updatePlease open the links below important communications from the Ministers and Elders of Holyhead Road URC regarding (1) requirements for the reopening of the building for worship – further information can be found on this week’s newsletter; (2) cash offertories.

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Cash Offertories

In the light of the current COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, we regret that activities at the church – including worshipping in the building – continue to be temporarily suspended. However, we ARE still worshipping!

Please check with activity organisers / check the church  website for updates via the NEWS page [for Covid-19 community support updates], the diary and the COVID-19 AND CHURCH page [for church-related information]. The COMMUNITY page contains suggestions for activities and educational links to support families during the period of social isolation (‘Lockdown’) 

The Covid-19 and the church page also has information about  opportunities to share in worship online during the suspension of Sunday worship in our building. 

Bill produces a weekly podcast which can be accessed HERE: https://revdbill.uk/worship-material

Debbie hosts a regular Sunday phone-in act of worship at 11.15 am. Call 0330 606 0403. You will be asked for an access code, which is 442786#. To improve the sound quality for all, where possible, please mute your phone except during times of greeting and other shared sections.

A link to the URC’s daily reflection webpage can be found near the bottom of this page. 

A reading from those set for 20/09/2020

So – what are we being taught here?

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We read here the parable of the landowner who went out at dawn to hire day labourers for work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the standard daily wage. Several hours later, the landowner saw several more workers in the marketplace. He told them: “Go to my vineyard and I will pay you a fair wage.” So they went to the vineyard. The landowner went out at noon and again at 3:00 p.m. He sent more labourers to his vineyard, promising to pay them for their work. And he did the same at 5:00 p.m.

At evening, the owner told his foreman to bring the labourers so he could pay them. However, the owner added: “begin with the last one hired and end with the first laborer who was hired.” The foreman did as the owner asked. The labourers who were hired late in the day were very surprised when they received a full day’s wage. After all, they had only worked a short amount of time. They went away very pleased. When the labourers who had been hired first thing in the morning came to receive their pay, they assumed that they would receive more than the wage they had negotiated. However, they received the same wage as all of the other workers that had been paid. These workmen were outraged. After all, they had laboured all day long in the heat and they had worked many more hours than the men who were paid the same wage for only a couple of hours of work. The owner was not being fair! How dare he?

The landowner, however, stood his ground. He told them: “I am not cheating you! I am paying you the wages you agreed to. Tell me: how am I cheating you? If I decide to be generous, do I not have that right?” Jesus ends with the astounding statement: “The last shall be first and the first shall be last!”

I assume that most of us identify with the indignant and upset day labourers. We place a high value on what we see as ‘fairness’.

Jesus’ statement may not fit the criteria many of us may attribute to our concept of fair play. However, Jesus challenges us to step beyond our societal norms. The landowner was a generous man and he made the choice to pay each of his labourers a full day’s wage, regardless of whether they worked 8 full hours or only 30 minutes. He was fair to the workers who had worked a full day; he paid them the amount of money that they had agreed upon.

As we know, these workers were jealous and they grumbled. Are WE ever jealous or resentful when someone else receives a gift, acclaim, or praise for an act that we think they neither deserved nor earned? Jealousy and resentment may not affect the other person; however, it does affect us! It can eat away at us and make us miserable. When we compare ourselves to others, we may (even unintentionally) judge ourselves as above them or below them. Both judgments damage the other person as well as ourselves.

God is the one who will judge in fairness and truth. We do not have the right to judge others and yet we do it all the time! Most of us have been gifted with abundant blessings. As we think about this, may we give thanks for the gifts and graces that we have received and let us thank God for the many gifts we have been given!

May we let go of judgment, envy, and jealousy. If we choose to do this, we will be happier and more peaceful.

Adapted from a reflection by Benedictine nun Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau at https://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/08/reflection-matthew-201-16.html

If you are self-isolating, or

in any way affected by the closure (weddings, baptisms), please let one of the elders (or our ministers, Debbie and Bill) know, so that the church can keep in touch.

Looking for some quiet reflection? Try the link below!
It will take you to a page which presents bible readings with gentle music accompanying.

Welcome to our church website 

Through these pages we hope to give you an insight into our church community.   If you would like to come along in person, we’d love to meet you!

We have a Sunday morning service every week, at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome, and if it’s your first visit – do please introduce yourself.

There is an evening Communion service at 6.30pm on the third Sunday in the month, which is organised by a small group of our members and often based around music and words from the Iona Community. More details of these services and other activities are available in the Services and Diary sections of our website.

Please click on the links to find out more about us, and to see what’s going on, visit our Diary section!  Building access information is available here.  You can also contact us via email, details are on the Contact Us section of our website.

Our Facebook page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/Holyhead-Road-United-Reformed-Church-151789941574498/


Where are we? 

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Looking for ready-made daily devotions each day?                                                                 https://devotions.urc.org.uk/

A prayer for those visiting our website

Almighty and eternal God,

who created us in your own image and gave us the will to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

we give you thanks for the freedom of communication.

Grant, we pray you, that through our journeys in this website we may be led to charity, prayer, patience and greater understanding of each other and that we may discern more closely your will for your pilgrims here on earth.

To the glory of the Word made flesh,