Mossley Methodist are delighted in sharing with you that our Youth Leader Elaine Gowdy has posted her inaugural video broadcast in the light of Covid19.
Through the medium of Facebook and the REFUGE PAGE, Elaines intension is to the reach out to her children and young people that attend Refuge and Youth Fellowship. In the video Elaine reminds her C&YP’s not to fret or worry, but to bring their concerns, at any time throughout their day, to God who cares for them. Elaine goes on to reassure that she and Simon are praying for each of them and hopes to find ways that they can interact.
We are all trying to find new ways to connect, and as Elaine admits, apologetically, this was way outside her comfort zone. So bless you sister and well done for opening the door to a whole new world of possibilities.
On a final note taken from the video message, Elaine reminds them “be safe by staying at home and keep washing your hands”. …And that goes for you too!
Welcome Saints, to this our second 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.
This weeks lesson is based on the Lectionary reading Psalm 130
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”[a]
The Death of Nadab and Abihu
10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them,and they died before the Lord.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a]Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Last night a 8pm, I opened my front door and joined with the country in clapping in recognition for the unbelievable work our NHS are doing though this Covid19 crisis. I felt a real sense of community and pride as I listened to clapping, cheers and clanging from my neighbours in the surrounding streets. We too can hold on to our sense of community within the Methodist Church. Below are some suggestions to help us.
Behind closed doors and in the safety of our homes, rather than being overwhelmed by the constant news reports, it’s important to be able to connect positively and engage with our fellow christians and our God. The Methodist Church in Ireland (MCI) website have helpful resources to aid us. These resources can help us to continue in the knowledge that we are valued and cherished members of the greater Methodist community.
One such resource, published on our noticeboard last Saturday, was the ‘Sunday’ morning address brought to you by our President, Rev Sam McGuffin. The Methodist Church website has a dedicated page HERE with links from ministers throughout the island who have posted sermons and addresses using various online tools. The ingenuity of Ministers must be applauded as they have stepped out of their comfort zones and used the likes of YouTube and Facebook to reach out to their congregations and beyond. Most notably, the ‘fearless’ Rev Darrin Thomson performed a live feed through his church facebook account! (users can view it HERE on the Thomas Street Methodist Facebook page). Indeed if you missed it our own Rev Sam Campbell also successfully gave the first of his online sermons, and intends hosting a weekly bible study using ZOOM video conferencing! Details on this will be published over the weekend.
On the MCI website home page news section, (and this is great for anyone who doesn’t have a Twitter account) tweets are posted in a feed where you can read and follow links to updates as they happen. Find this HERE.
Finally anyone in Mossley who brings prayers of intersession to morning worship will have full knowledge of the Prayer Focus Diary. Why not DOWNLOAD it and join us in continuing to use it. These projects are only ‘on hold’ and will still need your prayers to get them back up and running again. Also you can SIGN UP HERE to the daily Prayer Focus emails, where they have also included ‘Reflections For Lent’ reminding us that Easter is more relevant than ever.
Greetings Saints. With our church and organisations suspended in the light of Covid19, I have asked the Media Team if we can try this new way of reaching out to you in your homes as you self isolate or social distance. This feature may need to be tweaked in weeks to come as we settle into it, but my aim is that you find comfort and a continued sense of belonging to our church community at Mossley. It is also my intension to have updates posted from the greater Methodist Church in Ireland as they respond to the crisis.
Before I bring you my first ‘ever’ online sermon I would just like to say that If it is at all possible to spread the word about this new service, especially to anyone who is living alone, please do so. Maybe all it takes is a simple phone call directing them to this site mossleymethodist.com. Better still, tell them of how to become a FOLLOWER, allowing them to receive direct email updates (its easy, just click the bottom right FOLLOW tab and enter your email address). It’s surprising to me how members of our older church community have internet access and are au fait with technology …probably more so than I am.
Now let us begin. I advise you to READ or LISTEN (click on preferred link) to access the reading or following on with your bibles read John 9 1-41. After which, click on the window below and comfortably sit back to listen.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from the President of the Methodist Church
Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that we have suspended gatherings for worship in Methodist Churches across Ireland. We have made this difficult decision in light of the evolving government advice in both jurisdictions. Congregations are encouraged to seek creative ways to worship, even if not able to be in one place and to continue to serve those who are most vulnerable in their communities. We continue to pray for all affected by the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), particularly for those who are ill and grieving the loss of loved ones, our front-line health care workers, leaders in government and the Health Services and for businesses at this time.
As a Church, we want to turn to God in this unique time. You will find on The Methodist Church in Ireland website we have created guidelines and resources which we hope will equip congregations across Ireland to remain connected and together as much as possible. CLICK HERE President Sam McGuffin
One such online resource, available now but intended for service on 22nd March, will be an online video service given by The President Sam McGuffin. This will continue for every Sunday allowing congregations to ‘gather’ for church in our homes.
Good morning reader. With all the advice we are getting about Covid19, keeping a positive and healthy mind is right up there! We are being told that it’s good to add structure to your day, we all need a plan and keep a regular schedule especially if we are social distancing or self isolating.
As I’m sure you know some people are taking up new skills like learning the guitar that’s sat in the corner for years, trying their hand at baking, bird watching (if you have a nice garden), keep-fit or using online access through youtube keep-fit or yoga. Some people have even decided to re-order that messy junk room.
So here is another suggestion. How long have we been telling ourselves “I must set aside time for God” … here’s that opportunity. Even if you find yourself working from home or home schooling , then all the more important to find a quiet place for YOU.
There are so many study guides out there. Our Daily Bread and Scripture Unions Word Live are but a few free online suggestions to help you come along side God each day, to pray and read scriptures from the bible.
You Version is another resource you can download to your smart phone or computer in the form of an app. This resource provides plans that can choose to span over a few days or weeks. You get to choose the topic and duration that suits your life experience. You also get a reminder and scripture emailed everyday. It’s very fluid and easy to follow, most of all, and this is why I’m suggesting it, they have compiled topic plans that relate to our response to Covid19. Plus you will even find under the products tab a bible app for kids.
So what are you waiting for … because Gods waiting for you!
Follow this CLICK to see just a few of the topics that intend to bring hope through Gods word into our lives at this fearful time. Click HERE if you wish to download the You Version Bible App
This afternoon the Methodist Church in Ireland, with Government guidance, have recommended the suspension of all Methodist church services. Furthermore all congregational organisations and activities should also cease.
It is with great sadness and our social responsibility that the leadership of Mossley Methodist agree to comply with these measures. Sam and the leadership team would be very grateful if you would pass on to anyone you know, that as of today all groups and services will cease until further notice.
Sam expresses that although he will not be able to visit, he can provide pastoral care over the phone. If you need to contact him then please do not hesitate to ring him on his landline 028 9591 3219. Also he will be providing weekly sermons that will be posted for streaming playback on our website www.mossleymethodist.com. Any updates additions or changes we will do our best to actively post here.
In addition Methodist UK has posted helpful information with links to worship tools within the Methodist online community and can be found HERE
Please don’t feel alone at this time, if you need help ask for it, if you are self isolating and need a friendly voice then please reach out to us. We are Gods family and it’s our duty to look out for each other in these uncertain days. All you need do is ask. God bless and keep us all, Amen