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If you missed the Sunday sermon, or you would like to listen over again, just scroll down to find the sermon you missed. We hope you enjoy listening.

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ARRANGEMENTS DURING CHURCH LOCKDOWN

As we are now re-introducing regular (socially distanced) services on Sundays at 9.00am, as well as the on-line zoom service at 10.30, pre-recorded worship sessions will no longer be provided.

We plan to go back to our pre-lockdown practice of recording the Sunday sermon which will be uploaded here for those who would like to catch up later.

Prayer Ministry support on Sundays will be available via email. Please contact the team at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

Additional ideas and resources for children and families worshipping at home are available on our Children and Families page

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20th September

Complaining to God   Rev Alan Bing

  • Exodus 16:2-15
  • Matthew 20:1-16

Bringing our cares and concernes to God in prayer is perfectly acceptable, and even encouraged by God, but grumbling is a different matter. How do we maintain a godly attitude when things don’t go the way we expect them to?

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6th September

Love fulfills the law   Madi Simpson

  • Romans 13:8-end
  • Matthew 22:34-46

If we love God sincerely, with our heart, our soul and our mind, then that love should flow from us to our neighbour, as we love others as ourselves.

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30th August

Walking by faith   Peter Taylor

  • Romans 12:9-end
  • Matthew 16:21-end

Peter Taylor discusses what it means to deny ourselves and follow in the steps of Jesus.

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23rd August

“How much are you worth?”   Rev Alan Bing

  • Romans 12:1-8

Each one of us is of infinite worth in the eyes of God, and if we are part of his kingom he gives us all a purpose and a plan for our lives.

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16th August

“God always hears our prayers.”   Tom Cox

  • Matthew 14:22-33

Even though we may not understand the curcumstances we face, or appreciate the way God is working things out, God always responds to our situation and answers our prayers.

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9th August

“How beautiful are the feet that bring good news…”   Brian Bull

  • Mark 2:1-12
  • Romans 10:1-16

However bruised and battered are the feet that follow in the steps of Christ, carrying the Good News of salvations to the world, they are beautiful in the sight of God.

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2nd August

There will be no pre-recorded worship and sermon video today as we are encouraged to join on-line worship and prayer from New Wine at 11am. The live-streamed event can be found at http://www.new-wine.org/breaksout

A complete outline of activities for Sunday 2nd August can be found on this week’s notice sheet

SUPPORT FROM THE PRAYER TEAM

Prayer Ministry will be available via email  at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

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26th July

2 Corinthians 4:6-18
Luke 9:18-25

PAUL
Strength and hope

Madi Simpson considers how the apostle Paul was able to keep going through difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences in the light of  resurrection.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What has been the worst thing
    that has ever happened to you?
  • Paul and Silas sang and did not
    escape when given the chance –
    what made them act this way?
  • Does knowing that Jesus gives
    you eternal life make you think
    about things differently?

 

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 SUPPORT FROM THE PRAYER TEAM

Prayer Ministry will be available via email  at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

19th July

Job 19:21-27a
Luke 1:26-38

MARY
Trusting in Jesus

Hannah Wallace reflects on the strength of Mary’s faith in God, and how she was able to keep trusting even when everything seemed to be going wrong.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What is the most shocking news
    you have ever received?
  • Do you prefer to be spontaneous
    or have everything organised?
  • What was Mary’s reaction when
    Gabriel gave her this shocking
    news?
  • Mary said ‘yes’ to God’s plan.
    What might God’s plan be for
    you and how can you say ‘yes’?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

12th July

Nehemiah 2:11-20
Ephesians 4:11-16

NEHEMIAH
Returning from exile

Rev Alan Bing considers the faith and determination of Nehemiah to restore the fortunes of Jerusalem, and challenges us to “expect great things from God, attempt great things for God” as we help rebuild after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What is the biggest task you’ve
    ever had to face? Did you
    complete it?
  • When the going gets tough, do
    you normally give up or carry
    on?
  • What made Nehemiah so
    determined?
  • Nehemiah believed that with
    God’s help he could succeed.
    How hard is it for you to believe
    this too?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

5th July

Lamentations 21:14-26
Revelation 21:1-5

JEREMIAH
Learning to lament

Tom Cox looks at Jeremiah’s response to the destruction of Jerusalem and the prospect of holding on to hope in the midst of disaster.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • When has been the saddest time
    of your life?
  • Have you ever experienced
    bullying?
  • What helps you when you feel
    down?
  • What can you learn from how
    the author deals with sadness?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

28th June

2 Samuel 21:1-14
Matthew 21:1-13

RIZPAH
Speaking truth to power

Eric Barker considers our responsibility as believers to stand up for truth and justice and to stand by those who may be needing help or advocacy in case of hardship or oppression.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Think of a time when someone
    let you down. How did it make
    you feel?
  • When have you stood up for the
    right thing/for justice?
  • Why did you do it? (You could
    have let someone else do it or
    just ignored it.)
  • What does Jesus teach you
    about fighting for justice?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

21st June

Ruth 1:8-19a
Luke 9:57-62

RUTH
Refined by suffering

Rev Alan Bing explores the story of Ruth and Naomi, and looks at how we can support one another through periods of grief and suffering.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Naomi was forced out of her own
    country – think of a time when
    you’ve been forced to go
    somewhere you didn’t want to
    go. How did it make you feel?
  • This is a story all about loss. When
    have you lost someone or
    something (either by death or
    misplacement)?
  • What would you say to someone
    who was hurting like Naomi or
    Ruth?
  • Ruth was so kind to Naomi. Who
    is the kindest person you know?
  • How could you be more like
    them?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

14th June

Genesis 12:1-9
Matthew 6:25-34

ABRAHAM
Into the Unknown

Madi Simpson looks at the story of Abraham and the role of faith in facing an uncertain future.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Describe a time when you have
    been really sad to leave
    somewhere?
  • What has been the biggest
    change for you during lockdown?
  • How did Abraham handle the big
    change in his life?
  • What can we learn from him
    about how to handle change?
  • How do you feel about ‘the
    unknown’? Do you love the
    adventure or hate the
    uncertainty?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

June 7th

Trinity

Genesis 4:1-16
John 13:30-35

CAIN AND ABEL

Locked out of Eden

Brian Bull looks at the family stresses and tensions that result from being “locked out” of the Garden of Eden.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • Describe a time when you have
    been generous. How did it make
    you feel?
  • Cain lied to God. Do you think
    this was a good idea? Would you
    do it?
  • God sent Cain away. Have you
    ever been sent away from
    somewhere?
  • How well do you love others
    instead of being jealous of them?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

May 31st

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21
John 7:37-39

THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

Paul Daltry looks at the birth of the early church and the gift of the Holy Spirit on that first day of Pentecost.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
  • The disciples were waiting for the
    gift of the Holy Spirit (like Jesus
    told them to). Are you good at
    waiting for God to answer?
  • In what 3 ways did the Holy Spirit
    come?
  • The Holy Spirit gave the disciples
    power and ability. What does He
    give you?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

May 24th

7th Sunday of Easter

Ascension

Acts 1:6-14
John 17:1-11

YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER

At the beginning of Acts, the disciples are living in uncertain times, not sure what is happening, what the future holds for them. Jesus tells them to wait and pray. He will send the Spirit, and they will receive power to be witnesses.

How can that experience of the first believers help us in today’s uncertain situation?

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS
(relating to the passage from John 14)

  • What is the most amazing thing
    you have ever seen?
  • What do you think it means to be
    baptised with the Holy Spirit?
  • Why did Jesus go back to
    Heaven?
  • How open are you to receiving
    God’s gift of the Holy Spirit?

 

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JIGSAW PROJECT

Tim and Kate Lee have sent us a VIDEO UPDATE ON THE JIGSAW PROJECT 

 

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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

May 17th

6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:22-31
John 14:15-21

KNOWING GOD

Matt Topping preaches on Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill in Athens, from Acts 17. Taking the tomb of the unknown god as his starting point, Paul witnesses to the truth that we can not only know about God, but know God personally as our creator and living Saviour.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS
(relating to the passage from John 14)

  • Jesus said he was just like His
    father. How are you like your
    father/father figure?
  • Do you find it easy to be obedient
    to those whom you love?
  • Which of Jesus’ commandments
    do you need to work on today?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

May 10th

5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 7:55-60
John 14:1-14

EVERYBODY HAS TROUBLES

Madi Simpson looks at the troubles we all face in this life. Jesus prepares his disciples for the prospect of his own death on the cross and tells them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. If we know Jesus in our hearts,  the abundant life and promise of eternity that he brings can carry us through every trouble that we can ever face.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS
(relating to the passage from John 10)

  • How many rooms do you have in
    your house? Will there be more
    or fewer rooms in God’s house?
  • Jesus said he is ‘the way’. Do you
    always get your own way?
  • When do you find it difficult to go
    Jesus’ way/be like Jesus?
  • If we get to know God through
    Jesus, how do we get to know
    Jesus?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

May 3rd

4th Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:42-47
John 10:1-10

“ALL THINGS IN COMMON”

Chria Taylor reflect on Acts 2:44: “All who believed were together and had all things in common”. We can take heart from this that although we can’t be physically together at this time, we do remain spiritually connected through God. With God’s strength through the Holy Spirit we remain as one with all things in common, and together we can encourage one another to face the fear of an ‘invisible enemy’.

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS
(relating to the passage from John 10)

  • Whose voice do you always listen
    to? Whose voice do you never
    listen to?
  • Have you ever had anything
    stolen? How did it feel?
  • Why does Jesus refer to himself
    as the gate for the sheep?
  • How do you live life to the full?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

April 26th

3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2: 36-41
Luke 24: 13-35

ONLY THROUGH CHRIST

Rev Alan Bing reflects on Peter’s sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2). Jesus is risen from the dead, and only through the power of his resurrection can we find forgiveness and new life through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for the service you can view or download the document file here.

 

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS
(relating to the passage from Luke)

  • Have you ever dressed up in a
    costume? What has been your
    favourite disguise?
  • Why do you think Jesus didn’t
    reveal himself straight away?
  • Jesus told the disciples why he
    had to die. Do you know why?
  • How can you show or tell other
    people about Jesus?

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

April 19th

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER

1 Peter 1: 3-9
John 20: 19-31

 
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT DOUBT

Eric Barker looks at the story of Thomas (“Doubting Thomas”) in John 20 and considers the part that doubt plays in our journery of faith.

 

LITURGY FOR WORSHIP SERVICE

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for todays service you can view or download the document file here.

 

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What do you believe in that you
    cannot see?
  • Why do you think Thomas
    didn’t believe the disciples’
    story?
  • Why did Jesus give them the
    gift of the Holy Spirit?
  • Are there times when you find
    God/Jesus hard to believe in?

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
John 20: 1-18

THE GOSPEL ON  LOCKDOWN
 Madi preaches her Easter message from the confines of her study, reminding us that the Apostle Paul managed to preach ‘boldly and without hindrance’ for two years – while under house arrest.

LITURGY FOR HOLY COMMUNION

If you would like to follow along with the liturgy for todays service you can view or download the document file here.

EXPLORE TOGETHER QUESTIONS

  • What is the heaviest thing you
    have ever pushed/lifted?
  • Do you think Mary wanted to
    roll the stone away? If not,
    what was she doing there?
  • Why didn’t she recognise Jesus
    at first?
  • What does Jesus’ resurrection
    mean to you?

 

 

 

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them at upc.prayerteam@gmail.com

 

 

HOLY WEEK reflections

During Holy Week, members of the staff team will be posting a daily reflection on the lectionary reading of the day.

Similar resources can also be found on the C of E web page.

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SATURDAY

“Today’s reflection is about Holy Saturday and the Big ‘what if’! (Matthew 27:57-end)” – Ruth

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GOOD FRIDAY

A reflection on John 19 for Good Friday – Rev Alan Bing.

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THURSDAY

“Don’t ask a question that you don’t want the answer to: A simple reflection on Luke 23: 1-25” – Hannah Fishwick

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WEDNESDAY

“Peter’s stolen fire: A reflection on Luke 22:54-end” – Madi Simpson.

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TUESDAY

A reflection from Ruth on the start of todays passage (Luke 22:24-53) from the perspective of Simon the Zealot. 

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MONDAY

 A reflection from Rev Alan Bing

(Luke 22:1-23)

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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 would like to receive prayer, the prayer team is available on Sundays. Please email them 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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