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)

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

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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14 th June 2020 MHA Sunday Prayers and Reflections

Opening prayers – (From MHA) God of all that is, we praise you for your goodness and your kindness that you bestow on your people. Throughout your word we read stories of the lowly being lifted up, the outsiders being included, your love is for all people and knows no bounds. You showed your ultimate love by coming amongst us as one of us, leaving behind all heavenly splendour to experience the joys and hurts, highs and lows, laughter and tears, hopes and disappointments. Yet you remained obedient and full of love, and lived, served and died for us. You were raised from the dead and offer us everlasting life. And so we declare your holiness, majesty and beauty that radiates from all that is around us. And we, along with all creation shout praise to you. Glory, power and praise be given to you O, God. –

Confession As we recognise your goodness and love, all that you have given to us, in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, your continued presence through your Holy Spirit, we recall in our minds the things we do, think and say that fall short of all that you call us to be. As we reflect on kindness, and remember you and your words, and our experience of the past days, forgive us for times when we have chosen not to be kind, and times when we missed an opportunity to offer kindness. We think of our relationships, those close to us who we let down; those who we might not even know their name but to whom we could have been kinder; the world we inhabit and the needs of this planet and ways in which we have been unkind in caring for it.

Silence Lord forgive us, and renew us in the power of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you. –

Thanksgiving We give thanks for your faithfulness to us. For the outpouring of your love and grace and for all that you have promised to us. For your love that has guided us through life, and will continue to be with us. We give thanks for communities of kindness, where all are included and made to feel welcome. We give thanks for individuals who through their words and actions are a blessing to those they meet. We thank you that you call us to be part of your Kingdom in the here and now, and that you choose to work through us so that others too may be blessed.

Lord’s Prayer Hymn (Singing the Faith 256) When I needed a neighbour

Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8 The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

The Twelve Apostles Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax- collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Reflection More than any other disciple Matthew must have known how much it would have cost to follow Jesus, yet he didn’t hesitate and he did indeed follow him. When he left his Tax collectors booth, his only earthly guarantee was unemployment in that moment. For some of the others they could return to their old jobs of fishing but for Matthew there would never be a ‘going back’ Jesus gave him a new life from that moment and he embraced it. He was now an accepted person transformed and made new, for a despised tax collector we can only begin to imagine how he must have felt. Jesus gave Mathew a new ​purpose for his skill, yet the only transferable skill in that moment seemed to be his ability to record, yet God used that and Mathew became a really good recorded and we see that the gospel bears witness to that. The story that Matthew records is of Jesus journey, a story of compassion on people who are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’ and Jesus call to send out labourers into this harvest, feels very much that these times are with us again, by summoning the 12 together, he calls those he loves, trusts and gives authority to preach, to heal the sick, cast out the demons reminding them that the kingdom of God has come near. Right now, people are lonely, frightened, lost, unsure of what the future looks like and what to do for the best. Do they go out, meet with friends and family, are they safe? will they become ill? We as a church are looking at the consequence of opening up our buildings and the regulations that have to put into place and those with the gifts and skills of leaderships are being tested to make sure we can do so while offering the greatest degree of safely to all concerned. ‘The harvest is great but the labourers are few’. You may be called upon to play a different role, like Matthew as we move forward, called out of your booth into a role or position that previously you felt unprepared for. The call is on each and everyone of us as disciples and followers to listen to the voice of God, discern through prayer the right way forward, then act justly and with wisdom and grace in his name, knowing that it is through the power of God that we will be enabled to do all things and not through our own power. Amen

Prayers of intercession We prayer for the world in which we live, for those countries where lives have been lost and chaos seems to be overwhelming people We prayer for the Church as it tries to find its way forward while keeping the whole body of Christ together We prayer for the country, for the leaders that they may have wisdom, grace and feel your presence in their decision making We prayer for our communities for those front line workers those we see and those we don’t for those who have returned to work, afraid and those who have lost jobs, we pray for teachers and children returning to schools and ask your blessing on each and everyone, for those who are ill, lonely bereaved, and suffering in any way place your healing hand upon them We pray for ourselves and loved ones and all on our own hearts today – in Jesus name

Let us say the Lords prayer together Amen

Hymn (Singing the Faith 76) Give me joy in my heart

Go in love and peace to service the Lord and the blessing of God father, son and Holy spirit be with you all now and forevermore Amen

purpose for his skill, yet the only transferable skill in that moment seemed to be his ability to record, yet God used that and Mathew became a really good recorded and we see that the gospel bears witness to that. The story that Matthew records is of Jesus journey, a story of compassion on people who are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’ and Jesus call to send out labourers into this harvest, feels very much that these times are with us again, by summoning the 12 together, he calls those he loves, trusts and gives authority to preach, to heal the sick, cast out the demons reminding them that the kingdom of God has come near. Right now, people are lonely, frightened, lost, unsure of what the future looks like and what to do for the best. Do they go out, meet with friends and family, are they safe? will they become ill? We as a church are looking at the consequence of opening up our buildings and the regulations that have to put into place and those with the gifts and skills of leaderships are being tested to make sure we can do so while offering the greatest degree of safely to all concerned. ‘The harvest is great but the labourers are few’. You may be called upon to play a different role, like Matthew as we move forward, called out of your booth into a role or position that previously you felt unprepared for. The call is on each and everyone of us as disciples and followers to listen to the voice of God, discern through prayer the right way forward, then act justly and with wisdom and grace in his name, knowing that it is through the power of God that we will be enabled to do all things and not through our own power. Amen Prayers of intercession We prayer for the world in which we live, for those countries where lives have been lost and chaos seems to be overwhelming people We prayer for the Church as it tries to find its way forward while keeping the whole body of Christ together We prayer for the country, for the leaders that they may have wisdom, grace and feel your presence in their decision making We prayer for our communities for those front line workers those we see and those we don’t for those who have returned to work, afraid and those who have lost jobs, we pray for teachers and children returning to schools and ask your blessing on each and everyone, for those who are ill, lonely bereaved, and suffering in any way place your healing hand upon them We pray for ourselves and loved ones and all on our own hearts today – in Jesus name​Let us say the Lords prayer together Amen Hymn (Singing the Faith 76) Give me joy in my heart Go in love and peace to service the Lord and the blessing of God father, son and Holy spirit be with you all now and forevermore Amen

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Message from Kate 14th June

Message from Kate
Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8
The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he
saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a
shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful,
but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest
to send out labourers into his harvest.’
The Twelve Apostles
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them
authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure
every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the
twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his
brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother
John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the taxcollector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the
Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
The Mission of the Twelve
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go
nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the
Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of
heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse
the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give
without payment.
Reflection
More than any other disciple Matthew must have known how
much it would have cost to follow Jesus, yet he didn’t hesitate
and he did indeed follow him. When he left his Tax collectors
booth, his only earthly guarantee was unemployment in that
moment. For some of the others they could return to their old
jobs of fishing but for Matthew there would never be a ‘going
back’. Jesus gave him a new life from that moment and he
embraced it. He was now an accepted person transformed and
made new, for a despised tax collector we can only begin to
imagine how he must have felt. Jesus gave Mathew a new
purpose for his skill, yet the only transferable skill in
that moment seemed to be his ability to record, yet God used
that and Mathew became a really good recorded and we see
that the gospel bears witness to that.
The story that Matthew records is of Jesus journey, a story of
compassion on people who are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’
and Jesus call to send out labourers into this harvest, feels very
much that these times are with us again, by summoning the 12
together, he calls those he loves, trusts and gives authority to
preach, to heal the sick, cast out the demons reminding them
that the kingdom of God has come near.
Right now, people are lonely, frightened, lost, unsure of what
the future looks like and what to do for the best. Do they go out,
meet with friends and family, are they safe? Will they become
ill? We as a church are looking at the consequence of opening
up our buildings and the regulations that have to be put into
place and those with the gifts and skills of leaderships are being
tested to make sure we can do so while offering the greatest
degree of safely to all concerned. ‘The harvest is great but the
labourers are few’.
You may be called upon to play a different role, like Matthew as
we move forward, called out of your booth into a role or
position that previously you felt unprepared for. The call is on
each and everyone of us as disciples and followers to listen to
the voice of God, discern through prayer the right way forward,
then act justly and with wisdom and grace in his name, knowing
that it is through the power of God that we will be enabled to do
all things and not through our own power.
Amen
Cornerstone
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name ………
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI
Lyrics: Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan CCL 122217

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Weekly Message 7th June 2020

We all know the story of Zacchaeus, Don’t we? No! well Bibles out it is in Luke 9:1-10, right now you know the story of Zacchaeus. Jesus is travelling to Jerusalem and is passing through Jericho that’s a city to the North East of Jerusalem near the dead sea. The crowds were out to see Jesus that day probable because he had healed a blind man on his way into the city and word had got around. So the crowds are out and Zacchaeus being short can’t see for the crowd and goes and climbs a tree for a better look. Quite what his motives are is unclear from the bible passage but he was obviously curious about Jesus. Jesus Does no more than walk under the tree and stop and call Zacchaeus down and tell him he is stopping at his house. Much to the crowds disdain “Look he’s Staying at a sinners house” because Zacchaeus was a tax collector for the Romans, a collaborator and he was considered a thief, he collected taxes for the Romans and added a bit on for him self. So wealthy, but not very popular.

Jesus inviting him self into Zacchaeus’s house obviously made an impression with him and caused him to change his ways (repent) and pay back the money he had twisted out of people.

Jesus visited Zacchaeus He called him by name (from the tree) He visits us and calls us by name were ever we are and asks us to change our ways, and it is up to us whether we accept.

Luke 19:10 The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.”

Zacchaeus was a very little man
And a very little man was he
He climbed up into a sycamore tree
For the Saviour he wanted to see


And when the Saviour passed that way
He looked into the tree
And said, “Now, Zacchaeus, you come down
For I’m coming to your house for tea”

Because He lives (Amen) https://youtu.be/rFPsyjCnwjU

I believe in the Son I believe in the risen one

I believe I overcome By the power of his blood

Amen Amen I’m alive I’m alive Because He lives

Amen Amen Let my song Join the one that never ends

Because He lives

I was dead in the grave I was covered in sin and shame

I heard mercy call my name He rolled the stone away

Amen Amen I’m alive I’m alive Because He lives

Amen Amen Let my song Join the one that never ends

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives Every fear is gone

I know He holds my life my future in His hands

© 2014 Songwriters CASH, ED / GAITHER, BILL / TOMLIN, CHRIS / INGRAM, JASON / CARSON, DANIEL / GAITHER, GLORIA / MAHER, MATT Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Strange Times Sunday 31st May Worship ?

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Message – Pentecost 31st May 2020

(Acts 21-21) Pentecost saw crowds of followers of Christ together, in Luke’s account of the coming of the Holy spirit — an event which must have been terrifying, but also exhilarating for those gathered together.  

During lockdown our churches have been closed, and we have explored new ways of worship.  The services and chats online are reaching people on the other side of the world, and also being watched by those outside our membership.  Daily, we see acts of kindness, shopping, baking, phoning around, delivering worship and newsletters for those not online, all done through the power of the spirit.

At Pentecost the spirit came as wind and fire, a strong force, but sometimes the Holy Spirit comes quietly into our lives, through a word, a song, a warmth in hearts, touching us with God’s love, a still small voice of calm.  

The spirit has existed since before creation, hovering over the waters. Working in our lives, promised by Jesus when he returned to His Father: through the spirit He gives us his energy, his power to enable us to do all things in his strength.  This wonderful gift is freely available to all who call on Him, all who follow Him and all who trust in Him.  All we need to do is ask to be filled to overflowing with this gift.

Prayer Faithful God, we come to you in lockdown, crying out for the power of the Holy Spirit.  Lord, send your spirit to us, rain down on us, fill us, feed us until our hearts are overflowing with your love, your strength and your power.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Blessings to you all in this difficult time. Kath

Song

Holy Spirit come

Holy Spirit come

Heal our hearts our lives

Cleanse our thoughts our minds

Holy Spirit come Oh come to us

Holy Spirit fall

Holy Spirit fall

Drench us with Your love

Fill our lives with peace

Holy Spirit fall Oh fall on us

Holy Spirit flow

Holy Spirit flow

Lead us in Your will

Empowered to proclaim

Holy Spirit flow

Oh flow through us

Lyrics: Hillsong Worship

Music: Hillsong Worship

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 31st May Useful worship Links

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Faith can be
      seen - The Alternativists archive - Medium

The Methodist Church link for services:

www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

The
        language and politics of hope - Making Science Public

Kate’s Worship can be found on the following Facebook page at 10.30:

@strangetimes2020

The Meaning of Love - Joshua Hehe - Medium

Trinity Church Cheltenham 10am and 6pm:
http://trinitycheltenham.com/

Faith, hope and love - Faith Hope Love - Sticker |
            TeePublic UK

St Andrews at Langley Mill:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85705723703

Faith Hope
        Love scripture 1 cor 13.13" Baby One-Piece by ...
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