Kingsfold Methodist Church

Musings From The Manse
February 2019

Rev Mark Slaney
“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” Psalm 51:15

Jesus always seemed to have time for people. When parents brought their children to him for blessing and his disciples “spoke sternly to them” Jesus welcomed the children and gave them his time and blessing (Matthew 19:13-15). When Jairus approached Jesus because his daughter was very sick at home, Jesus went with him straight away. And, on the way he stopped to heal a women who had been haemorrhaging for 12 years (Mark 5:21-43). He made time for Jairus, his daughter and this other sick woman. When a blind man, called Bartimaeus, cried out to Jesus as he was leaving Jericho and the disciples tried to silence the man, Jesus stopped, called Bartimaeus over and gave him full attention and healing (Mark 10:46-52)

Jesus always seems to have made people talk. “Who is this that even the winds and waves obey him?” ( Matthew 8:27) “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” (Matthew 9:33) “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22) “What is this? A new teaching with authority! … his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region.” (Mark 1:28)

During Lent, across four Methodist Churches (Bamber Bridge, Kingsfold, Penwortham, Trinity Gregson Lane) we are invited to make time for ‘Talking of God Together.’ This is at the instigation of our shared Children’s Youth & Family Worker, who has already started to bring us together to pray. ‘Talking of God Together’ is a Methodist Church resources which aims to be ‘making it easier for you to speak about God and faith.’ Which is a very Methodist aspiration.

You will find details of this Lent course in this magazine and church notices in the coming weeks.

May I invite you to make time in Lent to be talking of God together.

Yours in Christ,

Reverend Mark Slaney

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