Final Weekly Meditation 2/7/21

I suspect some of you are wondering (if you can see the picture of the swan) why that particular picture? Well I suppose like many of you I am reminded of the phrase “Swan song”. The swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. The phrase refers to an ancient belief that swans sing a beautiful song just before their death since they have been silent for most of their lifetime (Wikipedia). There are several stories about how this story made its way into our language, my favourite is an ancient one.

A certain rich man bought in the market a Goose and a Swan. He fed the one for his table and kept the other for the sake of its song. When the time came for killing the Goose, the cook went to get him at night, when it was dark, and he was not able to distinguish one bird from the other. By mistake he caught the Swan instead of the Goose. The Swan, threatened with death, burst forth into song and thus made himself known by his voice, and preserved his life by his melody.

It is said there is no truth in the idea that a swan will sing just before its death but the phrase still is used for that final act. My hope and prayer is that the Gospel message you have heard will be shared by everyone of you, not just as a final act but as a daily offering to the Lord. As to what will be my final act of sharing in the Loughborough Circuit will be at our open-air shared worship at Quorn on July 11th, 10-30 am. Chance to sing!

John Pugh (Rev)  Wymeswold Methodist

 

 

Weekly Meditation 25/6/21

If you’ve recently spent any time in uniform the photo will either fill you with lots of memories or just send a shiver down your spine! Most non-military individuals will refer to it as camouflage, but to those who’ve served it’s DPM or Disruptive Patterned Material. Yes there are several designs dependant on where in the world you served or even when. This one worked well amongst personnel serving in Northern Europe, wearing it in a desert terrain didn’t work so well. Obviously there a more sandy colour would work far better.

Whatever force you served with it was all about hiding in plain sight, in fact wearing the correct material it is even possible to stand in plain sight, say in front of a forest and, providing you don’t move you will not be seen. If you use a computer on a regular basis and you’re bored look up the use of camouflage on the internet. Wildlife uses it all the time, try looking at moths, octopuses and chameleons sometime. Soldiers are trained to use natural foliage to break up their outline to blend in with their natural surroundings.

The problem today is that people want to hide in plain sight, they are often encouraged not to stand out in the crowd. The idea that if they don’t stand out they won’t get picked on, they won’t be given extra work to do. In fact if anything they will slip underneath the radar and will end up having a nice easy life. There used to be a well known saying especially amongst National Service personnel – “Don’t volunteer for anything!” This would be echoed by the Regular troops who’d learned the hard way, if anything get someone else to do the hard work whilst you make out you’re doing them a favour.

Some Christians hide themselves in plain sight amongst the wider population. They don’t stand out in any way, no-one can tell they are different. Yet it used to be said that Christians stood out because of what they said, how they said it and how they acted. The big question for today is are you a camouflaged Christian? Or do you truly stand out and up for Jesus Christ? Are there Christians around you that you don’t know about? If there are some why not challenge them to stand out and up for Jesus with you

John Pugh  (Rev)  Wymeswold Methodist

Weekly Meditation 18/6/21

How many of you are old enough to remember Max Bygraves singing “You need hands”? I’m certain there will be some of you who will claim that they’re much too young to go that far back. I could claim (quite rightly) that I was in Infant School and heard him on the radio which my mother constantly seem to listen to. Children seem to pick up words of pop songs far more quickly than adults, quick test of your memory which popular song do you remember from furthest back? Challenge your friends and family to see who has the best memory.

The Jews were well known for memorising huge chunks of scripture from an early age. So much so that when Jesus spoke of the Scriptures he could draw their minds to a particular spot in the prophetic writings of a particular prophet. We would have to rely on chapter and verses to look it up, imagine what it would be like without that aid. Whilst we are never challenged to attempt that discipline there will be times when we remember short verses or even passages as a whole. As a member of the school choir based at a Church of England Junior School we were encouraged to recite certain passages as a choral reading each Christmastide.

So, when it comes to Luke’s account of the shepherds, the angels and the journey from the sheep to the stable, the King James Version is still engrained in my head. “There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night …” (I still don’t need to look it up!). We also followed up with Matthew’s account of the Magi travelling to find the newborn Messiah and how they expected him to be in the palace. With hindsight they weren’t all that bright or wise were they?

Going back to the start though – your hands, how do you use them? Do you use them each and every day for Jesus? There’s an old rhyme which contains the words “He (Jesus) has no hands but our hands to do his work today ..” Are your hands the sort that reach out to help? To offer comfort? Support? Give strength to those weaker than ourselves? Consider the hands of Jesus, what he offered us, included those nail scarred hands.

John Pugh (Rev)  Wymeswold Methodist

Weekly Meditation 11/6/21

Over 26 years as a TA Chaplain I spent a number of hours on various Army Ranges hearing many commands that were never aimed (excuse the pun) at me. Commands such as “Watch and shoot, watch and shoot” I remember clearly. I also remember spending time in the Butts, deep trenches where soldiers worked the targets up and down. Even though we were quite safe where we were to hear bullets whizzing overhead was off-putting to say the least. I could well imagine what men have felt under fire especially those who landed on D-Day without any real cover from heavy machine gun fire. Veterans who’ve seen “Saving Private Ryan” have said the opening scenes are frighteningly realistic

For me the nearest I come to aiming at a target is as an archer, one of my hobbies. I know these targets will not fire back at me whilst in my head I become a modern day Robin Hood. Needless to say his memory will never be threatened by my accuracy! I suppose I could be better if I used the modern bows with counterweights and sights and pulleys. However like in my other love of photography I like to do things right the old fashioned way.

It’s about going for gold, trying to get the arrows as clustered together as ever you can, if you can get them in the inner gold even better. Keep the tension strong, maintain the anchor point, make sure you’ve nocked the arrow, breathe, release. All of this and more to be consistent in your shooting. Yet having done all that it is still possible to miss the target, a sudden unexpected gust of wind can take you by surprise. Occasionally a muscle spasm can also hit at any time and make you appear foolish.

That missing the target gave rise to one of the words that have come into Christian language translated as sin. We aim to do our best for God, but despite our best intentions too often we miss the mark It’s a Greek word Hamartia – spelled in Greek this way: ἁμαρτία. It’s also an archery term for when someone didn’t hit the target or put more simply missing the mark. When we translate this word in scripture we translate it as sin. Knowing what God lays down for us as His aim, which is perfection, and we often miss, sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident. Doesn’t mean though we should stop trying our best should it?

John Pugh

 

Weekly Meditation 4/6/21

More than once I have held the model railway engine tight in my fist (to those who like details the accompanying photo shows an N gauge LNER General Purpose Tank Engine in LNER green). I have then said to a gathered Primary School assembly “The original item of that which I have in my hand weighed 85 tons, do you believe I can hold this in my hand?” I have been very clear about the statement and usually the children haven’t really listened so they hear 85 tons in my hand and I couldn’t possibly hold that much therefore the answer is “No!”. The end result was that I would ask if they thought I didn’t tell the truth – the end result was some confusion.

I would them hold up this tiny N gauge model, show it and say I’d told the truth, the original engine did weigh 85 tons. The model though, is just that, part of my model railway collection. I emphasised though that I always told them the truth, anything they heard from me they could trust. I would never lie to them about anything, I would always tell them the truth no matter how difficult the topic.

That makes you think though doesn’t it? I remember watching the film “Carry on up the Khyber” some years ago, seeing Charles Hawtree and another actor, dressed as British Infantry guarding the Khyber Pass (actually a farm gate somewhere in Wales I think!) After a rather hasty attack the other soldier is wounded then comforted by Charles, the wounded soldier asks how he is and the traditional response comes back it’s not too bad. The wounded soldier (Ginge) responds that he wants the truth and Charles responds “Alright Ginge, you’re dying !” (Ginge dies dramatically!)

Telling the truth comes in many forms and ways and sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do. Many of us have struggled with this whole concept and maybe more than once have we told a “white lie” because somehow it felt less cruel than the truth? Be truthful now especially gentlemen when your wife/partner has asked “Does my bottom look big in this?” (ladies it can apply to you too). Does there follow a lie or are we followers of the Margaret Thatcher School of Response and are we economical with the truth? Is truth what falls from your mind and mouth and is it guided by the Holy Spirit in all things?

John Pugh (Rev)   Wymeswold Methodist

 

 

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Final Weekly Meditation 2/7/21

I suspect some of you are wondering (if you can see the picture of the swan) why that particular picture? Well I suppose like many of you I am reminded of the phrase “Swan song”. The swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. […]

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Weekly Meditation 25/6/21

If you’ve recently spent any time in uniform the photo will either fill you with lots of memories or just send a shiver down your spine! Most non-military individuals will refer to it as camouflage, but to those who’ve served it’s DPM or Disruptive Patterned Material. Yes there are several designs dependant on where in […]

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Weekly Meditation 18/6/21

How many of you are old enough to remember Max Bygraves singing “You need hands”? I’m certain there will be some of you who will claim that they’re much too young to go that far back. I could claim (quite rightly) that I was in Infant School and heard him on the radio which my […]

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Weekly Meditation 11/6/21

Over 26 years as a TA Chaplain I spent a number of hours on various Army Ranges hearing many commands that were never aimed (excuse the pun) at me. Commands such as “Watch and shoot, watch and shoot” I remember clearly. I also remember spending time in the Butts, deep trenches where soldiers worked the […]

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Weekly Meditation 4/6/21

More than once I have held the model railway engine tight in my fist (to those who like details the accompanying photo shows an N gauge LNER General Purpose Tank Engine in LNER green). I have then said to a gathered Primary School assembly “The original item of that which I have in my hand […]

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Church Groups

Groups and Organisations and when they meet:-

Bible Fellowship/Study
An ecumenical group which meets every Monday evening at 7.45pm in the Methodist Church.
Contact: Sue Fossey 01509 881469

MiniFish
Meets fortnightly at the Methodist Church on Thursdays 1.30pm-3pm during term, and is an informal worship time with  Bible stories and play for pre-school children and their carers.
Contact: Sue Fossey 01509 881469

Junior Church
Meets monthly as indicated on the service pattern information.
Junior Church provides Christian teaching suitable to their ages for children aged from three upwards, whatever church (if any) their parents attend.
The meetings take place in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on the corner of Brook Street and The Stockwell from 11am to Noon one Sunday every month.   The exact week can vary, so is shown on the service notices outside the Churches.  The Junior Church Members attend the beginning of the Methodist service together before they upstairs for their time of learning together.
Children are often given take-home material so families know what is being discussed and can share in their children’s learning.
Any questions, please contact Sandi Cowell 01509 881365  or visit www.wymeswold.com/churches for the service pattern showing which week the group will meet during the month.

For more information about any of these groups speak to Senior Steward Margaret Folwell 01509 880770 or visit https://loughboroughmethodistcircuit.org/churches/

St. Mary’s Church Bellringers

St. Mary’s, Wymeswold, has a ring of six bells which dates back to 1795, when they were cast by Thomas Osborn of Downham Market, Norfolk. These replaced an earlier ring of four bells which were damaged when the church spire was struck by lightning and subsequently demolished.

The current bells were tuned and rehung by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough in 1937.

The present band of bellringers was formed in the late 1980s and has been slowly growing in numbers and repertoire ever since.

According to an agreement dated 4th August 1742 (now in Leicestershire Record Office) between Thomas Hedderley of Nottingham, bellfounder, and the churchwardens, Hedderley undertook to recast the third bell and ‘uphold the same sound and tunable’ for a year and a day for the cost of 20 shillings per hundredweight. The ring was increased to six bells in 1795.

According to The Church Bells of Leicestershire of 1876 the daily bell was rung at 5 a.m. during the summer months and at 6 a.m. in the winter, also at 6 p.m.. Tradition says that the parish clerk formerly received the proceeds of a close of land for performing this duty. He now receives, according to this book, £1/10/- per annum in lieu.

The current band meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm-9:00 pm for practice and ring for Sunday Service from 10.30am to 11.15am. We are a friendly band who welcome new ringers and provide tuition. Typical standard is plain minor and doubles methods (this will mean something if you are already a ringer).

Please feel free to drop in on a practice night and see how we perform the 350 year old historic art of church bell ringing. Have a go! You may even find yourself wanting to learn more..

Contact: Richard Thomas (Tower Captain) on 01509 881750 for further details.

“In country churches, old and pale,
I hear the changes smoothly rung
and watch the coloured sallies fly
from rugged hands to rafters high
as round and round the bells are swung”

John Betjeman

Wymeswold United Sunday School

Wymeswold United Sunday School provides Christian teaching suitable to their ages for children aged from three upwards, whatever church (if any) their parents attend.

The meetings take place in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on the corner of Brook Street and the Stockwell from 10:45am to 11:30am most term-time Sundays. The exception to this is the third Sunday of each month when an All-Age Worship service is held at 11am alternately at the parish church (St. Mary’s) and the Methodist church.

The meeting time means that Methodist families can attend the beginning of the Methodist service together before the children move to Sunday School and Church of England families can attend the end of the Anglican service together as children can be escorted from Sunday School up to St. Mary’s.

All children are given take-home material so families know what is being discussed and can share in their children’s learning.

Any questions, please contact Sandi Cowell 01509 881365 or Marilyn Rowley 01509 880843 or by email to mail@wymeswold.fsbusiness.co.uk.

Churches

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Wymeswold
Priest in charge: Rev. Clive Watts
Email: rev.clive.watts@barrowandwoldsgroup.com
Associate Priest: Rev. Fiona Cotton-Beveridge
Email: rev.fiona@barrowandwoldsgroup.com
Administrator: Mrs. Hannah White (Parish Office)
Email: enquiries@barrowandwoldsgroup.com
Church Warden: Michael Henshaw
Website: Barrow and Wolds group
07534 899522

07903 665912

01509 416520

01509 880218

Methodist Church, Wymeswold
Minister: Rev. John Pugh
Superintendent Minister: Rev. Andrew Lomax
Circuit Administrator: Mrs. Josephine Wills
Email: loughboroughmethodist@gmail.com
Church Steward: Margaret Folwell
0116 230 4689
01509 219804
01509 807441

01509 880770

Roman Catholic Church Main Street, East Leake
Parish Priest: Father Michael
Sat 6pm – Holy Mass, Sun 11am – Holy Mass
01509 852147
Baptist Church Beveridge Street, Barrow upon Soar
Senior Minister: Rev. Ben Haldane
Email: administrator@barrowbaptist.org.uk
Sun 10am
01509 416603