This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent, traditionally a time to think and reflect on prophets and their message that we need to change our ways as God’s Kingdom of Justice and Peace is near. Lois will be leading us in our worship, the Rev Hayley Matthews will be leading us in our celebration of the feast of life and Heston will be sharing his thoughts.
The readings for this Sunday are Psalm 23 and Matthew 11:28-30.
The weather forecast doesn’t look too good but we will have the heating on and there will be hot drinks and a warm welcome for everyone.
“Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!” (from The Christian Resource Institute website)
On Sunday morning we welcomed Ntambwe Nkombe, released from internment by the Home Office after a failed attempt to deport him back to the Congo where he would probably have been killed due to his opposition to the government of that country. It was fantastic to see his smiling face and to celebrate the hope that justice might prevail in his situation. He has a long way to go still before he is safe, he has restrictions on his movement, he has to report regularly to a police station and he still has to convince the High Court that he should be allowed to stay here.
Despite these issues, Ntambwe was able to celebrate his release and he sang a song of praise which we were able to join in the chorus.
If you wish to know more and / or wish to show your support for Ntambwe please visit the campaign page on change.org
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent and we start our journey towards the amazing mystery of Christmas. Heston is going in search of soul food and there will also be a shared lunch after the service. So come hungry, and come with something to share if you can!
This Sunday’s service will be at 10:30am as usual and we will be welcoming the Rev Dr Matt Ward who will be continuing o ur series on the book of Romans with his thoughts on Romans 12:9-21. Matt is Lead Chaplain at Leeds University.
This Sunday the Revd Dr David Randolph Horn will be sharing his thoughts on Romans 12:1-8 under the theme “Gathering in love: what does God want on Sundays?”
Our other reading will be from John 24:36 – 49
This Sunday we will be meeting for our morning worship service at 10:30am when Jan will be sharing her thoughts us in the next of our series on Paul’s letter to the Romans. The readings will be from Romans 8:28-39 and Psalm 139.
It is also Remembrance Sunday – a chance to remember all those who have given their lives trying to bring peace in our world, and how we can work to bring God’s peace in all it’s fullness.
This Sunday is the start of National Interfaith Week so please pray through the week, for interfaith relations in Hyde Park, Leeds and Britain, and for our friends and neighbours of other faiths.
On Sunday afternoon at 3-3.15pm, there will be a brief Interfaith Remembrance Service at the Makkah Mosque on Thornville Road, LS6
This week we see the end of British Summer Time, the clocks go back, we have an extra hour in bed (if you are not at the sleep over!) and the mornings are lighter. This Sunday’s service is an all age worship and, continuing our series on Romans, Richard Barton is going to share some thoughts on Romans 7:15-25 and Luke 18:18-23.
Just a thought on British Summer Time:
When told the reason for daylight savings time, the old Indian said, “Only the government would believe that you could cut the foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom of the blanket, and have a longer blanket”
This week we welcome back Heston and Lydia from their trip to South Africa to see Heston’s family. Ease them in gently! Heston will be presiding at our 10:30am service and we welcome the Rev Bob Brooke who will be sharing his thoughts about Romans 6:20-23 and John 14:1-7
This Sunday, at our 10:30am service, we continue our series looking at Paul’s letter to the Romans. This week our very own Dr Jan Betts will be looking at Romans 1 and the readings will be Romans 5:1-11 and Mark 10:17-27. And we will be welcoming Rev Hayley Matthews to preside over our communion service.
This Sunday, at our 10:30am service, we start a series where we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the Romans. We have an exciting range of people lined up to lead us in our thoughts. This week our very own Sarah Derbyshire will be looking at Romans 1 and the readings will be Romans 1:14-17 and Mark 8:27-end. And we will be welcoming Matt Ward to preside over our communion service.