Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 21 January 2021

Letter from our Minister 21/01/2021

Thursday 21st January 2021

Dear Friends,

This has been an interesting week as we continue in lockdown. We have witnessed the continuing roll out of the vaccine and some of you have received yours, perhaps your second injection already, or have had the letter to book an appointment. We continue to home school, study online, work from home and stay home as much as possible. We have watched or heard about the inauguration of the new President and Vice-President of America. And we are witnessing the flooding in our area and beyond. Many who have had to evacuate their homes, buildings damaged and members of our families and friends across the country who are doing the same. As the pandemic continues and our lives are affected, we must continue to pray. To pray for each other, for the life of our churches and our circuit and for those who need God and His gift of love, faith and hope.

During this week of prayer for Christian unity, one of the readings was from Ephesians 3:14-20 – a prayer for the Ephesians but one we can use too.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Holy Spirit,
May we receive in our hearts the presence of
Christ, and cherish it as a secret of love.
Nourish our prayer, enlighten our reading of
Scripture, act through us, so that the fruits
Of your gifts can patiently grow in us
And be evident for the people we meet.
Amen.

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. You are able to telephone in to any meetings and the instructions to assist that are on the page headed ‘Join us for zoom worship this Sunday.’ If you receive this letter by post or by hand and have access to email then please let us have your email address.

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 and I will include you before the month is over. 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.’ Coming soon FAITHFUL FEBRUARY!

Stay safe. Stay well. Hold each other in prayer.
Love and prayers, Sharon

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