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
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17th January 2021
The Lectionary readings for this Sunday are:
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51
While we are not be having live services you are encouraged to worship God using radio and television broadcasts and / or catch one of the Methodist services available.
Options for Methodist services this week include:
The short act of worship for “those unable to attend worship” is posted on the church website.
The Circuit service liveonline on Zoom on Sunday, through the internet or by mobile phone is a Covenant Service. The joining link for this is:
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
Despite current restrictions, Max and Audrey still hold a modest prayer-group meeting at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. They generally let the Spirit lead, but usually there are prayers for various individuals, the local community and the world at large.
If you have any specific prayers you would like included in the monthly prayer-group meeting, please contact either Audrey on 01424 319565 or Max on 07568 451750 and let them know.
The next meeting will be on 3rd February and you will get a reminder about prayer requests on the notices sheet for 31st January.
Psalm 139 verses 1 to 6
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Actual excerpts from classified adverts in newspapers.
from ‘A Box of Delights’ by J John & Mark Stibbe
Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.
Used cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first.
Illiterate? Write today for free help.
Three-year-old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.
For sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Our whole church community at St Helens.
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), Lin’s grandson Morris, and the family of Angela Dicker who has succumbed to the covid virus.
all those suffering with the covid-19 virus, as well as those self-isolating as a result of family infections, including Brenda Wallis from St Leonards-on-Sea, who has suffered had the virus.
all those who live within the community of Ore Village, particularly those 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 Keith and the rest of the family of Sylvia Miller who passed away peacefully on Monday morning.
O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens but we have sullied your handiwork.
Out of the mouths of the young come dire warnings. When we look at the heavens, the work of your ﬁngers, we ignore our reckless conduct.
What are human beings that you are mindful of them? We have made ourselves a little higher than the angels, lording it over creation with scant forethought.
You have given us dominion over the works of your hands, which we have trampled underfoot.
O Lord, our Sovereign, invite us back to Eden, to be proper stewards, so that we might be better with that which you called good.
Inspired by Psalm 8 Paul Martin, Bolton and Rochdale District Chair
Keeping in touch
If there is anything you would like to share through this notices sheet, please feel free to get in touch. Contact information for Mike: email: email@example.com and mobile (phone and text) 07368 801680; Gillian 07773 008607; and Diane 01424 430791.
A Reflection: Signposts on the Sea
First read the short gospel story in Luke chapter 8, verses 22 to 25.
The storms we meet in the Gospels have meaning. They concern much more than the weather. They are signposts to realities beyond themselves. Jesus asks the disciples, (and us): where is our faith?
Like the disciples, do we fear that the storms in our lives might be too much for Jesus to handle? Or that he might be off-duty today, asleep perhaps? Or that he doesn’t care?
This Gospel incident invites us to think again, to trust afresh, to turn around and discover him journeying with us. If the water beneath us rages, he can keep its anger in check and hold it back from destroying us. He can give us a calm place when all seemed stormy.
These sea scenes in the Gospels are about you and me too.
And finally: St Lynas offers his thoughts on diversity
Showing a visitor round the walled garden, St Lynas said, “Here’s an apple tree, it reminds me of Fred, not much to look at, no nice smell, but plenty of workmanlike fruit.”
Passing a rose bush, he said, “This is Jenny, marvellous colourful personality, but not very practical.”
Then in the vegetable patch, he said, “These parsnips are George. No sparkling personality, and no fruit, but plenty of goodness underneath.”
“It takes all sorts to make a garden,” mused St Lynas, “- and a world!”