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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 11: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our eleventh online Sunday Service of Worship. This Sunday is known as PENTECOST SUNDAY. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Acts 2

The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

Peter addresses the crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[c]

22 ‘Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

Romans 12:1

A living sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 10: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our tenth online Sunday Service of Worship. This Sunday is known in the Methodist Tradition as ALDERSGATE SUNDAY. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Isaiah 12

Songs of praise

In that day you will say:

‘I will praise you, Lord.
    Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
    and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence[a];
    he has become my salvation.’
With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:

‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done,
    and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
    for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.’

Romans 5

Peace and hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 8:16

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

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HYMN: AND CAN IT BE by Charles Wesley.
Courtesy Songs of Praise BBC1

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 9: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our ninth online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Acts 17:22-31

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: ‘People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

24 ‘The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 “For in him we live and move and have our being.”[a] As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.”[b]

29 ‘Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.’

1 Corinthians 9:19-22
Paul’s use of his freedom

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 8: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our eighth online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

John 14: 1-14

Jesus comforts his disciples

14 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Jesus the way to the Father

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’

Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

1 John 4:4 

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 7: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our seventh online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Acts 2:42-47

The fellowship of the believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1 Corinthians 12:26

26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.

John 15:13

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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SUNDAY MORNING, SERMON 6: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to this our sixth online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  
Also listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church

Luke 24:13-49

On the road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.

17 He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’

19 ‘What things?’ he asked.

‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’

25 He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29 But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus appears to the disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

Vulnerable Targeted By Scammers

The COVID-19 crisis has seen many astonishing acts of kindness, unfortunately there is an increasing threat from criminals who are taking advantage online, by telephone or text and through cold calling. They trick you into urgency and action, and once getting you to react can steal your passwords, logins to banking, compromise your computer or take money or credit cards through doorstep frauds. 

A local PSNI Crime Prevention Officer has asked that we inform parishioners especially those not on social media, to be wary of individuals claiming to be ‘Good Samaritans’, calling on the elderly at their homes. These individuals are offering to take weekly collections to their local churches and in some cases offering to collect prescriptions and groceries for a cash sum. The PSNI Crime Prevention Team urge everyone to be cautious and follow this advice:

  • Only use the services of people you know and trust
  • Please ensure you speak with a trusted member of your Church to arrange collection or alternative methods for paying your weekly collections.
  • Be alert to online and telephone scams, do not share personal or financial details with anyone.
  • Keep your doors locked at all times. Use your door chain or peep hole. Check ID, call 101 Quick Check to confirm identity. Please display NO COLD CALLING stickers or the nominated neighbour scheme.

If you see something suspicious in the area that you live in or are concerned about an elderly member of your community, please don’t hesitate to contact the PSNI on 101.

The NI Direct website has a ‘ScamWise Partnership’ page HERE , offering extensive information and practical advice on this ever growing threat both online and on the door step. Topics covered are: Phone scams and cold calls – Online scams – Scams by post – Doorstep fraud, also advice on how to spot and report a scam. 

So be a healthy sceptic …and let’s keep an eye out, particularly for the vulnerable living next door to us! 

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