Category Archives: Worship

Rainbow Covenant Hymn

Rainbow Covenant Hymn

Red is the fire of God’s holy presence
Filling our hearts with love and desire;
Here is our vow to hold people sacred,
Welcoming all with covenant care.

Orange the clay that makes us all mortal
Each of us equal in stature and worth
Given a mission: sharing the Kingdom
Now we affirm that in our new birth.

Yellow, like gold, means all things are precious,
Each with a right to sing and be free;
This is our pledge to make all God’s children,
Valued as part of Earth’s majesty.

Green pulses flow through veins of creation,
Till humans clear great forests in seed;
This is our promise: keep all things growing,
We will reverse our violent greed.

Blue is the heart-song felt in asylum,
Vulnerable children bearing the cost.
Now with our souls we promise to listen,
Publicly giving a voice to the lost.

Indigo brings us a God-man of Sorrows:
Faith being used to hurt and divide;
We will resist and draw close to others,
Loving our neighbours, we’ll stand by side.

Violet announces Christ in our cosmos,
Holding our Earth in all of its pain.
Christ now invites us: join in my mission!
Cov’nant with me to bring peace again.

Tune: Morning Has Broken
Adapted by Hayley Matthews 2018
Originally from https://seasonofcreation.com/

‘Tis the season to REMEMBER.

Last night we had all sorts of ‘fun’ with death, with the help of this beautiful ofrenda.

This gift from Mexico is with us all week! And will be the focus of our worship next Sunday morning – so please bring a photo or special memento of someone important to you who has died to place onto the ofrenda in celebration and remembrance of them. We are also hosting St Michael’s and St Chad’s to mark our ‘church birthday’ (or patronal festival) of All Hallows’ so do please bring some food to share with them over lunch if you are able.

Today’s service – Sunday 21st October 2018

It was absolutely wonderful, even beautiful, to have Andrew Mustapha back with us this morning. It was so moving to hear him read from 1 Corinthians 13 about love, and to hear him describe his experience in detention. Heston was also brilliant at sharing with us how God’s love is about taking us from slavery and captivity to that place of promise where we as individuals, created in God’s image, can become whole by sharing and being interdependent in the community of God’s people, that between us we have the gifts that make a body work and be at peace.

Today we shared together:

We believe in a bright and amazing God
who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendor and majesty;
who decorates the universe with bright lights,
twinkling stars and brilliant colours,
again and again and again.

We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.

We commit ourselves to Jesus,
ton one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the Maker’s good plans for the world.

God said: Let there be light.
May we be the light of the world.
Amen!

Sunday Morning Worship 17th June

This morning we revisited the story of the Good Samaritan by all taking part in a drama of the story narrated by Heston. We were each given a heart outline with a break in it to write on a situation where someone was hurting, we then joined all the hearts together to make a heart “daisy” chain by mending the hearts with a small “God Loves You” sticker. For our prayers we wrote the name of someone we wanted to pray for on a plaster and stuck them onto a wooden cross.

And here are some of the quotes that Heston used during the service for us to reflect on:

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

— Emmet Fox


Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.

— Brennan Manning


You are loved strongly and relentlessly, faithfully and without reservation. Your God does not watch you undecided, she does not wait to be convinced, the jury is not out. The verdict in Christ is you, always. Without hesitation, deviation, and with endless repetition.

— Chris Russell


‘Welcome to the Real World’ by Godfrey Rust

I didn’t know
that Love is real life,

and everything else
just a more or less entertaining way
of dying.

And I didn’t know
that Love is like nothing on earth.

Love isn’t what you fall in.
It’s what pulls you out
of what you fall in.

Love isn’t a good feeling.
Love is doing good
when you’re feeling bad.

Love means hanging in
when everyone else
shrugs their shoulders
and goes off to McDonalds.

Love means taking the knocks
and coming back
to try to make things better.

Love hurts.
That’s its way of telling you
that you’re alive.

And the funny thing is that after all
Love does feel good.
People say Love is weak.
But Love is tougher than Hate.
Hating’s easy.
Most of us have a gift for it.

But Love counts to ten
while Hate slams the door.

Love says you
where Hate says me.

Love is the strongest weapon
known to mankind.
Other weapons blow people up.
Only Love puts them back together again.

And everything that seems real,
that looks smart,
that feels good,
has a sell-by date.
But Love has no sell-by date.
Love is Long Life.
Love is the ultimate preservative.

I don’t know too much about Love
but I know a man who does,
up there on the cross
Loving us to death.

Love is the key
to the door of the place
he’s prepared for you
in the kingdom of God.

If you’re beginning to understand
then welcome to the real world.

 

This coming week is Refugee Week, let us remember the story of the Good Samaritan and love and welcome the hurting stranger, whoever they are.

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal

This evening we celebrated a Seder Meal / Eucharist and Footwashing with the wonderful David Winston ensuring we don’t forget the Jewishness of this evening. We were reminded that this meal has a history going back unbroken through time to the Exodus, each element of the meal referring to a part of the story about how the people of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt, how they travelled through the wilderness to the promised land. Amongst the elements the unleavened bread, the herbs, salt water, horse radish sauce, lamb (yam in our case!) and the drinking of the four cups, all have important meaning in the story and I particularly found the third cup of liberation very moving.

Sunday 18th February 2018 (part 2)

Sunday’s service was all age worship for the start of Lent. We went ‘into the desert’ where Jesus (and many of God’s people) have been tried and tested, and have grown in faith. We explored the desert (the sandpit!), we made space for quiet and contemplation, we made unleavened bread (pancakes), and we made prayer chains to help us give these 40 days of Lent to God.

Click on any picture to start the slide show. Also see Part 1

Sunday 29 October 2017

This morning in our all age service we have been looking at Romans 7 and how we so often find that we are unable to do the things that we want to do that are good and right. To try and understand this a bit better we tried to do some very difficult things:

Too many cooks trying to make choux pastry in too short a time

Intricate colouring of inspirational posters

Navigating an assault course whilst blindfolded and directed by others. Would you trust that man?

Generosity

This morning we were looking at Philippians 2 and at God’s generosity.

David led a group looking at Philipians 2 and how we are called to be more generous since God has been so generous to us

Chris led another group where they recognised how difficult it is to be generous and how our own perceived needs get in the way. We need more faith!

Sarah led a group making beautiful generosity bunting.

Hannah’s group tried to make 5000 people using potato prints and finger prints.

Not quite 5000 potato prints, miht just have done 500? Jesus managed to feed 5000 men (plus all the women and children!) with just five loaves and two fishes. Amazing generosity.

We then broke up into groups to share bread and wine (not quite 5000 of us) and to share with each other where we are going to be in the next week and where God is going to be in everything.

Bread and wine that symbolise the incredible generosity of God in Jesus.

Confirmation


“Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?”

Challenging words from one of the songs chosen by three of our church members, taking the next step in their journey of faith.
Bishop Paul joined us on Sunday to lead an inspiring and moving service, during which he confirmed Leah, Andrew and Ramesh.

“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine”

What is confirmation then?
Leah, Andrew and Ramesh have all recently chosen to be baptised, and decided to take the next step of dedicating their lives to Gods service.
Bishop Paul laid his hands upon them as a symbol of the blessing of Gods Holy Spirit, who strengthens us for service.
And, as the words of the song above remind us, we can go ahead in this journey knowing that God is with us always.

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”

We need inspiration to set out on this kind of faith journey!
Something (God maybe!) has inspired Leah, Andrew and Ramesh to make this choice.
We all need a vision that inspires us to go further, to give of our best, and helps us to see we are part of a bigger picture.

What gives you inspiration?
What does your heart feel drawn towards?

Celebrating Pentecost and Environment Sunday

Celebrating Pentecost and Environment Sunday with wild flowers from the garden