Second Sunday in Lent
12 March 2017
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 Philip Bradford
Welcomers Today: David Dunlop & Ann Petersen
Next week: Peter Gilbert & Alfredo Narnola
Readers Today: Jennifer Bestel & David Dunlop
Readers next week: Neville Hack & Anne Hywood
Intercessor: Richard Hagen
Next week: Peter Gilbert
Hospitality: John M, Ruth C, Evelyn Maack
Next Week: K Drummond, A Bell, J Olston
Cleaners Saturday 18th John Tonetti & Neville Daniels
Please turn off your mobile phone.
Gluten free hosts are available. Please see our Sacristan Andy Serafin or Fr Philip before the service if required. A Hearing loop is fitted in the Church – please turn your hearing aid to T‑setting.
In the gospel of John we are reminded of the power of being born again, to be born of water and Spirit (v. 5). Nicodemus sought Jesus in order to understand the things of God. Attention was given to him and his questions were answered. God is calling us to subdue the flesh and our humanity to the will of God. The flesh competes while the Spirit complements! Jesus has time for you at all times and in all places. In verse 16, we are told of the unconditional love of which God is inviting you and me to partake. Pray that we may spend enough time with Jesus as we seek answers to the many questions that we have on a daily basis. That we may grasp how high and deep and how wide and long the love of Christ is (Ephesians 3.18)
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev and The Hon Justin Welby.
Text: The Rt Rev Paul Korir
Bishop of Kapsabet, Anglican Church of Kenya
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2016
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
God of mercy,
you are full of tenderness and compassion,
slow to anger, rich in mercy,
and always ready to forgive:
grant us grace to renounce all evil and to cling to Christ,
that in every way we may prove to be your loving children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading Genesis 12.1–4a
A reading from the book of Genesis
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
1 I lift up my | eyes to the | hills:
but | where shall I | find | help?
2 My help | comes from the | Lord:
who has | made | heaven and | earth.
3 He will not suffer your | foot to | stumble:
and he who watches | over you | will not | sleep.
4 Be sure he who has | charge of | Israel:
will | neither | slumber nor | sleep.
5 The Lord him-| self is your | keeper:
the Lord is your defence u-| pon your| right | hand;
6 The sun shall not | strike you by | day:
nor | shall the | moon by | night.
7 The Lord will defend you from | all | evil:
it is | he who will | guard your | life.
8 The Lord will defend your going out and your | coming | in:
from this time | forward for | ever-| more.
Second reading Romans 4.1–5, 13–17
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Reader: Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Response: From the shining cloud The Father’s voice is heard:
this is my beloved Son, hear him.
Gospel Reader: Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
The Gospel John 3.1–17
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn after Sermon: TIS 600 O My Saviour lifted
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 331 Sing my tongue, the glorious battle
Hymn during Communion
Final Hymn: TIS 217 (i) Love divine, all loves excelling
Our dear friend, Fr Ron Morris, has now moved to Elizabeth Lodge, Room 708. 46 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay 2022 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.
Today is our AGM — after morning tea. Please stay and if you wish to be nominated for a position, ask someone to second your nomination prior to the meeting, if possible.
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.
MOWatch Australia Ltd – AGM
Saturday 18 March 2017 at 2.00 p.m.
We are pleased to be hosting the MOW (Movement for the Ordination of Women) next Saturday in our parish hall at 2.00 p.m. and we are serving afternoon tea for 50–60 people.
If you have not previously been a member of MOWatch but would like to hear more about it, this is your opportunity. There are now very few Anglican Dioceses in Australia that don’t have women priests, of which Sydney is one. The Sydney Diocese maintains the position that priestly ministry goes with headship; North West Australia follows the Sydney position and theology, as does Armidale. The current Bishop of The Murray holds the position that he will only ordain women to the priesthood when the “whole church” – including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, do so.
There are now two women Diocesan Bishops: +Sarah Macneil in Grafton and +Kay Goldsworthy in Sale and three women Assistant Bishops; one each in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Women Bishops were inconceivable 25 years ago. Sydney (and the other male dominated dioceses) must concede eventually to the belief that the Spirit of God dwells equally in all of us and speaks to all of us. Those in Sydney who feel called to serve God as priests should not have to move to another Diocese, as is presently the case. Women Bishops and Priests should also be able to freely celebrate the Eucharist and preach in our Diocese without feeling they are considered by our hierarchy as inferior or unworthy.
So, if you are able to come and help serve the afternoon tea on Saturday afternoon by bringing a plate of sandwiches, slice, biscuits or cakes, please let Ruth and Jennie know. Our fine reputation for excellent hospitality is at stake! It would also be good to have some male representation from our parish in support of MOW.
[Please note that you will only be able to vote if you are a member. For any further information please refer to the MOWatch Australia Ltd website – http://www.mowatch.org.au]
Wednesday 22 March 2017 – Women’s Reading Group 7.30 p.m. at Pauline Newell’s home. In April-May we will be commencing a new book and if you would like to join the group please see Jo or Ruth.
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.
Parking — Please make sure to park only in the marked spaces provided.
Op Shop Donations – We have been inundated with donations recently and our store room is overflowing, please 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, 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 13th to 19th March 2017
|MONDAY||Daniel 9.4–10||Psalm 79.8–13||Luke6.36–38|
|TUESDAY||Isaiah 1.10–22||Psalm 50.16–22||Matthew 23.1–12|
|THURSDAY||Jeremiah 17.5–10||Psalm 1||Luke 16.19–31|
|FRIDAY||Genesis 37.3–4,12–28||Psalm 105.16–22||Matthew 21.33–46|
|SATURDAY||Micah 7.14–15,18–20||Psalm 103.1–5||Luke15.1–3,11–32|
Next Sunday Readings – Third Sunday in Lent
Third reading: Exodus 17.1–7
Second reading: Romans 5.1–11
Gospel: John 4.5–42
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
Ivy Noble; Robert Williams; Fr. John Buderus; Anastassios Doras; Doris Thurling; Bill Newell; Peter Williams; Kenneth Newell.
17th: Patrick, bishop, missionary of Ireland (d.461) 18th: Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and teacher (d.386)
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,
Jennie Winton Mb 0401 727 718.
Eddy Reddy Mb 0410 634 948
Ruth Champion Mb 0400 166 041
Pastoral Care Support Group