Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021 and are opening further from 25 July as restrictions are eased.  Please see the updated guidelines below.

Also from 25 July a recording of the live worship will be available on this page, replacing the previous pre-recorded services.

Sunday 1 August

10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 8 August

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 15 August

10.30am Morning Worship

Mr Peter Whalley

Sunday 22 August

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 29 August

10.30am Songs of Praise

 

 

Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

From Sunday 25th July 2021 we will no longer be restricted to the numbers we can have at worship, there will be no need to book a place and we will be free to sing once more.  We will keep the doors and windows open during worship to ensure good ventilation and we will keep a record of all those attending worship for track and trace records.

Face-coverings are no longer compulsory, but out of consideration for others we ask that you wear one while you are entering and leaving the building and interacting with others.  You may remove it, if you wish, once you are seated.  Please consider leaving an empty chair or two between households so that we respect others' personal space.

We will keep the services to around 45 minutes for now and we will not be serving refreshments afterwards for the time being.  We won’t be taking up an offering during the service – there will continue to be a basket in the vestibule for your offering if you wish.

I am sure that it will take a little time for things to settle down and so we need to continue to be patient with each other and help each other through the challenges of the next few weeks.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 25 July - Morning Worship - Revd Jackie Case

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome     Opening Prayer     Jackie Case
Hymn StF 409     Let us build a house where love can dwell     tune: Two Oaks
Prayers           Jackie Case
Reading     Mark 6: 32-53     Mike Bowstead
Sermon           Jackie Case
Hymn StF 322     How sweet the name of Jesus sounds     tune: St Peter
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 465     Guide me, O thou great Jehovah     tune: Cwm Rhondda
Blessing           Jackie Case

StF 409: Marty Haugen (b. 1950) 
   © 1994 GIA Publications Inc. Used with permission ONE LICENSE #A-738126
StF 322: John Newton (1725–1807)
StF 465: William Williams (1717–1791), translated by Peter Williams (1727–1796)
All music from Small Church Music, organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 18 July - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music      Rest of the Weary     tune: Theodora
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 20     Be still, for the presence of the Lord     tune: Be still (Evans)
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 158     Lord, you sometimes speak in
   wonders
    tune: Cleveland
Reading     Psalm 23     Siân Moore
Music StF 480     The Lord's my shepherd     tune: Crimond
Reading     Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56     Siân Moore
Sermon     'Rushing and resting'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 248     I heard the voice of Jesus say     tune: Kingsfold (231)
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 481     The Lord’s my shepherd, I'll not want     tune: (Townend)
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music     Rest of the Weary     tune: Theodora
      Hallelujah!     Handel - Messiah 

StF 20 - sung

  1. Be still,
    for the presence of the Lord,
    the Holy One, is here;
    come bow before him now
    with reverence and fear:
    in him no sin is found —
    we stand on holy ground.
    Be still,
    for the presence of the Lord,
    the Holy One, is here.
  1. Be still,
    for the glory of the Lord
    is shining all around;
    he burns with holy fire,
    with splendour he is crowned:
    how awesome is the sight —
    our radiant King of light!
    Be still,
    for the glory of the Lord
    is shining all around.
  1. Be still,
    for the power of the Lord
    is moving in this place;
    he comes to cleanse and heal,
    to minister his grace:
    no work too hard for him —
    in faith receive from him.
    Be still,
    for the power of the Lord
    is moving in this place.

David J. Evans (b. 1957)
© 1986 Thankyou Music
Used by permission
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 158 - sung

  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)
© 1969 Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns
Used by permission
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 248

  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say:
    ‘Come unto me and rest;
    lay down, O weary one, lay down
    your head upon my breast.’
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    weary and worn and sad,
    I found in him a resting-place,
    and he has made me glad.
  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say:
    ‘Behold, I freely give
    the living water; thirsty one,
    stoop down and drink and live.’
    I came to Jesus, and I drank
    of that life-giving stream;
    my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
    and now I live in him.
  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say:
    ‘I am this dark world's Light;
    look unto me, your morn shall rise,
    and all your day be bright.’
    I looked to Jesus, and I found
    in him my star, my sun;
    and in that light of life I'll walk,
    till travelling days are done.

Horatius N. Bonar (1808–1889)

StF 481

  1. The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
    he makes me lie in pastures green,
    he leads me by the still, still waters,
    his goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in you alone,
and I will trust in you alone,
for your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.

  1. He guides my ways in righteousness,
    and he anoints my head with oil;
    and my cup — it overflows with joy,
    I feast on his pure delights.
  1. And though I walk the darkest path —
    I will not fear the evil one,
    for you are with me, and your rod and staff
    are the comfort I need to know.

Stuart Townend (b. 1963)
© 1996 Thankyou Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 20 and 158 performance by Ruth and Joy Everingham, used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music, organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 11 July - Recorded Service - Mr David Morgan

Order of Service:

Music StF 616     Lord, in our lonely hours     tune: Allein
Welcome     Introduction     David Morgan
Call to Worship     The Lord of hosts is with us
The God of Jacob is our refuge
    David Morgan
Hymn StF 55     Immortal, invisible, God only wise     tune: St Denio
MHA     Introduction to theme     David Morgan
Prayers     Adoration, confession and
    thanksgiving
    David Morgan
Hymn StF 611     Brother, sister, let me serve you     tune: Servant song
Reading     Psalm 22: 1-7, 10-11     Bill Barry
Music     How can I thank You, Lord     tune: O Gott,
   Du Frommer Gott
Reading     Mark 5: 1-20     Bill Barry
Message     'Isolation and loneliness'     David Morgan
Hymn StF 608     All praise to our redeeming Lord     tune: Lucius
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Rosi MorganBarry
Hymn StF 410     Lord, your church on earth
    is seeking
    tune: Abbot's Leigh
Blessing           David Morgan
Music StF 616     Lord, in our lonely hours     tune: Allein

StF 55 - sung

  1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
  1. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might —
    thy justice like mountains high soaring above
    thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
  1. To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
    in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
    we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
    and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
  1. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
    thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
    all praise we would render: O help us to see
    'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.
  1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908)

StF 611 - sung

  1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace
    to let you be my servant too.
  1. We are pilgrims on a journey,
    and companions on the road;
    we are here to help each other
    walk the mile and bear the load.
  1. I will hold the Christ-light for you
    in the night-time of your fear;
    I will hold my hand out to you,
    speak the peace you long to hear.
  1. I will weep when you are weeping;
    when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
    I will share your joy and sorrow
    till we've seen this journey through.
  1. When we sing to God in heaven
    we shall find such harmony,
    born of all we've known together
    of Christ's love and agony.
  1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace
    to let you be my servant too.

Richard A. M. Gillard (b. 1953)
© 1977 Universal Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 608 - sung

  1. All praise to our redeeming Lord,
    who joins us by his grace,
    and bids us, each to each restored,
    together seek his face.
  1. He bids us build each other up;
    and, gathered into one,
    to our high calling's glorious hope
    we hand in hand go on.
  1. The gift which he on one bestows,
    we all delight to prove;
    the grace through every vessel flows,
    in purest streams of love.
  1. E'en now we think and speak the same,
    and cordially agree;
    concentred all, through Jesu's name,
    in perfect harmony.
  1. We all partake the joy of one,
    the common peace we feel,
    a peace to sensual minds unknown,
    a joy unspeakable.
  1. And if our fellowship below
    in Jesus be so sweet,
    what heights of rapture shall we know
    when round his throne we meet!

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 410 - sung

  1. Lord, your Church on earth is seeking
    your renewal from above;
    teach us all the art of speaking
    with the accent of your love.
    We would heed your great commission:
    sending us to every place —
    preach, baptise, fulfil my mission,
    serve with love and share my grace.
  1. Freedom give to those in bondage,
    lift the burdens caused by sin.
    Give new hope, new strength and courage,
    grant release from fears within:
    light for darkness; joy for sorrow;
    love for hatred; peace for strife.
    These and countless blessings follow
    as the Spirit gives new life.
  1. In the streets of every city
    where the bruised and lonely dwell,
    let us show the Saviour's pity,
    let us of his mercy tell.
    In all lands and with all races
    let us serve, and seek to bring
    all the world to render praises,
    Christ, to you, Redeemer, King.

Hugh Sherlock (1905–1998)
© Trustees for Methodist Church
   Purposes  Used by permission
   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 55 performance by Ruth and Joy Everingham,  used with permission
StF 611 performance by King William’s College Chapel Choir, Castletown,
  used with permission from the Isle of Man Methodist Church
StF 606 and 410 performance by Northalleton Methodist Church Choir,  used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music, organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 4 July - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 461i     Come, O thou Traveller unknown     tune: Wrestling Jacob
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 103     God is love: let heaven adore him     tune: Rustington
Prayers     Prayers and Collect     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Mark 6: 1-13     Mike Bowstead
Sermon     'Travelling Light'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 462     Come with me, come wander     tune: Sing Hey
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 409     Let us build a house     tune: Two Oaks
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 461i     Come, O thou Traveller unknown     tune: Wrestling Jacob

StF 103 - sung

  1. God is Love: let heaven adore him;
    God is Love: let earth rejoice;
    let creation sing before him,
    and exalt him with one voice.
    He who laid the earth's foundation,
    he who spread the heavens above,
    he who breathes through all creation,
    he is Love, eternal Love.
  1. God is Love: and he, enfolding
    all the world in one embrace,
    with unfailing grasp is holding
    every child of every race.
    And when human hearts are breaking
    under sorrow's iron rod,
    then they find that selfsame aching
    deep within the heart of God.
  1. God is Love: and though with blindness
    sin afflicts each human soul,
    God's eternal loving-kindness
    holds and guides and keeps them whole.
    Sin and death and hell shall never
    o’er us final triumph gain;
    God is Love, so Love for ever
    o’er the universe must reign.

Timothy Rees (1874–1939)

StF 462 - sung

  1. Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world
    Where strangers might smile or where stones may be hurled;
    Come leave what you cling to, lay down what you clutch
    And find, with hands empty, that hearts can hold much.

Sing hey for the carpenter leaving his tools!
Sing hey for Pharisees leaving their rules!
Sing hey for the fishermen leaving their nets!
Sing hey for the people who leave their regrets!

  1. Come walk in my company, come sleep by my side,
    Come savour a lifestyle with nothing to hide;
    Come sit at my table and eat with my friends,
    Discovering that love which the world never ends.
  1. Come share in my laughter, come close to my fears,
    Come find yourself washed with the kiss of my tears;
    Come stand close at hand while I suffer and die
    And find in three days how I never will lie.
  1. Come leave your possessions, come share out your treasure,
    Come give and receive without method or measure;
    Come loose every bond that’s resisting the Spirit,
    Enabling the earth to be yours to inherit.

John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958)
© 1987 WGRG, The Iona Community  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 409

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell
    and all can safely live,
    a place where saints and children tell
    how hearts learn to forgive;
    built of hopes and dreams and visions,
    rock of faith and vault of grace;
    here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome,
all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

  1. Let us build a house where prophets speak,
    and words are strong and true,
    where all God's children dare to seek
    to dream God's reign anew.
    Here the cross shall stand as witness
    and as symbol of God's grace;
    here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
  1. Let us build a house where love is found
    in water, wine and wheat:
    a banquet hall on holy ground,
    where peace and justice meet.
    Here the love of God, through Jesus,
    is revealed in time and space,
    as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:
  1. Let us build a house where hands will reach
    beyond the wood and stone
    to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
    and live the Word they've known.
    Here the outcast and the stranger
    bear the image of God's face;
    let us bring an end to fear and danger:
  1. Let us build a house where all are named,
    their songs and visions heard
    and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
    as words within the Word.
    Built of tears and cries and laughter,
    prayers of faith and songs of grace,
    let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

Marty Haugen (b. 1950)
© 1994 GIA Publications Inc.  Used with permission  ONE LICENSE #A-738126

StF 462 sung by Frodsham Methodist Church Cloud Choir, acc. by Andrew Ellams, used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music, organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org