Worship

In this section, we keep archives of many of our services. As you browse here, we hope you'll get a flavour of our worship, including the themes we look at, our hymns and our sermons.

Service Date: 10 September, 2017

Worship was planned and led by St. Andrew's Worship Group. Members of the congregation who had taught in primary, secondary and further education gave examples of pupil or student progress which had made their careers particularly rewarding.

In his address The Revd. Robert Beard expounded on the different translations of the Deuteronomy reading as seen in the gospels. We are to love God with every aspect of our being.

Service Date: 3 September, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard who preached on what it means to really follow Jesus and to give our lives for justice.

Service Date: 27 August, 2017

Worship was led by Mrs. Pauline Johnson who preached on the reading from Matthew, exploring the question of who Jesus is and who we think he is. Peter recognised the Jesus was the Son of God and despite the fact that he would deny Jesus he was given the privilege and responsibilty of being the rock on which Jesus would build his church.

Service Date: 20 August, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard who preached on how people of real faith can be found in unexpected places. In Matthew 15 Jesus meets a Canaanite woman who shows a real understanding of who he is and of his power. She believes that although she is not of the house of Israel Jesus can still heal and save her daughter.

Service Date: 13 August, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. Walter Houston who preached on the real sensation of fear which we experience. Elijah also experienced fear but was reassured by the sense of God's voice within himself. Jesus reassured Peter when he failed to walk on the water and chastised him for his lack of faith. Whatever fear we  experience, God is there reassuring and supporting us.

Service Date: 6 August, 2017

 

Worship was led by the Revd. Robert Beard who reflected on the contrast between the light and ecstasy of the Transfiguration and the destructiveness of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. The latter was starkly illustrated by the image of the shadow of a little girl skipping etched on a wall as the bomb fell.

As individuals, and as a society we have a choice  in our daily lives, in our actions and our relationships - to encourage and build people to be fulfilled and the best they can be, to acknowledge what is good in them, or to belittle and destroy them.

Service Date: 30 July, 2017


Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. David Stec who preached on Romans 8 verse 28;'We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called to his purpose.' This is illustrated in the story of Jacob who was tricked into marrying Leah and had to work for a futher seven years before marrying Rachel, her more beautiful younger sister. God's purpose was fulfilled in that the important tribes of Judah and Levi were descended from the sons of Leah. And parables in Matthew describe God's kingdom growing with the co-operation of those who love him. Finally, Paul speaks of God's purpose unfolding through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Service Date: 23 July, 2017

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard who preached on the second parable of seeds and the sower. Farming and growing food was vital in Jesus' day. To-day there is still widespread ignorance among children of how food is produced and where it comes from. At the same time there is growing awareness of food waste and hunger.

The main message of the parpable is that we must not judge people and decide who is in and who is out. It is God who will eventually identify and judge sinners.

Service Date: 16 July, 2017

Worship was planned and led by St. Andrew's Worship Group. The service focussed on the parable of the sower. Comments considered the apparently wasteful sowing of seed on different types of soil but likened it to God's generosity. We were asked to consider what type of soil we are, where we sow the seed of God's love and generosity in word and action and what kind of seed we might be. 

Service Date: 9 July, 2017

Worship was led by Anne Padget, Lay Reader at St. Mark's church Broomhill. She preached on what it means to love God and to be loved by God.

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