President's Blog

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

And here is the second one.

On Wednesday (28 May) and Thursday (29 May) a group from Home Missions and the Church Development Board visited ChristChurch in a Limerick, the Surf Project at Spanish Point and the Cork South and Kerry circuit. All experiencing exciting developments.

A couple of stories from last week.

Visited Belfast Islamic Centre on 30 May. Good, grace-filled conversation about similarities and differences. Theological difference does not mean that we cannot build relationships. The folk at the Centre also disagree with the way in which Meriam has been treated and have spoken out on this. Let's simply be kind and be good neighbours

"Jesus replied: "Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself." All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" Matthew 22: 37-40

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