Welcome to Merrow Methodist Church
The impact on Worship of the new Lockdown Guidance
Following the Prime Minister's Statement on 31st October, it has been confirmed that new National Restrictions will be brought into effect from the 5th November. Unfortunately as part of these new restrictions, our church will now have to close again for congregational worship.
Under the Government guidelines, we are allowed to remain open for Silent Prayer and therefore we hope to continue our Wednesday morning sessions between 10am and 11am for the foreseeable future.
Currently, the restrictions are due to be reviewed at the beginning of December. We have services of worship planned throughout December and hopefully these will be able to go ahead but of course this will depend on any further guidance both from the Government and the Methodist Church.
It is our understanding that some Zoom Sunday services will continue around the Circuit so please do check both our website and the Circuit website for further details.
Merrow Church is currently open for for Silent Prayer on Wednesdays between 10 and 11am.
Guidance can be found on the following page: Guide to Services
MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - REVD ASIF DAS
Matthew 7: 1 – 5 Admonition against being Judgmental
1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
In teaching the principles of the divine Kingdom, Jesus touched on several factors that can sour our relationships with others. One of our most prevalent weaknesses is a critical spirit. We are prone to be judgmental because it makes us feel superior to those we presume to judge.
Jesus said that those who love him and follow him are marked by the absence of such a critical spirit. Here he was condemning unfair, hypocritical judgment. He was referring to people who magnified the faults of others while excusing their own shortcomings. They were self-appointed experts in evaluating the motives and conducts of others. Sadly, however, they failed to recognise their own bad habits and behaviour patterns. It is no wonder Jesus censured them.
“Do not judge ....” of course, does not mean that we allow or approve sinful, harmful deeds, for we are called to live by God’s holy moral standards. Jesus wants us to develop strong spiritual discernment so that we will not be led into sin. There is a proper place, then, to speak up against unrighteousness. The challenge for us is to speak the truth in love and bear one another’s burdens at the same time.
Jesus may have been quoting a proverb of his day when he made the statement recorded in Matthew 7:2. If we are guilty of a judgmental spirit, God will be as hard on us as we are on others. In fact, God will use the same standard of evaluation by which we have evaluated others. The only way out of this dilemma is to confess and repent of our sin and leave judging to the Lord, who alone is impartial and upright in his assessments.
Have a blessed week,
Rev. Asif Das.