Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
18 September 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.
|Celebrant & Preacher||Fr. Philip Bradford|
|Welcomers Today:||Jennie Winton & Richard Hagen|
|Next week:||David Dunlop & Ann Petersen|
|Readers Today:||Pauline Newell & John Roe|
|Readers next week:||Bryson & Bianca Reddy|
|Next week:||Moya Holle|
|Hospitality:||G & S Campton & K Drummond|
|Next Week:||Les Carrington & Kevin Green|
|Cleaners Saturday 24th :||Ann Petersen, Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola|
Then Jesus said to the disciples …’ The parables Jesus told, and that are recorded in the Gospels, were specific to his hearers, their background and lifestyle. So it is sometimes difficult for Western, English-speaking 21st century readers to untangle them. Interestingly, this parable here is given different headings by different translators and commentators: ‘the dishonest steward’, ‘the unjust steward’, ‘the unrighteous steward’, more recently ‘dishonest manager’ and finally ‘the shrewd manager’. He is the central character in the story – an anti-hero. The parable story is followed by several ‘sayings’ commenting on the story – trying to make sense of this character.
Perhaps the moral of the parable, as viewed in our modern commercial world, is that those ‘of the world’ – operating in their environment – are farsighted – hence shrewd, prudent, looking to survival. The ‘children of light’, those concerned with ‘spiritual’ matters should be ready in their relationships to promote ‘heavenly’ things.
- Pray: ‘Your Kingdom come’ – that the Church and its members, will be far-sighted and enthusiastic in seeking the Kingdom.
- Give thanks for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, and pray for peace between and within both countries.
Text: Moya Holle, ABM Sydney Committee
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016St Matthew, Apostle
Introit Hymn: TIS 168 For the fruits of all creation
The Sentence: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8.9
The Collect (we pray together)
you are rich in love for your people:
show us the treasure that endures and,
when we are tempted by greed,
call us back into your service
and make us worthy to be entrusted with the wealth that never fails.
We ask this through your Son, 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 Jeremiah 8.18–9.1
A reading from the Book of Prophet Jeremiah
My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land:
‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?’
(‘Why have they provoked me to anger with their images,
with their foreign idols?’) ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
and we are not saved. ’For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt,
I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night
for the slain of my poor people!
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 O God the heathen have come | into your | land:
they have defiled your holy temple *
they have made Je-| rusalem a | heap of | stones.
2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants
as food to the | birds of the | air:
and the flesh of your faithful ones to the | wild beasts | of the | earth.
3 Their blood they have spilt like water on every | side of Je-| rusalem:
And there is | none to | bu- ry | them.
4 We have become a mockery | to our | neighbours:
the scorn and | laughing stock of | those a-| bout us.
5 How long O Lord shall your anger be | so ex-| treme:
will your jealous | fu- ry | burn like | fire?
6Pour out your wrath on the nations that | do not | know you:
on the kingdoms that have not | called u-| pon your | name.
7 For they have de-| voured — | Jacob:
and made his | dwelling place a | de- so-| lation.
8 Do not remember against us the | sin of former | times:
but let your compassion hasten to meet us *
for | we are | brought very | low.
9 Help us O God our saviour * for the | honour of your | name:
O deliver us and expiate our | sins for | your name’s | sake.
Glo-| ry to | God: Father | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| ginning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men
Second Reading 1 Timothy 2.1–7
A reading from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all—this was attested at the right time.
For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Procession —
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Happy the | poor in | spirit;
the | kingdom of | heaven is | theirs!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Gospel Luke16.1–13
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after the Sermon- TIS 618 What does the Lord require
Offertory Hymn: TIS 517 – Hallelujah sing to Jesus
Hymn during Communion
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.
Final Hymn: TIS –153 God is love, let heaven adore him
Parish Council meets today after morning tea.
Tuesday night Bible Study is currently in recess – watch this space.
Tuesday 20 Thursday 22 September at 7.30 p.m.: This year’s New College lectures will be given by Dr.Simon Gathercole, a Reader in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. His topic will be the “apocryphal” Gospels and their relationship to the four canonical Gospels. In place of our Bible Study, this should be edifying. New College is on Anzac Parade close to the intersection of Barker St, Kensington; some parking is available in the surrounding streets. Admission is free and you can register online at
Saturday 24 September – The Wardens “Swingin‘ Nightclub” & Dinner. Last sale of tickets today - $35 or $25 conc. Children free. If you pay through a direct credit – please use a reference of 24/9 dinner. “Please see Ruth during morning tea to secure your place. You may like to book a table with friends. Help is needed to set up and decorate the hall from 9.30 a.m. Sat morning. Thank you everyone!
Sunday 2 October – St Francis’ Day – Blessing of the pets.
Sunday 9 October – Immediately following our Eucharist we will have a brief service to inter the ashes of Mary Sotiriadis in our Memorial Garden. Family & friends of Mary will be joining for this occasion. Please join in too.
Sunday 16 October – Back to St Luke’s Day – Guest preacher will be Professor Diane Speed, Dean and CEO of Sydney College of Divinity. We have sent letters of invitation to former parishioners and others connected with St Luke’s or St Augustine’s. If you know of anyone who would like to come, please let Ruth or Jennie know so that we can send them an invitation. We will have a shared lunch on this occasion, so we will be asking you all to contribute.
Sunday 23 October at 4.00 p.m. – Evensong with the Brabyn Singers.
Sunday 6 November – Confirmation Service – Bishop Michael Stead will be here for the confirmation service. If you or anyone you know wishes to be confirmed, please see Fr Philip.
Saturday 26 November – Christmas Market. See Jennifer Bestel for further information and offers of help would be appreciated.
Bookstall News – Nadia’s book Flight has won the Picture Book Award in the Children’s Book Awards for this year. We have copies in stock.
ABM Cooks are taking orders for: Lemon butter; Apple Chutney; Tomato Relish; Fruit Cake; Florentine Biscuits (with or without nuts); Cheese Oatmeal biscuits; Zucchini Pickles. Place your orders with Moya.
Thank you to Nadia Wheatley for our wonderful Reconciliation Service last week when Dr Elsie Heiss, was our speaker. Elsie told her story of growing up as an indigenous child; her father’s brave stance and her ability to rise from the ashes of discrimination and exclusion was inspirational.
The photo was taken at our Reconciliation Service last week.
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. Alternatively …
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 19th to 25th September 2016
|MONDAY||Proverbs 3.27–34||Psalm 15||Luke 8.16–18|
|TUESDAY||Proverbs 21.1–6,10–13||Psalm 119.33–40||Luke 8.19–21|
|WEDNESDAY||Proverbs 30.5–9||Psalm 119.97–104||Luke 9.1–6|
|THURSDAY||Ecclesiastes 1.2–11||Psalm 90.1–6||Luke 9.7–9|
|FRIDAY||Ecclesiastes 3.1–11||Psalm 144.1–4||Luke 9.18–22|
|SATURDAY||Ecclesiastes 11.9–12.8||Psalm 90.13–17||Luke 9.43b-45|
Next Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 32.1–3a, 6–15
Psalm: 91.1–6, 14–16
1 Timothy 6.6–19
Gospel Reading: Luke 16.19–31
Prayers for each day of the week
Leilani Saseve; Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; Peter Seymour; Laurel & Ray Sommer; Raboom, & Nol Takham.
Matthew, Mark & James Tangruthaitham; Rung Thanachaitaweesub; Numwan Thawanwanichkul.
Our Prayers for those in immediate need:
Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Caroline Wilson; Dawn Holland; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyndall; Jenny Johnston; Linda Jensathit; Sheila Cross.
|Prayer for the sick or in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Beth Armstrong; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Lyn Carrington; Kay & Russell Clark; Paull Garrett; Ros Gee; Madeline Gee; Marilyn Gibbs; Tina Gounder & Jayden Gounder; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs, Eddy Kittirat; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Emily & Taylor McCormick; Jennifer McGovern; Janet McLeod; Fr Ron Morris, John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Peter Purcell; Brian Rawnsley; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Bishop Greg Thompson & Diocese of Newcastle; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; David.
Thanksgiving for blessings received:
David is making good progress; Robert Dubler is now breathing unassisted and in rehab; Leigh Garretty is also in rehab
Anniversaries of the Departed
Des Stone; Patricia Smith; David Neary.
20th: John Coleridge Patteson; First Bishop of Melanesia, Martyr (d.1871)
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.
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.
www.stlukesenmore.org.auHon Clergy Associate:
Fr Ron Morris (Mob 0409 451362)
Organist: Kathy Drummond
Occasional Organist: C. Brooks
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Jennie Winton Mb 0401727718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410634948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400166041Parish Council:
Andy Serafin; Jennifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treasurer); Susan Hill; Peter Seymour; Fabian LoSchiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.
Pastoral Care Support Group