It's been another busy but very exciting day at EMC as we embarked on our new Family Cinema. We have been delighted to have lots of folks along to watch a movie with us. It was a great chance to try out the new projector for the first time and blow the cob webs off the speakers. We loved sharing popcorn and ice cream with so many happy faces! Awesome.
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I don't think it's a secret that the annual covenant service is one of my favourites in the calendar. Maybe it's because someone like me needs to keep revisiting the dedication, the promises I make as a Christian. I'm not sure why I like it so much but it is an amazing time of year.
We tend, as Christians to become stuck in a rut (sometimes), trying to get done all the things we are called to do, as well as all the things we think we are called by God to do. It can be hard work, and none stop. So it is important to take this time at the start of the Church year, to retreat, to step back, and think again about what we are here to do.
The prayer we say, the commitment we make, makes it clear that it's OK sometimes to do nothing. "Let me be set aside for you". It can of course be very hard to bare these fallow times, times when we are unsure what God has called us to do. I can speak from personal experience that whilst these times are hard, they are ultimately very rewarding, as they leave space to hear God call us to something new.
I won't go through the whole prayer and covenant service here, even though I want too :-). If you have been in a house group with me I do tend to go on and on about it. If you want to discuss it, tap me on the shoulder and we can chat for days about it.
The Church has a whole page on the Covenant service and roots web provide a nice little study you may like to take a look at, it's here ....
From that article here is the prayer I refered to ....
I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessèd God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
You can find another version of the prayer on page 288/289 of the Methodist Worship Book.
Methodist Worship Book, page 290. © 1999 Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. Used with permission.
Some of the words, commitments, are not easy to make and even harder to execute each day; however, I encourage you to read and ingest the awesomeness of this prayer. Enough said
In Love !
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This morning we had a wonderful service with Carolyn. The passage from Romans 12 was read to us, and it is a beauty! Carolyn challenged us to think about how we, at whatever stage we are in our Christian journey can serve. She talked about the many issues in our world, and that whilst we can not fix the whole world maybe we can help some part of it. God calls us to a particular concern, to a particular need; often one we are best suited to work on.
During June & July God kept giving me a shuv, in fact he's been doing it for years. In our hosuegroup just before the summer break we began to look at stepping out of the boat and walking on the water. It's hard to trust that when you step out all will be well. In fact it may not be well. Peter was the only disciple to step out of the boat and try and follow Jesus. Although he ultimately sank; he tried! He trusted enough to step out, and I am coming to learn of the need to trust, God, analyse less and go where he calls. Give it a try! Is my new favourite phrase. When God calls, it is for a good reason and we can serve in all aspects of life.
Helen tells me that this passage also appeals to me as whatever we talk about in terms of faith I always come back to the core, "It is about love". It's a great passage and you can read it below :-)
This is the NIV translation, Trisha read from an alternative this morning, which I need to track down, as it puts this so much more poetically.
OK, I've hurriedly waffled on enough for now.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12, New International Version
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Hi there. We would love you to take part in promoting our events by either taking a copy of one of our leaflets from Church or printing them from the links below and sharing with your friends. You can also get an A3 copy to display in a window. Please have a word with Jon if you'd like to do that :-)
Many Thanks for all your support!
Cinema Leaflet 24th September - This is an A4 version.
Cinema Poster - This is the poster with popcorn
JAM Leaflet - This is the A4 leaflet\poster version
JAM Leaflet A5 - This is a PDF with two A5 leaflets ready to print
Messy Church Poster A4 - This is an A4 poster that can be printed as leaflets as well.
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Wow, what an amazing Messy Church session we've had today. We where super pleased to get back to Messy Church and make some new and exciting things, such as our cup storage tubs, marzipan fruit creations, and our harvest based wheat creations. Brenda gave us an interesting American accent, I think, as part of her talk towards the end and we had a lovely summer salad lunch to finish off the mornings fun. It was great to welcome three new families along this month and we look forward to seeing you all again on October 7th for our next Messy Church session. Thank you all for coming and making the morning so great!
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