Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 13 January 2021

Letter from our minister 13/01/2021

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Dear Friends,
Loss is a word that is at the forefront of my mind this week. Over the last 10 months all of us have experienced loss of some kind: social interaction, loss of a loved one, medical treatments, employment, education, friendships, health, activities, hobbies and so much more. Loss is hard to articulate. It’s hard to process. It hits like waves of a storm yet within it moments of calm. As a Sunday school teacher, preacher, taking an assembly or youth meeting, when there is silence to a question it is guaranteed that someone shouts Jesus as an answer. To all these thoughts and questions of loss, there is only one answer JESUS and prayer. In the study of scripture we can see those moments of being found. In the prayers, in the songs, in the parables, in the teachings, in the calling of the disciples. Today, may you know yourself found by our heavenly Father who comes to seek us out. Today, may you find yourself found in a message from someone who cares or loves you, in a message of love and encouragement. Today, may you know in our fight against coronavirus as we wash hands, wear masks and make space, you are so very important. In
our loss, we can find ourselves feeling lost. I have found myself humming along to the song seek ye first the kingdom of God. A song echoing scripture. A song that reminds me that this loss I feel, this feeling of being lost must take me back to prayer and spending time with the One who creates me, saves me and breathes life into me.

Please do not feel that you are alone. Reach out today. Pick up your phone, send a text, drop a letter. Connect through the bible study, coffee mornings, Thursday at 10am morning prayer and our zoom services. If you don’t want to be seen that’s ok, turn off the video. You are welcome. You are wanted. You are needed. If you don’t have internet, then please telephone in to the meetings. You belong to Christ and to your community here at Long St, Crumpsall and Moston and indeed the circuit.

For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty saviour.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

If you receive this letter and you have no way of joining in on zoom then please let Paula Collins or myself know because the circuit are looking at ways to be able to help you do this.

Joyful January 2021

What does joy mean for you? How have you sensed joy in your Christian journey? Do you have a story to share? We would love to hear your story in our Sunday morning services. Please get in touch with me and I will include you. We may not feel like celebrating throughout this Coronavirus pandemic so let us support each other up through January. 1 Thessalonians 5 says, ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’

Stay safe. Stay well. Hold each other in prayer.

Love and prayers,
Sharon

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