Services recorded from March 2020 to July 2020

 

26th July 2020

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Links to our worship

BUTTON WORSHIP LIVE AT 1030
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19th July 2020

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Please join us to share in this mornings worship. 
Please click the one link below. This will take you to our YouTube Channel.

We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.
 

Links to our worship

BUTTON WORSHIP LIVE AT 1030
Watch the recorded service. There were a few technical issues today.  The first part of the film is a still image.  Please accept our apologies.  We will work on this for next Sunday.  Thank you for your patience.

BUTTON READ PRAYERS AND TALKS
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.

 


Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship at 10.30 am to join with the live service.
2. There may be adverts.  Please press skip.
3. If we have wet weather, the service will be streamed at 11 am.

If you need any more help please click the link to watch a short film on Live Streaming.
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Links

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Readings and Talk made over the past few weeks.

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Talks for Children made over the past few weeks.

Worship Music
Worship led by our DBC musicians over the past few weeks.

Help us to grow

As we learn and grow with our technology and finding our way, if you have any feed back we would love to hear.  Two of our Deacons, Helen Holgate and Graham Lloyd-Jones are receiving comments and suggestions on our behalf.  Please do get in touch with them here.

 


 

 

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12th July 2020

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Please join us to share in this mornings worship. 
Please click the one link below. This will take you to our YouTube Channel.
We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.
 


Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.


Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"
2. You will find a play list here 
3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.
4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.
5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen. (There is a new microphone on the way for next week!)
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 


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Next week 19th July 2020 at 10.30 am

From next week we can resume gathered worship at DBC.  Please click here for information about the service.


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5th July 2020

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Please join us to share in this mornings worship. 
Please click the one link below. This will take you to our YouTube Channel.
We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.
 

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.
Thank you to all our musicians and those contributing to making the videos.


Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"
2. You will find a play list here 
3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.
4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.
5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen.
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 


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Click here to watch the help video


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If you would like some help please click on the link above and send as an email.  We always grateful to hear from you.


 

 

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28th June 2020

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We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.
 

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.


Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"
2. You will find a play list here 
3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.
4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.
5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen. (There is a new microphone on the way for next week!)
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 


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Click here to watch the help video


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If you would like some help please click on the link above and send as an email.  We always grateful to hear from you.


 

 

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27th June 2020 

Dear Friends
I hope and pray that you are all safe and well
This Sunday’s service will be ready for you to share tomorrow morning and as always, I hope it will bring us together in worship in heart and mind and inspire our thoughts and prayers. No doubt you will have heard this week’s announcements about coming changes to the current regulations around social distancing and public gatherings.

It appears that places of worship may be able to open for public worship from the 4th July. However, we still haven’t received any specific guidance for churches from Public Health England or the Baptist Union. Until we get that advice and we have had the opportunity to consider it and plan accordingly, we won’t be setting a date for our return.

I hope that you will understand that we want to go slowly and carefully, making sure that once we do receive the guidance we follow it and keep everyone safe. In the meantime we are doing everything we can to make sure the church is ready and that the technology is in place to ensure everyone can remain involved.

I’m sorry that I can’t be more specific than this at this moment but I am sure that it won’t be long until I can give you dates for our return in one form or another. Please let me know if you have any questions.

God bless you all
 

Philip, 27/06/2020

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21st June 2020

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Please join us to share in this mornings worship. 
Please click the one link below. This will take you to our YouTube Channel.

We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.
 

Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.
 

Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"
2. You will find a play list here 
3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.
4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.
5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen. (There is a new microphone on the way for next week!)
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 


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Click here to watch the help video


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If you would like some help please click on the link above and send as an email.  We always grateful to hear from you.


 

 

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19th June 2020 

Dear Friends,

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

Yet another week has past and once again we stand at the threshold of another Sunday service. And once again I hope and that you will be able to negotiate the technology and find your way through the service we have prepared. As always I pray above all else that in sharing this together we might bring glory to God and encouragement and inspiration to his people.

A little while ago in church I shared a Franciscan blessing with you. I said at the time that I felt it is a prayer that should be written on the walls of the church and more importantly on our hearts. Now more than ever, I believe that this prayer embodies the right approach for us as we consider how we will be God’s church into the future.

The fourfold Franciscan blessing is a remarkable and challenging prayer. It is a rallying call to the path of Jesus for each of us and for all of us as church…[As you read it you can simply insert ‘May God bless us…instead of May God bless you]. Friends we must not be tempted to pray for a return to ‘normal’ but to the will of God for his world. And God has a new song for us to sing…

As Isaiah wrote,  “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Although ‘normal’ is comforting, it is the newness of the Kingdom of God that we pray for. It is streams of living water that we seek. It is the Kingdom life that we want to live. So here is that prayer…

Franciscan Blessing

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths,
and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
Amen.”

I pray that this time will make fools of us all.
God bless you with all you need
 

Philip, 19/06/2020

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14th June 2020

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Please join us to share in this mornings worship. As always we would love to hear from you.
Please click the one link below. This will take you to our YouTube Channel.
 

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.
 


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.
 

Help with accessing the service

1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"
2. You will find a play list here 
3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.
4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.
5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen. (There is a new microphone on the way for next week!)
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 

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Private Prayer

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Opening for Personal Private Prayer

Guidelines for ‘personal private prayer’ at DBC from June 15th 2020
Between 9am and 12 Midday, Monday to Thursday.

 
What we will do…
 
The church will be ready and clean for you when you arrive.
Chairs are positioned carefully for your use.
The area will be cleaned when you leave.
The windows will be open for ventilation.
Arrange times for one person or household group at a time. 

What you need to do…
 
Please respect ‘social distancing.’
Do not ‘gather for prayer’ other than with direct family that you live with
Please bring your own bible.
Please use hand gel when you arrive. (by front door and the top of the stairs).
Only come to the church if you or a member of your household is not showing any symptoms.
Only use the toilets if necessary.
You are welcome to bring your own drink with you as our kitchens are unable to be used at present.  

On behalf of the Deacons, 12/06/2020

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12th June 2020 

Dear friends,

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
I hope and pray that the services we have been providing over the past few months have been a blessing to you all.

This week’s service will be available on Sunday morning as usual. Please let us know if we can help with anything.

Next week DBC is able to open for ‘personal private prayer’ under government guidelines. If you would like to come into church to pray in the next few weeks please let Felicity in the office know [01725 512971] and we will make you very welcome. 

Please bear in mind we are not currently permitted under any circumstance to ‘gather for prayer’ and we will make every effort to make sure people visit separately or in a family group. As you would expect there are some strict guidelines that we need you to be aware of and to follow faithfully. You will find them copied at the bottom of this message. If you would like to know more or are concerned about anything please give Katy or me a call.

Give thanks that we are able to take one more step towards being back together.

It is a significant and tumultuous time and in that spirit I offer this thought…

“He is before all things and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

An Asian Theologian that I have been reading recently described Jesus as the ‘source person.’  I have found this idea very helpful in recent days whilst feeling helpless before recent world events.

The ‘source person’ is the one from which all of our traditions spring. Jesus Christ is not a Baptist; he is not an Anglican; he is not a Roman Catholic. The ‘source person’ cannot be confined to any tradition. He works and expresses himself through all of these traditions but he is also completely free from them because he is their source.

Our denominations and traditions [the way we do things] are helpful, but only when they truly point us back to the ‘source person.’ Jesus is the source of life and he is the source of our salvation. He is as he said, “The Way the Truth and the Life.”

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created for him and by him.”
Colossians 1:15


Friends, we need to know that Jesus truly is our ‘source person’ and not only the source of our religious life. He is the source and meaning of all life. Every life matters, because every life without exception bears the image of the Creator. Every life regardless of race, culture, religion or any other defining feature belongs to and comes from God. Every life is precious in His eyes, every person deserves, love, Justice, mercy, kindness, and every fruit of the Spirit of Christ.

As a people and as church we have a long history of forgetting this eternal truth. We have a long history of living and believing that some people have a greater dignity, value and importance than others. This is not true and it has NEVER been true.

So let us pray that our future, and the future of this hurting world will finally be shaped by the gracious will and power of our ‘source person’.
God bless you all with wisdom, courage and grace

Philip, 12/06/2020

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7th June 2020

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We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.
 


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.
 

Help with accessing the service

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1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"

2. You will find a play list here entitled Sunday 31st May.

3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.

4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.

5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.

Subtitles: Can be found by click the square button at the bottom of the screen. (There is a new microphone on the way for next week!)
Adverts: We have not yet found a way to turn off adverts.  Please press skip.  We will continue to see if we can find a way to help with this. 


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6th June 2020

Dear all,

The Peace and grace of Jesus Christ be with you all. I hope as always that this message finds you well and safe. Our weekly service will be ready and available to you all on Sunday morning. I hope that the new format that we tried last week is proving to be as helpful as we hoped. As always let us know if we can offer any help or support.

Another week has past and we are gradually moving towards what will become our new normal. All being well that will mean we are soon be able to begin to gather for worship. Needless to say this will only happen with great care, and under the guidance of Public Health England and the Baptist Union. We will keep you informed as we move towards that day.  In the meantime please continue to let us know if you have any pastoral needs.

It seems very important to me that we should walk together with great hope and expectation into the days ahead. However, it is also important that we walk at the right speed. We have a responsibility as the followers of Jesus to walk as he did among our neighbours. This means putting their needs and feelings before our own. It means taking every step to protect the vulnerable even at our own inconvenience and it means being a voice of calm and kindness as the voices around us become more fearful and hysterical.

In his wonderful book ‘Three Mile an Hour God”, Kosuke Koyama writes…
God walks slowly because he is love. If he is not love he would have gone much faster. Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is slow yet it is lord over all other speeds since it is the speed of love. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, whether we are currently hit by a storm or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore it is the speed the love of God walks.

So lets not rush off at our own speed…seeking for our own agendas and ourselves. But lets walk with our Lord and lets walk at the speed of love.  Then we will come to know His good and perfect will.
God bless you all
 

Philip, 06/06/2020

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31st May 2020

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We have been working hard to simplify how we come together in worship, to allow everyone to be able to easily access the service.
Therefore, this week, please click the one link below.

This will take you to our YouTube Channel.
We thank you for your graciousness as we try our best to enable us all to worship together.

Links to our worship

Morning Worship Button 
Click here to be taken to YouTube .

Read Transcripts Button
Click here to download and read prayers and talks.
 


Worship Music
Listen to all the music recorded by DBC Musicians over the past few weeks.
 

Help with accessing the service

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1  Click the link above "Morning Worship"

2. You will find a play list here entitled Sunday 31st May.

3. Press "Play All" and it will take you through all the videos for the entire service.

4. Let us know your feedback and how God speaks to you through this.

5. For more help click this video link below or call for support.





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30th May 2020

Dear all
 
I hope and pray that you are well in this time.
 
On Sunday we are embarking on a new adventure! 
We have created a Downton Baptist Church Youtube channel, where you will be able to join with the worship this Sunday.  You will be able to find a link to the service here on Sunday morning. The link will take you to a playlist on YouTube, which will automatically lead you through the prayers, talks and worship songs.
 
There will be a short film on Sunday, if you need a little more explanation. Please make contact with either Philip or Katy if you need help accessing the service. We would be grateful for your feedback, if you feel it could be made any easier to access.  We hope and pray that it is an encouragement to everyone, to be able to praise together as a church family from our homes and gardens each week.
 
A thought

Leviticus 25:12
For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.
 
Is this a fallow time?
A time when we have been unable to sew, unable to replant, and unable to harvest?
 
In the year of the Jubilee, the people of Israel left land fallow, a time to allow the ground to recover, the balance of the soil equalled, and the nutrients to be refreshed after continuous growing of the same crop. This allows the native plants to flourish, a healing of the land and wild fruit to grow.  In this year, the poor, along with the farmers became shoulder to shoulder,  taking what is given by God to sustain them. This fallow time also brought changes to communities that had to help their neighbours in order to thrive together. It brought sharing of what they had, it means noticing the hardships of their neighbours and a rebalancing of inequalities that had arisen between them.
 
Fallow time is not idle time, or a wasted time, but a time of necessary healing and waiting.  Before we rush on from this fallow time, eager to start our usual crop rotation, perhaps we should stop and notice what we have been shown. In the synagogue, Jesus speaks of this same equity. He has come to show us this new way.  “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”.  Luke 4:19.
 
What is this fallow and challenging time showing us? 
We pray that we see anew in the light of the ministry of Jesus, that His justice, His provision for the poor and His gracious restoration is the hope we believe in.
 
With every blessing.
 

Katy, 30/05/2020

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24th May 2020 

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Here for you

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Peace Like A River


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Welcome 
 

Good morning and welcome to the service.  We are filming today out and about in different places and I pray that weather you have decided to listen to this in your garden or on your sofa, or at the kitchen table, I pray that you will find Gods presence with you this morning.
 
When Philip and I plan the preaching plan, we do it about six months in advance and we spent some time thinking about places and what they might mean, asking where we find place in the bible. We could not have imagined that these few months later,  that place would play such an important part in our lives, being at home and not being allowed to go out and not being allowed to worship together in our church building.
 
Perhaps that will give us a glimpse of what the biblical exiles might have and how significant and important these places throughout the Bible and particularly in the old Testament are.  So, I pray now, with this new insight, that we might be able to hear a little bit more clearly about the significance of place.  I pray this morning that you will hear God and you find God in there in your quiet places.


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Build Your Kingdom Here

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My Desire and Holy Ground
Recorded by DBC Musicians


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23rd May 2020 

Dear friends,

I hope and pray that this message finds you all well and safe.
As always, this is a reminder that tomorrow’s service will be available on our website very soon. We hope that you join us even from a distance and will be blessed in the sharing.

Unfortunately we are still not in a position to begin to worship together at DBC but we hope and pray that that time is approaching. We will of course keep you up to date with any future developments and plans

These have been difficult times for many and I’d like just to encourage you, that as the children of God in this time and place, you will have a very important part to play in the time to come. How we live and act now will have a long lasting impact on ourselves, and on those around us.
Jesus told us and showed us by his life that it is possible to be in this world in a new way. That it is possible to be present to people and all of the problems around us with newness and gracious imagination.

Very often our way of being in this world is the way of anxiety, of being pressed and worried. This in turn can lead to defensiveness, fear and a determination to hold on tightly to what we have. Characteristically, Jesus asks a question which doesn’t really need an answer, because it is so obvious.

“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

It is a question that Jesus asks to stop us in our tracks. To get us take a deep breath and think.  It is a question that cuts deep, partly because it exposes how we truly are, but also because it is simply true. Being defensive and grasping and fearful results in nothing good. Not a single extra hour. Of course we worry, there seem to be so many earthly reasons to worry and the world around us tells us to be afraid…But how does it help you? Jesus asks.

Jesus suggests another way, his way: “Seek the Kingdom and His righteousness.”

Put it a slightly different way...
…Let’s try to take our minds off ourselves. Let’s remind ourselves and others of God’s goodness, faithfulness and of the promise of his presence with us.  Let’s seek the well-being of the community around us and let’s not worry about our place, our status, our vested interests.
Our invitation is to live in the Kingdom here and now. Free from fear because we know that “perfect love drives out all fear.”
 
May the perfect peace of Christ be with you all
 

Philip, 23/05/2020

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17th May 2020 

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Jacobs Ladder: Marc Chagall

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Over All The Earth       

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Everlasting God


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(If you are still struggling to access the service please contact Katy and we can provide paper copies)


Welcome and Prayer

 

Good morning everyone…
Or good afternoon if you’ve decided to join us a little later
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing I hope that you know the presence and the peace of the Lord today
He is with you
 
Lets pray together
 
Father God we thank you for your eternal faithfulness
We thank you that you walk with us each and every day of our lives…holding us in the palm of your loving hand…encircling us with your wings
We thank you…For the promise that you have shared throughout the ages with your children…and through your son Jesus the Christ…that you are with us always…That we are not alone
Lord we thank you that you are with us in these certain trying days
That you are with the downcast and the despairing
That by your grace and kindness you are with the sick and the dying
We thank you that you are holding the grieving and bringing comfort to the frightened
Father God… we thank you that when we cannot be with others you are present to them…and so we lift our loved ones to you…Our families, our friends and our neighbours
Lord God we thank you that you are always with the poor and the needy…That you are beside the hungry and the thirsty. That you shelter those who are homeless and hold in your arms the ones who are far from home
In Jesus Christ , we have seen our God…we have seen what it truly is to be with others in love and mercy…help us to follow the path that he has laid before us
So that we can walk together even in these times when we are forced apart.
For we ask these things in the power of the name of Jesus Christ and by the truth of the Holy Spirit through whom he was raised from the Dead.
All honour and praise be to his holy name…today and forever more
Amen

Places
A link here to the DBC Family page with our church family "Holy Ground" testimonies.


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I Will Offer Up My Life

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Meekness and Majesty

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Oh To See The Dawn


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Jesus I Will Follow You
Written and recorded by DBC Musicians


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15th May 2020

Dear all,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
This week’s Sunday service will be available to you as usual this week. I hope that it will be a blessing to you. We are of course monitoring the advice from Public Health England and the Baptist Union and as the situation develops over the next few weeks we will keep you informed of any changes to our worship arrangements. Please be assured that we are looking forward to being back together but also working hard to keep everyone safe.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about ‘place’ in the life of faith. The Bible is full of ‘certain places’ that become deeply significant in the life of Israel. They are places of encounter and wonder, places where God meets and speaks with his people. I wonder whether you have any special places in your life? Where you too have met with your God and where you feel that your life has been changed? If you have, we’d love to hear from you and with your permission we’d like to put your experiences and pictures [if you have them] on our website.
For today I’d like to leave you with a thought that comes from a ‘place’ that has often been the scene of many divine encounters…The desert. Many early Christians took themselves away from what they perceived to be the evils of the ‘present world’ and went to live in the wilderness…following in the footsteps of Jesus himself. They became known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Their lives were hard and simple, yet from this ‘place’ came a tremendous capacity for love and great insight. I’d like to share with you one of the many pearls of wisdom, I hope that it may be a blessing to you in this time…

Amma [Mother] Theodora tells this story…

“A hermit who could cast out demons asked them, “Is it fasting that gives me power to banish you?”
The demons replied, “We do not eat.”
He asked, “Is it my long vigils?”
The demons replied, “We do not sleep.”
He asked, “ Is it retreat from the world?”
The demons replied, “We live in the deserts.”
He asked, “What is it, then, that gives me power over you?”
The demons replied, “Nothing can overcome us but humility.”
 
May the humility, love and peace of Christ be with you all my dear friends,
Philip
 

Philip, 15/05/2020

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Monday 11th May 

Dear all,
As you may know I have been spending a lot more time sharing in chaplaincy at the hospital over the past few months. I’m on call over the next couple of nights and now seemed like a good time to send you a reflection. I hope in time that you will all be able to share in your experiences of this peculiar time. I am sure that the church here and throughout the world has much to learn.
God bless you and bring you to the likeness of his son
Philip
 
A Reflection

My time as a hospital chaplain has taught me many things over the years and the past couple of months have only served to deepen that learning. I hope you won’t mind me sharing just one of the things that I’ve learned with you now. I share it in the hope that it will be a blessing to you.
There comes a time when words are not enough to express the depth of what you are experiencing. The silence between sentences, the space between you and another becomes profound and eloquent in a way that words are wholly inadequate to fill. I believe that this is because God fills that space and not me.
We are addicted to words, we feel uncomfortable in the absence of them between us and when we are together, and so we want to fill that space. But as I have learned this is a mistake. I have learned to trust silence. Not just the silence of sitting alone but the deep silent space between others and myself.
I have come to believe that stillness and silence can be a sacrament. Silence is the ground out of which all things come. In the beginning God spoke his Word out of silence and the impossible became creation. Through love we can grow in the space that silence creates. It can be the soil for our deepest growth. At the time it may not feel like we are growing, indeed we may feel very uncomfortable because we are too dependent on the voices in our heads, the sound of our own voices and our feelings. But like the growth of a flower it takes time, and although we cannot not perceive it, the flower grows nonetheless. We just have to trust the silence.
If we wait and accept the fullness of silence, things that you thought would always hurt you, or overwhelm you, are brought out into the light. That wound, that fear, that hurt, that guilt, cannot remain hidden in all the noise that we create but emerges in the silence and becomes a sign of the grace we’ve received
As you begin to grow in the silence, you will begin to see yourself for what you are. You will be humbled by this and become truly grateful. Because in the truth lies true freedom. You can see your moods, you can see your changeable feelings and you can start to see the games you play. But now you are not deceived, now you are not your own victim. You can see your own goodness without ego or pride. And in that silent space you can see the person standing or indeed lying right there in front of you. You see them, perhaps for the first time as they are, and not as you are.
You will see life beyond yourself. The life beyond your preoccupations and indeed beyond your anxieties that go on feeding your fear.  You come to life of freedom. A life made by God. A life of blessing that invites you to be a blessing to each other.
 

Philip, 11/05/2020

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10th May 2020 Morning Worship

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Welcome and Prayer

 

A very warm welcome to you all

I pray that you are all well and safe and rejoicing in the Lord even in these strange and difficult times

A small group of us would have been visiting PCF in the Philippines over the past fortnight but of course due to the Pandemic that wasn’t possible.

 

Whilst we have been dealing with the sadness and unprecedented changes brought about by the Corona virus here…

The situation has been very difficult in Tondo in Manila and in the community where Jane Walker and PCF work

Life is always very difficult for the poor on the dumpsite…

Now, as well as contending with a very strict Lockdown and severe shortages of food and water

They have also suffered the tragedy of losing hundreds of homes in a fire

 

Thank you to all of you who have responded to the appeal for help. More help is needed but thanks to your kindness and the generosity of others…

PCF have provided 5.713 meals so far

They have distributed 2,355 face masks, 330 nappies, 126 sacks of clothes, 162 toiletry packs and many toys

They have also sent food packs to relocation sites for 1000 individuals…Enough packs to last 10 days

 

The child care centre that we recently helped to set up, is now being used as shelter for four families that lost their homes in the fire.

Another 32 families are being housed in a local gym.

With the quarantine looking likely to continue, the need is only going to grow.

Please hold them in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Lets pray together

All glory and honour to You Lord God

May Your name be known and glorified throughout the earth

Help us we pray to join with all of heaven and earth as we praise Your good and loving presence

Help us to sing with all creation of Your grace and forgiveness

Father God we give you thanks for Jane and her team and for everyone who works to bring relief to those who find themselves on the edges of life.

We bless You for generosity and kindness of many

 

We ask You to bring comfort to the hungry and the frightened

To bring healing to the sick and the broken

We ask You to lift up the heads of Your children and to give hope to the homeless

Father God…once more

Teach us to live and work for justice for those who have so little

Help us to open our hearts and our minds to Your will and purposes

Guide Your church into the paths of righteousness and  forgive us our part in this world of pain and injustice

Give us the resolve to change

For we ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lords and Saviour

Amen


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Who Am I

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Who You Say I Am 
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8th May 2020 

Revelations 21:3-5
 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”


Thought

As we take a moment today to remember VE Day 75 years on, we can consider what we were grateful for then and what we look forward to today.  The end of the war in Europe brought the chance to rebuild, to mend, to bring peace, to be released from powers that would seek to harm.
Within that moment, let us reflect on a bigger truth.  A glimpse of the Kingdom coming on earth, as it is in heaven. 
How might we learn 75 years on? How do we strive for peace and justice in our world?

We pray today, we give thanks and remember the hope to which we are called.  Love and justice for all.
May you be blessed today and eternally hopeful.
God bless
Katy

A hopeful day

It was a day of celebration,

It was a day of joy

A day when the guns fell silent

And the man became a boy.

It was day when the crying ceased

It was a day to reunite

A day for rebuilding to start

And a day to see the light at night

 

Today is a day to remember the defeated

Today we must pray for our enemies

A day to see our part in the war

A day to seek forgiveness and see how God sees.

 

Look today at a world in rage

Look today at the greed that doesn't cease

A day to shout for real justice

A day to whisper peace peace peace.

 

We wait for a day when justice will come

We are filled with hope as we wait

For a day when there will be no more pain

And a day of love between every state.

 

Yesterday was a day the Lord had made
Today is a His day too
Be thankful and praise for His Healing Grace
For tomorrow there is much to do.

 

Be thank ful there is a hope In Christ Jesus.

 

Katy, 08/05/2020

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3rd May 2020 Sunday Worship 

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Welcome

A very warm welcome to you all

 

This truly is the day that the Lord has made and so we must rejoice and give thanks together.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us that we should rejoice in all circumstances… Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
 

And so let it be amongst us. Do not be afraid friends…Jesus is here with you all in the midst of these difficult days…Let the light of the Holy Spirit shine forth from you for the sake of the world around you…You are truly the children of the Living God…

 


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1st May 2020 

Ephesians 1:3

 

Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

As we find our way through these uncharted times we must all try to remember that our way, and our life as the followers of Jesus, flows out of worship. True worship of the one true God. In that worship we tell and retell with joy and amazement, the story of what God has done in Jesus the Christ.


Thought
 

The God we worship is not like the gods and goddesses of this world. He does not use force and coercion to achieve His will. He does not build empires on the backs of the poor. He does not need our treasure or our bribes. He does not demand our productivity and ambition. He does not consume us and the world around us.

 

The God we worship is the God that made this world and everything in it. He is the God that loves this world and asks only that the world loves Him and that it loves itself. He is the God who has made Himself known, in and through His son, Jesus.

 

Because of this wonderful truth, we know that He has blessed us, He has chosen us, He has poured grace upon us and He has set us freedom from our sin, our brokenness and from our fear. Perfect love drives out all fear.

 

And so I say again dear friends, do not be afraid…But worship your God with all your hearts and minds and souls and strength and live your lives joyfully as an act of worship in spirit and truth.

 

God bless you all

 

Philip, 01/05/2020

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26th April 2020 Sunday Worship 

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Great in Power                 

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Good Morning to you all.

Wherever you are listening to this. We pray that God will bless you in your hearing.

We hope you will open your hearts in the middle of where we currently find ourselves and allow God to shape and change us. Although it is helpful for us to look back and long for how it was and to the future and long for how it will be, I hope today we can see where we are now and discern His will and how we best serve God and His creation in these days.

So, we praise Him and lift His name in the sanctuary of our hearts.  Amen.

 


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Blessing
Lord Jesus Christ,
May we know with confidence Your powerful truth,
May you equip us to tell the world of Your love
and bring glory to your name.
May the Lord bless you in your homes at this time.
Amen.


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How Great is Thou Art by Whales and Stars

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24th April 2020

Luke 19:42

‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.”

When Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the plight of the city, He wept. God wept. He saw the mess they were in and He saw the suffering that would come upon them as a consequence. He wept, because they were lost, and did not know what would bring them peace.  In Hebrew the word for peace is Shalom.


Thought for today

Shalom is greater than our everyday understanding of peace. Shalom is the binding together of God, people, and all of creation in truth, justice, peace and love. Shalom is what God desires for us all. In the Bible, shalom means universal blessing, wholeness and joy – Shalom is where our deepest needs are fulfilled and our lives become fruitful for all people. It is a state of being that inspires joy and wonder as God opens wide his arms and welcomes his children home. Shalom, is truly the way things were intended to be.

 

There is much to weep about at this time. As well as the great sadness that has descended upon us, we can now perhaps see more clearly the suffering that we have caused ourselves, and all of creation. We must not join with the people of Jeremiah’s time who cried, “Shalom, shalom, when there was no shalom.”

 

However, we can now also see the shoots of Shalom appearing all around us. In selfless love, acts of kindness and encouragement, gentle words of grace, and in the eyes that have opened to the beauty of creation around them…

 

I believe that today we stand at the edge of the city. We have a unique opportunity to stop and to see. We must weep for our foolishness and brokenness. But we must then refuse to despair, and instead follow Jesus into the city and work every day with his name of on our lips, for the day when Shalom will come.

 

We know what will bring us all peace, it is Jesus, the one who weeps over us. Jesus is our shalom [Ephesians 2:14]

God bless you all

 

Philip, 24/04/2020

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19th April 2020 Sunday Morning Worship 

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Good morning dear friends

May the light of heaven break upon you this morning and give you peace and joy in great abundance.

This is the day the Lord has made and so let us rejoice and be glad even in these difficult times.

So in your beds…on your sofas…at your breakfast tables…in your gardens if the weather is nice…Let us give thanks and praise the Lord…

 

Lets pray in one heart and mind

 

Father in Heaven we bless Your holy name

All glory and honour be to You…may all of creation sing Your praises

Father grant us the grace to share Your love with the world

Teach us how to love as we are loved…To give as we are given

In our isolation help us to offer solace and hope to our neighbours

Help us not to seek for ourselves but to give glory to You through gentleness and kindness

Pour out Your Spirit of peace that we might be ambassadors of Your good news

Give us the courage we need to forgive and to teach forgiveness

Gather us now in Your arms we pray …that we might worship You together in spirit and in truth.
In faith and hope and most of all in love…

In the name of the risen Christ we pray. Amen


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Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

 

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.  I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

 

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Luke 15:11-24
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esus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.  “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 


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The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.

And may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you all today, tomorrow and forever more

Amen

                           


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16th April 2020 

Dear Friends,

 

The grace and peace of the risen Christ be with you all at this time.  I hope this finds you all well and safe.

A reminder that there will be another service available for you to take part in on Sunday morning. It’s not the extravaganza of creativity that was Easter Day, but I hope it will be a blessing to you in its simplicity.

 

I’m sure that you won’t need me to remind you that whilst things are difficult here, they are even more difficult in other parts of the world. In the Philippines there is a very strict lockdown and the army is on the streets to enforce the quarantine. As a result there is a severe lack of food amongst the most poor. As a church we have already sent a donation to Jane Walker to help her buy more food but the need is ongoing and so if you’d like to help support PCF at this time you can do so by designated giving through the church or indeed by going directly to the Purple Community Fund website info@p-c-f.org

 

I hope with all my heart that we will come out of this time soon, but also that we will find ourselves in a new place and singing a new song…

 

A Thought for Today

 

One way of understanding Suffering is ‘whenever we are not in control.’

In which case, some form of suffering is necessary to teach us to live beyond our illusion of control, so that we can give control back to God.

To trust in God through times of darkness, isolation and fear is the road to freedom. Just as Jesus trusted His father, letting go of control into suffering and death and was ‘therefore’ raised to new life.

Of course this goes against what most of us seek most of the time. We like to do what we want to do, to go where we want to go, to have what we want to have. We like to think we are the authors of our own story. It is counterintuitive and painful for us to hand over control.

But perhaps now is a good time to reflect on our true powerlessness and instead to seek a deeper trust in the one who is completely trustworthy. The one who is truly at the centre of all things.

 

We are all very limited in what we can do at this time but we are free and have time to pray. Rather than praying for things to return to normal [although that is a very comforting thing to do], perhaps we can pray for change and the courage to embrace our dependency on God and to grow in love and humility.

 

Where there is letting go, there can be the change to something new and more beautiful…I believe it is this what the world needs. Not more of the same patterns of control.

 

God bless you

 

 

Philip, 17/04/2020

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12th April 2020 Easter Sunday 12th April 2020 Easter Day Hal


An Easter celebration with many voices. Praise be to God.
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Our Easter Morning Shout

Christ is risen: Hallelujah, Christ is risen: Hallelujah, Christ is risen indeed: Hallelujah.
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Father God gather us under your mighty wings now

Bind our hearts and minds so that we might see your glory

Bring us to unity in love and hope

And place on our lips a new song of praise to our Lord Jesus Christ

Fill us with Easter joy and expectation

So that we might honour you with our mouths and our lives

Glory to you Lord God Almighty…now and forever more.

Amen

Psalm 98

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PSALM 98

Sing to the Lord a new song,
For he has done marvelous things;
His right hand and his holy arm
Have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
And revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
And his faithfulness to Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen
The salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
Burst into jubilant song with music;
Make music to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of singing,
With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
Shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
The world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy;
Let them sing before the Lord,
For he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples with equity
 

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Isaiah 25:6-9
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On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.
 

Luke 24:1-12.
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On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.


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Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born


Easter day sunrise sermon

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12th April 2020 Easter Sunday

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Acrostic Easter Day Prayer

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12th April Easter Day Prayers

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Song
Forever
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Song
No longer slaves
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Song
Thine be the glory
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Blessing

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May the joy of the truth of the resurrection life bring new hope to you in these difficult times.

May the victory of Christ over death and fear fill your hearts with His promises of the coming Kingdom

May the stone that has been rolled away from the empty tomb help you today to leave your sorrows and anxieties at the foot of the cross.

So that God's hope, promises and forgiveness might reign supreme in your life forever.

And may the Blessing of God the Father, Christ, the risen king and the of Holy Spirit that lights our way

Be with you all this Easter day and forever more

Amen


 


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12th April 2020 Easter day thought 

2 Corinthians 15
 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”

 

Thought for Easter Day

 

Christ is risen. Let all of creation sing His praises!

This morning we find ourselves at the very foundation of our Christian faith…The miracle of resurrection. Out of death and suffering comes life, hope and forgiveness.  In Jesus our separation has truly ended, no matter how it might feel in these days of isolation and quarantine.  At the very heart of the resurrection is the restoration of relationship between God and His wayward children. Reconciliation is truly the heart of our ministry according to Paul. We are a new creation if we are in Christ. Through Jesus, God has mended our relationship with Him. We are ‘one’ as Jesus prayed for His disciples.

 

In turn God has given us the vocation of reconciliation. Reconciliation is about mending what was broken, healing what was hurt, unifying that which was torn apart. Our work is not finished. Christ is still working to unite all of humanity with His Heavenly Father…And He accomplishes that work by His Spirit through us. In every act of genuine kindness, in every encouraging word, in every moment of generosity and above all, in every act of love and forgiveness.  We are His ambassadors of reconciliation. We have a message of forgiveness to share with the world. Love is truly reconciliation in practice and there can be no reconciliation without forgiveness. We are sent now by the risen Christ to love and forgive.
What a wonderful new beginning.
Christ is risen and may He bless you all with the wisdom and peace of Heaven.

Philip, 12/04/2020

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11th April 2020 

John 20:1a

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark…

 

Thought for Saturday of Easter week
 

We enter the darkness of Saturday together. Nobody knew how long Saturday would last or even if Saturday would go on forever. It was still dark… Saturday is the in-between day of silence and uncertainty, of doubt and fear.  Saturday is the day of abandonment and disappointment, of hiding and not knowing, after the crucifixion.  But of course, since then we have known many Saturdays of fear and sadness throughout history and in our lives. Many days of uncertainty and doubt. In the midst of the stillness we are called to listen to the story that contradicts the many Saturdays that we have experienced. That we experience even today. We have a new story to hold, to treasure and to tell.  The one who died on the cross and went into the grave on Friday, did not remain in Saturday for very long.  He became the one who is the very first day of the week…The first day of the new creation. And for those of us who believe, He became the first day of the new life that we want to live

 

To paraphrase Walter Bruggeman…

We are not sure of everything.  But we expect to be interrupted and our lives changed. We expect to be called to new things. We expect to be put at risk. We expect the sun to rise and the morning to come. We are not sure but we are hopeful and joyful at the thought of it.
 

We must carry His story through the Saturday sadness and into a world around us today that is afraid and that does not believe that there is life beyond Saturday.

God bless you all

 

Philip, 11/04/2020

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10th April Good Friday photo oWorship together Good Friday 10th April

Good morning to you all
We invite you to join with us in our Good Friday act of quiet reflection.

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Song
There is a green hill far away
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Prayer
Loving God,
As we wake to this day,
We come to your feet
To gaze up to the cross
With a sense of your suffering and struggle
We pray in our world of uncertainties, 
We come to gaze at the place of wisdom,
We come to gaze at the place of healing,
We come to gaze at the place of sacrifice,
In humble adoration and thanksgiving,
We come to worship.
In Jesus name. Amen.

A focus on the cross

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Reading
Matthew 22:34-40
 

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.


Reading
Mark 15:21-39
 

 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
 

The Death of Jesus

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

 

Prayer by Katy
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Song
Worthy is the lamb
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Blessing
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Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, neither anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


 


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10th April 2020 Good Friday 

John 19:28-30

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. It is finished Jesus cried.
 

Thought for Good Friday of Holy Week


This is where our walk through Holy week comes to a stop.

When we were in the Philippines a few years ago working with PCF, one of our team came up with a wonderful description of what he saw: “Audacious love”. I will always be very grateful to him for that insight  The dictionary defines ‘audacious’ as a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. Or showing an impudent lack of respect and even to offend.  Every time I have stepped onto the dumpsites in Tondo and Baguio I have witnessed love which does not respect rules. That will not be restricted by laws and customs. I have seen love that is not limited by resources or by human energy.

 

Audacious love.  It is audacious love that we see before us today. Love that will not be defeated. Not by the powers of this world or the power of evil, or the power of death.  This love had an impudent lack of respect for sin and death and it takes risks that are beyond our imagination.  The audacious love of Jesus has had its way. And although the sky is dark for now, we know that the sun will rise because of his audacity. I pray that you would all know the depth and height and width of God’s love today as you contemplate the cross. And I pray that it will inspire his church to audacious love.

 

God bless you

 

Philip, 10/04/2020

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9th April Maundy Thursdau prep9th April 2020 Maundy Thursday 

We invite you to share in bread and wine with us, either virtually or physically.

Welcome and prayer
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Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,

and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,

for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.


John 13:1-17
 

9th April 2020 Maundy Thursday
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It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.


Song
Love Each Other
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MblrWZDpPQ

John 17
 

9th April 2020 Maundy Thursday
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After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 
All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Reflection on the table

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Prayers of confession and Luke 22:7-23

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Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.


Song
Remembrance 
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Prayers
we invite you in a moment of silence. to bring before God our thanks for His great mercies and blessings.

Blessing
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To him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you before his glorious presence
without fault and with great joy –
to the only God our Saviour be glory,
majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.

 


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9th April 2020 Maundy Thursday 

John 13:14-15

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

 

Thought for Maundy Thursday of Holy week

 

Jesus offers us an alternative today, to all of the ways of the world.

He broke from the rules of the hierarchy of winners and losers.  He broke from the religious rules of purity. He broke from the systems of fear and control. He was free and on that first Maundy Thursday He showed us very clearly how we too can be free.

In this act of humility and freedom, as He washed their filthy, bruised and tired feet, we are to understand that Jesus is breaking the rules of our own times too. The rules of the game that we have created and that we submit to. The rules of fame and significance, the rules of productivity and self-sufficiency.  To make sure we did not miss the point Jesus said to the disciples…

 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:34-35

 

In this humble act of washing feet, Jesus constituted a new way of being in the world.  He brought about a new community to which we are called. He wants us to live as a new people set down in the middle of the world around us.  A new community of love that will not imitate the powers and principalities around us, but imitate the birds and flowers of the field instead, who have full confidence and faith in God and his abundant love.

Love brothers and sisters with all your hearts and minds and souls, as he has loved you.

God bless you

 

Philip, 08/04/2020

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8th April 2020 

John 12:31-32

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted-up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

 

Thought for Wednesday of Holy Week

 

Who are you drawn to my friends?

As we walk through this week together let us acknowledge and confess that we all stand between the ‘prince of this world’ and Jesus of Nazareth, and his promise of life. On one hand there are the seductions to power, possessions and prestige that we all find so appealing and addictive. On the other is the life that God blesses through self-giving love. The life of Jesus who is the very likeness of God himself

The life of grace that is a magnet that will draw us and many others into new life. We stand between the ‘ruler of this world’ and the Lord of suffering love…And in truth we are pulled in both directions. So, what is it that finally draws us to Jesus? What is it that draws us away from our temptation to greed, anger, selfishness and fear? It is the Friday that we walk towards now. The day we call ‘Good’.

Strange as the world may find it we are drawn away from the ‘ruler of this world’, by the cross. By that moment of forgiveness, unconditional love and self-sacrifice. We know that we can come to Easter joy and freedom, to new life and peace, but only through Jesus and the cross. The cross is the magnet that Jesus spoke of that would draw all people to Himself.

I pray you know that pull of grace on our lives.

God bless you

Philip, 08/04/2020

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7th April 2020 

Luke 10:23-24

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”


Thought for Tuesday of Holy week
 

As we catch a glimpse of what is to come at the end of this week, we remember that Jesus is truly our God. We remember that God’s power comes in weakness and vulnerability.  We see as we gaze at the cross on the horizon that the power that will change this world is not hate or fear, but self sacrifice and love.  These things are hidden from the eyes of the powerful and the great but have been revealed to those who listen to Jesus and who do as He says.  On Good Friday it will seem that the strong and the powerful of this world will have won. That fear and death have had their way. But because we have eyes to see, we know that what looks like defeat turns out to be the victory of God.  More than that, as followers of Christ we know that the cross is also the secret to how we must live our lives…It is the shape of our lives. We know we are to live an alternative life marked by risky humility that has the power to heal, to create new communities and to bring about new hope in the face of fear and despair. We know that the cross has the power to transform all things. We know that the cross is the secret that offers freedom where there was once only slavery.  And we know that none of this happens unless we offer ourselves.  We are all tempted to be kings and queens, wise and intelligent in the eyes of the world, but we also know down deep in our hearts that the secret of life is truly only costly love.

 

Blessed are the eyes that see what you can see dear friends, on the road to the cross.

God bless you all

 

Philip, 07/04/2020

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6th April 2020 

Philippians 2:4-8 

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!


Thought for Monday of Holy Week
 

As we walk from Palm Sunday towards Easter, I’d like to invite you to imagine something very important. Imagine us all walking with Jesus, all of us changing our hearts and renewing our minds. Imagine us all seeing the world and our neighbours through the eyes of the one that we are following. Imagine what a difference that would make in this world.  To walk this path means the emptying of our need to be in control and the letting go of our anxieties and fears.  As our hearts and minds shape themselves around the way of Jesus we come to a new freedom. It is Easter freedom, unburdened and fearless. We worship Jesus who was dead and who is now alive, who was humbled and who is exalted. But we must also understand that we are to follow his downward path. We are to pick up our crosses and to shape our lives around his life.

 

I pray that you find the freedom of Easter to walk the downward path with our Lord and to become your true selves. As the old Quaker song says, “ ‘tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free, ‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.” Let’s walk with him through the days ahead but let us understand that his walk is our walk too for the sake of this precious world

God bless you all

 

 

 

Philip, 06/04/2020

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5th April 2020 

Isaiah 50:7 [NIV]

Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

 

Luke 9:51 [RSV]

When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.


Thought for Palm Sunday of Easter week
 

Jesus had set His face for Jerusalem long before He arrived at its gates. Before the triumphal procession and the joyful cheers of the crowd, before He trod on the palms laid before His feet, He had decided that this was the path he had to walk.  Jesus had gathered up His courage and steeled Himself for the journey towards Jerusalem and His cruel death on the cross.  Perhaps we fall into the trap sometimes of thinking that Jesus somehow floated beatifically through this life, untouched and unafraid. But I don’t think that is right.  There is a very hard decision to be made, and Jesus makes it, knowing the full depth of its consequences.  In His decision we can hear the poem of His forefather, King David. The same hope, in the same God.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and staff they comfort me. If we are to follow our Lord, we too must find not only love and compassion, but also the deepest courage and faith in God’s goodness. Let us set our faces like flint to love and serve our God in this valley of doubt and fear. We know that it is God that helps us and that we will not be put to shame.

God bless you on your way.

 

Philip, 05/04/2020

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Hosanna handsWorship together Palm Sunday 5th April

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

Good morning and Welcome
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Psalm 118 verses_1-8 and 14 to the end
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say:“His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:

“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;let us rejoice today and be glad.
Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.
The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.


Prayer
 

Father,

Let our hearts be full of hosannas,

Let our footsteps be towards Your ways,

May we find the peace in our hearts,

To be able to surrender all before Your humble throne,

May we rejoice in the sovereignty of Your way,

Your throne of a kingdom that is established in glory and love

Forever and ever. Amen.


Hosanna

Song

Praise is rising (Hosanna)
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Song

We are here for you
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtj-G1gKnD8

Song
King of Kings, Majesty
www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5VutCGsVXE
 

Reading: Luke 19:28-44


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After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

 

Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

 

They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

 

They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

 

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

 

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

 

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”


Palm Sunday thoughts by Katy
click here

Transcript of the talk here

Prayer by Philip
To listen please click here
 

Children of the living God…
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever,

May his name be praised through out the heavens and the earth,

Let all of creation declare his glory.

Teach us Lord once again to lay our lives, like palms, before the feet of Jesus,

To shout aloud His praises…
So that the stones need not cry out,

Give us the wisdom to hear his word and the courage to follow Him into the troubled cities of our lives,

Guide our hearts and minds so do not stray from the path he treads,

Lord we join our prayers with all of Your faithful people as we say…

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Who walks the path of suffering and carries the weight of our sin.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,

Who speaks truth into a world of power and falsehood,

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,

Who brings healing for the nations under in His wings,

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,

Who brings justice and mercy…
Who comforts the lost and the lonely…
Who touches the unclean and the broken…
Who brings sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf…
Who offers home to the homeless and sets the prisoners free,

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Who offers forgiveness and newness to all who will accept His grace,

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,

Who embraces death so that we might know life…
and life in all of its glorious fullness,

May His name be praised through all of time,

Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever,

Amen


Please click here to see new "40 Words" and make them part of your prayers.  If you would like to send one then please send to Katy here.

Song
Hosanna Hosanna Hosanna
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG5y_Gd3oZc
 

Song

Make Way Make Way
www.youtube.com/watch?v=alCQ7fb0hEA
 

Song
The splendour of the King
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVedvvIXcwk

Blessing

Click here to listen to this blessing.
 

May you walk always in the way of the Light of Heaven

May the Lord Jesus direct your feet and bring resolve to your hearts

May His grace and love always be your guide

May He grant you the wisdom and the courage to pick up your crosses and to follow him

And may He bring you to everlasting life and joy

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Amen

blue hands

 


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2nd April 2020

 

Dear friends,

 

I hope and you are all well and keeping safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

 

Thank you once again to all of you that are taking such good care of each other. It is so heartening to hear so many stories of kindness and concern. It is likely that the present situation will continue for some months and so it is very important that we take our time and patiently and compassionately look after ourselves and our neighbours. For the many of you who are frustrated about getting out to help others, please rest assured that a telephone call or a message is encouraging, and healing and that prayer is the most important thing that any of us can ever do. If this time has gifts for us then one might be the renewing of a deeper life of prayer.

 

Thanks to Katy’s hard work and your contributions, our Palm Sunday service is ready and will be available on Sunday morning. As we move into Holy week we are also preparing services for Maundy Thursday evening, Good Friday and of course Easter Sunday. All of them will be available on our website. If you know anyone who can’t view the services, please let us know and we will print transcripts. 

 

We still need a few more photographs with the theme of ‘New Life’ for the Easter Morning service…if you are able to take one or two at home or on a walk please send them to Katy asap. We are also looking for three readers for Easter Sunday morning…If you would like to read and can record yourself please let Katy know asap.

 

Over the next few weeks we will be suggesting various other ways of keeping us all encouraged and supporting each other in the time ahead. We would also be very interested to hear your ideas and indeed if you’d like to organize something for each other. Thank you

 

I’d like to share a thought with you all as we walk with Jesus into Jerusalem and prepare ourselves for the momentous events of Holy Week. In the current circumstances I hope that you will all have time to pray and reflect on the meaning and consequences of Easter for ourselves and for the world…

 

John 2:19-21

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this Temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews replied “It has taken 46 years to build this temple and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

 

As you read the Gospel John it particular it is made very clear that when we think of the temple we are being told to think of Jesus. When we think of the destroyed temple we are to think of his crucifixion. And when we think of the rebuilding temple we should think of the resurrection.

 

So try to think now of the temple as the symbolic centre and heart of your life, the place where you come into the presence of the goodness and mercy of God. In Jesus. The place where you know who you are and you know the true purpose for your life. Think of the joys of that knowledge…of being in Jesus… but think too of the responsibilities and your vocation to follow where he leads.

 

Now consider what it might look like if we are living in the wrong temple. What if our temple has become much more like the consumerist, commodified, militaristic, exploitative temple world? What if these things are at the heart of who we are and not Jesus…his death, his obedience and suffering and his new life and joy?

 

Are we still in the old temple? Then you should know that this is the temple that Jesus came to clear out, the place where he came to overturn the tables.

 

We need to hear the passionate voice of Jesus as he says…”You have got it wrong, the presence of God is not in these things.”
The wonderful news is that Jesus comes to overturn our tables to disturb our comfortable drift towards self-destruction. He tells us that our
true home is in the temple called himself. He says I am your temple… That is where you can lay your fears and worries down, that is where you can see the truth that sets you free from the chains of your negative and anxious existence, from the demands of a world  of consumption and exploitation.

 

In truth most of us find ourselves in the wrong temple, places that look and feel safe but that leave us feeling anxious and disillusioned. Our work this Holy week is to move out of these false temples to the true temple who is Jesus. And then by the goodness and grace of God receive a different life, the life that he lives, the one to which Easter invites us.

 

God bless you all

Philip

 


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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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40 words photo40 Words 

40 Words of Encouragement and hope to share..
If you would like to share up to 40 words then please send it by email to Katy.

Click here for a 40 words reflective video.

 


“ This is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps118v24

 

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Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.  by John Donne (1571-1631)


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O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work done.
Then, Lord in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
and a peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
by John Henry Newman (1801- 1890)

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I Sometimes Think About The Cross' 

And Shut My Eyes and Try To See The Cruel Nails and Crown Of Thorns' 

And Jesus Crucified For Me.

And Yet I Want To Love Thee Lord' 

O Light The Flame Within My Heart.


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I would like to believe in something,
Something beyond the death that undid you.
I would like to describe the intensity,
With which, already overwhelmed,
We longed in those days to be able
To walk together once again,
From beneath the sun.
25th February 1944 by Primo Levi.

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At the ship's bow. It was my eye that drew,
the perfect circle of blue meeting blue,
No land was visible.  There was no sail,
no cloud to show the mighty world in scale,
so sky and ocean, by my gaze defined,
were drawn within the compass of my mind,
under a temperate sun.  The engine's sound
sank to a heartbeat.  Stillness all around.
Only the perfect circle and the mast.
That moment knew no future and no past.
Peace by Amy Whitting.

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May God enfold you in His love,

May He surround you with His presence,

May He protect you from harm,

May He guide you by the spirit

And may He always keep you in His care, 
and the blessing of God.


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Eternal God, our Rock and Refuge,
Protect us when the storms and stresses of life,

Threaten to overcome us.

Underpin our wavering faith,

With the stress-bearing girders of Your love
 

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Prayer gently lifts me to highest heaven
From earths confusion to Jesus' breath
My sin and weakness
My doubt and sorrow
Are lost forever in sweetest rest.

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In Jesus' name, I pray against all fear and ask You to fill us with your love and protection, knowing that You are the one in charge and that we can trust You no matter what life throws at us.  Nothing can separate us from you.

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In a worldwide battle we are surrounded by fear.  We avoid others as we fear contamination and yet it is so strange for us to be apart.  You made us to be united in relationship with others and with you. Help us be united in love.

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

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I bow before Your greatness and majesty,
Mighty creator God.
When life seems chaotic,
Help me to remember that You have plans -
Good plans, Lord. Amen.

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"Love is the bridge between you and everything" Rumi.

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In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

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Ah my dear Lord, the Church is locked,
but let my heart be open to your presence,
There let us make, you and I,
Your Easter garden,
Plant it with flowers,
And let the heavy stone be rolled away.

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I would Love to tell you what I think of Jesus

"since I found in Him a friend so strong and true,
I would tell you how He changed my life completely"
He did something that no other friend could do.

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He wept. Yes, He weeps with us, not just for us.

He feels our vulnerability, our plight, our pain.

You see, He so Loves all of us. He is our Light.

He is the best medicine anybody could wish for.


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‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3:22-23


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This Lent I thank God for my father's recovery. 
That one light in a world of darkness did not go out makes it shine even brighter. 
May hope be kindled. Χριστ?ς αν?στη 

 

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We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure whilst the billows roll,

Fastened to the rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love,

May we all experience this steadfast of love Jesus


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Eyes up praising, hands out giving,

Ears alert receiving, feet ready following,

Hearts openly loving, minds visibly changing

Knees freely bowing, breath deeply tuneful,

Body thanking Jesus, Jesus body broken

God’s grace given, loves humble path.

Thankful, thankful, souls waiting.

 

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"Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep we may rest in peace."

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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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