Sunday 18th April  2021 – The Third Sunday of Easter

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and the royal family at this sad time. The funeral of Prince Philip will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday 17th April.

God of our lives,

we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,

for the love he shared among us,

and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy,

through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.


Church Services

We now seem to be getting back into a rhythm of regular worship each Sunday morning, which is wonderful. This coming Sunday, 18th April, there will be a service of Holy Communion in St John’s at 9.30 a.m. and at St Thomas at 11.00 a.m.

If you would like to attend Sunday’s service at St Thomas’ please ring our churchwarden, Jackie, to book your place (429075). For St John’s please ring 427453 or email lawrobinson@btinternet.com.

Coronavirus regulations mean that the seating capacity at St Thomas’ is very limited, so it is essential to reserve a place in advance. As before, in order to be fair to everyone, it may not be possible to attend on two consecutive Sundays.

Also, it is essential for everyone’s safety that we follow government advice. Consequently, we ask that:

you wear a mask whilst you are in Church unless there is medical reason why you are unable to do so.

Please sanitise your hands on arrival, before receiving Holy Communion, and on leaving the building.  

We will show you to your seat, filling up the Church from the front

Once seated, we ask that you remain in your seat.

Social distancing must be strictly observed both within the church building and outside.

The main doors and the choir vestry doors will be open throughout the service to allow a free flow of air through the building.

At the end of the service, please remain in your seat until you are ushered out. The seats at the back of Church will be emptied first. Please do not stop to chat with anyone as you leave the Church.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding. We understand how difficult it is not to go across and speak to friends in Church. It seems unnatural. However, it is vital for everyone’s safety that there is no mingling of households.

Unfortunately, as there is no internet connection in St Thomas’ Church, we are currently unable to livestream the services, however, St John’s are livestreaming their services and members of St Thomas’ are very welcome to share in this worship via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link, please ring 427453 or email lawrobinson@btinternet.com or stthomashenbury@aol.com

Old Testament Reading

Psalm 4                                                                                             New International Version

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

New Testament Readings

Acts 3:12-19                                                                                      New International Version

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

1 John 3:1-7                                                                             New International Version

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel Reading

Luke 24:36-48                                                                            New International Version

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.


Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

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.

Hymn of the Week

This week, our organist, Judith, has selected:

The Day of Resurrection     

The day of Resurrection!

Earth tell it out abroad;

The Passover of gladness,

the Passover of God;

from death to life eternal,

from earth unto the sky,

our God hath brought us over

with hymns victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil,

that we may see aright

the Lord in rays eternal

of resurrection light;

and, listening to his accents,

may hear so calm and plain

his own, “All hail” and, hearing,

may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful,

And earth her song begin,

the round world keep high triumph,

and all that is therein;

Let all things seen and unseen

their notes of gladness blend,

for Christ the Lord is risen,

our joy that hath no end.

St. John of Damascus  d. c.754

      Tr. J. M. Neale 1818-1866


For our Prayers: Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Pateman, Dylan Belt, Revd Suzie, John Louca, Anthony Westnedge

RIP:  Prince Philip, Susan Gaskell, Kathleen Austin.

Interment of Ashes: Tim Hunt

St Thomas’ Memories

This week we have another extract from the programme from the Pageant of Macclesfield History, which was staged on 3rd June 1961 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the town’s charter. I think a couple of the participants in this tableau from Broken Cross Chapel are also newsletter readers! Many thanks to Keith Littler for loaning this to us.

Bible Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter

Spring Quiz – Part 2

1. What do we in the UK call the vegetable known as scallions in the USA?  

2.  Which poet wrote these first two lines: ‘Oh to be in England, now that April’s there’.

3.  Easter Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox. True or False? 

4.  What name is given to the Sunday before Easter?  

5.  What was the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified?  

6.  What item of clothing is particularly associated with Easter parades?  

7.  Which fruit cake with two layers of marzipan is traditionally eaten at Easter?  

8.  On what day are hot cross buns traditionally eaten?  

9.  Which Russian jewellery firm is famed for designing elaborate jewel encrusted eggs?  

10.  Easter Island belongs to which country?  

Answers to last week’s quiz:

1 1st March 2. Flora 3. September 4. The Vernal Equinox 5. Vivaldi  

6. Stravinsky 7. South Pacific 8. The Boss  9. Botticelli  10.  antelope

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in contributions to the newsletter over the last year.  Please continue to do so – all contributions are most welcome – memories of St Thomas’ or Macclesfield, musical memories, poems, quizzes etc. Anything that you think might be of interest to our readers. Please email stthomashenbury@aol.com

Closing Prayer

Risen Lord,

you reveal to us the love and radiance of the Father;

you bring us the peace that passes all understanding.

We rejoice in your presence and in the glory of your resurrection.

Strengthen our faith, O Lord Jesus,

that we may know you live in eternity with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end.


Adam, D. (2009). Radiance of His Glory. pp. 66-7.

God bless,

Jackie (429075), Bob (614598), Carole (611477) and Linda (424505)

If you would like to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to call one of us.

The Hope Centre also offers a listening service  

The Hope Centre – Listening Service

The Hope Centre provides a professional telephone listening service if you want to talk to someone.

DailyHope Phone Line

DailyHope, a free national telephone line, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the phone.

A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind; to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment to the most isolated in our society.

Food Bank Donations

In the past, St Thomas’ has regularly supported the SilkLife Food Bank in Macclesfield.

We are now resuming this support, so if you are able to, and wish to do so, you can once again leave any donations in the large plastic box at the back of the church. We will ensure they are delivered to SilkLife.

The list opposite, gives some ideas for the types of food that are most useful.

SilkLife Food Bank plays a vital role in helping people in the Macclesfield area. In 2020, it provided emergency food for 424 families, 384 couples and 990 single people.

Thank you for your support.

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Thank You

We would like to thank all of you who have been contributing financially to the mission and ministry of the parish. It is much appreciated. If you’d like to make a donation, you can either post it to Mr H Hulme, 11 Worthington Close, Henbury SK11 9NS or, if you prefer online banking, our details are St Thomas’ Church sort code 20 53 77 account number 40775819. Many thanks for your support.

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