I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people.
Jer 31:33 (Message)
We pray Father God through the Covenant prayer that we will be challenged to embrace life in all its fullness.
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Rev John Wiggall
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan
Organist: Joan McGowan
Sunday 10th January
11.00am Deacon Lisa Rathbone
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Sheila
Door Steward – Val
Tea Hosts – Val and Betti
Thu 7th Prayer Course at Wrexham 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Sat 9th Marriage and Relationships at Wrexham See notice below
Mon 11th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Mon 11th Marriage Course at Regent Street 6.00pm. Booking essential – £40. Contact Richard Sharples
Wed 13th Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Sat 23rd Rhosddu Coffee Morning at Wrexham 10.00am
Wed 27th “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship at Hope Parish Church 7.30pm (4th Wed in the month)
Please pray for the following:
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.
Church Family Christmas Card
A reminder that if you have intended to give a donation to Hope House Children’s Charity in lieu of giving each other individual cards then please do so today.
Marriage and Relationships
At Regent Street
Saturday 9th January 10.30am – 12.30pm
Led by Deacon Lisa Rathbone and Bob Gilston
Discussions across the Connexion 2015-16
The Methodist Conference has resolved that discussions take place across the Connexion on:
i) whether the 1992 Conference Statement “A Christian Understanding of Family Life, the Single Person and Marriage” should be updated; and
ii) whether to revisit the question of embarking upon a process of revising the Methodist Church’s definition of marriage.
This is an important issue being discussed within the Methodist Church and this will be an opportunity for you to to have conversations with others in our circuit.
It will not be a debate with votes taken but a chance for people to share their thoughts and feelings around this topic; to hear voices and understandings that may be different from their own.
Please try and attend this session.
‘I am no longer my own but yours…’
What God offers through the Covenant is a loving relationship. It is not a business contract set up between God and humanity for the provision of certain goods and services. Rather, it is the means of grace by which we accept the relationship God offers and then seek to sustain it:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant … I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31.31, 33 (NRSV)
These words are read out as part of the Covenant Service. The focal point of the service is the Covenant Prayer. It embraces the whole of life, in all its parts. Most people find it quite tough to say this and really mean it. It is uncomfortable and challenging. It asks questions of our faith and demands that we examine our relationship with God.
The Covenant Prayer has been compared by some to a set of New Year resolutions, but ones that emphasise the importance of doing and being as much as believing. But more than that, the prayer represents a commitment to being a disciple and putting God first in our lives and in everything about our lives: what we do, what we say and who we are. It is both a surrender to, and a trust in, God.
The final few words are a gracious reminder: ‘You are mine and I am yours’. We don’t pray and live just in our own strength – but in God’s.
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