Notices

Dates and Notices for this week
Monday prayers 3.45-4.30pm
Tuesday Messy Space 10.00-11.30am
Leadership Team Meeting 7.30pm
Wednesday Café 10.00am-12.00 noon
Saturday Community Litter Pick 10.30am

 September Services at Badminton Road

19th Local arrangement

26th Revd Samuel Uwimana

Harvest – 2nd October
Our harvest giving this year will be shared between The Methodist Centre, North Bristol Foodbank and Tree Aid.  We are encouraging financial gifts rather than gifts of food this year, as this is what all these charities prefer to receive.  Thank you.

A Blessing for Autumn                       
May you know the presence of God,
the creator of the seasons.
He made the misty mornings
and the spider’s web, sparkling with dew,
the spiky-silky chestnut shell
and conkers to play with,
the ever-changing glory of gold-bronze trees
and the joy of leaves crunching underfoot.
And as the chill nights draw in and nature prepares for the death of the year,
may you be assured of God’s faithfulness.
The trees entrust their seed to the earth
awaiting the spring.
May you know God’s blessing as you entrust yourself to his faithfulness,
finding your life rested and renewed.
Amen.

 

 

Reflection

Reflection on the Lectionary Sunday 26th September (Ordinary 26)

Psalm 124; Esther 7: 1 – 6, 9 – 10; James 5: 13 – 20; Mark 9: 38 – 50 This reflection is provided by Local Preacher Dottie North (Victoria).

The ancient world was full of stories in which the threatened hero or heroine is rescued at last, and the people who had almost overcome them are condemned instead. David kills Goliath. Homer’s heroes – some of them anyway – defeat their rivals after tense battles. The Son of Man is exalted, the Beast destroyed. Plenty of plays and novels follow the same line. The story of the twentieth century is told in similar terms: think of Hitler, or Mussolini.

So why do we find Esther 7 so hard to take? The vengeance is stark and shocking. Haman is hanged on the gallows he’d prepared for Mordecai, Esther’s uncle. Rough justice at best, we think, at worst a bad-tempered lynching. Haman had of course “asked for it.” He had plotted a major pogrom against a large and widespread Jewish community. Not for nothing have twentieth century Jews felt history repeating itself, with Hitler partially succeeding where Haman failed. But what does the Gospel say?

Well, perhaps not exactly what we might think. Is the worm turning in our sensibilities, as some theologians remind us that being nice to everybody, seeking reconciliation at any price, has to be balanced by naming and dealing with evil? Events in South Africa, in Northern Ireland, in our lifetime, have shown us that the reconciliation process needed to include the recognition that evil had occurred before forgiveness and healing could take place.

James, in his letter, urges those in the early church to call out wrong-doing and to pray, as “the prayer of a godly person is powerful.” And in Mark 9, with its tender care for “these little ones who believe in me,” there are ominous and uncomfortable words about millstones around necks and unquenchable fire.

Often throughout history the awareness of God, or even of the people of God, brings out the worst in some people and they commit atrocities in the attempt to turn people away from their faith. We can think of many examples of this happening across the world just now, and we despair. Leaving vengeance to God, as Paul instructs in Romans 12: 19 – 21 was a revolutionary concept then and still remains so for us……and yet we should not deny that evil is real and that God hates it and will, in his own time defeat it. So, as people of the living and all-powerful God, may we continue to call out evil and injustice, not seeking revenge, but praying for enlightenment, repentance, and peace.

Lord God, make us a passionate people: passionate to pursue your loving justice; passionately opposed to all that obscures the hope, destroys the purpose and denies the reconciliation that is your will for your world. Amen.

 

Messy Church

Usually we meet on the third Saturday of each month, 4.30 – 6 p.m.
We look forward to getting together again when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we are keeping in touch by email.
For more information on Messy Church go to

www.messychurch.org.uk

Worship

We have worship on a Sunday morning at 10.30 am. This is open to all and is lead in a variety of styles by the ministers and local preachers of the circuit.
The church is accessible and has a loop system.  
We have a communion service each month.
We have a less formal more active “Café Church” service every three months, it will be identified on the list of services below.  We will also be trying out other worship formats and different times during the week. Watch out for details in the “Worship Details Box”  and on the Facebook page.

Autumn services

September 5    S Uwimana (communion)
September 12    R Howard
September 19    Local Arrangement
September 26    S Uwimana
October 3    S Uwimana (communion)
October 10    V Lamont
October 17    N Sharp (café worship)
October 24    Local Arrangement
October 31    C Blenkinsopp
November 7    S Uwimana (communion)
November 14    V Lear
November 21    N Sharp
November 28    S Uwimana (gift service)

No booking is necessary, but please be aware that virus protection measures are still in place (see below).

Please see our reflection page for resources.
There is a Sunday service on BBC local radio at 8.00am.
For online acts of worship from our sister churches, please follow the following links:
 

Zion, United Church, Frampton Cotterell: https://www.zuchurch.co.uk/downloads.htm

Yate Methodist Church: www.facebook.com/YateMethodistChurch

 

What to expect
We still ask everyone to:
wear a face covering unless exempt
Follow the on-way system
Chat outside (rather than inside)
Sanitize your hands
Keep a safe distance from others
We will have the windows open for ventilation
There will not be refreshments for the time being
We still ask people to share contact details so we can advise of any infection
There will be a collecting basket as you leave for offerings
We will sing not more than 3 hymns/songs (with masks still on)
The service will be up to 50 minutes long
Seating will be alternate chairs, with wide-spaced rows