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)

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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