St Thomas's Church, St Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1JL, United Kingdom.
Proclaiming the love of Jesus in our community.
Our Licensed Lay Minister Elizabeth O'Connor has been supplying short meditations each week, available on our Downloads page.
Below is the most recent.Thought for the week by Licensed Lay Minister Elizabeth O’Connor
Peace is a word that we have heard mentioned a lot in these last few days. The peace that we long for between peoples and nations, with the associated cost that has meant for many throughout the years at this time of Remembrance. A peace to heal the wounds of injustice and consequent pain – something that we all are looking for. Calm for our anxiety and fear in a time of great uncertainty, weariness, fear and frustration. You can go on and on. Peace in the world and within ourselves. There is an old song, written in the 1950s, that is often heard at Christmas “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.” We can all, I am sure, identify with that.
Each day brings us its own issues and challenges for peace. As we show love and compassion, even in the small things, this can bring peace to others and also to ourselves.
God, we are told, is love and the love that never ends. The experience of such love brings peace within that is real and present with us and is not just for the odd occasion. This love is shown in Jesus, the prince of peace, who when He appeared to His disciples on His resurrection said “Peace be with you.” May we know and experience in our lives that peace of God which passes all our understanding, and let us be channels of that peace in the world.
St Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215)
earth is your dwelling
Live in us Lord
Let us live in you.
Settle in our hearts,
At home in our wills,
At rest in our minds,
At ease in our strength,
That we may reside in your peace,
Live in joy,
Abide in love,
And inhabit eternity.
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvellous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name for ever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
The side chapel inside the church is open for private prayer most days between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Access is via the door facing Clifton Drive South. Hand sanitiser is available. See government advice on keeping safe.
The church is closed during the November 2020 lockdown, except for the side chapel.
Holy Communion for Christmas Day
Friday 25 December, 10.00 am