LIVERPOOL ROAD METHODIST CHURCH NOTICES
Sunday 4th April – Easter Sunday
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 Circuit Service will be led by Rev Marie-Anne Kent and the preacher will be Alex Galbraith.
(for use between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday)
Eternal God, giver of life and light,
you make this holy night shine
with the radiance of the risen Christ.
Renew your Church
with the joy and gladness of his presence,
that we may shine as lights in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 4th April 2021
Acts 10.34-43; Psalm 118.1-2,14-24; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; John 20.1-18
An Easter Celebration
In addition to the various local services on line, the Methodist Church nationally has produced an audio Easter Celebration that includes Easter hymns, readings and a reflection from the President of the Conference. You can listen to this via the following link – https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/20747/easter-cd-for-download-0321.mp3.
The last Church Council was held on Tuesday 23rd March and the following are the highlights of the meeting.
- The General Church Meeting for 2019/20 will be held on Sunday 26th September after morning worship, hopefully with a faith lunch if Covid restrictions allow.
- A Leadership Team was appointed to support the Church Stewards to uphold and act upon the decisions and policies of the Church Council. The team includes the Minister, Church Stewards, Treasurer, Property Chair and Outreach Worker, and if further gifts and skills are required others can be co-opted.
- The main focus of the meeting was to review the financial position of the church. John Attwater, Treasurer, shared that there is a great spirit and he believes optimism for our future mission here. He presented the half year accounts. The main lessons from the ensuing discussion were:
- a)We continue to live beyond our means. Reserves are projected to run out in about 2 years if we do not either increase our income or reduce our spending. This gives us time to act.
- b)Current income is below expectation but expenditure is also below budget. It is hard to sort out with the current covid restrictions.
- c)There is funding out there although much of the grant based money is for social action.
- d)A gift day was suggested and the meeting agreed. We also need to tell the membership our financial position.
- e)There does seem to be a deal of good will in the community.
- f)The Treasurer suggested we base our approach on the Methodist “God for All” document.
- The next meeting will be held on 16th June to be confirmed.
John Cass has resigned as Circuit Administrative Assistant; we thank John for his service, wish him well for the future and our prayers go with him.
Whilst we commence the recruitment process and in the absence of a Circuit Administrative Assistant, please continue to contact the Circuit Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone (07538 711317). All enquiries will be monitored and your patience and understanding is appreciated at this time.
If you have any outstanding business with the Circuit Office, please can you let Marie-Anne, Circuit Superintendent, know in the first instance (email@example.com or 01704 513128).
The Easter Link 2021 is now available on the Church Website, www.birkdalemethodist.org.uk.
I have some printed copies for those who do not have this facility. Please let me know. Jim Lloyd (568458)
The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.
For zoom details please contact Patrick on Patrick.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 contact Patrick on 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 6th April on 01704 536648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This has been a peaceful movement, people from all walks of life from all over the country, all ages, coming together in unity…against this military junta. And the military junta knows how to deal with an enemy that has weapons of war, but it has been at a loss as to how to deal with a peace movement of opposition using weapons of peace. They have been inflicting increasing levels of brutality on the people…”.
These are words I heard on Monday of Holy Week, and seemed so apt to the plight of Jesus; misunderstood by religious authorities and Roman oppressors who did not know how to deal with, in their eyes, a rebel who, amongst other names, was described as the Prince of Peace, and rode into Jerusalem not on a military horse rather a lowly colt. As I write this page I know many will read it before Easter Sunday, while we are still travelling through Jesus’ pain in the anticipation of his impending death as expressed in his pleas to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, as he was fixed with the realisation of what lay ahead of him in the horrors of Good Friday. A death by a military authority against the Prince of Peace; the greatest and gravest of ironies.
Normally during our holy week services, which can include a Holy Saturday Vigil, we don’t give away the outcome of the story until the exuberance of the celebration that comes on Easter Sunday. For some this starts with a sunrise service where we exclaim “He is risen!”, and this exclamation carries forward into our church services where we express in songs of praise the victory that Jesus ultimately claimed. For peace wins and love triumphs.
We know the story don’t we; that despite the desperation in a given moment, God prevails. That knowledge did not take the pain, injustice or unfairness away, for Jesus still lived through and experienced this. It does tell us that in the midst of human suffering, to which we are to legitimately add our own suffering, God, through Jesus has walked our journey, and from that experience we know that his love will prevail. Sometimes holding onto this hope is as good as it gets because for some the pain, injustice and unfairness is all that they experienced in this life. The hope we hold onto is an eternal hope as assured to us in Jesus’ resurrection; that beyond our lived experience of this life there is more.
The quote at the start of this page was given at the start of the week regarding the people of Myanmar, by Tom Andrews, a former member of the US Congress and now the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Military forces struggle to contain peaceful protests. Is this because such protests can never be defeated merely suppressed? Two thousand years ago religious authorities and military leaders thought they had defeated some irritating protestor leading a peaceful protest against their transient earthy rule. Such protests can never be defeated, then or now, and we are testament to this when we exclaim on Easter Day the assurance we have in resurrection of Jesus. Whether we have seen the back of that which seeks to harm us, or are in the middle of a storm from which there is no relief, may we still be able to hold onto the hope that the Easter Day story expresses. From the Methodist Worship Book we are invited to exclaim…
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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
The Most Revd Justin Welby shares his Easter message of hope and resurrection, in a joyful celebration, live from the stunning setting of Canterbury Cathedral. Following Covid-safe guidelines, members of Canterbury Cathedral Choir, directed by David Newsholme, sing well-loved hymns and anthems including Jesus Christ is Risen Today, This Joyful Eastertide and Thine be the Glory and the Mass setting is Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B Flat. With Gospel music from Junior Garr and members of the Spirituals Choir and readings and prayers from the Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover and members of the Community of St Anselm. Producer Andrew Earis.
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – Easter Sunday
Katherine Jenkins celebrates Easter Sunday from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. She finds out about the meaning behind the Paschal candle, lit especially at Eastertime, and performs one of her favourite hymns, the Sanctus, to Elgar’s stirring tune Nimrod.
Echoing the theme of the Easter story, James Lusted meets a vicar who has turned his life around from darkness into light.
With favourite Easter hymns and songs from Llandaff Cathedral Choir, Vocal Creation, The Voice UK winner Blessing Annatoria and a special performance from one of Wales’ finest – Sir Bryn Terfel.
With hymns and songs to celebrate Holy Week and an exclusive performance of a new blessing for carers.