Sunday Service at 11am
Everyone Welcome!

Rev Gary D Millar MPhil (Ecum), MTh

Church Road, Holywood
Co. Down,
BT18 9DP
Tel. 028 90422409 
email:- gary.millar@irishmethodist.org

 
 

Rev Gary Millar Mphil (Ecum), Mth

Church Road, Holywood

Co Down

BT18 9DP


Tel:- 02890422400


email:- gary.millar@irishmethodist.org

website:- holywoodmethodist.org



Hello my name is Gary Millar and I am blessed to be Minister for Holywood Methodist Church

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I hope and pray you are all keeping well and safe, please see the  link for our website and facebook to the service recorded  for this Sunday 5th April - lead by Peter Morris.  Alongside this resource, the President MCI will record a sermon each Sunday that we can link to as a congregation in our own homes.- see link:-  https://www.irishmethodist.org/


I believe these will be useful and meaningful times for us.



CLICK ON LINK BELOW FOR RECORDINGS OF ALL SERVICES:-


Recording for Sunday mornings service 5th April 2020

https://app.box.com/s/pkycier6hl9um675sg7tpw3b3cgsp4ug


Recording for Sunday Service 29th March 2020

 - https://app.box.com/s/r93z7ep033msd0mwtdrz8w0ylnvu1dhm


Hymns chosen for Sunday Service 29th March 2020

Hymn  H&P 16 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCnQNwQG5GI


Children’s song   All through history

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQS2HHayr38


Hymn H&P 744 O for a thousand tongues to sing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-dEfvz6Vms


Hymn  H&P 220 God is love: his the care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjju_BKA1PE



Recording for Sunday service 22nd March 2020 https://app.box.com/s/nw1k08rcr1lzp2xl0zru94jc45nju560


Hymns chosen for Sunday Service 22nd March 2020


I, the Lord of sea and sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgLwH5RdtPk


Come, let us sing of a wonderful love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BZfXTCUbr8&t=15s


Go forth and tell  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNyDd9qtuk0


Children's song - Follow you  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wfhv1iN4Fo



 

 

Lord God, You want us to live our faith not as a set of rules and practices but as a relationship from person to person with You and with all people. God, keep our hearts turned to You, that we may live what we believe and that we may express our love for You in terms of service to those around us. Grant us serenity to know that you are with us, grant us a perseverance of spirit that draws us together in prayer, grant us and our world your healing touch, as Jesus did, Your Son, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen


Dear Church Family


LIVING IN THE NOW


Many of us can live our lives crucified between two thieves: regret about the past and anxiety about the future. These thieves rob us of truly living in the present moment, the only time we have. They deprive us of peace of heart, and also of authentic prayer and friendship with the Lord. 

 

For God is always in the now. He wants us to leave the past to his compassion. And to trust that his presence will be there for us whatever lies ahead. But it is in the details of today where the Lord’s love is active. God comes to us disguised as our lives. Jesus is in the facts of our lives today. Genuine prayer comes from and reflects our daily living. Our life now is the raw material of our relationship with the Lord, of our growth in holiness.

 

If this is so, then we need to remain alert to the present moment to recognise him. Staying in the now, we stay in contact with the Lord. Every day we can reach out to “touch” him a hundred times, bringing ourselves back to the present and to his presence. A gentle movement of the heart puts us in touch with the fullness of his love and grace.

 

A whispered thanks when blessings are recognised, the name of Jesus called upon during a pause in work around the house (or for those who are key workers – in their various essential labours), while isolating at home, or at other times of stress. His presence invoked when tensions rise in relationships, for the strength to hold back the angry word or to forget the self in deeds of love.

 

Nothing in our lives is too large for his power, nothing is too small for his loving concern. But it is only in the now that we can reach out to him, and only in the present moment can his grace be set free in our lives.

 

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62: 5-8

 

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content” Psalm 131:2

 

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16

 

As we see the community of Holywood and our surrounding area begin to come together in ways that we have never anticipated, may we continue to be people of faith and hope and love.  We have our gospel hope, rooted in Christ, and the promise of eternal life because of his sacrifice for us.  May that be our peace and our rallying cry. 

 

For those who can, please log on to our circuit service tomorrow at 11.00 (or at your convenience), and later on log into what our President, Rev Samuel McGuffin will share – all of which may be accessed through our FaceBook page or Website.  Take each moment as it comes, breathe, rest in Him.

 

A prayer for now

 

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, you have said, “ask, and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Grant, we pray you, to us who ask it, the gift of your divine love, that we may ever love you with our whole heart, in word and deed, and never cease praising you. Fill us, O Lord, with a lasting reverence and love of your holy name, for you, who are Lord for ever, never fail to guide and protect those whom you have solidly established in your love. Amen.

 

Extracts from “The Simplest Prayer” – The Irish Franciscans, 2016


God bless

Gary

 

A Quote from our Founder - John Wesley