Online Services for Guestling Church

Sunday 18th October


The Service for the 19th Sunday after Trinity


The songs for today's service...

Ye Holy Angels Bright


Here is Love Vast as the Ocean


Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing


Jim's talk


One small reference in St Paul’s letter to the Colossians is all that tells us of how Luke earned his living.  Whilst Paul was busy at tent-making in between his missionary work, can we picture Luke holding surgeries, maybe setting broken bones, applying eye salves, making himself a comfort to the unwell people in whose communities he found himself with St Paul?  Why not?  God loves people and he seeks the best for us.  He will use our skills in the benefit of mankind if we will let Him. 

Other hints come in Luke’s Gospel.   He seems to record miracles of healing with the interested eye of a medical practitioner, giving rather more detail than the other two synoptic gospels.  He gives us the human details of the Nativity, no room in the inn, swaddling clothes, humble shepherds who had one night of glory.  Without Luke we would never have known of Zacchaeus, the diminutive tax collector whose life was turned around thanks to a few kind words from Jesus.  Luke alone tells us of two ordinary men on the road to Emmaus.  Two ordinary fellows hurrying home one evening, perhaps aware that their wives might be getting worried, who invited a stranger to stop for the night.  Luke had an eye for the condition of humanity.  He was a people person.  He had an interest in those on society’s fringes.  Without him the parable of the Good Samaritan would not have come down to us, nor the Prodigal Son, some of the greatest teaching ever given in the history of the world. 

Of course, we know that not only did he write his gospel but Luke also gave us the Acts of the Apostles.  The dedication to Theophilus in each is a giveaway, as are the passages where he writes, “we did this,” “we went to such and such a place.”  Luke was with St Paul on many of his journeys.  He gets a mention on other occasions.  When Paul was signing off his letter to Philemon, he sends greetings from various companions, including Luke. 

And then there is the sad mention in that rather bleak section of Paul’s second letter to Timothy “everyone has left me except Luke”, faithful Luke.  It has been worked out that the two were travelling companions for the best part of nine years, and here was Luke staying with his friend, perhaps giving medical help as and when to his master under house arrest in the city he had always hoped to visit. As well as being the special saint of doctors Luke would also qualify for that of patron saint of good companions.


How does the Church designate him?  Not just St Luke the physician, but St Luke the Evangelist as well.  Once the church had settled down into an organisation the word evangelist referred only to the four Gospel writers, but in the earliest days an evangelist was one who prepared people for the apostle who would come bearing the Gospel.  An evangelist was not as important as an apostle but a valued member of the team nevertheless. 

Luke would have been doing what we all can do, listening to people, helping them to understand what the love of God can do in their lives.  We can all be evangelists in the old sense of the word.  One to one is a most effective way of passing on the old, old story.  Jesus sent out His messengers in pairs to prepare every town and village where He was going to visit.  There was an urgency about the mission.  Don’t bother to find your personal possessions, and don’t stop to chat on the road.  There’s a harvest to be gathered in.  It’s there if we look for it.  We must become like the shepherd, looking for that lost sheep because others are our responsibility.  We must ask God for a sensitivity to their needs, and if we should fail in these matters we will have to answer for it in due course. 

A saint points us to God.  In a saint’s life we can see characteristics of human behaviour writ large, which should encourage us to lead lives that are more Christ-like.  The saints are examples to us all and we can picture Luke selflessly caring for Paul.  The end was approaching, all his other friends and helpers had moved on, but Luke was there with companionship and support.  This is what God asks of us, to be good neighbours.  Luke knew that from recording the parable of the Good Samaritan, and we know that from our reading of it. 

So in Rome there was one footsore old man with failing eyesight, who had done his best in the race,  had run the full distance, and had kept the faith.  When Paul needed a neighbour Luke was there. 



Sunday 11th October the 18th Sunday after Trinity

As there is a service in St Laurence's Church this Sunday there will not be an online service for Guestling. 

If you would like to watch an online service this week please go to the Westfield Church Online Services page.



Sunday 4th October

The service for the 17th Sunday after Trinity

The songs used in the service

Christ is made the sure foundation

My song is love unknown

Christ be our light

Jim's sermon for today

When Jesus spoke in parables He was continuing a tradition going back centuries.  Some Old Testament examples which come to mind are:- The Trees choose a King (Judges 9), The Poor Man’s Lamb (2 Samuel 12), Jonah.  Of course nothing compared with the homely way that Jesus spoke in pictures, which related to the lives of His listeners.  They knew about the dangers on the road to Jericho, about wastrel sons, about lost sheep and vines which failed to produce good grapes.In the Bible there is a contrast with how sheep and grape vines are portrayed.  God’s people, sheep, are shown as needing the guidance of a kindly shepherd, whereas vines and workers in them show all the wilfulness of human beings.  Vines do not receive a good press.Yet vines were valuable to the Jewish way of life, providing grapes to make wine.  Many synagogues had carvings of bunches of grapes over their doors, stressing their importance to the community.  A good farmer would work hard to care for his vines, waiting patiently and expectantly for a good crop, and if conditions had been favourable join happily at Sukkoth, the grape harvest festivaIt is thought that it was at this service that Isaiah delivered his withering sermon which we heard today.  He was continuing to use the vine as a warning as others prophets had done.  Vines had become a symbol of how Israel had degenerated.  God had tended His nation to bring salvation to the world, yet it had done nothing to repay His attention.  In fact, the leaders had constantly rejected God’s prophets.  His people had gone their own way; there was no justice, only cries for help.  Retribution was on its way but nobody was listening. Those who heard Jesus must have been reminded of Isaiah’s words but this parable took the warnings to another level.  References were made to the earlier rejected prophets, and in the end Jesus was saying God’s mission to call back Israel to him was so urgent that He sent His Son. Jesus knew of the religious leaders’ plans.  He would be “thrown out of the vineyard and killed” because He wasn’t the warrior king they wanted.  But God’s plans will not be thwarted and one day the rejected stone would become the cornerstone of God’s brand new building, the Christian Church.  Jesus’ life and teaching would be the church’s foundation.





Sunday 27th September

As there is a service in St Laurence's Church this Sunday there will not be an online service for Guestling. 

If you would like to watch an online service this week please go to the Westfield Church Online Services page.


Sunday 20th September

The Service for the 15th Sunday after Trinity

The songs in the service

Amazing Grace.

Take my life

Now thank we all our God



Sunday 13th September

As there is a service in St Laurence's Church this Sunday there will not be an online service for Guestling. 

If you would like to wacth an online service this week please got to the Westfield Church Online Services page.



Sunday 6th September

The Service for the 13th Sunday after Trinity


Jim's Sermon 

Every now and again the midweek service at Westfield is sparsely attended, and someone will say “Never mind.  Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in Christ’s name, He is there”.  We heard those words again in our Gospel reading today, and they are amongst the most well-known of texts. This is something the Church has always claimed, that whenever any number of people are met together in His name for praise or service, Christ is with them.  The Risen Lord stands amongst us even now.How does Christ come?  However we try to explain the Holy Spirit in theological terms we can easily understand that it is part of His work to make Christ real, to make our Lord’s teaching clear.  The love which the Spirit kindles in our hearts is the love shown by Jesus through all time. Jesus comes when people gather together to worship in His faith and love.  He comes in the mystery and wonder of the worship, whether it is in St Laurence’s church, a magnificent cathedral, a simple chapel or, as today, in the comfort of our own homes.  Wherever folk sincerely seek His presence for Christ-like reasons, Jesus will be there.And Jesus comes where women and men become His hands on behalf of other members of God’s family.  Martin Luther struggles with the idea that good works are all we need to be justified to God, but his study of Romans (part of which we heard this morning) convinced him that it is the good we trust in him to do in us.  We are justified by faith, not works, Luther realised.  But still he had doubts about the Reformation he was spearheading, until he recalled those parting words of our Lord to His disciples.  According to St Matthew, Jesus said “Lo I am with you always”.Jesus promised then, as He promises us now, that He would always be with His people.  Those early followers worshipped Jesus but some doubted, we are told.  It is very human to have doubts and fears, and the Old Testament has many examples of God needing to stiffen the backbones of His chosen ones, and even the Apostles doubted Jesus’ ability to feed the multitude.  “Take it to the Lord in prayer” and He will resolve our qualms. You may be alone following this service or with your family, worshipping, but you are still linked to the worldwide church, giving praise to the One who promised to be always with you because where 2 or 3 are gathered together in Christ’s name, He WILL be with them.

The songs used during the Service

Soldiers of Christ

A new commandment

Praise my soul



Sunday 30th August


The Service for the Twefth Sunday after Trinity


The songs used in the Service

For the beauty


Father hear the prayer we offer


From heaven You came




Sunday 23rd August

The Service for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity


The songs used in the Service...


Come thou fount of every blessing


Be thou my vision


The Church's one foundation





Sunday 16th August

The Service for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Please accept our apologies for the late uploading of the service. We'll have to make Tuesday the new Sunday.



The songs used in the service

Praise My Soul


Fairest Lord Jesus


The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy






Sunday 9th August

The Service for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity...


The songs used in the service

Morning has broken


I lift my eyes to the quiet hills


Great is thy faithfulness




Sunday 2nd August

The Service for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

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


As the deer pants for water


The King of love my Shepherd is






Sunday 26th July


The Service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity


The Songs used in the Service


God is love his the care


Take my life and let it be


Amazing Grace







Sunday 19th July

The Service for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity


The songs used in the service...

All people that on earth


Father God


How great thou art




Sunday 12th July

The service for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity.


Songs used in the service...

Ye servants of God


Summer suns are glowing


Great is thy faithfulness


Sunday 5th July    

The Service for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity


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...


Dear Lord and Father of Mankind


Forth in thy name oh Lord I go.





Sunday 28th June

The Service for the third Sunday after Trinity


Bishop Martin's talk


The songs used in the Service today...

Blessed assurance

At the name of Jesus

Be thou my vision


Sunday 21st June

The service for the second Sunday after Trinity


Today's talk

A sermonette from Jim


Songs used in the Service..

Take up your Cross

When I survey the Wondrous Cross

Lift high the Cross





Sunday 14th June

The service for the first Sunday after Trinity...


The songs used in the service

All my hope on God is founded


God forgave my sin...Freely, Freely


Lord You give the great Commision





Sunday 7th June

The Sevice for Trinity Sunday


Songs used in the service...

Holy, Holy, Holy 


Father I adore You


Lead us Heavenly Father lead us







Sunday 31st May

The Service for Pentecost

Songs for the service

Come down O Love Divine

Spirit if the Living God

Longing for the Light




Sunday 24th May

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

The service for the Sunday after Ascension Day...


Songs used in the service...

Hail the Day...


The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns


Lot of all Hopefulness




Sunday 17th May

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


The Service for the 6th Sunday of Easter,


Songs used in the service

Immortal, invisible...


Breathe on me Breath of God...


Love divine....






Sunday 10th May

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

The Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter,

The songs used in the service...

Who would true valour see


Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you

To God be the Glory






Sunday 3rd May

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

The Service for the 4th Sunday of Easter,

Songs used in the Service

The King of Love my Shepherd is...

I lift my eyes...

Great is Thy Faithfulness...





Sunday 26th April.

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

The Service for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.


Sarah's reading


The songs used in the Service


 Blessed Assurance...

 How Great Thou Art...

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer...




Sunday 19th April.

The Service


Joy's talk for the second Sunday of Easter.


Links to the songs used in the service