Standish Methodist Church

 

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Welcome to

Standish Methodist Church

Minister: Rev’d John Hilton

Tel: 01695 625528

Email: johnhilton56@outlookcom

www.standishmethodistchurch.org.uk

 

 

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

 

                     

Dear Friend,

 

This is my second letter to you, and in only a few days things have changed dramatically. The impact of the government’s latest instructions to stay at home except for essential trips is going to make life difficult for many, especially the most vulnerable. Nevertheless, it is wholly necessary to protect society and in particular our NHS and its people. We owe them so much.

 

Our church buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. But perhaps this is a good time to remind ourselves that the church is the people and we remain together in the spirit as we pray and worship in our own homes. I am pleased to say that it appears that everyone is playing their part in setting up little support networks and keeping contact by phone. Please remember that if you need to talk then don’t hesitate to contact, myself, Jim Whelan or your Pastoral Visitor.

 

I’m reminded of that time when Jesus’ disciples were getting rather anxious about the future, and the thought that they may not see Jesus again. Sensing their rising anxiety Jesus said these words to them, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

We are a people of faith, and I pray that his peace will fill your life and give you hope.

 

For those with Smart phones, i-Pads etc, you may wish to watch a live streamed service from Wesley’s chapel in London. The service times and link are as follows:

 

Service times

 

Wednesday 12:45

 

Thursday 12:45

 

Sunday 9:45 and 11:00.  

 

All these services will be available at:

 

www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA 

 

 

As last week, I am attaching an order of service for you to use if you wish in your home on Sunday morning.

 

May the Lord be your strength and protection,

 

Prayerfully yours,

 

Rev John

 

 

Revd. John C Hilton,    Tel:  01695 625528,   Email: johnhilton56@outlook.com

 

 

SUNDAY SERVICE - 29TH MARCH 2020

PROVIDED BY THE METHODIST CHURCH UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th March 2020

 

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you

 

Opening Prayer 

 

As we come to worship you might like to have

a time of silence and light a candle.

 

Then pray: Holy and Loving God I come to worship

you, as I do I remember that I am a part of your church

in my community and in the world, and I take comfort

from the fact that I am not alone.

 

Come by your Holy Spirit and help me to worship you

in spirit and in truth.

 

Amen

 

Hymn: StF 370 Breathe on me breath of God 

 

Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it

 

on the picture link below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us pray together

 

Holy and Loving God, all life comes from you,

and in you all things hold together.  

 

As we remember this, we pause to give you thanks and Praise.

 

As we remember this, we are reminded that you hold

the end from the beginning, and that nothing is too large

or too small for you.

 

As we remember this, remind us that as all things are held,

so we are held by you, in love.

 

Help us in our anxious thoughts.

 

Help us in our day to day lives.

Help us in this time of deep uncertainty.

 

We acknowledge that at times we are selfish,

at times we do not seek you first.

 

But we know that you are always faithful, merciful,

gracious, and forgiving.

 

(Silence)

 

We receive your mercy and forgiveness faithfulness and grace.

 

In the name of Christ.

 

Amen

 

 

Today’s Reading from the Old Testament  

 

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

 

Today’s Gospel Reading:

 

John 11: 1-45

 

Time to Reflect

 

Todays readings are full of hope, reminding us that the

resurrection is real, and new life is possible.

 

Take time to read the gospel passage slowly and

prayerfully again.

 

Is there a word or a passage that stands out to you?

 

Pause to spend time with that word/ passage.

 

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

 

If Jesus were stood before you what would you like to ask him?

 

 

Take a time to sit quietly

 

A time of prayer

 

Let’s pray 

 

Holy and Loving God we pray for your world, for the leaders

who are  making difficult decisions as every day brings new

changes and challenges.

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer 

 

 

We pray for our nation, that decisions might be made with

wisdom and care for the benefit of all.

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

We pray for our town/ city/ village. For all who live here that

your peace might reign and that your perfect love might

settle our fears.

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer 

 

 

We pray for frontline workers, Drs, nurses, carers, shop

workers, refuse collectors, postal workers.

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer 

 

We pray for our loved ones, those we know who may

be ill, those who are struggling, those who are confused

and conflicted…

( you might like to name names here)

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer

 

And finally we pray for ourselves, you know what is on our

hearts and minds, and so we offer that to you

(again you might like to name your own prayers and concerns)

 

Lord of all, Lord for all

 

Hear our prayer

 

AMEN

 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

Our Father ……

 

Hymn: Listen to: (Oceans by Hillsongs United)

Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it

 

on the picture link below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A prayer of blessing 

 

May you know the deep peace of the God who knows and

perfectly loves you.

 

May take the yoke of Jesus upon you,  knowing that he bears

your load with you.

 

May you know the indwelling Spirit bringing you wisdom and peace.

 

Amen                                                                                                                                    Original Materials by Rev. Sally Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

 

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.’

 

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

 

Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD

 

 

John 11: 1-45

 

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

 

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

 

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.

 

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

 

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’