Notices for Sunday 15th February 2015

The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus..
Mark 9:8 (Message)

Help us Father God to see beyond the walls of our church building and to see nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Val and Beti

Organist: Joan McGowan

Sunday 22nd February
11.00am Preacher  Ms Lisa Rathbone
Vestry Stewards – Elizabeth and Ian
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn

Diary Dates
February
Mon 16th       Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 17th       Coffee Morning with Pancakes at Rhosnesni 10.00am – noon
Sat 21st       Circuit Review Meeting here 10.30am and faith lunch
Wed 25th     Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Wed 25th     Bible Study at Avril’s home 7.30pm

Please pray for the following:
Richard Down
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Ernest Tait
Maurice Anderton
Ruth Hodson
Vanessa Woolrich
Kay Davies

All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.

Transfiguration 4

Transfiguration

by Lewis Bowman

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Peter’s Failed Business Plan
Mark 9:2-9

Peter’s response is like looking at a light bulb and going blind instead of looking around the room and understanding what the light from the bulb reveals.

Here in the middle of the gospel, we get a vision of Jesus. With Moses and Elijah who represent the law and the prophets who came before, and with the voice of God ringing in our ears, the gospel proclaims that this is unmistakably the one at the centre of the movement. Like the succession of Elijah, this is not a matter of genealogical inheritance (Mark doesn’t include a genealogy) or the result of a popularity contest.  It’s a matter of vision. It’s a matter of hearing and following. Jesus is the one on whom the spirit rests.

At the same time, here in the middle of the gospel, we find the tension between the vision that the movement stands for, and the tendency to reduce that vision and movement to an institution. Peter’s attempt to nail the movement down to a particular time and place voices our constant propensity to turn Jesus the person into Jesus the business model. Mark’s response to that impetus is clear, “Peter didn’t really know what he was talking about.” A living movement cannot be captured in one snapshot moment. A living movement lives from one moment to the next. The moment it gets nailed down is the moment it starts to die. Thus, it’s at the moment Peter proposes turning the movement into a building that the dark cloud appears. It’s the same darkness that covers the sky at the cross.

Caspar Green, Jay, New York, USA

FOLLOW ME

I am not “it”,
“it” is not me.
I am not them,
they are not me. Whatever or whoever
you follow,
neither are substitutes
for following me.

What and who I am
nothing and
no one else is.

I did not tell you
follow yourself, or
follow somebody, or
follow anybody,
I said.. “FOLLOW ME”

I did not say
follow those who
follow me,
I said.. “FOLLOW ME”.

I did not say
follow those who
are like me,
I said.. “FOLLOW ME”

If they are like me
it is because
they “FOLLOW ME”

If you want to be like them,
don’t follow them
“FOLLOW ME”

If you follow them,
you will miss your way;
they are not the way,
I am the way
“FOLLOW ME”

Rev Danoval Johnson, Methodist Minister, Costa Rica

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