AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 21st June 2020
Lord God, it’s not easy being a father today, and so we pray:
We pray also for families with fathers who are inadequate, violent, lazy or unkind;
Whatever their circumstances,
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 21st June 2020
Jeremiah 20.7-13; Psalm 69.7-10,11-15,16-18; Romans 6.1b-11; Matthew 10.24-39
Collection for Rev. Michael Ogwuche and Christiana
Thank you to all those who have already contributed and for your kind generosity. This is a final reminder for anyone who wishes to contribute to a parting gift for Michael and Christiana. Please send a donation to Circuit Treasurer, Methodist Church Southport Circuit, 20 Aspen Gardens, PR8 6DZ, cheques made payable to Methodist Church Southport Circuit or donate direct to the circuit bank account at Barclay’s Bank, sort code 20-80-33, account number 40634115, Methodist Church Southport Circuit. Please try to respond by 1st July so we can thank Michael and Christiana for their time among us. God bless, Pam O’Malley on behalf of the Circuit Stewards.
Coffee after Church
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 11.45 on Sunday 21st June at https://zoom.us/j/
The Bible Story course with the my section has now finished and we are thinking about what to do next and are encouraging others to join us. We are therefore meeting at 11am on Wednesday 24th June to look at other resources and encourage you to join us. You can either join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
You can still catch up on the The Bible Course at home at https://www.biblesociety.
Online Circuit Services
Thank you for all the feedback and encouragement for the online Circuit Services. For your information we are now planning online services through to the end of August, as we know some churches may have decided not reopen by then, and that some people may still be unable to attend a service in a church building.
If you have any items you would like including in the church notices please email or phone Rev Patrick Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07813 211501.
As I write “it’s Fathers Day”, I know that for some such a reminder will be a joy and a delight, and for others it will be fraught with anxiety and difficulty. For some there will be the excitement of visiting their father, for others there is the pain of loss for a father who is not there. For some fathers there is the joy of being spoilt, whilst for others there is a sense of being forgotten, perhaps because of their own doing, perhaps not. An extract from this weeks gospel reading appears to offer little help, as Jesus says,
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew Ch 10 vs 34-37).
I was told of someone who had seen a family member on a news broadcast which was showing CCTV footage of a perpetrator of a serious crime. And so a father called the police to say, “that’s my son”; prison followed. The call of the father risked sacrificing his relationship with his beloved son. Peace for the man with his son on earth, could never be outweighed by the call of the eternal Father for His will to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus went on to say,
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew Ch 10 vs 38-39).
Despite our experiences thus far, may the broken cords of our relationships on earth find healing through our relationship with God, our eternal Father.
With Sunday approaching I am reminding us of the services available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio. Please see below.
Online Circuit Service
This week’s service will be led by Colin Fyles and the Preacher is the Rev Alex Galbraith.
The link to this service is http://southportmethodist.org.
You can listen to a recording of our weekly online Circuit Service via your telephone by calling 01704 335755. Calls will be charged as a local rate call via landlines, although costs will vary for mobile users. Services are typically up to 50 minutes long. You can still listen to the service from Sunday 14th June up until this coming Sunday, when from 11am you can listen to the service for Sunday 21st June, which will be available for a week.
On a general note you can link to the Circuit website at https://southportmethodist.
How can I get involved?…If in future weeks you would be able to record yourself reading the bible, sharing some testimony, singing or playing music etc, or writing a prayer or sharing a photo, or have any other ideas, please let me know on 07813 211501 or at email@example.com
Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at https://www.methodist.org.uk/
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 – Sunday Worship – Images of Fatherhood
Ben Lindsay, Guvna B and Lord Hastings explore what it means to be a ‘father’ and share their experience of fatherhood. Although the biblical language of God as Father can be difficult for some, the idea it presents of a God with an unconditional love for all his children is a powerful one. How do we raise children in light of the murder of George Floyd in America and the subsequent protests and discussions about racism? Ben Lindsay, a Pastor in London, who also runs a charity which works to prevent knife crime will lead the service, and will lead a dialogue around what fatherhood is and hopes for the next generation, especially around fighting against injustice and racism . Guvna B, an award winning grime artist will reflect on losing his father two years ago and becoming a father himself, and Lord Hastings will share his experience of becoming a father figure to young men in prison through his prison ministry. Reading: Luke 15: 11-23 (The Prodigal Son).
Sunday 11.45am – Sunday Worship
A service for Father’s Day from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester led by the Rector, Rev Dr Paul Mathole, filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. With songs and hymns recorded by Songs of Praise in 2017.
Welcome – The Revd Dr Paul Mathole, Rector, Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester
Worship Song – Indescribable
First Reading – Luke, Chapter 15, Verses 11-20, Read by Ros Oladipo
Sermon – The Revd Dr Paul Mathole, Rector
Hymn – How Deep The Father’s Love
Second Reading – Genesis, Chapter 33, Verses 1-11, Read by Adam Jones
Prayers – Led by Sarah Bradley, Youth and Children’s Minister, Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester
The Lord’s Prayer
Worship Song – Cornerstone
The Blessing – The Revd Dr Paul Mathole, Rector
Hymn – Be Thou My Vision