St Thomas's Church, St Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1JL, United Kingdom.

Proclaiming the love of Jesus in our community.

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Thought for the week

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

2021-07-29

Gifts

Have you been watching the Olympic Games on TV? It’s not the athletics yet but there are so many amazing feats of performance, skill and effort. The training, dedication and sacrifice over many years to attain such heights are immense and demanding and can be all consuming. The joy and relief when things have gone well are a sight to see. Yet the hurt and anguish when expectations are not met are also clear. Whether it is the just missing out with a fourth place or a mishap meaning that all hopes are gone in the event. It is a competition after all.

Not everyone is gifted at sport or even necessarily interested in it. I have memories of dreading most sports at school as I simply was not any good at them no matter how I tried. We all have different talents and gifts – each of us is a unique creation known to God. Equally, not all of us will be particularly outstanding in anything. The important thing is to realise, recognise and give thanks to God for those gifts we do have, and to use them, trusting in the grace and love of God.

Great giver of all good gifts, we offer you back
Our talents our time and all that we possess
Transform them, along with our lives,
into means of your life-giving freedom for all.
Worship in an Indian Context

O Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you for your great example of love and service to all whom you met in your life on earth. We thank you for giving us life with all its powers. Help us to learn that the best use for our gifts is in service to you and our fellow men. Help us to see all people as you see them, and to be ready to give our lives to the service of others.
E.M. Venables

Praise in the Park

Sunday 22 August 2021, 4.00 pm to about 4.30 pm

Praise in the Park - Walk of Witness and Service

The walk from Lytham will leave from the Promenade near Lytham Lifeboat station at 2.45 pm and the walk from St Anne's will leave from near St Anne's Pier at 3.00 pm. The service will take place at Fairhaven Lake at the former tennis court grassed area with a hedge, near the Spitfire, as shown on the location map.

No Doubt Magazine

The latest issue of our magazine No Doubt is available on our Magazine page.

Form of Prayer March to June

This new prayer resource Form of Prayer March to June is also available on our Downloads page.

A FORM OF PRAYER FOR SUNDAYS AND HOLY DAYS APRIL TO JUNE

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that I may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Easter Anthems (4th April to 23rd May)

1

Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us:
so let us celebrate the feast,

2

not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

3

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more:
death has no more dominion over him.

4

In dying he died to sin once for all:
in living he lives to God.

5

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin:
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

6

Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first-fruits of those who sleep.

7

For as by man came death:
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

8

for as in Adam all die:
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

OR

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The psalm and reading for the day or
one of the readings from the weekly sheet.

Easter Day

Psalm 118 verses 14-24

John Chap.20:1-10 or 1-18

11th April Easter 2

Psalm 133. John 20:19-29

18th April Easter 3

Psalm 4. Luke24 verses 36 b to 48

25th April Easter 4

Psalm 23. John 10:11-18

2nd May Easter 5

Psalm 22 verses 25 to end. John 15 verses 1-8

9th May Easter 6

Psalm 98. John 15 verses 9-17

13th May Ascension Day

Psalm 93. Acts 1:6-11

16th May Easter 7

Psalm 1. John 17 verses 6-19

23rd May Pentecost

Psalm 104 verses 26 to end. Acts 2:1-13

30th May Trinity Sunday

Psalm 29. John 3 verses 1-17

6th June Trinity 1

Psalm 130. Mark 3 verses 20 to end

13th June Trinity 2

Psalm 92:1-8. Mark 4: 26-34

20th June Trinity 3

Psalm 107: 23-32. Mark 4:35-41

27th June Trinity 4

Psalm 30. Mark 5:21 to end.

Prayers

4th April to 23rd May

Risen Christ,
You filled your disciples with boldness
and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace to the glory
of God the Father. Amen.

Ascension

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Pentecost

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all thing
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity
and in the power of the divine majesty
to worship the Unity
keep us steadfast in this faith,
that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;
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. Amen.

Other Sundays

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this week.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger,
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Your own prayers and the Lord’s Prayer

The Grace

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
sing praise to the Lord,

to him who rides the ancient skies above,
who thunders with mighty voice.

Psalm 68:32-33


The side chapel inside the church is open for private prayer most days between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Access is via the door facing Clifton Drive South. Hand sanitiser is available.

Regular Services

Sunday Morning Service. 10.30 am. Streamed live on Facebook and later available there as a conventional video.
Thursday Holy Communion. 10.30 am.

All our present services take place in the main body of the church to allow for safer separation of the congregation members.