Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 24th March 2019


If you are new to St. Luke’s please do make yourself known to the ministers or a member of the Welcome Team, who can give you a contact card to complete.

Please do join us after the 10:00am service for coffee which will be served at the back of church.

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Pastoral Care: If you have or know of any particular pastoral need (visiting, home communion, etc) please speak to our Pastoral Coordinator, Sue Hinchliffe in the first instance (01628 784724).

This Sunday Third Sunday in Lent
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Parish Communion
President: Revd Nicola Hulks
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
6:00 pm Sundays at Six:  Evensong and Benediction at All Saints
Readings Isaiah 55.1-9
  1 Corinthians 10.1-13
  Luke 13.1-9
Monday 25th 9:30—11:30am Office Closed
Tuesday 26th 9:30—11:30am Office Closed
8:30am Morning Prayer
2:30pm Lent Course
6:00pm Interfaith Community Meal
7:15pm Holy Communion
Wednesday 27th
9:30—11:30am Office Closed
8:30am Morning Prayer
10:00am Holy Communion
11:00am Lent Course
Thursday 28th 8:30am Morning Prayer
12:00noon Thursday Lunches
5:00pm Evening Prayer
8:00pm Lent Course
Friday 29th 8:30am Morning Prayer
10:15am Stretch and Breathe
5:00pm Evening Prayer
8:00pm Choir Practice
Saturday 20th 9:00am Morning Prayer
  9:30am Rehearsal for Mothering Sunday Service
  11:00am Music Festival Meeting
Sunday 31st March Fourth Sunday in Lent - Mothering Sunday
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Saving Stories Service
Officiants: Ministry Team
Readings at 8:00am 2 Corinthians 5.16-end
  Luke 15.1-3, 11b-end
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden: Sue Hinchliffe Reader: N/A
Acolytes: Hilary Masango, Nicola Buckland
Intercessor: N/A
Elements: N/A
Chalice: N/A
Coffee: Ian and Jan Gilchrist
Server at 8am: Rebecca Bryant Crucifer at 10am: Roger Clarke
Welcome Team: 8am: Ann Hockham
10am: Ann Darracott, Ralph and Sue Hinchliffe, Shula Tajima, Dorothy S H

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

Sandy, 24th March


(The church floodlighting can be sponsored for £10.00 a week using our online form and secure donation via PayPal. Alternatively there are forms at the back of church to complete with requests.)

What's happening at St Luke's...

Stations of the Cross: we now have the fourteen stations of the cross up on the pillars in church and you are warmly invited to use them for prayer at any time that the church is open. There is a simple guide to them by the first sta-tion (front right / south) – do help yourself.

Mothering Sunday: is on 31st March when we will have an interactive All Age service of the Word, with flowers for children to give to their mothers and Simnel cakes with our coffee afterwards. Please do encourage families that you know of to come along.
Mothering Sunday Flowers: Next week we will as usual be offering flowers for children to give to their mothers. Sometimes we give those left over to la-dies in church. We are conscious that Mothering Sunday is not easy day for some ladies and if you would prefer not to be offered flowers please speak to Sally before next Sunday’s service

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal: The sign up sheet for this meal is now at the back of church. Please do indicate if you intend to come for the meal so we can lay sufficient places and cater appropriately. Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm meal. Donations towards the cost of the meal will be received on the evening.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: 17th –26th September 2019. Anyone who would like to join us on the pilgrimage please have a word with Sally this week so we can determine if we have sufficient people to go. We are very nearly there!

Terrorist attack in NZ:
we have written to our local mosque to express our condolences on the recent attack on Muslims in New Zealand and to express our solidarity with our brothers and sisters as people faith together. The Na-tional police Chiefs Council has issued guidance on such hate crimes; a copy can be found on the board at the back of church. If you have any concerns about suspicious behaviour etc please do contact the Police.

InterFaith Community meal:
a meal for anyone in the community to join and eat together. Every Tuesday at 6.15pm, here in church. All welcome.

Baby and Toddler group: Meets weekly in term time. Thursdays 9.30-11.15am in the Community Hall.

Church charities 2019:
At the brief meeting on Sunday following the APCM, the PCC approved three charities for the church to support this year:

We will hear a brief talk about the work of each of theses prior to each Lent lunch.

Thursday Lunches: We will be going for lunch at Stafferton Lodge on Thursday, 28th March leaving Church at 11.50am or see you there. Transport will be arranged any queries to Jean T-D on 626671 or Phyllis on 778656

A Rogationtide visit to The Crown Estate Windsor Great Park: May 22nd, 2019: 10am to 4.30pm. Organised by the Diocese of Oxford’s Rural Team. The visit includes a tour of the royal farm, Deer Park and the forest op-erations at Swinley Forest and a soup lunch. Followed by prayers and reflec-tion. £20 each. Email glynevans@gmail.com to book.

Easter Egg Collection: Sergeants Funeral Directors are collecting chocolate Easter Eggs to pass on to Foodshare. See poster at the back of church for more details.

Lent 2019
Lent course: Fruitfulness on the Frontline
The first (brief) of the eight sessions will be held after the Ash Wednesday service on 6th March. Two will be at a Lenten Day on Saturday 23rd March (with space for quiet too) and the other five in group sessions.
Three groups will meet weekly for five sessions, starting in the week
beginning 11th March. You can go to whichever you like each week! All are in church.

Lent Lunches
Sundays: Today, 24th March, and on 7th April, all at 12.30 pm

Sundays at Six
Shared services with the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cox Green (ChOGS) and All Saints, at 6pm.

Mothering Sunday
31st March, at 10.00 am,
The saving Stories of the Old Testament: an All Age Service of the Word, with gifts for mums

Messy Church
Fridays 8th March and 5th April, 3.30-5.30pm


For more details of all services and activities pick up a Lent leaflet at the back of church.

Stretch and Breathe: Fridays from 10.15 am to 12.00 noon. The weekly one hour sessions are followed by refreshments. Cost £35 for five sessions (to be taken within 2 terms i.e. ten weeks please). Drop-in £9.
Also mat-based regular Stretch and Breathe Hatha Yoga sessions from 6.30 – 7.45 pm on Wednesday evenings. All equipment provided.’ Cost per session £10. Please contact Paula Clayton-Nuth on 07843016641 for more information.

This year’s music festival runs from Friday 21st June through to Sunday
30th June, with concerts, recitals and workshops on the following days:
Friday 21st 7:30pm -Thames Valley Chorus
Saturday 22nd 10:30am – 12:30-Psalms for the Common Era
and 7:30pm-Inversion- Organ and Flute
Sunday 23rd June 3pm- tbc
Friday 28th 1:30 – 3:00-Schools concert
and 7:30pm –Andrew Gallacher and Simon
Saturday 29th June 7:30pm-tbc
On Sunday 30th June, we will be concluding our festival with a special “Music
Sunday” service at 10am, followed by lunch followed by “Songs of Praise”. To
vote for your favourite hymn for this service, watch this space….!.

Regular Events & Groups

St. Luke's Baby & Toddler Group meets in the Community Hall every Thursday morning during term time, 9:30am - 11:15am

Brownies meet in the Community Hall every Thursday evening, 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

The Stars and Sparks, for children aged 3 to 15 years, meet every Sunday at 10.00am in the Community Hall, (except the first Sunday in the month, which is an all-age worship service in church).

Prayer Group 1st Wednesday in the month; 3:00pm in church

This Week's Prayers & Readings

Back to TopCollect
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Back to TopA Reading from the Book of Isaiah
The LORD says this:
Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.br>Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55.1-9

Back to TopA Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that fol-lowed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.
Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.’ We must not in-dulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to eve-ryone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10.1-13

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of Luke
There were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that be-cause these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all oth-er Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them - do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jeru-salem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’
Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”’
Luke 13.1-9

Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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St Luke's Office at


Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30am to 11.00am,
Tel. 01628 622733 (answering machine outside office hours)


The Reverend Sally Lynch
The Vicarage, 26 Norfolk Road
Tel: 01628 783033
Normal day off: Monday 

Printable Versions:
News Sheet 24th March 2019 (pdf)

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