Peter Frere | Hebrews 12:1-3
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Peter continues our series on the character of Christ by looking at the attitude that kept Jesus going throughout his ministry, even to death. This extract from our Sunday service is introduced by Bobbie Frere with a reading from Michael Dewsbury.
The full video version of the service, including music and news of the appointment of our new vicar, can be viewed on YouTube.
Dan Parnell | Philippians 2:5-11
Christ Jesus... made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross.
How do you settle a dispute? Paul wrote this letter to instruct quarrelling Christians to follow Jesus' example of servanthood and suffering. In his talk Dan challenges us to think how we can take the same steps. The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service, introduced by John Lanchbury with a reading from Maggie Bywater and prayers from Elsie Lanchbury. The audio quality isn't as good as we would wish, but coronavirus restrictions require us to keep the windows open which leads to some traffic noise.
The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.
Chris Turner | Matthew 23:1-12 (The Message)
Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them... Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next.”
Does this way of speaking fit your image of Jesus? This is far from the "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" of Nativity scenes, says Chris. What was Jesus really like as a person? Introducing a new series focusing on the character of Christ, Chris points to Jesus' determination and love of the truth which enabled him to rage against hypocrites and yet show the greatest of gentleness to broken sinners.
The service is introduced by Janet Chalmers and also includes a reading from Alison Cooper and prayers from Graham Chalmers.
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.
Bobbie Frere | 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve... last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
Christian belief is not based on blind faith or wishful thinking, but rather on historical facts which, if true, transform our relationship with God. Bobbie explains why the Easter message lies at the heart of our faith.
The service is introduced by Rachel Fasham and also includes a reading from John Lanchbury and prayers from Peter Frere.
The recording is an edited version of our Sunday service. The full video version of the service, including music, can be viewed on YouTube.