St Luke's Anglican Church in Enmore a lively, inclusive welcoming liturgical community

Second Sunday of Advent 2016

4th Decem­ber 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:
Wel­comers Today:
Next week:
Read­ers Today:
Read­ers next week:
Next week:
Next Week:
Cleaners10th December:

Fr. Philip Bradford
Evelyn­Maack & Steph­en Gates
Brett Dav­ies & Amrit MacIntyre
Kay Younie & Steph­en Gates
Kev­in Green & Lea MacNeil
Peter Gilbert
Diana Jefferies
Reddy Fam­ily (Birth­day Cake)
John M, Angela Bell, Evelyn Maack
Richard Hagen, Steph­en Gates & Ruth C.

The words of the proph­et Isai­ah spoke to an Israel look­ing to the arrival of one upon whom the Spir­it of the LORD would rest. This ‘shoot from the stump of Jesse’ would be wise and power­ful right­eous and faith­ful and his com­ing would involve all the nations. What is God’s word say­ing to you today? Paul reminds us that what was writ­ten in the past was so that we might have hope. May we pon­der anew His word.

  • Pray that the God who gives endur­ance and encour­age­ment may give us a spir­it of unity to fol­low Jesus, glor­i­fy­ing God and accept­ing one another. 

  • Give thanks for the work of CAPA, the Coun­cil of Anglic­an Provinces of Africa.

Text: Dr Michael Sutton
Cat­ech­ist, St Paul’s Anglic­an Church Burwood
© Anglic­an Board of Mis­sion, 2016

Introit Hymn: TIS 270 – On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Liturgy for Light­ing the Advent Candle

2nd Sunday of Advent – Peace

The Min­is­ter greets the con­greg­a­tion: The Lord be with you



And also with you

Last Sunday we lit the first of our Advent candles, the
candle of hope.
Let us light it again as a sym­bol of our desire for healing
and hope in the world.

(The first candle is lit.)



John the Baptist called on the people of his day to
pre­pare for the com­ing of the Messiah.
They were to repent, turn around and change direction.
The peace we seek grows out of a will­ing­ness to change.

We light this second candle to remind us that Jesus is
We light this second candle to remind us that Jesus is
the Prince of Peace. His life has shown us ways to
share God’s peace with others

(The second candle is lit.)



Let us join togeth­er in a pray­er for peace:

Lord, make me an instru­ment of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is des­pair, hope,
where there is dark­ness, light;
and where there is sad­ness, joy. Amen

The Sen­tence: The time is ful­filled, and the king­dom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Mark 1.15

The Col­lect:

God of all peoples,
whose ser­vant John came baptising
and call­ing for repentance:
help us to hear his voice of judgement,
that we may also rejoice in his word of promise,
and be found pure and blame­less in that glor­i­ous Day
when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Read­ing Isai­ah 11.1–10

A read­ing from the book of the proph­et Isaiah

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spir­it of the Lord shall rest on him, the spir­it of wis­dom and under­stand­ing, the spir­it of coun­sel and might, the spir­it of know­ledge and the fear of the Lord. 

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord .He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with right­eous­ness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Right­eous­ness shall be the belt around his waist, and faith­ful­ness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leo­pard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fat­ling togeth­er, and a little child shall lead them. 

The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down togeth­er; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nurs­ing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or des­troy on all my holy moun­tain; for the earth will be full of the know­ledge of the Lord as the waters cov­er the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a sig­nal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwell­ing shall be glorious.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Psalm 72.1–7, 18–21

  1. Give the king your | judgement  O | God:
    and your right­eous­ness to the | son | of a | king,

  2. That he may judge your | people | rightly:
    and the | poor 
    of the | land with | equity.

  3. Let the moun­tains be laden with peace be-| cause of  his | righteousness:
    and the hills also with pros-| peri 
    ty | for his | people.

  4. May he give justice to the poor a-| mong the | people:
    and res­cue the chil­dren of the | needy 
    and | crush  the op-| pressor.

  5. May he live while the | sun en-| dures:
    and while the moon gives light through-| out all | gen­er-| ations.

  6. May he come down like rain upon the | new-mown | fields:
    and as | showers 
    that | water  the | earth.

  7. In his time shall | righteous  ness | flourish:
    and abund­ance of peace till the | moon shall | be no | more.

  8. 18. Let his name | live for | ever:
    and en-| dure as | long 
    as the | sun.

  1. Let all peoples use his | name in | blessing:
    and all | nations | call him | blessed.

  2. Blessed be the Lord God * the | God of | Israel:
    who a-| lone does | great | wonders.

  3. Blessed be his glor­i­ous | name for | ever:
    and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. | Amen | A-| men.

Glo-| ry to | God; Fath­er | Son and | Holy | Spirit;
As in the be-| gin­ning so | now; and for-| ever. | A-| men

Second Read­ing Romans 15.4–13

A read­ing from Paul’s let­ter to the Romans

For whatever was writ­ten in former days was writ­ten for our instruc­tion, so that by stead­fast­ness and by the encour­age­ment of the scrip­tures we might have hope.

May the God of stead­fast­ness and encour­age­ment grant you to live in har­mony with one anoth­er, in accord­ance with Christ Jesus, so that togeth­er you may with one voice glor­i­fy the God and Fath­er of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wel­come one anoth­er, there­fore, just as Christ has wel­comed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a ser­vant of the cir­cum­cised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might con­firm the prom­ises giv­en to the pat­ri­archs, and in order that the Gen­tiles might glor­i­fy God for his mercy. As it is writ­ten, ‘There­fore I will con­fess you among the Gen­tiles, and sing praises to your name’; and again he says, ‘Rejoice, O Gen­tiles, with his people’; and again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gen­tiles, and let all the peoples praise him’; and again Isai­ah says, ‘The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gen­tiles; in him the Gen­tiles shall hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believ­ing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Gos­pel Procession

Gos­pel Acclamation

Alle­lu­ia, Alle­lu­ia, Alle­lu­ia, Alleluia,
Pre­pare the way for the Lord * make | straight his | paths;
all people shall | see the  sal-| vation  of | God.
Alle­lu­ia, Alle­lu­ia, Alle­lu­ia, Alleluia.

The Gos­pel Mat­thew 3.1–12

The Gos­pel of our Lord Jesus Christ accord­ing to Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wil­der­ness of Judea, proclaiming, 
‘Repent, for the king­dom of heav­en has come near.’ 
This is the one of whom the proph­et Isai­ah spoke when he said,
‘The voice of one cry­ing out in the wilderness:
“Pre­pare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ 
Now John wore cloth­ing of camel’s hair with a leath­er belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 
Then the people of Jer­u­s­alem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 
and they were bap­tized by him in the river Jordan, con­fess­ing their sins. 
But when he saw many Phar­isees and Sad­ducees com­ing for bap­tism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. 
Do not pre­sume to say to yourselves, “We have Abra­ham as our ancest­or”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up chil­dren to Abraham. 
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree there­fore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

I bap­tize you with water for repent­ance, but one who is more power­ful than I is com­ing after me; I am not worthy to carry his san­dals. He will bap­tize you with the Holy Spir­it and fire.
His win­now­ing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his thresh­ing-floor and will gath­er his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquench­able fire.’

For the Gos­pel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Hymn after Ser­mon: TIS 264 – Hark! a her­ald voice is calling

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.

Offer­tory Hymn: TIS 526 – Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us

Hymn dur­ing Communion: 

Final Hymn: TIS 273 – Lo! he comes with clouds descending


Please wear your name badge for the con­veni­ence of oth­ers and join us for morn­ing tea in the hall where we will sing Happy Birth­day to: 

Pau­line Newell; Edward Reddy; Raboom Takham; Christine Thur­ley; Jef­frey; Belinda Reddy; Kathy Drum­mond; Fran Mor­ris; Neville Daniels; Jen­nifer Bestel; Thomas Flem­ing; Bri­an Rawns­ley; Stephan Thomas; Geor­gie Mar­tin; Brent Egan.

Our Com­bined Advent Stud­ies on John the Baptist (Locusts and Wild Honey) is at St Luke’s this Tues­day 6 Dec at 7.00 p.m. It ends with Pt. 4 on Tues­day 13 Dec at the Met­ro­pol­it­an Com­munity Church, 96 Crys­tal St, Peter­sham. This is a very well presen­ted and timely study – fin­ishes around 8.15 p.m.

This is the abso­lute last call today for Toys & Tuck­er for Angli­care which will be col­lec­ted on Tues­day (6 Decem­ber). Thank you for your response.

Sat­urday 10 Decem­ber, 6 for 6.30 pm Last Boyz Nite Out for the year. Thai Power II, 220 Addis­on Road, Mar­rick­ville, on the 428 bus route. Expres­sions of interest to John Roe 0400955772 by 6 December.

Sunday 11 Decem­ber – Children’s Book Presentation

Sunday 18 Decem­ber – Nativ­ity Play Without Rehearsal

Sat­urday 24 Decem­ber (Christ­mas Eve) – Mid­night Mass at 11.30 pm

Christ­mas Day – 9.30 am Fam­ily Eucharist

Book­stall News – Christ­mas cards are now avail­able. We also have cop­ies in stock of John Bunyan’s Reflec­tions and 24 Songs for a Reas­on­able Reform­a­tion: Beauty and Truth $12; and Keith Mascord’s Faith without Fear $30; and Jesus I have loved, but Paul? a Nar­rat­ive Approach to the Prob­lem of Pau­line Chris­tian­ity by J R Daniel Kirk, and Lec­tion­ar­ies for 2017 (be quick, stock is run­ning out fast).

Our Web­site

Our web­site is being con­stantly updated by Fr Philip (ser­mons) and Angela Bell (weekly bul­let­ins and events). Have you taken a look recently? Your feed­back would be appreciated.

THEATRE PARTY — A NEW Aus­trali­an Music­al LADIES IN BLACK. Star City Lyr­ic Theatre — 8 pm Wed­nes­day 18 Janu­ary Cost $80. Let John Roe if you are inter­ested 0400955772 or

Christ­mas Mar­ket Results:

Sin­cere thanks to all who made the Christ­mas Mar­ket a won­der­ful event. Our Raffles were won by the following:-

1st — Jude (from Sum­mer Hill — Care & Share – Musi­cians and Performers);

2nd — Jeff from Newtown; 

3rd — Ian from Kings­grove (Leich­hardt Band) and 

4th — Shir­ley from Enmore (our very loy­al Opshop­per). Con­grat­u­la­tions all!

Indi­vidu­al Stall profits:

Lem­on­ade Stall


White Elephant
Thai Food
Baby Clothes
Pre-Loved Toys


Out­side Stall Dona­tion $60.00

Opshop Float Dona­tion $550.00

Expenses Approx. $900.00

Please note that the amount raised by the Pre-Loved Toys was donated to UNICEF – the Sunday School Chil­dren have donated this to a spe­cial project.

Approx­im­ate total profit for the day was $6,250.00

Bible Read­ings for the Week 5 to 11 Decem­ber 2016


Isai­ah 35.1–10

Psalm 85.8–13

Luke 5.17–26


Isai­ah 40.1–11

Psalm 96.7–13

Mat­thew 18.12–14


Isai­ah 40.25–31

Psalm 103.1–5

Mat­thew 11.28–30


Isai­ah 41.13–20

Psalm 145.8–13

Mat­thew 11.11–15


Isai­ah 48.17–19

Psalm 1

Mat­thew 11.16–19


Sir­ach 48.1–4,9–11

Psalm 80.14–19

Mat­thew 17.10–13

Next Sunday’s Read­ings –Third Sunday of Advent

Isai­ah 35.1–10
For the Psalm Song of Mary (APBA p.9or 425)
James 5.7–10
Mat­thew 11.2–11


Pray­ers for each day of the week

Pau­line Newell; Johnny Nitchar­oen & Eed Dar­unee; Math­i­as Oduro; Stu­art Ogg; Kath­er­ine Oldfield.

Julie & Phil­ippa Olston; Ann, Rachel Petersen & Wolf; Jenny Prais­ang; Tony Purcell.

Ramendra, Jo, Thomas & Lucy Raj; Win­nie Rak­phong; Milk Rak­sajit; Andrew, Rachel, Belinda, Bianca & Bryson Reddy.

Eddie, Susan, Edwin & Stephanie; Edward & Joyce Reddy; Mat­ilda Rink­er; John Roe.

Jick Roun­sang; Gra­hame Sadler; Ken Searle; Andy Ser­afin & Colin Spokes; Peter Seymour.

Laurel & Ray Som­mer; Raboom & Nol Takham; Mat­thew, James & Mark Tangruthaitham.
Rung Thana­chait­awee­sub; Num­wan Thawan­wanich­kul; Nok Thawom; Steph­en Thomas.

Our Pray­ers for those in imme­di­ate need: Leanne; Bruce Sims & Peter; Dawn Hol­land; Asia Bibi, Robert and Lyn­dall; Linda Jensath­it; Fr Ron Mor­ris, Bri­an Rawnsley,

Our Pray­er for those in need.

Shir­ley Allen; Bar­bara & Jade Allen; Grace & Han­nah Ashton; Fatima Begum; Angela Bell; Maur­een & Henry Byers; Hugo Cun­ning­ham; Mar­ilyn Gibbs; Joseph Jee­bell; Ann Jeffs, Melissa, John & Baby Ger­ard; Jude & Isla; Marissa; Fr Ken Munns; John Naidu; Pau­line Newell; Peter Pur­cell; Edward Reddy; Alex Regos; Joy Ree; Steph­en Thomas; Soph­ie Toupein; Bp Greg Thompson; Janet Walms­ley; Yavani Mu Daly, Vic­tor­ia, Leigh Gar­retty, Nii Samuela; Alie­sha; Juli­an; Eve Moggs; John Mic­allef; Lil­lian & moth­er; Jack & fam­ily; Mari­anela O’Brien & Car­oline Wilson.


Don­ald John­ston (Priest)

Give Thanks for Bless­ings Received that
Jude & Isla have stable health & for their sup­port dog.

Anniversar­ies of the Departed

Clar­rie Ayers; Gregory Joubert; Jes­sica Juer­gens; Kath­leen Anderson.

Saints Com­mem­or­a­tion

6th Dec: Nich­olas of Myra, bish­op & phil­an­throp­ist (d.c. 342)
th Dec: Ambrose of Mil­an, bish­op & teach­er (d.397)
th Dec: Richard Bax­ter, pas­tor & spir­itu­al writer (d.1691).


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 — 0431 655 220 (Mob)
Office Ph 9557 4219 PO Box 64. Enmore NSW 2042
Par­ish email:
Fr Philip:

Hon­or­ary Lay Min­is­ter – Peter Sey­mour

Pas­tor­al Care
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:
Fr Ron Mor­ris (Mob 0409 451362)

Organ­ist: Kathy Drummond
Occa­sion­al Organ­ist: C. Brooks

133 Enmore Rd, Tel: 9550 5713
Hours: Tues, Wed & Fri­day 9.30   4; Thursday 9.30–3; Sat 9.30 – 2.30, Sunday, Monday – Closed.

Hall Admin­is­trat­or:
Stu­art Veitch Mb 0400–312-354

Jen­nie Win­ton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Cham­pi­on Mb 0400 166 041

Par­ish Council:
Andy Ser­afin; Jen­nifer Bestel; James Barnes (Treas­urer); Susan Hill; Peter Sey­mour; Fabi­an LoS­chiavo; Amrit MacIntyre & Tony Purcell.

Par­ish Nominators:
Moya Holle; Mandy Tib­bey; Susan Hill; Ruth Cham­pi­on & Stu­art Veitch. 

Pas­tor­al Care Sup­port Group
Ruth Cham­pi­on; Stu­art Ogg; John Tonetti, Moya Holle; Peter Seymour