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.
Revd. Hilary Smith
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
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!
Lord Jesus, you are the true light of the world, so how can we hope to be? How dare we even think of ourselves in such terms? Do not let us be proud, thinking too highly of ourselves, showing off to other people; but make us so genuinely humble, so genuinely kind, that the light which shines from us may be a true reflection of your own glorious light, so that people receiving your light’s reflection in us, may be brought to a realisation of the deep abiding love which you have brought from the Eternal Father. Amen
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age to same;
his holy Name--the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and for evermore!
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Fatherin heaven.”
Poor in spirit: not imagining ourselves to be of any great importance;
not imagining ourselves to be especially good. That is to be blessed,
According to Jesus. Mourners, suffering the loss of loved ones: yes,
blessed because the powerful love of God is there for them and for whoever they have lost. The meek: that is the humble, those who don’t flaunt themselves, or demand attention. They will inherit the earth. I’m not quite sure what that means, except that it does mean they will be full of well-being. The merciful, the peacemakers: yes, and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: all blessed. That is loved by God, held in God’s infinite care; promised god’s ultimate blessing.
But all this makes you the light of the world! That’s what Jesus said about himself. I am the light of the world. So, in pronouncing these blessings, he makes us the light of the world. Like the lamp giving light to the whole house, so we are called by God to shine for other people. Not in the way of saying, ‘Look at me! See how wonderful I am. The light in the house doesn’t do that. How much do we even think about the lights in our house, until they go out and have to be replaced. House lights are not there to draw attention to themselves but to cast their light so that we can see where we are, find what we’re looking for, and do what we have to do. That is the sort of light we have to be: doing good works, yes: but not to draw attention to ourselves. The really good and generous people in this world are not thinking of their own reputation, when they do kind things; when they raise the fallen, heal the sick and care for the poor. They are sharing God’s love with those who may desperately need it. It may not always be that those they serve will see beyond them, to the love of God which makes them who they are. But ultimately, those with eyes to see, enlightened by the love and care they receive, will thank God that such generous, self-sacrificial care exists in the world. And that’s what it really is, the light we are called by Jesus to shine on the world. It is the love of God as we have seen it in Jesus. Yes, and in Jesus crucified: dying at human hands on behalf of God’s infinite love. As Christians, we come to the Cross and give glory to God for the immensity of lovewhich brought Jesus there. And what if our little lives, once in a while, through our humility, mercy and self-sacrifice, made a fellow human being see and understand God’s immensity of love? Yes, it may not be easy: we might even find ourselves treated with contempt and falsely accused. But so was Jesus, and he promises that we will ultimately share in the glory of his resurrected Love; that deep, abiding love of God which can never die: which we in humility, with no false pride, are called to share with our fellow human beings.
What tremendous love you have poured out on us, Loving God:
the tremendous love we have seen in Jesus: beaten, abused, taking up the cross, weighed down by it, lifted up and nailed to it: all because he refused any other way through life than the way of humble but mighty love. We can never match that love, and yet, if we let you, you can
do your love’s work in us: through our humility, our generosity of spirit and our kindness to other people.
Forgive us for our constant failure to allow your love to work through us. Forgive us our selfishness, self-centredness, and our failure, too often, to see our neighbours’ needs and meet them with loving kindness.But thank you, too, that sometimes, we have been able to take the opportunity to encourage a neighbour; or to do some humble loving kindness which reflects your love and gives light to a soul that might otherwise have remained in darkness.
Use us to fulfil something of your purpose in the world, so that through our feeble love, others may see our good works and give you the glory.
Great crucified and risen Lord,supreme in love’s true artistry,
give us the grace, in joy or grief,to live our lives creatively.
Give us a heart like yours, to grasplove’s self-effacing righteousness, with moral force to demonstratethe power of wounded holiness.
Give us the art in this harsh world,where rage and violence run wild, to be the makers of your peace:each truly named, with you, God’s child.
Love’s great creative artist formGod’s image in us, more like you, and by your Holy Spirit draw Love’s healing art from all we do.
Let our love for one anotherbe real and from the heart, and the God of all gracewho called us into eternal glory in Christ will see that all is well.He will confirm, strengthen and support us. The love of God, the grace of Christand the joy of the Holy Spirit, are with us: here and everywhere; now and for ever.
Why not come and join us for one of our services - you will be very welcome and we look forward to meeting you.