Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021.  Please see the current guidelines below.

A recording of each live worship service will normally be available on this page, replacing earlier pre-recorded services.

Sunday 21 August

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 28 August

10.30am Morning Worship

Mr Mike Bowstead

Sunday 4 September

10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 11 September

10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Kim Tame

Sunday 18 September

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 25 September

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

 

Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

(revised March 2022)  We are continuing to keep a close eye on the advice given to churches in the light of the recent update to government guidelines and regulations.  For everyone’s safety, the doors and windows will be open to ensure good ventilation so please dress appropriately; wearing a face covering is now optional while you are in the building but you are welcome to continue wearing one if you prefer.  Please consider leaving an empty chair or two between households so that we respect others' personal space.

We won’t be taking up an offering during the service but there will continue to be a basket in the vestibule for your offering if you wish.

Starting on 6th March we hope to be able to serve refreshments afterwards on the first Sunday of each month.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 14 August - Morning Worship - Mike Goddard and Spike Phillips

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

Welcome     Call to Worship (from Psalm 146)     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 415     The Church of Christ, in every age       tune: Herongate
Prayers     Praise and Confession     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 410     Lord, your Church on earth is seeking   tune: Abbot's Leigh
Reading     Luke 10: 25-37     Martin Jackson
Hymn StF 256     When I needed a neighbour,
   were you there?
    tune: Neighbour
Talk     Local community work with refugees     Spike Phillips
   (Kings Church)
Hymn StF 672     Where can we find you,
   Lord Jesus our Master?
    tune: Epiphany hymn
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Liz Goddard
Dedication of offering     Mike Goddard
Notices           Liz Goddard
Hymn StF 706     Longing for light, we wait in darkness     tune: Christ be our light
Blessing           Mike Goddard

StF 415

  1. The Church of Christ, in every age
    beset by change but Spirit-led,
    must claim and test its heritage
    and keep on rising from the dead.
  1. Across the world, across the street,
    the victims of injustice cry
    for shelter and for bread to eat,
    and never live until they die.
  1. Then let the servant Church arise,
    a caring Church that longs to be
    a partner in Christ's sacrifice,
    and clothed in Christ's humanity.
  1. For he alone, whose blood was shed,
    can cure the fever in our blood,
    and teach us how to share our bread
    and feed the starving multitude.
  1. We have no mission but to serve
    in full obedience to our Lord:
    to care for all, without reserve,
    and spread his liberating Word.

Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000)
© 1971 Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission
   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 410

  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 256

  1. When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?
    When I needed a neighbour, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter,
were you there?

  1. I was hungry and thirsty, were you there, were you there?
    I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?
  1. I was cold, I was naked, were you there, were you there?
    I was cold, I was naked, were you there?
  1. When I needed a shelter, were you there, were you there?
    When I needed a shelter, were you there?
  1. When I needed a healer, were you there, were you there?
    When I needed a healer, were you there?
  1. Wherever you travel I'll be there, I'll be there,
    wherever you travel I'll be there.

And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter,
I'll be there.

Sydney Carter (1915–2004)
© 1965 Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 672

  1. Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master?
    We want to serve you, to answer your call.
    Where do you lead us and ask us to follow?
    What should we do in our service to all?
  1. 'Go to the hungry, to those who have nothing;
    go where the farmlands are empty and bare.
    I broke the bread for the people around me;
    out of my plenty, think what you can share.
  1. 'Go to the homeless, to those who have nowhere;
    go where my people sleep out in the rain.
    I had no comforts but what others gave me;
    offer them shelter, give ease to their pain.
  1. 'Go to the outcast, to those who have no-one;
    go where my sheep are rejected and lost.
    I dined with sinners and reached out to lepers;
    go and do likewise, and don't count the cost.'
  1. Where will we find you, Lord Jesus our Master?
    We are your servants who answer your call.
    You go before us, and there we will follow,
    taking our cross in the service of all.

Allan Charles Dickinson (b. 1954)
(c) 1993 Allan Dickinson   Used by permission
   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 706

  1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
    Longing for truth, we turn to you.
    Make us your own, your holy people,
    light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

  1. Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
    Longing for hope, many despair.
    Your word alone has power to save us.
    Make us your living voice.
  1. Longing for food, many are hungry.
    Longing for water, many still thirst.
    Make us your bread, broken for others,
    shared until all are fed.
  1. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
    Longing for warmth, many are cold.
    Make us your building, sheltering others,
    walls made of living stone.

  1. Many the gifts, many the people,
    many the hearts that yearn to belong.
    Let us be servants to one another,
    making your kingdom come.

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)
© 1993 Bernadette Farrell
 Used with permission  ONE LICENSE #A-738126

Organ: Tom Barker

Sunday 7 August - Holy Communion - Revd Catherine Bowstead

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

Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 88     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of creation
    tune:
    Lobe den herren
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 36     There’s a quiet understanding     tune: Tedd Smith
Readings     Introduction     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Genesis 15:1-6;   Luke 12: 32-40     Sandra Taylor
Sermon     Unfailing Treasure     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 370     Breathe on me, Breath of God     tune: Trentham
Prayers     Intercessions     Christine Morgan
The Peace     MWB p189     Catherine Bowstead
Offering dedicated   MWB p191     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 569     An Upper Room did our Lord prepare    tune: O Waly Waly
Communion     MWB p191-197     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 338     There is a Redeemer     tune: M & K Green
Blessing     MWB p197     Catherine Bowstead

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)
© 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 36

  1. There's a quiet understanding
    when we're gathered in the Spirit,
    it's a promise that he gives us,
    when we gather in his name.
    There's a love we feel in Jesus,
    there's a manna that he feeds us,
    it's a promise that he gives us,
    when we gather in his name.
  1. And we know when we're together,
    sharing love and understanding,
    that our brothers and our sisters
    feel the oneness that he brings.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jesus,
    for the way you love and feed us,
    for the many ways you lead us;
    thank you, thank you, Lord;
    thank you, thank you, Lord.

Tedd Smith (b. 1927)
© 1973 Hope Publishing Company  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 370

  1. Breathe on me, Breath of God;
    fill me with life anew,
    that I may love what thou dost love,
    and do what thou wouldst do.
  1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    until my heart is pure,
    until with thee I will one will,
    to do and to endure.
  1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    till I am wholly thine,
    until this earthly part of me
    glows with thy fire divine.
  1. Breathe on me, Breath of God;
    so shall I never die,
    but live with thee the perfect life
    of thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch (1835–1889)

StF 569

  1. An Upper Room did our Lord prepare
    for those he loved until the end;
    and his disciples still gather there
    to celebrate our Risen Friend.
  1. A lasting gift Jesus gave his own —
    to share his bread, his loving cup;
    whatever burdens may bow us down,
    he by his cross shall lift us up.
  1. And after supper he washed their feet,
    for service, too, is sacrament;
    in him our joy shall be made complete —
    sent out to serve, as he was sent.
  1. No end there is!  We depart in peace;
    he loves beyond the uttermost;
    in every room in our Father's house
    he will be there, as Lord and Host.

Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000)
© 1974 Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

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)
© 1982 Birdwing Music / Ears to Hear / Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing.
 Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ: Tom Barker

Sunday 31 July - Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

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

Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 83     Praise, my soul, the King of heaven     tune: Praise, my soul
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 544     As the deer pants for the water     tune: As the deer
Readings     Introduction     Catherine Bowstead
      Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14;   2: 18-23
Luke 12: 13-21
    John Burrell
Hymn StF 489     All I once held dear     tune: Knowing you
Sermon     Bigger Barns     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 513     Take this moment, sign, and space     tune: Take this moment
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer   Angela Burrell
Dedication of offering;  Sunflower seeds     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 545     Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart   tune: Slane
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead

StF 83

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
    to his feet thy tribute bring.
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    who like thee his praise should sing?
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Praise the everlasting King!
  1. Praise him for his grace and favour
    to his people in distress;
    praise him, still the same for ever,
    slow to chide, and swift to bless.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Glorious in his faithfulness.
  1. Father-like, he tends and spares us;
    well our feeble frame he knows;
    in his hands he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Widely as his mercy flows.
  1. Angels in the height, adore him;
    ye behold him face to face;
    sun and moon, bow down before him,
    dwellers all in time and space.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Praise with us the God of grace!

Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)

StF 544

  1. As the deer pants for the water,
    so my soul longs after you.
    You alone are my heart's desire
    and I long to worship you.

You alone are my strength, my shield,
to you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart's desire
and I long to worship you.

  1. I want you more than gold or silver,
    only you can satisfy.
    You alone are the real joy-giver
    and the apple of my eye.
  1. You're my friend and you are my brother,
    even though you are a king.
    I love you more than any other,
    so much more than anything.

Martin J. Nystrom (b. 1956)
© 1984 Restoration Music Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 489

  1. All I once held dear,
    built my life upon,
    all this world reveres,
    and wars to own,
    all I once thought gain
    I have counted loss;
    spent and worthless now,
    compared to this.

Knowing you, Jesus,
knowing you,
there is no greater thing.
You're my all, you're the best,
you're my joy, my righteousness,
and I love you, Lord.

  1. Now my heart's desire
    is to know you more,
    to be found in you
    and known as yours.
    To possess by faith
    what I could not earn,
    all-surpassing gift
    of righteousness.
  1. Oh, to know the power
    of your risen life,
    and to know you in
    your sufferings.
    To become like you
    in your death, my Lord,
    so with you to live
    and never die.

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)
© 1993 Graham Kendrick / Make Way Music Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 513

  1. Take this moment, sign, and space;
    take my friends around;
    here among us make the place
    where your love is found.
  1. Take the time to call my name,
    take the time to mend
    who I am and what I've been,
    all I've failed to tend.
  1. Take the tiredness of my days,
    take my past regret,
    letting your forgiveness touch
    all I can't forget.
  1. Take the little child in me,
    scared of growing old;
    help me here to find my worth
    made in Christ's own mould.
  1. Take my talents, take my skills,
    take what's yet to be;
    let my life be yours, and yet,
    let it still be me.

John L. Bell (b. 1949)
 and Graham Maule (b. 1958)
From "Love From Below"
 © 1989 WGRG, Iona Community
 Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 545

  1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
    be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
    be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
    both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
  1. Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
    be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord;
    be thou my great Father, thy child let me be;
    be thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.
  1. Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
    be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might;
    be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
    O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.
  1. Riches I heed not, nor earth's empty praise:
    be thou mine inheritance now and always;
    be thou and thou only the first in my heart:
    O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.
  1. High King of heaven, thou heaven's bright Sun,
    O grant me its joys after victory is won;
    Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Irish, 8th century
translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880–1931)
versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (1860–1935)

Organ: James Bowstead

Sunday 24 July - Morning Worship - Mrs Kim Tame

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service, subject "Prayer":

Welcome     Call to Worship     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 8     God with us: Creator, Father       tune: Ode to Joy
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Kim Tame
Introduction           Kim Tame
Hymn StF 20     Be still     tune: Be still
Reading     Luke 11: 1-13     Lesley Wheaton
Hymn StF 255     The kingdom of God is justice and joy   tune: Tertherdown
Sermon           Kim Tame
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer   Mike Bowstead
Dedication of offering     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 83     Praise, my soul, the King of heaven     tune: Praise, my soul
Blessing           Kim Tame

StF 8

  1. God with us: Creator, Father,
    bringing everything to birth;
    Mother of the whole creation,
    fire of stars and life of earth:
    down the countless years composing,
    from the earth's evolving night,
    love's response to love, and forming
    mind and soul to seek your light.
  1. God with us: Redeemer, Brother,
    Friend for ever at our side,
    here, in flesh, you walked among us,
    taking up your cross, you died.
    Crucified, despised, rejected,
    Perfect Love, who shared our shame,
    streaming from the cross, your judgement,
    full of mercy, clears our name.
  1. God with us: Unwearied Spirit,
    from the birth of time and space,
    surging through unconscious being,
    joyful, Life-Creating Grace:
    through the centuries you find us;
    you, as God, inspire our prayer;
    Life and Power at work within us,
    Love for ever, everywhere!
  1. God, Transcendent, far beyond us,
    closest Friend, unfailing Guide:
    through the ages, wronged, affronted,
    in your poor, still crucified!
    God with us: convict, forgive us;
    by your holy love destroy
    all that hinders peace and justice:
    fill this aching world with joy!

Alan Gaunt (b. 1935)
© 1998 Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 20

  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 255

  1. The kingdom of God
    is justice and joy,
    for Jesus restores
    what sin would destroy;
    God's power and glory
    in Jesus we know,
    and here and hereafter
    the kingdom shall grow.
  1. The kingdom of God
    is mercy and grace,
    the prisoners are freed,
    the sinners find place,
    the outcast are welcomed
    God's banquet to share,
    and hope is awakened
    in place of despair.
  1. The kingdom of God
    is challenge and choice,
    believe the good news,
    repent and rejoice!
    His love for us sinners
    brought Christ to his cross,
    our crisis of judgement
    for gain or for loss.
  1. God's kingdom is come,
    the gift and the goal,
    in Jesus begun,
    in heaven made whole;
    the heirs of the kingdom
    shall answer his call,
    and all things cry glory
    to God all in all!

Bryn Rees (1911–1983)
© 1973 Alexander Scott  Used with permission  ONE LICENSE #A-738126

StF 83

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
    to his feet thy tribute bring.
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    who like thee his praise should sing?
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Praise the everlasting King!
  1. Praise him for his grace and favour
    to his people in distress;
    praise him, still the same for ever,
    slow to chide, and swift to bless.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Glorious in his faithfulness.
  1. Father-like, he tends and spares us;
    well our feeble frame he knows;
    in his hands he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Widely as his mercy flows.
  1. Angels in the height, adore him;
    ye behold him face to face;
    sun and moon, bow down before him,
    dwellers all in time and space.
    Praise him!  Praise him!
    Praise with us the God of grace!

Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)

Organ: Tom Barker