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OUR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES

For February and March 2019

DATE

3rd February Holy Communion starting 11am
10th February starting 11am 
17th February starting 11am
24th February starting 11am 
3rd March Holy Communion starting 11am
10th March starting 11am 
17th March starting 11am (Church AGM)
24th March starting 11am
31st March starting 11am 

SPEAKERS

Rev. B.Tickner
Leprosy Mission
David Roughley
to be confirmed
Graham Taylor
Jean Taylor
Dr. Peter Humphreys
John McClaren
to be confirmed

PRAYER GROUP SUNDAY MORNINGS 10:15AM

By Dave Campbell posted 29th July 2018

Every Sunday before service we will be have a 30 minute prayer session for anyone who needs / wants prayer. You can either email your prayer or go onto the church website to send your prayer request. Anyone can ask for prayer for whatever they are facing, or you may want to ask or prayer for someone else. Your requests can even be anonymous if you want.

Location: Choir Vestry Time: 10:15 –10:45 

You are welcome every week or just whenever you feel like coming.

Or you can simply submit a prayer request from the link in the menu. 


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 1st March 2pm  - Holy Trinity World day of prayer 'Come - Everything is Ready'
30th March 10am - Northwest Spring Assembly (Carnforth) 

11th March - Deacons Meeting

17th March - AGM / Church Meeting

A Great Cloud of Witnesses
by Dr.P. Humphreys

Over the past couple of years, when I was working on my study, Four Hundred Years of English Congregational and Welsh Independent Churches in Liverpool (1618-2018), I always had in my mind Paul’s letter to the Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Sitting near the top of the new Central Library (partly named after James Picton, a Wavertree Congregationalist!), as I ploughed through pile after pile of Church minutes, it was impossible not to be very impressed by the devotion and courage of congregations and their leaders through often difficult times. I was inspired by pastors like Thomas Raffles (Great George Street), John Kelly (the Crescent), Stanley Rogers (Westminster Road), Muriel Paulden (Berkley Street), William Rees (Tabernacle and Grove Street) and Thomas Yates (Norwood), who often at personal cost to their own health inspired their flocks in the spiritual and practical meanings of Congregationalism and Independency. Too little of these eminent ministers in their own city, never mind in England and Wales, are recognised for their unflinching witness to serving Christ and His faithful people. Why is that?

There are many reasons why witness failed in many fellowships over the four hundred years of success and failure. Those that survived until the 20th Century found their situation very dire indeed. As we find ourselves in the 21st Century, the situation seems even tougher. In Hunter’s Lane, we can feel a heavy responsibility to keep the ‘flag flying’. The world is very different from when our fore fathers and mothers joined in fellowship to serve the Lord as best they could, in a mucky, thriving port that spread north and south along the Mersey. That must have been tough. In very different ways, it is very tough now. But let us never forget Paul’s advice, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run our labour in vain”. (Philippians 2: 14-16).

May the Lord bless us this New Year and guide us on never running our labour in vain.

God bless,

Peter