Rachel Fasham | Luke 19:28-44 

As [Jesus] went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’

This was the high point in Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem. As Rachel points out, he had spent much of the day making the ascent from Jericho, and ahead of him lay betrayal and crucifixion. The past year has been a difficult journey for us, yet God walks with us and into a future of hope.

The service is introduced by Dan Parnell and also includes a reading from Val Hanson.

The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music and prayers, can be viewed on YouTube.

Chris Turner | Ephesians 6:10-20 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Yes, we are in a fight, but we also have armour and weapons. In the last of our series on Paul's letter to the Ephesians, Chris explains how we can stand against the opposition by using the resources God has given us.

The service is introduced by Martin Garrod and also includes a reading from Pat Clayton.

The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music and prayers, can be viewed on YouTube.

Peter Frere | Ephesians 6:5-10 

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way.

The language of slaves and masters speaks of the cultural gulf that lies between us and the world of Paul's day. Yet, argues Peter, there is much that we can read across into the modern workplace, in our attitudes and the way we treat others.

The recording, which begins with the reading, is an extract from our live Sunday service which was run via Zoom. The video version which also includes songs can be viewed on YouTube.

March 7, 2021

Purpose for the family

Susan Haynes | Ephesians 5:21​-6:4 

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Starting from that basic principle, the apostle Paul goes on to explain how this should work out in family relationships. Taken at face value his words seem jarring to modern ears, but as Susan explains, the relationship between husband and wife and between parent and child arises out of self-sacrifice and a desire to put the other first. The service is introduced by Rachel Fasham and also includes a reading from Chris Powell and prayers from Christ Church members of all ages.

The full video version of this service, including music and much more, can be viewed on YouTube. All the links to the various follow-up activities are on our website.

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