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: 5 June, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd. Robert Beard. His sermon opened with the observation that many of the incidents in the life and ministry of Jesus echoed incidents in the lives of the prophets. The story in Kings 1 of Elijah raising a widow's son to life is echoed in Luke 7 where Jesus raises a widow's son to life.

Widows have a special status in the scriptures, entitled to respect and care. Jesus did not ask about the widow's faith but responded to her need out of compassion. So too should we respond with compassion to people who we see to be in need.

Service Date: 29 May, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd. Sue Hammersley, Vicar of St. Mark's Church, Broomhill.
 In her sermon The Revd. Hammersley described how many people struggle with feelings of inadequacy and guilt that we are not serving God as well as we might. We can lose sight of the fact that God loves us as we are. Being so loved allows us to love.

The story in Luke of Jesus healing the centurion's servant raises questions about authority. The centurion was a man of status yet he regards himself as unworthy to have Jesus in his house. However, believing that God's authority works through Jesus, and that Jesus can heal from afar, he reaches out to Jesus for help.

We can reach out with the message of God's love and bring a kind of healing and wholeness to those who need...

Service Date: 22 May, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd. Robert Beard who preached on the subject of the Trinity and helped us explore helpful ways of thinking about the Trinity.  

Service Date: 15 May, 2016

This morning a joint service for Pentecost was held at St. Mark's Church Broomhill. However, St. Andrew's was open and a short service of readings, prayer and discussion was enjoyed by nine people.

We considered the Pentecost story and its foretelling by the Prophets and by Jesus. We considered  the parallels and contrats with God giving Moses the commandments. While Pentecost is seen as the birth of the Church, reminding ourselves of the words of the Prophets shows the continuity. We cited Christian Aid as an example of the Spirit of God at work to-day and prayed for its fundraisers, supporters, planners and practitioners.

The sermon preached by The Revd. Robert Beard at St. Mark's Church is also attached.

Service Date: 8 May, 2016

Worship was planned and led by members of the Worship Group. Representatives of churches which worship in St. Andrew's took part in the service by reading and or singing -

The St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

The Jesus for All Nations Church

The Believers Love World Society

The Sheffield Grace Reformed Christian Church

 Representatives of other organisations who use the premises were present in the congregation.

The theme was unity and our different roles in serving God. After the service we enjoyed fellowship over a delicious buffet lunch.

Service Date: 1 May, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Margaret Herbert.
 The theme of her sermon was healing. Margaret described some encounters between people who wished to be healed and Jesus and spoke of the importance of faith alongside the techniques and technologies which we enjoy to-day.

Service Date: 24 April, 2016

Worship was led by The Revd. Robert Beard. His sermon considered different interpretations of the Book of Revelation but went on to stress that our prime role is not to ponder interpretations of the Bible but to heed  the message of Jesus which instructs us to love one another and act accordingly, showing love, compassion and action to our sisters and brothers in need.

Service Date: 17 April, 2016

Worship was planned by the Worship Group and Fiona Walton of Christians and Sheffield Schools.

The theme of Christ the Good Shepherd ran throughout the service.

Fiona spoke of the work of CaSS and the need for support for teachers and students in the stressful world of education. We are called to be shepherds to anyone in our community who needs rescuing and care, including this and the next generation of pupils in our schools.

Service Date: 10 April, 2016

Worship was led by the Worship Group. The sermon was provided by the Revd. Robert Beard and asked the question'how do we realise that something we're doing is wrong?' By measuring ourselves against the standards which Jesus set. Throuhg Jesus our shortcomings are revealed and we are not punished but freed to realise our potential in the image of God. Peter and Paul had their shortcomings revealed and their lives transformed in very different ways but both through encountering Christ in their lives.

Service Date: 3 April, 2016

Worship was led by the Revd. Canon Adrian Alker who drew the metaphor of faith as a journey from despair to hope. The disciples experienced this after meeting the resurrected Jesus. Jesus invites us to a radical journey into human life and to care, to forgive, to be people of compassion amd mercy. This is what matters, not the structures and rituals of the church.

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