Liverpool Road Methodist Church
Sunday 11th 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 a Local Preachers Commissioning Service for Debs Attwater of Leyland Road and John Forshaw of Bescar Lane. The service will be led by our Superintendent Minister Rev Marie-Anne Kent and the preacher will be Supernumerary Minister Rev Ann Hall. Ann has also been the Local Preachers Tutor to Debs and John.
John Wesley preaching at Epworth Market Cross.
Almighty Father, in the wonder of your creation, you have made each one of your children equally precious and unique in your heart. But each one is called to a special place in your purposes. We thank you for those who are called to lead in acts of worship. Help us all to be sensitive to your Holy Spirit at work within us and those around us.
With your call comes the provision of gifts and resources to fulfil that calling. Bless, guide and inspire all those who provide teaching to those training to be leaders of worship, be they in universities, colleges or local tutorial groups. Bless, also, those called to preach and proclaim your Word. Teach us all how to make our whole lives into our worship of you. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 11th April 2021
Acts 4.32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1.1-2.2; John 20.19-31
General Notices Social Justice Prayer Meeting
The local charity Compassion Acts has started a monthly social justice prayer meeting at 10am on the third Friday of each month. Initially this is being hosted on Zoom, with the hope that the meetings will be held in person at Victoria Methodist Church when the lifting of restrictions allow. Each meeting lasts up to 50 minutes and will focus on a particular topic with a guest speaker and time for prayer. The next meeting will be held at 10am on Friday 16th April when the topic will be Housing. For zoom details please email Patrick.email@example.com
The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom. For zoom details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Patrick.email@example.com
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 13th April on 01704 536648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October we grieved the loss of our cat Monty. It was a Friday evening and we had not seen him for twenty four hours. Our son Will started to scour the garden, and we knocked on neighbours doors, looked in their gardens, and messages where posted on Facebook. Monty was 17 years old and his health had been deteriorating. We had to accept he had taken himself off somewhere to die. Monty was our daughters cat. Now living in Manchester we called our daughter Jess with the sad news, and after a few more days we all accepted Monty was no more.
On Easter Monday we were talking about Monty when Louise took a call from a local charity, Jaspers Cats. To our amazement they were calling on behalf of Monty! He had been found at the other end of town and his chip traced back to us. Monty was duly collected and my son video called his sister showing her Monty back at home; she was gobsmacked. She had to reprogram her mind that Monty was not dead but alive! Her words where of joy mixed with tears of confusion, regret and sadness. We could not turn the clock back as if the last six months had not occurred. Where had he been for all this time, who had been looking after him, had he been fending for himself, where just some of the questions she had.
Have you ever had to deal with a myriad of emotions all at once, with many unanswered questions that may never be answered?
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John Ch 20 vs 19-20)
The lectionary reading for this week is a post resurrection encounter. The disciples are locked in fear, and then overjoyed when Jesus stands in their presence, although, as Thomas soon discovers, Jesus’ scars remain. They have a mixture of emotions. Fear is taken over by joy, although Jesus has still been through pain, that cannot be reversed. He had suffered rejection, even from within the group of disciples. In between the fear and joy Jesus says to the disciples, “Peace be with you!”. Taking it all the way back to its root, the word of “peace” in this context is “shalom”. Shalom is a word of far greater depth than we may understand in the word peace. It means safety, rest, prosperity, wholeness, welfare, completion, fullness, soundness, and even well-being. So his blessing can be taken this way: ‘May you be blessed with safety, with rest, with prosperity, with wholeness, with completion, with fullness, with soundness, with well-being…and with peace.
This is the greeting that Jesus, the wounded healer, continues to offer us today whilst in the midst of those things that consume us with fear. His presence does not necessarily change the things that cause us to fear, rather knowing he is with us can bring us a sense of joy that enables us to know that in the middle of our fear, the King of Kings offers us peace, shalom. May we know in the myriad of emotions we are experiencing at this time, the peace of God, may his presence in our lives make it possible to experience joy despite our fear. May we know God’s peace with us, and receive from the wounded healer everlasting peace.
Now where’s that cat gone!
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
Exploring the rich story of the Road to Emmaus for Low Sunday, with Rev Philip Blackledge and Claire Nicholson of Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Melrose.
Readings: Psalm 42 Luke 24: 13-49
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Newstead Abbey
Aled Jones visits Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire to explore its 850 years of history. Curator Simon Brown explains how the abbey began as an Augustinian priory and it is thought one of the priests was Friar Tuck, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Recently, Newstead Abbey has looked into its 19th-century links to black history and the connection to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Aled talks to two women whose faith has motivated them to bring to light this little-known, difficult chapter from the abbey’s past.
Aled also meets volunteers who work in the house and gardens to hear how their faith inspires them. Meanwhile, YolanDa Brown meets Emerald O’Hanrahan, who plays Emma Grundy in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, to hear about her personal prayer space. There is music from Nottingham’s Albert Hall, Margaret Keys performs Ave Maria, and Aled performs one of his favourite hymns, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, in Newstead Abbey’s Japanese garden.