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Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church

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We are a friendly Christian church, based in the small town of Neston, Wirral, Cheshire, midway between Liverpool and Chester.

Part of the United Reformed Church, we meet on Sundays for morning and evening worship and other church groups and activities take place during the week.

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Revd. Hilary Smith

Our Minister, Revd Hilary Smith

News Bulletin

In common with other UK churches our buildings are currently closed for services and other activities. But while our buildings are closed - the church congregation is not! And in the meantime our minister, elders and members are keeping in touch with each other, and each Sunday we are also following together, virtually, a service which is circulated each week. This week’s service is added below and we invite you to join us as we share this together in our own homes on Sunday mornings. If you would like to receive future services, please contact us by email on enquiries@parkgateandnestonurc.org.uk

We are part of the United Reformed Church and you may also like to follow the URC Daily Devotions which you can access through this link - https://devotions.urc.org.uk/ - or on the United Reformed Church Facebook page. The URC page also carries a weekly service in the form of a podcast.

We hope and pray that it will not be too long before we can welcome friends old and new back to regular services in our church, and we are looking forward to seeing you once again!


P&N URC Sunday 17 May 2020

Prepared by Rev Hilary Smith

Opening Prayer

Jesus, Creator, recreate and renew me. Jesus, Saviour, save me from sin, save me from self. Jesus, High Priest, pity me, plead for me, pardon and purify me. Jesus, prophet, waken and warn me. Jesus, King, rule me, Jesus, the Way, my friend, go with me always. Jesus, the Truth, teach me and counsel me, make me all true. Jesus, Light of the World, scatter my darkness. Jesus, Bread of Life, strengthen my weakness. Jesus, Shepherd, lead me and feed me. Jesus the Life, live in me always that I may adore you, my Lord and my God, for evermore. Amen

Our Father…

John 14: 15-21

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”


It is always good to have companions – people in all their beauty and variety, friends, partners, neighbours, family – others who walk the world with us in this time and place, who we can go to to share a joke, offload a burden, or put the world to rights, and there are many ways we can “go” to each other, as we are discovering at this time of social distance!

God sends people into our lives just as surely as He himself is around us and within us, and we should also remember that we too as individual followers of Christ are sent to be a presence in the life of others, so that Jesus can shine his light through us to the people around us.

All of this is encompassed in today’s reading where Jesus promises that after he has left his earthly body, the Father will send his Spirit to those left behind, to be comforter and guide, revealer of love and of truth, so that the friends of Jesus do not feel left alone but can know that this powerful movement is always here, even and especially in times of fear and crisis. We cannot rely only on those around us to make sense of the world; we also have to look within us, to the presence of the Holy Spirit there, which dwells in us and speaks to each one of us where we are, and strengthens us to face the world from our own perspective, and so to find inner peace, wisdom and grace. Amen.

Let us pray

Come, Holy Spirit, and show us what is true. In a world of great wealth, where many go hungry and fortunes are won and lost by trading in money, come, Holy Spirit and show us what is true.

In a world of great knowledge where many die of ignorance and every piece of information has a price in the marketplace, come, Holy Spirit, and show us what is true.

In a world of easy communication where words leap between continents and we expect to see a picture to illustrate each item of the news, come, Holy Spirit, and show us what is true.

In a Church touched by the flame of the Pentecost, moved to generous sacrifice and costly love, interpreting the will of God with new insight, come, Holy Spirit, and show us what is true.

Within each one of us, as we are called daily to be witnesses to the Gospel, encourage and renew us. Come, Holy Spirit, and show me what is true. Amen.

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty, hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore; Feed me now and evermore.

Open thou the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliver, be thou still my strength and shield; Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; I will ever give to thee.

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord. And may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and whose whom you seek to love, now and for evermore.

Amen

Why not come and join us?

Why not come and join us for one of our services - you will be very welcome and we look forward to meeting you.

Service Times

Sunday Worship

11:00am

Family service and Junior Church - Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.

We offer creche facilities, and junior church activities for school age children.

6:30pm

Evening Service (except August) - Holy Communion on the third Sunday of the month.

Midweek Worship

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Thursday evenings - Praise and Fellowship in the Community Hall Foyer.

Our church and hall are disability-friendly with designated parking spaces, ramp access, and accessible toilet.

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Parkgate & Neston URC
Moorside Lane, Parkgate
Cheshire
CH64 6UZ

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