This Sunday

25th April

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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

(1 John 3:16)

When I went to see the Bishop who decided to send me to train to become a vicar he told me that being a minister was all about 'sacrifice.' On Tuesday I am going to be licensed as Priest in Charge of St. George's (I will continue to be vicar of St. Luke's). The passage I have chosen the Bishop to preach on at the service is John 15:1-17. It is a great passage that talks about Jesus as the vine and us as the branches. It also includes this verse: "Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

This verse applies most powerfully to Jesus as the one who sacrificed himself for us on the cross and won us freedom from the power of sin and death. In fact as we saw in last week's sermon the idea of 'laying down one's life for someone' is a repeated idea in John's gospel, which also points to Jesus being the Good Shepherd.

According to the Bible, love is most profoundly defined as sacrifice. It is not simply to do with liking the other, being kind and nice to people. True love involves giving up something that matters to you for the benefit of the other person. I wonder whether you can think of a time recently where you have shown that kind of love to someone else? If you can then give thanks to God that he has helped you to love as he loves!

Join us this Sunday as we start a new sermon series on 1 John: Love is... This week's talk is: Love is... laying down one's life (1 John 3:16-24)

Please read on...

  • Prayer: Urgent: Opener to send in. The latest prayer requests.
  • Care: Electoral roll reminder, update on in-person church, PCC briefing and Vera Kenney's legacy
  • Share: Last Sunday. A new playlist on YouTube and St. Luke's Life Stories.

Contributions to this week's Opener

URGENT: For this Sunday:  We need people responding to: "This is how we know what love is:" with 

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

Please send contributions in as soon as possible (by 10am on Friday). You can send them by Whatsapp (07769 871520) or by WeTransfer.com to: vicar@stlukesramsgate.org.

Prayer Requests:

​​Be assured I will do my best to check that people are happy for the requests to be shared before including them. Please pray for...

  • Paul's licensing as Priest in Charge of St. George's on Tuesday at 7pm.

  • Joy Smithers. Give thanks that she has now been able to return home, but pray for her continuing treatment for a broken left leg and infected right leg.

  • Rosemary Ebelthite's cousin's son Grant. He has cystic fibrosis and by God's grace has reached the age of 40. He needs a double lung and liver transplant, but first needs to put on more weight. Please pray this will happen.

  • Shirley Crabb that her hip operation can go ahead soon.
  • Annie's mum that she can soon move into the care home that has been chosen and settle in well there.

  • Flo Baldock still having tests and treatment for her stomach, but also struggling with a chest infection.

  • Jean Mayton, after a serious bleed on the brain recently. Give thanks that she is showing signs of recovery.

  • Nathan Court for his continuing treatment.

  • Barb (Gloria's daughter's friend) undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

  • Jeannette (Claudia's sister) undergoing chemotherapy treatment.


Electoral Roll

If you have been sent a form to join the electoral roll, then please make sure you return it by Sunday 2nd May so you can be included on the roll for our Annual Meeting on 18th May at 7:30pm you need to send the application in by Sunday 2nd May.

In-Person Church

We are not expecting the government covid restrictions on meeting in church to change before 21st June, but we are hopeful that most if not all of those restrictions will be lifted after that date. In the meantime, people are welcome to attend in-person church, but it will really help us to manage this effectively if people register first. You can read about how church is operating and find a link to online registration on this web page.

At present we still have less than thirty people attending each week. We reckon we could fit around sixty people in a service while still following the restrictions and staying covid safe. 

We have a good team of volunteers to help enable the church to operate at present, but we would love to have a few more volunteers. If you want to attend and volunteer then you can indicate your desire to volunteer on the registration form. When you do this you will be asked a few additional questions about how you would like to volunteer. I am hoping to draw up a rota for May and June next week, so if you wish to volunteer to help in those months, please make sure you register by Monday 26th April.

PCC Briefing

The PCC met on Monday night on Zoom. We were joined at the start by Claire Coleman who will be joining us as curate at the start of July. This was a good opportunity to introduce members of the PCC to her and for her to say more about herself and ask questions.

The other major discussion of the evening was to consider the many church activities that closed down at the start of the Pandemic and to discuss when we should aim to restart them - if at all. It was a helpful discussion that showed a range of attitudes to re-opening from the more cautious and slow approach to those who saw the need to offer opportunities for groups to run as soon as possible. Please pray for our congregation as we make these plans across different areas of church life.

We also decided that this year's Harvest Appeal would be to support Tearfund's Recover Together appeal, which aims to campaign for everyone in every country to have access to a tested covid-vaccine. 

Vera Kenney's Legacy

Many of you would have known and will miss Vera Kenney, who sadly died about a year ago at the great age of ninety. As well as being Trevor's mum, she was one of the longest standing and most faithful members of St. Luke's.

We have now received a generous gift of £10,000 for St. Luke's in her memory. This will be the first contribution to our new Capital Fund. That is money that is restricted to be used on one-off development projects, rather than ongoing running costs or maintenance.


Last Week's Talk:

Encounters with Jesus: Peter - "Do you love me?" - Available Online

Often to show things are definite and certain they are said or done three times. In this epilogue to John’s gospel not only does Jesus certify his resurrection by appearing for the third time to his disciples, but he has a three-fold conversation with Jesus to undo Peter’s three-fold denial.

Catch up on the Whole Sermon Series

Over this year we are spending a lot of time in John's gospel through a sermon series called: Encounters with Jesus. There will be five more sermons in the autumn. However, including the carol service talk on John 1, there are now a series of eleven talks available.

I have now arranged these into a playlist on YouTube. Each video now has a link to the next video in the series at the end. Please feel free to watch again at your leisure or recommend to friends you think might be interested.

St. Luke's Stories

No new posts for 'St. Luke's Life Stories' this week, but do check out the previous posts and think about sending in your own contributions. Remember you can use this form to send in your personal reflections on your pandemic experience, which we can then publish.

Finally, let's not forget that Jesus shows us what love is through his great sacrifice.

Yours in Christ,

Paul Worledge 

Vicar, St. Luke's Ramsgate