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Dear Friends,
One of the wonderful aspects of our worship at Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church is the diversity that comes in having different people lead us in worship each Sunday. Yet there are some elements that will remain consistent, one of these being the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, taught by Jesus to his disciples. We say this prayer so frequently that we don’t always give significant thought to the meaning of the words. Yet they are tremendously significant. In this prayer we ask God for: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it in heaven.”

In asking for the kingdom of God to come, and for God’s will to be done, we are requesting God’s rule to be made known in the here and now. In order for this to happen people must come to know Christ. From Ascensiontide to Pentecost (30th May - June 9th) Christians around the world will be praying for more people to come to know Jesus as part of an ecumenical call to prayer, supported by the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain called ’Thy Kingdom Come’. It is our shared belief that in knowing the Risen Christ we are transformed, as our own hearts and spirits are put in alignment with God’s heart and Spirit, and we begin the love and care in the way that God loves and cares.

During this season we are asked to pray and also to share our faith; to tell our stories of how we have come to know Christ, and to be invitational in encouraging others to come to our services. In all this we rely on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, on whom we depend completely and without whom we can do nothing in the service of Jesus. For it was at Pentecost that the Holy Spirit who came, equips, and enables us today. It has affirmed that it is only through the Spirit that we can be renewed, revived and brought into a personal relationship with the living risen Jesus.

So do please pray that the Holy Spirit will help and enable us to share the good news of Jesus with our friends, family and neighbours, and that in hearing this message they might respond. Because, if we do, we will see growth and the transformation that comes with God’s kingdom.
Every blessing.
Revd David


 

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