Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 3rd December 2017

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.

You might like to know that…

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 (tel: 01628 784724).

Next Sunday, 3rd December Advent Sunday
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Holy Communion
President: Revd Nicola Hulks
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
3:00 pm Seeking Solace
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Advent Ring Service, here
Readings: Isaiah 64. 1-9
  Mark 13. 24-end
Monday 4th 9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
Tuesday 5th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
7:15 pm Holy Communion
Wednesday 6th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
10:00 am Holy Communion
11:00 am onwards Trees arrive
Thursday 7th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am - 7:00 pm Tree Decorating
5:00 pm Evening Prayer
Friday 8th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Christmas Tree Festival Viewing
7:30 pm Wind & Words Concert
Saturday 9th 9:00 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Christmas Tree Festival Viewing
  1:00 pm Free concert by River City Saxes
Next Sunday, 10th December Second Sunday in Advent - Christmas Tree Festival
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Holy Communion
President: Revd Nicola Hulks
Preacher: Phyl Sopp
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Christmas Tree Festival, here
Readings: Isaiah 40. 1-11 Mark 1. 1-8
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden Don Luff Intercessors: Roger Clarke
Chalice: Roger Bevitt Shula Tajima Acolytes: Sue Hinchliffe Hilary
Server at 8am: Ben Darracott Crucifer at 10am: Roger Clarke
Elements: Jan and Ian Gilchrist
Coffee: Ann Darracott and Valerie Herbert
Welcomers: 8.00 am: Joan Harnby
10.00 am: Peter and Eileen Goford, Phyllis Sigsworth,
Ann Burdett, Dorothy Strack-Hankey

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Church life: PCC and PCC Secretary
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks and praise that you call us to do your work here in this place. We give special thanks today for those who serve on the Parochial Church Council. Theirs is an important role as they discuss the day-today running of the parish so that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, may best witness to your kingdom. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and give them patience and understanding as they listen to each other, and the grace to make wise decisions underpinned and guided by your truth. Amen

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

Ann and Richard Burdett
In happiness for the joy of Matthew and Clare’s wedding
and future life together

(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...

Advent and Christmas:
The sign up sheet for the travelling knitivity is now available. Please sign up this week to host it for a night during Advent, we have a few slots.

You may like to take on a devotional activity during Advent to prepare for Christmas, for example why not come along to morning or evening prayer now and then.

Christmas Cards: Today you have been given a Christmas tag. You may like to write a greeting to the church on it and tie it to the net by the font. This is in place of last year’s big church Christmas card.

Two dates for your diary: Bishop Andrew is going to be spending all day with us on Sunday 11th February. He will preside and preach and then join us for a church family lunch and time to explore and celebrate our mission. Please do make it a priority to be with us that day. On Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm he will return to dedicate our re-ordering church building.

Revd. Roy Taylor, RIP: Those of you who knew the Revd. Roy Taylor, will be sad to learnt that he passed away on Sunday. He was a good friend to many of us here, especially during the last interregnum. Funeral details will follow but please do pray for Jenny and his family.

Holy Communion: Please note that on Wednesday 13th December Holy Communion will be at 9.45am

Holy Land Pilgrimage: a reminder that Revd. Sally is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 2nd –-11th October 2018. If you would like details of this amazing opportunity please speak to Sally or take a flyer from church. If you have shown interest could you please let Sally know if you’d like a place.

Christmas Tree Festival:
We hope that the CTF will raise a good sum of money for PLANETS, our chosen charity, and also for general church funds. If anyone would like to sponsor an aspect of the festival that would be a lovely thing to do. Currently
there are two / three areas that might be sponsored:

These might be sponsored by individuals or by businesses, if you have such links. To do so please have a word with Revd. Sally. Thank you.

A variety of flyers and posters are now available at the back of church. Please take as many as you like and use them to publicise the tree festival as widely as you can.

There is now also a sign up sheet at the back of church—please do sign up to offer any sort of help. Please see the summary sheet with offers of help.

Wednesday (6th Dec) Anyone who is able to help with covering boards and placing trees please come along between 11am and 3pm.

Open Vicarage: as usual, Lily and I would like to invite everyone to the vicarage on Friday 22nd December to partake of seasonal drinks and light refreshments. We are open between 7pm and 10 pm – please do accept this as your personal invitation to drop in whenever you can that evening. Revd. Sally

St Lukes School OFSTED: Many congratulations to all members of our school community on achieving outstanding in the recent Ofsted inspection.

Co-op Local Community Fund: Co-op members can pick St Luke’s as their chosen community charity. 1% of everything you spend on Co-op products and services goes into your membership account. They can do this by logging into their membership account on the Co-op website or calling the membership contact centre. This applies to co-op supermarkets, but also co-op funeral homes, banks, electric, insurance, legal services. The nearest Co-op store is Shifford Crescent and Cox Green. Please do sign up for membership.

Bonne Mamam Jars For several years now loyal friends at St. Luke’s have supplied me with Bonne Mamam jars for my Marmalade. At present I am suffering from a dearth Please continue to donate them as there is always a certain amount of wastage when we have sales at general public events and the jars are very attractive. In the past I have even bought new lids from Amazon because some jars can go on for years! Just let me know when you bring them and I can store them at home. Best wishes, Jilly B.

Thursday Teas: Teas will be on Thursday 7th December in the Hall when children from St. Luke’s School will entertain us, all are welcome from 2pm. If you require transport or any other assistance contact Phyllis on 778656. Note this is one week earlier than usual - the Christmas Tree Festival begins on the 8th December and we hope there will be an opportunity to have a pre-viewing later in the afternoon. Phyllis.

Directory: A pdf copy of 2017-2018 church directory was sent out with this week’s email update and a few hard copies are available at the back of church.

Advent and Christmas at St Luke's
Please click here for details of all our services

The new glazed additional entrance doors will be installed in the new year. click here for more details.

Regular Events & Groups

St. Luke's Baby & Toddler Group meets in the Community Hall every Thursday morning during term time, 9:30am - 11:00am

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).

“On The Way” Discussion Group about aspects of our faith, meets at 8:15pm on the second monday in each month. Contact: Eileen Goford (T.638238)

BRF Daylight Group (discussion about bible reading notes) Contact: Revd Dick Cheek (T.628484)

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

This Week's Prayers & Readings

Back to TopCollect
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his
glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Back to TopA Reading from the Book of Isaiah
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence – as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil – to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Isaiah 64. 1-9

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of Mark
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and com-mands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’
Mark 13.24-end

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Post Communion Prayer
O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

News-sheet material to be emailed or handed in at The Vicarage by 9.00am Tuesday, please

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 3rd December 2017 (pdf)

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