Sunday Worship

Live services in the church are currently suspended whilst we are in Tier 4 / Lockdown.  The weekly and Christmas pre-recorded services continue to be available on this page.

Sunday 17 January

Recorded Service - Mr Mike Bowstead

Sunday 24 January

Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 31 January

Recorded Service - Revd Soba Sinnathamby

Sunday 7 February

Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 14 February

Recorded Service - Ms Sharon Wright

4.00pm Craft @ 4 via Zoom

Contact Claire to book

Sunday 21 February

Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 28 February

Recorded Service - Mr David Morgan

Service Recordings

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Sunday 17 January - Recorded Service - Mr Mike Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 250     Jesus calls us!     tune: St Catherine
Welcome     Call to Worship     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 88     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of creation
    tune: Lobe den Herren
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Mike Bowstead
Music StF 250     Jesus calls us!     tune: St Catherine
Readings     1 Samuel 3: 1-10     David Morgan
      John 1: 43-51     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 666     Master, speak! Thy servant heareth     tune: Ottawa (Magister)
Sermon     Recognising and Responding to
     God's Call
    Mike Bowstead
Music StF 250     Jesus calls us!     tune: St Catherine
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 663     I, the Lord of sea and sky     tune: Here I am, Lord
Blessing           Mike Bowstead
Music StF 250     Jesus calls us!     tune: St Catherine

 

StF 88

  1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, brothers and sisters, draw near,
    praise him in glad adoration.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
    surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee:
    ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
    who with his love doth befriend thee.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
    fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee,
    then to thy need he like a mother doth speed,
    spreading the wings of grace o'er thee.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
    who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
    sheddeth his light, chaseth the horrors of night,
    saints with his mercy surrounding.
  1. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
    Let the amen sound from his people again:
    gladly for aye we adore him.

Joachim Neander (1650–1680)
translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878) and Rupert E. Davies (1909–1994)    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 666

  1. Master, speak! Thy servant heareth,
    waiting for thy gracious word,
    longing for thy voice that cheereth;
    Master, let it now be heard.
    I am listening, Lord, for thee;
    what hast thou to say to me?
  1. Speak to me by name, O Master,
    let me know it is to me;
    speak, that I may follow faster,
    with a step more firm and free,
    where the Shepherd leads the flock
    in the shadow of the rock.
       
  1. Master, speak! Though least and lowest,
    let me not unheard depart;
    Master, speak! For O thou knowest
    all the yearning of my heart,
    knowest all its truest need;
    speak, and make me blest indeed.
  1. Master, speak: and make me ready,
    when thy voice is truly heard,
    with obedience glad and steady
    still to follow every word.
    I am listening, Lord, for thee;
    Master, speak! O speak to me!

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)

StF 663

Words are not included here for copyright reasons.
You can find the words here (PDF file)
or with the tune here (PDF file, page 3)

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

Sunday 10 January - Recorded Service of Dedication for the New Year - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 20     Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here    
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 127     Sing to the great Jehovah’s praise     tune: Northrop
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 610     Best of all is God is with us     tune: Chapel Brae
Readings     Isaiah 43: 1-7, 16-19: I am doing a new thing     Ian Cole
      John 15: 1-10: The vine and the branches     Ian Cole
Hymn StF 161     Speak, O Lord, as we come to you      
Sermon     The best of all is, God is with us     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 610     Best of all is God is with us     tune: Chapel Brae
Dedication     The Covenant Prayer - words below     Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Ian Cole
Hymn StF 610     Best of all is God is with us     tune: All for Jesus
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music      Lord of the years      

 

StF 127

  1. Sing to the great Jehovah's praise;
    all praise to him belongs;
    who kindly lengthens out our days
    demands our choicest songs.
  1. His providence has brought us through
    another various year;
    we all with vows and anthems new
    before our God appear.
  1. Father, thy mercies past we own,
    thy still continued care;
    to thee presenting, through thy Son,
    whate'er we have or are.
       
  1. Our lips and lives shall gladly show
    the wonders of thy love,
    while on in Jesus' steps we go
    to see thy face above.
  1. Our residue of days or hours
    thine, wholly thine, shall be
    and all our consecrated powers
    a sacrifice to thee.

 Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 161

  1. Speak, O Lord, as we come to you
    to receive the food of your holy word.
    Take your truth, plant it deep in us;
    shape and fashion us in your likeness,
    that the light of Christ might be seen today
    in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
    Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
    all your purposes, for your glory.
  1. Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
    holy reverence, true humility.
    Test our thoughts and our attitudes
    in the radiance of your purity.
    Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see
    your majestic love and authority.
    Words of power that can never fail;
    let their truth prevail over unbelief.
  1. Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
    help us grasp the heights of your plans for us.
    Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
    that will echo down through eternity.
    And by grace we’ll stand on your promises,
    and by faith we’ll walk as you walk with us.
    Speak, O Lord, till your Church is built
    and the earth is filled with your glory.

Keith Getty (b. 1974) and Stuart Townend (b. 1963)    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
    put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
    or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
    or brought low for you;
let me be full,
    let me be empty,
let me have all things,
    let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessèd God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

Used with permission.  Prayer from The Methodist Worship Book © 1999 Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. The Methodist Church in Britain.

StF 610

  1. Best of all is God is with us,
    God will hold and never fail.
    Keep that truth when storms are raging,
    God remains though faith is frail.
  1. Best of all is God is with us,
    life goes on and needs are met,
    God is strongest in our weakness.
    Love renews, will not forget.
  1. Best of all is God is with us,
    hearts are challenged, strangely warmed,
    faith is deepened, courage strengthened,
    grace received and hope reformed.
      
  1. Best of all is God is with us,
    in our joy and through our pain,
    till that final acclamation:
    ‘life is Christ, and death is gain’.
  1. Best of all is God is with us
    as we scale eternal heights,
    love grows stronger, undiminished;
    earth grows dim by heaven's lights.

 Andrew Pratt (b. 1948)
 Based on John Wesley's final words.
     CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

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

Sunday 3 January - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 227     Brightest and best     tune: Spean
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Carol MP 740     We three kings of Orient are     tune: J H Hopkins
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Isaiah 60: 1-6     Liz Goddard
Comment           Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Matthew 2: 1-12     Liz Goddard
Music MP 740     We three kings of Orient are     tune: J H Hopkins
Sermon     Magi from the East     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 226     Birth brings a promise
   of new life awaking
    tune: Epiphany
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 228     Hail to the Lord’s Anointed     tune: Crüger (Herrnhut)
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 224     As with gladness men of old     tune: Dix

 

MP 740

  1. We three kings of Orient are,
    bearing gifts we travel afar;
    field and fountain, moor and mountain,
    Following yonder star:

O Star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright;
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

  1. Born a King on Bethlehem plain,
    gold I bring to crown Him again:
    King for ever, ceasing never,
    over us all to reign.
     
  1. Frankincense for Jesus have I,
    God on earth yet Priest on high;
    prayer and praising, all men raising:
    worship is earth's reply.
  1. Myrrh is mine: its bitter perfume
    tells of His death and Calvary's gloom;
    sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
    sealed in a stone-cold tomb.
  1. Glorious now, behold Him arise,
    King, and God, and sacrifice!
    Heaven sings out 'Alleluia',
    'Amen' the earth replies.

John Henry Hopkins (1820-91)

StF 226

  1. Birth brings a promise of new life awaking,
    dawning of hope through a child's open eyes.
    Uncharted future is there for the making,
    challenge and change in a baby's first cries.
  1. Every new life changes those who are round it,
    making demands of commitment and care,
    calling for love to enfold and surround it,
    reshaping patterns by claiming a share.
  1. Jesus the newborn crossed time's moving stages
    changing their course by the act of his birth,
    translating God from the mystery of ages,
    rooting our faith by his presence on earth.
  1. Wonder and worship were waiting to greet him,
    love and devotion were his to command,
    life was transformed for the ones sent to meet him,
    touching their God in a child's outstretched hand.

Marjorie Dobson (b. 1940)    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 228

  1. Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
    great David's greater Son!
    Hail, in the time appointed,
    his reign on earth begun!
    He comes to break oppression,
    to set the captive free,
    to take away transgression,
    and rule in equity.
  1. He comes, with succour speedy,
    to those who suffer wrong;
    to help the poor and needy,
    and bid the weak be strong;
    to give them songs for sighing,
    their darkness turn to light,
    whose souls, condemned and dying,
    are precious in his sight.
  1. He shall come down like showers
    upon the fruitful earth;
    love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
    spring in his path to birth;
    before him, on the mountains,
    shall peace the herald go;
    and righteousness, in fountains,
    from hill to valley flow.
       
  1. Kings shall fall down before him,
    and gold and incense bring;
    all nations shall adore him,
    his praise all people sing;
    to him shall prayer unceasing
    and daily vows ascend,
    his kingdom still increasing,
    a kingdom without end.
  1. O'er every foe victorious,
    he on his throne shall rest;
    from age to age more glorious,
    all-blessing and all-blest.
    The tide of time shall never
    his covenant remove;
    his name shall stand for ever,
    his changeless name of Love.

James Montgomery (1771–1854)
from Psalm 72

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

Sunday 27 December - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music            tune: Sussex carol
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 190     Angels from the realms of glory     tune: Iris
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Luke 2: 8-20     Lesley Wheaton
Hymn StF 204     In the bleak mid-winter     tune: Cranham
Sermon     If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb     Catherine Bowstead
Music     Bach: Air  excerpt: Sheep may safely graze      
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Rosi MorganBarry
Hymn StF 330     Joy to the World, the Lord is come!     tune: Antioch
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 196     Come and join the celebration     tune: Celebrations

 

StF 190

  1. Angels, from the realms of glory,
    wing your flight o'er all the earth;
    you who sang creation's story,
    now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship,
Christ the new-born King,
come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

  1. Shepherds in the field abiding,
    watching o'er your flocks by night,
    God with us is now residing,
    yonder shines the infant Light:
     
  1. Sages, leave your contemplations;
    brighter visions beam afar;
    seek the great Desire of nations;
    you have seen his natal star:
  1. Saints before the altar bending,
    watching long in hope and fear,
    suddenly the Lord, descending,
    in his temple shall appear:
  1. Though an infant now we view him,
    he shall fill his Father's throne,
    gather all the nations to him;
    every knee shall then bow down:

vv. 1-4 James Montgomery (1771–1854)
v. 5, unascribed text in The Christmas Box, 1825

StF 204

  1. In the bleak midwinter
    frosty wind made moan,
    earth stood hard as iron,
    water like a stone;
    snow had fallen, snow on snow,
    snow on snow,
    in the bleak midwinter,
    long ago.
  1. Heaven cannot hold him,
    nor the earth sustain;
    heav’n and earth shall flee away
    when he comes to reign.
    In the bleak midwinter
    a stable-place sufficed
    God, the Lord Almighty,
    Jesus Christ.
           
  1. Angels and archangels
    may have gathered there,
    cherubim and seraphim
    throngèd the air —
    but his mother only,
    in her maiden bliss,
    worshipped the Belovèd
    with a kiss.
  1. What can I give him,
    poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd
    I would bring a lamb;
    if I were a wise man
    I would do my part;
    yet what I can I give him —
    give my heart.

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)

StF 330   in v 2 & 3 the choir sing 'earth' instead of 'world'

  1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
    Let earth receive her King;
    let every heart prepare him room,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
  1. Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
    Let all their songs employ;
    while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
  1. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    and makes the nations prove
    the glories of his righteousness
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders, wonders of his love.

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

All music, Soloist, Choir and Organ taken from Small Church Music
Organ music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Friday 25 December - Christmas Day Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 195     Christians, awake,
    salute the happy morn
    tune: Yorkshire (Stockport)
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 212     O Come all ye faithful v 1 2 5 6     Small Church Music Choir
Advent liturgy     Lighting the final candle     Christian Morgan
Music StF 166     Christmas is coming      
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Luke 2: 1-7     Lesley Wheaton
Music     To A Virgin Meek -
    Lo Desembre Congelat
     
Reading     John 1: 1-14     Lesley Wheaton
Hymn StF 208     Let earth and heaven combine     tune: St John (Havergal)
Sermon     Our God contracted to a span     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 208     Let earth and heaven combine     tune: St John (Havergal)
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 202     Hark! the herald-angels sing     Carol Service 2017
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 202     Hark! the herald-angels sing      

 

StF 212  v 1,2,5,6  (v2 below as sung, not as in StF)

  1. O come, all ye faithful,
    joyful and triumphant,
    O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
    come and behold him,
    born the King of angels:

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
            Christ the Lord!

  1. God of God,
    Light of Light,
    lo, he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
    very God,
    begotten, not created:
       
  1. Sing, choirs of angels,
    sing in exultation,
    sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
    ‘Glory to God
    in the highest:
  1. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
    born this happy morning,
    Jesus, to thee be glory given:
    Word of the Father,
    now in flesh appearing:

Latin, 18th century, possibly by
John Francis Wade (c. 1711–1786)
and others

StF 208

  1. Let earth and heaven combine,
    angels and all agree,
    to praise in songs divine
    the incarnate Deity,
    our God contracted to a span,
    incomprehensibly made man.
  1. He laid his glory by,
    he wrapped him in our clay;
    unmarked by human eye,
    the latent Godhead lay;
    infant of days he here became,
    and bore the mild Immanuel's name.
  1. Unsearchable the love
    that has the Saviour brought;
    the grace is far above
    both earth’s and angels’ thought:
    suffice for us that God, we know,
    our God, is manifest below.
         
  1. He deigns in flesh to appear,
    widest extremes to join;
    to bring our vileness near,
    and make us all divine:
    and we the life of God shall know,
    for God is manifest below.
  1. Made perfect first in love,
    and sanctified by grace,
    we shall from earth remove,
    and see his glorious face:
    his love shall then be fully showed,
    and we shall all be lost in God.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 202

  1. Hark!  The herald-angels sing
    glory to the new-born King,
    peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled.
    Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
    join the triumph of the skies;
    with the angelic host proclaim:
    ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’

Hark!  The herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.

          
  1. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
    Christ, the everlasting Lord,
    late in time behold him come,
    offspring of a virgin's womb.
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see!
    Hail, the incarnate Deity!
    Pleased as man with men to dwell,
    Jesus, our Immanuel:
  1. Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    risen with healing in his wings.
    Mild he lays his glory by,
    born that man no more may die,
    born to raise the sons of earth,
    born to give them second birth:

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

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