Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 17 December 2020

Letter from our minister 17/12/2020

Thursday 17th December 2020


Dear friends

Season Greetings to you all this Christmas. As I sit and write this letter, the winter sun is shining on the hills and the cows are wandering in the distance as I look out of my window and in truth its where I would like to sit and ponder right now. The news headline has just hit my screen informing me that Greater Manchester remains in Tier 3. Last night, as a wider family, we decided that weighing up our own situations we will not be visiting family over the 5 day allowance. It forms a deep well of sadness within me yet I know that for my family this is the right decision. I hold you all in my prayers as you all make decisions that is right for you and as we continue to follow the guidelines set out under Tier 3.

As we ponder the Christmas story and see it through the eyes of 2020, I see again that there would have been sadness too. Something that I have never ever considered before. Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem and there the Christ-child was born. A special, mind-blowing, foretold birth of the Messiah yet miles away from family too. The most special moment, awesome moment, where the most extraordinary thing happened – Mary and Joseph were alone. Away from their family and friends too that most Holy of Nights. Whatever our plans are this Christmas – may we all meet the Christ-child again in new ways and know his peace, love and joy this Christmas season.

For all those things that you are missing – I encourage you to look for an alternative. Play all your favourite Christmas carols that your minister may not have chosen anyway; read the Christmas story out of your favourite version of the bible; stand outside with your hot vimto or hot mulled wine with your Christmas hat on and play some Christmas music like you would hear Christmas shopping; and phone / video call the ones you love and tell them you miss them. Feel free to invite family and friends to any of our events and services on zoom and pop it in the chat box if you want a breakout room for yourselves.

I wish to thank all those of you who have emailed, printed and delivered this letter since we went into lockdown since March this year. You have been doing such an amazing thing for everyone. I am sure that you will all agree that they deserve a break as much as we all do this Christmas so this will be my last letter of the year. In all the years of ministry, I have never written so many letters and never ever again will I complain at what to say for the monthly newsletter. A huge round of applause to everyone has helped with this distribution – it has helped us stay connected. If you would like to assist in this for 2021 then PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. As my Grandma always said, and my mum, and now I hear myself saying many hands make light work

As we head into Christmas week there is a reminder attached of all the events taking place. Don’t forget the Virtual Advent Calendar and the Advent reflections available every day from the circuit website and social media. If you view on social media – Rachel Humphreys has asked if we would be kind enough to share to our own pages to help with circulation. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Circuit You-tube channel as well as follow Manchester Methodists on facebook and twitter.

Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.


Holy Jesus,
by being born one of us,
and lying humbly in a manger,
you show how much God loves the world.
Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,
until we reach our home in heaven,
and see you on your throne of glory.
Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.
Amen.

COMING SOON:


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 loved to hear your story in our Sunday morning services. Please get in touch with me and I will include you. If you want to share some joyful news in this newsletter please let me have it by email or in the post at the address above. If it is here by the post delivery on Tuesday then I can include it the same week. There are 4 weeks and 5 Sundays in January and I am sure we have lots to give testimony too. We may not feel like celebrating throughout this Coronavirus pandemic so let us build 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. I look forward to seeing you on our zoom service and events. Until 2021……..


Love and prayers,
Sharon

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