Monthly Archives: April 2020

Strangely warm (002)

Thanks to Dick Skeet for our photo or meme for today.

I don’t know about you but my hands are gone raw from all the washing, so much so, that I’ve resorted to using hand cream.

The meme possibly won’t mean a lot to our non-methodist readers, but it refers to a much waited for moment in John Wesley’s life. He had been methodical in his faith, and in his prayer, and bible study, and seeking to help others for many years, but he did not feel that he had the depth of faith that others had. It was on a ship en route between England and the Americas, during a storm when he was afraid, that he was much impressed by the Moravians who kept their faith by singing hymns. When back on solid ground in England, he was worried if he should continue preaching, becuase he did not have enough faith. On the 5th March, he met their leader Peter Bohler who told him to  “Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.”

Here is an extract from his journal:-

Saturday, March 4.—I found my brother at Oxford, recovering from his pleurisy; and with him Peter Bohler; by whom, in the hand of the great God, I was, on Sunday, the fifth, clearly convinced of unbelief, of the want of that faith whereby alone we are saved. Immediately it struck into my mind, “Leave off preaching. How can you preach to others, who have not faith yourself?” I asked Bohler whether he thought I should leave it off or not. He answered, “By no means.” I asked, “But what can I preach?” He said, “Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.”

It was later on the 24th May, the day we call Aldersgate Day that John came to faith, its a very simple story, but lovely in its own way.

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

I like that he went “very unwillingly”, there has often been moments, when i;ve had to go to meetings that I didn’t want to go to, that I’ve gone “very unwillingly”. Now i have a hireath in wanting to go out.

So now you know where the phrase “strangely warmed” came from. John Wesley went on to start many many Methodist Societies across the country and travelled extensively throughout the country, establishing chapels, schools, writing pamphlets, and much much more, and Methodists have been strangely warming Quiche ever since.

Keep washing your hands folks, keep safe, keep caring, keep praying, and where necessary keep rubbing in the hand cream.

Every Blessing, Phil

Message from the manse

Hi Folks,

Here is a link to this weeks Message from the Manse –

This week, we decided to get a pastoral letter out to every household connected to our churches. Hopefully as well as all those not on email, all will receive the pastoral letter and Easter Resource book before Sunday. If you didn’t get one and would like a copy of this letter and resource book, please message me.

Unfortunately for some, we didn’t get all 253 in the post by 5:30pm Thursday, so some may be delayed.

Some have received their letters already (even though they were 2nd Class posted) and have contacted us to say how thankful they were to receive something in the post, and have found the prayers to be helpful.

If you want to see last Sunday’s Service – here 

Read Angie’s Blog here.

Just in case you don’t receive the booklet by Sunday the OOS is here.

Keep safe, keep caring, keep praying.

Every blessing Phil

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days Facebook had blocked me, and we’ve been ever so busy preparing the mass mailout.

This week’s worship sheet can be found here

One of the people that we are finding we are talking to (at a distance – the other side of the gate) a lot at the moment is our Postal Officer, no its not Pat its Nicky. We seem to be getting a lot more post now, and we’ve been getting updates from her everyday.

As well as applauding our NHS last night we were applauding people like Nicky, and the delivery drivers, the shop workers, and many many more people. Let’s give thanks to God for those that are supporting us through this pandemic, and remember them in our prayers.

Caroline came up with the idea of putting the puppets in the windows. One of the songs we do with the birds is Bob Marley’s “Three little birds”, so I put up the caption from the song Don’t worry be happy. A free dvd of this week’s service to the first person who comments below with the Bible passage about birds and not worrying.

Our neighbours’ youngest son loved the puppets in the window so much that he did us a lovely note and a rainbow colouring. We’ve also put that up in the window.

Folks let’s keep looking to the good things people are doing.

Philippians 4:8 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

A lot of our work so far has been in supporting people by providing worship online, and blogs and Facebook posts. Yesterday thanks to Angie, and Caroline we were able to send a Pastoral Letter to 253 households across the circuit. Look out for your letter and let us know when you receive it.

Every Blessing and keep safe, keep caring, keep praying.