Soup and Sandwich – Friday 27th July

This Friday from 6-8pm is the next Soup and Sandwich event at Church. Despite a few spots of rain today it looks like the weather is going to be very warm again over the next few days. The plan currently is to run as a barbecue in the Church Car Park. However, it is possible that rain and storms may disrupt things so ‘flexibility’ is the word. All welcome!

‘Soup and Sandwiches’ relocated to the Car Park for a BBQ due to expected ‘hot’ weather.

I’m sure we’ve all been thankful of the recent hot and sunny weather? Due to this being expected to last into the weekend and beyond, we have relocated this months’ ‘Soup and Sandwiches’ event to the church car park (on the Langdale Street entrance). In addition to the usual fayre there will be burgers and hot dogs available. As usual, there is no charge and a warm welcome guaranteed!

The BBQ will take place from 6pm-8pm on Friday 25th May 2018.

April 1st Easter Sunday

On this Easter Sunday we bring flowers and place them on the cross. We transform the cross of pain and shame into something which speaks of life, and of the beauty of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

March 30th Good Friday – Hammer & Nails

On Good Friday we imagine hammering in the nails that held Jesus on the Cross.

John 19:17-19

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’

Hymn: We sing

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble,
tremble, tremble;
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Prayer:  We pray together:

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy. Amen.

March 29th Maundy Thursday. Bowl & Towel

On this Maundy Thursday we place a towel and a bowl at the foot of the Lent Cross – God came among us to serve. How can we do anything less?

John 13 v 4 & 5

Jesus rose from the table, took off his outer garments and tied a towel round his waist. Then he poured some water into a bowl and proceeded to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel.

Hymn:  We sing:

Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them.
Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with your love,
Show us how to serve
the neighbours we have from you.

Prayer:  Let us pray together:

God of mystery and mercy, grant us new life with you, as we draw near in remembrance, approaching the end of this journey with you through Lent. Amen

March 25th Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday. Palms

On this sixth Sunday in Lent we attach palms to the Lent Cross. What kind of King is this?

Mark 11: 8-10

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,        “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Hymn:  We sing:

Make way, make way,
for Christ the King;
in splendour arrives;
fling wide the gates and welcome him
into your lives.
Make way, make way,
for the King of Kings;
make way, make way,
and let his kingdom in!

Prayer:  Let us pray together:

In this most holy of weeks help us to stay close to Jesus that we may recognise the unfolding work of God. Amen.

March 18th Fifth Sunday in Lent – Passion Sunday. Grains of wheat

On this 5th Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday, we place some grain at the foot of the cross as Jesus again talks of his death.

John 12 v 23-24

Then Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit

Hymn: We sing:

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green

Prayer:  Let us pray together:

God of innumerable mercies, give us the grace to be buried daily in the love of Christ, like the seed that is buried in the earth, and thereby to live more abundantly. Amen.

March 11th Fourth Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday. Planet earth

The fourth Sunday in Lent is Mothering Sunday. We place on the cross a picture of the earth taken from space – a symbol that declares that just as a mother’s love embraces her child, no matter what, so the love of Christ reaches round the whole world. It is for all.

John 3 v16 & 17

For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved.

Hymn:   We sing: 

My song is love unknown,
My Saviour’s love to me,
Love to the loveless shown
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh and die

Prayer:  Let us pray together:

O God, Help us to live as people who know that we are loved not condemned. Amen