Worship


Methodist Ministers and lay preachers lead the service at different churches in the local circuit each week. 
Sunday arrangements are planned 3 months at a time:

Current Preaching Plan
June-August


  Services listed under Congregations




Spring


The Gospel message is about the promise of new life.
In the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
we find
forgiveness for the past,
help and guidance for the present,
and ho
pe for the future.





Perhaps we don’t have enough sheer fun as we might when we’re singing in worship. Marjorie Dobson’s Pentecost hymn puts that right! This is a hymn that values the ability to re-tell a biblical story in sung form without imposing on it a weight of additional theological reflection. Marjorie says:

I’ve always thought of Pentecost as a get-up-and-get-out-there day, so this tune  seemed to be a natural one to use to express that feeling. It’s fun to sing and I’ve used it with people of different ages and they all seemed to be prepared to go along with the spirit of the piece – exactly what is needed for Pentecost!”

If we are honest and acknowledge that each successive generation is losing an ever growing number of the Christian stories from its shared knowledge and vocabulary, then hymns such as this are more than helpful – they are a gift and a reminder. They are also increasingly rare, at least in Singing the Faith.

Whatever you do, don’t allow the singing to lose its gaiety – though, as Marjorie Dobson comments, the tune is so infectious, that is unlikely to happen!


It was a new beginning on the day the Spirit came

 It was a new beginning on the day the Spirit came.
The house was filled with roaring wind and heads were touched by flame.
Their lips were blessed with languages that all could understand
and Peter led the charge into this new uncharted land. 

It was a revelation when the doors were opened wide
and all could see what happened to the ones who were inside.
“These men are plainly very drunk, at only nine-o-clock.
It’s surely very clear they’ve had a monumental shock.”

It was a new translation when the Spirit led their speech
and Peter stood in front of them and then began to preach.
The people were amazed because they unde
rstood each word
and, what is more, they acted on the message that they heard.

It was a new beginning, but the story carries on,
as people still find inspiration, though the years have gone.
For Pentecost is here and now, the Spirit still holds sway.
and helps us to translate God’s word and challenge for today.

Words © Marjorie Dobson            Tune: The Lincolnshire Poacher




The Lincolnshire Poacher


Music



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Jesus said: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it.  Love your neighbour as yourself.

The first commandment remains no less challenging today than it was for those who heard Jesus speak those words nearly 2000 years ago.  To love the Lord like that - how does it work in practice?  It has to mean leading God-centred rather than self-centred lives.  It means putting faith before fortune, faith before pleasure, and maintaining a personal relationship with God through Jesus.  It means following Jesus' example in our dealings with others and upholding Kingdom values in a society that sometimes can feel quite hostile to those with religious conviction.

Who is our neighbour?  Jesus didn't just mean those who live beside us.  He meant everyone.  The second commandment is tough because it demands that we love the unloveable.  It demands we pay attention and be gracious to those who don't count amongst our friends, and that's not easy.

If we all strived to keep those two commandments, what a different place the world would be.  It is however, a glimpse of our future.  A glimpse of the time when God's Kingdom will be fully established.
Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)




The Methodist Covenant

I am no longer my own but yours.
Your will, not mine,
be done in all things,
wherever you may place me,
in all that I do
and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me
and when there is none;
when I am troubled and
when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued
and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfilment and
when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and
when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have
and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.
Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
May it be so forever.
Let this covenant now made on earth
be fulfilled in heaven. 

Amen




What to pray for?

handsIn your prayers remember;

People who are in need
People who are ill
Your community
Your work, home, school or college
People who have lost hope
That we may respect the created world
Your church
    Your family & friend
World events
 



 

On the Plight of Refugees

God of all humanity
When your people were enslaved and displaced,
You led them to a land that they could call home;
When your people were in exile;
Your promise was that, one day,
They would live in streets of play and laughter.
When your disciples were afraid and uncertain,
You spoke of a Father's House
With mansions and places prepared.

 
We pray today for all those who have no place to call home,
Hearing the heart-cry of your word
For those who are without refuge.
Where shelter is ours to offer
Grant us the will and resolve to reflect the generosity of our Creator.
Where others stand in the way of those who need safe haven
May our cry for justice never falter.
May the idols of self-interest and economic gain
Never deflect us from the ways of your Kingdom.

Through Christ our Lord
Amen





Forgive us when we walk past and don't offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong.
We don't want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
Give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.

Help us to step into another person's shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,
peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,

footprintsuncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.
Amen





Talking about God:
We're shy about talking to others about God.  We'd more readily recommend our local Indian restaurant than a personal relationship with a risen Saviour.  Our world is screaming out for a hefty helping of real hope and it seems all we offer is the usual comfort food.

What are you doing to help the disciples of tomorrow?  It's a path that will cost us much; we may have to endure pain and sorrow along the way, but we owe it to God.  The same God who loved each of us so much that he sent Jesus to win for us the salvation we could never win for ourselves.  So go and talk about God, and help others find the faith we hold so dear.

Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)





When worried or troubled

Lord, you are the Light of the world

Shine into our understanding.

Lord, you are the Good Shepherd
Enfold us in your love.

Lord, you are the Way,the Truth and the Life
Guide us along our earthly path.

We believe you are close to us
and know us better than we know ourselves.

When we are anxious and uncertain
Give us peace of mind and heart.

Keep us safe in your love now
and beyond the gate of death.
Amen




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A prayer before worship

God who is love,
I have come to worship you.
Help me to remember that you are always with me.
May I pray to you in faith,
sing your praise with gratitude,
and listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen




The Methodist Conference believes
that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world.  The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. ...  Believing that racism is a denial of the Gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls on the Methodist people to challenge racism and discrimination....

(extract, 2016)


The Methodist Conference is the annual gathering of elected ministers and lay people that agrees policy for the Methodist Church in Britain.







Commitment

Lord, you gave me all I have: the people, the talents, the interests and abilities.
Who knows what I might find I am able to do?
Help me to use my gifts of speech to support those who are vulnerable.
May I use my communication skills to give good news.
Make me generous with my possessions,
that I may value them less than the friendship and company of those around me.
Most of all, Lord, help me to use my time wisely
and to share it fruitfully with those who need it.
Amen