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: Angela Bell & Stephen Gates
Next week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre
Readers Today: Joseph Kumar & Evelyn Maack
Readers next week: Janet Widmer & Brett Davies
Intercessor: Peter Gilbert
Next week: Richard Hagen
Hospitality: Katherine Oldfield & Sally Woellner
Next Week: Brett Davies & Amrit MacIntyre (swap)
Cleaners Saturday 25th A Petersen, P Gilbert. Alfredo Narnolo
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
Another parable on being prepared – the focus today is on being ‘trustworthy’, the Greek word is also translated faithful. Being trustworthy and faithful is the way of being prepared for the return of the Master. Now, the end of the reading is very alarming – those who have nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. This is a hard saying – but do we not observe this happening all around us? Those who are rich in things, material and even in things spiritual, become richer. Those who are poor, become poorer.
Pray that we might be empowered to be faithful and trustworthy.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines
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 560 (i) – All my hope on God is founded
The Sentence: 1 Thessalonians 5.9, 11
God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.
The Collect (we pray together)
before the earth was formed,
and even after it shall cease to be, you are God.
Break into our short span of life
and show us those things that are eternal,
that we may serve your purpose in all we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Judges 4.1-10
A reading from the book of Judges
The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years. At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement.
Deborah sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, “Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.” ‘Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 To you I lift | up my | eyes:
you who are en-| throned | in the | heavens.
2 As the eyes of servants look to the | hand • of their | master:
or as the eyes of a maid to-| ward the | hand • of her | mistress,
†3 So our eyes look to the | Lord our | God:
un -|til he | show • us his | mercy.
4 Have mercy upon us O Lord * have | mercy • u-| pon us:
for we have | had our | fill • of de-| rision.
5 Our souls overflow with the mockery of | those at | ease:
and with the | contempt | of the | proud.
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 5.1-11
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.
So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Live in me and let me live in you | says the | Lord;
my | branches | bear much | fruit
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord be with you;
And also with you.
The Gospel Matthew 25.14-30
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon – TIS 609 – May the mind of Christ
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 534 – Love is His Word, Love is His way
Hymn during Communion
Final Hymn: TIS 571 – Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
We extend our sympathy today to Tony Purcell whose mother died last Thursday evening. “Marnie”Purcell was 95 – a great age!
Advent Studies (4 weeks) commencing Tuesday 21 November at 7.00 p.m. at St Luke’s, the following week at St Joseph’s Newtown.
Wednesday 22 November – Women’s Reading Group at 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home.
Sunday 26 November – the Feast of Christ the King at our 9.30 service.
Advent Carol Service – 5.00 p.m.Sunday 3 December with the Brabyn Singers and supper to follow. Please come and enjoy the evening of music and readings.
Sydney Theatre Company – 6 Nov to 13 December 2017, presents “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov. A “thrilling production of a stunning play at the Sydney Opera House and co-starring our Miranda Daughtry!! Book tickets either through the Opera House or the Sydney Theatre Co. If people are interested in going please liaise with Moya about a date.
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER – OUR CHRISTMAS FAIR (see next page for details – your help is needed!
Boyz Nite Out – 25 November at 6 p.m. – Celebration and Recovery Night – at The Persian Brail, 85 King Street Newtown. RSVP by 22 November to John Roe. email@example.com or 0400 955 772
Christmas Giant Hamper
Donations for the Giant Hamper Raffle for the Christmas Fair would be appreciated. A box is in the foyer to receive your donations. Thank you for your generosity.
Toys and Tucker – a box for your annual donations to this worthy appeal is in the foyer. The gifts and food will be collected soon –please give a gift to the disadvantaged in our community.
Saturday 25 November
Our Annual Christmas Fair
The roster for stall helpers is still on the notice board for you to volunteer.
Flyers are available and please promote this on your Facebook page and share our St Luke’s Facebook with your family, friends and neighbours! And around our local streets.
Most importantly come and share in the day!
Reptile “Walkabout” between 10.30 and 11.30 a.m.
Additional new entertainment this year will be our Christmas Fair Concert in the church at 1.30 p.m.– Organ and Voice – for a gold coin donation. The Flute Choir and Organ playing (Kathy & Chris) and carol solos by Katherine Oldfield.
Children you are invited to decorate the Christmas tree after church this morning.
HELP IS WANTED at 7.30 a.m. on Christmas Market Morning to put up the umbrellas, stalls and tables. Please come if you can and we also need help at the end of the day around 3.30 p.m.
Bible Readings for the Week 20th to 26th November 2017
(Maccabees is from the Apocrypha – you may need to look online.)
|MONDAY||1 Maccabees 1.10-15,41-43,54-64||Psalm 119.153-160||Luke 18.35-43|
|TUESDAY||2 Maccabees 6.18-31||Psalm 3||Luke 19.1-10|
|WEDNESDAY||2 Maccabees 7.1,20-31||Psalm 17.1-7||Luke 19.11-28|
|THURSDAY||1 Maccabees 2.15-29||Psalm 50.1-6||Luke 19.41-44|
|FRIDAY||1 Maccabees 4.36-37, 52-59||Psalm 134||Luke 19.45-48|
|SATURDAY||1 Maccabees 6.1-13||Psalm 9.1-4||Luke 20.27-40|
Next Sunday: Christ the King
First Reading: Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.15-23
Gospel: Matthew 25.31-46
Advent Carol Service & Supper – Sunday 5 p.m. 3 December 2017
(Please bring a plate of food to share if you are able.)
Children’s Book Presentation this year will be on Sunday 10 December at the conclusion of the service.
Christmas Carols and gifts for the Stanmore Nursing Home will occur after church/morning tea on Sunday 17th December at 11.30 a.m.
OUR NATIVITY PLAY (no rehearsal and every child plays a part) ALL WELCOME
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
Karlene Thompson; Christine Thurley & Family; John Tonetti..
Stuart Veitch, Laurence & Jo Burton; Janet Walmsley.
Nadia Wheatley; Matthew, Bronwyn, Sam & Thomas Whiting.
Janet Widmer; JennieWinton; Sally Woellner.
Waew Wongjamw; Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea.
Shirley & Barbara Allen; Victor Anyanrisi; Beth Armstrong.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Robin Smith; Noel Jeffs; Leanne; Doug Hall; Robert & Lyndall; Barbara Granger; John & Jill Eddy; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards (in palliative care) and her family; Tom Hogg; Kristy & Rodney; Helen Woellner; Sue Drewett. Ron Flood, Ken Gilmour; Phil Dingle; and especially for Rosemary Bradford and Andy Serafin.
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 & 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; Leigh Garretty; Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Helen Gronowski (Priest); Bruce Sims; Peter; Margaret Flakeler; Matthew Winter; Paull Garrett; Alex & Libby Jones and Sr Helena.
Ellen Mary (known as Marnie) Purcell (Peter Purcell’s mother)
Anniversaries of the Departed:
William Lawson; Margaret Said; Fr. John Holle; Margaret Lofts; Alice Lofts
Today we commemorate on
23rd: Clement of Rome, bishop and martyr (d.c. 100)
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
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