No, not the Two Ronnies Sketch! But here is a video from a few years back also about four candles that some of our members have been really inspired by lately.
Suggested by Andrea Ellams
One of our Local Preachers in the North Cheshire Circuit of the Methodist Church, Professor David Clough, who is also Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, shares his reflections on the current COVID-19 pandemic and our response as believers. This was recorded live during a service at Wesley Methodist Church, Chester, held recently via Zoom.
To support faith at home during Holy Week, the Methodist Church in Britain have put together a number of resources.
The Children, Youth and Family team of the Methodist Church in Britain has curated and created a whole suite of resources here.
These include a series of activities for families to do together at home throughout the week and a brand new journalling resource A Holy Week Journey for young people. This can also be found below.
There are also resources available online for worship as a wider Church during Holy Week and Easter, including service sheets for worship at home and a poster to print and place in your home windows.
Frodsham Methodist Church Webmaster
Morning Worship for Palm Sunday, Sunday 5th April, will be streamed online and lead by our Minister, the Reverend Andrew Emison. The service will start at 10am.
It can be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/t95wj9n
Each Sunday morning, BBC Radio 4 broadcasts worship from a church somewhere around the UK. Last Sunday this was a service for Passion Sunday with Methodist theologian Associate Professor Edgardo Colon-Emeric who is Director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University in the US and the Rev'd. Canon Dr. Jennifer Smith, Superintendent Minister of Wesley's Chapel, London.
The service reflected theologically on the current world situation in the context of Passion Sunday and the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero.
Maybe this is a good time for reconciliation in our own lives? If we have not already, we can use this opportunity to reconnect with someone we had a disagreement with or phone a friend who we have not spoken to for at least a month. Let's keep in touch with the people who are important to us and support each other in these challenging times.
For those who are interested, the Radio 4 service can be found on the BBC website here for 28 days after it was broadcast, and this is also where future broadcasts of Sunday Worship may also be found.
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I have been constantly amazed over the past couple of weeks of how individuals are using their time and talents in new and created ways to help and support others. From the post man who is dressing up in different costumes each day to cheer up the residents on his round to Jan who lives in Frodsham who is leading a dance in the streets for her neighbours. Both have responded to the need of others.
As Christians, we believe that it is God’s desire to imagine more than ourselves, to look beyond ourselves and the immediate in order to let all life flourish.
This often clashes with the growing ideology in our culture of exceptionalism, entitlement, privilege , building solely our own self-confidence, physical self-improvement and self-congratulation. In turn, our social economic organisation and abuse of the ecosystem is out of sync with God.
In the book we are reading in our life group, Barbara Glasson writes, ‘In the earliest Hebrew creation stories Yahweh makes himself a clay model of a man and breaths on it to give it life. It is the supreme confidence, this translation of forms, the capacity to recognise in one thing the potential of another and the willingness to let this potential realise itself, is the stamp of creativity and the birth right that Yahweh gives to all humans.’
As our rhythm of life has changed over the past couple of weeks, I find myself hoping that this might be a time for us all to reflect on and imagine a world where everyone takes their part in holding fast to that which is good, a constant love of their neighbours, a striving for justice and peace in all humanity and for all of creation to feel held in the loving attention by our God of grace.
One of my favourite A Cappella Christian singers is a guy called David Wesley (do check him out on YouTube!). He sings a song called shoulders and at a time when things are not as we would imagine in this world, I have found the imagery and words in this song particularly comforting. Hope they are of some comfort to you as well.
When confusion’s my companion
When despair holds me to ransom
I will feel no fear, I know that you are near.
When I’m caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I’ll find my comfort here
I know that you are near
My help comes from you
You’re right here pulling me through
You carry my weakness
all on your shoulders.
My help comes from you
You are my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that
You’re lifting me up on your shoulders.
This evening, Thursday 2nd April, will see the second of the North Cheshire Circuit's streamed weeknight worship services. This week's message is from The Rev'd. Jo Brown.
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What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
I heard this hymn, written by Joseph M. Scriven, an Irish poet, being sung during several services that were broadcast last Sunday. It was written in 1855, but how appropriate for the times that we are living through today:
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
There is a video on YouTube of this hymn being sung on Songs of Praise:
As Rev’d. Andrew Emison reminded us all during this week’s online service, Sunday 29th March was Passion Sunday, an opportunity to pause and to remember the way of the cross taken by Jesus as he begins his final journey to Jerusalem.
An Order of Service, which includes links to songs and prayers, along with some words of reflection is available below. Please feel free to use this as you choose as you prepare for the coming days of this Easter period.
On this day in 1631 the priest and poet John Donne died. He is known especially for writing sonnets and love poetry but he also wrote much religious poetry too and served as Dean of S. Paul's Cathedral. In one famous work--"The Flea", likely written whilst he was still a student,--a man tries to seduce a woman using a rather unusual metaphor: both he and she have been bitten by the same flea and now their separate blood mingles inside the flea’s body.
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are rightly increasingly concerned with environmental issues and the way that humanity has been treating the planet, some even saying that through this pandemic the Earth is giving us a warning or even getting revenge for what we have done. Such thoughts are not something John Donne was immune from either.
Even writing four hundred years ago, Donne seems all too aware of the inequality in how humanity treats the rest of creation. According to one commentator, Donne saw this 'two-dimensional treatment of animals, and…addressed what he saw as the inherent unfairness in perceiving them as strictly serving the interests of humans’. In one of his holy sonnets, he writes:
Why are we by all creatures waited on?
Why do the prodigal elements supply
Life and food to me, being more pure than I,
Simpler and further from corruption?
Why brook’st thou, ignorant horse, subjection?
Why dost thou, bull and boar, so sillily
Later in the poem, he goes on to reflect on this, and much like the unexpected comparison with the flea, compares this unequal treatment of animals by humans to Jesus’ untimely and cruel death on the cross at the hands of humanity:
But their Creator, whom sin, nor nature tied,
For us, His creatures, and His foes, hath died.
For us reading this today, as this natural calamity engulfs our planet and all living here, it raises many questions. Do we think humanity has taken its stewardship of the planet seriously enough? With Easter Sunday just two weeks away, what does the Easter story mean for us today? Let this be a time for us to reflect on these questions.
To end, a prayer for use today:
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 Potter, P. (2012, 12 December). Why Are We by All Creatures Waited on? Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2098-2099.
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