AINSDALE METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 6th September 2020
Service time at Ainsdale Methodist Church – 10.45, Sunday 6th September
calm my heart and still my mind.
Fill me with a spirit
Let me be slow to take offence
and quick to forgive.
As water finds its way through cracks,
let your peace find its way
through hardened hearts.
Let your grace flow
through all our dealings,
your love through all we do together,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 6th September 2020
Ezekiel 33.7-11; Psalm 119.33-40; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20
Sunday 6th September 10.45am – Lesley Goddard, Local Preacher, and Rev Dr Sheryl Anderson via video
Sunday 13th September 10.45am – Rev Patrick Evans, Church Anniversary
Sunday 20th September 10.45am – Lesley Goddard, Local Preacher
Sunday 27th September 10.45am – Brian Davey, Worship Leader, Harvest Festival
Church Anniversary – On Sunday 13th September we will be celebrating our Church Anniversary. As part of this service, I am looking for people to contribute with their own reflections of what the Church Anniversary and/or being a part of Ainsdale Methodist Church means to them (even if you are unable to make it to the service your contribution will still be valued). Given we only have a 30-40 minute service, short contributions will be fine. If you would like to contribute please can you let me know by the end of Monday 7th September (07813 211501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from jam making Cynthia
Thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal for fruit to make into jam to support the Foodbank. If the mystery donor who left apples and plums could make themselves known I can thank them personally! I’m also appealing for glass jars, especially the smaller and medium size. All contributions welcome! (please drop off at 17 Everton Road or feel free to call ahead of time on 01704 563404). Thanks, Cynthia
Worship Consultation – We held our Worship Consultation this week and thank you to all who attended. We reflected on what we have valued from the online Circuit services that we would like to take forward into our own church services. People valued the power of testimony, the feeling of being part of a wider circuit, that the service took us outdoors, and the variety amongst other things. We will use this when planning other services. If you would like to share what you have valued, or what you have missed in being together, please feel free to let me know and we will share it for when we plan our future service (07813 211501 or email@example.com
From this Tuesday at 10.30 we will be starting a Bible Study in 1 Peter, this week led by Ken Revill from Liverpool Road. All are welcome. To aid our study we will be using the Tom Wright Study Guide (cost £4.99). This can also be supplemented by Tom Wright’s devotional guide written in an accessible and anecdotal style. You don’t need to purchase the books to join us, you can join in the .
The books are available via booksellers and Amazon as follows:-
If anyone would like them purchasing on their bald please let Patrick know.
Other study material on 1 Peter are available to view on line free of charge such as William Barclay at https://www.studylight.org/
You can join via the internet at https://zoom.us/j/
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/
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd-Disley know by Tuesday 8th September on 07484 608675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a child of the the 1960’s, I can say with some certainty that the last few months have been unprecedented in my lifetime. Depending how old you are you may agree, or if your childhood was punctuated with the second world war, then perhaps our experience of 2020 will have echoes of a sudden change of perspective from your previous experience.
Across the span of history, we know that this year is certainly not unique. There have been plagues and famines, and times of health and abundance. In our post war experience, especially in the West, we have seen a continuous rise in economic growth, tremendous advances in healthcare, and an increased understanding in science, which taken together have given us a confidence that our generation has all the answers to the world’s problems.
And then something comes along that reminds us of the fragility of life, and our inherent vulnerability. The Good News is that God, the creator of life, has not moved one jot. In our times of plenty however, with all of the improvements that our human endeavours have produced, we feel that we are invincible, and so we have been able to furlough God from working in our lives.
There are two passages of scripture that keep coming back to me. The first is Psalm 23 verse 1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”, reminding us how the Psalmist sought wisdom to understand what in life is truly important, not just for that moment, but in their whole life long. He came to the conclusion that above all else, that the Lord was their shepherd, number one.
The second passage is Jesus’ words of reassurance and guidance to his disciples, from John Chapter 14 verse 6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” May we and all people, bring God back from furlough to be at work in the centre of our lives, showing us the way, the truth, and being the life in our lives.
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 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 – Heaven is a noisy place
Neil MacGregor finds spiritual inspiration in the religious art of the National Gallery. The former Director of the National Gallery and British Museum is accompanied on his walk round the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing by the Revd Lucy Winkett.
After months of Covid and confinement, today’s service considers how community — within society and across time — has traditionally been fostered by close contact with the saints.
For centuries the saints gave shape to the calendar and cohesion to communities. They helped individuals in distress, constantly affirming that we are never alone. They made the universal local and individual — and they were flawed humans, just like us. Virtually everybody had their own name saint, as did every trade, town and community. Looking at these paintings is like joining a really good party: You immediately recognise a lot of the guests, wearing not name tags, but symbols — Peter and Margaret, Catherine and George — and you know what bits of life they can help you with. They are shown with realism or fantasy, with admiration or humour, as people we have come to know well, and can relax with.
Crivelli’s Madonna of the Swallow is an intact Renaissance altarpiece. In its small, lower scenes, it shows the love of God among fallen humanity. On top of the altar perches a swallow — who builds her nest in the temple (Psalm 84) and who, for centuries symbolised the Incarnation, as out of the dirt and mud of her nest, she soars to heaven. The community of saints includes the natural world, as well as the living and the dead.
Finally, the saints are shown by Jacopo di Cione making music in heaven with all sorts of instruments — even bagpipes. Heaven is being with other people — and heaven is a noisy place.
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 – Eden Project
Claire McCollum visits the Eden Project in Cornwall, where founder Sir Tim Smit tells her how he created a garden paradise out of a clay pit. Claire speaks to one of the Eden Project’s gardeners to hear how she worships God whilst looking after the two million plants on site.
An open-air theatre stages a socially distanced performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, a musical based on the New Testament gospels, and a Christian cast member shares what it means to be involved in a performance that explores the life and death of Jesus.
JB Gill goes surfing with a man who came back to faith whilst catching waves, and who is now part of Christian Surfers UK – an organisation celebrating its 30th anniversary. We also visit a church in Newquay that has adapted its Sunday services during the pandemic by becoming England’s first drive-in church.
With brand new music recorded at the Eden Project according to government guidelines, and congregational hymns captured before current restrictions:
Amazing Grace – Rock Choir, Eden Project