working in the community.
The PCC decided that now we can open the church for services as well as for private prayer during the week.
The church is open for private prayer only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 – 12 and 2 – 4 pm .
For a recording of
Sunday's service please click below
Just to cheer us up we would like to hold a scarecrow festival again this year. Can you make a scarecrow and put it in your front garden for more details click here?
Good morning and welcome today, I trust you are well.
**NEXT SUNDAY WE WILL HOLD A HARVEST SERVICE IN WITTERSHAM AT 10.30 AM. A small choir will sing.. Anyone who wishes to attend must wear a face covering (mask) as this is now mandatory., PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO COME SO WE CAN ORGANISE THE SEATING. We will still record a Sunday service for those who prefer to access our services online.
Our readings today: Eccles 3: 1 – 11, Psalm 144, Luke 9: 18 - 22
Following his question regarding what the crowds said about him, Jesus asks an even more important question “But you who do you say I am?” to his closest trainees and friends, the Apostles. For Peter, Jesus was the realisation of all Israel’s hope. His answer that Jesus is the Messiah of God was dependent on what he had seen Jesus do and what he himself had done in Jesus’ name. Following this Jesus had to teach them that the Messiah of God must be viewed from a new perspective, that of the cross. In this context he gives the first prediction of his Passion. Time and again he said that he must go to his cross. And now he tells his Apostles that he must suffer greatly, be rejected and be killed.
Jesus shows a God of love who accepts suffering and does not inflict it. The acts of our God are acts of love. I wonder how we would respond to Jesus’ question, “….and you, who do you say I am?”
Jesus, is like a beautiful melody
At the mouths of those who call it,
It is the first to arrive at the shouts of those who need it.
A believer’s rock, a believer’s fortress,
A name that snatches out of distress.
Jesus, his name fills you with insatiability,
A name filled with an incandescent beauty,
Oh! his name holds so much certainty,
At the same time, so much mystery.
His name pervades an empty heart,
Helps a sinner forget an awful past.
His name gives strength to the weak,
Grace to the meek.
Jesus, the name above all names!
What name but this,
Brings warriors to their knees?
I know not many things
But I know this,
His name…still performs miracles.
Our Prayer for the weekKeep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May God bless you and keep you safe
With my love