Lectionary Readings Sunday 23rd May
Acts 2.1-21; Ezekiel 37.1-14; Psalm 104.24-34,35b; Romans 8.22-27; John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15
Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost sent your Holy Spirit on the disciples with the wind from heaven and with tongues of flame, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel: send us out in the power of the same Spirit to witness to your truth and to draw everyone to the fire of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday morning Iona service at 09.15 will start again on the 10 June. All are welcome.
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.
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.
THY KINGDOM COME.
Encouraging the Church to pray between Ascension Day and Pentecost for mission.
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23rd May 2020 Pentecost
‘When can we sing?’ That is the question I am repeatedly asked as our buildings begin to re-open. We are told that Methodism was born in song. On Sunday not only do we celebrate Pentecost but Aldersgate Sunday when we remember John Wesley’s ‘strangely warmed’ heart. A turning point in the story of the people called Methodists. What we don’t so often remember is his brother’s experience just a few days before on Pentecost, May 21, 1738, when he wrote in his journal ‘that the Spirit of God, chased away the darkness of my unbelief.’ It was just a few days later that John had a similar experience on his way to a meeting at Aldersgate Street. . Charles wrote that ‘Towards ten, my brother was brought in triumph by a troop of our friends, and declared, ‘I believe.’ We sang the hymn with great joy and parted with prayer.’ Charles was a prolific hymn writer and wrote some 6,000 hymns in his life time – some of which we sing today and some thankfully we don’t!
My question I guess is not ‘when can we sing’ but ‘what shall we sing?’ We may recall a time when a disillusioned musician hung up his harp and lamented: ‘By the rivers of Babylon – there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion…How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?’ I think we know a little how he feels – it’s over a year since we sang together. The psalm seems like a rallying call to get the Temple rebuilt, so that proper worship can get going again, the band can play, the organ can be pumped up and the old hymns can be belted out just like old times.
But what if our post-pandemic world still feels like in a foreign land? Perhaps the psalmist is asking: How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? How could we think afresh, and what could worship be like then? How can we continue to build those new relationships that have emerged during lockdown? How can we provide opportunities for worship to which all are really welcome? Time of change bring great opportunity. Let’s be watching carefully for what the Holy Spirit is doing, and be ready to join in. They may be songs of joy, they may be songs of lament but we are called to sing God’s song where ever we find ourselves in and out of the building.
‘Behold the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing as come.’ Song of Songs 2:11-12