Minster: Rev Peter Barnett
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise” (Psalm 100 verse 4)
Those of us who attended the missions evening at Bilton Grange this week were perhaps given a timely reminder about the priorities of our faith. Using the words of Psalm 100 and other relevant scriptures from Hebrews and Matthew, Roger Jones and his team lead us in a time of thanksgiving, praise and worship.
Matthew 27 verse 51 (speaking about the moment of Jesus’ death) says, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” The curtain or the veil was there in order to keep sinful people out of God’s presence – no one could pass through the curtain. But through his self-sacrifice on the cross, Jesus has made it possible for us to enter the holy of holies, meet with God, be in his presence and offer him our worship.
I wonder how often our church services lead us into that place of true worship – where we know ourselves to be in the holy place before God? The point was made the other evening that sometimes we are good at entering his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise – but then we are reluctant to go any further. In our hearts we want to sew that curtain back up again and not allow the God who welcomes us to get too close to us.
When I was at theological college, one of the things we were encouraged to do in our ministry was to separate what is important from what is vital. We spend much of our time thinking about church finances and church buildings – and they are important. But vital to our faith is our relationship with God and not only entering his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, but also entering that holy place beyond the veil and spending time in his presence worshipping him and receiving from him. In our busy lives, I wonder which has been given more attention this week?
As post resurrection people we have a privilege that the people of the Old Testament never knew. They could only go so far – not beyond the veil. As God’s people in these days, are we availing ourselves of the privilege he offers to us?
WELCOME TO SUTTON METHODIST CHURCH – A FAMILY CHURCH AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY.
Sutton Methodist Church, in the Hull East circuit, seeks to serve God and the community by making the ministry of Jesus Christ relevant for the 21st century.
Through our Worship; Learning; Caring; Service and Evangelism, lived out in many varied ways, we believe we offer something for all the community.
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The Church Library is open in the coffee room after the Sunday Morning services for anyone to browse at our collection of books. If you have a worry to ponder on, a prayer to consider, or a biblical query you are sure to find a book that may help.We also have a selection of books on flower arranging for inspiration for floral artists among us, and a notepad to jot the details down of any book you borrow.
Hot Chocolate invades Spring harvest
Hot Chocolate is the name of the senior group of the Sunday School at Sutton.
One of the group suggested that we go to Spring harvest which is a huge gathering of Christians of all ages, denominations and backgrounds that meets once a year for 6 days. There is a full programme of activities including bible teaching, worship celebrations, seminars,etc
We raised funds to enable us to go as a group. We held a posh dinner party at church. We were peeling spuds at 9am and still washing up at 9pm! We had a live band playing and served a four course meal to over 70 people. Our Minister, Peter, walked with us to Withernsea on a sponsored walk. he and his wife Alison also opened up their manse to allow us to serve strawberry cream teas. he didn’t just support us in practical fundraising ways but came to Spring Harvest to support us and share in our faith journeys.
Peter came with us to a late night Christian rock gig, ate with us, chilled with us and shared something of God’s exciting message and the transforming love of Jesus.
We had a great time and we all encountered God in a very powerful way. God lavished his love and spirit on us. We jelled more as a group and made Spring harvest not just a one off high but the start of an incredible journey of discovery for us to encounter Jesus and to subsequently develop our faith.
It has been lovely to come back to a loving supportive Church family to be nurtured, encouraged and for us all to move forward in our faith journey together. The girls asked Peter for a bible study group and to teach them to play the guitar. he said yes and is now teaching all 5 girls to play the guitar and we have a bible study and eat pizza together. We are so blessed to have both a supportive, enabling Minister and a loving supportive Church family to embrace and nurture our young people here at Sutton.