Morning folks. This is the second of three services led by the Moderator, Rev Martin Fair. With the feast of the Epiphany just past, we're thinking about the Wise Men and their finding Jesus in the most unlikely of places.
Welcome to our Nativity Service. We hope you enjoy it!
We're also thinking about the O Antiphon 'O Oriens' this morning - where Christ is anticipated as the Morning Star. What were the prophets getting at when they made that connection? Watch on to find out.
Special guest appearances by Emperor Boris Augustus, several sheep, a LITERAL baby in a manger (thanks Lauchlan!), some dubiously/fantastically costumed 'wise' men, dancing angels, staring shepherds, a Potterton Mary and Joseph and a...
This Sunday’s Antiphon is ‘O Clavis’ – thinking of Jesus as the Key. What does he set us free from? What does he set us free for? This morning we’re looking at the big picture – Christ’s liberation of humankind - but also bringing it down to the level of everyday life: what do we need ‘freed’ from and how do we live well in the world?
This Sunday we’re thinking about the antiphon ‘O Radix’ – which means the Root. Christ was the new shoot from the family line of David and his father Jesse, and sprung up at a time when Israel really lacked hope. Are there new shoots appearing in your life at this time, or do you wish that there could be? If so, today’s service has something in it for you.
This morning is the First Sunday in Advent and over the next few weeks we’re going to be looking at some ancient prayer hymns called the ‘O Antiphons’. Each one is lifted from an Old Testament allusion to the coming Messiah – the King, the Key, the Light, Wisdom and so on. The Old Testament prophets didn’t know the name of the one who was to come, but they knew the character they longed to see in the Messiah.
On the other side of the first Christmas we are blessed to know his name! Jesus,...
What do Billy Bailey’s dancing, Hermine’s Jelly Cake, Niagara Falls, a newborn baby and 9/11 have in common?
I’m not telling you.
You’re just going to have to tune in to our Sunday service to find out…..
The writer Anne Lamott says that all her praying can be summed up in three words – ‘Help, Thanks and Wow!’.
Today we’re thinking about thankfulness. Sometimes it comes naturally, sometimes (like now?) we have to look hard and dig deep to find things to be thankful for.
Wherever you’re at just now – we’d love you to join us for worship this morning, trusting that the God who is with us will draw near to us as we draw near to him.
With Kids –
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Today we begin with a short Act of Remembrance which we worked on with the local Scout groups and our thanks to the leaders and the young people for pulling this together so effectively. This includes the reading of names on the war memorial and the two minutes silence. Our Remembrance Service follows and we're reflecting on four real-life experiences of war from the perspectives of a child, a young bride left at home, a veteran and a nurse serving in a field hospital. The common thread that...
Today we're looking at Psalm 40; prayer; asking for help and why it's hard; why the help we want isn't always the help we need and why God's surprisingly ambivalent about the whole sacrifice thing but is passionate about being in relationship with us. Plus a bit of U2 thrown in for good measure.
Think of the 23rd Psalm. What images come into your mind?
Chances are it’s sheep and green fields and still waters, which is all well and good. But those are only the first three verses of a six verse Psalm and they need the context of the whole Psalm if we’re to understand what David’s saying to us about his experience of God: faith isn’t escapism. It’s peace in the midst of troubles. That’s where we’re heading this morning.
Today’s our Harvest service and we’re thinking about the ways in which good farmers reflect something of the nature and character of God in the way they tend and steward the land. Our text is Isaiah 28:23-29
Also featuring carrots which look like Quasimodo (of which I am deeply ashamed), a new Harvest song and a montage of your most excellent Harvest/nature related photos.
"He himself was not the light. He came as a witness to the light." (John Chapter 1 verse 8)
So too with us - we're called to place ourselves in the light and let God's light shine through us.
God asks no more of us. But he asks no less.
“Help me Obi Wan Kenobi – you’re my only hope.”
“I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?”
Star Wars and Psalm 121. Not as far apart as you might first think.
Because everybody needs a little help now and again.
Our service this morning focuses on the courage of a young slave girl who helped her master Naaman find healing from leprosy. It reminds us that anyone with the right attitude can be used by God for his glory.