Weekly Message from Rev’d Sara Cliff

Sunday 22 May 2022

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Revd Sara’s Reflections on Aldersgate Sunday.

Aldersgate Sunday commemorates a life-changing moment in the Christian journey of John Wesley, the most prominent of the founders of Methodism. It 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.

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.

A Prayer for Aldersgate Sunday 2020

By the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins

Resourceful Holy Spirit of God, We thank you for your servants, John and Charles Wesley.

That you fuelled their zeal and tempered it with divine grace; brought them through dark times, enlightened and renewed.

That you warmed their needy hearts, assured and shaped them by your active holiness. That through their willingness, you worked out Your purposes of hope, mercy, and justice.

Somewhat daunted, we stand today in their deep footsteps. In a world of new challenges and old needs in a time like no other.

But undaunted, we humbly ask you to do in us, what you did in and through them.

May we know both your infilling and outpouring, that whatever our situation or condition, we will serve and honour Christ, and in these, our days, know and believe that the best of all is, “God is with us.”

Amen.