Lectionary Readings 12th September 2021

Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 116.1-9; James 3.1-12; Mark 8.27-38

Prayer

God our Redeemer, who called your Church to witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love that all who hear it may be reconciled to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bible Study

The Bible study planned for Tuesday 7th will now take place on Tuesday 14th September at 10.30am in the choir vestry at Ainsdale. 

Reminder for Group Leaders

Now September is upon us, please find time to sort the resources used for your particular group. If an item/s is no longer needed please dispose of it. We are looking to reduce the space taken up for storage. Many thanks. The Stewards.

Guild

To all Guild members and anyone interested in coming to Guild.

On Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 7.00 pm, we are having a meeting, to discuss the way forward for our Guild.

All are welcome, so come along with your ideas.

Eileen Fyles

 Memorial Services

We would like to invite everyone to a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Kenneth Edward Hooton.

The Service will be held at Liverpool Road Methodist Church at 2pm on Saturday 9th October.

Please come along if you can make it – refreshments will be available in the Church Hall afterwards.

MWiB

Invite you to lunch Friday 24th September at West Kirby Methodist Church. The gathering starts promptly with lunch at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.00pm. If interested pleas email shelaghblakely@sky.com or call Lily Twist 07811 540539/0151 6774454.

Raising Praise

The first ‘Raising Praise’ celebration will take place at Leyland Road on Sunday 26th September.

A time of praise, not to be missed.

‘Cameo’ will meet in the New Room on Wednesday 15th September at 2pm.

Everyone welcome.

Dear Friends

 It is wonderful to be back with you following my sabbatical.  Thank you to the church for the gift of sabbatical, and to God for establishing sabbath rest. 

The term ‘sabbatical’ derived originally from the Old Testament and related to the Sabbath, the weekly day of rest and delight in God (Exod 34:21; Is 58:13-4), and the sabbatical year, in which, every seven years, complete rest was commanded for the land, with no sowing or reaping, and the remission of debts and release of Hebrew slaves (Lev 25:4; 1 Macc 6:49; Deut 15:1,12).

During my time away from you, a prayer from the service for healing and wholeness in the Methodist Worship Book kept coming to the fore:

May the Spirit of the living God,

present with us now,

heal you from all that harms you,

in body, mind or spirit,

in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Like many of you I followed coverage of the Olympic Games, and especially the story of US gymnast Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast (tied) of all time.  At the Tokyo games she succumbed to the “twisties”, a dangerous psychological condition where gymnasts lose their sense of spatial awareness.  In that moment she prioritised her mental health, otherwise her physical health would have been put at great risk.  She did receive some crushing criticism, not least from the Russian media, although there was overwhelming support from within her sport and wider afield, with people sharing their own such challenges. 

We can all too quickly become unbalanced and suffer our own variation of the twisties. We are highly complex beings, in need to constant self-care and consideration in body, mind and spirit; it is essential to our wellbeing.  As with Simone Biles, the only person who can make a decision that rest and recalibration is required is ourselves.  May we be supporters of people in such need, and if it is you, may you give yourself permission to take time out as required…you know, it’s actually a God thing. 

God bless

 Patrick

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