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29th March Alabaster JarWorship together Sunday 29th March

We hope that you will join us and worship together this morning. 

Good morning and welcome
Click here for opening thought and prayer by Philip
Psalm 46.


Prayer

Glorious God
Our refuge and strength
Our ever present God in times of trouble
With power over all the earth
The Lord Almighty
A fortress of holiness
We come to see what you have done
Help us to be still
Help us to know
That above all things you are God
Always and forever.
Amen
 

Song:
Who is there like You

www.youtube.com/watch?v=io2cAYuaQUk&pbjreload=10

 

Song:
Mighty to save

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HLVnPjbSaI
 

Reading
Luke 7:36-50
Click here

 

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house,
so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.
As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

 

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

 

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both.
Now which of them will love him more?”

 

 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

 

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

 

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


Talk by Philip
Tears and joy - click here

Transcript of the talk here

Prayer by Katy
click here

40 Words
Click here to watch 40 words - reflection

Click here to read 40 words of encouragement from our church family.
Please make them your prayer.
 

Song

Alabaster
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv2cO3-47Ys


Song
Amazing Grace 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I
 

Song
Days of Elijah
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Tpnytkxaw

Blessing
(a blessing of community)

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, now and evermore. Amen
 

 

 


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28th March 2020

Dear all

 

Please know are all in my thoughts and prayers.
 

I very pleased to let you know that tomorrow’s Sunday Service will soon be available here.  I hope that as many of you as possible are able to access the service so that we can join together in heart and spirit on the Lord’s day. If you are aware of anyone who isn’t able to access this site, there are also transcripts of the sermon and prayers available to print.
 

We are trying to keep up by phone and email with as many people as possible and I want to say thank you to all of you who are caring for each other and your neighbours at this time. You love and thoughtfulness makes a huge difference.
 

Thank you also to those of you have sent your “40 Words” of comfort and wisdom. Some of them are now available to see on the website. Please keep sending them to Katy and I and we will update the page regularly.
 

I’d like to share another thought with you all that I hope will be an encouragement and blessing…

 

But now this is what the Lord says-he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

 

In these difficult days it is all too natural to succumb to fear. But we have a strange vocation to be unafraid. The book of Acts is a study of God’s people, the ones that the Spirit visits, the ones who are unafraid in the world.
It says of the community of known, named, and unafraid people, that they changed the world around them.
That is our calling. It is the vocation of the ones who are named and redeemed by God to bring peace into the world.
The unafraid who are open to their neighbours.
The unafraid who are generous beyond understanding.
The unafraid who act with compassion for the weak and the poor and indeed for the isolated and frightened.
The unafraid who pray in the morning, care through the day and rejoice at night in thanks and praise.

 

Dear friends, I pray that we, can hear the God who spoke to Isaiah, the same God who spoke to us in  his son, Jesus: “Do not be afraid, I have called you by name; you are mine!”
 

The grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

With love

Philip

 


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25th March 40 words 

It seems appropriate for this time that Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile, to Jesus’ own isolation and temptation in the desert. Throughout scriptures great wisdom and understanding arose from these times.

 

We would like you to share your thoughts, visions and dreams from your current experiences, with the church and perhaps beyond.
With this in mind we have prepared a page on our website called ’40 Words’.
40 is a good biblical number and of course represents the time that both the Hebrew fugitives and Jesus spent in the wilderness…
It is also the number of words that we want you to share. Up to 40 but NO MORE than 40 words of wisdom and encouragement.

 

Your words can be anything you wish, a poem, a biblical reflection, a lament, a wise thought, a quotation, a prayer…literally anything that you feel that has arisen from this time for the benefit of others. 
 

Please email your words to either myself or Katy and we will arrange getting them onto the website. We can’t guarantee to get everyone’s words up but we will do our best… and we will put them up gradually over the weeks to come.

 

I hope this will be a blessing to you and that you will feel confident to share your thoughts with us all. All ’40 Words’ submissions will remain anonymous.
 

God bless you all and I look forward to sharing in your wisdom.

Philip

 


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24th March 2020

 

Dear Friends

 

I’d like to share this thought with you all. I hope it will be a blessing and encouragement to you all, however you are serving the Lord at this difficult time.

 

In one of the most profound prayers ever written, the apostle Paul writes to the Christians of Ephesus…

 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for those of us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.

 

Ephesians 1:17-20

 

Our life is a life guided by the same Spirit who guided Jesus Christ. The Spirit is truly the breath of Christ in us, the divine power of Christ living in us. The Spirit that makes us aware that it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us [Galatians 2:20]. To live the life that God has called us to, here and now in the uncertainty and fearfulness of these times, is to become living Christs. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in and through you. And so we don’t simply copy Jesus, we don’t simply seek to remind people of Jesus, we don’t simply live by the inspiration of Jesus. No, the life that is laid before us now, the true Spiritual life, is far, far more radical, mysterious and wonderful…We are called to be living Christs here and now, in time and history. This truly is the gift of God to God’s people and you are his gift to this world around you.

 

Please let Katy and I know if there is anything that we can do to help or support you.
God bless you all

 

Philip

 


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22nd MarchWorship together Sunday 22nd March

We hope that you will join us and worship together this morning. 

Good morning and Welcome
Please
 click  here to listen to a welcome message from Philip.

Father God, Heavenly Father
We come before you
giving thanks for this new day
For each moment of goodness waiting to be opened

In your mercy we pray
In your greatness we praise
In your splendour we bow
In your wings we take shelter
in your grace we come.
In your name we pray.
Amen
 

Good Good father

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06ZN4wC-ono

 

O God our help in ages past
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQHSVF438Cg

In Christ alone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWiFYJMGas0
 

Reading: Colossians 1:15-21
 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Talk by Philip
Click here

Transcript of the talk here

Prayer by Katy
click here

A reflection for Mothering Sunday
Click here to find your virtual flower
 

Indescribable

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FlIchSJoOA

 

Oh Praise the name
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnrGTDW0Irk
 

Blessing Ephesians:3:16-21
 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


Mothering Sunday flower
 

 

 


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Gathering as Church

This Sunday we will post a service for us to share as a family on this page.
There will be prayers, a talk and some worship, for you to listen to or join in with, along with our church family.

We pray you know Gods deepest love for you in this time.  

Philip and Katy
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