Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

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St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Thursday, 24 March 2022

We without a future

Sheila Cassidy continues her journey with those she calls “Good Friday People” by considering those without a future. In the light of the Ukraine Crisis, the plight of those fleeing or under such  barbaric oppression brings such seeming uselessness into focus. She writes, “Perhaps that is the essence of this desert experience, the deep gut level understanding that we have here no abiding city, that we are sojourners in a land we did not make. The dying are like refugees, like any homeless people, rootless and insecure, vulnerable and afraid.

Jesus saw this insecurity as a condition for discipleship, for he told a man who wanted to follow him, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."

What did he mean here, I wonder, for earlier on he invited a prospective disciple to come home with him and see where he lived. Perhaps he was now at a much more dangerous and itinerant stage of his mission, moving quickly along the road and sleeping in a different bed each night lest the Pharisees lay hands on him.”

Later in this portion of her book, Sheila Cassidy quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil, even out of the greatest evil. For that purpose he needs people who make the best use of everything. I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to resist in all times of distress. But he never gives it in advance, lest we rely on ourselves and not on him alone.”

The leper and the outcast stood

No future, place or livelihood 

Decried by most, by others shunned, 

Whilst by the crowd in silence stunned.

No hope, no aim within their power 

Just darkened clouds their final hour

And in the travail of their souls

No future daylight they behold.

Yet light into their darkness cameo

Through touch and call of their own name.

For where no future could be see

Now brightness shines by your decree.

Lord of the past, of yesteryear, 

Of present moment with its fears

Speak hope, speak joy, your healing power 

Transform my darkness hour by hour.

© 2022 Paul Collings

Prayer by Shiela Cassidy

Lord of our troubled world:

We prayer for all who suffer, 

for refugees and orphans, 

for families disrupted by war.

We pray for church workers and ministers 

for all who work for the afflicted, 

especially your people in Ukraine.

Help us to work for justice, 

without which we have no right to peace. Amen

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