Sunday Worship

Following a period of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Sunday 6th September.

Our worship together is having to take a new format, and some of the things that we value most about worshipping together will inevitably be different for a while.  Please see the guidelines below.  The weekly pre-recorded services made during the suspension will also continue for the time being.  Our “live” worship will complement our “on-line” worship and much of the content for both services will be the same.

Sunday 25 October

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Christine Morgan

Sunday 1 November

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 8 November - Remembrance Sunday

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 15 November

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mr David Morgan

Sunday 22 November

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 29 November - Advent

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd

 

Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

To ensure that we can accommodate everyone who arrives for worship on a Sunday morning we ask that you please book a place.  To do this you need to contact the office by noon on Friday each week either by email or phone contact details here.  If there are no places left, you will be given priority for the following Sunday.

You are welcome to arrive from 10am when the building is open.  Please ensure that you are wearing a face covering, and queue to enter following the 2m spacing guidelines.  Use the hand sanitiser to clean your hands.  The welcome steward will check your name on the bookings list – this will also be our “track and trace” record which will be kept in a secure place and destroyed after 21 days.  A steward will then direct you to a seat, filling up the church from the back using seats at the end of every other row (if you are unable to climb the steps to the back, you will be able to sit nearer the front).  Please sit where you are directed and stay there until you are invited to leave at the end of the service, and please keep your face covering on throughout your time in the building.

The service will last about 40 minutes.  It will include some music, but at present we are not permitted to sing.  We have put some screens in front of the pulpit and lectern so that those leading worship do not need to wear masks.  All the words needed for the service will be on the screens.  If you wish to use a hymn book or Bible you will need to bring your own with you, or you can ask a steward if you can borrow one of our hymn books which you can bring with you each week.  We will provide some activities for children, but they will need to sit with their family in church.

At the end of the service please wait to be invited to leave by the steward.  Those sitting at the front will leave first, either through the garden gate or by the main church door.  Please don’t stop to chat on the way out but wait until you are right outside the building.  Peach Place might be a good place for you to pause for a chat before you go home.

In summary:

  • Book a place by noon on Friday
  • Wear a face covering
  • Use the hand sanitiser
  • Sit where you are directed by a steward and stay there until you are invited to leave
  • Don’t stop to chat until you are outside the building.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 25 October - Recorded Service - Mrs Christine Morgan

Order of Service:

Music H&P 778   O God our Father,
    who dost make us one
    tune: Morecambe
Welcome     Opening sentences - Psalm 1     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 28
    vv1-3
    Jesus calls us here to meet him     tune: Gaelic
Prayers     Adoration, Confession and
     Thanksgiving
    Christine Morgan
Readings     1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8     Malcolm Souter
      Matthew 22: 34-40     Malcolm Souter
Hymn StF 441     As water to the thirsty     tune: Oasis
Talk     Challenging times     Christine Morgan
Music      O God our Father     tune: Morecambe
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 547     Beyond these walls of worship     tune: Worsfold & Wood
Blessing           Christine Morgan
Music     O God our Father     tune: Morecambe

StF 28  vv1-3

  1. Jesus calls us here to meet him
    as, through word and song and prayer,
    we affirm God's promised presence
    where his people live and care.
    Praise the God who keeps his promise;
    praise the Son who calls us friends;
    praise the Spirit who, among us,
    to our hopes and fears attends.
  1. Jesus calls us to confess him
    Word of life and Lord of all,
    sharer of our flesh and frailness,
    saving all who fail or fall.
    Tell his holy human story;
    tell his tales that all may hear;
    tell the world that Christ in glory
    came to earth to meet us here.
    
  1. Jesus calls us to each other,
    vastly different though we are;
    creed and colour, class and gender
    neither limit nor debar.
    Join the hand of friend and stranger;
    join the hands of age and youth;
    join the faithful and the doubter
    in their common search for truth.

John L. Bell (b. 1949) and
Graham Maule (b. 1958)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 441

  1. As water to the thirsty,
    as beauty to the eyes,
    as strength that follows weakness,
    as truth instead of lies,
    as songtime and springtime
    and summertime to be,
    so is my Lord,
    my living Lord,
    so is my Lord to me.
  1. Like calm in place of clamour,
    like peace that follows pain,
    like meeting after parting,
    like sunshine after rain,
    like moonlight and starlight
    and sunlight on the sea,
    so is my Lord,
    my living Lord,
    so is my Lord to me.
      
  1. As sleep that follows fever,
    as gold instead of grey,
    as freedom after bondage,
    as sunrise to the day,
    as home to the traveller
    and all we long to see,
    so is my Lord,
    my living Lord,
    so is my Lord to me.

Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 547

  1. Beyond these walls of worship
    in the stress and joy of life,
    can we offer you our bodies
    as a living sacrifice?
    Will we keep you at the centre
    far beyond the Sunday call?
    Will we turn to you,
    be transformed by you;
    still declare you God of all?
  1. Beyond these walls of worship,
    in the times of work and rest,
    will we display your love for all
    when our faith’s put to the test?
    When the people that surround us
    deny that you are there,
    will we display our faith in you —
    in life, in praise, in prayer?
    
  1. Beyond these walls of worship
    may your Spirit strengthen us
    to make the whole of life our worship
    as we witness to your love.
    From this hour in your presence
    send us out now to proclaim
    that we'll live our life as a sacrifice
    to the glory of your name.

Ian Worsfold (b. 1974) and
Paul Wood (b. 1967)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 18 October - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music MHB 212   Welcome Happy Morning     tune: Salve, Festa Dies
Welcome     Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 110     In the wonder of creation     tune: Bethany
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10     Siân Moore
      Matthew 22: 15-22     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 158     Lord, you sometimes speak in
     wonders
    tune: Cleveland
Sermon     Giving to God     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music      Welcome Happy Morning      
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Claire Knight
Hymn StF 566     Take my life, and let it be
     consecrated, Lord, to thee
    tune: Nottingham
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music     Welcome Happy Morning      

StF 110

  1. In the wonder of creation,
    when all nature shares one song,
    showing God’s imagination,
    all may see his love goes on.
    Through the Holy Story spoken,
    of God’s people called as one,
    gathered, exiled, saved and broken,
    this we learn: his love goes on.
  1. In the Christ who died to save us;
    in God’s risen, living Son;
    through the Spirit, whom he gave us;
    this we know: his love goes on.
    In the telling of the gospel
    Matthew, Mark and Luke and John
    join the Church in testifying
    through the years: his love goes on.
  1. From the perfect days of gladness
    when the sun has brightly shone,
    to the slog of working madness,
    all the while his love goes on.
    Through the times of harsh temptation,
    seeking strength but finding none,
    in our human desperation,
    mercy comes: his love goes on.
    
  1. In the joys of celebration,
    of new birth or victory won,
    in the deep peace of salvation,
    tell the world his love goes on!
    Through the dark days of depression,
    when all sign of faith is gone,
    hope may find no fresh expression,
    but we trust his love goes on.
  1. Through the hopes of our tomorrows,
    and the things we’ve left undone —
    future joys and present sorrows —
    through all time, his love goes on.
    In our Kingdom-shaped endeavour,
    when God’s glorious work is done,
    to the promise of forever,
    God is here: his love goes on.

Andrew T. Murphy (b. 1981)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 158

  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders,
    unmistakable and clear,
    mighty signs to prove your presence,
    overcoming doubt and fear.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders.
  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in whispers,
    still and small and scarcely heard;
    only those who want to listen
    catch the all-important word.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in whispers.
  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in silence,
    through our loud and noisy day;
    we can know and trust you better
    when we quietly wait and pray.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in silence.
    
  1. Lord, you often speak in Scripture,
    words that summon from the page,
    shown and taught us by your Spirit
    with fresh light for every age.
    O Lord, you often speak in Scripture.
  1. Lord, you always speak in Jesus,
    always new yet still the same:
    teach us now more of our Saviour,
    make our lives display his Name.
    O Lord, you always speak in Jesus.

Christopher Idle (b. 1938)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 566

  1. Take my life, and let it be
    consecrated, Lord, to thee;
    take my moments and my days,
    let them flow in ceaseless praise.
  1. Take my hands, and let them move
    at the impulse of thy love;
    take my feet, and let them be
    swift and beautiful for thee.
  1. Take my voice, and let me sing
    always, only, for my King;
    take my lips, and let them be
    filled with messages from thee.
      
  1. Take my silver and my gold,
    not a mite would I withhold;
    take my intellect, and use
    every power as thou shalt choose.
  1. Take my will, and make it thine;
    it shall be no longer mine;
    take my heart — it is thine own;
    it shall be thy royal throne.
  1. Take my love; my Lord, I pour
    at thy feet its treasure-store;
    take myself, and I will be
    ever, only, all for thee.

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)

Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 11 October - Recorded Service - Revd Sam Funnell

Revd Sam Funnell is an Assistant Chair within our District.

Order of Service:

Music     All for Jesus     tune: Wycliff
Welcome     Call to Worship -
    Isaiah 25: 1, 4, 6 & 9
    Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 628     Faithful One, so unchanging      
Prayers     Gathering, Confession & Praise     Revd Sam Funnell
Readings     Matthew 22: 1-14     Sue Colbourn
      Philippians 4: 1-9     Sue Colbourn
Music      Peace with the Father      
Sermon           Revd Sam Funnell
Hymn StF 495     Dear Lord and Father of mankind     tune: Repton
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 504     May the mind of Christ my Saviour     tune: St Leonard’s
Closing Words           Revd Sam Funnell
Music StF 254     Seek ye first the kingdom of God     tune: Lafferty

StF 628  (sung twice)

Faithful One, so unchanging,
Ageless One, you're my rock of peace.
Lord of all I depend on you,
I call out to you again and again.
I call out to you again and again.

You are my rock in times of trouble.
You lift me up when I fall down.
All through the storm your love is the anchor,
my hope is in you alone

Brian Doerksen (b. 1965)   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 495

  1. Dear Lord and Father of mankind
    forgive our foolish ways;
    reclothe us in our rightful mind;
    in purer lives thy service find,
    in deeper reverence, praise.
  1. In simple trust like theirs who heard
    beside the Syrian sea
    the gracious calling of the Lord,
    let us, like them, without a word
    rise up and follow thee.
  1. O sabbath rest by Galilee!
    O calm of hills above,
    where Jesus knelt to share with thee
    the silence of eternity,
    interpreted by love!
    
  1. With that deep hush subduing all
    our words and works that drown
    the tender whisper of thy call,
    as noiseless let thy blessing fall
    as fell thy manna down.
  1. Drop thy still dews of quietness,
    till all our strivings cease;
    take from our souls the strain and stress,
    and let our ordered lives confess
    the beauty of thy peace.
  1. Breathe through the heats of our desire
    thy coolness and thy balm;
    let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
    speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
    O still small voice of calm!

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

StF 504

  1. May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    live in me from day to day,
    by his love and power controlling
    all I do or say.
  1. May the word of God dwell richly
    in my heart from hour to hour,
    so that all may see I triumph
    only through his power.
  1. May the peace of God my Father
    rule my life in everything,
    that I may be calm to comfort
    sick and sorrowing.
      
  1. May the love of Jesus fill me,
    as the waters fill the sea;
    him exalting, self forgetting —
    this is victory.
  1. May I run the race before me,
    strong and brave to face the foe,
    looking only unto Jesus
    as I onward go.

Katie Barclay Wilkinson (1859–1928)

Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 4 October - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 466     Have faith in God, my heart     tune: Redemptor
Welcome     Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 148     Come, let us with our Lord arise     tune: Sussex Carol
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Isaiah 5: 1-7: The Vineyard     Ian Cole
      Matthew 21: 33-46:
    The parable of the tenants
    Ian Cole
Music StF 466     Have faith in God, my heart     tune: Redemptor
Sermon     Servants or tenants?     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 501     Help us, O Lord, to learn     tune: Sandys
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     Ian Cole
Hymn StF 338     There is a Redeemer     tune: Melody Green
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 466     Have faith in God, my heart     tune: Redemptor

StF 148

  1. Come, let us with our Lord arise,
    our Lord, who made both earth and skies:
    who died to save the world he made,
    and rose triumphant from the dead;
    he rose, the Prince of life and peace,
    and stamped the day for ever his.
  1. This is the day the Lord has made,
    that all may see his love displayed,
    may feel his resurrection's power,
    and rise again, to fall no more,
    in perfect righteousness renewed,
    and filled with all the life of God.:
  1. Then let us render him his own,
    with solemn prayer approach his throne,
    with meekness hear the gospel word,
    with thanks his dying love record,
    our joyful hearts and voices raise,
    and fill his courts with songs of praise.
  1. Honour and praise to Jesus pay
    throughout his consecrated day;
    be all in Jesus' praise employed,
    nor leave a single moment void;
    with utmost care the time improve,
    and only breathe his praise and love.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 338

  1. There is a Redeemer,
    Jesus, God's own Son,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    Holy One.

Thank you, O my Father,
for giving us your Son,
and leaving your Spirit
till the work on earth is done.

  1. Jesus my Redeemer,
    name above all names,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    O for sinners slain.
  1. When I stand in glory
    I will see his face,
    and there I'll serve my King for ever
    in that holy place.

vv. 1-2 Melody Green (b. 1946)   v. 3 Keith Green (1953–1982)   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 27 September - Recorded Service - Mrs Kim Tame

Order of Service:

Welcome           Kim Tame
Music StF 611     Brother, sister, let me serve you     tune: Servant song
Call to Worship     Psalm 25: 4-5     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 317     At the name of Jesus
    every knee shall bow
    tune: Camberwell
Prayers     Adoration
Confession - Psalm 25: 6-11
    Kim Tame
Introduction     Theme: Authority     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 362     Meekness and majesty     Graham Kendrick
Readings     Matthew 21: 23-32     Liz Goddard
      Philippians 2: 1-13     Liz Goddard
Sermon           Kim Tame
Music StF 519     Father, I place into your hands     Jenny Hewer
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     Liz Goddard
Hymn StF 272     From Heaven you came, helpless babe     Graham Kendrick
Blessing           Kim Tame
Music StF 611     Brother, sister, let me serve you     tune: Servant song

StF 317

  1. At the name of Jesus
    every knee shall bow,
    every tongue confess him
    King of Glory now.
    'Tis the Father's pleasure
    we should call him Lord,
    who from the beginning
    was the mighty Word.
  1. Humbled for a season,
    to receive a name
    from the lips of sinners
    unto whom he came,
    faithfully he bore it
    spotless to the last,
    brought it back victorious
    when from death he passed:
  1. Bore it up triumphant
    with its human light,
    through all ranks of creatures
    to the central height,
    to the throne of Godhead,
    to the Father's breast;
    filled it with the glory
    of that perfect rest.
     
  1. In your hearts enthrone him;
    there let him subdue
    all that is not holy,
    all that is not true;
    crown him as your captain
    in temptation's hour:
    let his will enfold you
    in its light and power.
  1. For this same Lord Jesus
    shall return again,
    with his Father's glory,
    with his angel train;
    all the wreaths of empire
    meet upon his brow,
    and our hearts confess him
    King of Glory now.

Caroline Maria Noel (1817–1877)

StF 362

  1. Meekness and majesty,
    manhood and deity,
    in perfect harmony —
    the man who is God.
    Lord of eternity,
    dwells in humanity,
    kneels in humility
    and washes our feet.

Oh, what a mystery —
meekness and majesty:
bow down and worship,
for this is your God,
this is your God!

      
  1. Father’s pure radiance,
    perfect in innocence,
    yet learns obedience
    to death on a cross:
    suffering to give us life,
    conquering through sacrifice —
    and as they crucify,
    prays, ‘Father forgive.’
  1. Wisdom unsearchable,
    God the invisible,
    love indestructible
    in frailty appears:
    Lord of infinity,
    stooping so tenderly,
    lifts our humanity
    to the heights of his throne.

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)   
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 272

  1. From heaven you came, helpless babe,
    entered our world, your glory veiled,
    not to be served but to serve,
    and give your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King,
he calls us now to follow him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King.

  1. There in the garden of tears
    my heavy load he chose to bear;
    his heart with sorrow was torn,
    'Yet not my will but yours', he said.
  1. Come see his hands and his feet,
    the scars that speak of sacrifice,
    hands that flung stars into space
    to cruel nails surrendered.
  1. So let us learn how to serve
    and in our lives enthrone him,
    each other's needs to prefer,
    for it is Christ we're serving.

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org