Thoughts for April

Holy Communion- New every morning

Holy Communion- New every morning

Holy Communion- New every morning

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This article is in the space that had a description of the Covenant service,  

I described it as, probably the most solemn of Methodist services. What follows, describes the most joy filled Holy Communion I have experienced.


Holy Communion has meant a lot to me, especially since the days that seem so long ago when I was privileged to prepare the table and share in serving. I have seen smiles and tears, accidents and embarrassment. Often I have been moved.


Now I must tell you of a beautiful moment at communion on Sunday 02-02-2020. A little girl aged about 2 escaped her mummy; one shoe on, one off. She followed the minister and steward along the row, high-fiving as she went. Just before he gave the blessing she reached up her hand  to ask for, and was duly given, more bread.

This has to be the most memorable communion I have experienced .... and a little child shall lead them....


Walk Slowly with me- watch the Seasons

Holy Communion- New every morning

Holy Communion- New every morning

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 Walk slowly with me

And breathe

What you have so often passed by:

Greening hedgerows,

Secret primrose,

Walk slowly with me


Walk slowly with me

And see

What you have so often passed by:

Moss and feather

Soft cradling.

Walk slowly with me


Walk slowly with me

And hear

What you have often passed by:

Breeze breathing 

Grass rustling

Walk slowly with me


Walk slowly with me

And love

What you have so often passed by:

Swelling apple

Falling leaf,

Walk slowly with me


Walk slowly with me

And feel

What you have so often passed by:

Snowflake,

Frosty air

Walk slowly with me.

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S.M. Spencer

A Question from David

Holy Communion- New every morning

A New take on James 3:5-11

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 Pinched this from Emily:

 Does everyone know where this statue is and the reason it was erected? 

It is very local.

David 


Answers to David, or to Sue at bjcdfa@gmail.com



A New take on James 3:5-11

A life worth living….

A New take on James 3:5-11

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Children at school are taught the acronym T.H.I.N.K. 

 Before we speak we should ask ourselves, is it:

True

    Helpful

      Inspiring

         Necessary

Kind

 

 New International Version (NIV)


. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

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With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 

A life worth living….

A life worth living….

A life worth living….

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  “More blest to give than to receive” 

Yet graciously, from sinful hands,

Jesus accepted precious gifts:

Another’s risk was not repelled

But valued as a sacred trust 

To teach us generosity.


Transforming all that others gave 

Thro' perfume, fish, bread, upper room- 

Expressing how the love of One

Is found in every kindly deed:

His resting place, a borrowed tomb-

To teach us his humility.


He gave but did not condescend; 

Was honest in his firm reproof

Of Satan, Pharisee and friend;-

Risked reputation, life and love,

His focus fixed on the true One

To teach us his integrity.


In trembling fear he prayed, “Release!

“I have no strength to face this hour,

“I need their prayer and yet they sleep.

“My father, hear your children weep. 

“I trust myself into your care.”

May we learn his dependency.


He hung in shared despair and shame, 

Apparent helplessness had power-

Compassion for the unaware,

Comforting dying penitents

He blessed his grieving family:

Weakness was his potency.


 S.M. Spencer 




A life worth living….

A life worth living….

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This Easter I want to celebrate! 

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Smiles.......

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Hymns? submitted by alison

Hymns? submitted by alison

Hymns? submitted by alison

 Hymns

One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money. He asked the people to consider donating a little more than usual, adding that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering was received, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed £1,000 in the offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly, saintly looking lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor invited her to come to the front.

Slowly she made her way towards the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she had given so much; in thanks, asked her to choose 3 hymns.

The old lady's eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, 

"I'll take him and him and him."

Alison,

Torrisholme Methodist Church Administrator

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Generate excitement

Hymns? submitted by alison

Hymns? submitted by alison

  

Someone asked an old man,

: "Even after 79 years, you still call your wife – darling, honey, luv.  What's the secret?"

Old man: "I forgot her name and I'm scared to ask her." 

A Message From Sue

Snippets in Lent 2020

    Watch this space



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Hello

Copyright

I have received advice from the Connexional Team of the Methodist Church. The restrictions caused by copyright mean that I cannot use materials newer than 70 years without permission of the copyright holder. This means that I may not be able to use more modern  creativity, although I can refer to it. Therefore I would appreciate you offering permission with anything you may contribute.