Liverpool Road Methodist Church

Sunday 16th May 2021

 

Lectionary Readings Sunday 16th May

Acts 1.15-17,21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5.9-13; John 17.6-19

Prayer

Lord of Hosts, purify our hearts that the King of Glory may come in, even your Son, Jesus our Redeemer; for he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.

Return to Services

We are pleased to announce the first Service will be on Sunday 6th June 10.45am and will be led by Colin Fyles.

Francis Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes , and his visionary leadership of the Human Genome Project . Today scientists can sequence a human genome in a day and such fast human genome sequencing allows physicians to make quick diagnosis of rare genetic disorders.

In an interview by Nicky Gumbel with Francis he shares his story ;

As a third year medical student studying diseases he sat at the bedside of many people . A bedridden lady shared her faith with him and asked him his beliefs. He realised he had no answer . This took him on a two year journey to discover who God was and the question was answered. In his work as a scientist he hasn’t found a conflict with science and faith but believes they are in harmony . He speaks of the joy of being a scientist and a believer, so a moment of discovery is a moment of awe.

Throughout this tragic year of the pandemic the science gives us understanding but prayer plays a large part and we are thankful for answers such as the amazing vaccine programme. He says through Covid 19 every decision has potential for saving lives and scientists need God’s help. He reads his Bible every morning and speaks of the significance of Psalm 46 “ God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble “ so relevant and to all of the coronavirus challenges.

What stands out for me in his story is that the faith of sick lady (who felt she couldn’t contribute anything ) encouraged a young Francis Collins to put his trust in Jesus. How powerful was this conversation, as to this day his faith remains strong and compliments his work . Be encouraged that our conversations can encourage others searching for purpose, love, and belonging in their lives.

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