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Big Jesus At Pride

Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.

                         

We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?  

Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/53e8a957e4b0380cb18e4165?page=3 


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We will be moving to St Paul’s Worship Centre on Sunday 17th June as North shore Methodist is closing.

We greatly appreciate the hospitality our Methodist friends have shown us over the years.

We are delighted now to be welcomed by St Pauls.

https://www.stpaulsnsbpl.org/info/

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Film Night Friday 1st June 7pm @ Melissa's 7pm 'Miracles from  Heaven' based on a true story.

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LGBT swimming sessions, last Thursday of the month 8.30pm-9.30pm

Moor Park Swimming Pool. Next session Thurs 31st May

Book through Lancashire LGBT 01772 717461 or hello@lancslgbt.org.uk

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Coffee Club’ meet next Thursday 1pm

Turn up for a chat and a cuppa and turn it into a social gathering.

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Extracts from Jim's Preach 'A New and Living Way' 

Extracts From Hebrews 10

The animal sacrifices repeatedly offered year after year, failed make perfect those who draw near to worship…….But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, leaving worshippers with a guilty conscience.

We however have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect for ever those who have been made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. …….Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to boldly enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way opened for us through the curtain,

Let us draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

According to Matthews Gospel the moment Jesus died the curtain in the Temple tore in two, from top to bottom. The Temple curtain was not like a thin fabric curtain on a stage. It was like thick heavy tapestry made of woven linen to keep out any light. It took a lot of force to tear it in two.

This is the curtain ‘opened for us’ referred to in tonight’s reading, an opening the writer informs us is a new and living way. This replaced the old dead way.

In the Temple the priests (who had to be from the tribe of Levi) progressed from the altar at the entrance, to the Laver, a big bowl of spring water where they washed their feet, to the Holy Place separated by the curtain from the Most Holy Place. Only the high Priest could go into the Most Holy Place where the manifest presence of God was and he could only go in once per year, in fear and trembling in case he might offend God.

At the altar animals were sacrificed day and night for the sins of the people but, as Hebrews says, they ‘failed to make perfect those who drew near to worship’.

The Altar symbolises Jesus’ cross. It is through the cross we have been cleansed from sin and made holy. Jesus’ sacrificial death has made us holy and perfect once and for all time. God said "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." A promise that includes us all, yes, you and me.

This promise underlines that perfect forgiveness is forgetfulness. As far as God’s concerned our sins don’t exist. That’s all of them, not just some of them but all, past, present and future.

This is confirmed in Col 1:22 ‘God has reconciled you by the Messiahs sacrifice to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation’.

The next thing you came to in the Temple was the Laver, the big bowl of spring water. The priests already had their sins temporarily dealt with by their sacrifices. The foot washing was to remove the dust of their journey before they entered God’s dwelling, his house. They could then go into the Holy Place to worship and pray.

But in the new and living way, Jesus is our sacrifice, Jesus has washed our feet, and Jesus has made us perfect and holy.

Brothers and sisters we are children of God with the perfect bloodline; priests not of the tribe and temporary order of Levy, but like Jesus in a royal priesthood in the eternal order of Melchisedec.

The new and living way is totally inclusive, it does not discriminate; Jesus’ sacrifice was for us all.

In the Temple only the High Priest could go through the curtain into the Most Holy Place where the presence of God was. But for us, when we reach the Most Holy Place we find the curtain that separates of the presence of God is torn apart and we are right there in God’s presence. We are welcome to enter God’s presence and approach the eternal throne.

This is the new and living way, the curtain completely removed through Jesus’ sacrifice nothing now to separate us from God. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

I think all of us here have been rejected one way or another. Told we were not good enough, worthy enough, pure enough. Of ourselves no human being is worthy enough for God. But Jesus is worthy and our imperfect lives are hidden in Him. He is our goodness, He is our worthiness, He is our purity.

It seems to me that for many of us after first coming to know the Lord and discovering the wonder of his presence, it was like someone shut the curtain again. We were told we were not good enough to enjoy God’s presence and blessing and given lists of expectations to fulfil.

The old and dead way that relies on what we do not on what Jesus did will always find fault with everyone. It condemns and excludes. The old and dead way will judge us, reject us and eject us.

But we must never find fault in ourselves, ‘who Jesus sets free is truly free’ Joh 8:36, for ever.

We are not servants of God. We are his children. Servants are paid for what they do children are free to be who they are. A servant has no permanent place in the family but children belong to the family and no child should be afraid or apprehensive about walking into their family home.

The curtain of the old and dead way was torn from top to bottom by God; God has not repaired it, nor renewed it. Lets boldly go into His presence knowing we are always welcomed.


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