The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it.
(Luther’s Works 31:57)
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/Lay-Minister: Peter Seymour
Welcomers Today: Nadia Wheatley & Stephen Gates
Next week: Ann Petersen & David Dunlop
Readers Today: Bianca Reddy & Moya Holle
Readers next week: David Dunlop & Susan Hill
Intercessor: Diana Jefferies
Next week: Amrit MacIntyre
Hospitality: J Olston, K Drummond, & A Bell
Next Week: Reddy Family (B’day cake)
Cleaners Saturday 5th J Olston, T Brownlow, N Daniels
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
‘Tag team of entrappers – now Pharisees are trying to embroil Jesus in a very contentious debate of the day – which commandment is greatest? We hear the answer to that question, almost every time we go to Eucharist. It was then Jesus’ turn to ask them a question and the trapper became the trapped; they could not answer the question. Time for questions might have ended, but next time they will come by force to trap the Messiah they failed to recognise.
Pray for soft hearts, open minds and a hard determination to love in action.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, the Philippine Independent Church.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017
Kindly turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent before the service
Introit Hymn: TIS 28 – God is our strength and refuge
The Sentence: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22.37–40
The Collect (we pray together)
whose Son has taught us that love is the fulfilment of your law:
stir up within us the fire of your Holy Spirit,
and pour into our hearts your greatest gift of love,
so that we may love you with our whole being,
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Deuteronomy 34.1-12
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ Then Moses, the servant of the Lord , died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord ’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 90.1-6, 13-17
1 Lord you have | been our | refuge:
from one gener-| ation | to a-| nother.
2 Before the mountains were born *
or the earth and the world were | brought to | be:
from eternity to e-| terni • ty | you are | God.
3 You turn us | back • into | dust:
saying ‘Return to | dust O | children • of | Adam.’
4 For a thousand years in your sight are like | yester • day | passing:
or | like one | watch • of the | night.
5 You cut them | short • like a | dream:
like the fresh | grass | of the | morning;
6 In the morning it is | green and | flourishes:
at evening it is | withered • and | dried | up.
13 Relent O Lord * how long will | you be | angry?:
take | pity | on your | servants.
14 O satisfy us early | with your | mercy:
that all our days we | may re-| joice and | sing.
15 Give us joy for all the days you | have af-| flicted us:
for the | years • we have | suffered • ad-| versity.
16 Show your | servants • your | work:
and let their | children | see your | glory.
Glo-| ry to | God; Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 2.1-13
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers.
As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
All who love me will | keep my | words,
and my Father will love them | and will | come to | them
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Gospel Matthew 22.34-46
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon – TIS 640 – Kneels at the foot …
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 103 – A mighty fortress is our God
The Reformation ushered in a great musical tradition which has continued within the Lutheran church. Hymns in 14th century Germany began as single line tunes then developed into four-part harmony (much like our hymns today) to full chorales beginning with an organ chorale prelude, organ embellishments accompanying the choir and congregation singing the verses, each verse being interspersed with an organ improvisation. Singing a hymn of fifteen or more verses can take a very long time! Maybe that’s why Lutherans sit to sing and stand to pray.
‘A mighty fortress is our God’ – Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott (words and music written by Martin Luther in 1529) is one such hymn. Today the hymn will begin with part of one of the chorale preludes by Johann Walther (1496-1570, a colleague of Luther) and part of one of Walther’s improvisations before the last verse.
Hymn during Communion – Jesus, remember me,
Gott ist unser Sonn’ und Schild – sung by Katherine Oldfield
(Please do not applaud after the solo as this is also part of the service.)
This is the alto aria, the second movement from J S Bach’s cantata, BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn’ und Schild (God, the Lord is sun and shield). It was composed for the Feast of the Reformation at Thomaskirche, 31 October 1725 in Leipzig. The librettist is unknown, however God is our sun and shield is a quote from Psalm 84:11.
Gott ist unser Sonn’ und Schild! God is our sun and shield!
Darum rühmet dessen Güte Therefore our grateful spirit
Unser dankbares Gemüthe, praises the kindness
Die er für sein Häuflein hegt. with which he cares for his little flock
Denn er will uns ferner schützen, For he wants to continue to protect us
Ob die Feinde Pfeile schnitzen when the enemies are sharpening their arrows
Und ein Lästerhund noch gleich billt. and a dog of blasphemy is barking.
Final Hymn: TIS 431 – Thanks to God, whose Word was spoken
Today Parish Council meets after morning tea in the Emmaus Room.
Wardens Dinner update – we made a profit of $1,062.00! Well done everyone and thank you again to all you contributed.
Monday 6 November at 12 noon we are holding our Opshop Volunteers Luncheon at the Sultan’s Restaurant, Cor Enmore Road and London Street, Enmore. All volunteers are invited but please RSVP to Andy Serafin, Peter Seymour, Evelyn Maack or Ruth.
ABM Cooks are making lemon butter, tomato relish etc, biscuits and cakes. Collect an order form from the table near the bookshop or see Moya for details.
Saturday 25 November – Our Annual Christmas Fair! A very long advertising banner is now across our front Rectory fence and a roster for stall helpers is on the notice board. We need your help! Flyers will be available shortly. Please promote this on your Facebook and share our St Luke’s Facebook with your family, friends and neighbours!
Christmas Giant Hamper
Donations for the Giant Hamper Raffle for the Christmas Fair would be appreciated. A box will be placed in the foyer for your donations. Thank you for your generosity.
Toys and Tucker – a box for your annual donations to this worthy appeal is now placed in the foyer.
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 230th to 5th November 2017
|MONDAY||Romans 8.12-17||Psalm 68.15-20||Luke 13.10-17|
|TUESDAY||Romans 8.18-25||Psalm 126||Luke 13.18-21|
|WEDNESDAY||Romans 8.26-30||Psalm 13||Luke 13.22-30|
|THURSDAY||Romans 8.31b-39||Psalm 109.25-30||Luke 13.31-35|
|FRIDAY||Romans 9.1-5||Psalm 147.12-20||Luke 14.1-6|
|SATURDAY||Romans11.1-12,25-29||Psalm 94.12-18||Luke 14.1-11|
Next Sunday: All Saints
First Reading: Revelation 7.9-17
Psalm 34.1-10, 22
Second Reading: 1 john 3.1-3
Gospel: Matthew 5.1-12
Christmas Carols and gifts for the Stanmore Nursing Home will occur after church/morning tea on Sunday 17th December at 11.30 a.m.
Children’s Nativity Play will be on Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.
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
Prayers for each day of the week
Altin & Gavranovic & Hannah; Peter Gilbert & Alfredo; Kevin Green.
Stuart Grigg & ‘Tricia; Richard Hagen & Somssakdi..
John, Martha & Christopher Haly’ Raymond Heslehurst.
Michael, Jacqueline, Sam & Sophie Hicks; Janet, Susan & Alex Hill.
Moya Holle; Peter & Anne Hywood; Diana Jefferies; Noel Jeffs.
Linda Jensathit.; Kenny Khoo; Eddy, Mint, Atom & Arty Kittirat.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Noel Jeffs, Leanne; Doug Hall, Robert and Lyndall, Barbara Granger, John & Jill Eddy, Rhiannon Henry-Edwards and family, Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Sue Drewett. Ron Flood, Ken Gilmour; Matthew Winter, Phil Dingle and Rosemary Bradford.
The sick – Long term:
Shirley; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Asia Bibi; Ross Black; Hugo Cunningham; Laurie Bestel, Robert Gibbs; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Joyti and Joshlyn Kumar; Jude, Isla, Megan and 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, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; John Tonetti, Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Bruce Sims, Peter; Margaret Flakeler, Wolf Winter, Paull Garrett, Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Willaim Bullock; Helen Jones; Donald Arnott; Edward Twivey; Bob Morey; Frank Gosden; Violet Foster; Rockley Millen; Susan Garrad.
31st:Martin Luther (d.1546_ and other Continental Reformers.
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
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