amelia Zea; Kate Abou Takka; Shirley & Barbara Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton.
James, Elliot & Harry Barnes; Ian Barnett; Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel.
Mervyn Bishop; Ross Black; Peter Brown & Iain.
Tony Brownlow; Les & Lyn Carrington; Ruth Champion; John & Nancy Cheng; Ron, Binh, Nam, Milly & Violetta Clarke.
Neville Daniels; Edi & Oscar Davis; Kathy Drummond; David Dunlop; Joan Everingham.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
The people of Fiji, Simon LoSchiavo, Leanne, Bishop Ivan Lee, Bruce Sims & Peter, Ray Sommer, Madeline Spielman; Judy Daniels; Kay & Russell Clark, Caroline Wilson, Fr. Adrian Stephens, Bryn Brook-Evans and Lu Piper.
The sick – Long term:
Barbara, Jade & Shirley Allen; Beth Armstrong; Hannah Ashton; Diane Badcock; Angela Bell; Ross Black, Fatima Begun; Jason Broadbridge, Aunt Monica; Lyn Carrington; Mavis Cunneen; Ros and Madeline Gee; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Ann Jeffs, Javen Khan; Kylie Laughlin; Ross Lehman; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Marie McGrath; John McLulich; Janet McLeod; Norma MacPherson; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Eve Moggs; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; John O’Grady; Peter Ogilvie; Bill & Poppy Prezios; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Barbara Raymond; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Michael, Andrew & Warren Ryan; Mary Sotiriadis; Trier Family, Saria Sevilla; Antoun and Mark Travis.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Gordon Thurling; Anne Casey; Merryn Bannerman
1st: David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales (d.601)
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)
Friday 8.30a.m. – Morning Prayer
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.
Rector – Fr Philip Bradford.
Ph 9557 4219 – 0431 655 220 (Mob)
PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
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|OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, Friday 9.00am to 10.30 a.m.
email@example.comHon Clergy Associate: Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)Organist: Kathy Drummond Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Fabian LoSchiavo Mb 0417670749
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.