Welcome to Merrow Methodist Church
Merrow Church is currently open for Services on Sundays. The next service is Sunday 1st November at 10.30am.
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The Church is also open 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
Bible Passage Philippians 4: 14 – 20
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
There are flowers that grow in shade, in places that never catch direct sunlight. They grow not only in the dark shaded corners of a garden but actually seem to like them and to flourish in them. In this are similarities to the spiritual world. There are believers who seem to blossom when their material circumstances become the most harsh and severe. They grow in darkness and shade. If this were not true, how could we otherwise explain some of the experiences of the Apostle Paul?
When Paul wrote the above passage, he was a prisoner in Rome. The primary mission of his life appeared to have been broken. But it was in this persistent darkness that flowers began to show their faces in bright and fascinating glory. Paul may have seen them before, growing along the open road, but certainly never in the incomparable strength and beauty in which they now appeared. And words of promise opened their treasures to him in ways he had never before experienced.
Among those treasures were such wonderful things as Christ’s grace, love, joy and peace, and it seemed as though they had needed the circumstance of darkness to draw out their secret and inner glory. The dark and soul destroying prison had become the home of the revealed truth of God, and Paul began to realise as never before the wealth of his spiritual inheritance.
We all must have known people (or we ourself may be one) whose faith and hope strengthens when they have to endure times of darkness and solitude. People like that may be put in prison by the world, but their treasure will be locked away with them, for true treasure cannot be locked out of their lives. Their material condition may look like a desert but, “the desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.” (Isaiah 35:1 & 2a NIV)
Every blessing in Christ our Lord,
Rev. Asif Das.