Welcome to Merrow Methodist Church
As Guildford is now in Lockdown, the decision was made by the Trustees of Merrow Church to close for services. This decision was not made easily but was felt to be necessary to ensure the safety of all attending the Church.
Merrow Church will remain open for Silent Prayer on Wednesdays between 10 and 11am.
Guidance on Silent Prayer can be found on the following page: Guide to Services
MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - REVD ASIF DAS
John 14: 25 - 29 (NIV) Abiding Peace
25 ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 28 ‘You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happen, so that when it does happen you will believe.
In this passage Jesus tells his disciples that peace is of two types. He does this in order to make sure that his disciples know the difference between the two. Jesus wants his followers not to be misled or deceived. The peace that the world gives is transient because it is dependent upon our circumstances. When everything is going well in life - our health, finances, relationships, there is a feeling of peace in life. Because the source of this peace is in the circumstances surrounding us, therefore, if they change, the sense of peace becomes either vague or vanishes completely.
The peace God imparts comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, hence, enduring and unshakable. It is rooted in God himself. Jesus was able to face Pilate and the angry crowd who wanted him crucified with complete calmness because he had God’s peace. Pilate was surprised by this. He had no idea of God’s peace for it is outside of the realm of a worldly mind. Jesus was completely unmoved by the circumstances.
We witness this peace in the life of Peter and John when they faced the religious authorities accused of following Jesus. We see this same peace surrounding Paul in his ordeals. In the Old Testament writings, the prophets faced adverse circumstances with courage and remained faithful to the One True God who created the heaven and the earth for they were full of peace from above.
God wants to bless us too with this abiding peace. But we have to make space for God in our lives to receive it. Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV). So let us open our hearts and minds by putting God first in our lives. Let us honour him with our heart’s desire and our actions. When we do this, we create a holy space within us for the Spirit of God to come in and impart his very nature and peace within us.
Almighty God, loving heavenly Father, I thank you for your amazing peace so freely offered through faith in your Son Christ Jesus. I fully open the door of my life so you can come in and make my heart your home and my body your temple. My heart’s desire is to know you, love you, and walk with you in humble obedience all the days of my life. Amen
Have a blessed week,