Recorded live at 10.30am Sunday 2nd Auguat from St. Andrew’s, Banwell.
Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 8th Sunday of Trinity – 4th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society: “Celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration” (6th Aug) Sunday 2nd August 2020 Bible Readings: Key Bible Readings: Matthew 17:1-13 read by Sarah Sims 1 Corinthians 13: Paul’s great message of Love
Set Readings for today: Isaiah 55:1-5 – This most wonderful passage which talks about the Lord, Yeshua (Jesus) wine, milk, rich food and water without cost and of renewing the great Covenant with Israel and with all people.
Romans 9:1-5 – Paul begins a famous speech where he laments for his fellow Israelites who have received so much at the hands of God and yet who do not recognise the Mashiach – the Jewish name for the Messiah who Paul has come to see is none other than Yeshua (Jesus). There is much hope however in modern times with the outreach work of “One for Israel,” a Jewish Christian group based in Israel and throughout the world – Jewish people speaking to their own brothers and sisters about their discovery of Jesus.
See https://www.oneforisrael.org/ where they have some amazing testimonies from fellow believers. Very inspirational especially around Isaiah 53, but also insightful into the cultural barriers for a Jewish person to become a Christian.
Matthew 14:13-21 – the great story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand – Jesus’ re-enactment Moses and the Exodus with the Manna from heaven and the Quail. Jesus is showing not just compassion for the people, important though that is, but also calling them into becoming a renewed people – people who would be ‘Israel’ to Israel and the world again, a people fit to proclaim and inhabit the Kingdom of God.
4. “Be still for the presence of the Lord” – Aled Jones singing solo – captures very much the moment of the Transfiguration as if these were the words of Peter, James or John: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJMaOxdu6B4
Reflection on the contribution of Gospel and Soul Music: Ties in with reference to “The Gospel according to Mica: the story of Gospel music through six songs” (BBC 4) – a must see. Songs include: – Amazing Grace – Go down Moses – Precious Lord, take my hand – Touch the hem of His garment – O Happy Day – Blinded by your Grace – Part 2
15. “Precious Lord, take my hand” – Thomas Dorsey – true vintage Gospel – written within hours of learning both his wife and his baby child had passed away. Became a firm favourite of Dr Martin Luther King Jr – in fact requested by him on the morning the day that he was later assassinated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oVcgrbeByo
18. “Most recent research on the Turin Shroud” – shows how the Resurrection was an enormous explosion of UV light, not unlike a second “Big Bang” but this time in and through the Body of Jesus. May not be “proof” but very interesting not least because it shows how Science and Faith may indeed inform each other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9lMQlI32wE&t=37s
TV and Films: BBC iPlayer – “The Gospel according to Mica: the story of Gospel Music in six songs” – with Mica Paris – excellent insight into the soul of Gospel Music and into the importance of Hope against the backdrop of injustice and the discrimination of racism. “The Mission” (1986) – the story of the Gospel and the native American Indians of South America. Incredibly moving at many levels – based on a true story. Stars a young Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro and Liam Nielsen. Available on DVD, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
And from last week: For those who might be interested in learning more about the “Interior Life” – see talk given by Richard Rohr in Norwich Cathedral in 2015, “Becoming Stillness” – although an hour long, it is one of the best talks to help us understand why Prayer is both so valuable and so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TGS-JD80nE
Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 7th Sunday of Trinity – 3rd Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society: “Lament, Thanksgiving, and Restoration” – Part 3 – “Restoration” Sunday 26th July 2020
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 read by Sonya Stocker: 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. The Parable of the Net 47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. 52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Refrain: “A disciple in the kingdom of Heaven brings out new treasures as well as old.” (Matt 13:52)
Key Points: Isaiah 61 – An Outer Vision of Restoration Matt 13:45 – An Inner Vison of Restoration Matt 13:52 – Is to link the two – Action AND Prayer/Contemplation
KEY Video on the value, depth and breadth of Prayer – talk given by Richard Rohr in Norwich Cathedral in 2015, “Becoming Stillness” – although an hour long, it is one of the best talks to help us understand why Prayer is both so valuable and so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TGS-JD80nE Details of further videos that flow from this talk are detailed in the “Video Section” below.
Set Readings for today: 1Kings 3:5-12 Romans 8:26-end Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
This week’s service streamed live from St. Andrew’s, Banwell for the first time. Filmed live at 10.30am and streamed live to Facebook. The service is now available to view on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.
Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 6th Sunday of Trinity –
2nd Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:
“Lament, Thanksgiving, and Restoration”
Part 2 – “Thanksgiving”
Sunday 19th July 2020
Key Bible Reading: Psalm 36:7-9
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!”
Thanksgiving: MORE TH>N
Protection – “Shadow of your wings” – Luke 13:34, and Luke 19:41-44
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Luke 13:34)
Nourishment – River of Life:
Genesis 2:4-25 “The Garden of Eden”
“A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.The name of the first is the Pishon;…The name of the second river is the Gihon;…The name of the third river is the Tigris;… And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” (Gen 2:10-14 abridged)
Ezekiel 47:1-12 – “The River of Life flowing out of the Temple”
“Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows.”
Revelation 22:1-5 – “The Lamb will sit upon the throne”
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1-2)
Perspective: “In your light we see light.”
John 8:12 – “I AM the Light of the world”
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Rev 3:20 – “I stand at the door and knock.”
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev 3:20)
“Learning to be the Light” – by Newworldson – taking the words of Psalm 36:9 “In your light we see light” – this is one of their quieter more thoughtful numbers – great live band (see their “Big Church Day Out sessions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqs24i1RBQo