Sunday Worship

We regret that our Sunday Worship is suspended until further notice.  A service is however being recorded for each Sunday.  The scheduled preachers for these recorded services are:

Sunday 31 May - Pentecost

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 7 June - Trinity Sunday

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 14 June

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 21 June

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 28 June

Dr Rosi MorganBarry

Sunday 5 July

Mrs Christine Morgan

Sunday 12 July

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 19 July

Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd

Sunday 26 July

Mr David Morgan

Sunday 2 August

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 9 August

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 16 August

Mrs Keg Glossop

Sunday 23 August

Mrs Kim Tame

Sunday 30 August

Mr Mike Bowstead

Service Recordings

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Each service was recorded by the participants in their homes and then put together to make a complete service.

Sunday 24 May - Aldersgate Sunday - Recorded Service - Dr Rosi MorganBarry

Order of Service:

Music StF 454     Where shall my wondering soul begin?      
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 564     O thou who camest from above     tune 'Hereford'
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Rosi MorganBarry
Readings     Psalm 67     Christine Morgan
      Acts 22: 3-11     Bill Barry
Music StF 345     And can it be      
First talk     'Before Aldersgate'     Rosi MorganBarry
Reading     Extract from John Wesley's Journal     David Morgan
Second talk     'After Aldersgate - and now?'     Rosi MorganBarry
Prayers     Intercession and Lord’s Prayer     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 546     Behold the servant of the Lord!     tune 'Mozart Die Zauberflöte'
Blessing           Rosi MorganBarry
Music StF 610     Best of all is God is with us      

StF 564

  1. O thou who camest from above
    the pure celestial fire to impart,
    kindle a flame of sacred love
    on the mean altar of my heart!
  1. There let it for thy glory burn
    with inextinguishable blaze,
    and trembling to its source return,
    in humble prayer and fervent praise.
  1. Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
    to work, and speak, and think for thee;
    still let me guard the holy fire,
    and still stir up thy gift in me —
  1. Ready for all thy perfect will,
    my acts of faith and love repeat,
    till death thy endless mercies seal,
    and make the sacrifice complete.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 546

  1. Behold the servant of the Lord!
    I wait thy guiding eye to feel,
    to hear and keep thy every word,
    to prove and do thy perfect will,
    joyful from my own works to cease,
    glad to fulfil all righteousness.
  1. Me if thy grace vouchsafe to use,
    meanest of all thy creatures, me,
    the deed, the time, the manner choose;
    let all my fruit be found of thee;
    let all my works in thee be wrought,
    by thee to full perfection brought.
  1. My every weak though good design
    o'errule or change, as seems thee meet;
    Jesus, let all my work be thine!
    Thy work, O Lord, is all complete,
    and pleasing in thy Father's sight;
    thou only hast done all things right.
  1. Here then to thee thine own I leave;
    mould as thou wilt thy passive clay;
    but let me all thy stamp receive,
    but let me all thy words obey,
    serve with a single heart and eye,
    and to thy glory live and die.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)
Music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 17 May - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 383     Holy Spirit, gift bestower     tune 'Yr Hun Gan'
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 372     Come down, O Love divine     tune 'Down Ampney'
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Readings     John 14: 15-27
    Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
    Kate Souter
      Acts 17: 22-32  Paul in Athens     Malcolm Souter
Music StF 395     Spirit of the living God      
Sermon     'Comfort and Courage'     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercession and Lord’s Prayer     Kate Souter
Hymn StF 391     O breath of life, come sweeping
    through us
    tune 'Spiritus Vitae'
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead

StF 372

  1. Come down, O Love divine,
    seek thou this soul of mine,
    and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
    O Comforter, draw near,
    within my heart appear,
    and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
  1. O let it freely burn,
    till earthly passions turn
    to dust and ashes, in its heat consuming;
    and let thy glorious light
    shine ever on my sight,
    and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
  1. Let holy charity
    mine outward vesture be,
    and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
    true lowliness of heart,
    which takes the humbler part,
    and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
  1. And so the yearning strong,
    with which the soul will long,
    shall far outpass the power of human telling;
    for none can guess its grace,
    till he become the place
    wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Bianco da Siena (d. 1434)
translated by Richard Frederick Littledale (1833–1890)

StF 391

  1. O breath of life, come sweeping through us,
    revive your Church with life and power;
    O breath of life, come, cleanse, renew us,
    and fit your Church to meet this hour.
  1. O wind of God, come, bend us, break us,
    till humbly we confess our need;
    then in your tenderness remake us,
    revive, restore; for this we plead.
  1. O breath of love, come, breathe within us,
    renewing thought and will and heart;
    come, love of Christ, afresh to win us,
    revive your Church in every part.

Elizabeth Ann Head, (Bessie Porter Head) (1850–1936)
Music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 10 May - Recorded Service for Christian Aid Week - Mrs Kim Tame

Order of Service:

Music MP 38     As we are gathered, Jesus is here     John Daniels
Welcome     Introduction and Gathering Prayer     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 545     Be thou my vision     tune 'Slane'
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Kim Tame
Readings     Psalm 31: 1-5     Sue Colbourn
      John 14: 1-14     Sue Colbourn
Music     'How great Thou art'      
Sermon     'The Future in Safe Hands'     Kim Tame
Prayers     Intercession and Lord’s Prayer     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 415     The Church of Christ, in every age     tune 'Herongate'
Blessing           Kim Tame

Christian Aid links:
        Further info re virtual fundraising in Christian Aid week
        Direct link to the donation page

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)

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)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214
Music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 3 May - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music     The Lord's my Shepherd     tune ‘Townend’
Welcome     Introduction, 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     Psalm 23     Rosi MorganBarry
      John 10: 1-10     Bill Barry
Music     The Lord's my Shepherd     tune ‘Townend’
Sermon     Life in all its fullness     Revd Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercession and Lord’s Prayer     Rosi MorganBarry
Hymn StF 611     Brother, sister, let me serve you     tune ‘Servant Song’
Blessing           Revd Catherine Bowstead
Music           tune ‘Kingsfold’

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 611

  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)
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214
Music played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 26 April - Recorded Service - Mr Mike Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music    Thine be the glory    
Welcome and introduction    Revd Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 294    All ye that seek the Lord who died    tune ‘Warrington’
Prayers    Adoration, confession and thanksgiving    Mike Goddard
Readings    Isaiah 25: 6-9    Liz Goddard
     Luke 24: 13-35    Liz Goddard
Sermon    Walking the Road of Hope    Mike Bowstead
Prayers    Intercession and Lord’s Prayer    Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 306    Now the green blade rises
     from the buried grain
   see below -
     tune ‘Noel Nouvelet’
Blessing      Mike Bowstead

StF 294

  1. All you that seek the Lord who died,
    your God for sinners crucified,
    now, now let all your grief be o'er!
    Believe, and you shall weep no more.
  1. The Lord of life is risen indeed,
    to death delivered in your stead;
    his rise proclaims your sins forgiven,
    and shows the living way to heaven.
  1. Haste then, you souls that first believe,
    who dare the gospel word receive,
    your faith with joyful hearts confess,
    be bold, be Jesus' witnesses.
  1. Go, tell the followers of your Lord
    their Jesus is to life restored;
    he lives to quicken humankind;
    he lives that all his life may find.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 306

  1. Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
    wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
    Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

  1. In the grave they laid him, Love who had been slain,
    thinking that he never would awake again,
    laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
  1. Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
    he that for the three days in the grave had lain,
    quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
  1. When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
    then your touch can call us back to life again,
    fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

John Macleod Campbell Crum (1872–1958)  © 1928, Oxford University Press
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214
Music: Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org