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Reflections from Troy - our Family Worker

Tuesday 31st March


We are now entering into Holy Week and this Sunday 5th April will be Palm Sunday. 


What joy it is to hear those great words heard "Hosanna" when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt. In this one great act He declares Himself as the King of Kings. 


Stop and reflect a minute on what this means.


Jesus is setting the stage so that He can walk the darkest week of His earthly life for our Salvation. 

Oh, praise His name on high for taking away the sins of the world. 

This Holy Week give thanks to God our Father for His eternal mercies on our lives. 

Amen. 


Let us remember that as Christians we believe in the Creator God, in Jesus Christ as our living Saviour and in the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us in our lives today.  


As Methodists we believe we need to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. 


In Ephesians 1:22-23 we are told that "He [Jesus] put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things top the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." 


In this season of Lent and Reflection 

as we now draw closer to the Cross, 

let us do so in adoration and praise. 

Let us give thanks and remember the words of Jesus

 when He said that 

"No one comes to the Father, except through me, (John 14:6).

"Let us kneel in humble adoration for what He has done for us."


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Lent 5

Sunday 29th March

The Crown of Thorns


Reading – Matthew 27: 27-31


Let us pray: Lord Jesus, we hate being humiliated, yet it is nothing compared with yours on that first Good Friday. Enable all your people to withstand humiliation, but especially if it is for your sake, we pray.


(We would have added a Crown of thorns and tear drop to the road of tears.  Visualise this in your mind)


Leader: Lord Jesus, we take a moment to think about those who are making a courageous stand for You and are undergoing humiliation before others as a result. We pray for those seeking to stand for Christ at school, university or in the work place and for those whose careers or spheres of influence involve difficult issues against which they may be called to speak out against.

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All: Lord Jesus, empower all your people to prize the glory of your name above our own reputations, statuses and success, and be close to us always, as you promised, in both the joy and humiliation that follow. Amen.


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Just a thought on Psalm 46 - Thursday 26 March



Message from Troy - our Family Worker - March 25th 2020

It took man years to figure out that if we wash our hands it reduces the risk of cross contamination. Today this is the cry from the Medical staff (Wash your hands). God however, knew it all along: ”Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded,” (James 4:8). I think through this crises I will listen to Him because clearly He knew all along what He was doing.Troy 25.03.20

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A prayer from Rev Paul Donnison - March 24th 2020

Lord God You came among us in Jesus Christ Your Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Save us now we pray.

We pray for those who are sick and those on the frontline of the NHS.

We pray for those countries who have no organized health care system

We pray for politicians with such enormous decisions to make.

We pray for scientists that they might discover vaccines and new testing strategies
For manufacturers of medical equipment and those in the food supply chain
That we might all embrace social distancing, reduce the infection rate, and save lives.
And in it all, may we know a peace that passes understanding.

Amen

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Message from our Minister - Rev Peter Brown


MOTHERING SUNDAY GREETING - March 22nd 2020


I greet you this Mothering Sunday, entrusting you all to God’s grace and love, praying that you will be sustained by his peace, unfailingly love, and mercy. I want to remind you that “God is our refuge and strength, a very presence help in times of trouble”(Psalm 46:1). 


I am inspired by the story of Martin Rinkart, the German Clergyman, who from humble beginnings, went to the University of Leipzig to study music before taking Holy Orders.  At the age of thirty-one, he went as the archdeacon to his hometown of Eilenburg in Saxony. He lived through the thirty years war and saw pestilence, plagues, and famines. He endured multiple privations and challenges as he served and ministered to his people; challenges which he faced with a courageous faith that was undimmed, unbowed, and unbroken. 

One day he went into his study and penned these inspirational words which carry in these anxious and troubled times fresh resonance and poignancy especially with today being Mothering Sunday:

“Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices, 
Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices; 
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love and still us ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed; 
And free us from ills in this world and the next.

All Praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven, 
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore, 
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore. 

I want to to take this opportunity to honour all the women among us; those who are mothers or remembering mothers; those who are not mothers by choice, those who have chosen not to be mothers and those who have been like a mother to others. To all you dear ladies and sisters - you are indeed our brightest lights, greatest gifts, strongest support, wisest mentors, and sweetest inspiration. Just what would we do without YOU? Today we celebrate you and thank God for the wonderful blessing and gift that you are to the church and community.

Have a  blessed and wonderful Mothering Sunday. 

Peter

 

Gracious God,

This year Mothering Sunday is difficult for so many people:
difficult for those who cannot worship in their church building today, difficult for those who cannot be with their Mum’s today because they are older or have an underlying health condition,
difficult for those who have lost their Mum’s and difficult for those who have never fulfilled their desire to have children.

Loving God,
We lift before you all for whom this day is difficult, remembering that your are our Heavenly Father and Mother, who loves each and every one of your children.
Be with us all this day and let us know your presence,
bringing us your peace and filling us with your infinite love.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
and by the power of the Holy Spirit we pray.

Amen. 

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Thought of the Day by Jan - March 20th 2020




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