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    St.Andrew's

    Methodist Church,

    Halifax,

    West Yorkshire.

     

    Our Mission

    St Andrew’s Methodist Church seeks to share the love of God as revealed by Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
    Our Purpose

    We are a witnessing community of Christians seeking to share our faith. By our worship and work we proclaim the love of Jesus to all people. 

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    RESPONSE TO CORONA VIRUS  

    In common with most other churches the Methodist Church has cancelled all activities until

    further notice. There will be no services of worship or any other activities until further notice  at   St.Andrew's.

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    To all Members and Friends of the Church Family at St Andrew’s Methodist Church – PLEASE take some time on Sunday Morning around 10.30 a.m. to read through the Service beow– it will help to bring us all together even though we are apart and scattered all around Calderdale during this time of isolation due to the Coronavirus – we are sure in the knowledge that we will all be joined together through the ongoing love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Another option would be to watch the service being live streamed at 11am from Wesley's Chapel in London, designed for a non-physical (??) congregation.

     

    SUPPORT FOR THE DROP-IN CENTRE DURING THIS PERIOD

          Obviously with no church services, there will be no food collections or deliveries. Equally obviously the people who come are as much in need as ever. Parcels will still be given out, but at the door of Ebenezer not inside the building. There are two suggestions for how we can continue to help: send a cheque payable to Christians Together Calderdale, with Drop-in cl early marked on the back. Post to      

    The Gathering Place, 1 St James Road, HX1 1YS.

    Alternatively deliver money or goods to Christine at 11 Princes Gate, Savile Park. She is happy for people to contact her by phone (07708968029) and for her address to be published. Particularly we are asked to pray for the people who come to the Drop-in and all the helpers.

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    SUPPORT FOR ST. AUGUSTINE'S CENTRE DURING THIS PERIOD

    As we can no longer collect goods to take to St. Augustine's people may wish to continue to support them by making cash dnations. It is possible to make these through their website. Just search for 'St Augustines Halifax'.

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    ST ANDREW’S

    METHODIST CHURCH

    Huddersfield  Road,

    Halifax  HX3 0AT

    SUNDAY 5TH APRIL 2020

    PALM SUNDAY

     

     

                                                   

    WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S METHODIST CHURCH

    NEWSLETTER FOR PALM SUNDAY

     

    THE LENT LITURGY FOR TODAY IS AS FOLLOWS:

     

    Palm Sunday – 5th April 2020

     

    Reading Matthew 21: 6-11

     

    6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’  10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ 11 The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.

    ’Branches are placed at the foot of the cross.

    Prayer:

     

    Lord Jesus, the crowds shouted their hosannas; we, too, praise you because you are our king. Help us to persuade others to also acknowledge you as king.

     

    Sing the 1st verse and chorus of ‘Make way, Make way.’  (S of F 384)

     

    Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour arrives;

    Fling wide the gates and welcome him into your lives.

    Make way! (Make way!) Make way! (Make way!)

    for the king of kings (for the king of kings)

    Make way! (Make way!) Make way! (Make way!)

    and let his kingdom in.

     

     

     

    To all Members and Friends of the Church Family at St Andrew’s Methodist Church – PLEASE take some time on Sunday Morning around 10.30 a.m. to read through this Service – it will help to bring us all together even though we are apart and scattered all around Calderdale during this time of isolation due to the Coronavirus – we are sure in the knowledge that we will all be joined together through the ongoing love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Another option would be to watch the service being live streamed at 11am from Wesley's Chapel in London, designed for a non-physical (??) congregation.

     

     

    TODAY’S SERVICE HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR US BY

    MRS LINDA M SMITH

     

    5th April 202: Palm Sunday: A letter to the Andrewtonians.

     

    My dear friends at St. Andrews,

    I am sorry that we can’t meet, in person, on this special day; but we can be together in our worship whilst still being apart.  We can join together in faith to meet with Jesus as we journey along together.

    Let’s start with The Lord’s Prayer.

    Our Father, who art in heaven.  Hallowed be thy name.

    Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.

    Amen.

    Setting the Scene

    Today we continue to journey through lent.  We started this journey at the river Jordan, where John baptises Jesus and God declares Jesus as his son.  God blesses Jesus with the Holy Spirit and Jesus goes into the desert for 40 days and nights to prepare for his calling.  Then he starts his ministry of story-telling, teaching and healing.  Now he is so popular that crowds follow him everywhere.  Jesus is transfigured by God himself, made clean for the task ahead. And today we hear of the triumphant entry into the great city of Jerusalem – a day of celebration and great happiness.

    Use this link to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cPaZk8nFnCg

    Gospel: The Great Parade

    “Let’s go to Jerusalem!” said Jesus to his friends. “I have something important to do there.”

    So, they went.  And when they could just see the city from a nearby hillside, Jesus said, “Let’s have a parade!”

    Jesus’ friends were surprised. “A parade?” they wondered. “Why a parade?” But no -ne said anything because Jesus was busy giving instructions.

    “I want two of you to borrow a donkey,” he said.  “Tell the owner I need it. He’ll understand.”

    When the two friends returned with the donkey, Jesus hopped on its back, gently nudged its sides and started down the hill.

    His friends followed close behind. “Hooray for Jesus!” they shouted. “Jesus is King!”  Down, down, down they rode, towards the city gate.  And the closer they got, the more people joined them.

     

    “It’s Jesus the teacher!” someone called.

    “It’s Jesus the story teller!” another called. “It’s Jesus the healer!” called someone else.

    “Three cheers for Jesus!” called one and all.  “Hooray!”

    Soon, there were people everywhere marching along with the parade and shouting from the roadside.

    Some took off their coats and laid them in front of the donkey. Others cut palm branches from the trees and waved them about. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, clapping and dancing and shouting their way through the city gates.  Everyone was happy!

    Well, almost everyone.  Some of the religious teachers didn’t like Jesus.  They were jealous, because the ordinary people were so fond of him. And when they saw the parade, they frowned.

    “Wait a minute!” they called. “You can’t have a parade here.  Tell your friends to be quiet, Jesus.”

    But Jesus just laughed. “Tell them to be quiet? Impossible!” Then he turned and looked at the crowd.

    “Can’t you see?” he said, “there is so much happiness here that even if I could make the people quiet, the stones in the street would shout and jump for joy!”

    Based on Matthew 21 verses 1 to 11 taken from the Lion Story Teller Bible

    by Bob Hartman.

    A few thoughts:

    I am writing this a few days in advance so that there is time to get this letter out to everyone.  I feel a little bit like Paul who wrote all those letters to the new churches throughout the world. Letters to encourage people; to show that they are not alone; something that we most certainly need in this present time.

    It seems to me that events are happening so quickly that as soon as you write something it becomes out of date.  Hopefully, my letter won’t be as out of date as the Radio Times or the five-year-old packet of dried spaghetti that I found in the cupboard! (War-time measures: we did eat it and we are still here!)

    Last Thursday night there was the first of the “Thursday thank yous”, where everyone stands at their doorstep or a window to applaud all our key workers.  I hear that the staff at Timpson’s are a bit miffed – whilst they make keys but are not considered to be key workers! 

    But seriously, on Thursday, I went to join in. At first it was just me; clapping at the door.  My husband was with me but I had to dig him in the ribs to get him to join in.  Then our neighbours came to the door, clapping.  Then the whole of Midgley village came alive with whistles and cheers; the whole of the Calder Valley, united, roaring.

    Everyone standing in isolation and yet together, clapping, cheering, clattering wooden spoons against kitchen pots and pans, blaring car horns.

    The sound reverberating from the valley bottom, then echoing from the sides of the hills, became louder and louder, particularly as the noise gathered pace.  The natural amplification of the valley’s shape making the sound phenomenal. A crescendo of thanks made by individual tokens of appreciation.  Individuals each in isolation and yet together.

    I looked to the heavens and the stars were also twinkling in unison, some yellow, some white, some with faint distant colours.  In that moment it seemed like the whole of God’s universe had joined together in this single act of kindness.  The fact is: that God is stirring the hearts and minds of people.  He is bringing us together, to look after one another, following Jesus’ command, to love one another.

    Everyone in isolation and yet together.  Everyone united in their view. Everyone showing love for all our key workers out there.

    Eventually the noise subsided, but the stars carried on twinkling, carrying their secrets of the past. I remembered Matthew 25:40, which reminds us that what we do for others, we do for God himself.  The moment of that single act of kindness, the thank you, was truly heartfelt and very moving.  The sort of thing that marks us all as God’s people.

    And following on from this, I started thinking about our journey through Lent and the Gospel reading for today.  Perhaps Jesus knows what is in store. In the transfiguration on the mountain top, Jesus meets with God, Moses and Elijah. In that meeting, Jesus is being prepared for what is to come.  Jesus has a very difficult task ahead of him.  Jesus is ready for this great reconciliation because he prays to his father.  Jesus puts his trust in God.

    Consider how difficult it must be for our NHS staff as they realise what’s to come.  They too have to put their trust in God, although they might not realise that this is what they are doing.  We can help them by joining in the Thursday thank you, but also in prayer; praying that they will be sustained and strengthened for the difficult task ahead; praying that people will come forward to help, as indeed, is what is happening.  God is stirring the hearts and minds of people.

    In Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem there was an abundance of joy as the people welcomed Jesus, the healer; Jesus the teacher, Jesus the storyteller, Jesus the King.

    There will, again, be joy as people recover from their illnesses.  There will be joy when families and friends can meet again.  There will be joy when we can worship together once more. 

    Jesus promises us that, when we repent, joy is what awaits us.  There is great joy in heaven when one sinner repents. There is great joy in receiving that forgiveness; the gift that Jesus brings to all as his journey to the cross unfolds.

    As we continue to journey along with Jesus, remember stay safe, stay prayerful and stay faithful.

    A Hymn for Palm Sunday:

    All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,

    To whom the lips of children, made sweet hosannas ring.

    Thou Art the King of Israel, Thou David’s Royal Son,

    Who in the Lord’s name comest, The King and blessed one.

    The company of angels are praising thee on high,

    And mortal men and all things, created make reply.

    The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;

    Our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present.

    To the before Thy Passion they sang their hymns of praise;

    To thee now high exalted our melody we raise.

    Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring,

    Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King.

    All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,

    To whom the lips of children, made sweet hosannas ring.

    Hymn 160 taken from Hymns and Psalms

     

    We don’t know what is to come and sometimes that is a good thing.  In these difficult times we must rely on our faith, we must pray and we must put our trust in God to prepare us for what is to come.

    And so, we pray.

    Loving God,

    We come before you now, alone and yet together in this time of prayer, as you are with us here and now and with all those who pray.

    We think about the people of the world who are all united in their grief and sorrow at this time.  We think of those who have lost their livelihoods, those who have lost family members, those who have lost their faith. 

    We think about our own families, friends and neighbours.  Those we cannot see as we all suffer in isolation. We think about our extended family of our church as we lament in the fact that we cannot come together to worship you our God.

    And so in isolation, we bring our prayers before you together with our own individual concerns and prayers…….

    Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may all find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love.

    In Christ Jesus our Lord.   Amen.

    Encouragement:

    So, keep on praying and keep on encouraging one another.  Pick up the phone,

    or write to someone. Perhaps send out cards over the next few weeks to some of those who are on your Christmas card list.  Encourage, pray and keep faith.

    With love from, Linda M. Smith

     

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    St Andrew's is on Huddersfield Road, Halifax, at its junction with Dryclough Lane. Many of you will know this junction because Calderdale Royal Hospital is there. Our church is diagonally across the junction from the hospital.

    Our postal address is Stafford Square, post code HX3 0AT.

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