St. Mary's Church

St Luke the Evangelist

17 Oct 2020 • General news

Isaiah 35.3-6

3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.’

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

2 Timothy 4.5-17

5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

9 Do your best to come to me soon, 10for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia,* Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. 12I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. 15You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.

16 At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Luke 10.1-9

10After this the Lord appointed seventy* others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

Thought for St Luke’s Day (18th October 2020 by Malcolm Tyler)

I am a big sucker for any of the medical programmes on TV. This ranges from GP’s behind closed doors to Ambulance and 24 Hours in A and E and even includes less reality type programmes such as Call the Midwife. I think the overriding pull of these programmes for me is the compassion that is shown by so many people, not to mention the skill of surgeons who spend hours literally looking through the lens of a microscope to remove tumours from the more inaccessible and dangerous of places in the human body. Even as I look away as the scalpel makes the first incision, or a nurse says ‘Just a small scratch’ as the needle goes in to the arm I am compelled to keep watching the programme.

Today, is of course the feast of St Luke. Luke has been associated with the medical profession for centuries and the collect for the day talks of the ‘wholesome medicine of the gospel’. Literally as I write I have heard less than an hour ago that Tony Thistlewood has to have emergency surgery this morning and our thoughts and prayers are with him and Sheila, his wife. I hope we overflow with compassion for them.

We rely upon the skills of our surgeons and other medical professional but sometimes however good they may be it is other things that we need. One of the more powerful memories I have comes from over 30 years ago. I had been asked by two members of my then congregation to visit their elderly aunt in hospital on Christmas Eve. She had been a lifelong communicant member of the Church but was approaching the end of her life. As I entered the Ward, a group of doctors were gathered near her bed, clearly discussing her treatment. She herself was looking extremely down and as I approached I saw the look on one of the doctor’s face which said ‘I don't think you will be able to do anything for her.’ Speaking to her I realised that she didn’t really need to be bothered too long and suggested I simply read the gospel for Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus from St Luke’s gospel. I don’t think I went beyond verse 7 of Chapter 2, literally only the birth and not the shepherds. Her face brightened and she even managed to move herself into a semi upright position. We said the Lord’s Prayer and I left but as I did so the same doctor looked at me, this time with the expression ‘How did you do that?’ in his eyes. What I did was to facilitate the memory of something really important to her - the wholesome medicine of the gospel. That day I learnt that as human beings we are far more than a set of medical symptoms. Our beliefs amongst other things sustain us and we do ourselves a disservice if we forget that.

The fact that she died well before the New Year was in was irrelevant. For maybe only a few moments she had been lifted from a lack of hope to what I believe was the assurance of life everlasting.

INTERCESSIONS FOR THE FEAST DAY OF ST LUKE, OCTOBER 18th:

A prayer for the continuing Coronavirus situation:

Merciful God, we pray for the many people who have contracted the coronavirus in Britain and in other parts of the world. Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads. We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Luke, you were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write for us an account of the life of Jesus and the beginnings of our church. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also demonstrated his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings

We pray the church’s ministry of healing all around the world, for services of Healing Services and for those with an active ministry in our hospitals and care homes.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Creator God, we pray for the peace of the world, raising before you the countless places and populations who have never enjoyed the peace which we in Europe so often take for granted. Jesus said “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be known as the Children of God,” and so we ask that you focus the leaders of the world to strive for peace not only internationally but also within their own countries. May peace begin with us, in our homes, with our families and friends as we strive to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Holy God, we thank you for the joy of human love, and for all those among whom we live and work. We pray particularly for loved ones who worry us with their health, or circumstances, or life direction. We pray for those among our friends and families who do not know you, or whose faith has been shaken.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Loving God just as you inspired Luke, so we ask that you inspire all doctors with skill, professionalism and compassion for their patients, especially now in this time of global crisis. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many in our day.

We pray now for all those whom we know and love and are in need of healing.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Father God many people die from a lack of proper medical facilities each day. Show your mercy to those who suffer so unjustly from these sins against your love, and gather them to the eternal kingdom of peace. We especially pray for those countries lacking proper facilities to cope with the Pandemic and for all medical charities which are trying to help out.

We pray now for all those we know who have gone before us into glory.

Lord, in your Mercy:

Heal your people.

Faithful God, help us to know the fire that burns in every heart touched by the risen Christ in our midst.

Merciful Father:

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen


Monday

Malcolm Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Morning Prayer

Time: Oct 19, 2020 09:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87189942526?pwd=NnNkL2Vr...

Meeting ID: 871 8994 2526

Passcode: MP1910

Tuesday

Malcolm Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Morning Prayer

Time: Oct 20, 2020 09:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82583153587?pwd=d0RUMkpU...

Meeting ID: 825 8315 3587

Passcode: MP2010

Thursday

Malcolm Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Morning Prayer

Time: Oct 22, 2020 09:30 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81963635549?pwd=R3VDZjdu...

Meeting ID: 819 6363 5549

Passcode: MP2210

Malcolm Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Time: Oct 19, 2020 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82620381964?pwd=c0t2aTViQnUxbmNxRWlFbWw2aUtxdz09

Meeting ID: 826 2038 1964

Passcode: APCM