Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 16th September 2018


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: Please note that Sue Hinchliffe, Pastoral Coordinator is unavailable from 28th August until 1st October as she will be in Yorkshire caring for her daughter. During her absence, if you have any pastoral concerns, in the first instance please contact the Parish Office, if not available please contact Rev. Sally Lynch, or Rev. Nicola Hulks.

This Sunday Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
8:00 am Holy Communion BCP
10:00 am Parish Communion, with Baptism of Rosie Ribton
President: Revd Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Compline at All Saints Church
Readings James 3.1-12
Mark 8.27-38
Monday 17th 9:30 am-11:00 am Office Open
Tuesday 18th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am-11:00 am Office Open
  12:00 noon Funeral of Leslie Duncan
  7:15 pm Holy Communion
Wednesday 19th
8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 - 11:00 am Office Open
10:00 am Holy Communion
Thursday 20th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
  11:45 noon Funeral of Mac Macaulay Brown
5:00 pm Evening Prayer
Friday 21st 8:30 am Morning Prayer
10:15 am Stretch and Breath
Saturday 22nd 9:00 am Morning Prayer
  5:00 pm Special Evensong, (Tea from 4pm)
Sunday 23rd Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Parish Communion
President: Revd Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Service of Wholeness and Healing, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cox Green
Readings James 3. 13– 4.3, 7-8a
Mark 9. 30-37
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden: Sue Hinchliffe Intercessor: Phyl Sopp
Reader: Ruth Sheppard
Acolytes: Michael Masanga, Shula Tajima
Elements: Bridget Morris, Ruth Sheppard
Chalice: Michelle Lane, Jean TD
Server at 8am: Rebecca Bryant
Crucifer at 10am: Nicola Buckland
Welcome Team: 8am: Joan Harnby
10am Don Luff, Jill Bevitt, Dorothy SH, Ralph Hinchliffe, Shula Tajima

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

John and Rita Salter
to celebrate our grand daughter’s, and son Mark’s birthdays, and also John’s twin sisters’ 70th birthdays

(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...

Special Evensong, next Saturday, 22nd September:
Nicky Cox is bringing a group of friends to prepare and lead a special Choral Evensong. They ar-rive at midday and will lead the service at 5pm with adult and children choir. If you’d like to join them just show up at midday (with a packed lunch) or ask Revd Sally for more details, but please do come along to the service at 5pm and support them. You are warmly invited to join us for tea and cake beforehand from 4pm.

Harvest Festival: our Harvest service will be an All Age Holy Communion service, and will be followed by a bring and share family picnic in the vicarage garden. Please sign up at the back of church to aid with catering. You are also invited to bring the usual / additional food offerings for Foodshare, along with a potted plant (in a saucer please) to take to a local elderly or lonely person.

Harvest Service: Harvest will soon be upon us! During our “Inspiring Music in Worship” sessions we talked about having an occasional congregational prac-tice. At our Harvest service, on Sunday 30th September, we will be mov-ing from “Trinity Mass” to “The Wiltshire Service”. Therefore, if you would like to come along on Friday 28th September at 8pm for a “congregational prac-tice” of this setting, together with a sing through of the Harvest hymns, then we can really ‘lift the roof’ with our singing during our Harvest service. All welcome.
We are also putting together a family choir to sing the beautiful anthem “Look at the world” by John Rutter. We are especially looking for children to come and join us. If you are free, or your children would like to be part of this, please let Adam know.

Mini Teaching series: Biblical women. Our next, four week, series starts on 11th October and will run for four consecutive Thursdays, at 8.00 pm in church. We will think about Martha and Mary, Anna, Mary Magdalene, and ‘Jesus’ female disciples’. Everyone is warmly invited to each or any session.

Anniversaries of death: For some time we have been including those whose anniversary of death falls monthly in our prayers. We have a database of all fu-nerals we have taken in the last six and a half years but if you would like us also to add a loved one to our list please email the office with: name, date of death and your name. Thank you.

Autumn Quiet Day: Saturday 20th October. Venue TBC soon.

Knitted poppies: This year the W.I. will be helping us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI by displaying knitted poppies and around church. If you would like to contribute some poppies too please take a pattern from the back of church and knit one / some. Please deliver your knitted poppies to the box at the back of church by mid-October.

Children's society boxes:
Kristina Smith would like to collect your Chil-dren's Society Boxes and is asking that you bring them into church handing to either Kristina or to Ben Darracott throughout September. Boxes will be counted and returned during October. Many thanks.

Jam jars needed: I intend to make some Spire Brand Marmalade for the Charities Fair but am rather short of Bonne Maman jars to put it in. If you have any of these jars with the red check pattern lids I should love to receive them. Thank you .Jill Bevitt 01628 633464 or at church most Sundays.

Bishop Andrew has announced that he will retire in Spring 2019. His last service will be Easter Sunday service with a special farewell service on the 1st May in Reading Minister. He will be making “ Farewell tour “ of deaneries—dates to come soon. Please pray for him and Janice as they take this step.

Finance: at the last Standing Committee our treasurer reported that we are currently looking at a large general fund deficit at the end of the year. This is the result of a number of factors and we need, as a whole church, to address our finances positively. There are two immediate opportunities to do that:

Winter Wonderland: Our Christmas Tree Festival will soon be here! On Friday 7th December, in the evening, the choir will be holding a “Winter Wonderland” concert of Christmas songs. We would welcome participation at this concert to add to the variety – maybe a Christmas poem, or a Christmas sketch, or who would like to sing or play an instrument. If you would like to take part please have a word with Adam

Set Free! Mobilising the church to help end modern slavery: Saturday 20th October at 7pm at All Saints Church, free. Our speaker Suzette Jones is absolutely brilliant, so hopefully this will be an enlightening evening and people will feel positively equipped to make a difference, even if this is simply to be aware and be the eyes and ears out in the community and of course to learn specifically what to be praying for. Contact allsaintsboynehill@Gmail.com

FINS: Friends in Need of a Swim, is an open group of people who swim at the Magnet Leisure Centre on a Wednesday morning after our regular Communion service. Anyone is welcome to join them. Jean TD has more information (via the parish office). Or you may prefer to just stay and have coffee in church !

HELP! Enid’s walking stick went ‘walkabout’ last Sunday morning when she wasn’t looking! It was on the umbrella stand with a bright pink brolly. The stick is plastic covered, dark with mainly pink flowers. Any sightings would be much appreciated—even more so it’s return! Enid 628195. Thank you.

Stars and Sparks POND DIPPING TODAY, 2pm:
Come and join us looking at pond life and searching for newt larvae in the pond on North Town Moor. All equipment including nets, observation trays, microscope lenses and identification charts will be provided and Ann Darracott will give us expert tuition. Meet in the free car park adjacent to the pond at the end of Moor lane (off Cookham road) at 2pm. The event is free but it is useful to know numbers in advance so please phone Ann Burdett (631486) or Ann Darracott (620280) by Wednesday 12th September if you are likely to attend. Please wear suitable old clothing and wellies!

Stretch and Breathe: Weekly Friday Morning Stretch and Breathe sessions (approximately one hour) followed by optional coffee . The cost is £35 for 5 sessions or £9 per single session. For further information please contact Paula Clayton-Nuth 07843016641 or paula@theapplestudio.eu

Thursday Teas: 13th September: 2pm in the community hall. All are welcome for tea, home made cake and friendly chat. Any queries - contact Enid 628195.

Charities Fair, 3rd November: Just a reminder if you are able make jams or chutneys during this fruit season for these would be very gratefully received. Sally S

Sabbatical Thanks
I would like to say a huge thanks to all of you for all you
have done to continue the life of the parish during my sabbatical leave, and for
your prayers for me during this time.
A very special thanks to Nicola and Sonya, and other members of the ministry
team. Nicola worked tirelessly and with great care for you all. I had a very refreshing
and useful time of reflection and study, and look forward to sharing
some of my thoughts over time. It is really good to be back with you all.
Revd Sally

Dates for your diary:

Family Day and Choral Evensong
Saturday 22nd September, Family day from 12 noon. Evensong at 5pm

Harvest Family Picnic and fun afternoon
Sunday 30th September, Midday– 4pm. Free, please bring and share lunch.

NEW: Marlow Church Choir & A440 Concert: Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm, here at St Lukes Church. More details and ticket prices to follow. 

Keep the Home Fires Burning, by Wind and Words: Reflections for Remembrance, Sunday 28th October, 3pm, £5 pp (incl. tea) This is a recital of clarinet and poetry, about The First World War. Accompanied by piano, it combines tunes of the period with poetry, weaving them into one continuous perfor-mance. Much of the programme consists of poems written by poets who served in The Great War, including Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, John Mcrae, Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. The music, made famous at the time, features a range of composers including Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

Come and sing Psalms for the Common Era,
Saturday 10th November, 9.30 am—4.pm, £5 pp (incl. lunch)

Living and praying the Psalms, with John Bell:
Saturday 1st December, All Saints church, cost TBC

Christmas Tree Festival: 7th—9th December

Winter Wonderland: An evening with St. Luke’s choir,
Friday 7th December, 7.30 pm, cost TBC

Autumn Talk series (all free, with retiring collection) see flyers for 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).

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

This Week's Prayers & Readings

Back to TopCollect
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; 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 letter of James
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue - a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
James 3.1-12

Back to TopReading from the Gospel of Mark
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ 29Jesus asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite open-ly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
Mark 8. 27 - end

Back to TopPost Communion Prayer
Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; 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 16th September 2018 (pdf)

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