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A Milestone Occasion

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Saturday 12th June

Congratulations to our Minister the Rev Samuel Campbell who along with Desmond Davis and Nigel Gill was ordained at Methodist Conference yesterday evening as presbyters in Christ’s church. 

This milestone occasion was the culmination of their journey of formation over the last five years.

Images below show Sam with wife Liz, their son David and girlfriend Melanie.

SUNDAY SERMON 68: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Announcement:

Saturday 12th June at 7:30PM

Join live feed via YouTube the ordination of Revs Samuel Campbell, Desmond Davis and Nigel Gill as presbyters in Christ’s church. 

This is a culmination of their journey of formation over the last five years. Join the greater Methodist Church in Ireland to affirm and celebrate God’s particular calling for Sam, Des and Nigel.

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Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Psalm 92[a]
A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed for ever.

But you, Lord, are for ever exalted.

For surely your enemies, Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox;
    fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’

Exodus 20:2

‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Mark 2:27

27 Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Psalm 73
A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.

Psalm 73:16-19

16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!

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SUNDAY SERMON 67: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Mark 3:20-35
Jesus accused by his family and by teachers of the law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family[a] heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.’

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.’

30 He said this because they were saying, ‘He has an impure spirit.’

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting round him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’

33 ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle round him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’

Matthew 16:13-16
Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’

14 They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’

15 ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’

16 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’

Mark 3:1-6
Jesus heals on the Sabbath

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.’

Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Mark 1:23-24

23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!’

Luke 14:26

26 ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple.

Luke 9:59-62

59 He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’

But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’

60 Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’

61 Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’

62 Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’

Philippians 2:12
Do everything without grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,


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SUNDAY SERMON 66: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Isaiah 6
Isaiah’s commission

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.’

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LordAlmighty.’

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’

And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’

He said, ‘Go and tell this people:

‘“Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.”
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.’

11 Then I said, ‘For how long, Lord?’

And he answered:

‘Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.’

Exodus 33:19-20

19 And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’

Acts 28:25-28

25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: ‘The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:

26 ‘“Go to this people and say,
‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.’
27 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.”[a]

28 ‘Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!’

John 12:37-41
Belief and unbelief among the Jews

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet:

‘Lord, who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’[a]

39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

40 ‘He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
    nor understand with their hearts,
    nor turn – and I would heal them.’[b]

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

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Pentecost SUNDAY, SERMON 65: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Romans 8:18-28
Present suffering and future glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[b] have been called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 10:13

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

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SUNDAY SERMON 64: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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John 15:9-17

‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: love each other.

Philippians 2:8

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death –
        even death on a cross!

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MCI, responding globally to the pandemic…

A Statement from the Connexional Offices

We have been greatly troubled by the frightening Covid statistics in other parts of the world.

The terrible scenes in India remind us that, although we may be planning for a return to a new normal, many countries and people are far from that point.

We thank God for the advantages we have in our society.

Our Methodist Church in Ireland wishes to share how it has been helping those beyond Ireland over the last year.

1. Prayer

Both World Development & Relief and its sister department, World Mission Partnership, share weekly Prayers of Solidarity for different parts of the world.

These are sent to ministers and can be used within services or as individuals.

They are also on the respective websites.

2. Advocating

In relation to the inequity of vaccine distribution, World Development & Relief has directed us towards a global campaign calling for fair distribution by companies and governments.

It has also provided the means to lobby our own political representatives to demand such distribution.

Our Methodist President, World Development & Relief and World Mission Partnership have signed international petitions for vaccine justice.

3. Financial support

a) Word Mission Partnership has sent support grants to sister churches in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Poland, Myanmar and Togo, totalling £40,000 / €46,000.

b) World Development & Relief has been able to give an additional £75,000 / €86,000 to our international development partners because of the increased giving of many.

MCI’s own resources are limited and, although it would love to be able to respond to every need reported, it is felt that standing in solidarity with our current long-term friends and partners is the best way to have an impact as a church.

4. Learning

WDR and WMP have directed us towards resources so we might understand the global dimension of the pandemic.

5. Giving thanks for our own vaccines

If we have not already done so, we will soon receive our own vaccinations.

This is not the case for the majority of this world.

The Methodist Church in Ireland asks that every Methodist who receives their vaccine for free, considers giving a thanks offering to support our World Development partners who need us more than ever. A vaccine costs approximately £25 / €30.

This would be a wonderful expression of our thanks to God.

Thank you to all those who have already taken action.

The information for all these actions can be found on the World Development & Relief website or by contacting their office.

We ask that God gives all of us a compassion for our fellow man, woman and child.

A compassion that moves us to act.

And we pray that, as Christ’s disciples, we could lead the way.

Simon Gowdy, Induction as Local Preacher

Our Church service in Mossley this morning saw Simon Gowdy being recognised as a fully accredited Local Preacher by the Methodist Church in Ireland. The Service and presentation was resided over by Superintendent Rev Billy Davison, while scriptures were read by Lay Leader of the North Eastern District and Local Preacher Secretary Mr Tom Wilson. 

Left to right: Tom Wilson, Rev Billy Davidson, Rev Sam Campbell and Simon Gowdy

It took a while for this day to come around for Simon, the pandemic being one obvious obstacle. However it’s great to finally see you join the ranks of Mossley’s team of accredited Local Preachers. Congratulations Simon, all the hard work paid off!  

Simon and Elaine Gowdy with their daughter Georgia

SUNDAY SERMON 63: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Isaiah 58
True fasting

58 ‘Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near them.
“Why have we fasted,” they say,
    “and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?”

‘Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: here am I.

‘If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 ‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honourable,
and if you honour it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Matthew 6:16
Fasting

16 ‘When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

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