|Posted by trinityromford on March 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (34)|
FOR GOD'S LOVE - A PIECE OF CAKE
What a strange title you may think. However, I have been trying to bake a cake - a special one, We all go to our Delia Smith or River Cottage cook books when thinking about cooking. The instructions and ingredients can be quite lengthy, and we are encouraged to carry on because, looking at the pictures, everything looks absolutely wonderful.
My proposed cake was slightly different in that I received the recipe from a friend, and a plastic container holding some sourdough. Iwas told that this was the start-off for a German Friendship Cake. What I had to do for the next 10 days is look after this dough, ensuring that I stirred it well on a regular basis, and that I fed "Herman" (that's the cake's name), twice during his stay with me. I was told not to put him in the refrigerator or he would die, and to cover the top of his basin with a cloth to keep him warm. I grew quite attached to my visitor and was very pleased, each morning, to remove his cover and see the bubbles on the surface of the dough, and know that I had not killed Herman during the night. The idea was that on the 10111 day I was to divide my dough, (which was now much larger because of the feeding), into 4 sections, keeping one for myself and giving the other 3 parts away to friends.
This was the sharing of the friendship. Then with extra ingredients and my portion Imade a Friendship Cake, which was sweet, large, aromatic and a joy to eat.
Where does God come into this you may ask. Well'over the 'years 1have been reading God's Bible like a Delia Smith recipe book, without actually doing anything. 1understand what Jesus did for us in his death on the cross. God loved us and sent His Son to show that love, and forgive our sins. I look at the pictures in my Lion Heart book on "Christian Belief" and see artistic paintings of God with his heavenly hosts, and although I am reading it I am not really participating in making His Kingdom come to life.
Using an analogy, many years ago I was blessed to receive a container with the dough (the word of God) inside, and shared my recipe with my fellow Christians and worked with them, and participated in the need to share His Words. Jesus is special. We need to speak to him each day. We need to worship our Lord, knowing that he is working on our behalf in Heaven to ensure that at the End Day we will be sharing a sweet Loving Friendship Cake with Him. However, we need to put in the effort now to earn our place. We also need to nurture our basic understanding of God and watch it grow, and pass it on to others in Friendship and love.
Maybe you wish to twitter about this through our News Letter.
|Posted by trinityromford on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 AM||comments (32)|
The Bibiical account of creation found on Genesi s'chapters1 & 2 tells us that after God has ffinished creating heaven and earth and all the hosts of them, He rested on the seventh day. We live in an actlon-oriented world where there alwayfs seem to be something to do and no time to rest. Yet God demonstrated that rest is appropriate and right. If God himself rested from His work, then it should not amaze us that we also need rest. Jesus demonstrated thus principle when after a busy preaching asignment, he and his disciples left. In a boat to get away from the crowds (Mark 6: 31a 32). Times of rest refresh us for times of service. Rest is also important to maintain a balanced life..
It as in recognition of the importance of rest that the Methodist Churcih graciously offers a three-month sabbatical leave to its mlnlstsrs after they have travelled for some years. "A sabbatical is a period of release from theordinary duties of the appointment, in addition to normal holidays, for the purpose of pursuing an approved programme of study, research, work or experience" (SO 7044). A Methodist mlnister travelling for the first ten years of ministry, takes their first sabbatical andeach seventh year after it.
When the Bible says God rested on the 7th day; it was not because God was tired ibut to indicate the compietion of creatlon. "and he rested on the 7th day from all his work which he had done (Genesis 1:3; 2:2). God saw (reflected on) the-World he hasmade and it wasperfect and he was satisfied with i.t Sabbatical leave is not a three-month pernod for ministers to take an easy rest from their worik, but it affords them the opportunity for reflection, study, research and recreation.
Asmany of you know,my next sabbatical begins on the 1st of March and will end on the31st of May 2012. Part of my actvities during this period is to visit Corrrymeela. I will be part of this community for about two weeks, observing, !earning and also supporting the Community in practical ways. I also intned to so some studies on life Coaching as part of my ministerial development exercise. The final stage of my sablbatical wll !be spent with my family in Ghana. I am embarking on a journey of new experience, which I hope will be exciting and refreshing.
Wlhile I am away, the Rev. Nick Holt will serve as the Acting Superintendient and who may also be contacted if anybody needs the help of a minister.
I pray that God will keep all of us until we meet inthee months time.
With every Blessing.
|Posted by trinityromford on February 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
HELP FROM ABOVE.
In Isaiah 45 verse 22, God declares, “Look to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”
On many occasions, we hear people from around the world who claim that they have been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings. Researchers call it a “new psychological disorder.” Jeff Kanipe, an authority in this field of study says that some people become so obsessed with the desire for help from another world that they “hallucinate help coming from the skies in the form of alien saviours – saviours I might add, that often behave sinisterly.”
It is as if people create their own ‘gods’ to give them meaning and purpose to their lives. Such deities, however, are illusion and cannot help them.
Over the centuries, human beings have not changed. In Isaiah’s day, the nations worshipped gods they have made with their own hands. So the living and the true God commanded people everywhere to discard these false and powerless gods and look to Him alone. He then drew a sharp contrast between Himself and all the other saviours and said, “Look to Me and be saved! For I am God and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). The imaginary gods, then and now, do not tell us who we are, why we are here and how we can be delivered from our sins. But the true God does. He became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). As the Prophet Isaiah called on the people to look up to the true God and seek help from Him, so the same way we are also called upon to seek our help from Him.
One of the Christmas stories we read a few weeks ago is about the wise men, who came from the east in search of the Christ child. Their effort was a great success because we are told they were guided by a star. As long as they kept their eyes on the star, they knew where they were going and finally reached there successfully.
At the beginning of a New Year, let us keep our eyes on Christ who is our star, and who will guide us to our destination. He is our only hope and guide.
With every blessing
|Posted by trinityromford on January 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Mark 1:14-20 "Follow me and I will make you ..." (v. 17)
Mark's Gospel gives us an extremely short account of the call of the first disciples. Among the four Gospel writers Mark is known for his brief, terse, almost hurried narrative. He writes as if there is special urgency to his story, a need to tell that will not wait. Like a dying man trying to complete a story to those gathered before his time runs out, or a woman who has raced up the hill with news that must be communicated even if she has not yet got her breath back, Mark cuts out the non essentials to get the tale told. Today's passage is a good example as it gives the answer to none of the questions we might want to ask, such as: did Jesus know these fishermen before this day; what was the reaction of their families to this strange event; and what happened to the business, the nets and the boat? Rather in just six short sentences he conveys the life-changing drama that took these fishermen and changed them forever.
This approach enables us to see some things about the kingdom and discipleship very clearly. And the call of the fishermen gives us clues to both:
The call to discipleship is in the context of the kingdom. Verse 14 sets the context. The disciples (and we) are to follow Jesus as God’s kingdom is already breaking into the life of the world. God is at work and we are joining in.
The call to follow Jesus is at the same time a call to change. "I will make you..." is an invitation and a promise to the disciples (and to us) of transformation. We will be changed as we follow.
There is a cost to discipleship: "And immediately they left their nets and followed him" (v. 18). Mark wants his readers to understand the all encompassing nature of responding to the call of Jesus. It is not an add-on, nor an optional, spare time activity. It is costly and demanding, and requires a full and total response.
Where have you seen the signs of God's kingdom recently?
In what ways is God asking you to change at this moment?
Reflect on Christians you admire: what has been the cost to them of following Jesus?
Bible notes author: The Revd Dr Roger Walton ã The Methodist Church
|Posted by trinityromford on January 17, 2012 at 5:40 AM||comments (39)|
CAN YOU HELP?
We have recently taken part in the Annual Covenant Service and there will be another at 6.30pm on January 29th for those unable to be present on 1st January.
During that service all present committed themselves to working for God by saying together,
"I am no longer my own but yours, put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will, put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal."
In the service it stated;
"Christ has many services to be done: some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both..."
Have you thought carefully about those promises? There are a number of areas and jobs within the life of Trinity that need some help urgently. Many of the existing workers have been in post for a long time. are tired and need help. Please consider whether YOU could give a little time to helping keep our church and community life healthy and growing.
Here are two of those jobs:
FIRE OFFICER. A person with commonsense is needed to help us to review and establish policies deal with fire. A Fire Safety check should be carried out and arrangements for escape in case of fire looked at. You do not need to have technical knowledge. Information and check lists are available to help and the Property Committee will support whoever takes this on.
Speak to David Holland, Penny Masters or a Steward if you feel able to help.
COFFEE SHOP. More people are needed to help with the Coffee Shop on Wednesday and Friday mornings. This is a valuable out-reach activity of the church which is much appreciated by those who visit for tea/coffee or a snack. Can you make tea/coffee, filled rolls or can wash-up and enjoy meeting people?
The time involved is about four hours unless you wish to make cakes at home or do
the shopping. There is a rota of friendly helpers who would welcome you and you would be paired up with someone who has done it before.
Speak to Kathleen Hilton, David Holland or Penny Masters if you can help.
|Posted by trinityromford on January 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM||comments (34)|
Ivor Frank Tallack
22nd August 1948 - 9th December 2010
Ivor was born in Romford to Frank and May Tallack. He was born with Down's Syndrome. To me, his sister, and many others, he was a very special person. He lived life to the full and took every opportunity that was handed to him and made the most of it.
When he was about five year old he started attending the Junior Occupation Centre in Dagenham, boarding the coach on the first day without any fear of the unknown. Six years later he went off to a boarding school in Buntingford, a Roman Cathloic school staffed by nuns. There he met Nigel who became his best friend until his death a few years ago. At 16, Ivor returned to this borough to live in Westmarsh Lodge, a hostel for men on Harold Hill. About 12 years later when the local authority decided hostels should be mixed sex, he moved along the road to Hamelin House, where he lived until April 2000, when he moved across the road to a small residential home for six people.
About three years ago he began to show signs of dementia and it was clear that he needed specialist care, which was found at Hedgerows in Brentwood. Last August, Ivor spent two weeks in Queen's Hospital. He was discharged on his 62nd birthday and taken directly to Hedgrows. He was only there for a short time before being taken ill in the early hours of the 8th December, when he was taken to Queen's Hospital, where he passed away the following evening. He had pneumonia. The date of his death, 9th December, was a strange coincindence, as on the 9th December 2009 he had a seizure and stopped breathing. A carer gave him mouth to mouth rescusitation giving him another year of life.
Ivor experienced a number of Day Services. When he first returned to Romford he attended the Bill Belford Centre which became a school, so he moved to Spilsby Road and when that closed it was replaced by a number of projects. Ivor went to Melville Court, a sheltered workshop, which he loved and was very happy, when this closed he then went two or three times a week to the Community Activity Group at Nason Waters. When Council run day services were taken away from those in residential care and the homes had to arrange day time activities, Ivor sometimes went to Age Concern for lunch and one afternoon a week all from his home, went to a pottery group held at Fairkytes. He produces some nice things including a fine nativity scene.
His family was important to him; he looked forward to coming home for holidays, first to his parents then, after their death, to our home. He enjoyed family events such as birthdays and weddings. Ivor also enjoyed holidays and has been abroad with people with whom he lived, as well as to a variety of places in this country. Each August he had a holiday with us at Pin Mill near Ipswich. The highlights of his stay was the day the "Church People" came to visit.
This church was important to him. A few months ago when I had to bring him to Romford, as we returned to the church car park he realised where he was and said "My Church". He became a member during the ministry iof Rev. Stanley Beard. As well as attending services here, he enjoyed going to the Methodist Church at Chelmondiston (Pin Mill).
His death has left a big hole in our family.
|Posted by trinityromford on December 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM||comments (32)|
From our Minister, Rev. Armstrong Fummey
Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, tells a story of the time he was walking down the street and passed by a beggar who asked him for money. Tolstoy reached in his pocket to give the beggar some money but his pocket was empty. According to Tolstoy, he turned to the man and said, “I’m sorry, my brother, but I have nothing to give.” Immediately the beggar brightened and said, “You have given me more than I asked for – you have called me brother.”
Christmas is approaching and we shall soon start making plans (or are already making plans) of how to spend it. I hope this story will remind us of what the season of Christmas is all about – the day love came down from heaven. Jesus, the Son of God came down to earth to be like one of us and He call us ‘brothers and sisters.’
As Christians, we are called to follow the footsteps of our Lord. He commands us to love one another as He loves us. So, if we can make some one feel like ‘a brother or a sister’ this Christmas, it will be a great achievement and we can truly say that we’ve had a happy Christmas and the good news is that it will cost us nothing. There are many people starving for love in our communities and even in our Churches today. To such people a word of affection can be a feast. Undoubtedly, I know that at Romford Trinity Methodist Church, we are good at making people feel they are loved and cared for. This aspect of our ministry is quite enviable and we give thanks to God for all that we are in Him. But let us not be complacent. We can still do more because whatever we do, there will always be room to do better.
As this is the last issue of the Newsletter before Christmas, I take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May the birth of the Christ child renew us in our faith and increase our hope in Him.
God bless you all,
|Posted by trinityromford on October 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM||comments (0)|
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