St Michael’s Macclesfield http://www.stmichaels-macclesfield.org.uk/
St John’s Church will be open for private prayer on Sunday 24 January from 9.30 a.m.
until 10.00 a.m. Many thanks to Lawrence and Gail Robinson for facilitating this.
Discussions are currently taking place regarding St John's and St Thomas' delivering
joint Zoom services on Sunday mornings at 10.00 a.m. from Sunday 31 January. If you
would be interested in this, please contact Lawrence Robinson (email@example.com).
We do realise that this doesn’t help people who have no internet access, but hopefully
this will be a short-term measure.
We have received several queries about payments for the church magazine, which would
be due around now. As there have been no magazines distributed since March 2020,
and there is currently no charge for the newsletter (as when it started it was intended
to be a short-term measure!), no payment will be requested this year. However, if
you feel you would like to make a donation to St Thomas’ then this can either be
sent to Mr H Hulme, 11 Worthington Close, Henbury SK11 9NS, or via digital banking
to St Thomas’ Church sort code 20 53 77 account number 40775819. Many thanks.
St Thomas’ Memories
This week we have the 1958-9 Programme for the Men’s Fellowship Group. Many thanks
to Maureen Wood for loaning this to us.
Readings for Epiphany 3
New International Version
A song of ascents.
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labour; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your
wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like
olive shoots round your table. 4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
6 and may you live to see your children’s children— peace be upon Israel.
New International Version
Jesus Changes Water into Wine
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and
Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was
gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each
holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned
into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had
drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone
brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have
had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 This the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He
thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Hymn of the Week
This week our organist, Judith, has chosen:
Now thank we all our God
Tune Nun Danket alle Gott
Now thank we all our God
with hearts and hands and voices:
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
Who, from our mother's arms,
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love
and still is our today.
O may this bounteous God
through all our live be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us in His grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.
All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son, and Him who reigns
with Them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.
Martin Rinkart 1586-1689 Tr. Catherine Winkworth 1879-1878
sung in Beverley Minster on BBC's Songs of Praise.
God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.
Week of Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to
the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. During this period, Christians
are invited to pray for reconciliation and unity within the Church.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic
Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love
and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp
Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human
Each year Christian Aid provides the Go and Do action points for each of the daily
reflections – linking into the important work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty
and advocacy of justice. These Go and Do action points can be found by clicking on
the link below.
For our Prayers:Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Pateman, Dylan Belt, Suzanne Moore,
Revd Suzie, Kathleen Austin; John Louca.
RIP: Philip Barber, Betty Wilkinson, Jack Mayers, Gillian de Ferranti, Dennis Finch.
If you would like us to include you, or anyone you know, in our prayers, please contact
us (our telephone numbers are at the end of this letter).
This week, Jackie Hulme has very kindly created some anagrams for us. The answers
are all Cathedral cities in England and Wales.
1. 1. CLIOLNN
Thank you, Jackie.
Answers to last week’s quiz:
1. Neopolitan 2. Quality Street 3. After Eights 4. Celebrations 5. Pear Drops 6.
Bounty 7.Bulls Eyes 8. Smarties 9. Polos 10. Black Magic.
Snowdrops are now starting to appear, giving us a sign that Spring is on its way.
So, this week we’ve included a poem about this beautiful flower by William Wordsworth
To A Snowdrop
Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they But hardier far, once more I see
thee bend Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend, Like an unbidden guest. Though day
by day, Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay The rising sun, and on the
plains descend; Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend Whose zeal outruns his promise!
Blue-eyed May Shall soon behold this border thickly set With bright jonquils, their
odours lavishing On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers; Nor will I then thy modest
grace forget, Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of
A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in contributions to the newsletter throughout
the year. Please continue to do so – all contributions are most welcome – memories
of St Thomas’, musical memories, poems, quizzes etc. Anything that you think might
be of interest to our readers.
A Year on The Green
In previous years the Millennium Green Trust has been able to inform the community
about its activities at its Annual General Meeting. However, it couldn't hold an
AGM in 2020 because of Covid-19 Regulations and it's not at all clear how soon it
will be able to do so in 2021.
So, the Trust has published a summary, prepared by the Millennium Green Trust Chairman,
Susan Pegg, of the work carried out by the Trustees in 2020.
Please click on the link below:
It really shows that the Green doesn't simply run itself!
Due to flooding, the footpath between Henbury and Whirley was impassable without
tall boots last weekend. With more heavy rain forecast, this flooding is likely to
Words of Wisdom
Ships don’t sink because of the water around them: ships sink because of the water
that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh
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 in Macclesfield is also offering a professional listening service. Every
weekday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 07958181927 or 0300 3034566
If you know anyone who would like to receive a weekly newsletter, please ask them
to email or ring Linda (firstname.lastname@example.org 01625 424505).
We would like to thank all of you who are continuing to contribute financially to
the mission and ministry of St Thomas’. It is much appreciated. If you are able to
do online banking and would like to give that way, it would be most helpful. Please
contact Jackie (429075) for our bank details.
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It’s a great way to stay connected.
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