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 March, 2016

Worship was led by Mrs. Val Morrison who explained some of the possible origins of Mothering Sunday.      It had been the Sunday when people returned to their Mother church, then the Sunday when people in service were given the day off to visit their families and mothers. This sense of a spiritual  home is echoed in the account in Joshua Chapter 5 of  the Israelites being led from slavery in Egypt to a new land and that of a physical home in the parable of the Prodigal son returning to his father. If we return to God he shows us infinite grace and comes to meet us.

Service Date: 28 February, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. Keith Albans. The theme of hs sermon was 'It's a scandal.' The word scandal originally means an obstacle to faith.
 Can seeing Jesus behaving angrily be an obstacle to faith - or can anger be an expression of love, as when he ejected the traders from the Temple? The cross can be a scandal unless we see it as a symbol of the angry, self sacrificing Jesus. It can also disillusion us - but disillusion means to see reality. Which SCANDAL do we follow - Steer Clear And Not Do Anything Love or Suffering, Confronting and Never Dodging Love.

Service Date: 21 February, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard. His sermon began with an account of the monk Dionysius who around 525 AD attempted to map the events in Jesus life on to dates in history. Moving to the gospel reading we were reminded that despite the warnings of the Pharisees to leave the region for his own safety, Jesus was determined to fulfill his ministry through his death and continued his unwavering journey.How do events in our lives relate to the events in Jesus life? Our challenge is to make something meaningful of his suffering and death by continuing his ministry.

Service Date: 14 February, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard.

Service Date: 7 February, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd. Dr. David Stec who preached on Luke's account of the Transfiguration. Jesus experienced the transformative effect of prayer, and in talking with Moses and Elijah was in accord with all they represented and foretold. The Disciples accompanying him were given a glimpse of the future glory of  Christ.

Service Date: 31 January, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Dr. Keith Albans who preached on First Corinthians chapter 13 verse 12 'For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face.' The theme of half knowiedge ran through his sermon - Jeremiah not knowing what to say ;the crowd in the Temple thinking they knew Jesus; Paul reminding the church at Corinth that they must admit that their knowledge is incomplete. We need to admit that we may not have all the facts when facing the big issues in our world - for example migration, tax evasion.

Service Date: 24 January, 2014

The service was planned and led by the Worship Group with The Revd. Dr. David Stec presiding.

Katelyn McKeown and Firas Sharefy gave a presentation on the work of Open Kitchen.

Robert Beard expanded on the Old Testament reading; it isn't enough to come to church, pray, sing hymns and think about the homeless. We must act and do all we can to help them and put our beliefs and faith into action.

Service Date: 17 January, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd.Robert Beard who preached on the wedding at Cana. There are several threads in this story including Jesus' attitude to his mother, the fact that she is not referred to by name, and that his transforming the water into wine echos the words of the prophets.

Service Date: 10 January, 2016

Worship was led by Professor Clyde Binfield.

Service Date: 3 January, 2016


The service was planned and led by St. Andrew's Worship Group. The themes were journeys and light -not just the light of stars and the sun but light in the sense of understanding and revelation. At Epiphany we celebrate the nature of Jesus being revealed to the Magi who had travelled long and far from a distant land.

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