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Our organist entertains!

Doug Jones

Hello! Welcome to St Andrew’s URC, Sheffield. You’ve arrived at a special page devoted to our organist, choir and music. We hope to share with you something of our musical experiences, featuring stories and audio from our services and concerts.

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Web services Jan 2021 (standrewsurcsheffield.org.uk)





Whilst we are unable to worship God at St Andrew’s in the normal way, we thought you might like to access a selection of hymns, psalms and anthems which we might have experienced if we had been allowed to attend our regular worship. Check below to find the readings for some recent Sunday services and links to some suitable music.


Sunday 18th April 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Easter


Today is the 3rd Sunday of Easter, and we welcome you to our weekly selection of prayer, scripture and music giving thanks, in unusual circumstances, for the lives of loved ones recently lost within the context of the joy of our own Saviour’s death and resurrection. Our special thanks this week go to our friend, Adrian Alker, for his thought-provoking reflection.

 Opening Sentence:

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. (John 11:25, 26)

INTROIT HYMN – O for a thousand tongues to sing (tune: Lyngham)


Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1st Reading – Acts 3:12-19

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,

HYMN: Children of the heavenly King (tune: Melling)


CHILDREN of the heavenly King,

As ye journey, sweetly sing;

Sing your Saviour’s worthy praise,

Glorious in his works and ways



We are travelling home to God,

In the way the fathers trod;

They are happy now, and we

Soon their happiness shall see.



Fear not, brethren; joyful stand

On the borders of your land;

Jesus Christ, your Father’s Son,

Bids you undismayed go on.



Lift your eyes, ye sons of light,

Zion’s city is in sight:

There our endless home shall be,

There our Lord in glory see.

2nd Reading – 1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


Cum invocarem


GOSPEL – Luke 24:36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

HYMN – Love divine, all loves excelling (tune: Love divine)

1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.

2 Jesu, thou art all compassion,
pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

3 Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.

4 Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

5 Finish then thy new creation,
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee.

6 Changed from glory into glory
till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

REFLECTION – Canon Adrian Alker

ANTHEM: Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel’s Oratorio ‘Messiah’) by St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra


A Special Prayer for the Royal Family (adapted from the Church of Scotland)

Almighty and everlasting God, ‘the life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.’

But you, Lord, are from everlasting to everlasting, and we trust in your promise never to leave us nor forsake us.

Loving Lord, in this last year, through the worst of a global pandemic, we have found ourselves face to face with our own fragility and vulnerability, perhaps for the first time.

It is against such a backdrop of hurt and loss that we now offer thanks for the life and service of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Whilst some are called to the front of the stage of life, and others to more supporting roles, we rejoice in the way that he, until now, has supported Her Majesty Elizabeth our Queen through all the years of her reign.

We remember, too, his work supporting charities, especially and most significantly for his patronage of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which has benefited young people for over sixty years.

We offer our heartfelt prayers for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the Royal family. Comfort them in their loss, bind their wounds and grant them the consolation of a store of treasured memories. Grant them the peace that comes from their faith and trust in you, which passes all understanding.

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen. (after John Donne)


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, give mercy and grace to the living, rest to the departed, to your holy Church peace and concord, and to us sinners glory and eternal life; for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

These and all our prayers this Eastertide we offer in the name of Jesus, who through his life, death and resurrection offers us hope instead of despair, life instead of death.

And so may God, in his infinite love and mercy, bring the whole Church, living and departed, to a joyful resurrection and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom, and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us this day and always. Amen.

HYMN – Christ triumphant, ever reigning (tune: Guiting Power)


ORGAN VOLUNTARY : Prelude in Eb BWV 552 (J S Bach) played by Hans-André Stamm on the Trost-Organ in Waltershausen, Germany




Sunday 11th April 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Easter


Welcome to our weekly selection of prayers, readings and music for worship. Today is the 2nd Sunday of Easter and our Reflection on today’s bible readings is by our friend, the Revd Dr Walter Houston.

 This is the day which the Lord has made:

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

INTROIT HYMN – God of grace and God of glory (tune: Cwm Rhondda)


Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

1st READING – Acts 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

HYMN: Just as I am, without one plea (tune: Saffron Walden)

2nd READING – 1 John 1:1-2:2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

GRADUAL PSALM – Psalm 133, set to music by Nick Strimple, sung by the vocal ensemble ‘Tonality’ in the church of St Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood in 2016.

Ecce, quam bonum!

  1. Behold, behold how good and pleasant it is when people dwell in unity!

  1. It is like a precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard of Aaron, running down the collar of his robe.

  2. It is like the dew of Hermon which falls on the mountains of Zion.

  3. For there the Lordhas commanded the blessing: life for evermore.

       Behold, behold how good and pleasant it is when people dwell in unity!

GOSPEL – John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe. “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

HYMN – Ye Sons and Daughters (tune: O Filii et Filiae)

REFLECTION – Revd Dr Walter Houston

ANTHEM: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)


Heavenly Father, today we pray especially for the soul of His Royal Highness, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on this Sunday during the week of national mourning. We pray that you will be with Her Majesty, Elizabeth, our Queen, and all the members of the Royal Family as they privately remember their dear departed brother in Christ, and bring them not only comfort in their sorrow, but also strength and fortitude as they make preparation for his funeral service next Saturday. We give thanks to you, O Lord, for the life of Philip, husband and father, a special family man, an example to many; and we commend his soul to your safe keeping, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father, we praise and bless you for every member of your Church family throughout the world, and for the diverse ways that you graciously use each one to fulfil the particular part that you have designed for them, in your wider plans and purposes.

Thank you, that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and your own special possession. Thank you, that we are stones being built up into a glorious dwelling-place; a Temple fit for our God, so that we may proclaim your praise both with our lips and in our lives. You have brought us out of darkness into your wonderful light, and we praise and bless you for your grace and mercy.

We are a privileged people, and we thank you for making us one with each other, and in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. Stir up in our hearts a desire to fulfil your purposes for us, with Christ as our chief cornerstone. Sanctify us with your truth and keep our minds for ever focused on Jesus, who alone is our guide, our saviour and mediator; in whom is eternal life, and through whom we make this prayer. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

So let us go forth into the world in peace,
Being of good courage,
Holding fast that which is good.
Rendering to no one evil for evil.
Help us give strength to the fainthearted,
To support the weak,
To help the afflicted.
Showing love to all,
Loving and serving the Lord,
And rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
And may the blessing of almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

HYMN – Crown him with many crowns (tune Diademata)

ORGAN VOLUNTARY: Jihoon Song plays the Fantasia in Eb major by Johann Gottfried Müthel, the last pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach, at the Gottfried Silbermann organ (1721) of Georgenkirche in Rötha.


I – Hauptwerk

Bordun 16′ Principal 8′ Rohr-Flöte 8′ Octava 4′ Spitz-Flöte 4′ Quinta 3′ Octava 2′ Cornet III (ab c1) Mixtur III Cÿmbeln II

II – Oberwerk

Gedackt 8′ Quintadena 8′ Principal 4′ Rohr-Flöte 4′ Nasat 3′ Octava 2′ Tertia 1 3/5′ Quinta 1 1/2′ Sifflet 1′ Mixtur

III Pedal

Principal-Bass 16′ Posaune 16′ Trommete 8′



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