Online Services for Guestling Church

Sunday 2nd August

The Service for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/6KtZPFqWCYE

The Sermon for 2nd August

If you were to ask a group of people in a quiz to list five of Jesus’ miracles, the chances are that the one they’d have in common would be the Feeding of the Five Thousand which is recorded in all four Gospels.  As Christians, the miracle is significant to us and conveys some important teaching.

Jesus was at a low point, having heard of the brutal killing of John the Baptist, and we read that He went off to a deserted place to be by himself and with God in prayer.  A deserted place tells of solitude and silence, but that was soon to change because people in their thousands gathered together as they heard that Jesus was going to that deserted place.  Jesus travelled there by boat but the crowd went on foot; they made an effort to bring Jesus into their lives.  “Follow me” the Master often said, and these people certainly did to reach that barren deserted place.  They came with their unwell friends and relatives, they came with the many problems that face mankind, deserted people in a desert place.  It’s no different today, perhaps more so in these self-isolating times, and many are lonely with no companionship.  They are people with unsettled meaningless lives.  But Jesus is present in our deserts, ready to help.  He promises today that he is among us in our isolation.

Jesus saw that crowd and was moved with pity.  He knew that they were deserted people but they came and surrendered their lives to His mercy.  He looks at us now and calls us to surrender our deserted lives to Him.  He needs our co-operation by giving of ourselves to Him. 

Jesus focused on these hungry people.  Very few of us today know real hunger but there is a hunger still for all sorts of things apart from food.  Justice for the oppressed and voiceless, peace in our families, our communities, our world.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness” Jesus said.  What a stirring passage is Isaiah 55, part of which we heard earlier.  God invites us to come to Him with our desires.  The Authorised Version’s passage is one of my favourites starting “Ho everyone that thirsteth”.  It’s well worth a read. 

“Send the crowds away to buy food” suggested the disciples.  We can give them credit for thinking of the people’s hunger, but although they saw the need they knew they didn’t have the ability to help, but Jesus knew and understood how God works.  He takes what meagre resources we have and distributes our offering through us, Jesus’ followers.  But he does need us to come to Him with our loaves and fishes which He blesses and uses to care for the needs of us all.

So let us pray.

Gracious Lord, thank you for all that you give us and for the privilege of sharing with others in need.  In the name of Jesus Christ we offer to you our loaves and fishes.  Amen

The Songs used in the Service

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say

https://youtu.be/XUVCpF8-VuE

 

As the deer pants for water

https://youtu.be/FBppKZ0eJlQ

 

The King of love my Shepherd is

https://youtu.be/YcCwUF0s_-Y

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th July

 

The Service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/3jHtdfddlRM

 

The Songs used in the Service

 

God is love his the care

https://youtu.be/Gjju_BKA1PE

 

Take my life and let it be

https://youtu.be/sss-g50Dw1Q

 

Amazing Grace

https://youtu.be/N3yLV2M0rlc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19th July

The Service for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/0z_WnLDhKPs

 

The songs used in the service...

All people that on earth

https://youtu.be/NC5FfEavPM4

 

Father God

https://youtu.be/5EFJHUWujag

 

How great thou art

https://youtu.be/PdE_NKyY_o0

 

 

 

Sunday 12th July

The service for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity.

https://youtu.be/Z5P9u6lBMC8

 

Songs used in the service...

Ye servants of God

https://youtu.be/wZ9j3e8_yQc

 

Summer suns are glowing

https://youtu.be/eK0ToFWDr8M

 

Great is thy faithfulness

https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk

 

Sunday 5th July    

The Service for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/-jm_eeRIlZE

 

Jim's Sermon 

There can’t be many more poignant verses in the Bible than one we heard in our Gospel reading this morning, Matthew 11 v.28.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.  The past 4 months have certainly been a burden and many of us are weary of it all, but Jesus invites us to come to Him with our problems and our burdens.  It is the most gracious invitation ever extended.

Jesus’ ministry was full of invitations not commands.  In the parable of the great banquet, many who were invited had other things to do and so were excluded in favour of the disadvantaged, who came willingly.  Jesus invites us to come for forgiveness that we might have life. 

Some of John the Baptist’s disciples were invited to come and see what our Lord was about, and St Mark relates how the fishermen were invited to, “Come, follow me”.  Jesus called them to a life of discipleship if they would but leave their nets and follow Him.  He invites us to give up our self-centredness and offer ourselves to the service of our Lord and to our fellows.  Following Christ is not a golden ticket into Heaven but we have to share the Master’s burden as the parable of the sheep and the goats makes clear. 

Jesus continued, “Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.  Yokes have almost passed into history but in Jesus’ day they were commonplace for both draught oxen and, yes, people.  What could be an unendurable task is so much easier with help.  A problem shared is a problem halved, the old saying has it. 

One of life’s great tragedies is to have no yoke fellow, so Christ calls, “Take my yoke”.  No yoke is easy; it wasn’t intended to be and you wouldn’t ask if the yoke was easy.  It cannot be, but it can be gentle if fitted properly and in tandem with another.  Jesus calls us to service but doesn’t offer us ease.  His gracious invitation comes to all who find the weight of the responsibilities of life crushing and difficult to bear, though we notice Jesus does not promise to remove the burdens completely, but to give us the help we need.  By accepting our Lord’s invitation we shall be accepting the aid needed for bearing life’s burdens.

 Songs in the service

What a friend we have is Jesus...

https://youtu.be/pLb96KDkJys

 

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

https://youtu.be/o4KnlQwzl3Y

 

Forth in thy name oh Lord I go. 

https://youtu.be/1rQQu6qe6H0

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th June

The Service for the third Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/pWJJFuZZxU0

 

Bishop Martin's talk

https://youtu.be/WZwWlDg_bbM

 

The songs used in the Service today...

Blessed assurance

https://youtu.be/yuyf1YQvcwY

At the name of Jesus

https://youtu.be/r4d4UXSJXig

Be thou my vision

https://youtu.be/clqdCXxqYvI

 

Sunday 21st June

The service for the second Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/tIYdSa5y3dA

 

Today's talk

A sermonette from Jim

 

Songs used in the Service..

Take up your Cross

https://youtu.be/t_X00h1HKpI

When I survey the Wondrous Cross

https://youtu.be/mvGS9aHUab8

Lift high the Cross

https://youtu.be/7nGaT8QnYRE

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th June

The service for the first Sunday after Trinity...

https://youtu.be/95isK8_09Io

 

The songs used in the service

All my hope on God is founded

https://youtu.be/W3LCGh02Vew

 

God forgave my sin...Freely, Freely

https://youtu.be/TVVjn9-pEzY

 

Lord You give the great Commision

https://youtu.be/hiAQjx1iItQ

 

 

 

 

Sunday 7th June

The Sevice for Trinity Sunday

https://youtu.be/csIFtft0GJw

 

Songs used in the service...

Holy, Holy, Holy

https://youtu.be/39ZfrO0UW_s 

 

Father I adore You

https://youtu.be/Ph-ZBiIETB0

 

Lead us Heavenly Father lead us

https://youtu.be/PGsvbqErM2A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 31st May

The Service for Pentecost

https://youtu.be/Y4cGWdyVSqg

Songs for the service

Come down O Love Divine

https://youtu.be/fIvKDgktutI

Spirit if the Living God

https://youtu.be/JYfzcYohWZg

Longing for the Light

https://youtu.be/7Y5N6oxIKH0

 

 

 

Sunday 24th May

(Please use the links below for different parts of the Service)

The service for the Sunday after Ascension Day...

https://youtu.be/LtTeAtj0myU

 

Songs used in the service...

Hail the Day...

https://youtu.be/anS9bTaZwUM

 

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

https://youtu.be/LpzoSWoaSso

 

Lot of all Hopefulness

https://youtu.be/VBMxn3Vh5O4

 

 

 

Sunday 17th May

(please use the links below for different parts of the Service)

 

The Service for the 6th Sunday of Easter,

https://youtu.be/xg2hnvXxv_E

 

Songs used in the service

Immortal, invisible...

https://youtu.be/spE-BE23qxA

 

Breathe on me Breath of God...

https://youtu.be/TssHTATafi0

 

Love divine....

https://youtu.be/JGGcqhKShQ8

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 10th May

(please use the links below for different parts of the Service)

The Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter,

https://youtu.be/jalG0-lP3v8

The songs used in the service...

Who would true valour see
 https://youtu.be/JiSAjwtpFUc

 

Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you
 https://youtu.be/YTTPevymr7I

To God be the Glory
 https://youtu.be/2CeBoSQsBR0


 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 3rd May

(please use the links below for different parts of the Service)

The Service for the 4th Sunday of Easter,

https://youtu.be/NQifPr56Meg

Songs used in the Service

The King of Love my Shepherd is...

https://youtu.be/iI1OeQfkVyI

I lift my eyes...

https://youtu.be/p9jHvROqp38

Great is Thy Faithfulness...

https://youtu.be/0k1WhFtVp0o

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th April.

(please use the links below for the different parts of the service)

The Service for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

https://youtu.be/YvDJypmpbuM

 

Sarah's reading

https://youtu.be/30wGDRugUSw

 

The songs used in the Service

 

 Blessed Assurance...

https://youtu.be/yuyf1YQvcwY

 How Great Thou Art...

https://youtu.be/PdE_NKyY_o0

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer...

https://youtu.be/h2lfEk2t_uU

 

 

 

Sunday 19th April.

The Service

https://youtu.be/ydfiXf16G30

 

Joy's talk for the second Sunday of Easter.

https://youtu.be/58mfSiICerk

 

Links to the songs used in the service

https://youtu.be/rflCCx3QRys

 

https://youtu.be/UVduV0ustWw

 

https://youtu.be/XbZ4TK9xiAs