Sunday Service

The Vine at Home

10th October 2021

Call to worship

Generous God,
We come to you knowing that we need your grace again,
Your generosity again,
Your love again.
We come to you, just as we are, knowing that we are accepted.

Amen.[1]

Hymn: 317 STF – At the name of Jesus every knee shall bowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmikQy_ipA0

Opening Prayers

O God, we welcome you this day,
Let us worship and praise your name together.

We come with the burdens and worries of this past week,
May we as a community shoulder them together.

And as we gather, we are one family,
We are siblings united by the love of Jesus and called to emulate this love in our daily lives.

Come let us be joyful in the Lord,
Hallelujah,

Amen.[2]

Let us now say the Lord’s Prayer

Readings: Job 1:1, 2:1-10

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

Attack on Job’s Health

One day the heavenly beings[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan,[c] “Where have you come from?” Satan[d] answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan,[e] “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan[f] answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives.[gBut stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan,[h] “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.”

So Satan[i] went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job[j] took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse[k] God, and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 – God Has Spoken by His Son

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,[a] whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains[b] all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Exaltation through Abasement

Now God[a] did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?[c]
You have made them for a little while lower[d]than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, 8 subjecting all things under their feet.”

Now in subjecting all things to them, God[f] left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower[g] than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God[h] he might taste death for everyone.

10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus[k] is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12 saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

Mark 10:2-16

Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,[aand the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Reflections on the reading

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What are you being called to?

One reading of Jesus’ ministry and the driving message of the New Testament is to see it all as pointing towards togetherness and unity, seeking to overcome the divisions in human societies.

Two questions for you to consider:

  • How can you get involved in Paul’s invitation in Colossians to ‘hold together’ with all of creation?
  • In what ways are you a barrier to togetherness (i.e. what of your prejudices, actions or opinions are including others)?

In order to live out the hope that is woven throughout the New Testament, that we can unite in God’s love, we all have a part to play. We all have barriers to break down, prejudices to identify in ourselves and work on, institutions we need to hold to account for maintaining exclusivity and injustice.

Today, we are inviting you to commit to doing one thing. There are lots of things that need doing, but doing nothing is the most dangerous and unhelpful ‘solution’. So today, you are invited simply to think of one thing you could do and/or change to help increase the spirit of togetherness, of community in your life.

You might like to write down your planned action, and stick it somewhere where you will see it everyday.

Let us pray.

God of love, you invite us into your hope for a better, safe, more unified world.

As we celebrate our diversity and our difference, may we find unity in your love for us, and our love for you.

And may we use that unity to make a world, and a church, where all are welcome.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayers of intercession

Let us open our hearts and be vulnerable before Jesus as we share what is on our hearts.

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

Though we are strengthened through Jesus, there are times this past week where we could not sing your praises.

In this world it is hard to be joyful when there are those around us hurting. Those mourning loved ones. Those fighting a daily struggle against an unjust system. Those struggling to put food on the table. Those going through divorce. Those whose families are separated. Those who see images of war, famine and terror and cry “Where are you God!”

In this moment, let us share what is heavy on our hearts.

(Time of silence or a time to share prayer concerns)

When one of us is in pain, we are all in pain, and Jesus weeps with those who weep. As siblings we bring these prayers before you, Jesus, that you may be with them in times of hardship and sorrow.

Let us bring these all before God,

Amen.[3]

Hymn: 367 STF – There is a new song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73JuxCgFEgk

Blessing

I want to live in a world more like your kingdom,
And less like the kingdom of greed we find ourselves in.
No longer the kingdom of comfort,
But forever, the Kingdom of heaven.

Be at work in me, Lord God, by your Spirit,

Amen.[4]


[1] Call to Worship written by Tim Baker

[2] Opening prayers written by Tim Annan-Hood

[3] Prayers of intercession written by Tim Annan-Hood

[4] Additional prayers by Tim Baker

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Church Opening

We have been able to ease restrictions regarding Sunday worship. However, for the time being and out of consideration for others, we are proceeding with caution. We are still asking our congregation to wear masks when moving around, only removing them when seated in church. We have permission to sing but, for the time being, we are recommending that it be from behind a mask wherever possible. The seats will be put back into rows, but we will still be practicing social distancing, albeit at 1 metre instead of 2. We hope that this will encourage those of you who have not yet felt able to return to worship in person, to give it a go, because we have missed you.

We are now serving tea and coffee after the service which is giving us time to enjoy fellowship face to face.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord our God” so please do come and join us each Sunday at 10.45 am. for worship.

Teddy Bear Service and Picnic

TEDDY BEAR SERVICE AND PICNIC

Please come and join us at our monthly Teddy Bear Service and Picnic on second Sunday of every month, 2.30-3.30pm

We would love to see you again on Sunday 10th October 2021, 2.30-3.30pm

We welcome all children and teddy bears, mums and dads, grandparents and carers.

Do come and join us for worship, a bible story (usually with puppets), singing with musical instruments and the Teddy bears picnic

No booking required but don’t forget to bring your teddy bear, please!

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Launching our new Church Mice

Calling all parents and carers of Pre-school children

We invite you to join us for Church Mice – a new fun activity session for Under 5’s

Mondays 9.30-10.00am (term time only)

Starting 27th September 2021

All adults and children begin with lots of singing, followed by a (toy) mouse hunt in church.  When we have brought all our friends together, we will listen to a different bible story every week and always complete a craft activity related to the story.  This is followed by refreshments and a Tots play time whilst adults can enjoy a well-earned tea/coffee/biscuits and a chat. 

There is no charge to attend and no need to book, please turn up on the day. 

For more details phone Church Office 677 5127. 

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Teddy Bear Service and Picnic

TEDDY BEAR SERVICE AND PICNIC

Please come and join us at our monthly Teddy Bear Service and Picnic on Sunday 12th September 2021, 2.30-3.30pm

We welcome all children and teddy bears, mums and dads, grandparents and carers.

Do come and join us for worship, a bible story with puppets, singing with musical instruments and the Teddy bears picnic

No booking required but don’t forget to bring your teddy bear, please!

Sue Elliott

Children, Families and Schools co-ordinator

Hope Journey Sharing Parables at Greasby Infant School

HOPE JOURNEY SHARING PARABLES

was a joy to visit Greasby Infant School on Thursday 1st July to deliver Sharing Parables to 60 children and 5 staff from F2.  This was our first visit into schools this year and we were very blessed with dry weather as we held the event in the outdoor play space.  

Following the welcome and introduction

  1. We read the story of The Lost Son from the bible. A parable is a story Jesus told to explain his teaching to us. We talked about feelings – how the various characters felt at different times in the story and why their emotions changed.  Very  importantly we looked at how we can all make wrong choices but God always forgives us if we are truly sorry for what we have done and aim to put it right.  The children made paper plate faces – a smiling face on one side and a sad face on the other – and used the paper plate faces to retell the story to us

2. The puppets shared a modern day version of the story.  A boy wanted to go to a disco but dad had said no.  However he sneaked out and went off with his friends and had a great time.  However he woke his dad up when he got home so his dad found out what he had done.  However dad did forgive him because he loved him so much.  Just as our Father God loves us and will forgive us too.  The children made peg puppets to take home to use to retell the story to their families

3. We presented a monologue, from dad’s point of view, again exploring how sad he was when the son asked for his inheritance and left home seeking a better life.  But how he rejoiced when the son returned home.  Sometimes we can wander away from God, but He is always ready to welcome us back too.  The children then made scoobies with different shaped beads

Square = someone we rely on, and who supports us

Round = somebody it is good to be around (friend, teacher, family member)

Heart = somebody who takes care of us

Star = a superstar in our life

We all enjoyed learning about how God loves us, takes care of us and we can trust Him to be our superstar and very special friend forever.

We are looking forward to welcoming all the children and staff into church again for another exciting programme of Hope Journey events next year

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Hope Journey Sharing Parables with Brookdale Primary School

HOPE JOURNEY SHARING PARABLES

This week what welcomed 30 children and 3 staff from F2 (4-5 year olds) Brookdale Primary School into our sanctuary to share the Parable of the Lost Son (the Prodigal Son)

Following the welcome and introduction

  1. We read the story of The Lost Son from the bible. A parable is a story Jesus told to explain his teaching to us. We talked about feelings – how the various characters felt at different times in the story and why their emotions changed.  Very  importantly we looked at how we can all make wrong choices but God always forgives us if we are truly sorry for what we have done and aim to put it right.  The children made paper plate faces – a smiling face on one side and a sad face on the other – and used the paper plate faces to retell the story to us

2. The puppets shared a modern day version of the story.  A boy wanted to go to a disco but dad had said no.  However he sneaked out and went off with his friends and had a great time.  However he woke his dad up when he got home so his dad found out what he had done.  However dad did forgive him because he loved him so much.  Just as our Father God loves us and will forgive us too.  The children made peg puppets to take home to use to retell the story to their families

Puppets tell a modern day version of the Parable of the Lost Son

Square = someone we rely on, and who supports us

3. We presented a monologue, from dad’s point of view, again exploring how sad he was when the son asked for his inheritance and left home seeking a better life.  But how he rejoiced when the son returned home.  Sometimes we can wander away from God, but He is always ready to welcome us back too.  The children then made scoobies with different shaped beads

Square = someone we rely on, and who supports us

Round = somebody it is good to be around (friend, teacher, family member)

Heart = somebody who takes care of us

Star = a superstar in our life

Children listen to dad telling them his story

We all enjoyed learning about how God loves us, takes care of us and we can trust Him to be our superstar and very special friend forever.

We are looking forward to Sharing Parables with Greasby Infant School next week

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Hope Journey Explore

Hope Journey Explore

This week we shared Hope Journey Explore via Microsoft Teams with 61 children at Greasby Junior School and 28 children at Brookdale Primary School on Thursday 27th May.  I am grateful to the Circuit Team for their knowledge and support

Following my welcome and introduction, we shared four workshops

  1. Explore – using images and starting with our own church, we looked at various artifacts and furniture usually found in churches and identified what each was and what we use them for.  This included the Bible, pulpit, lectern, baptismal font/baptistry, communion table, hymn book, organ/keyboard etc.  This facilitated explanations about denominations, the history of the bible, baptism and celebration of communion.  We then looked at the development of the church and, despite some differences, we all come from one root.
The Cross as a symbol of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

2. Holy Books – which focussed on the Bible – structure, Old Testament, New Testament, gospels/epistles, various versions etc and compared the Bible with the Qur’an and Torah.  The children asked the most amazing questions eg how old the bible is? When and how did different versions develop?  Did they use a quill to write it?  How has the same version carried on?  They also asked How did Jesus knew he was going to be killed?  We then explained the Trinity.

The Bible is Christians’ Holy Book

3. Signs and symbols – after a fun quiz looking at company logos, we examined the meaning behind various signs and symbols.  In particular we talked about the Cross, ICHTHUS, the dove, a crown of thorns and a triquetra.  We compared the Cross to the Star of David (Judaism) and the Crescent Moon (Islam) before asking the children to design a symbol shield for themselves

ICHTHUS – The greek letters mean Jesus Christ Gods’ Son Saviour

4. Prayer – We asked Why pray? Who do we pray to? Where can you pray? What do you pray about?  We watched a video of several children answering those questions.  We explained ACTS, the Lords Prayer and introduced a holding cross, before listening to Sir Cliff Richard singing the Millennial Prayer – The Lords prayer.  We concluded prayer is taking with God, and we can pray to God at any time, in any place. Children were encouraged to write their own prayers using TSP – Thank you, Sorry and Please if they find it helpful.

The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and of peace

We have displayed some of the children’s work for your enjoyment and hope you will come along to admire their work during the half term break

The Triquetra symbolises the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit

Thank you to Brookdale and Greasby Junior School for joining us at Hope Journey again

Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Hope Journey Cross Factor with Brookdale Primary School

Hope Journey Cross Factor with Brookdale Primary School

It was a joy to be able to share another Cross Factor with 29 Year 5 children and 2 staff at Brookdale Primary School on Wednesday 14th April (via Google Meet).

The morning included

  • the Easter Story using a jig saw puzzle, which puts Jesus at the heart of the cross.  We discussed the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, The garden of Gethsemane, how Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priests house, before being taken to Pilate who ‘washed his hands of the affair’, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, following which the children designed a storyboard about what we were really celebrating at Easter
  • A look at some crosses from around the world (Roman, Crucifix, Palm, Celtic, Salvadorian) and why we share Palm crosses on Palm Sunday.  The children designed their own cross depicting scenes of the Easter story
  • a Roman Soldier telling us his experience of being in Jerusalem during Holy Week and how he felt when being told to go and arrest Jesus – whom he believed to be a good man who had performed miracles and healed people.  He was saddened when they crucified Jesus and shocked and delighted to meet an angel at the tomb who said Jesus was alive.  The children imagined being that Centurion and wrote a letter to a friend Maximus to tell him what had happened
  • We thought about how some things can look dead – but are brought back to life – like a bulb before it grows into a beautiful flower and a chrysalis before it becomes a pretty butterfly.  Christians believe that Jesus rose again and is alive and with us today and every day.  We discussed what we may like to change in our own lives, in our community and in the world and the children wrote their thoughts on leaves which were glued onto a tree, demonstrating renewal of life

The children received 3 gifts from Greasby Methodist Church

Resurrection Rhyme (Bible Society)
  1. The Journey through Holy Week as a take home leaflet t(see above) so that the children could colour the images whilst they shared the story with families
  2. All about Easter – a Resurrection Rhyme, published by the Bible Society this year.
  3. A Palm Cross – with an explanation of the significance of these crosses for Christians
Significance of the Palm Cross

We are very blessed that our virtual Hope Journeys have taken place this year but looking forward to when we can welcome the children and staff back into church again

 Sue Elliott

Hope Journey co-ordinator

Annual Report April 2020-March 2021

Please find attached a copy of the Annual Report for April 2020 – March 2021 as promisedhttps://greasbymethodistchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Annual-Report-2020-21-Final-10.pdf

Please do take time to read the report and praise God for the many blessings we have received throughout what has been a challenging year and pray for wisdom and guidance as we develop our Mission Plan for Greasby Methodist Church 2021-23

Sue Elliott