Cheddington

Cheddington Methodist Church

Cheddington Methodist Church

Minister Rev Noreen Daley-Lee   tel no:  01525 240083

A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

You are valued by God!

While chatting with an Anglican colleague I described her as brilliant and she responded, “You are also brilliant.” I found this useful in thinking that we are all valued by God. You can perhaps go to the jigsaw doctor to create replacements for missing cardboard and wooden jigsaw puzzle pieces, so that your new jigsaw piece can be snuggled to fit that gaping hole. On the  contrary, you are irreplaceable for there is no one who can take your place where you are gifted and endowed with special blessings from your Creator.

Repeatedly, as finite beings we tend to value people from a limited and biased perspective: pedigree, ethnicity, stature, wealth, or credentials. Of all biblical classics, the Psalmist David experienced the limited view of humanity ferociously. He was not valued by his own family who thought he was not good enough.  Allegedly, Israel needed a new King and God told the prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to select a new king to replace Saul.  All of the sons except David were presented and when Samuel saw the physique of the rest of Jesse’s sons he said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD (1 Samuel 16:6b).” But God told the prophet Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart (v.7).” So as Jesse presented all of his seven sons who were rejected by God except David, the prophet became puzzled because he knew that the Spirit of God led him to the house of Jesse, so distraughtly, he said to David’s father, “Are all your sons here (v.11a)?” He then replied, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping sheep (v.11b).” David’s father thought he wasn’t qualified because he was only a shepherd. This seemed menial in the sight of his father but in the sight of God David was the ideal candidate, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one (v.12b).” God overturned Jesse’s parochial view and elevated David though his family devalued him.

 Have you ever felt rejected and not good enough by others?  I am here to tell you that God values you.  He sees you as important and impeccable in his sight.  We get it all wrong by valuing others based on what they have or what they have achieved but God sees differently. He looks at the heart, so how important it is to guard your heart. King Solomon said it best: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  There was a pastor who transformed himself like a homeless man outside the church and all the members ignored him.  While the eager congregation waited for their pastor, this homeless man walked down the aisle. The members were astonished, they gasped for breath as the homeless man started taking off his outer garment. This homeless man was their pastor and they were shocked to the core.  He said, “You know what I am going to preach about today!” Many of us fall into the subtle trap of thinking the only place to find God is at church.  If we’re not expecting to find God everywhere, we might just miss great opportunities for help, healing, and spiritual growth. He is Jehovah Shammah the God who is near. St Augustine said God is closer to us than our very breath. God is in the stranger we pass by each day.  God is in the homeless man lying on the street; God is in the beggar asking for food; God is in that tiny baby fighting for life, because they are all valued by Him. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece”. Who has the power to devalue what God has made? God calls you His masterpiece. The God of this universe who made this earth calls you His own. When you place your value on what others say about you, you are like a famous painter asking a person who doesn’t even have the skills to paint what his painting is worth. God has a special purpose for your life. God made you because you matter to God.  Before we were even born God chose us for a special purpose (Jeremiah 1:5)

So remember, you are valued by God. May we not become caught up in the looks, pedigree and wealth of others, but look a lot deeper into what that person has to offer from their heart, for each person is valued by God because they are a part of that missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle.

Noreen

SERVICES FOR  2024

 We welcome everyone to come along to our church to share in our worship and other activities. Services begin on Sundays at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated.

Sunday 5th May 3pm  Mr Arthur Sara
Sunday 12th May Mr John Bush
Sunday 19th May Café Church
Sunday 26th May Rev Noreen Daley-Lee – Service of Holy Communion
Sunday 2nd June Rev Arthur Cowburn – Service of Holy Communion
Sunday 9thd June Mr Lafton Lee
Sunday 16th June Café Church – Local Arrangement
Sunday 23rd June Mr Arthur Sara
Sunday 30th June Mrs Lynda Hart – United Service

"THE TOAST” – FOR PARENTS, CARERS and LITTLE ONES

For all parents/carers of pre-school children and babies, join us in the Chapel schoolroom on Monday mornings 9.30 – 11.00 during term time for a gentle start to the week. There are toys, activities and refreshments (including toast!) and a warm welcome. Contact Cathy Craft email:   

OPEN DOORS – Friday morning 10.30 a.m – noon at the Methodist Chapel.
This is an opportunity for all to meet/socialise each Friday morning and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake.  Contact Stuart Minall email: for more information.

MEN’S GROUP:  This usually meets on the first Friday of each month at 10.45 am to noon.  Contact: Chris Shepheard on 661849.

The Singalong Café, will be held on Tuesday 11 June 2.30 –4.30 pm at the Methodist Chapel.  It will be led by Karen, Cathy and Trevor who are all accomplished musicians. Do come along and join us and bring a friend or two, particularly those who might otherwise be at home alone.  Refreshments will be included thanks to two willing volunteers. If anyone feels moved to make a cake, then that would be greatly appreciated - if not then there will be biscuits and tea or coffee.

BOOKS and JIGSAWS:  We now have a small collection of Books and Jigsaws for buying or borrowing;  if you are able to make a small donation that would be appreciated.  Do come and have a look to see if there is anything of interest to you.  The schoolroom is usually open 9.30 – 11 am on Monday mornings during term time or Friday mornings 10.30 – 12 noon.  If you have books, in good condition, or jigsaws that you would like to pass on do bring them along.

WARM SPACES:  This will continue on Fridays for all those who would like to meet together from 12 noon to 2.30 pm for a soup lunch.  Donations of  tins of soup or bread, tea/coffee or biscuits can be dropped off  at the Chapel on Fridays from 10.30 am.  This is a Churches Together initiative in conjunction with the Parish Council to whom we are most grateful for their financial support.  All enquiries to Cathy Craft email: 

LOOP SYSTEM
For those people with hearing aids, we have an induction loop system installed and working in the chapel.

Schoolroom Bookings: A projector and screen are available.   For all enquiries, please contact Janet Banham,  Tel. 660205 or email .

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