Alton Webteam: December 2015
I was visiting a friend who asked me why I had joined the Methodist Church .
Before I had replied she quoted John Wesley`s rule`.
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
That I said is why I joined the Methodist Church.
We had the following hymn a while back and I thought it hit the spot.
Let Love be real, in giving and receiving,
without the need to manage and to own;
a haven free from posing and pretending,
where every weakness may be safely known
Give me your hand along the desert pathway
give me your love wherever we may go.
As God loves us,so let us love each other:
with no demands, just open hands and space to grow
Let Love be real, not grasping or confining
that strange embrace that holds yet sets us free
that helps us face the risk of truly living,
and makes us brave to be what we might be.
Give me your strength when all my words are weakness;
give me your love in spite of all you know.
Let love be real, with no manipulation,
no secret wish to harness or control.
Let us accept each other`s incompleteness,
and share the joy of learning to be whole.
Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments
give me your trust when all my failings show
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