Thursday, 4 June 2020

Worship at Home - June 7th 2020 - Bible Month - Ruth (Week 1)

Worship at Home for Sunday June 7th 2020

Introduction (Dalwyn) 

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The month of June has been designated as Bible Month – this year’s material is based on Ruth.  

I can personally commend it to you since the main notes are written by Dr Rachel Starr lecturer in Old Testament at Queen’s Foundation and some of the other notes are written by Claire Knight of the Berkshire Surrey Borders Circuit which was where I lived before I went to Queen’s. 

The first service of the month has been produced by Brenda Ballantine who had been planned to preach today at Beeston Methodist Church. 


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Worship at Home - Pentecost - 31 May 2020


Preparing for Worship

(Note since Pentecost is one of the Church’s Feasts, I have included 5 hymns, so you can choose to sing all 5 or select!)

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1)

Fifty days after the feast of Pesach (Passover), the Jews celebrate the feast of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost). Like Pesach, it is a pilgrimage festival and the Jews would gather in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. This Feast remembered the Torah (the Law – known as the Pentateuch or the 5 Books of Moses.)

Jesus’ disciples having been instructed to remain in the city, would have already been in Jerusalem. As faithful Jews, they would have been preparing to observe Shavuot with their fellow Jewish sisters and brothers.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Worship at Home - 24 May 2020 - Aldersgate Sunday.

Worship at Home - 24 May 2020

Aldersgate Sunday - also known as Wesley Day

"In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Worship at Home - Sunday 17th May - Easter 6 - Sunday before Ascension


The 6th Sunday of Easter is the Sunday before Ascension Day.  In this act of worship we will be considering Jesus' post-Resurrection appearances and the things that, for us, are "convincing proofs" (Acts 1:3) that Christ is Alive and still with us as in our daily lives. 

Opening Words of Scripture:

Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Worship at Home - Sunday 10 May 2020 - 75th Anniversary of VE Day Weekend.


The 75th Anniversary of VE Day

This weekend would have been a weekend of public events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of the European part of World War 2.  Alas - we are all locked down and sheltering from a very different threat to that which was faced during the first half of the 1940s.  However, for this week's worship at home I have adapted and used material produced by the Church of England for VE Day 75th Anniversary. (Sections that have been adapted are marked with *)  I pray that it will be a blessing.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Worship at Home - Sunday 3rd May 2020 - Easter 4

Preparing for Worship:

Jesus said, "I am the gate for the sheep. ... I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:7,10)

Through Jesus, God invites us to enter into his spiritual temple and to join "with angels and archangels and all the choirs of heaven" to offer worship at God's heavenly throne. 

Sanzio, Raffaello - Disputa del Sacramento - 1508-1511

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Worship at Home - Sunday 26th April - Easter 3

Worship at Home - Sunday April 26th 2020 

On the Road to Emmaus

Journeys on the Road | Emerging
Before you engage in this act of worship - you may wish to spend some time familiarising yourself with the hymn that comes after the sermon and leads into a time of quiet contemplation  - StF 371 - the track below is played by Pete recorded especially for this act of worship

The lectionary readings set for today, take us back two weeks to an event that took place later on the day and into the evening of the third day after Jesus' death.  This relaxed attitude to chronology, reminds us of the mystery of the resurrection that goes beyond our human desire for data, calculations and conclusions.  
Perhaps it helps us to understand the difficulty being faced by our government at the moment who find themselves sitting in the tense place between wanting to be 'lead by the science' but feeling that they need to respond appropriately to the emotion, generated, to some extent, by the media, which plays on people's anxieties and uncertainties. 
It reminds us, maybe, that our resurrection faith, rests on more than just the measurable and quantifiable data.  That is not to say that it defies such verifiable information, but it is to say that it cannot rely entirely upon it.