Notices for Sunday 9th July 2017

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matt 16:28 (NIV)

Forgive us Father God for sometimes being proud and arrogant. Show us how to deal with our burdens by following the teachings of Jesus and living with his easy yoke.
Amen.

Welcome to our preacher this morning who is Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Chris and Joan

Our thanks for the flowers this morning which are given by Ken Holroyd and family in memory of their parents Derek and Rhian Holroyd
Organist: Barbara Tinsley

Sunday 16th July
11.00am          Rev John Wiggall (Parade)
Vestry Steward – Bob
Door Steward – Bob
Tea Hosts – Bob and Evelyn

Diary Dates

July
Wed 12th      Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Fri 14th        Friday Lunch Club 12 noon in the hall £3 This will be the last Lunch Club until September
Sat 15th       Strawberry Fair at Rhosddu 2.00pm
Mon 17th       Circuit Meeting at Rhosymedre 7.30pm
Sun 30th       Circuit Farewell Service at Regent Street as we say goodbye to our minister Richard Sharples, his wife Biddy and family. 4.00pm. Followed by food and refreshments

Please pray for the following:
Isobel Holroyd
Michael Shipley
Keith and Myra Baugh
Evelyn Taylor
Gwyneth Williams

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.

Please let one of the Church Stewards know this Sunday if you would like a copy of the 2017/2018 Methodist Prayer Handbook ‘Jesus the First and Last’.
Price £3.50

 

 

“Troubled? Change to Yoke Light.”
Mat 11:16-30

I happened to pass the living room and saw his face on the television screen.  He wore the robes of a monk and looked ever so serene. (The bald head helped) He was being interviewed on a chat show.  (South Africa’s own Oprah wannabe, Noelene)  Being interested in all things spiritual I stopped long enough to hear this dialogue…

Noelene: Are you telling me that you never get angry?

Monk: No I experience anger but I choose not to act on it.

Nolene(Incredulous): So if you are on the freeway and someone cuts in front of you, you won’t hoot or yell at them?

Monk: I might think of doing those things but I will ask myself this question before acting, “What will this change?”

“What will this change?”

A skilful question to be sure. As a preacher I sometimes ask myself the same question before and after preaching!  Counting conservatively I realise that I have preached upwards of fourteen hundred sermons.  What did they change?

As I read the gospel this Sunday, I find a deep resonance with Jesus who is remonstrating far more vociferously with his congregation than I have had to courage to do with mine.  It is difficult to pin down the exact emotions Jesus is expressing, but they are incarnationally and beautifully human feelings to be sure! I can follow and serve a God who can experience these emotions that are so much part of my daily life.  Jesus not only confronts, he also condemns.  “Woe to you…”  Wow! He is ticked off!

And then suddenly he changes direction. Matthew marks the change with a time check, “At that time Jesus said,…”

I would love to ask Jesus what triggered the change?

Did he notice a facial expression, did he experience a change of feeling tone, or did he simply remember his own parable?  The one about the reckless sower who doesn’t care where the seed falls or what it produces,leaving the outcome to God. I will never know.

What I do know is that Jesus, having vented his spleen at the hard of heart, non-responders then turns to a prayer of thanks to God for those who are able, because of their innocence and of their liminal lives full of pain, to hear and receive what is being offered.

The proud and arrogant, those who have all the answers, those who think they are “self-made” will never see and receive what the burdened and heavily laden ones will see and receive.

There is something about the pain of human suffering, that tills the soil for the fertile seed of Jesus’ words.

If Jesus had an advertising bill board it could have read, “Troubled? Make the change to Yoke Light”

What did these words change?

If you ask the burdened heavily laden ones who have come to Jesus down through the ages, they will probably testify, that those words changed everything!

Maybe these words will do that for someone too?

Peter Woods, Pastoral Counsellor, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

 

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