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There is no service at the Wellmeadow House until further notice

As soon as there is further information we will let you know

Online service

Sunday 22nd Nov


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Preachers October - November 2020

'We  see the launch of our online worship together on YouTube and Rev Nik Wooller is leading the worship and will share her musings and reflections ‘in person’.  I would have sent the link – but we have been a bit sneaky and set a time on it – so I can’t!!  The early birds will be able to view it from 9am on Sunday but for the rest of us – it would be a really lovely feeling to think that we will all watch it at the same time at 11 on Sunday.

 It will be a good idea to find the channel beforehand and there is a short service there – the worship we had at the Local Preachers’ meeting – for you to practice with.  Go to ‘Search’ on YouTube and put in Angus, Dundee and Perth Methodist Circuit (Yes - I will have a word with Nik about the title!!)  It has a name and a logo - shown here.'-Sue Marshall Jennings.

If you go to the Dundee Methodist Church website you can get the link there    Ruth

 

Angus, Dundee and Perth Methodist Circuit

Nik's Musings 22/11/20

This time of year, in the church’s calendar, is very much a ‘waiting’ time. We are approaching, very quickly, the end of the church’s year and awaiting the beginning of a new one as Advent begins. We are beginning to let our thoughts wander towards Christmas and all the preparations that are involved in that. Perhaps, we are wondering what that means for us this year. It all adds to the sense ‘not knowing’.

In terms of the Covid pandemic we are also in a ‘waiting’ time. This week we heard the good news of a possible vaccine. Good news indeed! However, we can’t celebrate too much yet because there are still quite a number of uncertainties in terms of validation, knowing the long-term effects and delivery to the people. So we watch and wait with hope but still not with certainty. Again, we are in the ‘not knowing’ category.

So, perhaps our Scripture for this week (Matthew Ch25 vs 14-30) is apposite. Matthew was writing to people who were also in a ‘waiting’ time. This was after Jesus had been crucified and risen again and the expectation is that he would come again. His followers were all waiting for this because the thought it would happen very quickly after his Ascension. They were definitely in a period of ‘not knowing’ what was going to happen. So, Matthew was writing to them to encourage them to stay firm in their faith and keep following in the ways of Jesus.

He was encouraging them to keep the faith and to show it by emulating the ministry of Jesus. Jesus’ ministry, of course, was to feed the hungry; visit the sick and the prisoners; to clothe the naked; to welcome the stranger; to serve the least. This parable that Jesus told was being used by Matthew to encourage people to do likewise and not to hold back just because Jesus was not with them in person.

To the parable itself. It is quite easy to misunderstand this parable. It is not about talents or skills as we know them in terms of gifts and abilities. A talent in Jesus’ time was a weight of money, measured on scales.  These weights of money talked about in the parable are worth an enormous amount. It is difficult to quantify in this day and age but it represents a lot of money. This parable is talking more about the generosity of God than about anything else.

The point is about what we do with God’s generosity. Do we accept it with gratitude and go and spread it so that it multiplies? Or do we go and bury it so that it never gets the chance to increase?

The two servants who used the talents well and increased their worth were praised. The servant who buried the talent was severely rebuked. God gives us gifts and abilities so that we might use them to serve others and thus, increase their worth. If we decide to bury our gifts and not use them to serve people then we are not doing what Jesus modelled for us.



That is a very important point for us. God has poured his love out generously upon us. Particularly in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord. It was in God’s power to give this gift to us in order to help us and bring us new life. In order to fulfil that Jesus had to die upon the Cross and be buried. God could have left the story there. However, He did not. He did not bury him and leave him there - he resurrected him so that we could all be blessed with the gift of eternal life. If God is so generous towards us, does it not follow that we should share his generosity with others?

It is particularly important in this waiting time - the run up to Christmas; in the continuing pandemic that we use all that God has gifted us with, in order to be a gift to others. God was generous with Jesus Christ our Saviour, so how can we share that generosity with others? This ‘waiting time’ is crucial for us. Let us be a church that goes out to others to share God’s love. Let us try to help, wherever we can, to help others through this waiting time. What have you got to offer? 

We all have something to offer, time, money, ideas, willingness to help - I could go on. Be generous to others just as God is generous to you! Don’t squander what God has gifted to you - use it to help others and you will be amazed how it grows!





Meditation



Do I give you joy, Lord?

You have entrusted me with small things, talents and skills:

Some I know and practise, some I hardly understand,

Some I keep hidden away.

I know these things give me joy.

I like it when people praise me for doing things well,

I like it when someone appreciates my help,

I enjoy it when I say the right thing - 

Then I bask in glory because I am liked, loved

But do I give you joy?

Do I use all my gifts which your generous nature has bestowed?

If I have five measures, do I give five more in return?

Or do I keep a bit back, hold some in reserve, no letting on 

What I can do, afraid of being open and giving freely.

I thank you for what I have received.

Give me wisdom to use these talents,

In work, through the church, in your service,

So that I give you glory, and my life reflects your love.

You promised: to those who have shall more be given.

Give me more, and I will give you even greater joy.

 

    

 ·        Shetland District offers worship services on the Shetland Methodist YouTube Channel. The Shetland District Facebook page has lots of other news and resources too.

·        Inverness Circuit is broadcasting on their YouTube Channel Inverness Methodist Church and you can follow all that’s happening at The Bike Shed Coffee House with Dave Saunders the Bearded Woodworkerwho is hosting a series of online conversations connected to issues of faith and everyday life raised by the current pandemic. These are posted on the Kyrios Facebook page.

·        The North of Scotland Circuit offers acts of worship and a variety of ways to connect:
Moray Coast offers worship services led by folks from the coastal churches.
Peterhead Methodist Church Facebook Page has lots of videos and devotional material for all ages.
Aberdeen Methodist Church YouTube Channel offers reflections and more. Further resources are available on the Aberdeen Methodist Church Facebook page.

·        Angus, Dundee and Perthshire Circuit offers reflections, prayers, artwork and more on the Circuit Facebook page, and Scottish Methodists Online is a gathering place for prayer, bible reflection, worship and more, for all who are, or want to be, part of the Methodist family in Scotland.

·        Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit has links to a variety of streamed events. To connect with others gathering regularly in the online small group, contact Rev Rob Morton

·        Strathclyde Circuit is offering acts of worship and a variety of online gatherings to all seekers through the Trinity Methodist Shettleston YouTube Channel as well as Webinars on many different topics. Subscribe to the Shettleston Trinity Facebook page to find out more about resources and events in Strathclyde.
Rev Andrew Baker leads 5live@5 every Saturday at 5pm for 5 minutes on his YouTube channel.

·        Forth Valley Circuit offers worship downloads and links to online worship at:
Livingston United Parish Church every Sunday at 10.30am via Zoom. LUPC has a range of other activities online. For more information please visit Livingston United Parish Church Facebook page.
Stirling Methodist Church also offer worship every Sunday at 10.30am via Zoom. If you would like to join them please email Jon for instruction on how to link to the service.

 

Dear Church Stewards and others.

 

Hope you are keeping well.

 

Attached are the usual resources for worship and prayer at home this week.

 

Last week I gave news of Rev Nick Baker and promised that I would be in touch again after the Circuit Leadership had met.  We met today and talked through the various options for moving forward and combining these with the responses from both Preachers and those who responded to Rev Nik Wooller’s letter.  As a Leadership Team, we cannot make any decisions about opening churches – that decision must be made by local Church Trustees.  There is a lot of guidance on the Methodist Church website and I have already sent you a lot of this.  There is an awful lot to consider because it is not just about making sure the church is clean after not being used for so long – it is about making sure people can socially distance, that there are enough people around to do the various tasks such as welcoming folk, ensuring you take a record of their name and contact details in case there is a need for tracing them, counting them in to make sure you do not exceed the permitted numbers as well as ensuring appropriate cleaning etc.  The official guidance still says no singing and masks will need to be worn – and of course no coffee and biscuits afterwards.  Oh and making sure that we have preachers available!!  Obviously all of this will need to be discussed at your church council and if you need any help or advice – then please contact Nik or myself.

 

The good news is that we can make some decisions - so we have decided that from 6th September we will have a weekly Circuit Service which will be pre-recorded and put on YouTube where it will be available from 11.00 each Sunday.  Before people panic about lack of access to the technology or internet, we will also produce a full transcript of the service and also an audio CD and - if I can get my technology to work – maybe even a DVD!!!  The intention is to get these additional resources out before the Sunday – so that all those who want to share in worship at 11 on a Sunday can do so!  We will also have music and the words on the screen so you can sing along as loudly as you like!

 

We will try this for a month at least and the preachers are meeting next week to sort out who is available to do what.  In our normal services we would often have members of the congregations do a reading – and we are hoping that some people will be willing to take part in this.  Most tablets, phones and cameras will record videos these days – so please encourage folk to have a go or volunteer yourselves!!  We are hugely grateful to Nik who has offered to compile and edit the individual elements of the service and also to her son Joe – who has shown her the short cuts for doing this!

 

Please share all this as widely as you can and encourage folk to volunteer to do a reading or even a prayer if they want.  The size and spread of our Circuit has always made it difficult to get together for a Circuit Service but this is an opportunity to do it without having to travel and potentially whilst curled up on the sofa still wearing your PJs and with a cup of tea too!!

 

Last but not least – thank you for all that you are doing in keeping in touch with people, sharing information, passing on news and responding to a massive change in all our lives.

 

Take care and God Bless

 

Sue