SUNDAY SERMON 82: BROUGHT TO YOU BY ADRIAN BORLAND

Welcome to our online Local Preachers Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening. Images to aid your listening experience are posted below, and the reading is brought to you by Elaine Gowdy.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Prayer Meeting resumes again as a group within the church at Mossley. This Wednesday night at 7:30pm. MCI COVID guidelines will be adhered to. When the Bible Study course begins again next month the prayer meeting will be absorbed into it and resume again on course completion.

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Adrian Borland Mossley Methodist Local Preacher: Psalm 46
Psalm 46
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.’

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 54:4 (NIV)

Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Psalm 54:4 (The Passion)

But the Lord God has become my divine helper.
    He leans into my heart and lays his hands upon me!

John 15:1-9 (NIV)
The vine and the branches

15 ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener….

… Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me…

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing….

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you… 

‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

Psalm 91:1-4 (The Voice)

He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High
    will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.
He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress,
    my God, I place all my trust in You.”
For He will rescue you from the snares set by your enemies who entrap you
    and from deadly plagues.
Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers,
    will protect you under His great wings;
    His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.

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A Milestone Occasion

Conference21 | Ordination Service

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.

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

Mossley appoints a new Treasurer

The New Testament is very clear on the importance of The Body of Christ. We are taught that within The Body, His Church, each member has a specific and very relevant part to play. Indeed in various translations of 1 Corinthians 12: 28-31 the gift of Administrators, is one roll highlighted as being of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we see that Financial and Administration work in the Church can be another way of promoting His Kingdom, within local community and the world. 

This aspect of church life carries with it certain responsibilities, without someone to look after it in the church, to be Stewards of the money placed in their care, Christs work would simply not be done.

This is why at Mossley we have been incredibly fortunate with our continued succession of the roll of Treasurer. To name a few Robert Raj, Dorothy Reynolds and to date Adrian Borland. 

Adrian has been treasurer now since 2016, and excuse the pun, but we definitely got our moneys-worth out of him. Thankfully we are not losing him from our congregation. However it’s agreed that he has done his time, and paid his dues in doing a fantastic job for us. Plus Adrian will no doubt be a valued mentor to his successor Keith Speers.

Keith and Uli Speers have been members of our congregation now since November 2017. So it was with great pleasure and gratitude that the Church Council received Keiths acceptance to take on the mantel of Treasurer. 

As a congregation we thank you Keith and please know that our prayers and support are with you as you settle into this new calling within the work of our Church.

If you pay towards the running and projects associated to our church then please be aware that email and postal addresses have now been updated to Keith as point of contact.

These details along with a guide to help you choose a way of financially supporting the running of our church, can be found on the GIVING DURING COVID-19 page. All that is left to say is many thanks and blessings to everyone for your unwavering and continued support.

Keith Speers – Newly Appointed Treasurer

COVID-19 CHURCH ATTENDANCE; WHAT TO EXPECT (Updated 19/09/21)

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout this Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service.

Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers – particularly the vulnerable – are kept safe. 

Congregation members must not attend church activities if they have any COVID symptoms.

If someone in the household has Covid, ensure that others from that household are cautious at attending church activities.

  • Please note, if you are not fully vaccinated, and over 18 years, where someone in your household has COVID symptoms, the NHS and Methodist Church in Ireland advice is that you take a Lateral Flow Test (11 years or older) and self isolate as duty of care.

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

(The service will continue to be made available to those who feel they cannot attend, via Website and Telephone access)

Expect the Church Sanctuary to be well ventilated, with seating spaced out allowing for families and individuals.

Listed below are requirements for your safety. This is in compliance with the NI Executive and the Methodist Church in Ireland.

  1. Do not attend church if you are unwell and exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms
  2. The Methodist Church in Ireland have formally made the wearing of face masks on entering and leaving the building compulsory.
  3. Maintain 2m social distancing at all times. (There will be no handshakes or hugs)
  4. Use the hand sanitiser provided on entry to the building
  5. To enable ‘Track and Trace’, ensure that you provide your name and contact information to the Stewards
  6. All young children must remain with their parents throughout the service
  7. Toilets are available, but are restricted to a maximum occupancy of 1 people at any one time. Please wait outside until a place becomes available
  8. Offering may now be placed in a slotted collection box fitted to the wall on entrance to the Sanctuary
  9. There will be no crèche or Sunday School
  10. Take home your litter. i.e tissues, sweet wrappers, empty bottles, nappies
  11. Please maintain social distancing in the car park and foyer to ensure that everyone can safely leave

The leadership team in Mossley have the hope and trust that these measures will not hinder our call to Worship. We believe that where His people are, God is in the midst.

Matthew 18:20

 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

SUNDAY SERMON 81: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
James 3:1-12
Taming the tongue

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig-tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

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SUNDAY SERMON 80: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
James 2:1-17
Favouritism forbidden

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself,’[a] you are doing right. But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as law-breakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’[b] also said, ‘You shall not murder.’[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a law-breaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Matthew 25:34-40

34 ‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”

40 ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –

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SUNDAY SERMON 79: BROUGHT TO YOU BY Colin McDowell

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As from Monday the 16th of August, The Rev Sam Campbell has been on holiday for two weeks. If over this period there is a pastoral emergency please contact; For Mossley Colin McDowell or Christine Mccausland. For Greencastle Carol Lambe or Evelyn Stainer.

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Colin McDowell,
Society Steward and Local Preacher of Mossley Methodist Church

James 1:19-27

Listening and doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

John 7:5

For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Mark 3:20-21
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.’

Luke 6:12-13
The twelve apostles

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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SUNDAY SERMON 78: BROUGHT TO YOU BY Elaine Gowdy

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As from Monday the 16th of August, The Rev Sam Campbell has been on holiday for two weeks. If over this period there is a pastoral emergency please contact; For Mossley Colin McDowell or Christine Mccausland. For Greencastle Carol Lambe or Evelyn Stainer.

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Elaine Gowdy Mossley Methodist Youth Pastor: Psalm 139 – Gods Love Pursues Us
Psalm 139

139 1-6 God, investigate my life;
    get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
    I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
    before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
    then up ahead and you’re there, too—
    your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
    I can’t take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
    to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
    If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
    to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
    you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
    At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
    night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

Please find BY CLICKING HERE the song Elaine mentions. This Medley by John Mark McMillan will take it’s place in the worship time within the live Sunday Service at Mossley Methodist. All rights reserved – Heart Won’t Stop / Stand By Me (YOUTUBE)

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SUNDAY SERMON 77: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

From Monday the 16th of August, The Rev Sam Campbell will be on holiday for two weeks. If over this period there is a pastoral emergency; For Mossley contact Colin McDowell or Christine Mccausland. For Greencastle contact Carol Lambe or Evelyn Stainer.

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
1 Kings 2:10-12

10 Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned for forty years over Israel – seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.

1 Kings 3:1-14
Solomon asks for wisdom

Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the Lord. Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’

Solomon answered, ‘You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

‘Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.’

2 Chronicles 26:16-21

16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in. 18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, ‘It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honoured by the Lord God.’

19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy[a] broke out on his forehead. 20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the Lord had afflicted him.

21 King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house[b] – leprous, and excluded from the temple of the Lord. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.

1 Kings 11:2

They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, ‘You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.’ Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.

Matthew 7:13-14
The narrow and wide gates

13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Luke 15:7

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.

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SUNDAY SERMON 76: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE REV SAM CAMPBELL:

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
1 Kings 19:1-13
Elijah flees to Horeb

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’

Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he travelled for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’

10 He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’

11 The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’

Luke 5:16

16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

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The Flying Wallendas is a circus act and group of daredevil stunt performers who perform highwire acts without a safety net.

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SUNDAY SERMON 75: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE REV SAM CAMPBELL:

Even though current restrictions from the NI Executive have changed, The Methodist Church in Ireland (along with the other main denominations throughout the Provence) have decided, for the time being, that we WILL CONTINUE to wear masks throughout the service. Please respect this to insure you and your fellow worshippers (particularly the vulnerable) safety. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland also has asked EVERYONE to ensure that they take up the vaccination.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of both Mossley and Greencastle Methodist Churches
Psalm 51
For the Director of Music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Saviour,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

1 Samuel 13:14

14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.’

Isaiah 43:25

25 ‘I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 1:18

18 ‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’
    says the Lord.
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.

1 Samuel 16:13-14

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

David in Saul’s service

14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil[a]spirit from the Lord tormented him.

1 Samuel 15:22-23

22 But Samuel replied:

‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
    and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.’

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SUNDAY SERMON 74: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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2 Samuel 11:1-15
David and Bathsheba

11 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman washing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, ‘She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, ‘I am pregnant.’

So David sent this word to Joab: ‘Send me Uriah the Hittite.’ And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house and wash your feet.’ So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.

10 David was told, ‘Uriah did not go home.’ So he asked Uriah, ‘Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?’

11 Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!’

12 Then David said to him, ‘Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.’ So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, ‘Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so that he will be struck down and die.’

2 Samuel 21:17

17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, ‘Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.’

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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SUNDAY SERMON 73: BROUGHT TO YOU BY REV. SAM CAMPBELL

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Ephesians 2:11-22
Jew and Gentile reconciled through Christ

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (which is done in the body by human hands) – 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

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