Thought of the Month
Taking a risk for the sake of Love.
The Methodist Church in Great Britain is called to "respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission". This includes overcoming some pressing challenges, such as the unfilled but essential post of Circuit Treasurer, without which we cannot continue as a circuit of churches. Please pray that God will call the person to take this role very soon.
This year we'll commemorate 75 years since the end of World War II in Europe. At the start of that war, in 1939, Stanley Spencer decided to paint a series depicting Christ in the wilderness, based upon the gospel stories of Jesus fasting for 40 days and nights in the desert. This painting, The Scorpion, shows Jesus seated, barefoot, gazing at the scorpion in his palm. Another lurks near his foot. He risks fatal stings. The painting shows, I think, that Jesus loves the creatures that God the Father had made, despite the pain the creatures may inflict. When Spencer painted this, the fear of war was everywhere. Jesus showed the opposite of fear because of his love for all. Jesus takes a risk for the sake of love. How can we, as Christ's followers, take such a stance, such risks, to love as God has first loved us?
For church, this is the season of lent, up through Good Friday to Easter Sunday. On that Friday, Christ's hands and feet were mortally stung, not by scorpions, but by violent men who nailed him to a cross of wood until he breathed his last. And he knew that the risks he took meant this would happen, but did it anyway, for love. In our journey with Christ through Lent, we might encounter fear, or suffering, or both. But in all things, Christ's promise is to be with us always (Matthew 28.20) so we've his help to take risks for the things God loves. Please pray for us as a circuit of churches, for our church, and for ourselves as followers of Christ, to live up to our calling, to take a risk for the sake of love.
May I encourage you to take part in the circuit Good Friday Walk, from Christchurch Hitchin to Pirton Methodist Church and back. It takes place in the afternoon, 8 miles or so, and if you can't make it please consider sponsoring someone else. We're raising money for Bridgebuilders (taking the Gospel to schools in Stevenage) and the Bridge2Aid (taking dental services to Africa, including a dentist from one of our churches).
We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.
The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.
Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.
One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.
This Month's Quote
O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, andyou are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.