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
As a bit of a Radio 4 fan, I have been listening this week to excerpts from a book about Morecambe and Wise – their career, and how some of their most memorable sketches evolved. Being a person who was growing up in that era it brought back memories of the pure fun, laughter and joy that watching them on TV brought to people. They were, at the time, box office gold and the laughter a real tonic. Their song “Bring me sunshine” seems to sum it all up. After all we need laughter – it's good for us we are told.
Joy and all that it entails can sometimes appear to be in short supply at times – especially when we are finding things tough for whatever reason. The joy of being able to do certain things when we have been prevented from doing them for a time is definitely greater, for instance. We can truly be grateful and appreciate things more. I suppose it's part of the old saying absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yet it is also our perspective as well. How we look at things and our focus that matters.
God brings us life in all its riches and wonder. Like my garden now, this brings an abundance of fruit in our lives through the Holy Spirit – love , joy, peace to name but a few. The joy God gives is everlasting and brings a lightness to our spirit and our hearts that helps us through. A true joy and happiness within. Sunshine and love that sustains.
through your Spirit delighting in the world,
you created us from joy and for joy:
grant us a deeper knowledge of the joy
which is ours in Christ Jesus,
that here our hearts may be glad,
and in the world to come our joy may be full:
for with the Son and the Holy Spirit,
you are our God, now and forever.
Christ be in your heart
Glory fills your days
For he is the King of Glory
Christ be in your mind
Peace is in all your ways
For He is the Prince of Peace
Christ be in your deeds
Joy your life will raise
For He is the giver of Joy
Christ be in your will
Strength of purpose stays
For He is the Sender of Strength.