A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH
CCLI licence No. 1169248
Minister: Rev Philip Wagstaff
Address: 4 The Dene
Hastings TN35 4PD
Tel: 01424 755699.
25th September 2022
We are delighted to welcome to lead our Harvest Thanksgiving / Holy Communion service today:
Rev Philip Wagstaff
The Lectionary readings for this Sunday are:
Amos 6:1a,4-7 Psalm 146
1 Timothy 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-31
The hymns for the service today are:
Singing the Faith No’s 123 130 124 569 125
MODERN VERSION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
The St Helens diary for the next week is as follows:
Wednesday 28th September
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Baby & Toddler Group
Sunday 2nd October
At 10.30am – Morning service led by Mr Alan Hurrell
There is a Circuit online service on Sunday evening led by Rev Philip Wagstaff. The Zoom link for this service at 6.15 for 6.30pm is:
If you would like to cover a particular week, please put your name against your chosen week on the list at the back, together with a dedication if you so wish. Thank you
ALL WE CAN HARVEST APPEAL
This year’s All We Can Harvest Appeal is to help vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe become more self-reliant: through projects supporting climate-resilient sustainable agriculture, livestock production, and increasing access to clean and safe water.
The proceeds from the auction of perishable gifts, plus donations, will all support this very worthy appeal. Please help in any way you can, and please feel free to ignore the commercial value of the lots when bidding.
Please note that our next Messy is confirmed for Wednesday 26th October, with Philip leading the celebration time.
If you are interested and can come, the planning meeting is a week on Wednesday, 5th October at 3.15pm after Tiny Footprints.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Members of the royal family following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II
Our church community here at St Helens including those who are unable to attend Sunday worship, our Tiny Footprints Baby and Toddler Group, JUMP Club, and Messy Church.
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, Audrey, Brenda, Carol W, Daisy, Eileen, Gladys, Joyce, Kate and her family, Lin, Margaret, and Rene.
pray also for our minister Rev Philip Wagstaff, Rev Crawford Logan and the Circuit Leadership Team.
Dear God, thank you for all your love every minute of every day. We all ought to love you, not only from our hearts, but also from the bottom of our souls. Teach us to be like you and to love everyone around us.
Whether they are different or not, let us love them equally. Help us to spread the love of you around the globe. We all need to love and forgive, so please help us to do this Lord. Let us listen and follow your greatest commandment. Amen.
Sophie, Year 6, St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Canterbury
Heavenly Father, as we live to be your disciples in this world, and share the good news of your Son Jesus Christ, help us at all times to be faithful witnesses. Grant us your peace and love to be able to keep strong the greatest commandment, which is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Enable us to be filled with your Spirit as we passionately devote ourselves to the work of teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer with those around us, to whom we may be seen as a light in this world that you so graciously entrusted us to nurture. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Daud Irfan, Youth President 2021/2022
St Helens, Circuit, & other dates for your diary
Friday 30th September 10am to 12pm – Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning at Trinity Methodist Church – see poster
Wednesday 5th October at 3.15pm – Messy Church planning meeting in the hall at OCC
Saturday 8th October 10.30 for 11am – Harvest Thanksgiving service at Winchelsea Chapel led by Rev Crawford Logan
Wednesday 26th October at 2.30pm – Messy Church
Saturday 26th November 10.30am to 1pm – Christmas Fayre
Excerpts from Justin Welby’s address on Monday 20th September
The pattern for many leaders is to be exalted in life and forgotten after death. The pattern for all who serve God – famous or obscure, respected or ignored – is that death is the door to glory.
Her Late Majesty famously declared on a 21st birthday broadcast that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the Nation and Commonwealth.
Rarely has such a promise been so well kept! Few leaders receive the outpouring of love that we have seen.
Jesus does not tell his disciples how to follow, but who to follow. He said: “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Her Late Majesty’s example was not set through her position or her ambition, but through whom she followed. I know His Majesty shares the same faith and hope in Jesus Christ as his mother; the same sense of service and duty.
The Queen began her Coronation with silent prayer. Her allegiance to God was given before any person gave allegiance to her. Her service to so many people in this nation, the Commonwealth and the world, had its foundation in her following Christ – God himself – who said that he “came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are long forgotten.
We will all face the merciful judgement of God: we can all share the Queen’s hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. All who follow the Queen’s example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: “We will meet again.”