A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Tricia Williams
Address: 15 Holmesdale Road
Tel: 01424 733137
Sunday 29th November 2020
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The Lectionary readings for Advent Sunday are:
Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24 Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46
It is the fourth and last week of the second lockdown, so we are this Sunday limited to the ‘worship at home’ options.
Options for a Methodist service include:
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship”
– posted on the church website.
The Hastings Bexhill & Rye Circuit service live online and everyone is invited to partake. It’s best to ‘join’ between 10.15 and 10.25 for the service at 10.30am. All churches have been represented so far. The Zoom joining link for this week’s service is:
Message from Tricia Williams relating to this service:
“There will be a time during our Advent Services, starting on November 29th, when we would normally light our Advent Ring, and we suggest you might like to have a candle (or LED tea light) ready, so we could all share with each other lighting these in our own homes.”
Other Methodist Sunday services available online include:
Methodist Central Hall Westminster www.youtube.com/mchwevents
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Stoke www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank
Sthie (‘At home’) – from the Isle of Man www.youtube.com/andyfishburne
Wesley’s Chapel www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA
The service next Sunday, 6th December, will be, subject to the Government confirming that we can do live worship again in Hastings, Mr Barry Turnwell.
LITURGY for the first Sunday of Advent – 29th November
Today is the first Sunday of Advent – the time when we prepare once again for the coming of Jesus. We light a candle each week to remind us that Jesus brings light and hope to the world.
The Psalmist says: “Restore us O God, let your face shine that we may be saved. (Ps 80:3)
One candle is lit.
Come to us as light for the world. Come to us O God.
Song: StF 176 Like a candle flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness,
Uncreated light shines through infant eyes.
God is with us, alleluia, come to save us, alleluia, alleluia.
Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows;
can this tiny spark set a world on fire?
Yet His light shall shine from our lives, spirit blazing,
as we touch the flame of His holy fire.
Song available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/TGAXlGBB10M
If there are any final orders for Christmas wreaths please let Gillian know by next Sunday (6th Dec at the latest. Thank you to everyone who has supported / donated to this year’s limited event. The total donated so far is an amazing £84. Thank you.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
those connected with St Helens who we know are not in the best of health or have particular need of our prayers at this time: Annette, Brenda, Christine, Daisy, John, Joyce, June, Kate and her family, Margaret, Rene, and Val.
also Joyce’s son-in-law John, little Violet (Joyce’s great grand-daughter), and Lin’s grandson Morris. Liz Turner has thanked everyone for your prayers for Izzy who is now mostly recovered from covid-19.
those who live within the community of Ore Village, particularly those from the Men’s Shed and Community Centre who are thinking about the place of God in their lives.
pray also for our minister Tricia Williams, Philip Wagstaff, our Circuit Superintendent Minister, and the Circuit Leadership Team, as well as Rev John Forster and his family as John reaches the end of his earthly life’s journey.
Restore us, O Lord, we pray, bring us back to that place where we once met, as shepherds to the stable after hearing angels sing.
Bring us back to that place when our love was fresh, not embarrassed
to express itself in praise to our heavenly King. Restore us, O Lord, we pray. Amen
Thank you Father, for your patience with a rebellious people, loving you one moment, forgetting you the next. Thank you for your endless love, which does not give up, but wants the best for us, despite our faults.
Thank you for your promise to all who believe and put their trust in you: everlasting life. And in this Advent season may the Baptist’s call, resound in hearts and minds, drawing many to the living water where they might find forgiveness and knowledge of your Salvation. Amen
Keeping in touch
Rene sends her best wishes to everyone and thanks you for your prayers. She will be seeing a specialist at Eastbourne in mid-December. Gladys and Joyce, among others, have also asked us to pass on their love and good wishes.
If there is anything you would like to share through the notices sheet, please feel free to get in touch. Contact information for Mike: email: firstname.lastname@example.org and mobile (phone and text) 07368 801680; Gillian 07773 008607; and Diane 01424 430791. These sheets are usually printed on Wednesdays to give time for getting them round to everyone, so items for inclusion need to be with Mike please, by Tuesdays to be included for sure. Many thanks.
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Talking about Christmas
So, we are now in Advent and Christmas is very rapidly approaching. If you would like to send a card to any of your St Helens friends, please feel free to bring them in to church or pass them on to Diane or Mike and we will get them delivered for you, but please let us have the cards fairly early on (by Sunday 13th December) so that we can get them round before Christmas. Thank you.
It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner, “What are you charged with?”
“Doing my Christmas shopping early,” replied the defendant.
“That’s no offence,” said the judge. “How early were you doing this shopping?”
“Before the store opened,” answered the defendant
Christmas – A time for giving?
Can you imagine having to face coronavirus without access to running water and soap, in cramped and unhygienic conditions, where social distancing simply isn’t possible?
This is the reality facing people living in some of the world’s poorest communities right now. All We Can, among others have launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to help equip vulnerable communities across the globe to combat coronavirus.
For communities with weaker healthcare systems, or who lack access to clean water and handwashing facilities, the impact of Coronavirus is catastrophic. That’s why they are asking us: please do all that you can to help save lives today.
All We Can have produced a little ‘Extraordinary’ Gifts Catalogue inviting us to buy a gift to help change lives in some of the world’s poorest communities. If you would like a copy of the catalogue, please help yourself to one at church, or let Mike or Diane know. Thank you.