Newsletter - 24 May 2020

St. Peter’s Parish Church,

Kirk Onchan

24 May 2020 – Easter 7

 

Prayer Diary

 

The Church cleaner, groundsmen and those people living in Ridgeway Road, Summerhill Road.

 

Niall Quayle and Hannah Samuels, both nurses working in the community, who were due to be married at St Peter's this year. Pray for God to keep them safe as they go about their duties.

 

Braddan Clergy Daniel Richards, Margaret Fourie.

 

Those who are struggling in mind, body & spirit that they may know God’s comfort & healing: Sheila Pyatt-Coppell, Sheila Cowley, Olivia Pettigrew, Sandra Caley, Margaret Somers, Jill Dugdale & Christopher Browne.

 

Those who have lost loved ones & in particular the family & friends of: Beryl Copley and Marjorie & Tom Kelly, Mary Wright.

 

And those we name in the quiet of our hearts. Amen

Please remember that we need permission to put names on this list. Please help us to keep this list up to date by keeping us informed of changes.

 

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readings

 

Acts 1.6-14

John 17.1-11

 

 

 

Letter from the Interim Minister

 

Dear Friends

 

Thy Kingdom Come

 

Over the last few years the period between Ascension and Pentecost has been devoted, especially, to praying for God’s kingdom to come in the lives of people we know and care for.  It’s a time when we can pray for 5 people we know to experience the love of God in a fresh and new way.  It may be that during this period of lockdown and shielding you may be feeling cut off and useless, but nothing could be further than the truth.  If we look at the Bible over countless generations there have been people that God sheltered for a period – Noah, Moses, Elijah, David, the apostles in the upper room, Paul in the Desert, and ultimately Jesus in the tomb. Each time God’s power was shown mightily through them.

 

Perhaps we need to think of this time of lockdown as our time of sheltering, not a problem but a time of opportunity when God can use us beyond anything we can ask or imagine. Write down the names of five people you know, they may be loved ones, they may be a friend or a neighbour or someone who has shown you kindness. Pray for them each day. Telephone, or email them or send them a card or a note or a little something letting them know how special they are and keep praying for them – for God’s kingdom to come in their hearts, and then see what God can do.

 

To help you, we are attaching to this notice sheet a prayer journal, which you may find helpful. If you are not one for writing read the reflections and prayers within it and may this be a really fruitful and blessed time for you all. 

 

For those of you receiving the notice sheet by post, the prayer journal will be sent out to you next week. 

 

Alessandra

 

 

Prayers for Daily Life

 

Living God, save us from confining your activity to the distant past and the far off future.

 

Give us the courage to expect your action in the world as it is as you bring new life to birth before our eyes.

 

Give us the vigilance to watch for the movement of your spirit in the tumult of nations and the voices of nature in the cultures which are strange to us and in the religious traditions which we find hard to understand.

 

Give us the vision to sense your hand upon our future as we come to terms with the changed patterns of work and leisure, as we discover new truths about the universe and as we explore the beginning and end of human existence.

 

Living Jesus become for us the Resurrection each day as we seek to live gloriously and responsibly by your love (David Jenkins 1997).

 

Please continue to pray for:

  • The maintenance of critical supplies, including food, PPE and Testing kits
  • For the island to continue coming together
  • Healing for all who are suffering in mind, body and spirit
  • The protection of our older generation and those who are vulnerable
  • The protection and wellbeing of our key and frontline workers
  • For those falling between the cracks both in terms of support and isolation
  • For the food bank and other charities working with the hungry, homeless and victims of domestic abuse
  • Specific items from the prayer diary and list above

 

 

Meeting up on Zoom

 

Our Bible Study group met again Wednesday evening and it is going very well.  If you have been missing your friends at church and you would like to meet up on Zoom for Bible Study or as a group for tea and chat and prayer please do let me know. I can facilitate this for you.

Alessandra

 

 

Telephone Prayer Line

 

Please see below details of a daily telephone prayer line which is free for the residents of the Isle of Man.  The line- which is available 24 hours a day – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Onchan, Lonan & Laxey Team Ministry Information

 

Interim Minister Onchan Alessandra Di Chiara

The Vicarage, 62 Ballabrooie Way, Douglas IM1 4HB

Phone 679274 or 210208

 or email alessandra.dichiara@sodorandman.im

 

Team Vicar Lonan & Laxey Jo Dudley Phone 861989

or email jodudley56@gmail.com

           

enquiries@stpeterschurch.org.im Phone 675797

Website www.stpeterschurch.org.im

Facebook St Peter’s Church, Onchan

 

The contact for Onchan Parish Hall is Elaine Cory 416669

or email onchanparishhall@gmail.com or contact us on Facebook

 

The Parish Office is closed but the Parish Clerk is working from home. 

Please phone 675797 or

email enquiries@stpeterschurch.org.im

 

 

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