Ainsdale Methodist Church Notices
Sunday 9th May 2021
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This week’s online service is led by Rev Sonya Marshall and opening God’s word will be Richard Cowan.
God of mercy, as we rejoice in the resurrection of your Son, the Bread of Life, feed us with your plenty and increase in us compassion for the hungry; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 9th May 2021
Acts 10.44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5.1-6; John 15.9-17
A final reminder if you have not yet completed your church survey. We have extended the deadline to Monday 10th May to allow for any further responses.
Christian Aid Week 9-16 May
Despite Covid restrictions we will be marking Christian Week the best we can to raise funds this year with CTiA and we encourage everyone to get involved.
- do a personal sponsored challenge? (anything you can think of – walking around the garden; up and down stairs; a skipathon etc etc?)
- help Lesley deliver 100 Christian Aid envelopes in a ’no collection trial’ to see how many are voluntarily returned to church?
- do the same as at least 3 other active people who have pledged to walk 300,000 steps during the month of May?
- make a financial contribution to Christian Aid.
Please contact Lesley Goddard (575307) with your pledges.
Also – we will be having a CTiA stall selling cakes, home-made produce and bric-a-brac, in the Community Garden at the Village Church on Saturday, 15th May, from 10am. Drinks and breakfast barms will be served – with tables and chairs socially distanced. (If you know you’ll definitely want a table you can book it with Joan Green tel: 570307 or email email@example.com)
Donations of cakes and stuff to sell that will raise money for Christian Aid can be taken to the Village Church after 4.30pm on Friday 14th May. If you need any donations collected please phone Ann Howard (570993).
Who is my neighbour?
The traditional interpretation of ‘love your neighbour’ was that it applied to the people of Israel. In other words: ‘we need to look after our own’ or ‘charity starts (and ends) at home’. Yet Jesus defines who our neighbour is not by tribe, race, nation, or even religion, but by need.
We can see this being put into practice in the feeding of the five thousand (Matthew 14:13-31). The disciples want to send the hungry people away, essentially saying ‘let them take care of themselves’. But Jesus says, ‘You feed them.’
After telling the parable, Jesus instructs the religious expert to ‘go and do likewise.’ (Luke 10: 36-37)
Jesus’ ultimate answer to the question, ‘Who is my neighbour?’ is therefore to say ‘You are the neighbour.’ It becomes a call to action – a rallying cry to the church to go out into the world and be neighbours to whoever is in need.
So it turns out that charity does start at home – because it starts with us, and the steps we take to be God’s hands and feet in the world.
All-loving, ever-present God,
We pray for our neighbours – for the people we know and love, and for the people we have never met.
We pray for our neighbours – for the people across the street, and for the people on the other side of the world.
We pray for our neighbours – for everyone who is struggling, for everyone who is being marginalised and oppressed.
Help us God to be good neighbours – to look outward instead of inward, to follow Jesus’ call to take action. Amen
A reminder: Don’t forget to use your Christian Aid Week Seven-Day Devotional which you received with your palm cross just before Easter.
Woodvale & Ainsdale Volunteering Enterprise – WAVE
Began last week with a zoomed community hub gathering, learning about dreams and actions from local people building back local life together. Sefton Council for Voluntary Service are helping people from HeartStone, Improve Woodvale, Churches Together in Ainsdale, Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure, WACA, Place2Be Community Market, Ainsdale in Bloom, and now Bridge Inn Community Farm – with other local residents who wish to join in. Hearing what is happening already and hearing the local voice for what we would like to see happen is the agenda so far.
The next WAVE Zoom meeting is on Tuesday 18th May from 6.00pm and is for anyone interested in what’s going on.
Continues Thursday 13th May and finishes 20th May. Zoom opens 6.45pm and sessions start at 7pm prompt. (No Monday sessions this time) If you would like to join or for more details please contact Sally on 07743 660155.
The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.
Coffee after Church 11.45am every Sunday
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service 11.45am
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 11th May on 01704 536648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Body of Christ
Paul in his letters continually refers to ‘The Church’ as ‘THE BODY OF CHRIST’ with Christ as the head.
For a body to work efficiently each part needs to be in place and working effectively.
The body needs to be attached to the head. It needs to be fed, watered, kept warm, exercised and cared for.
As we look forward to meeting up again, let’s encourage an
‘Every Member Ministry’, each person bringing their gifts and inspiration to the table so that the body can be healthy and functional, working effectively in living and sharing the Good News of Jesus.
Let us also care for each with the love of Christ.
In Ephesians Paul warns the church not to harden their hearts like the heathens. The word for hardened is ‘Porosis’, derived from the word ‘poros’ which is a stone harder than marble.
The word is used
1) Of chalk stone which can form in joints thus paralyzing action.
2) Of a callus which forms where a bone has been broken and re-set, a callus which is harder than the bone itself.
3) To mean the loss of all sensation.
If we harden our hearts, through bitterness, unforgiveness, gossiping, not listening or caring for others instead wanting our own way….. we will find our body becomes dysfunctional and broken.
So let us
“Encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing”
1 Thessalonians 5v11.
Worship – TV & Radio
BBC Local Radio (incl Radio Merseyside)
At 8.00 am this Sunday, all 39 BBC local radio stations will be joining together for worship.
BBC Radio 4
Sunday 8.10am – How to Pray
The American monk, Thomas Merton wrote “The secret of prayer is hunger for God. The will to pray is the essence of prayer”.
In this service from Bishopthorpe, the official residence of the Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. Stephen Cottrell explores the question of how to pray. It is prayer that sees many believers through the hardest times but it is not always an easy practice to maintain. He reflects on the Lord’s Prayer, the meaning of the words and the impact of them as they are spoken.
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Swansea
Brenda Edwards is in Swansea to explore how Christianity has shaped the city’s past and present.
She explores how the rise of nonconformist chapels and the famous Welsh Revival of 1904 saw the Christian faith sweep through the nation of Wales and beyond. She visits the modern Liberty Pentecostal Church, which, inspired by that history, is bringing new life to one the city’s historic chapels.
Swansea singer-songwriter Mal Pope reflects on his own roots in the chapels of his home city and how that heritage shaped his faith and music. He performs one of his most poignant songs, A Child’s Prayer. Meanwhile, Katie Piper meets author and broadcaster Chine McDonald to hear the story of how the charity Christian Aid is marking 75 years of fighting global poverty.