Welcome to the Sutton Team Parish, St. Helens
The website for All Saints, St. Nicholas’ and St. Michael’s & All Angels Churches in Sutton, St. Helen’s
Sutton Parish Churches Sunday Service
Sunday 27th September
St Michaels, Gartons Lane, Holy Communion 9.00 am
St Nicholas, New St, 10.30 am Holy Communion
12 noon Holy Communion
Social distancing rules apply and face masks compulsory
In light of the Government guidance, the Church of England has said that all churches can open for Sunday Worship, times and dates as above. For those who are self isolating or having to shield, we are still continuing with our online and social media worship. The church continues to be alive and active. Our worship of God and our care for each other continue.
During this time, we are using various means to connect with one another and for worship and prayer.
- We are using Worship at Home booklets for Morning and Night Prayer
- We have a church whatsapp group for daily updates and prayer requests and encouragement
- We are posting daily videos on You-Tube under the title ‘suttonministryteam’
- The Lent group is available here on the website- see below for the links.
If you would like a ‘Worship at Home’ Booklet to be posted to you, or to be added to the WhatsApp group, or to have help in finding thhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sUYKurfUQs&t=3se you-tube videos please do let us know (Louise and Simon 01744 602871).
If you need practical help, or to talk to us or to be prayed for- please don’t hesitate to call us on the number above.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:30-31
with our love and prayers for you,
Rev’ds Louise and Simon Moore (Rectors of Sutton)
Bible Book Club
To be Confirmed
If you would like to join us contact Revd Simon and Louise Moore for the code
Sutton Ministry Team
Thursday 24th September Reflection
brought to us by Revd Graham Milford
DISCOVERING THE LIFE GOD HAS FOR ME.
PSALM 37: 4 – 5: Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.
‘You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship Thee.’
We have been here before in these reflections, to one of my favourite worship songs.
In the final days of my time with you I find myself reflecting on these words also from Psalm 37. To take delight in the Lord is to commit your ‘way through life’, to commit ‘your life to Him.’ Your will have done that when you became a Christian; committed your way/life to Him. As you have walked/lived out that experience you will have learnt to ‘delight in Him’ and to ‘trust in Him.’
Jesus never said that life was going to be easy, that’s how/why, David learnt to trust in the Lord. If life was easy it would take away trust. It is when we learn to trust someone and God, that relationship grows. We start to delight in that relationship and then that relationship gives us the desires of our hearts.
That is because your desires are formed in or by that relationship; there becomes very little which you desire outside of that relationship. That is because we learn to delight in the person/object of relationship.
Our desires are met in that relationship. If we commit our way to the Lord, trust Him, He will commit Himself to you. That could be said of marriage.
God doesn’t say ‘desire the latest high tech mobile phone. He says desire the life I can give you because it grows out of your delight in Him. So when people ask me the question: “What do you desire?” when it concerns my future, it has to be “the life God has for me.”
A thought came to me recently concerning my future ministry, what it is ‘to be and where’, is that God is the ‘keeper’ of what He has in store for me; because it is His to give and it becomes ‘mine’ if I receive it.
So what does it feel like to know that ‘God delights in you?’ I take that as a ‘given’ because God gave His One and Only Son to die on the cross for you, that you might know/have life in all its fullness. If you want a verse for ‘have life in all its fullness’ go to John 10:10 – 11.
I think of a small child who throws themselves completely at Nanny or Grandad when meeting, or before teenage years throwing yourself completely at Mummy or Daddy. It is a moment to delight in because in that moment they have thrown all of themselves at ‘you.’
Are we, me in life’s new experience after being with you and you in your life, throwing yourself completely at God; in other words committing yourself or taking delight in the Lord.
To end with another word to explain ‘delight’ is to ‘savour.’ The Oxford Dictionary says is to ‘enjoy or appreciate to the full or enjoy the taste of.’
REFLECTION: Next time you go shopping or someone does your shopping, have on your list Turkish Delight; Commit yourself to one a day and thank God for something different each day you delight in. Or it might be your favourite bar of chocolate; have a segment a day.
See how many different ways you can use the word ‘delight’ in a sentence.
See how many individual words help describe what ‘delight’ means to you. Maybe ‘deluge’ yourself in —————.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, life is unstable at the moment so I need moments in life which I delight in, moments to delight in You. In these unstable times I believe you are totally committed to me, no matter the challenges to that relationship life is bringing with it at the moment.Lord I commit myself to you in all the moments of this challenging time. Amen.
If you have any enquiries we may be able to help with, whether to do with a Wedding, Christening, Services or Spiritual help, then please contact us at our Parish Office.
We will be glad to help you however we can.
All enquiries should be made to the Parish Office, Eaves Lane, Sutton, St. Helens, WA9 3UB.
Office Hours are 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Telephone 01744 813841; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, then your Funeral Director should make the arrangements on your behalf. They will liaise with our Parish Office regarding costs and availability of a minister and church.
As Christians we believe in the love of God, shown to all the world through God sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to free us from our sins which have distanced us as a people from God.
Jesus as our Lord and Saviour teaches us that God is very close to us, and wants dwell within our hearts and be part of our everyday lives. God, through His Holy Spirit that is God’s very self, equips us so we can serve Him with joy in this life, and look forward to eternal life through the death and Resurrection of His Son.
If you would like to further your own spiritual journey or learn about the Christian faith, then please contact one of our clergy team through the Parish Office, who will be more than happy to help.
Church of England Safeguarding
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If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/safeguarding”