Worship

In this section, we keep archives of many of our services. As you browse here, we hope you'll get a flavour of our worship, including the themes we look at, our hymns and our sermons.

Service Date: 6 July, 2008

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
I wonder what games you played when you were a child - not sports, but a different sort of game: let's pretend. It's the most creative of game I know - all you need is a bit of imagination, and you can be anyone, anything and anywhere you want to be. Maybe you were cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians, or astronauts. When I went round to visit them recently, I found out that Robyn and Toby have wonderfully strong imaginations in the games they play - the monsters from Doctor Who make an appearance!
My friends and I used to pretend to be horses; so we spent a lot of time cantering around the playground with the wind in our manes. Maybe that's why I still like having my hair long today. But some days I really didn't feel like playing. I...

Service Date: 22 June, 2008

Sarah: What's that you've got there?
Ann: Some of Matthew's notes for his new book. You know he's going to write a book about Jesus, like Mark's?
Sarah: What's it about?
Ann: It looks like little bits and pieces - he's put lots of things Jesus said on the same subject together.
Sarah: So it's easier to remember - I know. So what's this lot about?
Ann: Well, if I read it out, bit by bit, maybe we can work it out together. "No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names!"
Sarah:...

Service Date: 15 June, 2008

Rob Middleton gave us a Powerpoint presentation on being a father.

Service Date: 18 May, 2008
Reader: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Sarah: So far, so good.
Reader: And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.' So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there...
Service Date: 11 May, 2008
Churches Around the World Today
The Church in Korea - A member of the Korean Church
Hymn: Come Now O Prince of Peace (CG 25) - Korea
The Church in New Zealand - Marian Howdle
Hymn: Loving Spirit (CG 81) - New Zealand
The Church in the Americas - Margaret Brew
Hymn: Sing of the Lord's Goodness (CG 108) - US
The Church in Congo - Pastor Jacques Kinseona
Hymn: If You Believe (CG 62) - Zimbabwe
The Church in India - Jason Dorairaj
Hymn: Thine be the Glory (R&S 247)
Service Date: 27 April, 2008
Alison reads John 14:15-21; pauses
Alison: Sarah, can I ask a silly question?
Sarah: I bet if you're wanting to ask it, so are other people - so ask away!
Alison: Well, Jesus keeps on saying in this, ‘keep my commandments.' He says it at the beginning and the end, and it's only a short reading.
Sarah: Yes, for Jews it's really important to keep God's commandments - remember the Ten Commandments God gave Moses? - so if Jesus is talking about keeping his commandments, it's a clue for us that he's very closely connected with God.
Alison: I've never thought of it that way. But actually, that wasn't what I was wanting to ask you at all.
Sarah: Sorry - it's an occupational hazard for ministers...
Service Date: 20 April, 2008
Living stones
Our building is very important to a church like St Andrew's. We still have a trowel in a glass case on the wall in the Elders room to remember when the foundation stone of our church was laid.
Every five years someone comes round the church building and makes what's called a quinquennial report, checking up that the walls are still standing and everything's working well. This morning, I'm going to do a quinquennial report - but this report isn't of the church building, but of the church people. Feel free to use both hands if necessary.
So please put up your hand if
• you were baptised here
• you were confirmed or became a church member here
• you were married here
• you sing here
• you sometimes do a Bible reading here...
Service Date: 13 April, 2008
Sometimes today is called Good Shepherd Sunday, and we're going to be hearing a lot about sheep and shepherds today. In Jesus' time, in Palestine where he lived, sheep were kept outdoors overnight, in a big enclosure surrounded by high stone walls with one gap in the wall. The gatekeeper would curl up in that gap, so that no people and no sheep could get in or out overnight without him knowing about it - he'd be a living gate, that no one could break down to get at the sheep. Then in the morning, each shepherd would come in and call his own sheep, and because they knew what his voice sounded like, and they trusted him, they would follow him out of the sheepfold to start their day's grazing. Now I'd like you to listen carefully as we hear this story, and ask yourself: What do you think...
Service Date: 21 March, 2008
Our journey to the cross with Jesus continues from Maundy Thursday.
Service Date: 20 March, 2008

The service began with a celebration of Communion, remembering both the Israelites' Passover meal that preceded their escape from Egypt and Jesus' last meal with his friends.

The Israelites' story
This was it. Nine plagues had rolled out over the land of Egypt. Water had turned to blood; frogs and gnats and flies, diseases of cattle and human, showers of hail and locusts had tormented the land. Darkness had descended. But now the worst was to come: death. Death of every first-born child in the land; except our children. Death would pass over them - if we did as Moses said. Yet it was such a strange thing we were to do.
In every household we were to kill and prepare a young lamb or goat, but to keep back some of the blood. To smear the animal's blood on the...

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