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Thoughts for your week

2 Chronicles chp 7 vv 12 -14

Heavenly Father, we feel so bombarded with stories, headlines which cause us to worry. Please come and take our anxieties, give us clarity in our prayer and help us to focus our minds on you the author of our faith.

Zechariah ch.4 v 6

Lord, I don’t always have the words
the words to tell you how I am feeling
(to be honest, you know that better than I do)
the words to pray for those we love
the words to speak on behalf of our broken world
Lord, if we did not praise you
the stones would cry out –
so open my heart and my mouth
to worship you today.  Amen

Psalm 27   

2 Corinthians Ch 12 v 9

Philippians Ch 4  v 6 & 7

God of hope and of comfort open our hearts to you and to one another.
May we reflect your love in all we say, think and do
May we treat each other with kindness, remembering our own fragility
May we be generous in compassion and extravagant in mercy.
Give us patience, God, when our own is wearing thin.
Help us not to snap at our loved ones when the day is going wrong, instead help us come together as allies in the storm.
Nurture the ties between us, that we might act with grace
and see your face in the actions of your followers.
Where loneliness tugs, bring the consolation of your presence.
By your Spirit’s power, may the body of Christ be seen at work
in this our hurting world.
In Jesus’ name,



An offering in poetry for Lent

Lent is a tree without blossom, without leaf
Barer than blackthorn in its winter sleep,
All unadorned. Unlike Christmas which decrees
The setting-up, the dressing-up of trees,
Lent is a taking down, a stripping bare,
A starkness after all has been withdrawn
Of surplus and superfluous,
Leaving no hiding-place, only an emptiness
Between black branches, a most precious space
Before the leaf, before the time of flower,
Lest we should see only the leaf, the flower,
Lest we should miss the stars.


This week’s news

There will be no more church activities at Tansley Methodist Church until further notice.

After consultation the Tansley Methodist Church Council has decided to suspend all worship and related activities with immediate effect in order to respect Covid-19 Restrictions and protect both fellowship and wider community. The Post Office will continue each Friday 10.00 am-1.00 pm WITHOUT refreshments.

Please keep in contact with us using our facebook page

Prayer shawls – thanks to our faithful ‘knit wits’ we have four spare shawls now so if you know of anyone who would benefit from receiving one please let Chris or Margaret know.

Our Treasurer Pete, asks that as far as is possible we continue our usual financial support for church, bills still have to be paid. If you are able to do this please either just save the envelopes each week or talk to Pete about making a ‘direct debit’ arrangement if this is easier. If anyone wishes to pay directly the church bank details are:   Nat West a/c 80601332      sort code 60-14-15

Mothering Sunday Flowers – Sylv had organised this year and purchased the plants  in good time but due to there being no opportunity to give them away, she and Pete have planted them in the grave yard at Chapel so everyone will be able to enjoy them for years to come.

Prayers of Intercession

Let us hold before God all those who need our prayers. We pray for our desperate and troubled world, through all nations who are suffering in sickness, isolation and the death of loved ones.
We pray especially for our NHS our doctors, nurses and all support workers give them strength and courage to face the hardship and sorrow all about them.
We pray for strong and courageous leadership in this time of uncertainty and pray that men and woman will listen to the advise and direction in keeping us safe as possible in our homes if necessary.

We hold before God all those close to our hearts: Barry and Sue, The Ludlam family, Fred, Michael and Audrey, Meg, Rachel, Colin and Chris, Dinah, Elizabeth, Andrew, Christine, Yvonne, Michael P., Lyn and Mike, Julia and Don, Helen and Brent, Blayze and Becky, Julie and Steve. and our friends from Holy Trinity whose names appear in Tansley Times.

We remember before God Anne Stanyon, who died peacefully on the morning of 27 March 2020.

In the love of God, the peace of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.