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 4 October

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 11 October

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Sam Funnell (Assistant Chair)

Sunday 18 October

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

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 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

Sunday 20 September - Harvest Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

'Change begins with a Bicycle' - a video of Nawalat's story from All We Can is available below the hymn words.

Change begins with a bicycle

Order of Service:

Music StF 693     Beauty for brokenness    tune: God of the poor
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 123     Come you thankful people, come     tune: St George's Windsor
Prayers     Adoration     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Introduction to the Harvest theme        Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Psalm 112: A psalm of praise     Mike Goddard
      John 6: 1-15:
    Jesus feeds five thousand
    Claire Knight
Music StF 124     For the fruits of all creation     tune: Ar hyd y nos
Sermon     Extraordinary from the ordinary:
    Nawalat's story
    Revd Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     Claire Knight
Hymn StF 130     We plough the fields and scatter     tune: Wir Pflugen
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 693     Beauty for brokenness    tune: God of the poor

StF 123

  1. Come, you thankful people, come,
    raise the song of harvest home!
    Fruit and crops are gathered in
    safe before the storms begin:
    God our maker will provide
    for our needs to be supplied;
    come, with all his people, come,
    raise the song of harvest home!
  1. All the world is God's own field,
    harvests for his praise to yield;
    wheat and weeds together sown
    here for joy or sorrow grown:
    first the blade and then the ear,
    then the full corn shall appear —
    Lord of harvest, grant that we
    wholesome grain and pure may be.
  1. For the Lord our God shall come
    and shall bring his harvest home;
    he himself on that great day,
    worthless things shall take away,
    give his angels charge at last
    in the fire the weeds to cast,
    but the fruitful ears to store
    in his care for evermore.
  1. Even so, Lord, quickly come —
    bring your final harvest home!
    Gather all your people in
    free from sorrow, free from sin,
    there together purified,
    ever thankful at your side —
    come, with all your angels, come,
    bring that glorious harvest home!

Henry Alford (1810–1871)
adapted by Compilers of Hymns for Today's Church

StF 130

  1. We plough the fields, and scatter
    the good seed on the land,
    but it is fed and watered
    by God's almighty hand;
    he sends the snow in winter,
    the warmth to swell the grain,
    the breezes and the sunshine,
    and soft, refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

  1. He only is the maker
    of all things near and far;
    he paints the wayside flower,
    he lights the evening star;
    the winds and waves obey him,
    by him the birds are fed;
    much more to us, his children,
    he gives our daily bread.
  1. We thank you then, O Father,
    for all things bright and good:
    the seed-time and the harvest,
    our life, our health, our food.
    Accept the gifts we offer
    for all your love imparts,
    and, what you most desire,
    our humble, thankful hearts.

Matthias Claudius (1740–1815)
translated by Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817–1878)
(alt.)

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

Sunday 13 September - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music     In Christ alone      
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 39     Angel voices ever singing     tune: Angel Voices
Prayers     Adoration, Confession and Collect     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Matthew 18: 21-35     Lesley Wheaton
Reflection     'How many times'
    written by Revd Paul Glass
    Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 588     I come with joy, a child of God     tune: St Botolph
Sermon     How many times?     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 416     There’s a wideness in God’s mercy     tune: Corvedale
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music     In Christ alone      

StF 39

  1. Angel voices ever singing
    round thy throne of light,
    angel-harps for ever ringing,
    rest not day nor night;
    thousands only live to bless thee
    and confess thee
        Lord of might.
  1. Thou who art beyond the farthest
    mortal eye can scan,
    can it be that thou regardest
    sinful woman, man?
    Can we know that thou art near us,
    and wilt hear us?
        yea, we can.
  1. Lord, we know that thou rejoicest
    o'er each work of thine;
    thou didst ears and hands and voices
    for thy praise design;
    maker's art and music's measure
    for thy pleasure
        all combine.
  1. In thy house, great God, we offer
    of thine own to thee;
    and for thine acceptance proffer
    all unworthily
    hearts and minds and hands and voices
    in our choicest
        psalmody.
  1. Honour, glory, might, and merit
    thine shall ever be,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    blessèd Trinity.
    Of the best that thou hast given
    earth and heaven
        render thee.

Francis Pott (1832–1909) (alt.)

StF 416

  1. There's a wideness in God's mercy
    like the wideness of the sea;
    there's a kindness in his justice
    which is more than liberty.
  1. There is plentiful redemption
    in the blood that has been shed;
    there is joy for all the members
    in the sorrows of the Head.
  1. There is grace enough for thousands
    of new worlds as great as this;
    there is room for fresh creations
    in that upper home of bliss.
  1. For the love of God is broader
    than the measures of the mind;
    and the heart of the Eternal
    is most wonderfully kind.
  1. But we make his love too narrow
    by false limits of our own;
    and we magnify his strictness
    with a zeal he will not own.
  1. If our love were but more simple
    we should take him at his word;
    and our lives would be illumined
    by the presence of our Lord.

Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)

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

Sunday 6 September - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead and Mr David Morgan

Order of Service:

Music     Called to serve, unreserved     tune: Axelson
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 692     Your hand, O God, has guided
    your flock, from age to age
    tune: Thornbury
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Matthew 18: 15-20     David Morgan
      Romans 13: 8-14     David Morgan
Music StF 712     Put peace into each other's hands     tune: St Columba
Sermon     Living in Community     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     David Morgan
Hymn StF 615     Let love be real     tune: Londonderry Air
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music     Called to serve, unreserved     tune: Axelson

StF 692

  1. Your hand, O God, has guided
        your flock, from age to age;
    the wondrous tale is written,
        full clear, on every page;
    our forebears owned your goodness,
        and we their deeds record;
    and both of this bear witness:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.
  1. Your heralds brought glad tidings
        to greatest, as to least;
    they summoned all to hasten
        and share the great King's feast;
    their gospel of redemption,
        sin pardoned, right restored,
    was all in this enfolded:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.
  1. Your mercy will not fail us,
        nor leave your work undone;
    with your right hand to help us,
        the victory shall be won;
    and then, by all creation,
        your name shall be adored,
    and this shall be our anthem:
        one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821–1891)

StF 615

  1. Let love be real, in giving and receiving,
    without the need to manage and to own;
    a haven free from posing and pretending,
    where every weakness may be safely known.
    Give me your hand, along the desert pathway,
    give me your love wherever we may go.

As God loves us, so let us love each other:
with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

  1. Let love be real, not grasping or confining,
    that strange embrace that holds yet sets us free;
    that helps us face the risk of truly living,
    and makes us brave to be what we might be.
    Give me your strength when all my words are weakness;
    give me your love in spite of all you know.
  1. Let love be real, with no manipulation,
    no secret wish to harness or control;
    let us accept each other's incompleteness,
    and share the joy of learning to be whole.
    Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments;
    give me your trust when all my failings show.

Michael Forster (b. 1946)   CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

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

Sunday 30 August - Recorded Service - Mr Mike Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music     Welcome Happy Morning      
Welcome     Introduction     Revd Catherine Bowstead
      Call to Worship     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 34     O worship the Lord in the beauty
   of holiness
    tune: Was lebet,
   was schwebet
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Introduction     Mike Bowstead
      Jeremiah 15: 15-21     Malcolm Souter
      Romans 12: 9-21     Kate Souter
Music StF 504     May the mind of Christ my Saviour     tune: St Leonards
Sermon     The Christian's Demeanour     Mike Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lords Prayer     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 608     All praise to our redeeming Lord     tune: Lucius
Blessing           Mike Bowstead
Music     Welcome Happy Morning      

StF 34

  1. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
    bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
    with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
    kneel and adore him: the Lord is his name.
  1. Low at his feet lay your burden of carefulness,
    high on his heart he will bear it for you,
    comfort your sorrows, and answer your prayerfulness,
    showing the pathway your feet should pursue.
  1. Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
    of the poor wealth you would count as your own;
    truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
    these are the offerings to bring to his throne.
  1. These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
    he will accept for the name that is dear;
    mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
    trust for our trembling, and hope for our fear.
  1. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
    bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
    with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
    kneel and adore him: the Lord is his name.

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811–1875)

StF 608

  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)

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