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ARRANGEMENTS DURING CHURCH LOCKDOWN

For the foreseeable future, Church worship and Sunday sermon will be available for you to watch, listen and follow along at home.

  • The Service itself will be recorded and available as a video file.
  • There will be a document file with the order of service for you to follow along which can be viewed and/or dowloaded.
  • The sermon will be recorded separately and available for you to listen to together with the worship video or on its own.
  • Prayer Ministry support on Sundays will be available via email. Please contact the team at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

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MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK

 A reflection from Rev Alan Bing

 

 

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PALM SUNDAY

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21: 1-11

WHO IS THIS MAN?

This week we begin our Easter journey, together with other Christian worshippers around the world, with the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Have you ever made a grand
    entrance?
  • What happened?
  • What makes you think that Jesus has
    planned ahead for this day?
  • Why had such large crowds
    gathered to welcome Jesus?
  • What sort of king was everyone
    expecting?

 

 

 

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WORDS FROM THE PRAYER TEAM

Every Sunday the prayer team meet to ask God for words or Scripture verses to share with the church. These will be posted HERE

If you feel led to respond to any of these words please contact the prayer team at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

JESUS BRINGS LIFE OUT OF DEATH

The focus of worship for this week is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11). The sermon was recorded for us at home by Steve Parkinson.

You can view and/or download the order of service HERE.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Why didn’t Jesus arrive at
    Bethany sooner?
  • Why do you think Martha
    believed that Jesus could bring
    her brother back from the dead?
  • Can you imagine how the
    mourners in the garden reacted
    when Jesus told them to roll the
    stone away?
  • Jesus prayed to God before the
    miracle happened. What can we
    learn from this prayer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WORDS FROM THE PRAYER TEAM

Every Sunday the prayer team meet to ask God for words or Scripture verses to share with the church. These will be posted HERE

If you feel led to respond to any of these words please contact the prayer team at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

Mothering Sunday
March 22nd – Rev Alan Bing

As Church gatherings have been suspended for the time being, as a result of the coronavirus situation, Rev Alan Bing records a podcast, reflecting on the significance of Mothering Sunday at this difficult time, and our appropriate response in times of trouble and social isolation.

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Tom Cox preaches the third of our Lent series based on Ruth Valerio’s “Say Yes to Life”.

This session focuses particularly on the important role that trees played in the Old Testament story, and in Jesus’ own life and teaching. He encourages us to value the natural world around us and to play our part in protecting our woods and forests.

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Brian Bull begins our Lent series of teaching based on Ruth Valerio’s “Say Yes to Life”.

The light of God’s creation enables us to view the natural world around us in all its different moods, in all the varying seasons. But we need to acknowledge that this world is God’s, not ours. In Job 38, God reminds Job in no uncertain terms that this world is his, We have been charged to be stewards to care for his creation, not to exploit it for our own benefit.

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Eric Barker preaches from the story of the Transfiguration in Matthew 17. Jesus sometimes gives us special blessings or experiences to strengthen our faith and bless our witness for him. We can’t remain for ever on the mountain top, but we can know that the God who is with us on the mountain top will also be with us in the valley.

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Madi Simpson uses the opportunity from Valentines Day to preach from Psalm 136 and Romans 8:18-25 on the character of God’s love. Romans 8:20 tells us that creation is subject to frustration, or futility. If this world is all we have to look forward to, then we have nothing permanent to rely on or to give us hope for the future. But our hope lies in the promise that God’s love endures forever!

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Rev Mike Talbot was vicar of Emmanuel, Northwood and is currently Director of Mission Community Development for Carlisle Diocese. Mike preaches from the story of Jesus’ presentation at the Temple in Luke 2:21-39, and considers the example of Simeon (a lesson in expectation) and Anna (a lesson in faithfulness). 

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Matt Topping preaches on the story from today’s Gospel reading, when Jesus calls his first disciple to follow him (Matthew 4:12-23).  The Message of the Gospel can be summarised in three words: Repent, Follow, Unite. Matt encourages us to put aside any arguments and disagreements and serve together in sharing the message of Jesus with our needy world.

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Madi Simpson preaches from 1 Corinthians 1:8; “He (Jesus Christ) will keep you firm to the end.” Many cosmetic products today advertise similar extravagant claims. What does this verse really mean? Do we believe the adverts more than we believe the claims and promises of Christ in our lives?

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Hannah Wallace preaches at our annual Covenant Service. As we move forward from Christmas to the coming year, are we willing to follow the example of the Wise Men, to journey in commitment and worship, to follow the star that leads us to Jesus?

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December 15th – Madi Simpson
  (Carol Service)

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December 15th – Rev Alan Bing

Advent 3 – Signs of the Kingdom

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Alan Bing preaches from Isaiah 35 and Matthew 11:2-13 (Jesus’ message to John the Baptist in prison). Like John, the people of Israel in Isaiah’s day were in dire circumstances, surrounded by imminent danger. Yet Isaiah gives a message of hope for future blessing, the same message can help us when we find ourselves in difficult or concerning situations.

Despite the way things might seem, God is with us and will save us. We are commanded to share this message of hope with the world around us.

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December 1st – Brian Bull

Advent 1 – Pilgrims in a Fallen World

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Brian Bull looks at Paul’s instructions for navigating our journey through this world, while keeping ourselves focused on the destination that God has prepared for us.

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This week is the final week of the church year – the Feast of Christ the King. Alan Bing preaches from Colossians 1:9-20 and asks: “What does it mean to say that Christ is King?”

The sermon is followed by an interview with Beth and Sam Wallace, who share about their work with YWAM in Boise, Idaho.

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Madi Simpson preaches from the Gospel of John, chapter 11, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

Jesus encourages Mary and Martha to trust in his power to raise their brother from the dead, stretching their faith, and showing that he can always be trusted, whatever the circumstances. Jesus can use our faith, however small, however wobbly, to bring hope to the world and to do great things in our lives.

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Rev Alan Bing preaches from the story of Elisha and King of Aram (2 Kings 6:8-23) and the healing of the blind man (John 9:13-41).

Are we willing to take the opportunities to speak up for Jesus from the heart, even on our own, or in a hostile situation? When we are positive, loving and courageous in the way we share our faith in Jesus, we will lead others to know him, the way, the truth and the life.

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Madi Simpson continues our series on Generosity, looking at the story of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 13:14-end) and the healing of the lame man by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18). We should use our actions, not to serve our own ends, or to fulfil rules and regulations, but considering how we can respect the needs and concerns of those we are called to serve, following Jesus’ example of selflessness and sacrifice.

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Peter Taylor considers the story of the Wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). Whatever difficulty or problem we have in our lives, the first thing we should do is to ask Jesus into the situation.

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David Parkinson from Christians Against Poverty introduces the work of CAP and encourages the church to support the CAP Debt Help Centre which has just been opened at the Parish Church.

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Alan Bing preaches from 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Paul encourages us to be content with what we have, not always looking for more and concerned for our own welfare, but thankful to God for all he has given us, and willing to share generously and to use our gifts sacrificially in God’s service

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September 22nd – Brian Bull

One Mediator between God and Man

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Brian Bull preaches from 1 Timothy 2:5: “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

As illustrated from the story of Joseph and his brothers, Reuben, Joseph and Judah all provide examples of the mediator role, and remind us of how Jesus, through his position as mediator, introduces us into the presence of God the Father, and provides for us from God’s abundant riches.

God calls us to share in his mediator role, standing before God in prayerful intercession for the world, and representing God before the world by sharing his message and witnessing by our example of God’s love and compassion.

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Jen Cox looks at the stories of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin in Luke 15. Jesus, unlike the Pharisees and religious of his day, loved to spend time with “tax-collectors and sinners” because he valued the eternal worth of each individual. and came into the world to seek those who were lost, however far they strayed from God. God loves each one of us and we can always trust him and come to him with confidence to ask his forgiveness and give us the strength to follow his purpose for our lives.

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Andy Dykes preaches from Luke 14. Jesus tells his Pharisee hosts the parables of the wedding feast, and the banquet, condemning them for taking the best seats and disregarding those who are worse off than themselves. Jesus encourages us to take the lowest positions, showing humility and compassion for the poor, and turning the world’s standards on their head.

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