Sunday 18 October Virtual Service Hello everyone.

Thank you to Jacob for reading the Gospel today, to Julie and Alan for the
band’s song choice, to Bill for leading our prayers today, and to Gill
as always for providing something for our young people.
Today is a joyful day as we celebrate holy communion in Church for the first
time in over six months in a Church beautifully decorated for Harvest. Our
Harvest appeal is going to the Leeds North West Foodbank. You are
welcome to drop items off in Church up to and including next Sunday the
25th. If you would like to make a donation to the Trussell Trust this mailing
contains the details you need to do this.
I am delighted to say that we are having a Church social after the service
today, at 11.30am this morning. I have devised a short Harvest quiz – who
knows, you might be in the winning team? Contact us via hello@stgilesbramhope.org.uk if you haven’t got the link
See you then!
Today is a triple celebration as it is also St Luke’s Day. Jonathan reminds us
in his sermon that St Luke was a doctor. So we think of and pray for the
Church’s ministry of healing. Our opening hymn reflected this theme of
healing, “We cannot measure how you heal”, and I am always struck by a
particular line in the first verse: “Your hands, though bloodied on the cross /
survive to hold and heal”. The following prayer recalls the one with healing
hands, carpenter’s hands:

O Christ, the Master Carpenter
who, at the last, through wood and nails,
purchased our whole salvation.
Wield well your tools
in the workshop of your world, so that we,
who come rough-hewn to your bench,
may here be fashioned
to a truer beauty of your hand.
We ask it for your own name’s sake. Amen.


Tom
Click on Jonathan’s picture for his reflections
Virtual Service 18 October