LIVERPOOL ROAD METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES

Sunday 28th February 2021

Service time at Liverpool Road Methodist Church.

All services at Church suspended until further notice.

Circuit Online Service this week 11.00am 

This week’s service will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent, Superintendent Minister in the Southport Circuit. 

Prayer

Lord, forgive our silence.
Forgive our reluctance to speak up for others.
Forgive our reliance on goods which have been produced unfairly
at the expense of the poor.
Forgive our lack our awareness of how our clothes are manufactured,
our food produced and our mistaking unneeded goods for essentials.

Lord enter the silence of our hearts
and lift them up with fresh understanding
derived from the Wisdom contained in your Word.
May we be ambassadors for Christ in bringing reconciliation
between producer and consumer,
those exploited and those who benefit from their exploitation.

May all our labour be valued and rewarded justly.
May our lifestyles reflect a care for creation and humanity.
May we appreciate the gift of life and in so doing respect the lives of all God’s
children.

Lord, you reconciled the world to God
through your suffering on the cross.
May your reconciling power
make us one with all who need fairness in their trading
and systems which promote justice.
Amen

Lectionary Readings – Sunday 28th February 2021

Genesis 17.1-7,15-16; Psalm 22.23-31; Romans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38

 

GENERAL NOTICES

Norma Grundy

It is with sadness that Ken Grundy has informed us of the death of his sister Norma.  Norma was regular attended at Liverpool Road Methodist Church many years ago before relocating to Blackpool where she was married.  Please remember Ken and the family in your prayers.

World Day of Prayer

This year the World Day of Prayer Service is on 5th March, a women led, global ecumenical movement is brought to us by the women of Vanuatu of the Pacific Ocean.  The theme is ‘Build on a strong Foundation’. 

Streamed WDP services are available at www.nestonparishchurch.org.uk and on WDPIC YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edQMgNFdRdo&feature=youtu.be.  You can also donate to help the work of WDP in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and around the world at www.wwdp.org.uk.

Lent Midweek Circuit Service – 10am, Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

You can join the 30 minute service 

Take Time Meditations – Lent Series

Taketime meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space.  The Zoom Room will open 15 minutes before the start time. In order not to disrupt the meditation part of the session, anyone arriving after the start time will unfortunately not be admitted until approximately 25 minutes after the start time.

4.00-4.45pm, Monday 1st March (Zoom Room open from 3.45pm)

You can join via the internet 

7.00-7.45pm, Thursday 4th March (Zoom Room open from 6.45pm)

You can join via the internet at

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.  Each study is stand alone, so it does not matter if you miss a week.  This week we will look at the Exile sections from the the Bible Story book.  You can order the book from the likes of Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Story-that-Makes-Sense/dp/1529327008/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+bible+ollerton&qid=1610016134&sr=8-1).

You can join the Bible Study via the internet at 

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

 

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please email Patrick know by Wednesday 3rd March on 07813 211501 or patrick.evans@methodist.org.uk.

 

PATRICK’S PAGE

Dear Friends

In an extract from our set reading for this week we find these words:

Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

(Mark Ch 8 vs 34-36)

This comes immediately after Jesus has asked the disciples “who do you say I am”, and Peter’s declaration that he is the Messiah, although Jesus then has to rebuke Peter after he resists Jesus’ assertion that the Son of Man must suffer.

In the extract above, “whoever” appears three times, and it’s remarkable that some of the disciples and those in the crowd are the “whoever’s” that made a choice to become Christians.  They chose to lose their life for the gospel in order to save their life, their soul.  Praise God that those whoever’s made the choice they did, for without them would we would remain lost, but now we are found, we are saved.  The passage is about the choices we have to make, and making them not for ourselves, rather for the whosoever’s, wherever they may be.  The gospel demonstrates that it only takes a few people like you and me to bring about transformation.

In the publicity for Fairtrade Fortnight this year, the link between fair trade and climate change is very noticeable.  The parts of the world being most negatively impacted by climate change are around the equator and spreading north and south from there; some of the poorest people on the planet.  What they grow is becoming impossible very quickly.  So in Fairtrade Fortnight we are reminded that we have a choice that people in many poorer countries do not.  A choice as to how we live, in terms of how we spend and the lifestyles we live.  All of this impacts the planet.  How we choose to live can dramatically change the lives of those who have limited choices, and save lives beyond our own lifetime.  Can we be part of a movement that spans the world, until it is cradled in hands of love?  What would Jesus be advocating if he walked the earth today?  What does it mean for us to take up our cross at this time? 

You can find out more at about Fairtrade at https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/, and you may also be interested in hearing what Bill Gates has to say about “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”, from his book of that title that was Book of the Week on Radio 4 recently (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s7ly/episodes/player).

Guide us God in the choices we make,

may they reflect your will for all of your creation.  Amen.

God bless

Patrick

 

WORSHIP

With Sunday approaching below is a reminder of the services available via the Methodist Church online, as well as some others on TV & Radio. 

Online Circuit Service – Sunday 11.00am.  The link to our service is http://southportmethodist.org.uk/sundayservice

Listen via the phone – 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.

Watch via DVD or listen via CD – If you would like a DVD or CD of our weekly service please contact Patrick on 07813 211501.  These are free of charge.                        

Get involved – 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 Patrick know on 07813 211501 or at patrick.evans@methodist.org.uk.

Other Worship Resources – Attached is a copy of this weeks Worship From Home service sheet.

Other worship resources and on line services from the Methodist Church can be found at https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/.

Dial-a-Prayer (it’s free!)

FREE phone lines for prayers, reflections and news from the Methodist Church

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 (updated every Thursday).

Listen to a pastoral message from the President and Vice

President: 0808 281 2695 (updated every Monday).

Listen to the Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478 (updated on first and third Thursday of the month)

Spiritual sustenance when in isolation

For those online the following link (https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/spiritual-sustenance-when-in-isolation/) takes you to a page of daily and weekly resources from the Methodist Church that you can access during lockdown.

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

The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend John Davies, marks St David’s Day in a service for the second sunday of Lent, recorded under lockdown conditions at Brecon Cathedral.

BBC1 TV

Sunday 11.15am – Sunday Worship – Lent Worship 2

The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a church service for Lent from St Martin’s Church, Maidstone, led by the Rev Joyce Addison, with writer and broadcaster Chine McDonald. Well-loved hymns for the season include The Lord’s My Shepherd and Steal Away to Jesus, sung by Nicki Rogers, Faye Simpson and the Adventist Vocal Ensemble.

BBC2 TV

Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Tintern Abbey

Ahead of St David’s Day, Sean Fletcher explores beautiful Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, which has stood on the bank of the River Wye for almost 900 years. He hears about the daily life of the Cistercian monks who lived there and how they dedicated their lives to God through prayer, study and working the land. Sean discovers how, in the Romantic era, the ruined abbey became an inspiration for painters and poets, including JMW Turner and William Wordsworth.

Donning his walking boots to follow a new pilgrimage path that starts and ends at the abbey, Sean meets one of the volunteers behind the venture, who explains how pilgrimages reflect the joys and sorrows of life.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the first rugby union international, Sean meets three Welsh greats of the game. Emyr Lewis, Garin Jenkins and Byron Hayward accumulated over 100 international caps between them in the 1990s, and each of them came to the Christian faith when their playing days were over. Sean speaks to them about how they came to faith, their love of rugby and what the sport means to Wales.

James Lusted visits Beaumaris on Anglesey to meet the vicar who volunteers for his local lifeboat crew. He reflects on this new challenge, what the lifeboat means to the community and how heading out to sea has deepened his faith.

With music from across Wales – including special performances from West End star John Owen-Jones and BBC Young Chorister of the Year Alexander with our very own Aled Jones.

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