We are a Church striving to be at the heart of our community bringing the love and peace of Jesus to all.
Due to the guidelines set out by the government, and following instructions from MCI, we unfortunately are unable to gather for worship on Sundays. Worship services are cancelled over the coming weeks, as are all activities that would take place during the week.
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Our postal address is: Glenburn Methodist Church, 6 Glensharragh Gardens, Belfast, BT6 9PE
Please keep an eye out on this web page, especially Sundays, for more from our minister, the Rev. Cheryl Patterson and others. By clicking on the title of the site below and subscribing to it you will find additional information, spiritual support, guidance and encouragement from Cheryl.
Week 3 of our joint bible study is tomorrow night at 8 pm. Join us!
I sometimes wonder how a hymn or a song can say so much more than the words alone. But is that not so often the case? Not just for me, but for many, many people and indeed not just in this time but since time immemorial. And we have a very full record of that in the book of Psalms where are recorded the thoughts of not just King David, but others. And they were not intended to be just poetry but to be sung – Psalm 96 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song..”. And we praise Him, not just with words, as Psalm 150 reminds us – “Praise Him with the trumpet, the harp, the lyre, with strings and pipes and cymbals.
Our words alone are not enough to give Him our praise.
I want to mention a hymn which means so much to me because it speaks of my experience on my Christian journey and strengthens my faith. And that hymn was written in Belfast in the late 1800’s by William Young Fullerton, a Baptist preacher and set to the hauntingly beautiful tune, “The Londonderry Air.”
So why does this hymn mean so much to me? Well because the Christian journey is far from simple and straightforward. On the journey there will be many setbacks, or perhaps reasons to say, “Why Lord?” And often the answer doesn’t come straight away. And that has been my experience over the years and, I think, the experience of the author. In a way, he asks questions –
Why did He, whom angels worship, take it upon Himself to set His love on us?
How did he go through the agony of crucifixion. ?
How will He win the nations and satisfy all of our aspirations?
How will all the hearts of men be filled with love?
Each of us could add many questions, perhaps of fears and of doubts. But then in each verse Fullerton, does try to answer the questions. He simply says, “This I know” –
I know that the Saviour of the World has come.
I know He heals the brokenhearted.
I know that all flesh shall see His glory.
I know that human voices will sing, and answer, “At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world is King.”
William Fullerton has many questions, but finally has an answer. Christ is King and all the world will acknowledge that!
I have been on the Christian journey for quite a few years now and I have had many questions, but I thank God that while I do not have all the answers, I have experienced His presence in my life. On some occasions, so real that I cannot doubt it and I have a hope that is sure and steadfast, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
Questions Yes. But all may have the hope, both sure and steadfast, that we will find the answer in His time.
To play the song click on the title below:
SONGS FOR WORSHIP
Here is a new playlist of some worship songs. Some to sings a long with, some to just listen too, some that will speak to your heart. May God bless you as you listen, pray and sing. Click on the title below to hear/see the videos:
Last Sunday we had our World Development & Relief Service in which we heard how God is at work across our world. We can all be involved in this work through our generosity and giving. To be reminded of ways that you can give to support the work of our partners in other countries, click on the title below:
WALK AND PRAY RESOURCE FROM EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE
Here is a helpful resource to turn your physical exercise into a spiritual exercise too. Prayer walking is such an important and special opportunity for us to intercede on behalf of our community . This resource could help guide you along the way. Even if you are isolated to your home this can be a helpful tool. Why not draw a street map of your local area and imagine yourself walking through the area as you pray
In the absence of physical church gatherings, we have an opportunity to the scattered church. For as long as our church buildings are closed, we can serve those in our communities through prayer in our everyday comings and goings.
We invite you to embark on regular prayer walks during the lockdown. This will be a time when you are attentive to God’s presence in the places you walk, seeing God’s heart for the people and challenges around you and responding to His Spirit as you seek to love your neighbours.
You will join with other Christians around the country when you use this prayer resource to inspire and guide your prayers for people in this time and place.
To read the resource guide click on the title below:
We invite you to join together in a daily rhythm of prayer… Why not set an alarm to remind yourself to stop and pray. In so many ways, it is easy to feel helpless in this current crisis, but prayer invites us to have hope and faith in a God who is with us. So anytime you feel overwhelmed or helpless, cry out to God in prayer and plead for his intervention. Be expectant to see him at work.