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

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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

2020-10-19

Life

“Life, don’t talk to me about life.” The words from the book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy spoken by a depressed robot called Marvin. We can all have times when things seem awful or even worse than that. The issues surrounding mental health abound in the media and are rightfully important, as is the need to remove the stigma surrounding it. We are all human after all and not robots without emotions or feelings. We are all individuals and not clones. After all, life would be boring if we were all the same wouldn’t it? Life is full of mystery and we are not able to understand all the reasons for what happens. We cannot fathom all the whys and wherefores, however much we may want to or think we can. Let’s be honest we are not God.

The meaning of life is something that we all grapple with in one way or another. This can change with our particular circumstances and our time of life. In the Bible we are shown that we are, by the grace and love of God, given the gift of eternal life, life in all its fulness, if we care to receive it. As we believe and trust and allow God to work in our lives, may His gift of life, that gives hope and joy, enable us to experience, show and share that life with others.

God, of your goodness, give me yourself, for you are sufficient for me. To be worthy of you I cannot ask for anything less. If I were to ask less, I should always be in want, for in you alone do I have all.

Julian of Norwich

Lord
I cannot fathom or hold you,
I can only ask you
to take hold of me.
I cannot grasp or contain you
in a formula or tradition,
I can only ask you to fill me with yourself,
and make me part
of the mystery of your presence
in the world.

Amen

2020 Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The various documents for the 2020 Annual Parochial Church Meeting are available on out Downloads page in the Policies and other P.C.C. Documents section.

O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

Psalm 51:15


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.

Regular Services

Please note that facemasks should be worn in church.

Holy Communion

Sundays, 11.00 am

Holy Communion

Thursdays, 10.30 am

Compline

2nd and 4th Sundays, 7.00 pm