this year will be monetary gifts to support the vital work of St
George’s Crypt in Leeds city centre. You can
contribution to church this Sunday or on October 4th or
post/deliver to Rev Keith Reed, 4 Shaw Villas, Guiseley LS20 9JG.
A Coptic sowing prayer
The Coptic Orthodox Church (in Egypt
and also present in the Holy Land) has a special liturgy to bless
each time of sowing. This prayer, drawing on Psalm 65, can become
our prayer too:
Graciously accord, O Lord, to bless the seeds, the herbs, and the
plants of the field, this year.
Lord have mercy.
Raise them up to their measure according to your grace.
Give joy to the face of the earth.
May its furrows be abundantly watered
and its fruit be plentiful.
Prepare it for sowing and harvesting.
Manage our lives as deemed fit.
Bless the crown of the year with your
for the sake of the poor of your
the widow, the orphan, the traveller,
and for the sake of us all who
and seek your holy name.
For the eyes of everyone wait upon
for you give them their food in due
Deal with us according to your
O you who give food to all flesh.
Fill our hearts with joy and
that we too, having sufficiency in
may abound in every good deed.
Lord have mercy.
[From EMBRACE, the Christian charity
tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East]
know, we’re asking people wishing to attend church to book a
place by phoning me on 01943 874735. There’s plenty of places
available, as singles or doubles, for Sundays 4th, 11th & 18th
October. The service on October 11th will include holy communion
and details of how this will be done in a safe way will be
distributed nearer the time.
living in very uncertain times and each of us must decide what it’s
wise for us to do and what it’s best not to do for the time being.
I’m constantly amazed by the generous, imaginative and courageous
ways people are finding to live out their faith. Keep on supporting
you need some help or would like a chat, please contact any one of
Rev Roger Smith
email@example.com 01943 874735
firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 250 9805
Williams (Pastoral Secretary)
email@example.com 01943 871048
If you’d like to
keep using online worship material, go to the
Circuit website or search YouTube for ‘Guiseley Methodist
Church’ and you’ll find all the videos recorded over the past
months. You might like to rewatch one or see one you missed. I
know some people are doing this and finding it helpful.
This new hymn has been written for ‘the first service at
which hymns are sung aloud following the Covid lockdown of 2020’ –
none of us knows when that will be! But you can use the words at
home – as a hymn or as a prayer. The hymnwriter suggests the tune
Abbot’s Leigh (the set tune for ‘Lord thy church on earth is
seeking’) or it could be sung prayerfully to ‘What a friend we have
Loving God, we come before you
glad to offer praise in song,
thankful for the many mercies
you have shown us all along.
Months of social isolation
have not parted us from you,
and in every situation
grace and love have led us through.
Yet so many struggle daily,
so we ask you, Lord, to bless
all the sick, the sad, the lonely,
all who suffer pain and stress,
all who mourn the loss of loved ones,
all whose loads are hard to bear,
and all those whose calm compassion
comforts those for whom they care.
Father, send the world your healing;
guide and strengthen us, we pray,
so that we may keep revealing
something of your love each day.
Whether facing sin or virus,
and despite what time may bring,
we shall ask you to inspire us,
trusting you for everything.
Batten, Chesham Methodist Church, 2020