Holy Trinity East Melbourne

Holy Trinity East Melbourne




25 AUGUST 2013


Anglican worship commenced in EastMelbourne in 1857.

The Parish was established in 1863. This church was built in 1905.

My dear friends,

As they say in the classics, it was a very moving occasion. Most of it happened last Thursday and we are now surrounded by boxes. Coping with one’s possessions is a reminder of how much we inevitably accumulate over the years. Sometimes we become possessed by our possessions. This is not a healthy state, but downsizing is!

It seemed strange to leave the Vicarage – we were surprised how far we had settled in. And we have become very fond of it. It is a gracious and spacious – old house rather in need of a coat of paint outside but in good shape inside.

Thanks to all those who helped us with the move – and those who gave us encouragement. I will still be using the Vicarage as an office for the three days I work in the parish.

Today I am preaching for the Patronal festival of St Bartholomew’s Church, Burnley, one of our neighbours. This arrangement was made long ago when no one expected us still to be at Holy Trinity! I am grateful to the Rev’d Jean Penman for looking after the service today.

Keep praying hard for our politicians and all those involved in the election campaign.

Every blessing for the coming week,



Parishioners are invited to the Vicarage for a glass of wine and a preview of all the pictures and textiles on sale on FRIDAY EVENING, 6th September,

between 6.00-8.00pm.

Our sympathies go to Barbara Toone on the death of her twin brother, Bradley.

URGENT: We need to do a letter-box drop this week. Please sign up today to help where you can. We had a few volunteers last week but need more.


Entrance Hymn (all stand):TIS 179 – Praise with joy


The president greets and welcomes the people.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Sentence: You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust from my youth. Upon you have I leaned since my birth. Psalm 71.5-6

Let us pray

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kyrie eleison: (sung)

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

The Hymn of Praise (Gloria in Excelsis) is sung:

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God's people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day

O God, the Judge of all, through the saving blood of your Son you have brought us to the heavenly Jerusalem and given us a kingdom which cannot be shaken: fill us with reverence and awe in your presence, that in thanksgiving we and all your church may offer you acceptable worship; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives to intercede for us, now and for ever. Amen.


Please be seated for the readings.

A reading from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah 1:4-10

Now the word of theLordcame to me saying,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”Then I said, “Ah, LordGod! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”But theLord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you,Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says theLord.”Then theLordput out his hand and touched my mouth; and theLord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Hear the word of the Lord, Thanksbe to God

Psalm 71:1-6

R. You, O Lord, are my confidence and hope.
In you, O lord, do I seek refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;
incline your ear to me and save me.
R. You, O Lord, are my confidence and hope.
Be for me a stronghold to which I may ever resort;
send out to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the evildoer and oppressor.
R. You, O Lord, are my confidence and hope.
For you are my hope, OLord God, my confidence, even from my youth.
Upon you haveI leaned from my birth, when you drew me from my mother’s womb; my praise shall be always of you.
R. You, O Lord, are my confidence and hope.
A reading from the Letterto the Hebrews 12:18-29
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.(For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.”Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”)But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven!At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe;for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
Hear the word of the Lord, Thanks be to God

Hymn to welcome the Gospel: TIS585 – I heard the voice of Jesus say

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, Alleluia.

The crowdwas rejoicingat the wonderful things that Jesus was doing. Alleluia.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 13:10-17

Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.”But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water?And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?”When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

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

The Sermon – The Rev’d Jean Penman

Laurence Moore will sing “How great thou art” (TIS 155)
The congregation is invited to join in each chorus.


Please sit or kneel for the intercessions.

The response to each intercession is:

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

The intercessions conclude with:

As our Saviour Christ has taught us we are confident to pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come, Your will be done,

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

And deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

Now and for ever. Amen.


We kneel or sit for the prayer of confession:

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Silence is kept.

Merciful God,

our maker and our judge,we have sinned against youin thought, word, and deed,and in what we have failed to do:

we have not loved you with our whole heart;we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.

Father, forgive us.Strengthen us to love and obey youin newness of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Absolution.

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.Amen.


All stand.

We are the body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

All may exchange a sign of peace.


Hymn at the Offertory:TIS 529 – By your priestly power

The gifts of the people are brought to the Lord’s Table.

The president offers praise for God’s gifts.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.

Accept and use our offerings for your glory

and for the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God for ever.


The president leads the Eucharistic prayer:

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere, mighty Creator, ever living God. We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.

By his death on the cross and rising to new life, he offered the one true sacrifice for sin and obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
this bread and wine, and we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
we who eat and drink them may be made partakers of Christ’s body and blood.

On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread; and when he had given you thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’

After supper, he took the cup, and again giving you thanks he gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Therefore we do as our Saviour has commanded: proclaiming his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming again, we celebrate, with this bread and this cup, his one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit, unite us in the body of your Son, and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power are yours for ever and ever. Amen.


The president breaks the bread, saying:

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

We who are many are one body,

for we all share in the one bread.

We sing:

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.

The president invites those gathered to share in Holy Communion.

[Communicant members of other branches of the Christian church are very welcome to receive Holy Communion with us. If you do not receive Holy Communion, but would like to come forward for a blessing when everyone else comes, please do so – at the altar step if you have your hands behind your back we will know you wish a blessing.]

MINISTRY OF HEALING: Please remember that Jean or +Ian will be at the rear of the church during communion so that any of you may receive laying on of hands with prayer and/or the Sacrament of Unction for any healing needs which you have – or someone dear to you.


Sentence: You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust from my youth. Upon you have I leaned since my birth. Psalm 71.5-6

The president leads the prayer after communion.

Most loving God,

you send us into the world you love.

Give us grace to go thankfully and with courage

in the power of your Spirit.

The congregation is sent out with a blessing and with this dismissal:

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

Post-communion hymn: TIS 606 – Son of God, eternal Saviour

Extracts from the text of A Prayer Book for Australia published under the imprint of Broughton Books by EJ Dwyer (Australia) Pty Ltd Copyright 1995, The Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation, reproduced with permission.


TODAY: The Rev’d Jean Penman (Presidingand Preaching) Peter Arnott (Crucifer and Server) Julia Fox (Reader and Intercessor) Anita Ray andDavid Aspin (Eucharistic Assistants) Laurence Moore (Organist) Elizabeth Cam andLyn Walton (Sidespersons) Celia Sweetman (Morning tea).



The Incumbency Committee has requested the Parish to have an update consultation about hopes and expectations of a new Vicar. Obviously this should be held before the next meeting of the Committee which is 3rd September. Hence the Consultation will be held on Sunday 1st Septemberafter morning tea.

Playgroup: Volunteers are always welcome to assist with Playgroup on Wednesday mornings (from 8.30-9.00am until 10.30-11.00am) If you can assist please speak to Julia Fox or Margaret Webster. Sincere thanks to Brian Frost for the wonderful blocks, cars and toys which he has made and donated to the Playgroup.