Message 20th Sept 2020

The old testament book of Joshua is about how the Israelites
conquered land that had been promised to their ancestor
Abraham.
Their forbears had escaped from Egypt, but had not followed
God, so the whole generation that left Egypt had died in the
desert. This left the children (of Israel) to conquer Canaan,
under the leadership of Joshua. Joshua had a great military
mind, was very organised and was absolutely loyal to God and
dependant on Him.
The land of Canaan had many cities, each with its own king and
army. Many cities had high strong walls, so Joshua and his army
had to defeat them one by one, for example the famous battle of
Jericho.
We join them after the battle of Jericho, and after they have
destroyed the city of Ai. (Joshua Chapters 9 and 10).
Part 1
Some people from the city of Gibeon had heard what Joshua had
done to the city of Ai. They decided to trick the Israelites. They
gathered together old sacks and old cracked wine bags and put
them on their donkeys. They put old sandals on their feet and
took some old mouldy bread. This made them appear to have
travelled a long way. They went to Joshua at his camp near
Gilgal. They told Joshua that they came from a far-off land and
that their elders had asked them to travel to his camp and make
a peace agreement because of the fame of the Lord. They
showed Joshua the old cracked wine bags, the dry mouldy bread
and their old clothes and sandals as proof that they had travelled
a long way. The men of Israel tasted the bread but they did not
ask the Lord what to do. Joshua agreed to make peace with the
Gibeonites and to let them live. The leaders of the Israelites
swore an oath to keep the agreement.
Was Joshua right to make the peace agreement?
Do you think that Joshua should have asked the Lord what to
do?
Have you ever met someone who is not what they appear to be?
What did you do?
What do you think Joshua will do if he finds out?
Part 2
Three days after making the agreement, the Israelites learned
that the Gibeonites actually lived close by. So they travelled to
where they came from, and on the third day they arrived at their
cities, including the city of Gibeon. But the Israelites did not
attack those cities because of the peace agreement they had
made. The Israelites grumbled to their leaders, but the leaders
said ‘We have given our promise before the Lord, so we cannot
attack them. We must let them live, otherwise God’s anger will
be against us for breaking the oath.’ Then Joshua called for the
original group of Gibeonites. He asked them why they had
deceived him by making out that they came from a far-off land.
They answered ‘We lied to you because we were afraid you
would kill us. We heard that the Lord your God commanded His
servant Moses to give you all of this land and to kill all of the
people who lived in it. That is why we did this.’ So Joshua saved
their lives but he made them slaves. So they cut wood and
carried water for the Israelites, and for the alter of the Lord,
wherever he chose it to be. They are still doing this today.
Had Joshua actually made the peace agreement before God?
Was Joshua right to make them slaves?
Did the Gibeonite’s plan work?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM%3Fstart%3D12

Prayer Points – Father we approach you boldly with our prayers,
knowing that you are there for us and will listen. Firstly we bring
thank for all that we have. We say thank you for your son Jesus
and the awesome sacrifice that he made for every one of us. Even
so Father we don’t always do as you ask us, and quite often try to
cope in our own way without turning to you. Father we ask for
your forgiveness. (pause).
We pray that the new restrictions and local lockdowns will be
enough to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Please bless
all who are living and working with it, trying to control it, treating
it and doing all they can to prevent it. Also those who are
researching and testing a vaccine. We pray that this will be
successful. Once more we ask that you will give comfort and
peace to every bereaved family as we are reminded of the number
who have lost their lives.
Father we are working towards reopening our church for worship
and praise to you. Please bless, strengthen and look after all who
are involved in this process, so that they are full of your power to
meet every eventuality and situation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Message Sunday 13th Sept

Prayer Points – Lord we come to you, let our hearts be changed
and renewed by your never-ending grace. Thank you for our
world and for all that we have. Thank you for Jesus and the
amazing sacrifice that he made. Thank you for always being there,
even though we don’t behave as you ask us to, or depend on you
when the going gets tough. For this Lord we ask for your
forgiveness. (pause).
Lord about this Coronavirus, we pray that the new restrictions will
be enough to slow the new spread of the virus and save lives.
Thank you for all who are living and working with it, controlling it,
treating it and preventing it. Particularly for those who are
researching and testing a vaccine. We pray that this will be
successful. Again we pray that you will give comfort and peace to
every bereaved family as we are reminded of the number who
have lost their lives.
Lord we are working to reopen our church to worship and praise
you. Please bless, strengthen and look after all who are involved
in this process, so that they are full of your power to meet every
eventuality and situation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you
It happens every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the
sun resembles a giant orange and is starting to dip into the blue
ocean.
Old Ed comes strolling along the beach to his favourite pier.
Clutched in his bony hand is a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to
the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to
himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.
Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach.
Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his
thoughts…. and his bucket of shrimp.
Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a
thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging
their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of
the pier. Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him,
their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing
shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you
can hear him say with a smile, “Thank you. Thank you.”
In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t
leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to
another time and place. Invariably, one of the gulls lands on his
sea-bleached, weather-beaten hat – an old military hat he’s been
wearing for years.
When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward
the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until
he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed
quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on
home.
If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the
water, Ed might seem like “a funny old duck,” as my dad used to
say. Or, “a guy that’s a sandwich shy of a picnic,” as my kids
might say. To onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his
own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of
shrimp.
To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very
empty. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of
Boomers and Busters. Most of them would probably write Old Ed
off, down there in Florida.
That’s too bad. They’d do well to know him better.
His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back
in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific,
he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of
the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a
life raft.
Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough
waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks.
Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations
ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from
land and no one knew where they were. They needed a miracle.
That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed
for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled
his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear
was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly, Eddie felt
something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!
Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning
his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the
gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the
feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal – a very
slight meal for eight men – of it. Then they used the intestines
for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and
more bait……and the cycle continued. With that simple survival
technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until
they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.
Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he
never forgot the sacrifice of that first lifesaving seagull. And he
never stopped saying, “Thank you.” That’s why almost every
Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket
full of shrimp – and a grateful heart.
Song
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks…
On YouTube….
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Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of
God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and
evermore, Amen.

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Message Sunday 30th Aug 2020

Message
Today should have been our ‘Songs of Praise’ Sunday service,
but as we all know, we are not able to meet together and have a
good sing! It’s not quite the same singing alone to Songs of
Praise on Sunday lunch time is it!!
I’m sure we all have a favourite hymn or two for whatever
reason: school, childhood days, Sunday School, Anniversaries,
church, ones we have heard either on the radio or tele or even
those from Christian concerts or groups. The list is endless. I
wonder if you listened to the BBC Top 10 for 2019? You may be
surprised to hear that number (10) I the Lord of sea and sky, (9)
Be still for the presence of the Lord (8) Amazing Grace (7) Guide
me O Thou great Redeemer, (6) I vow to Thee my country, (5)
Abide with me (4) Dear Lord and Father of mankind (3) In Christ
alone (2) How great Thou art and (1) Jerusalem!! A few
modern’ish’ ones, and some traditional. Some surprises there?
That’s just like us. We all have different tastes and choices in
everything we do in our daily lives. It would be pretty boring if
we all liked the same things.
Methodism was ‘Born in Song, and the words say it all: ‘Born in
Song, God’s people have always been singing. Born in song,
hearts and voices raised. So, today, we worship together. God
alone is worthy to be praised’ (Singing the Faith 21). So it’s sad,
that due to this terrible pandemic we are all going through, we
cannot join together and have a good sing, socialize with one
another, greet each other with the handshake, the loving
embrace, the smile, communion and the cuppa afterwards. Just
to be as a body of Christ altogether.
We read in the Bible, in Psalm 150: Praise the Lord. Praise Him
in his Temple, Praise His strength in heaven! Praise Him for the
mighty things He has done. Praise His supreme greatness. Praise
Him with trumpets. Praise Him with harps and lyres.
Praise Him with drums and dancing. Praise Him with harps and
flutes. Praise Him with loud cymbals. Praise Him with loud
cymbals. Praise the Lord, all living creatures! Praise the Lord (for
the Good news), ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’
Why not read it for yourself- you may even end up singing it
too!
Life is full of challenges; from the moment we are born to our
final days. Sometimes we find them difficult to face and we may
say ‘Why me? – well, why not me!’ Jesus says ‘’Come to me all
who are weary or troubled and I will give you rest” easier said
than done? Well we may think so, but if we put our faith and
trust in Him, we will overcome the storms of life. After all, Jesus’
life was full of challenges wasn’t it? He was treated by people as
a leader, a miracle worker, the Messiah, a story teller, a teacher,
a King, followed by so many – until when he was thought to be a
threat. Then they changed their minds and crucified Him – all
within that final week. But, just think how his 33 years on earth
changed so many lives both then and now. Yes, if it hadn’t been
for His life we wouldn’t be where we are today. We can worship
Him in so many ways: the thoughtful caring friend and
neighbour, the shoulder to cry on, the telephone call, card, text
or e-mail, baking and shopping – all in whatever ways we can
sharing our love for each other just as Jesus did. When I needed
a neighbour – where YOU there? One day we WILL finally be
back at church again as a church family, worshipping, singing,
reading the Bible, sharing our love with each other. So, if you’re
feeling sad or lonely, depressed or disillusioned, just think of
your favourite hymn and sing it out as loud as you can! I’m sure
it will make you feel much better. It does me! Here’s to the next
Songs of praise.
Prayer
We thank you for the gift of music and song. For the love and
friendship we find as a body of Christian people. For the beauty
of this fragile world around us. We pray for an end to this
pandemic, where so many lives have been changed, or lost. For
all Key workers: doctors nurses, care staff, ambulance, fire
service, and police; for teachers, shop workers and so many
more who have put their own lives at risk to help everyone,
serving in whatever way they can. We pray for all those in
authority who are making decisions, that they may look to you
for guidance and understanding. And lastly, we pray for
ourselves: our church, our families and friends in the
community. Give us peace and hope for a ‘bright tomorrow’.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

Song
Let ev’rything that, ev’rything that
Ev’rything that has breath praise the Lord (repeat)
Praise You in the morning, praise You in the evening
Praise You when I’m young and when I’m old
Praise You when I’m laughing, praise You when I’m grieving
Praise You ev’ry season of the soul
If we could see how much You’re worth
Your power, Your might, Your endless love
Then surely we would never cease to praise….
Praise You in the heavens, joining with the angels
Praising You forever and a day
Praise You on the earth now, joining with creation
Calling all the nations to Your praise


Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of
God and the fellow

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Aug 9th Paul

Bible Reading – Hebrews 6:19, NIV: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,” Message This is the time of year when many of you, like me would be heading off to warmer climes (although as I write this it is pretty warm here). We have often taken in a sea voyage (day trip) on our holidays. Sometimes a trip around the island we were staying on or even a trip out in the Bridlington Bell in choppy chilly weather. Our island trip usually takes in an almost deserted beach (deserted but for the three boats of day trippers who had got there first) followed by the kids jumping in the clear water, and us grown ups finding somewhere and something cool! But to get off the boat we need to descend the gang plank and walk onto the beach. Something we don’t think much about, only that bit when we step off the boat onto the gang plank which seems to be moving in the opposite direction. If at that point we looked around we would see that in the sand just ahead of us is a large Anchor stopping the boat from moving away from the beach. We often sing about anchors in church. How Jesus is our Anchor in the storms of life, and it conjures images of a boat in the midst of a storm being held safe by its anchor. Our Bible verse today says our hope (Jesus) anchors us in God’s inner sanctum, in the holy of holies. It anchors us in God’s very presence, so our anchor keeps us close to God always. No matter how long the connection between God and us becomes we are still anchored in his love.​

Song :-

You are my anchor My light and my salvation. You are my refuge, My heart will not fear. Though my foes surround me on every hand, They will stumble and fall While in grace I stand. In my day of trouble You hide me and set me above To sing this song of love. One thing I will ask of You, this will I pray: To dwell in Your house, O Lord, every day, To gaze upon Your lovely face, And rest in the Father’s embrace. Teach me Your way, Lord, Make straight the path before me. Do not forsake me, my hope is in You. As I walk through life, I am confident I will see Your goodness with every step, And my heart directs me to seek You In all that I do, So I will wait for You…

© 2001 Thankyou Music CCL 122217

Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and evermore, Amen.

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Message Rev Kate 12th Aug

Bible Reading – Matthew 15 v10 – 20: Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Message Greetings to you all – This week we look at Matthew 15:10 – 20 where Jesus is trying to teach the disciples that it’s not the ritual of clean food they need to be worried about, it’s having a clean heart, mind and importantly what comes out of your mouth to your Christian brothers and sisters. Interestingly this text is after the last two weeks when we saw Jesus having just lost his cousin John the Baptist. Consumed with grief, still having compassion for folk, healing them before feeding the 5000, and last week calming the storm, walking towards the disciples, coming to them in their hour of need. This passage if you look in your bible is wedged between yet another passage where Jesus is recorded healing all who came to him. There are many of you I know who are in need of healing, many of you I know who feel lost at sea, even in the throws of a choppy storm, and some of you for whom today’s text maybe particularly relevant too. Never​ as there been a more important time that we stick together as the body of Christ. Sisters and brothers, lets us not forget that no one has ever gone through what we are going through. While we have all gone through personal suffering, illness, storms of life, they are usually individually or as families and others have lifted us and held us through. This is a collective struggle that we are all going through, but going through differently and we will respond differently. Not all wounds can be seen, let us be as kind as we can, and as graceful and uplifting to one another. The end will come, we have to believe that. Stay strong. Stay safe x Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and evermore, Amen.

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Scott’s Message

Hello everyone.

As a player of music for worship it’s a good idea I find to have a few songs ready to play without music. The most obvious being ‘Happy Birthday to You’ which on many occasions has been requested at a moment’s notice without any warning!

There’s another song I sometimes play without music while the offering is taken up. ‘Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart’. This is useful if the offering isn’t on the order of service so I can’t plan ahead, and the words are very suitable for the occasion I think, giving thanks as your offering is given.

‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High’ is another song I’m pleased to have at my fingertips as it were. The words for the chorus stand out for me because they tell the gospel story powerfully in three lines….

‘You came from heaven to earth to show the way

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky…’

In John14:6 Jesus shows us the way “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”And of course, Jesus followed his father’s will and gave himself up to be crucified, taking the debt, the sin of the world past, present and future on His shoulders. And there was a grave ready for him (Luke 23:50-53) Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

But Jesus didn’t need that tomb for long! We celebrate that on the third day He rose from the grave and appeared to His disciples, before ascending into heaven to be back with His Father. Mark 16:19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.

Our family world (my sister June, my brother Tom and I) was changed suddenly at the end of May when our Mum suffered a stroke. I say a huge thank you to everyone who has prayed for Mum and for us since then, during a time which was made even more trying by the Covid restrictions as you can imagine. Presently we are all settling into a new situation where Mum is in residential care and is doing well.

Thinking over what has happened there have been many instances where our Lord was in control and prayers were answered, although I didn’t realise it at the time. Thank you Lord. I Lift Your Name on High.

LORD I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH

Lord I love to sing your praises;

I’m so glad you’re in my life,

I’m so glad you came to save us.

You came from Heaven to earth, to show the way,

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay,

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky,

Lord I lift your name on high.

Copyright © 1989 Maranatha! Ripley Methodist CCL 122217

Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and evermore, Amen.

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Sunday 12th July Message from Derek Mark 9 : 14 – 29

HUNGRY BEARS AND FAITH
The story is told of an atheist who woke up one morning and decided
to go for a walk. It was one of those perfect summer days. The sun
was shining brightly with not a cloud in the bright blue sky with a
slight breeze that kept you nicely cool.
As a poet put it ‘God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world’,
except that as an atheist he did not believe in God.
He came to a forest and began to stroll through it. The tall trees
stretched up to the sky covered in wonderfully green leaves with birds
singing from their branches. Wildflowers bloomed beautifully around
with rabbits running through and hares bouncing up and down
thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Suddenly he heard a grunt behind him and turned to see an
enormously big brown bear coming after him with arms wide open
and his sharp claws extended, and it looked as if he had not eaten for
some time.
The atheist turned and ran as fast as he could with the big brown
bear pursuing him. He reckoned that he was doing all right when he
tripped on a root and fell down. He looked up and saw the big brown
hungry bear staring down on him from above. “Oh God help me “he
cried out. “What” said God, “All your life you have been an atheist and
not believed in me. Surely you would be the world’s biggest hypocrite
to change your mind right now?” “That’s true” said the atheist, “But
please God, could you at least make the Bear a Christian? ““So be it
“said God. At that the big brown hungry bear bowed his head, shut his
eyes, put his paws together and said. “For what I am about to receive
Lord, make me truly thankful”.
That’s the story which I hope raised a smile. But it also has a
message, if not several messages. First, be careful what you pray for,
you might get it!
Secondly, it is not only bears who should be thankful for food and all
the good things that are ours for the asking. A glance at any TV news
reel will show us how fortunate we are when compared with so many
in our world.
We live in a country not at war, food on our table, a roof over our
heads a wonderful Health Service, with friends and family to comfort
us.
Then thirdly it questions us, “What makes a Christian? “
Not just someone who goes to Church each Sunday. Although that is
a very good thing. We meet with other Christians to pray and sing
together, refreshing our faith with inspiring words and warm
fellowship. It also acts as a witness that we are Christians as folk see
us on our way to Church. But that is something that we have been
denied during this ‘lockdown’ period. We have learned to find other
ways to worship. Sharing in services on the TV or radio or with
churches on our laptop screens. The telephone has been a godsend
as we have chatted shrinking the miles between us. We have been
reminded that the church is not a building but the people of God, with
a common faith outlined in our Creeds and summarised in the hymns
we sing. For we Methodists not so much say our faith as sing it in the
hymns of Wesley and Christians down the ages.
We study our Bibles, meditate on the meaning helped by
commentaries and pray familiar and extempore prayers, and reason
together on the big questions of life and our place in it all. Above all
we allow Jesus to lead us in the confidence that we are loved by God
as if we were the only ones for whom he cares. As our new Methodist
President said in his inaugural address, “Together we are a
movement for prayer, for worship, for receiving and sharing God’s
love and for giving to those in need. “
Perhaps all of this is summed up in John Wesley’s
“Rule for Christian Living “:-

Do all the Good you can,
By all the Means you can,
In all the Ways you can,
In all the Places you can,
At all the Times you can,
To all the People you can,
As long as Ever ….You Can ! “
God Bless You All Derek Davidson
Blessing – May the Grace

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Sunday 5th July 2020 Exodus 19:2-8

Exodus 19:2-8 New International Version (NIV)
2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai,
and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 3 Then
Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain
and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and
what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4
‘You yourselves have seen
what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and
brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my
covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured
possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6
you [a] will be for me
a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are
to speak to the Israelites.”
7
So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set
before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to
speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything
the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.
New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973,
1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights
reserved worldwide.
With the lockdown starting to come to an end, life will not be how it
was on 22nd March 2020, we are looking at new ways of doing things.
Shopping, going out, visiting friends, having our hair cut we have
learned new phrases like social distancing, hand sanitising, 2m
rule. Social Bubbles and so much more. However, we have an
unchanging God, who’s love for each of us hasn’t changed. Moses had
been chosen to lead the people from Egypt and into the wilderness to
prepare them ready to receive the promise of the new land.
As we start to be allowed back out again into a world where many
have not been out other than for exercise and shopping things will be
different. Some of us have been at work and have experienced the
changes. With change comes new opportunities. Many have made
new friends by phone or social media. With weekly contacts and
updates.
With change comes new opportunities. Many have made new friends
by phone or social media. With weekly contacts and updates.
Watching worship on TV, YouTube and Facebook and in other ways.
Random acts of kindness. As we start to look at our worship over the
coming weeks and consider how we can meet again safely in our
churches. We will be like the early people of Israel who had faith in
God and the promises of God that he would look after them in their
new life. So, we will need to rely on Jesus promises as we go in a new
direction and do things differently.
Let us seeks Gods direction in all we do as we start to look at meeting
again.
Jesus Promised
28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


There Is A Day

CCL 122217

Chorus
We will meet Him in the air
And then we will be like Him
For we will see Him as He is
Oh yeah
Then all hurt and pain will cease
And we’ll be with Him forever
And in His glory we will live
Oh yeah oh yeah
Verse 1
There is a day
That all creation’s waiting for
A day of freedom
And liberation for the earth
And on that day
The Lord will come to meet His bride
And when we see Him
In an instant we’ll be changed
CCL 122217

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Message from Kate taken from the service prepared to be used nationally by The Methodist Church for this Sunday

Message from Kate taken from the service prepared to be used nationally by The Methodist Church for this Sunday. Ruth 4:13 – 16 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Naomi gains a son 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: ‘ Praise be to the L ORD , who this day has not left you without a guardian – redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter – in – law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth. ’ 16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. Time to Reflect Ruth was a wise and capable woman concerned with surviving as a foreigner in a strange land. She put the needs of her family before herself and was rewarded by the love of her daughter – in – law Naomi ’ s loyalty and love. Together they made a new life for themselves. The pathway not always easy, but faith in God and a focus on a loving relationship sustained them until a fruitful end is seen when Ruth is accepted by the community in Bethlehem, Naomi ’ s needs are met, Land is restored, a daughter secured and she received another son Obed who is seen as a sign of restoration for all that has been lost. For many of us going through these strange times, we two can feel lost, confused, some feel displaced that the land we thought was ours now ’ s feels foreign to us perhaps even unsafe for some. The story of Ruth is a reminder that whatever difficult time we may face that through the Amazing, transforming Grace of God made closer to us through the sacrificial giving of his Son on the cross we will see restoration. It may not be in the familiar land which we started off in, it may look and feel very different but it is still ​our home and God made real through Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit will walk the land with us – that is his Amazing, transforming Grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me I once was lost,

but now am found Was blind but now I see

………………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk Songwriters: John Newton

Amazing Grace lyrics © i2i Musikproduktions – und Musikverlagsgesellschaft mbH CCL 122217

And a more modern Version :-

Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore, Amen.

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Sunday 21st June Moses Speaks to the people

Exodus 19:2-8 New International Version (NIV)

After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,  you [a] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak.  The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

New International Version (NIV)

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With the lockdown starting to come to an end, life will not be how it was on 22nd March 2020, we are looking at new ways of doing things.

Shopping, going out, visiting friends, having our hair cut we have learned new phrases like social distancing, hand sanitising, 2m rule.  Social Bubbles and so much more. However, we have an unchanging God, who’s love for each of us hasn’t changed. Moses had been chosen to lead the people from Egypt and into the wilderness to prepare them ready to receive the promise of the new land.

As we start to be allowed back out again into a world where many have not been out other than for exercise and shopping things will be different. Some of us have been at work and have experienced the changes. With change comes new opportunities. Many have made new friends by phone or social media.  With weekly contacts and updates.

With change comes new opportunities. Many have made new friends by phone or social media.  With weekly contacts and updates. Watching worship on TV, YouTube and Facebook and in other ways.

Random acts of kindness. As we start to look at our worship over the coming weeks and consider how we can meet again safely in our churches.  We will be like the early people of Israel who had faith in God and the promises of God that he would look after them in their new life. So, we will need to rely on Jesus promises as we go in a new direction and do things differently.

Let us seeks Gods direction in all we do as we start to look at meeting again.

Jesus Promised 

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

There Is A Day

Chorus

We will meet Him in the air
And then we will be like Him
For we will see Him as He is
Oh yeah
Then all hurt and pain will cease
And we’ll be with Him forever
And in His glory we will live
Oh yeah oh yeah

Verse 1

There is a day
That all creation’s waiting for
A day of freedom
And liberation for the earth
And on that day
The Lord will come to meet His bride
And when we see Him
In an instant we’ll be changed

CCL 122217

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