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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 Sept-Nov 2019
The Gospel message is about the promise of new life.
In the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
we find forgiveness for the past,
help and guidance for the present,
and hope for the future
The Wesley Brothers in Birmingham
Lampard, Heritage Steward, Wesley’s Chapel
Edited and abridged July 2019
At the start of the service the Anglican priest welcomed the Methodists, and told us of the visit to Birmingham of John Wesley in 1745, when the vicar had demanded the bell be rung.
Controversy surrounding John Wesley’s
Author: Christian Dettlaff, Curator: Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s
First published in Window on Wesley’s, the Newsletter of Wesley’s Chapel, City Rd, May 2019
We celebrate Wesley Day every 24th May, and it is perhaps THE holy day of the Methodist calendar. Yet it is easy to forget that John Wesley’s conversion experience on 24 May 1738 excited much comment and considerable controversy. ......... read more
As I progressed from a local preacher on note to a local preacher on trial, experience told me that God wanted me to be a 'catalyst for the kingdom'. In science - a catalyst is something that allows a chemical reaction to happen much more quickly, but it doesn't get used up in the process.
All through my training as a local preacher I have remained convinced that it was a stepping stone, not an end point. Since my earlier experiences, I have searched diligently for the way forward. I realised I had to be more open to change, more open to new ways of being church, new ways of reaching out.
The biggest revelation is that it isn't about what I do: it's about what church - the Body of Christ - does as a community that is important. Mission isn't about what I do as an individual, it's about an entire body of people working together for the glory and the growth of the Kingdom. Even if that means risking failure, risking ridicule, risking sticking out like a sore thumb.
All I can do whilst all of this sinks in is pray - pray that God won't just show me the way as a church leader and local preacher, but that God will show those around me what is required, and enable us to embrace this new way forward.
Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (edited and abridged)
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)
Gracious, loving God, we give thanks today for all the blessings we have in the knowledge of your presence and your peace; we give thanks for our nation and the freedom that we enjoy.
Two years after the vote to leave the European Union, we pray for the senior members of our government. We ask that in your mercy you bring harmony and a common sense of purpose.
We are deeply thankful that for many years we have been blessed by relative peace and freedom from war in Europe. As a new chapter opens, we earnestly pray for continued stability in this geographic area.
We ask that, as a nation, we be able to move forward together despite the divisions that the referendum has exposed. May the Christian community provide support to the oppressed and the needy, and in our struggles encourage us to show the love and compassion of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We bring our petitions to you, our eternal Father, in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, and by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen
Prayer and reflection by the Rev'd Jonathan Beer, Minister of Romsey Baptist Church (edited)
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 unlovable. 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 strove 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)
Loving God, in your house there is room for everyone. Help us as we strive for a world where everyone has a home that truly meets their needs. Give us the grace to welcome strangers and refugees. Give us the insight to see where inequality hurts. Fill us with the courage to do our part. Save us from being overwhelmed by the scale of the housing crisis and show us, O Lord, where to begin.
Lord God, in your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost, worried about school work and exams, and those who have run away from home. May we always show your kindness to strangers and to all in need. Amen
What to pray for?
In your prayers remember;
People who are in need
People who are ill
Your work, home, school or college
People who have lost hope
That we may respect the created world
Your family & friends, and World events
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....
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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
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,
uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.
A familiar Psalm
While I'm in the charge of the Lord, I'll have all I need. I'll have somewhere to sleep
and something to eat. I'll have fresh water to drink. I'll feel at peace.
I'll take the right road for His sake. Even when I'm in apparent danger, I know I'll be all right,
because You are with me. You'll look after me. I won't feel small or self-conscious.
You'll give me all good things - and go on giving all my life long.
When worried or troubled
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.
A prayer before worshipGod 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.
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.
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
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