On Thursday at 2.30 pm, we hold a zoom Circuit Meeting for all Circuit trustees who are able to join us. Then at 7 pm, everyone is invited to pray, either on zoom or quietly by yourself at home. This will be followed at 7.30 pm by our weekly zoom reflective service which will be led by Rev Jane Sperring.
On Friday at 10.30 am, we hold our weekly zoom coffee morning, followed by a short Minehead Church Council meeting at 11.30 am.
Next Sunday is
Advent Sunday and we are holding an Advent Carol service on zoom at 10.30 am. Please let Nick know of any Advent carols you would like to sing at that service before Wednesday please.
Everyone who is able to join us at any of these events will be most welcome.
If you have not used one of our Zoom services before but would like to join in please email the Circuit Administrator.
On Monday's at 11.30 am we will be holding a short Advent reflection each week on Zoom beginning on Mon 30 November, led by Rev Tim Woods and Rev Nick Lakin. Please join us as we journey through Advent together.
Our YouTube service
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Sunday Service Sheet for Home Worship from
the Methodist Church
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on line, a few of which
are listed below;
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Songs of Praise on Sunday afternoons on BBC 1
Premier Christian Radio via their website or on Freeview channel 725
Live worship at 11 am on a Sunday morning from Plymouth Central Hall search YouTube or Facebook for ‘Plymouth Central Hall’
Information about worshipping at home and live streaming of worship from the Singing the Faith plus website here…https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Regular updates from the Methodist Church are available here…https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus-guidance/
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Dear Lord be with us … bless us … and guide us as we learn from your extraordinary ministry – Amen
When looking at our Gospel reading today, we have the advantage of both of hindsight and context.
Unfortunately, Our Lord in Speaking in Old Testament code. However fortunately we context is this whole chapter relates to the destruction of the Temple and much of Jerusalem.
Just as the Christian Church had no known ‘churches’ for the first 400 years the Israelites had no Temple for the hundreds of years – They a tent of meeting. Solomon built the first temple in 937 – 300 years after the Exodus and Moses’s 10 Commandments
However, the Temple was an expression of everything Jewish – a place of pilgrimage, of sacrifice of ritual of initiation. Our Lord was of circumcised in the Temple. It was the centre of Jewish religion. The destruction of the Temple and much of Jerusalem was truly apocalyptic disaster for Judaism
This was largely as a result of mainstream Judaism rejecting Our Lord’s Teaching summarised within the Sermon on the Mount Beatitudes - especially the 7th Beatitude - Blessed are the peacemakers,
Worship the Father in the spirit and truth ---- not just in one place
Jesus did not just knock - down he built up.
Honour your father and mother, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bare false witness, do not covet.
These were the fabric of the Jewish state
Next week in Marystowe we are considering the spiritual practicality of the Beatitudes. The blessings we need to follow being gentle, hungering after righteousness, being merciful being pure in heart if we are to see God. Lastly of course
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind';
And Jesus added, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'"
The world flocked to Christs new rebuilt Temple. 2.2 Billion Christians now regard this commandment as central to their faith
Moses would be happy with that!!!
What are the Takeaways?
Text - Matthew Chapter 24 with verses 29-35 in bold
24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.”
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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