Online Services for Guestling Church

Sunday 18th October

 

The Service for the 19th Sunday after Trinity

    https://youtu.be/csTIABGRsr0

 

The songs for today's service...

Ye Holy Angels Bright

     https://youtu.be/NAwTDwbVM3o

 

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean

     https://youtu.be/crRs75ZX_nA

 

Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

    https://youtu.be/X-dEfvz6Vms

 

Jim's talk

ST LUKE’S DAY 2020

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

  https://youtu.be/4I_pxLKxGnQ

The songs used in the service

Christ is made the sure foundation

      https://youtu.be/5bC0tgG_blE

My song is love unknown

     https://youtu.be/8fnhiQnwI_M

Christ be our light

    https://youtu.be/7Y5N6oxIKH0

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

    https://youtu.be/F_t9XYkxixQ

The songs in the service

Amazing Grace.

      https://youtu.be/N3yLV2M0rlc

Take my life

      https://youtu.be/Gf11rReeWIs

Now thank we all our God

     https://youtu.be/s99dNPKYtHk

 

 

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

https://youtu.be/IY7a0hxOfEA

 

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

       https://youtu.be/44GUiMdFApA

A new commandment

        https://youtu.be/eO_QhBXY_78

Praise my soul

       https://youtu.be/i3dHeRB2c3g

 

 

Sunday 30th August

 

The Service for the Twefth Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/oFNdtAyyTB0

 

The songs used in the Service

For the beauty

https://youtu.be/myQ3cCkSG18

 

Father hear the prayer we offer

https://youtu.be/CFoactKMJHQ

 

From heaven You came

https://youtu.be/aBd3ThCResI

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd August

The Service for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

https://youtu.be/PJslzOSe6Y0

 

The songs used in the Service...

 

Come thou fount of every blessing

https://youtu.be/NjfToqk5w5g

 

Be thou my vision

https://youtu.be/jIMhshpf0Y4

 

The Church's one foundation

https://youtu.be/FHCqXL3mCwU

 

 

 

 

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.

https://youtu.be/bl9h2VKPrPk

 

 

The songs used in the service

Praise My Soul

https://youtu.be/mDe0ABw5IHs

 

Fairest Lord Jesus

https://youtu.be/MOEuvLQ-Gy4

 

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy

https://youtu.be/mOrkdW5NAM0

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 9th August

The Service for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity...

https://youtu.be/rwFG7ixumiI

 

The songs used in the service

Morning has broken

https://youtu.be/6rY_bq1wD14

 

I lift my eyes to the quiet hills

https://youtu.be/p9jHvROqp38

 

Great is thy faithfulness

https://youtu.be/ErwiBz1QA4o

 

 

 

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