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Sunday 24 January 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany






























Sunday Worship

Although St Thomas’ remains closed, it is possible to worship virtually with some local churches. Details below:

   Holy Trinity Hurdsfield http://www.hthmacc.com/hth-sunday-live.html

  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 (lawrobinson@btinternet.com). We do realise that this doesn’t help people who have no internet access, but hopefully this will be a short-term measure.


Magazine Subscription

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

Reading 1

Psalm 128                            

New International Version

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in his ways.

You will eat the fruit of your labour;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    round your table.
Thus is the man blessed
    who fears the L
ord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

and may you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be upon Israel.







Reading 2

John 2:1-11  

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, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItfKjxkXhMk

sung in Beverley Minster on BBC's Songs of Praise. 


Collect

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.

Amen


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.

Resources can be found by clicking on this link:

https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/

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 family.

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.

https://ctbi.org.uk/go-and-do-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/


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).


Quiz

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

2.    FREDROHE

3.    CHINSTWERE

4.     UTROR

5.     CORIHNW

6.     FILCHEDLI

7.     RIOPR

8.     MHDURA

9.     BRKUBNLCA

10.     GRAOBN

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 fleeting years!

William Wordsworth


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.

Other News

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:

https://www.henbury.org/doc/year-on-D531952.pdf

It really shows that the Green doesn't simply run itself!

Warning

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 continue.


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 you down.

Unknown


Closing Prayer

Be one, so that the world may believe!

Abide in God’s love,

go into the world and

bear the fruits of this love.

May the God of all creation,  

fill us with all joy and all peace in faith,

so that we may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

https://ctbi.org.uk/resources-for-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/


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 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 (lindacraig57@gmail.com   01625 424505).

Thank You

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.


Like our Facebook page


https://www.facebook.com/maccandhenburychurches

If you are not on Facebook, why not ask your friends and family to have a look!

It’s a great way to stay connected.


We also now have a YouTube channel where you can find services and reflections recorded by

Revd Suzie and Linda.

St John and St Thomas Henbury and Macc - YouTube