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Amazing Grace Country Inishowen

A road sign I came across yesterday on the Inishowen peninsula. We need to camp out in 'Amazing Grace Country', not just pay a visit once in a while. I pray for more grace in all of us, especially in this week in Northern Ireland.

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral on 30 June was where I shared in the ordination service for deacons with the Methodist Church in Britain. What a place to be ordained for ministry to broken and divided communities with the gospel of peace!

Poor Louis Suarez! I'm not a Liverpool fan but I do feel some sympathy for him: 'tossed out like a dog' as his Uruguayan team mates are putting it. Such awful consequences for a moment of madness. It's not the first time, though. You would think that he'd have got help by now to stop him reverting to a biting reaction on the pitch when things get so fraught. Maybe he has got help and it hasn't helped enough! Mind you, while I have no time for FIFA, I think they did the right thing this time.

Going to see someone by the same name as my wife, who is also very important, today at Hillsborough Castle. Then I'll be at the presentation of Youth Link certificates in Belfast this evening.

It's been an interesting past few days. My first engagement was in Manorhamilton last Thursday for their church's 50th Anniversary. A great night.

Farewell events over the weekend and last night for 2 colleagues: Revs Richard Bryant and Louise Donald. We're going to miss them!

Manorhamilton Methodist Church

Hi. This my first post as President so just saying hello and looking forward to the year ahead. Thanks to many of you for your thoughts and prayers over Conference time and particularly for the Installation service last Wed. I was well installed and totally blessed.

On my way today (20 June) to my first engagement which is in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. They are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 'new' Methodist church building in the town. I've been asked to speak about 'early Methodism in the area and John Wesley's visits to the north-west.'

Rev Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Rev Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Posts on this page are now care of the Rev Peter Murray, newly installed President of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Please welcome him to his new role

The Irish Methodist Conference begins this morning with its Ministerial Session and then, tonight the Representative Session begins with the Installation of Rev Peter Murray as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Please pray that we will know God's presence and guidance in every conversation.

Please pray too for Peter as he takes up this office that God will bless him and continue to speak in and through him.

Stepping Stone Graduation

Yesterday morning I attended the Graduation ceremony for Stepping Stone, which is part of East Belfast Mission. Many congratulations to all who graduated.
Afterwards one person told me that Stepping Stone had helped them turn their life around. Fantastic!

Methodist President at Ballynahinch

Wonderful service of Confirmation and Reception into full membership in Ballynahinch this morning (08.06.14). What a way to celebrate Pentecost!

 

Preached at the Edgehill "End of Year" service last night  and said goodbye. It has been a wonderful 10 years, kind, wise generous colleagues and great students. I am thankful

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