Urdu Holy Communion Service

St Luke’s Church, Al Jazirah, began a new Urdu language Holy Communion Service on Fridays at 4:30p.m.  A very heartfelt thank you to Fr Daniel Sadiq of the labour camp ministry through St Martin’s Sharjah for coming out to Ras Al Khaimah on Friday evenings to celebrate the Holy Communion in Urdu. We have had 5 baptisms so far and some wonderful fellowship.  Fr Jon

Pentecost 2017

We sang “Happy Birthday” to the Church for Pentecost.

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus the Good Shepherd
10 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), John 10:1–10.

St Athanasius – 2 May

A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master;  it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!  “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.   What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.  Matthew 10:24-27

The Athanasian Creed

before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.
Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled,
without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
neither confounding the Persons,
nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father,
another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible,
and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated,
but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty,
and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three
Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God,
and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord,
and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge
every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say,
There be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son,
neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons;
one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other;
none is greater, or less than another; But the whole three Persons
are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid,
the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved is must think thus of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also
believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess,
that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds;
and Man of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man,
of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the
Father, as touching his manhood; Who, although he be God and Man,
yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead
into flesh but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether; not by confusion of Substance,
but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul
and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell,
rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, he sitteth at the right hand of the Father,
God Almighty, from whence he will come
to judge the quick and the dead.
At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies
and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life
everlasting; and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully,
he cannot be saved.

27 April – Christina Rosetti

O God, whom heaven cannot hold, you inspired Christina Rossetti to express the mystery of the Incarnation through her poems: Help us to follow her example in giving our hearts to Christ, who is love; and who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. 27 April. Christina Rosetti – Lesser Festival               http://anglicanhistory.org/bios/cgrossetti.html

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St Mark the Evangelist.
But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark:16:6-7

Mothering Sunday BBQ

St Luke’s celebrated Mothering Sunday on 31st March with a Holy Communion Celebration followed by a BBQ.  As you can see from the video, everyone had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Karen Caldwell for producing the video. – Fr Jon

Easter Services

Easter Services at St Luke’s Anglican Church – Al Hamra Al Jazirah (near Acacia Hotel) All Are Welcome!

Saturday 15 April
 7:30p.m. Easter Vigil – Lighting of the Bonfire and Paschal Candle – Procession into Church – Adult Full-Immersion Baptisms with Labour Camp Ministry – Holy Communion
Easter Sunday 16 April
 6:00a.m. Easter Sunday Sunrise Holy Communion – Outdoors -Takeaway Breakfast
 11:00a.m. Easter Sunday Holy Communion – Tea and Hot Cross Buns

A Maundy Thursday Reflection

In the Eucharist, with the Risen Jesus present as our food, we are worshipping with the saints and angels in heaven. But the risen Jesus who is the heart of the heavenly worship is also a Jesus who was crucified, and we share in heaven’s worship only as sharing also in the Jesus who suffers in the world around us, reminding us to meet him there and to serve him in those who suffer. Indeed in the Eucharist we are summoned by two voices, which are really one voice: ‘Come, the heavenly banquet is here. Join with me and my mother and my friends in the heavenly supper.’ ‘Come, I am here in this world in those who suffer. Come to me, come with me, and serve me in them. – Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury

Holy Week & Easter Worship Schedule

St Luke’s Anglican Church -Al Jazirah Palm Sunday
Holy Week & Easter Worship Schedule

Friday 7 April

  • 10:30a.m. Celebration of Palm Sunday with Holy Communion

Wednesday 12 April

  • 7:30p.m.         Stations of the Cross – Outdoors on Compound

Thursday 13 April

  • 7:30p.m.         Maundy Thursday – Holy Communion of the Last Supper & Foot Washing

Friday 14 April

  • 10:30a.m. Good Friday – A service of reflection and devotion at the foot of the cross

Saturday 15 April

  • 7:30p.m. Easter Vigil – Lighting of the Bonfire and Paschal Candle – Procession
    into Church – Adult Full-Immersion Baptisms with Labour Camp Ministry

Holy Communion

Sunday 16 April

  • 6:00a.m. Easter Sunday Sunrise Holy Communion – Outdoors -Takeaway Breakfast
  • 11:00a.m. Easter Sunday Holy Communion – Tea and Hot Cross Buns

All are Welcome!

During Holy Week the Bus will leave the Al Nakheel area at about 6:30p.m for 7:30p.m. services and at the usual time on Fridays.  Transportation Contact: Tony    050 907 7588   office@stlukerak.org
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