A message from Shannon

          Friends,

We are now in mid-summer and lock-down restrictions are easing. Yet we know life cannot return to the way it used to be. We still need to be cautious, practising social distancing, wearing masks at certain times and in certain places, and being prudent about the numbers of people with whom we gather. As a church, we hope to reopen soon for private, reflective prayer. When we have further details we will share them.

In the meantime, Ben Rhydding Methodist Church continues to pray for you, the world and all people as the world continues to battle this pandemic. May we all be wellsprings of hope; sharing, replacing and adding new waters of proclamation, power, prophecy and prayer to the containers of our life and faith.

We pause and reflect on the movement of the tide in this journey, as it washes upon our shores, cleansing and calling us bck to ministry and faith.

We pray for our global community ...

for the bent-overness of our lives and world ...

for those living in the midst of violence ...

for those living in poverty ...

for the effort of peace ...

to trust the validity of our experience ...

for the call within by the One who creates in us wellsprings of hope ...

O Creator God, may the waters that covered us at our birth once again remind us of our creation in you.

Remind us that we are vessels of the water of hope and that your outpourings have power to heal and make whole our bruised world.

Let the living waters of creation, womb, baptism, and Spirit encircle us that we remember we  are yours and be thankful.

(by Elizabeth Lopez Spence, USA, 20th century, Alt. in The United Methodist Book of Worship)