6th June 2021

Service led by Colin Fyles

 

Lectionary Readings 6th June 2021

Genesis 3.8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1; Mark 3.20-35

Prayer

God, faithful and true, you call every generation to make a pilgrim journey. Guide our feet along the road of faith, that we may put our whole trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Church Opening

As Sunday, 6th June, approaches, we look forward to opening the doors of Liverpool Road Methodist Church again to welcome people back for a time of worship.

To begin with, you can expect some social distancing regarding seating, the wearing of face coverings and still no singing unfortunately.  The services will also be a little shorter than before the pandemic but we hope this will not be for too much longer.

Furnishings

Following repurposing of parts of our premises we have items of furniture and carpet which are going begging. If you would like an easy chair, a piece of quality carpet or other items please contact one of the church stewards – Geoff France, Jim Lloyd or Andy Trimble. Enquiries welcome.

Bible Study

Tuesday morning Bible study will not meet on zoom until further notice . On Tuesday 22nd June at 10-30am all who have taken part in the group and anyone who is interested in taking part in the future are invited to Ainsdale Methodist Church (in the garden weather permitting) for refreshment , fellowship and planning of a future study . If the weather is unsuitable the meeting will take place in the church .

Coffee after Church

This week coffee after church will begin at 12 noon . All are welcome whether you have attended church or chosen to stay at home .

Ken Hooton

It is with sadness that I inform you that Ken Hooton died week before last. He was one of Mr Wesley’s Preachers, and was commissioned in 1974 – 47 years ago.  I know that many across the circuit have been inspired and challenged by his preaching, but his influence has been felt well beyond the pulpit.  We hold his family and friends in our prayers.  There will be a service of thanksgiving for Ken’s life at Liverpool Road in the summer we will circulate the date when it is known.  Marie-Anne

Church Notices

If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 8th June on 01704 536648 or lucy@southportmethodist.org.uk.

‘We are open!’

It is with excitement and expectancy that many churches in our circuit prepare to meet for worship this Sunday. Yet for some it is a difficult step to return to ‘Worship as usual’

The author AJG Van der Borght in 2008 described church as ‘the community of the shared story’. These ‘shared story’ communities have been interrupted by lockdowns across the world, leading many to a reassessment of life, church and worship

Worship on line has been a new experience, attracting new people and enabling worship to take place in the comfort of their own homes. Yet for others the move to electronic worship has left them feeling doubly excluded.

As we return to church we need to be sensitive to each other’s needs, realising that we may be at new or differing points on our journey of faith.

We need to listen to each other, encourage one another, praying for each other’s needs and disappointments, sharing the sadness of loss, yet celebrating the good and recognising Gods provision, including the privilege of being able to say ‘the grace’ in harmony at last!

This is the time to re-look at church, to recognize which areas God is blessing, whilst letting go of the things which are no longer functioning and have become burdensome.

In this new season let us have fun, seeing what God is doing and jump on board. The Christian journey is never boring when God takes the wheel.

Let us also be open to communicating the Christian message in new and creative ways, after all John Wesley said ‘The world is my parish’ and we all have a story to share.

Every Blessing

Sonya x

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