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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

Socially distanced services in church – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL AT LEAST FEBRUARY HALF TERM

Sunday 9:00am at Ulverston Parish Church (scroll down to find the latest Sunday Sermon)
Sunday 3:00pm at St. John’s Osmotherly (2nd and 4th Sundays – see full schedule here.

Live-streamed services (join us on our UPC facebook page)

Sunday 9:00am service from Ulverston Parish Church
Thursday 9:00 – 9:30am daily prayer

Live on Zoom:      

Sunday 10:00am Junior Church
Sunday 10.30am
Family Service
Sunday 5:00pm Youth meeting
Tuesdays 12.30-1:00pm Daily Prayer

To join these meetings please email Jen Cox at  office@ulverstonparishchurch.org
or Ruth Hutchings at youth@ulverstonparishchurch.org

Prayer Ministry support on Sundays will be available via email. Please contact the team at prayer@ulverstonparishchurch.org

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

CATCH UP WITH LAST WEEK’S SERMON

11th April

Peter Taylor – “sharing all things in common”

  • Acts 4:32-35
  • John 20:19-31

Watch and listen to the sermon on our Facebook page           

WORDS FROM THE PRAYER TEAM

2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Psalm 27 v14. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 119 v105. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The God of all comfort stands with us and shows us the way ahead. All would seem to fit with last week’s words: Hold on, Keep the Faith, Reach out.

We also felt there may be someone with a Sore elbow.

You can email: prayer@ulverstonparishchurch.org at any time.

4th April

EASTER SUNDAY – Brian Bull

  • Acts 10:34-43
  • John 20:1-18

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28th March

PALM SUNDAY – Rev Alan Bing

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • John 12:12-16

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STUDY SERIES FOR LENT

Our Sunday sermons and Home Group studies for Lent are based around the refreshed “God for All” vision and its four themes, provided by Bishop Emma. The sermon on February 21st introduces Lent with a meditation on Jesus’ Temptation in the wilderness, and the following four Sundays reflect the God for All themes, Follow Daily (Feb 28th), Speak Boldly (March 7th), Care Deeply  (March 14th), Tread Gently (March 21st).

Further resources can be found at https://www.godforall.org.uk/lent-resources-2021/ 

21st March

Tread Gently – Madi Simpson

  • John 12:20-33

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14th March

Care Deeply – Brian Bull

  • John 19:25b-27

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7th March

Speak Boldly – Matt Topping

  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
  • John 2:13-22

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28th February

Follow Daily – Rev Alan Bing

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Mark 8:31-38

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21st February

The Temptation of Jesus – Eric Barker

  • Deuteronomy 8:1-10
  • Mark 1.9-15

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14th February

What is “Transformation”? – Steve Parkinson

  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
  • Mark 9:2-9

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The story of Jesus’ transfiguration in Mark 9 gives us a glimpse of God’s glory, and a brief insight into the treasures that are stored up for us in His heavenly Kingdom.

7th February

What is “Wisdom”? – Madi Simpson

  • Proverbs 8:1,22-31
  • Colossians 1:15-20

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Wisdom is not just a matter intellectual knowledge, Jewish scholars consider wisdom to be “seeking the correct response to ever situation in life”.  Wisdom seeks a response, and make demand on us, but If we ask God for wisdom he will generously give us the wisdom we need.

 

31st January

What is “The Fear of God”? – Matt Topping

  • Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
  • Mark 1: 21-28

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The Bible encourages us to be people of faith not fear. God is our loving father so why should we fear him? Matt suggests that we need to find “an eternally appropriate response” to a holy God, one of respect, reverence, awe, amazement, and worship. Fearing God means living wholeheartedly as God’s children. 

24th January

What is “Glory”? – Rev Alan Bing

  • John 2:1-11
  • Revelation 19:6-10

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 Rev Alan Bing considers the two wedding that occur in our readings, the Wedding in Caana where Jesus turns water into wine, and the Wedding of the Lamb in Revelation 19. What can these two passages tell us about the person and character of Jesus, and of our relation with Jesus as the “Bride of Christ”?

 

17th January

What is Worship? – Ian Peters

  • 1 Samuel  3:1-10
  • John  1:43-end

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 Ian Peters looks at the calling of Nathaniel in Joh’s Gospel and at what we can learn from Nathaniels’ experience of being called to be a disciple of Christ. How does this result in a life of worship?

 

10th January

Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation

Coping with the highs and lows in our lives – Rev Alan Bing

  • Mark 1:9-15

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Rev Alan Bing - Coping with the highs and lows in our lives

We would normally have been recording the sermon from the 9am service in the Parish Church. However the church premises are currently closed following government advice. In it’s place, we will be uploading a pre-recorded sermon following the lectionary readings for each week.

This week’s reading from Mark chapter 1 describes Jesus’ baptism, followed by his experience of temptation in the wilderness. What can we learn from Jesus’ example to help us cope with the high points and the low points in ous own livees?

3rd January

Covenant Service

  • Genesis 15:7-18
  • John 15:1-8

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Brian Bull looks at God’s Covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15, and its implications for our own Covenant promises in today’s circumstances.

27th December

Reflecting on Heaven’s Treasures in our lives – Peter Taylor

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As Mary kept all the treasures of that first Christmas time and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19), so should we take the opportunity to refect on all the treasres that God has given us, and will continue to bless us with according to his future plans for our lives.

25th December

Christmas Day

Christmas treasures – Hannah Fishwick

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2020 was the year we stayed at home! But Christmas reminds us that we should be looking for treasurrs in heaven, not in this world. Let’s thank God for the gift of His Son and all the blessing that come to us through Him.

20th December

Carol Service

Comfort and Joy at Coronavirus Christmas – Rev Alan Bing

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Our comfort in these times comes from God, who tells us, as he told Mary, “Do not be afraid!” The angels told the shepherds, “Do not be afraid, for we bring you good news of great joy!” Jesus came to earth as the prophets said he would – he promised he would be with us. and bring us in the end to his kingdom of joy and peace. Let’s rejoice as ever this Christmas, because God is faithful and always fulfils his promises.

20th December

Fourth Sunday in Advent

The Best News Ever –
Ruth Hutchings

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
  • Luke 1:26-38

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With so much bad news to cope with during the past year, what is the BEST news you have ever received?… or the best news you have ever given to others?

13th December

Third Sunday in Advent

Good News for a Troubled World –
Eric Barker

  • Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
  • John 1:6-8, 19-28

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These days good news stories seem to be the exception rather than the rule. However the Christian message of Christmas is full of good news. It promises to all the possibility of restoration, hope and the confidence to expect great things from God. Our responsibility is to shine God’s light in the darkness of our world.

6th December

Second Sunday in Advent

“Comfort ye my people” – Rev Alan Bing

  • Isaiah 40:1-11
  • Mark 1:1-8

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When the news headlines include the advice “Don’t Hug Your Gran for Christmas”, God promises to be with us and to provide the comfort, reassurance and intimacy that we are so deprived of in our present circumstances.

29th November

Advent Sunday

Keeping Awake – Peter Taylor

  • Isaiah 64:1-9
  • Mark 13:24-37

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Peter Taylor presents us with a taster of Jesus’ teaching in Mark chapter 13. There is prophecy, there is persection, there are the problems of living in a secular society, and the challenge for all of us to be ready when the Lord calls or comes again.

22nd November

 The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – Madi Simpson

  • Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
  • Matthew 25:31-46

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Although the parable of the sheep and the goats is ostensibly about what will happen in the future, it is a parable intended to “keep us on our hooves”. Its purpose is to change us so that we live well in the present. It teaches us about the way God deeply cares for the sheep and the goats, and how much we need to learn about caring for the people around us, individuals who are each loved by a loving and caring Heavely Father.

15th November

 Sharing God’s Gfts – Brian Bull

  • Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
  • Matthew 25:14-30

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The parable of the talents encourages us to use the abilities, gifts and resources that God gives us for the growth of God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus’ condemnation of the “lazy servant” may well have been intended for the religious leaders of the day, who buried the message of God’s salvation under a mound of rules and regulations, misrepresenting God as a hard taskmaster.God’s desire is to bless us, and the world around us, with the gifts of his Spirit.

8th November

(Remembrance Sunday)

 

True Wisdom – Rev Alan Bing

  • Amos 5:18-24
  • Matthew 25:1-13

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The five foolish bridesmaids in the parable that Jesus told (Matthew 25) failed to bring enough oil for their lamps and so were not ready to go in and share the banquet when the bridegroom arrived. Will we be ready and faithfully serving the Lord when our bridegroom, Jesus Christ, come to call us to his heavenly banquet?

1st November

(All Saints Day)

 

Belonging – Rev Alan Bing

  • Deuteronomy 34:1-12
  • Matthew 21:33-46

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Rev Alan Bing reflects on the way our membership in the world-wide community of God’s people, and our hope in a future eternilty in heaven, affects the way we respond to our experiences in this earthly life.

25th October

 

The Faithfulness of God – Jen Cox

  • Deuteronomy 34:1-12
  • Matthew 21:33-46

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God was always present with Moses and the Children of Israel all the way through their wilderness journey, in spite of all their grumbling and rebellion. God p[romised he would lead them to the Promised Land, and although Moses never entered that land God allowed him to see the fulfillment of the promise from afar. God will be faithful with us, too.

 

18th October

 

The Presence of God – Madi Simpson

  • Exodus 33:12-23
  • Matthew 18:15-20

Madi Simpson looks at the ways God kept his promise to be present with the Children of Israel during their wilderness journeys, and asks how we can experience God’s presence with us in our lives and our struggles today.

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11th October

 

How to Avoid Idolatry – Rev Alan Bin

  • Exodus 32:1-14
  • Matthew 22:15-22

Rev Alan Bing looks at the story of Aaron and the Golden Calf and considers what idoltry is, and how we can keep God at the centre of our lives.

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4th October

Harvest Festival

Obeying God Whatever the Cost – Ian Peters

  • Exodus 20:1-20
  • Matthew 21:23-32

Ian Peters looks at Jesus’ example and teaching in Matthew 21 and challenges us to follow Christ with our whole heart.

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27th September

God our Provider – Brian Bull

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Matthew 22:1-14

We can change our view of our present circumstances by asking, not “will God still provide for us”, but is God our Provider still with us”. God does provide for our daily needs day by day, but we should resolve to rejoice in God’s presence with us even when circumstances seem to suggest otherwise.

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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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