7th August 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: Stuart Grigg & Stephen Gates
Next week: Kevin Green & John Tonetti
Readers Today: Nadia Wheatley & Kevin Green
Readers next week: Moya Holle & Jennie Winton
Intercessor: Amrit MacIntyre
Next week: Rosemary Bradford
Hospitality: L Carrington & K Green (B’day cake)
Next Week: John M, Joseph & Esther Kumar & Ruth
Cleaners Saturday 13th Julie Olston, Tony Brownlow, Neville Hack
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free host.
Hearing Loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T‑setting
‘Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.’ Here the Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, is speaking the word of the Lord to God’s people. This was what God desired – not burnt-offerings, incense, festivals and many prayers. It is the sincerity of the worshipper, not the number of religious activities that is important. The psalmist takes this up: ‘He honours me who brings sacrifice of thanksgiving: and to him who keeps to my way I will show the salvation of God’. A mindfulness and thanksgiving of what we receive as children of God and inheritors of God’s kingdom, leads us to reach out to those in need in whatever way we can and wherever we meet them. Jesus suggests ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit’.
- Pray to continue having a strong Christian faith that will strengthen us to ‘do good’.
- Give thanks for Nungalinya College in Darwin, remembering especially the students who study there.
Text: Moya Holle, ABM Sydney Committee
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
Introit Hymn: — TIS 125 The God of Abraham praise
The Sentence Watch and be ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24.42, 44
Kindle in our hearts, Father, the same faith that impelled Abraham to set out from his home and to live as a pilgrim in a foreign land. As we, like him, look for the city that none but you can design and build, keep us watchful for your Son’s coming, that we may be found faithful stewards of all that you have entrusted to us. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 1.1, 10–20
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear the word of the Lord you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord ; I have had enough of burnt-offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.
When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 50.1–8, 23–24
1 The Lord our God the | Mighty One – has | spoken:
and summoned the earth * from the rising of the sun
to its | setting | in the | west.
2 From Zion | perfect – in | beauty:
God has | shone | out in | glory.
3 Our God is coming * he will | not keep | silent:
before him is devouring fire * and | tempest | whirls a-| bout him.
4 He calls to the | heavens – a-| bove:
and to the earth so | he may | judge his | people.
5 ‘Gather to | me my | faithful ones:
those who by sacrifice | made a | coven – ant | with me.’
6 The heavens shall pro-| claim his | righteousness:
for | God him-| self is | judge.
7 ‘Listen my people and | I will | speak:
O Israel I am God your God * and | I will | give my | testimony.
8 ‘It is not for your sacrifices that I | re-| prove you:
for your burnt-| offerings – are | always – be-| fore me.
23 ‘O consider this * you who for-| get | God:
lest I tear you in pieces * and | there be | no one – to | save you.
24 ‘He honours me who brings sacrifice of | thanks-| giving:
and to him who keeps to my way I will | show the – sal-| vation of | God.’
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading Hebrews 11.1–3, 8–16
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’ All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Be | watchful and | ready:
you know not when the | Son of | Man is | coming.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Gospel Luke 12.32–40
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon: — TIS 619 Have faith in God, my heart
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.
Lord hear our prayer:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Offertory Hymn – TIS Christ is made the sure foundation
Hymn during Communion – “Don’t be afraid…”
Final Hymn: — TIS 446 Glorious things of you are spoken
Happy Birthday to: Kate Abou Takka; Ron Nath, Winnie Rakphong, Mathew Tangruthaitham; Uma Thuesawad; James Barnes, Brett Davies
Tuesday night Bible Study this Tuesday at Fr. Philip and Rosemary’s home – 7.30 pm, or 6.30 if you wish to share the meal. The study is Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Pick up a photocopy of the reading or order a copy from the Bookstall.
Bunnings Cake Stall report: Thank you to all who helped with the Cake Stall at Bunnings on 30 July. The final takings amounted to $887.75.
Pacific El Nino Emergency Response
The situation in Papua New Guinea caused by the ongoing El Nino weather system is worsening with an estimated 140,000 people suffering from severe food and water shortages. Since this appeal was launched in November 2015, donations contributed towards the food relief in Kerina Evangelists’ College but now more help is urgently needed as Initial Response funding from the Australian Government (DFAT) has ceased. More information is on the ABM website. ABM is seeking to raise $50,000 to assist the Anglican Church of PNG. Please donate if you can.
Today Sunday 7 August 3.30 p.m. – St Paul’s Burwood – afternoon tea with the Dean of St Georges College Jerusalem. See flyers at Bookstall.
Next Sunday 14 August at 4.00 p.m. – Evensong with the Brabyn Singers and High Tea to follow; please bring a plate to share.
Saturday 27 August at 11 am ABM Commemoration of the New Guinea Martyrs at St John’s Dee Why. Preacher the Rev’d Ken Spreadborough who has spent a large part of his life in New Guinea firstly as a school teacher and then as Principal of Moem Army Barracks. He later was made a Deacon and Priested; now retired, he lives on the Gold Coast. Refreshments served afterwards in the grounds. See noticeboard for details.
Friday 2 September 7 for 7:30 pm – Anglicans Together Dinner – Guest speaker, Prof. Marion Maddox, ‘The Past, Pleasures and Prospects of Liberal Christianity’. Full details and bookings forms are now available.
Saturday 17 September – Sydney MOW AGM at St Alban’s. Epping. Guest speakers: David & Robyn Claydon.
Saturday 24 September – The Wardens “Swingin‘ Nightclub” & Dinner
Sunday 2 October – St Francis’ Day
Sunday 16 October – Back to St Luke’s Day – Guest preacher will be Professor Diane Speed. Put it in the diary; full details to follow.
Bookstall News – We have copies in stock of My Brother Vivian and the Christian Martyrs of Papua New Guinea by Patrick Redlich. Essential reading before the Commemoration Service on 27 August (see above). Our full stock list can be found on St Luke’s website now. Check it out.
Prayer List: Please check the Prayer List and add any prayer requests on the sheet on the Information Table.
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.
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. 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
BSB: 062–165 Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 8th to 14th August 2016
|MONDAY||Ezekiel 1.2–5,24–28c||Psalm 148.1–6||Matthew 17.22–27|
|TUESDAY||Ezekiel 2.8–3.4||Psalm 119.97–104||Matthew 18.1–5,10–14|
|WEDNESDAY||Ezekiel 9.1–7, 10.18–22||Psalm 113||Matthew 18.15–20|
|THURSDAY||Ezekiel 12.1–12||Psalm 78.55–60||Matthew 18.21–19.1|
|FRIDAY||Ezekiel 16.59–63||PsalmAPBAp.391||Matthew 19.3–12|
|SATURDAY||Ezekiel 18.1–13,30–32||Psalm 51.10–14||Matthew 19.13–15|
Next Sunday: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: 80.1–2, 8–19
Gospel Reading: Luke 12.49–59
Prayers for each day of the week
Nok Thawon; Stephen Thomas; Christine Thurley & Troy; John Tonetti; Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence.
Janet Walmsley; Nadia Wheatley; Matthew, Bronwyn, Sam & Thomas Whiting; Janet Widmer; David & Dorothy Williams.
Jennie Winton; Sally Woellner; Waew Wongjam; Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea.
Kate Abou Takka; Shirley & Barbara Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; James, Elliot & Harry Barnes
Ewan, Jessica & Cynthia Berkemeier; Peter, Jennifer, Elise & Blake Bestel; Mervyn Bishop.
Ross Black; Fr. Philip & Rosemary Bradford; Chris Brooks; Tony Brownlow; Graham & Suzanne Campton.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Mary Sotiriadis; Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert Dubler (& family); Sally’s partner David; Shirley Allen, Jennifer McGovern; Leigh Garretty; Jenny Johnston.
|Prayer for the sick or in need.
Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Lyn Carrington; Kay & Russell Clark; Paull Garrett; Ros Gee; Madeline Gee; Marilyn Gibbs; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Rosemary Kitchin; Eddy Kittirat; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Sof Lee; Marissa; Emily & Taylor McCormick; Janet McLeod; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Florence Shellard; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Greg & Kerry Thompson; Yavani Mu Daly.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Albert Watson; Mervyn Davis; Dianna Gomes; Grace Johnsen; Ian Scott
8th: Dominic, priest and friar (d.1221)
9th: Mary Sumner, founder of the Mother’s Union (d.1921).
Prayer List: Please check the Prayer List and add any prayer requests on the sheet on the Information Table or to advise if any further names should be removed.
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 8.30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
CONFESSIONS (Sacrament of Reconciliation) HOME COMMUNIONS, BAPTISMS, & MARRIAGES by arrangement.
Rector — Fr Philip Bradford.
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