Liverpool Road Methodist Church
Sunday 25th April 2021
Service time at Liverpool Road Methodist Church.
All services at Church suspended until further notice.
Circuit Online Service this week 11am
This week’s online service is led by Andy Trimble and opening God’s word will be Sue Edwards.
Ralph Beyer (1921-2008), Pencil on paper, 1961
Image Copyright © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.
This is a pencil study for one of the Tablets of the Word, eight large carved stone blocks around the nave at Coventry Cathedral, which its architect, Sir Basil Spence, commissioned from Ralph Beyer. The text, taken from Luke 19:10 and John 10:11, is written in freely composed letters. Next to it, a figure carries a sheep on his shoulders. The portrayal of Christ as the Good Shepherd is based partly on his parables (Luke 15:3–7 and John 10:1–18), partly on Psalm 23 (‘The Lord is My Shepherd’) and on Isaiah (40:11) and Ezekiel (34:2–31). Luke says when a shepherd finds a lost sheep: ‘he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.’ Such a figure is found in early Christian sculpture and inscriptions, particularly in Roman catacombs.
Good Shepherd of the sheep, by whom the lost are sought and guided into the fold: feed us and we shall be satisfied; heal us and we shall be made whole; and lead us, that we may be with you; for you are alive and reign, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 25th April 2021
Acts 4.5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3.16-24; John 10.11-18
Ministerial Coverage during Patrick’s Sabbatical
Patrick is now on leave followed by sabbatical and returns 1st September.
During this time Rev Marie-Anne Kent will be the key contact for office holders. So as not to overburden Marie-Anne any more than is necessary, please can any queries be raised with Pam Christopher, Senior Church Steward, in the first instance (email@example.com or 01704 560688).
Rev Sonya Marshall will be the key contact for pastoral matters. So as not to overburden Sonya any more than is necessary, please can any queries be raised with Doreen Iddon, Pastoral Visitors Secretary, in the first instance (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01704 577751).
There will be a short ad hoc Church Council is at 7pm on Thursday 6th May 2021 via Zoom. Anyone can attend the meeting although only those who are members of Church Council can vote. Papers will be sent to Church Council members on the two topics of The Food Pantry and a Grant Application. If anyone else wishes to receive a copy of the meeting papers please contact the Church Council Secretary, Andy Trimble, at email@example.com or on 578324.
School Room Premises
Please note school room premises will be closed from Monday 3rd May to Thursday 6th May for deep cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising of the hold etc prior to elections on Thursday 6th May. They will re-open again on Friday 7th May.
Liverpool Road Rambling Club
Liverpool Road Rambling club are commencing their programme of walks on Saturday 10th July we leave Liverpool road at 08:30 or we can pick up at Leyland road or the Plough roundabout The cost is £15 per person. We have approximatly 12 spaces left
The A walk will undertake a 6/7 mile walk on the opposite side of windermere crossing over on the car ferry at a cost of £1 each way The B walk again will cross over on the ferry and will just do a self guided leisurely walk down the otherside of the lake for as long as you feel able. Anybody else can stay in Bowness either looking round the shops or take the steamer to Ambleside.
The coaches are only going to be partly full as requested by our members ie 40 people on a 57 seater, everyone is to be vaccinated and to wear masks on board
please contact Janet Oldham firstname.lastname@example.org or 07743782125
Christian Aid Week 2021
10th – 16th May
Christian Aid week, like last year, will be a different kind of fundraising week. We are unable to do house to house collections, but it is still possible to raise much needed funds. We can still fundraise through both traditional and new digital ways, to help people living in poverty.
This year, attention will be shifted back to the climate crisis and our global neighbours in Kenya, who continue to battle the effects of extreme weather.
How can we help?
Envelopes will still be available. You may like to consider taking 3 envelopes which might be given to a family member, a friend, a neighbour or anyone who you may see on a regular basis. That way, we are still taking Christian Aid into the wider community. If you would like to take some envelopes please contact Derek Taberner, as your CA representative.
Consider taking out a few ‘delivery-only’ envelopes. These can be pushed through letter boxes in the usual way, but they will have an address or contact information on the back to return the donation to. They could be returned to a church office, the address of a church member or a local shop or business who agrees to be a collection point.
Host a mini fundraising event in your own garden. This might be a coffee morning, afternoon tea, cake/book stall. Check the weather forecast, invite up to 5 people and enjoy some much needed social time whilst raising money for Christian Aid.
Challenge yourself through a sponsored event. Ideas might include a sponsored silence, a sponsored knit or maybe something a little more energetic like the 300,000 steps in May.
Donate through the e-envelope. This is a great way to donate without leaving home and this can also be shared with your networks by email or social media. All information for this can be found on the Christian Aid website.
It is still possible to donate or pay any cash into the Southport CA group. This can be done through our treasurer and it’s a good way to know just how much has been raised locally. If you’d like any help with this, use the contact details at the end of this notice.
Please consider if there is any way that you can be a part of this very important week in the Christian Aid calendar. There are lots of ideas on the Christian Aid website, but sometimes it’s good to talk to someone and ask questions. I would be delighted to help with any enquiries about how to become involved, raise money and pay in any cash received. My contact details are: Elizabeth Wallbank – 07753 790101 or 01704 530228.
Continues Thursday 29th April 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. For zoom details please email email@example.com
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 For zoom details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 27th April on 01704 536648 or email@example.com.
As I write this letter, two stories in particular have been vying for top spot in the national headlines. First to break was the controversy around the European Super League, which saw an unprecedented unity amongst football fans of all colours. There was revulsion at the greed of the club owners who displayed total ignorance and lack of understanding about the basic tenants of competitive sport. Fan’s protested, and a power struggle ensued regarding who a football club belongs to. Fans reminded owners that the hearts of the clubs belong to the fans, and as owners, they are merely custodians for a period of time. As custodians, the owners where reminded of their responsibility to the fans and the wider community to maintaining the integrity of fair competition, for the benefit of all involved in the beautiful game. The fans won on this occasion, although the power struggle is sure to continue.
The second story was the outcome of the trail of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin’s responsibility on behalf of society was to maintain law and order through the authority of the badge that had been granted to him, and to do so with appropriate force within the bounds of justice. He failed and instead used inappropriate force that led to the unjust murder of a father. This abusive act created the “black lives matter” movement to redress the abuse of power.
Both stories in their own way are microcosms of what happens when power becomes abusive. They remind us all to be aware of abusive power, and the importance of seeking justice.
In this weeks set reading, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John Ch 10 vs 11-15).
Jesus’ words are a comfort to us if we are suffering from injustice, for he sees the hired hands whose interest is not our welfare. In God the Son we have a Good Shepherd who has already laid down his life so that we may know life in all its fullness. It is also a challenge to us of how easy it is to be like the hired hand and neglect our responsibilities to those entrusted to our care. In whatever capacity we find ourselves, whether we are football club owners, police officers or everyday citizens, may we know that God has the power, and we are merely custodians of that he has entrusted to us at this time.
Thank you for all your good wishes for my sabbatical; I hope you have a blessed summer and I look forward to being with you again in September.
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 – To Have and to Hold
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, former royal chaplain Rev. Canon Ann Easter leads a service reflecting on the gift of relationships. As lockdown restrictions slowly lift we consider the relationships that have helped us through the past year, those that have been tested and challenged, those just beginning or being picked up again as gathering and travelling become more possible.
Three pairs (a grandma and grandson, a husband and wife, and two friends) reflect on their relationships throughout the pandemic and how God has been working through them.
Theologian and social entrepreneur Dr Krish Kandiah preaches on partnering with God in our relationships to love and serve those around us.
With traditional hymns and modern worship songs.
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Springtime Joy
Rev Kate Bottley visits the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford. She joins volunteers planting seeds and bulbs in the gardens, due to open to the public in May, and reflects on the signs of hope this represents.
Christian author Ruth Valerio tells Kate how gardens are symbolic of the Christian faith throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Gifted Christian mouth artist Ian Parker describes how faith and painting have inspired him since teenage years. And Gemma Hunt visits Nigel and Rachel Stephens in Stockport, whose community project Fit and Fed has brought fun to families through cooking.
Hymns and songs come from across the UK: And Can It Be, All Things Bright and Beautiful, He Has Made Me Glad, Jesus Shall Reign, Now the Green Blade Riseth, and Indescribable. Martin Smith performs his song Great Is Your Faithfulness.