'Saturday Space' at Church. We're going to do some cleaning of the Church as part of our time together so do come along if you can.
Wednesday 29th June - 7.30 a.m.
Rose Hill Methodist Church
Prayer breakfast at Church
Wednesday 29th June - 7.30 a.m.
Woodstock Methodist Church
Local preachers' and Worship leaders' meeting
From The Minister
From time to time I come across Christians who are not happy with their Church community and are wondering whether they should remain in that community or leave it for another. The reasons for leaving a community might be varied - perhaps the style of worship doesn’t suit their tastes, they don’t get on with the Minister or they don’t agree with the decisions the Church Council has made. However, people sometimes forget that all communities are flawed because they are made up of imperfect human beings and the grass is not always greener on the other side!
On 23rd June, we shall all be asked to vote on whether we want to be part of a community we call the European Union. Do we remain in this particular community or do we take the opportunity to leave? Christians are divided on the issue and it’s a matter which we need to think and pray about personally before we cast our vote.
The forthcoming referendum has caused me to reflect on the meaning of community and how much the need to belong, being part of the decision-making process and signing up to core beliefs really matter.
A core belief for Jesus and the Christian community is that our relationship with God affects the way we relate to and live with one another. In answer to a scribe’s question on the matter, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength, while the second is to love your neighbour as yourself.' (Mark 12 : 30- 31 New Revised Standard Version).
As Christians we are called to live, work and pray for a better society and to engage in the political processes that shape the lives of our communities, our country and our world. The European community impacts upon how we relate to each other as individuals, as members of organisations and as countries. So, maybe an extra question we need to consider is: “To what extent does the European Union enhance or hinder our ability to love God and love our neighbour?”
Whatever our position as Christians, we should work to ensure that our discussions are respectful, our decisions are taken with good grace and that it is God’s kingdom that is central rather than our own.
The following prayer has been published by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church & the Church of Scotland who work together on issues of justice and inequality.
Loving God, in the referendum that lies before us, in the challenge of seeking an answer, in our differences of opinion, in our need to understand, may you guide us in our decisions, make us gracious in our disagreement, and may we join you to work for your kingdom rather than our own. Amen.
This month, we pray for the residents of Rosehill & Asquith Road.