Sunday Service 7 June

Good morning everyone,

‘We stand on holy ground’.  It’s Trinity Sunday.  Today is a chance to see ourselves from God’s perspective, not only as loved but as created, loved and upheld; as made and redeemed and saved, at each and every moment.

We celebrate today that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – beyond us, beside us and within us.  Not only is God with us, God is within us: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Col 1.27b, NIV).

We conclude our service today with a sung grace by John Newton, the author of ‘Amazing grace’.  The grace (2 Cor. 13.13) is the oldest Trinitarian formula in the New Testament, written by Paul long before the gospel of Matthew was conceived, let alone in circulation.

Thank you to all who have contributed to today’s service, to Gill Pinches for the technical aspects, to Tony for the Readings, to Lesley and special guest for the band-led song, and to Jonathan for the prayers.

Very Best wishes to you all,

Tom

The Welcome
Tony reads the Epistle (Corinthians 2 chapter 13:11-?) and the Gospel (Matthew 28:16-?) for Trinity Sunday
Tom Reflects on Trinity Sunday
Lesley plays the piano for a guest singer in ‘Be still, for the presence of the Lord’ by David Evans.
The Blessing
May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

Service 31 May

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to this service for Pentecost, one of the most important festivals in the church calendar.

I am particularly pleased to have been able to record inside the church this week.  No more shots of the Vicarage kitchen or garden!  It may well be many months before we are able to meet again in church as a congregation, but this is a start.

The book I refer to in my sermon is ‘Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’ by Malcolm Guite.  It was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2017.

Very best wishes to you all

Tom

Tom’s welcome from St Giles
This recording of ‘Come down, O Love divine’ sung by the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, shows the parish church of All Saints, Down Ampney.
Bill reads the Epistle (Acts 2:1-21) and Gospel (John 7:37-39) for Pentecost.
Tom reflects on Pentecost, recorded in St Giles on Friday
Andrew sings ‘Shine, Jesus, shine’ by Graham Kendrick
A Sung Blessing from the Northumbria Community

Gill tells our younger members all about Pentecost

Today is the church’s Birthday!

Service 24 May

Hello Everyone,

Today is the Sunday after Ascension in the church’s calendar.  Ascension Day, last Thursday, marks the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth.  He promises his disciples the coming of the Holy Spirit as a helper at Pentecost which we will celebrate next week.  

Some of the readings this week are about suffering and may be a bit gloomy, but they also talk of glory to follow.  As the epistle says, we must be ‘strong, firm and steadfast’ with the help of God.


Very best wishes to you all

Tom

Welcome!
This recording was made in Westminster Abbey on 26 February 2019 at the Commonwealth Day Service.
Jenni is reading from Peter’s first letter, Chapter 4 verses 12-14 and Chapter 5 verses 6-11.
Julie and Alan are singing ‘Jesus stand among us’ by Graham Kendrick

Ascension Day Virtual Service 21 May

Hello Everyone,

Ascension Day is one of the earliest church festivals, and occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday and 10 days before the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  It marks the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In my talk for today, I am encouraging you to pray each day of Ascension-tide as we anticipate the Spirit coming at Pentecost. You might like to try Thy Kingdom Come initiative or PACTS (Pause, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication).

Very best wishes, Tom

‘Hail to the Lord’s anointed’ is a well loved Ascension Day hymn.  The words are by James Montgomery and it is based on Psalm 72.
Tom reflects on prayer during Ascension Tide
Jacquie, Gill, Suzy, Denise and Tom read ‘Not a Ghost Story’ from Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Bible

Service 17 May 2020

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for all your thanks and feedback for our virtual services. 

We have had questions about giving to the church whilst the building is closed and no collections are taking place.  We are in the process of setting up a way to make such donations easier, so watch this space!  

Thank you for all your kind words of support.

Very best wishes to you all

Tom

The words of this hymn were written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) and the second verse is particularly relevant to today’s gospel.  The tune is the well known Welsh tune Hyfrydol.  Here it is sung at First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska in 2014.
Jean is reading from Peter’s first letter, chapter 3, verses 13 to the end.  ‘Suffering for doing good’.
John 14 verses 15-21, which follows last weeks Gospel reading
The Blessing
Click on the Image to be taken to Thy Kingdom Come Resources

Service – 10 May 2020

Hello Everyone,

This has been an inspiring week with the celebrations of VE Day on Friday.  I hope you were all able to virtually meet with neighbours and friends to celebrate the anniversary of the end of war in Europe in 1945.

It is also the beginning of Christian Aid Week which will be very different this year.  Obviously no door to door collections, but I hope you might be able to donate online, details are given by Marion in her video post which begins our virtual service this week.

Very best wishes to you all

Tom

Christian Aid Week 10-16 May
Come, Bring your Burdens to God (Woza Nomthwalo Wakho) is a traditional South African song from the Mooiplaas congregation. 
John 14 verses 1-14
Tom’s Sermon
Click Here To Go To Christian Aid Website and Donate
Tom’s Blessing