Online Services for Guestling Church

Sunday 24th January

The service for today..

   https://youtu.be/YnIIC2IrPXM

The songs in today's service

What Child is This

  https://youtu.be/6jroBAl3WW8

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

  https://youtu.be/hDPCFbAysBc

All My Days

   https://youtu.be/RSm6fdZHl5Q

The Spirit Lives to Set Us Free

    https://youtu.be/8CumpuwbWv4

 

 

Sunday 17th January

The Second Sunday of Epiphany.

Today's Service...

    https://youtu.be/IFF1xODNxWc

 

The songs used in today's service... 

Christ be Our Light

 https://youtu.be/7Y5N6oxIKH0

Hushed was the Evening Hymn

 https://youtu.be/Uk5Okj5m_eM

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

https://youtu.be/bsCLNuU6Td0

 

 

 

Sunday 10th January

The First Sunday after Epiphany...The Baptism of Christ

 

Today's Service

   https://youtu.be/9rXniaztoQM

 

The songs for today

Thou Whose Almighty Word

    https://youtu.be/BkLMD1eJA4s

On Jordan's Bank

   https://youtu.be/pIr21lLgFpg

Shine Jesus Shine

    https://youtu.be/uaTwx0ehbvM

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 3rd January

Epiphany

The service for today

  https://youtu.be/kruPENw2oaI

The songs used in the service

Brightest and Best    

 https://youtu.be/y5ACL94B4rM

 

Born and n the Night

      https://youtu.be/nFGqgdsFjfQ

 

We Three Kings

      https://youtu.be/zNBbCkDMSLw

 

Jim's sermon

EPIPHANY 2021

Behold, I tell you a mystery, or rather St Matthew does, in this morning’s Gospel reading. And more than one mystery, for the more we study the passage, the greater number we will find.

What was the “star” the men followed?

Where did they come from and how long was their journey?

Why does St Matthew place the Holy Family in a house when we all know that the Infant Jesus was born in a stable?

Where did the Gospel writer say there were 3 faith-filled travellers with names?

Or for that matter, that they were kings?

We have just read one of the great mysterious narratives of the New Testament which in many ways is similar to the parables of our Lord. We have to think about it to tease out the teaching and to understand the truths it is telling. The more we think, the more we will get out of it. But of one thing we can be certain. These Magi, as our version of the Bible calls them, were willing to step out in faith to go wherever God would direct them. We can be as confident ourselves for did not God direct His people in their wilderness years? They crossed the Red Sea safely, they were led by a pillar of cloud and fire, God provided food and drink, but after 40 years they reached the Promised Land.

And now the Magi were confident that God was leading them by a stellar spectacle to where the baby king lay. God may not lead us so dramatically nowadays but He does promise to lead us if we let Him.

The eye of faith is one that is willing to take the next step and trust God to direct it. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know we will be guided. Jesus said “I will not leave you alone”. Wise men and women have always relied on this.

After a variety of adventures, the Magi reached Bethlehem and offered their “gifts most rare”. The story doesn’t end there as we are told that they had to alter their travel plans because of King Herod’s duplicity. The Magi then vanished from view.

What did this encounter with Jesus mean to them, I wonder? Letting Jesus into our lives can change us, as it did Saul of Tarsus, the early disciples, Zacchaeus, to mention but 3 examples. On their journey the Magi must have had obstacles to overcome, as we also will meet setbacks in our quest, but with perseverance we will find Jesus if we follow the markers He puts along the way. For the Magi it was a bright heavenly body, but God can use anything to reach us so that our gifts can be put to use

 

Sunday 20th December

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

The service for today...

   https://youtu.be/kd5VQvL1_vA

 

The songs in today's service

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

   https://youtu.be/dKIc8JvxGbU

Joy to the World

    https://youtu.be/vZhgpb97y7Q

Thou didst leave Thy Throne

   https://youtu.be/0_bMuYOewbQ

 

 

 

Sunday 13th December

The Third Sunday in Advent,

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 6th December

The Second Sunday in Advent

Today's service...

    https://youtu.be/JPpxaeVzRiQ

 

Today's hymns

On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

    https://youtu.be/pIr21lLgFpg

 

Make Way. Make Way

   https://youtu.be/78iCdVc5LVM

 

Lo he comes with Clouds Descending

    https://youtu.be/0cHmPHCljY8

 

 

 

Advent Sunday 29th November

 

Today's Service 

   https://youtu.be/lWHedutjrAA

 Hymns:   

Come Thou long expected Jesus

   https://youtu.be/JEEd0uWnDGs

 The candle song 

    https://youtu.be/teZaQUKjx24

 O come O come Emmanuel  

   https://youtu.be/kKu0or0t8Uw

Jim's Sermon

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Sunday 22nd November

The service for the Sunday next before Advent

    https://youtu.be/VhKS8qIk2X8

 

The songs in the service...

Immortal, Invisible God only Wise

     https://youtu.be/Zd0FyrzVUCM

 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

     https://youtu.be/MwqahDvURsQ

 

Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning

     https://youtu.be/0r3EogSdfPU

 

 

 

Sunday 15th November

The service for the Second Sunday before Advent

       https://youtu.be/oWsrJCxXBBM

 

Songs for today...

Ye Servants of God

https://youtu.be/Gf11rReeWIs

 

Take my Life

https://youtu.be/Gf11rReeWIs

 

Be Thou my Vision

https://youtu.be/YxvXGgSlRcs

 

 

 

Sunday 8th November

The service for Remembrance Sunday

     https://youtu.be/Bego_4lHLDw

 

The songs in the service...

Oh Valiant Heart...

     https://youtu.be/7NbqT6iZwQU

 

I Vow to Thee my Country

   https://youtu.be/EUIYfuMCyFE

 

Oh God our help in ages past

    https://youtu.be/ZjdmLstpNGE

 

The order of service...

Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2020, St Laurence, Guestling

Opening sentence

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

                                                                        Psalm 121.1-2

Introduction

We meet in the presence of God. 

 We commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations that all people may, together,

live in freedom, justice and peace. 

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror. 

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.

 

Let us pray

Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have

gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;

may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples

and establish harmony among the nations,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

First Hymn: O Valiant Hearts

 

An Act of Penitence

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;

its pride, its selfishness, its greed,

its evil divisions and hatreds.

Let us confess our share in what is wrong,

and our failure to seek and establish that peace

which God wills for his children.

 

After a short silence, all say

 

Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly, love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

 

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Let us remember before God and commend to his safe keeping those who have died for their country in war; those whom we knew, and whose memory we treasure; and all who have lived and died in the service of mankind

 

The Silence

 

Reading of the Roll of Honour

 

The Exhortation

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not

weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them 

We will remember them

When you go home, tell them of us and say:

for your tomorrow we gave our today

 

The Kohima Epitaph

When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

 

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life:

Hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day;

fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all,

with them, to your eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Collect

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority and bring

the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Second hymn: I vow to thee my country

 

First Reading: Amos 5:18-24     

This is the word of the Lord                   

Thanks be to God

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

This is the word of the Lord                   

Thanks be to God

 

Reflection

 

Neil’s Intercessions

 

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth

as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and

forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the

glory for ever and ever. Amen

 

Prayer for the Faithful Departed (followed by names)

Hear us, O merciful Father,

as we remember in love those whom we have placed in your hands.
Acknowledge, we pray,

the sheep of your own fold,
lambs of your own flock,
sinners of your own redeeming.
Enfold them in the arms of your mercy,
in the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and in the glorious company of the saints in light.

Amen.

 

Final Hymn: O God our help in ages past

 

Act of Commitment

Let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men, that we may be peacemakers in our homes, in our community, in our country and in our world.    

Lord God, we pledge ourselves to serve you and

all mankind in the cause of peace and for the relief

of want and suffering. Give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us always faithful. Amen.

 

The Blessing

God grant to the living grace, to the departed rest,

to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people, unity, peace and concord, and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting.

And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all and remain with you always.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 1st November

The service for All Saints Day.

    https://youtu.be/z975HOrP4ig

 

 The songs for today's service.

Ye Servants of God

  https://youtu.be/wZ9j3e8_yQc

 

For all the Saints

   https://youtu.be/7y-yvL2P_FY

 

All hail the Power of Jesus Name

    https://youtu.be/hz5aksEcNbU

Jim's sermon...

Guestling Sermon – 1 November 2020

Whoever said that being a Christian would be easy?  It’s not, and it’s not for the faint-hearted.  Jesus never promised His followers an easy life.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that once we surrender our lives to God everything will be okay.  So it’s not so much that we Christians are spared from life’s struggles than that God expects us to show extraordinary faith in our struggle with life.

So we must show a right attitude towards God and towards other people.  The way to Heaven is not through living a good life and doing good deeds, it is through faith in Jesus Christ.  The humble recognise their spiritual poverty and each of the Beatitudes speaks of what will follow.  “Blessed are you ……………….. for you will be …………………”.  Jesus invites His listeners, them and us, to live in the reality of the light of things to come. 

What courage God gave them!  Many suffered cruelly but those early leaders had an unshakeable belief in the promises offered.  They had a huge impact on history whilst those who persecuted them, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Nero, Diocletian, are now largely remembered for their evil cruelty and their empires have crumbled, whilst the blood of those they martyred nourished the growth of Christ’s Church.

The Christian Gospel isn’t simply a set of lofty ideals but the most insightful view of history.  At this season of All Saints we must give thanks to God for their faithful witness.  Many of them died without seeing the impact of their efforts but they were faithful to Jesus and trusted Him to fulfil His promises.

 

 

 

Sunday 25th October the 20th 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 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