The First Sunday after Trinity
O GOD, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 St. John 4.7-end
BELOVED, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us; because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment: he that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
St. Luke 16.19-end
THERE was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried: and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Presiding: Caroline Shuttleworth
Preaching: Deborah Colvin, churchwarden at St James, Piccadilly..
We're delighted that Deborah is joining us as part of our commitment to the Eco Church initiative.
A creche is available.
Refreshments are served after the service.
Worship is led by our band. We blend contemporary songs with traditional hymns.
Fifth Sunday after Easter
O LORD, from whom all good things do come: Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
St. James 1.22-end
BE ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
St. John 16.23-end
VERILY, verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
At a healing service, we offer the opportunity to receive silent prayer. We make no promise or claim to cure. But we trust that God is with us in our need and that he hears our prayers. There is also the opportunity to talk with one of our prayer team in a quiet moment for more support.
Leading the service: Simon Harvey
Preaching: Ian Mylam
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is an important moment to take stock. As well as conducting the necessary business for an annual meeting of a substantial charity, we'll be celebrating and thanking God for his provision. We'll be rededicating ourselves to his service and praying for the year ahead. And there'll be elections of churchwardens, deanery synod representatives, PCC representatives and sidespeople.
Simon Harvey will be preaching.
- Leadership roles and nomination forms Find out how the elections take place and learn how you can play a part in electing people to lead our parish.
- Role description - Churchwarden.
- Role description - PCC member.
- Role description - deanery synod lay representative
- Role description - Sidesperson.
- Form of Declaration This form must be completed by all people standing for election to confirm that they are eligible to do so under church rules and charity law.
- Annual report, accounts and supplementary reports.
- Children's groups are available today.
- A creche is available.
- Refreshments are served after the service.
- Worship is led by our band. We blend contemporary songs with traditional hymns.
More than eggs!
Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the Christian calendar. We rejoice to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Death is defeated. Life is won through God's redeeming love. Alleluia!
Preaching: Simon Harvey
- A creche is available.
- Refreshments are served after the service.
- Worship is led by our classical choir. We blend traditional hymns with contemporary songs.
ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
St. John 20.1-10
THE first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalen early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together; and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre; and he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie; and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
Welcome to these Meditations for Good Friday
Christians have always held these hours as sacred, a time for stillness, for watching and for waiting. It is not always easy to watch or to wait.
Come this afternoon to Christ’s cross, whose power is undiminished. Come - stay and watch, listen and pray. In our meditations we will reflect together in words, music and silence on the events of this day, their meanings for those around Jesus and for ourselves today.
And may God bless you in this holy time.
‘Breath of Death-Breath of Life’
Over the course of three hours from noon until three o’clock, Jesus’ life ebbs away in suffering and desolation, until he breathes his last. In reflecting on the breath that breathes through the events of Holy week - the breathing out of hate and threats, the breathing in of fragrant love, the breath that deals in death and the breath that brings life - we prepare to let ourselves know more deeply the new and risen life of Easter.
We will begin each meditation with a reading from the Bible and a short reflection. This will be followed by a silence. Before the next meditation begins, we will pray and hear a piece of music.
In consideration of those who wish to use the silence for prayer, please do not enter or leaving the church except during the music.
The church will remain open until 6pm today.
Please do join us for Easter Sunday Holy Communion at 9am or 11am.