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Tuesday September 1st 2020
Blackheath and Halesowen Pastoral Letter
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord….”
God to be glorified
Saturday August 1st 2020
Blackheath and Halesowen Pastoral Letter
(based on Psalm 51)
God is good, and during the Covid19 lockdown I have had the chance to do two things that are important to me. One is to start to “Lernen Deutsch” with Mareike so that “Ich kann mit meiner Familie sprechen,” (I can speak with my family in German). And the other is to read and meditate on God’s Word by reading the Bible from the beginning to the end with a section a night.
From this reading I now use one particular Psalm as a nightly prayer – Psalm 51. This is because in this Psalm I see all elements for prayer, and through this great Psalm of King David, I am reminded that the most important element during this time of lockdown is to be close to God and to seek His face. This Psalm helps me to do that because it is the language of the repentant and broken spirit within me, that allows me to be humble and thankful to Him for His Salvation, and to be submissive to His Word. This is also true when I am learning German as I need to be humble,
patient, and have a teachable spirit to learn the language well.
this because what I have noticed on social media recently are some disturbing arguments over wearing masks or not during this time. It seems that what is filling the minds, even of some Christians, is to argue using scripture for their reasons not to wear a mask. They are so consumed in this mindset, that they have become blind to the reality that we are protecting our own lives, and the lives of other people. They also ignore the fact that we need to protect our brothers and sisters on the frontline of our medical care, who are fighting to save peoples lives on a daily basis.
Now I will admit, I do not like wearing a mask, but as a responsible Son of the King I am accountable if I ever caught Covid19 or if I gave it to someone else. It is my responsibility to be humble, patient, and have a teachable spirit, that is willing to let what I think is right for the sake of other people go. It is not for me to be self- centred, only thinking of myself and my wants or concerns.
In the Church community it is the responsibility of us all to lead the way in these times, so that we are the forefront and the difference to the world around us. Because today we have a unique opportunity to stand up and proclaim the Gospel to a world that needs answers. The Church should be focusing on “rebuilding the walls” out of lockdown so that we can be there for the people in need. Our challenge is not mundane reasoning whether to wear a mask or not. The true challenge for the Church is to take our walk with the Lord seriously, and after this pandemic be open pastorally for the sick, the broken, and the lost who need Christ. Today people need believers to stand up and give an answer about the hope that we have in Christ. They do not need to observe Christians debating pointless arguments demonstrating pride and not the willingness to learn.
God is good, and just like Him sending Nehemiah to rebuild the walls in Jerusalem, He also sends other people with gifts and talents to build up the spiritual
temple which is our true home. And just like He sent Ezra into Jerusalem, He sends us His Word so that we can study it and learn the true language of the Bible, and say along with King David: “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” I often wonder in these last days, ‘Do we need to be more intentional of coming out of the World and start following the real Christ?’ Amen.
Troy, Joseph & Peter
Monday July 20th 2020
Blackheath and Halesowen Pastoral Letter
TITLE: THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE
Words such as ‘COVID-19’ and ‘coronavirus’ have not only impacted and
transformed our vocabulary, the pandemic has changed the socio-political
landscape and created a seismic shift in our thinking which has left
governments and institutions scrambling to reinvent themselves and develop
fresh ways to engage and serve their communities.
Digital worship has become the defining worship
experience of these challenging times.
Our mission is to serve; our resolve remains strong, passionate, and purposeful.
In the midst of all the debates about the future of the church, the cynicism and despair, we need to remind ourselves that the church is Jesus’ idea and not ours. He said: “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it...” (Matt.16:18). The church will always survive whatever the mishaps, missteps, or cultural trend that is happening around us.
The church has an incredible history of overcoming and breaking through in every generation to share the love of Christ with a broken world. To the cynics and critics, who have long predicted the end of the church, we can say with utter confidence that “the reports of the church’s death are greatly exaggerated.” Every generation experiences change. My Father-in-law is ninety-three years of age. It is simply amazing the magnitude and scale of changes that he has experienced in his relatively short lifetime. The truth is, while some people fear change others ride the wave and reap the benefits. In the same vain the current challenges might prove to be too much, and churches and entire denomination might expire. The difference will be between those who robustly cling to God's mission and those who cling to their model of the church.
opportunity. Why? They had lost sight of their mission. Their mission was not trains but transportation. The car represented a revolution in human transportation which allowed people to travel at a level they could not have before with the added benefits of freedom and independence. Had the railway Barons understood their mission they could have been the first to invest in this transportation revolution and the returns would have been astronomical.
God’s mission is the main thing. As someone has said, “The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” We need to stay focused on our mission (leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ) while investing in growing our innovative and creativity base. Again, we can learn some vital lessons from the business world. Companies that show innovation and creativity around their mission, such as Samsung and Apple, always outperform those companies that remain devoted to their methods such as Kodak. Look at the changes that have occurred in the music industry over the past two decades. Look at the trend. The mission remains music, but the model is always shifting... moving from 8 tracks, cassettes and CDs to MP3s and now streaming audio and video. Our models and methods may change but without mission - God's mission remains the same.
We are at our best when we gather together to demonstrate our oneness and unity because that act of gathering far surpasses our individual efforts. Being the Body of Christ in this new environment means that our gatherings, rather than suffering terminal decline, would have undergone a metamorphosis, a rebirth, a resurrection, a transformation into a radical community that is ecclesial in nature but looks very different in terms of our organisational structure and missional engagement.
Some people are beginning to ask the question, given this extended period of lock down, is the mega Church dead? There is nothing inherently bad about mega churches.
The Churches in Jerusalem and Ephesus were significant in terms of their size and missional reach. What we should focus on is effectiveness rather than size. In that regard there are effective mega churches as well as effective small churches.
My personal hunch is that in the future we will continue to see multiple
expressions of the church in terms of size, relevance, and effectiveness. Some
large churches will multiply significantly. We will also see multiple expressions
of the same church happening at different locations at the same time or at
different times to suit the missional needs of the local community. Under a
structure of shared leadership, churches will meet in places ranging from large
arenas to simple venues such as restaurants, coffee shops, hotel lobbies, fast
food outlets, and homes under a missional structure that is light weight and
low maintenance. The effectiveness of the church in this new paradigm will
not be about our size but how well we make disciples. Here is a challenge that
we need to wrap our minds around: if you make disciples, you will always get
the church. But if you make a church, you will rarely get disciples. We are not
called to assimilate people into the life of the church but to make
One of the fruitless assumptions that is embraced by many churches is that increased attendance will drive engagement. In this new environment it is the engaged that will attend because only the engaged will remain. This represents an exciting shift because, throughout history, the church was at its best when engagement drove attendance.
For years we have held on to the assumption that the more a church grew, the
more activity it should offer. The more people in attendance the busier the
schedule should become. This led to a programmatic approach to ministry.
witness and not compete with their already overloaded agenda. One of the
vital lessons we need to learn in this new missional milieu is that churches that
focus their energies on the few things they identify as their unique best will
emerge as the most effective churches moving forward. Remember, less is
more because it releases you to be more focused, dynamic, and intentional.
This pandemic has been disruptive in terms of its social, spiritual, economic
and political impact and revolutionary in terms of the ideas it has spawned
and crystallised. We need to pay attention to these emerging trends because
they are, and will continue to play, a significant part in shaping the way we live
in the present and the future. The use of Digital technology has exploded
which includes the boom of web-based businesses such as Zoom and local
digital production through technologies such as 3D printing. There is no need
for me to elaborate extensively on the benefits of 3D printing in these
deliberations but one cannot underestimate its role, contribution, and impact
in the current crisis for creating PPEs and other critical components and parts
for equipment and machinery in the current battle with this pandemic.
buildings. They have adapted by digitising their content and ‘meeting’ in each
other’s homes digitally, a response that takes us back to a format that strongly
resonates with the church’s roots and early missional impulse.
How we manage this new digital space will have serious
consequences in terms of safety, safeguarding and legal liability. Safety
protocols should not be seen as barriers to this ‘new world’, rather they are
our friend or critical friend on this journey.
It is not a substitute for the gathered church which requires physical presence and human relationships. The church at its best is a gathered experience and nothing can supplement this vital part of being the Body of Christ and having relationships that are real, open, vulnerable, deeply fulfilling, and accountable
When the dust of the pandemic has settled, pastors, church leaders, and missiologists will have much to say about the emergence of online ministry and the new role of online Church as a missional tool.
I believe that online Church will become the shop window or front door of the Church for those who are curious, unconvinced, or who want to retain a sense of anonymity while exploring what Christianity is all about. We engage in the same process when we shop online. Rarely do we purchase a product however attractive, without first reading the online reviews or visit a place of interest
without scrutinising the myriads of visitor comments to satisfy our interest or
curiosity that this is a wise investment or a worthwhile trip.
The church of the future starts here. It represents the new normal to which we have arrived, only we are still trying to figure out the contours and important landmarks of our new environment. The challenges we face at this juncture in our history should be met with the same counter-cultural combination of humility, grace, boldness, and expectation of God’s manifest presence that characterised the pioneering pilgrimage of the early church and other periods of renewal and vitality in the life of the church. I pray that we may all see this crisis as a God given opportunity for reflection, repentance, spiritual renewal, and a renewed call to fresh missional engagement to make disciples.
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Sunday May 31st 2020
Blackheath and Halesowen Pastoral Letter
“The Lord Almighty is with us…” (Psalm 46)
By God’s grace and strength we have completed another month in isolation for which I thank God.
Not knowing what is awaiting us in the days to come we shall continue to trust God because He knows what is ahead and He will sustain us. Therefore, let us offer all that is known and also the unknown to Jesus, all for Jesus.
It will not disappear so soon but will present a continuing challenge for us to live our lives carefully and meaningfully to be fruitful in all that we intend to do. Therefore, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ( Hebrews 4:16 NIV). In the light of the government advice and Church office, it is a challenge for us to see how we are preparing ourselves in terms of worship, different activities and fellowship groups in relation to our Mission and Ministry. This matters for all who have responsibility and duty of care for people in our churches. It is not what we wish or intend to do for one day but the greater question is what Next after every next?? So let us place our lives into his caring hands,
2. What are we going to let go,
3. What are we going to bring out with us and how are we going to live our lives in relationship with each other and God?
I am aware that while trying to do different things in order to meet the needs of families, we also need to pay careful pastoral attention to the older generation…. Once upon a time they were always young and energetic like some of us today and that is how they have established the existing Christian witness and built the buildings for us to come together to worship. So how are we going to rise up to re-build the broken, damaged walls today so that we may also leave a lasting legacy beyond our boxes for another generation to know Christ and worship God?
I am conscious that with all our difficulties, we are brought to a situation to use the opportunity to renew our faith in Christ and to know that the God we have been worshipping all these years is not dead and abandoned us but he is with us, He will strengthens us to follow him till we complete the race on this planet.
“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).
In times like these we are called to be firm and hold fast to the hope we have claimed all these years because the one who has called us is faithful and he will see us through.
CV19 will continue to change our way of living, thinking, relationships, attitudes and how we spend our remaining life in serving God. I pray that when the restrictions are eased, people may have the courage to trust each other, confidence to start fresh by maintaining any social distances and be liberated from any fear that may hold any one back from joining the fellowships. I also pray that people may experience fresh healing touch of Christ in their body, mind and soul; that they may also experience reconciliation to God and to their past months in order to trust him for the grace to move on; that they may know that our life is God’s gift, every morning when God wakes us up he places eternity in our hands, empowers us to live that eternity today and therefore recognise that this life will pass away soon without our permission. As we are not here on this planet forever, let us live the eternity today with a sense that every day is the last day of our life on this earth. Therefore, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews. 10:22 NIV).
Be assured of my prayers for you all.
God bless you all. With much appreciation.
Joseph, Peter, Troy
Friday May 15th 2020
Please could you watch the entirety of the Video for our Pastoral Letter. I have included the beautiful Father's Love Letter. This I feel fits what I wanted to share with you beautifully. Blessings. Troy.
Saturday 9th May 2020
A special thank you to our Minister Peter Brown for this weeks Pastoral Letter. We pray that you are blessed by his words.
Wednesday 29th April 2020
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A pause for thought from
Tony Frate at Central
Monday April 27th 2020
Saturday April 25th 2020
Our church supports the work of Action for Children
Please click on the link to find our more about this vital work
Action for Children Emergency Coronavirus Appeal
Action for Children has launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families they support across the UK and those potentially affected in the future.
Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis. Families who were already struggling are now unable to buy food and basic essentials such as nappies, cleaning products, and money for gas and electricity. They need us now more than ever.
Action for Children is working hard to make sure they can still support children and their families at this difficult time. The appeal is just one of many ways they are taking action. They are also creating more digital solutions to support where face-to-face options are limited.
Please keep the charity in your prayers. Thank you
Here is also a video promoting the Emergency Appeal:
Thursday April 23rd 2020
Now that we have come through our Easter Week I thought that you might want an overview of the New Testament. To do this I am sharing with you this video from the Bible Project called "The Overview of the New Testament." Gaining the bigger picture of what the Bible is about can help you to see a clearer picture of the Redemption plan of God. May you be blessed as you watch this short video.
Please click on the link below to hear this week's pastoral letter from Troy, Mareike and Joel. Thank you
Sunday April 19th 2020
Grateful thanks to our Minister Rev Peter Brown for writing our Circuit Pastoral Letter.
The words of Bob Dylan’s call to action, “The times they are A- Changin” ring
with fresh poignancy in these strange and embattled times. Indeed, we need
fresh vision, compassion, character, and courageous leadership that is grounded
in the hope of the Gospel, to counter the fallout of fear and anxiety, as lives and
livelihoods are threatened and put under pressure during this extended period
These are changing and challenging times with much for us to grasp and process in terms of the social, spiritual, economic and political upheaval and the plans that should be put in place for a post-COVID future. As we wrestle with these issues is it also pertinent for us to ask, “What is the Holy Spirit saying to the Church in these challenging times?” What is our mission now? What will the future look like in terms of our mission and ministry?
This period of confinement does not signal that we are being laid aside or being made redundant. I believe that the Holy Spirit is brooding over the Church during this Covid Crisis to resurrect a dynamic life giving church with a vital and transforming spirituality. Far from being laid aside in lock down, we should be God’s hands serving the needy; his feet taking his compassion and support where others fear to go; his heart showing mercy to the broken; his eyes looking with love and tenderness on the weak, vulnerable, dying and mourning reminding them that He is the God who cares.
Our working model of the church is that of a gathered body of believers meeting regularly for fellowship. We have been dispersed and in our confinement we need to find fresh ways of being the church (an effective network of believers connected to our community and each other) so that we by God’s grace may emerge from this period as a people whose faith has being refined and renewed and our mission reignited with fresh vision, fresh hope, and fresh purpose.
The disciples on that first Easter Sunday were confined with fear in the Upper Room when the risen Jesus stood among them, declared his peace over them, breathed the Holy Spirit on them, and unleashed their potential to start a new missional movement that would take the gospel to the whole world.
One of the key lessons from the Book of Acts is that these first disciples were a House Church Movement. They did not have the luxury of their own buildings
and when they were turned out of the Synagogues they simply used their family network that became the bedrock of a new missional movement where people were enfolded and discipled in the faith and became part of an extended family.
These households of faith, or extended families, became the catalyst and main driving force of the new missional movement that turned the world upside down. They were transformed into lifesaving stations; huts of refuge; places where people found unconditional love; unconditional acceptance; unconditional forgiveness. They discovered grace; met Jesus; shared their resources and did life together. They were embraced and enfolded in a family of friends and had relationships that were transparent, real, and vulnerable, and many discovered for the first time a place they could call home.
In this season of disruption and uncertainty I know that we are all longing for our spiritual home. I can just imagine the home coming parties when this is over! Cheer Up! However, might I encourage us all to continue to reach out and care for each other. It is so lovely and deeply moving to receive your news and stories through the various media platforms.
Thank you for taking the time to show your love and care in such practical ways. As we care for others, it is also vital that we care for our souls through prayer, Bible Study, reflection, reaching out to friends and neighbours with compassion and what I call practical Christianity. Soul care and acts of mercy towards others are key motivators and de-stressors that will protect us against slipping into moments of depression, discouragement, and temptations that come with the stress of these daunting times.
We continue to hold you in prayer that you may know Christ’s sufficiency in your insufficiency, and in your weakness know his power at work in you, and his presence resting upon you in your confinement.
Every blessing in Christ Jesus,
Peter, Joseph, Troy
Sunday April 12th 2020 - Easter Day
Please now take a look at our "Easter Sunday" page for the final lent liturgy, more flowers, and 'live' service
A letter from our Superintendent Minister
Rev Joseph Suray
Saturday 11th April 2020
“The joy of belonging to the Risen Christ”
Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the current time of difficulty and vulnerability , I need to be honest here: I miss meeting you all in different fellowship groups in our well-loved churches that we have cherished for ages. I understand the feeling of isolation, not being able to visit one another today. Personally as a Minister, it has been a challenge for me to not be able to visit those who are in hospitals to read the Bible, pray with them and to assure them that the Lord is with them. My heart goes out for those who have lost their beloved ones and I extend my heartfelt condolences and my sincere prayers for them during their loss. Certainly I have missed the opportunity to be with them in order to share their deep sorrow, tears, pain and to listen to the lifelong stories of their relationships. Many difficult questions are raised about God, personal faith, human suffering as well as personal questions of what to expect next, and what happens after the death.
This week, the Lord came to the end of his earthly journey, reaching Jerusalem to face his destiny. He knew the cost of submission to Father’s will: betrayal, imprisonment, crucifixion and burial. Jesus faced the challenge of redeeming humanity from sin and death by offering himself on the cross. He knew this was the only and final way to conquer sin and death, in order to bring forgiveness and hope.
Today in our isolation, we are grateful to God for the gift of technology that has enabled us to encourage and pray for one another and be assured that we are together on this journey to know that God is here. In the midst of our loneliness, pain, and sorrow, it becomes clear that nothing shall separate us from love of God. We belong to the Risen Lord and that is our joy which keeps us moving on in our Christian journey today.
Therefore I affirm what St Paul said, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39). We try to understand the amazing love of God that compelled Him to come down and dwell amongst us. God demonstrates his love for us – through Jesus - where we are reconciled to be his children, restored back to God’s family and assured forgiveness of our sins. We are bound together in him and given the blessed assurance that “Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of Glory divine”
Our hope is founded on nothing but on the Lord Jesus who was the same yesterday and shall remain the same in the forthcoming days. We are bought by his great sacrifice on the cross and we are redeemed to live and enjoy the glimpse of eternal life which comes through the power of the Resurrection. Our hope is built on the Risen Lord who said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26).
When I Struggle to explain God’s comfort and assurance of eternal life beyond our present life here on the earth, I am reminded that in Christ we are not lost but found to be with him forever. As Paul writes, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death..” (Philippians 3:8-10) We draw our comfort and confidence from these words.
We do not know where Coronavirus will take us, but I pray that while obeying the medical advice, we all continue to believe in Jesus who has gone before us, died on the cross, buried and rose again. He is not dead, Hallelujah, He is alive.
So friends, no matter what we have been going through today, may I encourage us to take heart to rejoice because Jesus is alive and be confident that he is with us even in the midst of all darkness that surrounds us today. Let us not be afraid but be bold, because Jesus is our faithful friend who knows what we go thorough. Do you remember the song which goes like this –T rust in the Lord and don’t’ despair, no matter what your troubles are, Jesus will see you through, trust when the day is bright and trust through the darkest night, every day, all the way, let us trust, trust and trust the Lord.
This is my prayer for all of us during these days to know that:
Jesus is our Rock upon which we stand today.
Jesus is our refuge where nothing will touch us today,
Jesus is our comfort which encourages us to live today,
Jesus is our hope which empowers us to live beyond today, Jesus is our peace which will not be shaken by the world today. Jesus is our confidence which helps us to face tomorrow.
Therefore let us continue to pray for the world as we prepare to meet the Risen Lord. Jesus may come in the morning,
Jesus may come in the noon time,
Jesus may come in the night any time,
So it is time to tune our hearts to meet him every time.
May I wish you all a Joyful Easter to know that we are not finished, but are just entering into New beginning to enjoy the joy of belonging to the Risen Lord.
Shalom my friends, Shalom
Rev Dr Joseph Suray
- a message from Rev Justin Welsby
- Archbishop of Canterbury
Saturday 11th April 2020
On this Holy Saturday, we are all waiting. Waiting for news. Waiting for government instructions. Waiting in the supermarkets. Waiting to see our loved ones, or hear if they are safe. Waiting for test results. Waiting for things to go back to normal.
For the friends and followers of Jesus, his crucifixion turned their worlds upside down. All their hopes and expectations were invested in this carpenter from Nazareth. They had left their jobs and homes to follow this man.
They had risked everything because they dared to believe in Jesus.
I wonder what each of Jesus’ friends and followers did on the day after his crucifixion - this day we now call Holy Saturday. Waited… but for what?
So much of our waiting in uncertainty and grief often gets channelled into activity. We can act like everything is normal and do our best to hide the pain.
But things weren’t normal anymore. Everything had changed. On the first Holy Saturday, the world was waiting for God.
The disciples didn’t know Sunday was coming; that new life was on the way. They had to go through the utter darkness, grief and pain of Saturday before the resurrection of Sunday. Things would never be the same again.
That man from Nazareth would be known as God come among us, so that death would not have the last word.
Thought of the Day - April 7th 2020
Palm Sunday Liturgy
Sunday 5th April 2020
Reading: Matthew 21: 6-11
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, the crowds shouted their hosannas; we too, praise you because you are our King.
Help us to persuade others to also acknowledge you as King.
we take a moment to pray that we may have courage and compassion to bear witness to who Jesus is to our friends, family and society, through acts of service, and through sharing our faith more widely.
We pray for your Church to be bold and loving in its stand for Christ in the UK and around the world, to stand together and to have an increased passion for mission beyond its walls and our nation.
(Image below shown whilst a few moments quiet)
Lord Jesus, break the silence of your people and cause them to take to the streets again, proclaiming and demonstrating the joyful good news that you are king, and that you have made a way for us to know you, and love each other. Amen
(Visualise Palm Cross and tear drop are added to the road of tears)
Short Cross Easter Garden of Tears
Joseph and Zachary - two of our Junior Church who have made their own palm branches
Please click on the link below for a Palm Sunday video service by the Blackheath & Halesowen Methodist Circuit.
Sunday April 5th 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thought of the Day by Jan - March 20th 2020
- Short Cross Methodist Church
- Attwood Street
- B63 3UE