Liverpool Road Methodist Church
Sunday 18th 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 led by Rev Patrick Evans and opening God’s word will be Jean McKenna, Local Preacher from Leyland Road.
Christ our friend, you ask for our love in spite of our betrayal. Give us courage to embrace forgiveness, know you again, and trust ourselves in you; we pray in your name. Amen.
Lectionary Readings – Sunday 18th April 2021
Acts 3.12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3.1-7; Luke 24.36b-48
Birkdale Churches Prayer Meeting – Open to Everyone
The next Birkdale Churches Prayer Meeting will take place at 10am, Monday 19th April and is open to everyone. For zoom details please contact Patrick.email@example.com
Taketime (Details at the end of the page).
Starts Thursday 22nd April and finishes 20th May. Zoom opens 6.45pm and sessions start at 7pm prompt. (No Monday sessions this time) If you would like to join or for more details please contact Sally on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bible Study Group continues to meet every Tuesday at 10.30am via Zoom.
For zoom details please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any items you want including in the notices for the next week, please let Lucy Lloyd know by Tuesday 20th April on 01704 536648 or email@example.com.
Our relationships with one another can be a source of great joy and delight, and they can also be a cause of anguish and pain. We are strange creatures, or at least I think I certainly am. We can so often fret about things that have happened or been said, seeing just the element we have been party too, and never really knowing the whole picture and being able to appreciate everything that is going on around us. And from this we try and make sense of the world around us. “Well that person is just too easily offended” may be a comment that is made about us or someone else, because of a response to a particular situation. We misinterpret a comment and this can create a domino effect that results in a fractured relationship. Equally we can make a misplaced comment, unaware of the impact on someone else, and then be confused when they become distant and aloof. We can never be sure what is truly going on for someone else and what they are having to cope with. Sometimes it can be nothing we’ve said, more likely than not someone needing space for themselves, but we take offence. We cannot help but reflect it back on ourselves.
I wonder how the disciples felt after the death of Jesus and their denying of their friendship with him. Jesus then appears to them. Oh no, how can their relationship with him be restored?
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations.” (Luke Ch 24 vs 45-47a)
Jesus comes from a place of open mindedness that anything is possible, and opens their minds to assure them and us, that the whole purpose of the Scriptures has culminated in his death and resurrection, for this allows the opportunity and space for repentance and the forgiveness.
The most important relationship we can ever have is with God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We can, if we choose, carry around guilt in our relationship with God, for not doing enough or being enough. Peter must have felt like that at times. Jesus did not want Peter, or any of his followers, to carry that into the future. So forgiveness is given as we repent for those things that cause our relationship with God to be fractured. A forgiveness based on love, for God wants us to be in right relationship with him.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans Ch 8 vs 38-39)
How can the model of right relationship with God help us in our relationship with others? Firstly, we need to know ourselves forgiven and loved by God. (I need to read that sentence at least a second time to let it take root – would that also help you?). Secondly, are there areas where we need to forgive or repent? Within this, we remember that we do not become a doormat for people who inappropriately seek to harm or hurt us, rather it’s when we really truly sense in the other repentance, or when we acknowledge we really did fall short. If the other party is not in the forgiveness or repentance place we would want them to be, we know we can take that situation to God in prayer, and if needs be leave it with him, because on some occasions that’s as good as it’s going to be. For in such situations, despite resolution not being realised, we have come with a mind opened by God, and a heart that follows his in seeking repentance and forgiveness. We cannot force it, just like God cannot force it with us.
May the gift of grace offered to us through the cross by God, give us the assurance that we are loved, and may the love and forgiveness we have from God, enable us to offer the same to the world.
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
An act of Christian worship.
Sunday 1.15pm – Songs of Praise – York
Katherine Jenkins interviews Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, about his first eight months in office and the role of the Church of England after lockdown. Comedian Frank Skinner talks to Sean Fletcher about his Roman Catholic faith. Sean also discusses the two-year renovation of the grand organ at York Minster with assistant director of music Ben Morris and the Minster’s precentor, the Rev Canon Vicky Johnson. Social worker Carol Lawson, who is based in the York area, reflects on the challenges she and her colleagues have faced while caring for people during the Covid-19 pandemic. The music is a mix of hymns and worship songs, including Praise to the Holiest in the Height, Faithful One, He Who Would Valiant Be and, to mark St George’s Day, Jerusalem.