Lectionary Readings 10th October 2021

Amos 5.6-7,10-15; Psalm 90.12-17; Hebrews 4.12-16; Mark 10.17-31

Prayer

Lord, in your goodness, open our eyes to your light, and so fill our hearts with your glory that we may always acknowledge Jesus as Saviour, and hold fast to his word in sincerity and truth. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ainsdale and Liverpool Road Bible Study

For the time being Tuesday morning Bible group will not meet. Please take a few moments to complete the questionnaire to determine the direction of this group in the future. Thank you.

Coffee Morning

There will a Coffee Morning at 10.30am on Saturday 30th October.

Raffle and Bring and Buy Cake stall!

In aid of Church Funds.

Circuit Celebration

Victoria are having a celebration of the life of their Church on 10th October at 4pm at St Phillips & St Pauls with Wesley.  All welcome

Memorial Service for Ken Hooton, 2pm, Saturday 9th October

The Memorial Service for the late Ken Hooton, Local Preacher, will be held at 2pm at Liverpool Road Methodist Church on Saturday 9th October.  The service will also be available online (live or after) via the following link :

sgstream.co.uk/2110KH

Mid-week Prayers

Wednesday 13th October at 10am. All welcome.

Flowers have been provided this week by  Margaret Atkins in loving memory of Mike.

Dear Friends

“Many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark Ch 10 vs 31)

These words are spoken by Jesus after a young wealthy man has asked him what he needs to do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus begins by setting out the commandments which the man affirms he has kept.  Jesus in love then says,

“One thing you lack, go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark Ch 10 vs 21)

On hearing these words the man went away despondent.  I’m not surprised.  I find these words really difficult.  I would worry if someone literally sold everything they had and gave to the poor in order to store up treasures in heaven.  In today’s society, especially with the housing crisis, I would deem that to be irresponsible and dangerous.  So what are we to make of this?

The man pushed back at Jesus when he was told to keep the commandments.  He had kept these and wanted to go deeper (but perhaps not that deep!).  Jesus challenged him to relinquish everything that gave him his security and prestige in this world for the benefit of the poor, and then to come and follow him.  This was too much for the man.

We all face this challenge in our Christian journey.  What do we hold onto that becomes a barrier to a deeper and fuller relationship with God.  For that man it was his wealth, for us it maybe our wealth or something else. “Sell everything you have”.  We so often see everything we have as “ours”, rather than that which God has given and entrusted to us.  So perhaps a paradigm shift would help, recognising that everything we have is from God.

Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. (1 Chronicles 29:14)

“Everything” is not limited to our wealth.  “Everything” is the whole of us, our very being, which has come to us from God; we belong to him.

God bless

Patrick

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