If you liked our recent little photo challenge to pass the time, I wonder how you might like this one, suggested by Rev Jenny Pathmarajah (currently serving the Church on Jersey)
In the Methodist Church calendar, Aldersgate Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 24 May (traditionally known as 'Wesley Day'). It commemorates a life-changing moment in the Christian journey of John Wesley,
In May 1738, John unwillingly attended worship at a Moravian 'Religious Society' meeting on Aldersgate Street in London. It was during this service that he felt his "heart strangely warmed", as he experienced God's love in a most personal and life-giving way. Until then he had known God in his mind, but not in his heart. Now he understood the value of a personal experience of God that would bring assurance of salvation to the believer.
Aldersgate Sunday is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of God in our lives, and to reflect on how we should respond to everything that God has given us.
So I invite you, to recall your own heart warming experience.
Do you have a story, or a poem, may be a hymn that speaks of your journey of faith, a painting or a picture. it may be something in the past, your own early steps of faith an event or occasion on your journey, or you may have had that heart warming experience more recently. That moment when you felt God especially close.
Then I ask you to share it with us, send the details to me at the Circuit email address — firstname.lastname@example.org
Change happens when we share the story. Wesley experienced this when someone else read to him Martin Luther's Preface to Romans. Just as John Wesley felt his heart 'strangely warmed', we too can be refreshed and inspired by sharing our faith stories with each other.
I will take all that is sent and create a page here on the web site to celebrate and give thanks for all your Warmed Heart experiences.
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