Welcome to United Covenant Service at Buckland Brewer Methodist Church
Sunday 3rd January 2016 led by Rev PJ Jackson
Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this afternoon – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome
Methodist Minister – Rev PJ Jackson – The Manse, Shebbear, EX21 5SH – 01409 281262
Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160
Today’s Lectionary – Psalm 72:1-7,10-14; Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Forthcoming United Services
- Sunday 10th January – 10am – Parish Church – Dave Watson
- Sunday 17th January – 10am – Methodist Church – Margaret Rickard
- Sunday 24th January – 10am – Methodist Church – Eric Moore
- Sunday 31st January – 6.30am – Parish Church – Evensong
Every Friday from 10.15am – 12noon – Coffee Morning at Parish Church Schoolroom
Every Friday’s– Buckland Brewer ‘Bumps & Babes Toddler Group meets in the Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Schoolroom from 9-45am-11-45am during Term Time
Buckland Community Shop from 8am-6pm each day and 8am-1pm on Saturdays in Old Vestry
North Devon Foodbank Collection Point in Community Shop
Young persons (11+) Drop In on Thursday’s during Term Time at 7pm in Chapel Schoolroom
Snooker Club every Wednesday in Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30pm
Tuesday 5th January – Coffee Morning will be held at Alwington Methodist Church. There will be all the usual produce and bring and buy stalls. Entrance £1. Come and join us.
Sunday 10th January – FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK (FCN) invite you & all farmers & friends to a ‘Plough Sunday Service’ on at 3pm at Torrington Methodist Church. The speaker is Rev Philip Wagstaff. There will be Refreshments after the service.
Wednesday 13th January – Coffee Morning at Littleham Methodist Church from 10.30am -12noon.
Tuesday 19th January – ‘Take a Break’ at 2.30pm at Alwington Methodist Church and the speaker is from Wiltshire Farm Foods.
Tuesday 19th January – Torridge Methodist Circuit Prayer Meeting at Buckland Brewer Methodist Church starting at 7pm – All welcome
Saturday 23rd January – HEAVENLY FEET is a learning day for all those who participate in the mission of Jesus in the rural context. It is being arranged by the Methodist Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network, South West from 10am—3pm at Hatherleigh Community Centre, Bowling Green Lane, EX20 3HB – the event is free including dinner – see poster
The Bright Stars Theatre Group are holding a Pantomine at Northam Methodist Church on Friday 22nd January; Saturday 23rd January; Friday 29th January & Saturday 30th January. Performances are at 7pm Nightly & a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Proceeds are for ‘Over & Above Baby Unit’ at NDDH. Tickets from 01237 479643 – Children are £3, OAP are £4, Adults are £5 & a Family Ticket is £15.
We remember in our prayers all those we know who have lost loved ones recently and all we know who are ill or worried about loved ones, friends or situations. We include in our prayers Rev Wendy Mitchell & Hamish and all that we know that are unwell at this time.
We remember in our prayers the family of Rev John Bradley who died this past week – John was the Methodist Minister for Buckland and we praise & thank God for his work her – his ministry and his work with Churches Together in England. John’s funeral will be on Wednesday 6th January at 12.30 pm at Olney Green Burial Ground, Yardley Road, Olney MK46 5EH, followed by a service at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes (300 Saxon Gate West, MK9 2ES). There will be refreshments at the church afterwards. All who wish to be there are welcome at either or both.
We hold in our prayers all those caught up with the ongoing terrorist attacks around the world – those who have lost loved ones, those injured & those emotionally affected by events.
We pray for the South East Methodist District & Christians in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire & Togo
We pray for Christians throughout the Middle East celebrating Christ’s birth & the start of a New Year in the midst of chaos, violence and hatred
We remember today those working for peace & stability in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Ukraine, Nigeria, West Africa & many other places around our world.
The Covenant Service, often celebrated on the first Sunday of the year, is at the heart of Methodists’ devotion and discipleship, and their dedication in working for social justice. In the service the Church joyfully celebrates God’s gracious offer to Israel that “I will be their God and they shall be my people”.
This offer is then extended beyond Israel to all women and men in Jesus Christ, who also provides the supreme example of what it is to live in such a relationship with God.
That relationship primarily involves the corporate life of the community of God’s people (i.e. Israel; the Body of Christ). It is concerned with individuals within that group.
What God offers is a loving relationship. The Covenant is not a contract in which God and human beings agree to provide particular goods and services for each other! It is not something that we have to do to create a relationship with God. God has freely and graciously already made it possible.
Rather, the Covenant is the means of grace by which we accept the relationship and then seek to sustain it. It is therefore not so much about getting in to a relationship with God as it is about staying in it. It is not about acquiring a relationship with God, but living within the loving relationship that God has already offered us.
The Collection Today is for Methodist Church & Circuit Funds
Buckland Brewer Parish Website – www.bucklandbrewerparish.org.uk
Torridge Circuit Website – torridgecircuit.co.uk
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