Notices 17 January 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 17th January 2021

Jesus said, “Follow me.” John 1 v 43

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for everyone delivering the vaccine.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

With the introduction of Lockdown 3, the probability of us being able to gather again in the near future is rather low. We all need to make sure that when invited we make a point of attending for vaccination. Admittedly while we are not using the Church some of our outgoings are lower but we still need to try to keep our income up for future use particularly in being able to meet our future Circuit assessments and I know that this situation is a problem for all of the Circuit churches. Thank you to all those people who have continued to pass their regular offerings on to me. Should anyone else have collection envelopes or donations which they would like to pass on then I can arrange to pick them up in a suitable precautionary way. My telephone number is 545083. Thank you. Geoff

Worship from home – we will continue to deliver paper notices and a service sheet every week until we can open our church once more. If you would like to receive a DVD of the weekly circuit service please call Geoff on 545083.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413

While watching the news and seeing all the wonderful doctors and nurses on the frontline in the fight against the covid pandemic and then listening to the nay sayers and the covid deniers this wonderful quote by Theodore Roosevelt, delivered as part of a speech in 1910, sprang into my mind. This is my tribute to our heroes, men and women.

The Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs,
who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails,
at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat.