AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 30th August 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church – 10.45, Sunday 30th August
May God the Father remove all the stumbling blocks
from your path.
May God the Son give you the courage to take up your cross.
And may God the Holy Spirit empower you
to walk with confidence, day by day.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 30th August 2020
Jeremiah 15.15-21; Psalm 26.1-8; Romans 12.9-21; Matthew 16.21-28
Methodist Prayer Handbook 2020/21
The new Methodist Prayer Handbook, ‘The Earth is the Lord’s’ , is now available. The price is £4.50. If you would like me to order a copy for you please email Jan Holmes at email@example.com. Please give phone number and also say if you would like a large print copy. Please put Prayer handbook in the subject line. Alternatively you can call Jan on 01704 573263, and leave a message if she is out. Please let Jan know by 30th August.
Compassion Acts Supporters Annual Update (local charity for the Foodbank, Food Pantry CAP Debt Centre, Benefits Advice & Community Money Advice)
You are invited to the annual event for supporters, held online, on 4th September at 1pm. As we are all busy it will last 50 minutes and be a mixture of brief presentations and videos. We are thrilled to have one of the executives from the Trussell Trust, Matthew van Duyvenbode as our guest speaker. This is especially timely because we have recently been awarded ‘Pathfinder Foodbank’ status by the Trussell Trust. Register for free tickets and the zoom details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
Worship Consultation – With our Church building having reopened for services, our next Worship Consultation will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. This meeting is open to everyone. We will meet at Church and via Zoom. This will be your chance to hear about what options are available for our services during this Covid-19 period and contribute to the planning of our future services. We will be particularly interested to hear what you have enjoyed in the online Circuit Services that you would like replicated in our live services ongoing, and what you have especially missed from our live services (if you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to share these thoughts with us then please email (firstname.lastname@example.org.
If joining by Zoom the link is: https://zoom.us/j/99361695593.
Coffee after Church
Join the congregations of Ainsdale & Liverpool Road Methodist Churches for a virtual coffee after the online service from 11.45 each Sunday at https://zoom.us/j/
We are continuing to meet on line each Tuesday at 10.30. You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let me know by Wednesday 2nd September on 07813 211501 or email@example.com
I am amazed that we are at the end of August; where has the year gone! In my memory those early weeks of lockdown seemed to have merge into one without the normal punctuation of life’s activities. Sometimes though, so much can happen in a week, that the world feels like it has been turned upside down.
Our weekly bible readings give us this sense. Last week Jesus was affirming Peter for his response to the question, “who do you say I am”. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” said Peter. “Blessed are you” replies Jesus to Peter, and affirms Peter as the rock on which “I will build my church”.
And so we come to this weeks reading, and Jesus is sharing with the disciples how things are going to play out for him as he predicts his death. Peter objects that this will never happen to him, and Jesus replies “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Peter goes from hero to zero in only five verses! Poor Peter.
What are your stumbling blocks? I often feel that I am my own stumbling block as I struggle with trying to marry my human concerns verses the concerns of God. How is an eternal perspective maintained within the rough and tumble of our everyday human experience. My human perspective tends to set my priorities, rather than allowing myself to seek the eternal perspective of God. And like Peter I feel I continue to stumble time and time again, forgetting all too easily the high notes of what our faith is all about.
The first of September in the beginning of a new year in Methodism. I like new starts, like the new starts Jesus continuously gave to Peter, and that God gives to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. The life of Jesus only makes sense when married with his death and resurrection, and in his conversation with Peter, Jesus reminds him, and us, of this. May we not be our own stumbling block, viewing our life merely in terms of our human concerns. May we understand that as part of God’s creation, we live as a people whose lives on earth, like Jesus, only make sense when married with our own ultimate death and resurrection to eternal glory.
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 – Sunday 11.00am
The link to our services 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 listen to the service from 11am each Sunday, up until the following Sunday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – Wild at home
Greenbelt looks ‘Wild at Home’ in digital form this summer 2020, with Paul Kerensa, Molly Boot and Greenbelt’s Creative Director Paul Northup. From livestream performance to reflective blogs; from archive talks to special artist features, Greenbelt is so many things to so many different people. But for everyone, it’s somewhere to believe in. Producer: Andrew Earis.
Sunday 10.00am – Sunday Morning Live
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week’s talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.
Sunday 12.25pm Songs of Praise – Blenheim Palace
Aled Jones visits Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Winston Churchill and an important World Heritage site. The sister of the current duke, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, explains the history of this remarkable building and shows Aled the private chapel that means so much to her. One of the most impressive features of the interior of the palace is the Willis organ, and the resident organist, Andrew Patterson, demonstrates its particular sound. Blenheim’s estate director, Roy Cox, shows Aled some of the famous trees on the estate, including the Cedar of Lebanon, which appears in a Harry Potter film.
Laura Wright joins Oxford’s Soundabout Inclusive Choir for a virtual hymn singalong and to hear how being part of the choir helps those with learning disabilities.
The Blenheim estate provides a stunning backdrop for this week’s music, which was recorded especially for the programme. There are performances from Laura Wright, new all-female group Stellina, gospel choir IDMC and Aled Jones, who sings one of his favourite hymns, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord.