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Who We Are

 A family of people worshiping at 6 churches, scattered around the Bridlington area at Sewerby, St. John’s BurlingtonFlamborough, KilhamSkipsea & Barmston,. We are part of The Methodist Church of Great Britain which grew out of the work of John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century that is now a global community of 70 million people. We are within the Yorkshire North and East District. Many of our Churches have been in existence for several decades or even date back over one hundred years. However, our commitment is to the future, to tell the good news of Jesus and to call people to faith in Jesus Christ.

All need to be saved. All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost."   

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

CoronaVirus Update - Sunday, 29 March 2020

Prayer 

Breathe in The Love of God

Breathe out and give to God your fears

Breathe in our hope in Christ

Breathe out and give to God our anxieties

Breathe in the strength of the Holy Spirit

Breathe out and give to God all that we cannot control

Today with people around the world, we gather to worship, 

surrounded by the presence of God. Amen 


Hymn – Praise my soul the King of Heaven - https://youtu.be/KkWyBc0bSsI 

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven; 

To His feet thy tribute bring. 

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 

Who like thee His praise should sing 

Praise Him ! Praise Him! 

Praise the everlasting King. 


Praise Him for His grace and favour 

To his people in distress.

Praise Him still the same for ever, 

Slow to chide, and swift to bless 

Praise Him ! Praise Him! 

Glorious in His faithfulness. 


Father-like He tends and spares us; 

Well our feeble frame He knows.

In His hands He gently bears us, 

Rescues us from all our foes. 

Praise Him ! Praise Him ! 

Widely as His mercy flows. 


Angels in the height adore Him

Ye behold Him face to face;

Sun and moon, bow down before Him, 

Dwellers all in time and space.

Praise Him ! Praise Him !

Praise with us the God of grace. 


Prayer 

Gentle, yet mighty
Lowly, yet almighty
Refugee, yet King.
In your power, strengthen us.
In your gentleness, guide us.
In your lowliness take away our selfish pride. 

In your grace, forgive us.
In your majesty enable us to lift ourselves up so that others might see you in your full glory. Amen  

We say the Lord’s prayer

Reading – Ezekiel 37:1-14 

Reflection 

The reading from Ezekiel is one of the set readings for today. My first thought was that given the current situation around the world, I should keep well clear of this reading.

...“the Valley of Dry Bones” is not a good place to visit. It is a place whose dryness sucks the hope from us. It is a place of despair. It is a place we may encounter on our spiritual journey through life, but one we would rather avoid... God entrusts Ezekiel with a prophecy that is a promise...they shall live. The Word of God spoken through his prophet will make it happen. 

The Bible speaks to our imaginations as it describes what happens as Ezekiel prophesies... Ezekiel is told to proclaim God’s Word again, by calling to the wind. There is a very close link in the Old Testament between the words wind, breath, spirit, word and Yahweh, the name for God. Ezekiel prophesies that this is the Word of God for his people, too. They may feel cut off from their life in the dry spiritual desert of Exile, but God will breathe his spirit into them, give them new life and bring them home...” 

The very fact that you are reading this is a reminder that we are all in what can feel like a spiritual desert. This is not how we do church. This is not what we do on Sunday. This is not a good place for us. Yet even here God is with us. 

Lent has always been a time of reflection, of preparing for a new way, a post resurrection way. The Jesus way is full of hope and calls us, as God called Ezekiel to play our part in seeking and building God’s kingdom. 

I truly believe that in the midst of all that is going on, when so much of what we thought was important is currently not available, we are being called to look again, to seek God’s way for this coming age. To ask what is my new role in all of this? 

So may you all know the hand of the Lord upon you in these troubled times, may the love of Jesus fill you with hope and words of grace, and may the spirit of the Lord be upon you and lead you ever closer. Amen

 

Intercessions 

Gracious God, we come to you with all our troubles and burdens... We call to mind all that has been on our heart this week...
Our friends, family and neighbours...
Those who have served us, supported us and helped us... 

Those who we might never meet yet are there in the caring professions if we need them... We pray for those who are struggling with their new situation...
We pray for ourselves as we look for a new rhythm, a new purpose, a new daily routine. Grant us dear Lord your strength in these troubled times. 

For we offer you our prayers in the name of Jesus, our friend, our saviour and our guide. Amen.


BENEDICTION

May the God of peace guard you,

May life itself befriend you,

May the peace of the spirit be with you,

From the day that we have here together,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand?


Revd. Nic Bentley | Bridlington Methodist Superintendent Minister

The Methodist Church | Yorkshire North & East District

18 Viking Road, Bridlington, YO16 6TW

Tel: - 01262 352733

Mobile: 0744 684 4428

E-mail: - nic.bentley@methodist.org.uk

 

The Yorkshire North & East Methodist Church District – Are committing ourselves to growing Flourishing Missional Communities.   We recognise our need to develop a new culture which inspires vocations, sows generously, appoints leaders and change structures for growth.

Our Mission


The Bridlington Circuit has a mixture of rural and town churches. Each of the churches engages in worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in ways that reflect Methodist tradition and their distinctive identity, history and context. The circuit is served by a Superintendent, a Minister, and local preachers.We aim to make known the love of God in Jesus Christ –by offering the best in worshipby introducing Jesus as a friend and Saviourby how we welcome and deal with peopleby respecting those with a different outlookby working with the local and wider community

 A Historic Moment

Since Methodism began Chapels had been built in 22 places. Bridlington (The Old Town) had the first Chapel followed by one at The Quay. The Old Town Chapel was replaced in 1884 and is the present St. Johns Burlington Church, the Quay Chapel was built in Cliff Street, renamed Chapel Street in 1795.In 1932 there was Methodist Union, the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist Churches, joined to form the Methodist Church. The Promenade Church joined the Bridlington Quay Circuit. The Circuits on the Yorkshire Coast were slow to accept "Union" and it was not until 1958 that the Bridlington Quay and the St John’s Circuits became the Bridlington Methodist circuit.