First Sunday in Lent
5 March 2017
(Day of Prayer & Fasting for Refugees & Asylum Seekers)
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 John Hawkins
Welcomers Today: Nadia Wheatley & Richard Hagen
Next week: David Dunlop & Ann Petersen
Readers Today: Ian Mylchreest & Katherine Oldfield
Readers next week: Jennifer Bestel & David Dunlop
Intercessor: Nadia Wheatley
Next week: Richard Hagen
Hospitality: Reddy Family (Birthday Cake)
Next Week: John M, Ruth C, E Maack
Cleaners Saturday 11th J Olston, T Brownlow, Neville Hack
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan Andy Serafin or Fr Philip before the service if required.
Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T‑setting.
Please turn off your mobile phone.
The gospel reading records the temptation of Jesus that took place in the wilderness that centred on Jesus’ fasting for forty days and nights. He needed food and so the devil enters at that time but he was defeated by the quote of the Scripture. The devil took him to the holy city and tempted him there to show that even in our spiritual progress we should beware of the enemy. The tempter took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him the splendour of the world promising to give him all if he worshipped him. Jesus defeats the tempter by categorically quoting that our worship should be to God and him alone. It is beneficial for us Christians to be rooted in
the Word of God for we can quote when the enemy tries to tempt us.
Pray that God will help us overcome temptations that come our way by staying connected to Almighty God whose Word is our promise and truth! That as we progress in life our worship will not be shifted from God to wealth.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Philippine Independent Church, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
The Sentence We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4.4
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet did not sin:
give us grace to direct our lives in obedience to your will,
that, as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Genesis 2.15; 3.1–7
A reading from the book of Genesis
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’ Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 32 (to be said during Lent)
1 Blessed are those whose sin is forgiven:
whose iniquity is put away.
2 Blessed are those to whom the Lord imputes no blame:
and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 For whilst I held my tongue:
my bones wasted away with my daily complaining.
4 Your hand was heavy upon me day and night:
and my moisture was dried up like a drought in summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you:
and my iniquity I did not hide;
6 I said ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’:
and so you forgave the wickedness of my sin.
7 For this cause shall everyone that is faithful
make their prayer to you in the day of trouble:
and in the time of the great water-floodit shall not come near them.
8 You are a place to hide me in you will preserve me from trouble:
you will surround me with deliverance on every side.
9 ‘I will instruct you and direct you in the way that you should go:
I will fasten my eye up on you and give you counsel.
10 ‘Be not like horse or mule that have no understanding:
whose forward course must be curbed with bit and bridle.’
11 Great tribulations remain for the ungodly:
but whoever puts their trust in the Lord
mercy embraces them on every side.
12 Rejoice in the Lord you righteous and be glad:
and shout for joy all you that are true of heart.
Second reading Romans 5.12–21
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
No one lives on bread alone.
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
The Gospel Matthew 4.1–11
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”’ Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’ Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”’ Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 407 Breathe on me breath of God
Prayers of the People
Prayer for our Parish
we pray for our Parish of St Luke,
for our Rector 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 your Holy Spirit to those who will choose a new Rector,
that they will have wisdom, discernment and patience.
Give to us all warm and generous hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Offertory Hymn: TIS 526 Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn during Communion
Final Hymn: TIS 569 Guide me O thou great Redeemer
Happy Birthday to: John MacLulich; Bianca Reddy; Milly & James Pham; Katherine Oldfield; John Tonetti; Tony Brownlow; Joseph Kumar; Violetta & Nam Clarke; Peter Seymour; Hannah Forsyth; Merrill Martin.
This weekend Fr Philip & Rosemary with a group of parishioners are enjoying a retreat at Stroud.
We welcome the Rev’d John Hawkins as our Locum for today.
Tuesday night Bible Study. Philip and Rosemary’s home, 6:30 for a meal, 7:30 study commences. The book of Jonah is the current study.
Our dear friend, Fr Ron Morris, as you know, is in Woodberry Village at Winston Hills. He would love to hear from any of you by phone when you have a minute. His number is 0409 451 362.
Bookstall News – New stock: Jenny Stewart’s Inner Weather, Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; and for children: The Velveteen Rabbit; Who Made Me; and Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree.
Friday 10 March Boyz Nite Out at Alberto’s Pizzeria, King Street South – 6.00 for 6.30 pm. RSVP by 8 March to John 0400 955 772 or email@example.com
Next Sunday 12 March is our AGM — after morning tea. Please stay!
Tuesday 14 March 2017 — Lenten Studies commence – ‘Cameo Appearances’. This year’s Lenten studies will examine various characters surrounding and leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. The study will be over four weeks and hosted by St Luke’s, St Joseph’s Catholic Church Newtown, and the Metropolitan Community Church Petersham commencing at 7:00 p.m.
14 March at St Luke’s — Pilot and Claudia.
21 March at St Joseph’s — Judas and Peter.
28 March at MCC – The crowd and the women.
4 April, at St Joseph’s – The criminals and Centurion.
Saturday 18 March 2017 is the MOW AGM – please come and support the ordination of women!
Wednesday 29 March 2017 — ABM Morning Tea & Information Forum. Funds will go towards St Luke’s Mission Projects & ABM Auxiliary Project 2017. 10 am Eucharist; 11 am Morning Tea and Speaker/Video. For information see Moya.
Friday 31 March 2017 — St Paul’s Burwood. Bus Trip — ‘Head to the Hills’, $45 including paper bag lunch/tea & coffee. Contact Pam Brock or the Church Office, 205 Burwood Road Burwood 2134 by Sunday 26th March to avoid disappointment. See flyers on information table.
A note from the Wardens:
Please make sure to park only in the marked spaces. It is important that vehicles are able to leave in an emergency and if we double park this can be a problem. Additional parking is available at the Council Car Park in Edgeware Road, at the Cyprus Club in Stanmore Road, and in surrounding streets.
Op Shop Donations – We have been inundated with donations recently and our store room is overflowing. We would be grateful if you could hold off on bringing any donations either to the Emmaus Room or to the Op Shop until further notice.
New Year Reminder. Want to know throughout the year what is on in and around Sydney? Keep an eye on the Anglicans Together Events page for a regularly updated list of exciting and fascinating events, being all things musical, contemplative, intellectually challenging etc. www.anglicanstogether.org/files/page_events.html
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
Account Number: 10023547
Bible Readings for the Week 6th to12th March 2017
Next Sunday Readings – Second Sunday in Lent
First reading: Genesis 12.1–4a
Second reading: Romans 4.1–5,13–17
Gospel: John 3.1–17
Prayers for each day of the week
Our Prayers for those in urgent need:
Our Prayer for those in need.
Shirley Allen; Barbara & Jade Allen; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Ross Black; Maureen & Henry Byers; Hugo Cunningham; Joseph Jeebell; Ann Jeffs; Melissa, John & Baby Gerard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; John Naidu; Pauline Newell; Lamar Powell; Peter Purcell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Stephen Thomas; Sophie Toupein; Janet Walmsley; Yavani Mu Daly, Victoria, Leigh Garretty, Nii Samuela; Aliesha; Julian; Eve Moggs; John Micallef; Lillian & mother; Jack & family; Caroline Wilson; Amrit McIntyre, Dawn Holland, Helen Gronowski (Priest), Margaret Watkins, Julia & Malcolm, Rosalind, Lucy, Jack, Harry and Tom, Bruce Sims & Peter; Margaret Flakeler.
Anniversaries of the Departed
Merryn Bannerman; Herbert Surrey; Thomas Stericker; Isabel Morgan; Nancy Russell; Rod Robins; Jeoisime Green
7th: Perpetua & companions, martyrs at Carthage (d.203)
8th: John of God, worker among the sick & poor, Spain (d.1550)
Parish Information www.stlukesenmore.org.au
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.
Honorary Lay Minister – Peter Seymour
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.
Hon Clergy Associate:
Organist: Kathy Drummond
ST LUKE’S OP SHOP,
Pastoral Care Support Group