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Sunday 24th May

This Sunday is a special celebration for Northolt as we celebrate the Festival of Pentecost

It is also the day when the Methodist Church celebrates he conversion of John Wesley on the 24th May 1738. In Wesley’s own words ……

“I think it was about five this morning, that I opened my Testament on those words  ‘There are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, even that ye should be partakers of the divine nature’. (2 Pet, i.4.) 

Just as I went out, I open’d it again on those words ‘Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God’.

In the afternoon I was ask’d to go to St. Paul’s. The anthem was ‘ Out of the Deep have I call’d unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my Voice’.

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 thro’ faith in Christ , I felt my heart strangely warm’d. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation: And an assurance was given to me, that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

This 24th May we will be dedicating Caleb son of Tiffany and Davian so we will welcome them and their family and friends as part of this festival day

Call to worship

All over the world here is the version from Songs of Praise

We will share in some words from Psalm 104. Here is a beautiful version of Psalm 104 by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Worldmaking. Hear his thoughts at Pulpit Fiction http://www.pulpitfiction.us/show-notes/116-pentecost-b-may-24-2015

We join in praise with the hymn O Lord my God

Prayer

Reading Romans 8 :18 – 25

Here is a version of this reading to reflect on

As a community of God’s people we join together

Dedication of Caleb

There’s an old proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child.” Parents have first responsibility. But parents need the help and support of the community. That is the role of all of the people of God today represented by all of us gathered here.

Consider “What does that mean to you?”

Singing during this time

Reading Acts 2:1 – 21

Re-read the reading and watch this – may be this video is a way of hearing the reading this year

Sermon
Pentecost is talked of as the birth of the church
reversing Babel
something new

It is a revival of the work of the spirit of God not a new work

It is God
meeting us where we are
talking to us in ways we can understand (if we are willing to hear)
acting in our lives will bring visions and dreams to live toward for young and old women and men

It is about God given community
This experience is about community not private
work together supporting encouraging each other to get to grips with what it means to be people of the spirit
We require people to help us get to grips with what is happening
as the experience will be mocked and misunderstood

Today we have
remembered John Wesley heart warming experience
dedicated Caleb to God and made promises as parents, Godparents and church to support each other
celebrated the revival of God’s spirit who is for us all,
will talk to us all in ways we can understand
will give us a visions and dreams appropriate to us and to all God’s people
will give us a community to support us

This may be new to you
This may need reviving in you
This may need encouraging

Receive God’s spirit this day

Prayers for those on your heart

Offer to God’s service that which God has gifted you with

Blessing
Commission & Benediction

Go out into the world,
and labour to bring forth new life.
Dream dreams, pursue visions
and speak of Godís goodness
in the words of those who would hear.

And may the God who breathed life into creation be your delight.
May Christ Jesus give hope to your dreaming,
and may the Holy Spirit, your advocate and supporter,
……..set your hearts ablaze with a passion for peace.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
……..In the name of Christ. Amen.
©2003 Nathan Nettleton http://www.laughingbird.net/ComingWeeks.html

A prayer from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton

A prayer from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road

ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really

know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does

not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to

please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that

I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I

may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I

may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you

are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Amen.

 

Gospel reading for Lent 2B Mark 8

Beginning to reflect for Sunday and the reading of Jesus calling the his followers to take up deny self and take up cross

What is it to deny self – give things up for us to be better or is to to benefit others

See this TED talk of about how money can buy you happiness

And also watch this video of the music from SELMA picking up cross not a sword – both give us insight into the Good News Jesus is talking

what do they make you think?

Sunday Confirmation and Covenant

As we come to this special time of year for Methodist congregation as we prepare to renew our covenant and celebrate as Rachel is confirmed I came across this African proverb and this song. They may help us as we reflect as we prepare for this special Sunday

There is an African proverb that says: “When you pray, move your feet.”

We often talk about being still and listening to God but here we are reminded that God requires coworkers those ready to get involved

Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you