Church News letter – Two

The Edgware Methodist Chronicle Our Contact
Edgware Methodist Church Garratt Road, London
HA8 9AW. Tel: 020 8205 9262
minister@edgwaremethodist.org.uk
Minister – The Revd Ben Twumasi Senior Steward: Mr Samuel AsieduChurch Support 

We seek to support people of all ages, origin and orientation to discover Christ as Lord, and commit themselves to serving God in and through the Church “… We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” 2Cor 5:20We Believe

We are all children of God.We are called to live by God’s word.We are to Love one another as Jesus loved us.

Website : www.edgwaremethodist.org.uk(Currently under construction & will be launched soon)
Affirmation 

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
Psalm 139:14
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it;
1 Timothy 6:6-7 

Our Church Harvest Festival
On 18th September, we will gather here for our Annual Church Harvest. Have you ever wondered what all this harvest festival we celebrate annually is about? Harvest is a key part of the church year. On harvest day, our thoughts turn to our daily supply of food and we give thanks to the God who through rain and sunshine enables farmers to produce enough to feed us.

We also think of people who produce the implements used to till the land and others who work in the chain through which food gets to our plates. Harvest therefore offers us an opportunity to rejoice and celebrate our generous God. Through harvest, we proclaim among other things, God’s bountiful blessing, God’s goodness and providence, God’s provision for those who are hungry and thirsty. Through donations we make at harvest we support the needs of many in our world that are less fortunate than we are.

When we do this, we are able to sing confidently with the hymnist:
“We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land; But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand: He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain. All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love.” (StF 130)

Sunday Morning Worship in September 2016

PreacherDateOld Testament ReadingsNew Testament Reading
Revd Ben Twumasi (HC &Youth Rededication Service)4th Sept 2016Jeremiah 18:1-11Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18Philemon vv 1-21Luke 14:25-33 
Mr Matthew Dickenson11th Sept 2016Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28Psalm 141 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-10 
Revd Ben Twumasi (Annual Church Harvest)18th Sept 2016Jeremiah 8:18-9:1Psalm 79:1-9 1 Timothy 2:1-7Luke 16:1-13
Mrs Diana Jones28th Sept 2016Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 1 Timothy 6:6-19Luke 16:19-31 

Lord Teach Us How to Pray

“Lord, teach us how to pray aright, with reverence and with fear; though dust and ashes in thy sight, we may, we must draw near.” (A hymn by James Montgomery, [1771 – 1819] found in No 539 of the 30th edition of the Methodist Hymn Book published in 1933)

Prayer is meant to be part of the daily life of every Christian. However countless personal experiences have shown that many believers struggle to pray.  What is prayer? How do I pray? What do I say when I am praying? Do I have to close my eyes? What should be the method for prayer? Are there any techniques? How about posture? These and many other questions continue to occupy our attention in our quest to improve in our prayer life.

In Luke 11 (with a slightly different version in Matthew 6), the disciples asked Our Lord to teach them to pray, just like the Methodist in particular and Christians in general do when they sing the hymn above. They wanted to learn how to pray “just as John taught his disciples”.  Jesus does notgive them a “method” or “technique”. He says nothing about posture or breathing but guides us with some words to use when praying, with the assurance that God knows our concerns even before we pray.  Maybe the disciples’ question to Jesus is your question too. Maybe it is most relevant to us in our fast-moving, hyperactive, technology-oriented world where more and more people are trying to find meaning in their lives and to develop a living relationship with the Lord in prayer.  It is ok to have questions about prayer and in future editions; we will endeavour to deal with some of our questions on prayer. In the meantime, let us keep praying.  More on prayer to follow soon

The Revd Ben Twumasi

Memories from our trip to Bournemouth on 13th August 2016

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Notices

  1. Church Council Meeting

There will be church council meeting on Saturday, 17th September, 2016 at 11am at the church.  A book will be opened in the crush hall for members to write any issues they want church council to consider in.  All Church council members are to take note and attend as appropriate.

  1. Prayer group: Every Friday the prayer group meets in the devotional room from 7pm to 9pm
  2. Church Anniversary: We are getting ready to celebrate our 90th Church Anniversary on 23rd October. The hospitality team should take note of the date and start making preparations.
  3. Trip to the Holy Land (Israel)

Rev. Ben is organising “a refresh and renew” Christian trip to Israel (20th Nov’ to 30th Nov’ 2017). The cost is £1,582 inclusive of flights, accommodations, 2 square meals per day, all internal trips and site fees.  Exclusions are airport taxes which are estimated at £140 and travel insurance which is estimated at £49 if arranged through the travel agent as well as pocket money for shopping and snacks if required. All interested parties should contact Rev. Ben Twumasi for further information.  There is an opportunity to pay in instalments.

  1. Confirmation and Reception into Full Membership
    Confirmation classes are due to begin in September to prepare
    candidatesfor confirmation. There will also be reception into full membership for those to be confirmed or those already confirmed who want to transfer or maintain their membership at Edgware Methodist Church. Candidates should give their names and details to the minister; Revd Ben
  2. Church Harvest 2016

Our church will have its annual harvest festival on Sunday 18th September 2016 at 11:00am. Come and let us thank the God of our harvest.

Notice from the circuit
There will be a joint Preachers and Worship Leaders Meeting on Tuesday 27th September 2016 at Manor Drive Methodist Church, Manor Drive, London. N20 0DZ. Anyone considering a calling into worship leading and or Preaching is welcome to this meeting.