DEVOTIONS PAGE – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017.

WEEKLY DEVOTIONS PAGE

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY .

THEME: FULLY HUMAN, FULLY DIVINE.

 

SCRIPTURE: St. Matthew 17 v 1 – 9. The Transfiguration.

 

REFLECTION: Do you have a special holy place? A place where you can be with God alone. In the transfiguration account that we read today Jesus is following in the footsteps of Moses on the mountain. Jesus took with him Peter James and John the future leaders of the church. We ourselves can often experience transformation with mountain top experiences. But we know that we cannot accomplish anything on the mountain itself. We need to come back down to accomplish anything. God is everywhere. But do we always see him or are we inclined to ignore him? We meet to worship him to be transformed by Him for worship that continues in our daily living. Who are we – individuals and the church? How can we/do we grow into the child God created us to be. From the example of Jesus we see that this is trust. He is clear about his identity as the son of God. Do we put too much emphasis on the mountain top experiences rather than meeting God in the thick of everyday life? ere does Jesus accomplish his mission? Where does he send us? We go on learning and growing. We are a Work in Progress and we make mistakes. But be still and listen to God.

 

HYMN No 259 v 4.           Jesus is the chosen one

Living hope of every nation

Hear and heed him everyone

Sing with earth and all creation

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

PRAYER OF SUSANNA WESLEY:

Help me to remember that religion is not to be confined to the church or closet nor exercised only in prayer and meditation but everywhere that I am in Thy presence. AMEN.

Curry & quiz social evening

Date for your diary
Social evening on 18th March for the whole family
Although donations on the door please  contact Victoria Sims (07817129315)
for a ticket so that her team know how many people to cater for.

 

Women’s World Day of Prayer


Friday 3rd March at St Peter’s Church commencing 7.30pm

Women’s  World Day of Prayer service will be held at 7.30pm  at St Peter’s Church on Friday, 3
rd March.  These annual services are prepared by women from different Christian communities, world wide, and everyone is welcome.  Representatives from our church will be taking part.  Please make  a note in your diaries and enjoy the service.

DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT

LENT COURSE 2017. These will be arranged as usual on either Tuesday morning Wednesday afternoon or Thursday afternoon (St. Martin’s). This year’s theme is RECEIVING CHRIST and runs for 5 weeks beginning week of 6 March 2017. The course booklet costs £3.60. To order your copy or find out more Contact GRAHAM PEGG Email.grahamcpegg@btinternet.com or Telephone: 756730.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE MINISTRY IN LYMM

  1. Stephen and family
    Will be leaving the Circuit in August 2017.
  2. Who will replace him?
    It seems unlikely that there will be a direct replacement for him.
  3. Why is this?
    Across the whole connexion there is a shortage of over 50 Ministers. There are 4 vacancies in the Liverpool District including 2 in the Sankey Valley Circuit. This situation of ministerial shortage is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future because of the decline in the numbers candidating for the ministry.
  4. Lymm will still have a Minister with Pastoral Charge but unlikely to be living in Lymm Ministers are stationed to a Circuit and then allocated churches by the Circuit where they exercise pastoral oversight. Obviously if as at present (2016/17) and next year (2017/18) the Circuit has fewer ministers than planned then the pastoral oversight has to be worked out in the light of the ministerial resources that it does have.
  5. What is happening now?
    The Circuit is currently working on plans for 2017/18 and beyond and the impact that a reduced number of ministers has particularly in the provision of worship and the celebration of Holy Communion. It has invited all the Church Councils to offer suggestions as to the way forward. The Lymm Church Council has met and responded positively as to how the Lay Leadership can support the minister.
  6. What happens next?
    At some point in the near future the Circuit will make decisions. These will be announced as soon as they are available.
  7. What can you do?
    Pray for the Circuit and the Methodist church that we may discern God’s way for the future. We will have to strengthen our Lay Leadership. We ask you to prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to a position of Leadership within the church? Or a call to Worship Lead or preach?
    If you decide that you can offer your services or have any comments and queries then speak to Stephen Froggatt or Jim Tomlinson the Senior Steward.

Discipleship study – NOOMA COURSE

A series of Discipleship studies held on the second Sunday evening of each month. Next meeting  Sunday 12th March 2017 at 7:30 pm at St. Martin’s.

NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus and narrated by Rob Bell.  They typically examine a common situation and explain the Christian perspective.  Rob Bell is a Christian author, motivational speaker and former Pastor of the Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, USA. The videos are followed by a short discussion amongst participants on how the situation portrayed in the video relates to personal lives and experiences.

Every Day With Jesus – ONE YEAR BIBLE

Come along to the Bible Study group at Rixton Chapel, Chapel Lane, Warrington WA3 6GH
Every Tuesday 10-12am.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”  (Psalm 119 v105)

January begins with Genesis so why not start at the beginning.

The Bible in 365 readings with daily devotionals by Selwyn Hughes.  Divided up into daily portions of Old Testament, Psalm, Proverbs and New Testament so that the whole Bible is read in a year.We have been meeting weekly since March 2012 and have grown as a group and in faith.

If you’d like more info and to join us Contact Colin Pownall 01925 492011 or Linda Ogden 0161 775 2751 (Rixton) or Helen Owen 01925 752280 so we know numbers for Bibles.

A Big Thank You

Thank you to all our members and friends who over the Advent and Christmas periods made generous  contributions of gifts and money to help others.
Food and gifts of clothing to the YMCA to help support the homeless and those in food poverty.
Toys for families in Widnes who are struggling to “make ends meet”.
Toiletries to the women’s shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you messages

Toothbrushes
Thank you all for your kindness in helping the ladies in the Refuge with all the toothpaste and brushes you bought for them. The Mums and children have been through a lot of heartache before they move into the Ladies’ Refuge so any acts of kindness will help to build up their self-esteem and show them we care, and that will mean more to them than we will ever know.
Love and God Bless, Barbara L

Kings Cross – Widnes
The committee of Trinity Kings Cross would like to thank all the people involved with the Christmas Hamper appeal. Through your generosity we were able to provide 120 families, 52 in Runcorn and 68 in Widnes, with bags of food and a bag of toiletries and cleaning items. 266 children and 180 adults received gifts. Your kindness enabled the families to have enough food and to provide a Christmas for their children.
Connie Smith Vice chair of Trinity Kings Cross

Methodist Conference News

This year’s Methodist Conference took place in the first week of July at Westminster Methodist Central Hall. Revd Dr Roger Walton is the new President and Mrs Rachel Lampard MBE is the new Vice-President. Each gave powerful opening speeches on the broad theme of “Holiness and Justice”, with Micah 6:8 being a key presidential verse this year:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy     and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6 verse 8

Mic. 6:8  He has told you, O mortal, what is good;  and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?  (NRSV)

Read Roger Walton’s speech “Holiness” and Rachel Lampard’s speech “Justice“.

After his first year in office, the Secretary of the Conference, the Revd Gareth J Powell, gave a reflection to the 2016 Methodist Conference entitled “A Cross And A Crown“.

I recommend to all church members and friends that they read these three speeches, and take time to reflect on Micah 6:8 for themselves.