Testing – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 20 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Testing – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 20 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

In one of the toughest times of my life, I could hardly pray at all. I was utterly exhausted both emotionally and spiritually. It was all I could do to hang on to God, even though I had gotten to a scary place where I was not even sure He was there. And that hanging on seemed like only a slender thread. In those days, I prayed a simple liturgy I had learned and have now, for many years known by heart. I just hung on.

Looking back, I would say it was both the toughest time of my life and the best. I learned so much through it. It was a testing time. I learned among other things that whilst I was hanging on by a slender thread, God in love, hung on to me with a strong, relentless grip.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Asking – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 18 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Asking – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 18 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Wow what a question to be asked:

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Luke 18:35-43

I’m sure for many of us it might be do the washing up, make me a meal, do the ironing, clear out the garage or some other household task. Here though Jesus is asking something much deeper and in someways asking the obvious, but Jesus wants to hear what’s on our hearts – what are our needs?

What a privilege that we have someone who will listen to us when we tell them. Why not tell Jesus today just what you need in your life today. It may be resources, health, energy, wisdom, insight, comfort. Whatever it is he is waiting to hear from you – his heart and ear is towards you.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Believing – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 17 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Believing – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 17 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Today’s notes start with the question: “Do we have faith?” For a long time I struggled to understand what people meant by faith. They would talk about having more faith, or less faith. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus talks about faith that is so small that it’s only as big as a mustard seed. Then, one day I was listening to an audio book when the author started talking about faith as looking, relating it to an incident that is recorded in Number 21. It’s a bit of a complicated event, but the part you need to know is that people were healed by looking at a bronze snake. This incident is made even more significant because in John 3:14-15, Jesus said:

‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’

We receive our healing by looking to Jesus. The wonderful thing about looking to Jesus is that He is wholly trustworthy, in our looking we can give Him all of our trust.

There are different ways of looking aren’t there? What type of looking are you giving Jesus today?


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Pressure – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 14 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Pressure – reflections from Sue Chastney | Day 14 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

This morning we awoke to the sound of our boiler – it wasn’t its usual sound but a sound we have heard before.

It’s the sound it makes when the outside pipes are frozen and the boiler is being put under pressure!

If we left it like that we would be in trouble – interventions had to be made to release the pressure.

Life is so much like this – we can’t go on living under pressure, something has to give. Will you seek help & support today? Can you give support to someone else?


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Pressure – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 14 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Pressure – reflections from Andrew Gardner | Day 14 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

“Pressure pushing down on me, Pressing down on you… It’s the terror of knowing what the world is about; watching some good friends screaming ‘Let me out'”

The lyrics from the Queen song express the sometimes unbearable pressure of our own life and the mess of the world around us.

Today’s Catching the Wave speaks about this kind of pressure. The weight of life and living can get to us, crush us all.

Jesus speaks about a light yoke. In His day, Rabbis teachings were known as yokes. Yoke were heavy harnesses which helped keep oxen in line with each other. The yoke of life can seem like it has got us harnessed to the heavy weight of life’s pressures and Jesus says, my ways, my teaching are not like this at all. They are a light yoke which sets you free to follow me, not bound or burdened to live under pressure!

John 8:36 says:

“If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”

A hymn puts it another way:

“My chains fell of my heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed thee.”


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.

Loss – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 13 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Loss – reflections from Graham Chastney | Day 13 | catching the wave | Focus on 40

Loss is painful.

Look around you and you’ll see it. Perhaps you don’t need to look around, perhaps you are dealing with it now. Perhaps your loss is the “big issue” that you are praying for.

A natural response to loss is to ask “why?” There are many examples in the Bible where people bring their “why?” to God. The psalmists asked “why?” Job asked “why?” The disciples asked Jesus “why?” Mary and Martha asked Jesus “why?”

Prayer isn’t primarily about questions and answers; it is really about building a relationship. We don’t build relationship by keeping secrets, we build relationship by being open and vulnerable. The same applies to our relationship with God.

God isn’t afraid of our “why?” and we shouldn’t be afraid of speaking it out to Him.


There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.