This Sunday we celebrate the Festival of Saint Luke. Luke was a dear friend of the apostle Paul and is mentioned by him three times in his Letters. Paul describes him as 'the belovèd physician' and, in his second Letter to Timothy, as his only companion in prison. He is believed to be the author of two books of the New Testament, firstly the gospel which stands in his name and also the Acts of the Apostles. Luke makes clear that the good news of salvation is for all, regardless of gender, social position or nationality. Traditionally, Luke is thought to have written his gospel in Greece and is believed to have died in Boeotia at the age of eighty-four. A short reflection on Saint Luke is at the bottom of this e-mail.
I attach the Order of Service for this week which you may wish to follow as a .pdf and in Word. Alternatively you may wish to watch or listen to a broadcast service, to light a candle and say the Lord’s Prayer or simply break bread, slowly saying these words from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians:
‘I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.’
A prayer asking Saint Luke to intercede for us.
Almighty God, you inspired Your servant St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician to set forth in the gospel the love and the healing power of your Son. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, he also showed the divinity of Jesus and His genuine compassion for all human beings.
May St. Luke intercede for us that we may deepen our understanding of the gospel and grow in compassion of Jesus. May his intercession enable our community to follow Your way and plan for us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Masks are compulsory in church, as in many other places. All of the seating is at two metres and the church is well ventilated. Everyone is expected to sanitize their hands as they enter and leave the church.
Have a good week, keep well and take care. If you want to talk to me please free to call me on 873176.
With love, peace and prayers to you all.
A Reflection on Saint Luke by an American Greek Orthodox priest, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis,
St. Luke is unique among the Gospel writers because he was not among the original disciples. He was a Physician by trade, trained to heal people. But when St. Luke encountered the power of the Holy Spirit, when he learned that Jesus Christ is Lord, he devoted himself to living the Gospel of Christ and spreading the Gospel of Christ, which is really the Gospel of Love. The Gospel of the Day has Jesus telling his apostles, “Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me, rejects my Father in Heaven.” The challenge for us is to face the question of whether we have accepted the Gospel of this Evangelist or rejected it. Fr. Constantine suggests that if we have dust on our Bibles at home, we should challenge ourselves to spend more time in the Scriptures and thus further accept the saving power of the Gospel.