Livestream Service for the 8th Sunday after Trinity

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 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.

Hymns and Songs for 8th Sunday after Trinity:
1. “Oh worship the King, all glorious above” – Songs of Praise with Lyrics:

2. “Immortal, invisible, God only wise” – Songs of Praise with Lyrics:

3. “Jesus is Lord, Creation’s voice proclaims it” – with Lyrics:

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:

5. “Shine, Jesus, Shine” – by Graham Kendrick – Songs of Praise with Lyrics:

6. “Jesus is Lord” – by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty – with Lyrics – wonderful meaningful words:

7. “50 countries affected by CoVid 19 sing one song – Amazing Grace” – as played in Church:
– Version with Lyrics to sing along to:

Great song to sing with Children:
8. “You shall go out with the joy” with Lyrics – based on Isaiah 55:

Music for Reflection:
9. “Gabriel’s Oboe” played by Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt – became known as “The song from the film The Mission (1986)” – close your eyes and enjoy:

10. “Glory be to God” – Sounds of New Wine (just released July 2020 during Lockdown) – clever improvisation of screens:

11. “King of Kings” – Hillsong (Live) – one of their great anthems:
– With Lyrics so you can sing along:

12. “Blinded by your Grace – Part 2” – by Stormzy – a re-work of the great hymn “Amazing Grace” by this South London artist (Live version at Glastonbury Festival 2019 – awesome, a mainstream international artist on Main Stage in front of 130,00 young people and millions at home professing his faith):
– The famous video from South London that made the song so well received:
– Lyrics version so you can sing along:

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

13. The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin sings “Higher Mountains” as part of her “Amazing Grace” concert in her Dad’s Baptist Church in Detroit (1972) – Awesome:

14. “Oh Happy Day” – The Edwin Hawkins Singers (Remix of the Original using modern technology) Fabulous Original:

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:

16. “Go down Moses” version by the great Louis Armstrong – couldn’t be more appropriate at the moment #Black Lives Matter:

Further Videos:
17. Moving Scene from “The Mission” (1986) featuring the song “Gabriel’s Oboe:”

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:

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:

*UPDATE* Facemasks will become mandatory in Churches from 8th August.

IMPORTANT UPDATE on the opening of Church Buildings for Worship and Occasional Offices – FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT FRIDAY 31st JULY –

As from Sunday 8th August we have been advised that all those attending physical Church WILL NEED TO WEAR A FACEMASK OR FACECOVERING while in the Building or socially “Catching Up” afterwards.

This is to help protect others and the wearers themselves and is part of the Government’s strategy to try and minimise the possibility of spreading infection.

Thank you all for your understanding.


Live Service for Sunday 12th July – 5th Sunday after Trinity

Click here to view the service that was recorded live during the first service in St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury since Lockdown.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 5th Sunday of Trinity –
1st Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:
“Lament, Thanksgiving, and Restoration.”

Bible Readings:
Key Bible Reading:
Jeremiah ch 8:18 – 9:1
As part of the Talk:
Howard wants everyone to share in a chorus to a poem:
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole
There’s power enough in heaven
To heal the sin-sick soul

Set Readings for today:
Isaiah 55:10-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Hymns and Songs for 4th Sunday after Trinity:
1. “There is a Redeemer” – by Keith Green:

2. Played live as an Introduction to Worship – “Meekness and Majesty” – Graham Kendrick:
– Songs of Praise version:

3. “O the deep, deep love of Jesus” – Hereford Cathedral Choir:
– Great Folk version from three girls in Ireland:
– And the very distinctive version from a Christian Russian Opera singer, Simon Khorolskiy – “very upbeat, modern take ‘Russian’”:

4. Played live at the end of the Service: “There is a Hope” – by Stuart Townend:

Song for Refection:
Hugh Davies, Liz Chappell’s grandson sings Psalm 121 – beautiful just to close your eyes to and let these timeless words speak to you and over the Church:

By contrast:
The African American Spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead” was a rallying cry that there was a hope, even a hope against all odds – and that was, and is, Jesus. Two versions:
The deep soulful voice of Paul Robeson from 1958 in Carnegie Hall:
And, from 1987 – Nina Simone’s more upbeat version, recorded at Vine Street Studios:

Prayers of Intercession:
Kay’s Prayers during the Service:

Music during Communion:
“Pie Jesu” by Gabriel Fauré. Two versions:
– One, a traditional version from Winchester Cathedral:
– The other sung by an eight piece adult harmony – VOCES8 –

Modern Music:
5. “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams – recommended by the Youth Group:

6. “My feet are on the Rock” – I am They (an American band with a sound a bit like Rend Collective):

7. “Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker – hard not to make your feet tap and put a smile on your face:

8. I’ve fallen in love with this song – Kirk Franklin at his best, and so appropriate for today, “Love Theory” (so no apology for playing it again):

9. What does the “Balm of Gilead” look like? This is quite a remarkable video – has to be seen and heard to be believed -brought me to tears, tears of joy. Not only a “MUST SEE” but also a prayer for us all. Good on Christopher Duffley:

Live service for Sunday 5th July – 4th Sunday after Trinity

Click here to view the service streamed live at 10.30am on Sunday 5th July

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 4th Sunday of Trinity –

“A New Church for a New Age (Part 4):

The work of the Spirit to inspire and provide a ‘Blueprint’ for the Church in Mark ch1 – part of the focus for “40 Days on the Life and work of the Spirit” – by Jack Levison

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Reading:

Mark ch1: 1 – 45 – Mark is unique in beginning his Gospel account of Jesus from the point of Jesus’ baptism rather than from the point of Jesus’ birth.  In doing so, Mark is trying to tell us something, something about the sort of person Jesus is and also the people we are called to be, to offer love and compassion for a broken world and to do so through the guidance and sustenance of the Holy Spirit.  We are going to explore this further in our service today. (See also the Bible text itself and notes below for download with highlighted passages)

Supporting Text:

The following are the two parts of Jesus’ great commission – King and Servant, taken from the words God spoke over Him at His  baptism in the river Jordan, “You are my Son, who I love, in you I am well pleased.” (Mark ch1:11).

The first part of this famous saying comes from,

Psalm 2 – from which we get the lines, “You are my son [my daughter], who I love” (Psalm 2:7) and which points us to the anointing and the responsibility of a monarch, a King or a Queen for his/her people.

And the second part of the saying comes from,

Isaiah chs 42-53 – where Isaiah reveals a strange but hugely significant character known as “The Servant,” or as Isaiah 53 records “the Suffering Servant.” From Isaiah 42:1 we get the lines, “with you I am well pleased” but maybe read especially Isaiah ch53.  It is both unique and incredibly insightful and prophetic.

Set Readings for today:

Zachariah 9:9-12 – this passage from Zachariah is the famous prophecy that “when the King comes, he will come riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey.”  Words, of course, Jesus fulfilled when He rode into Jerusalem hundreds of years later.

Romans 7:15-25 – Paul wrestles with one of the great problems we can have as human beings, let alone as Christians, in that why is it we can know what is good for us, we can know what is the ‘right’ thing to do, yet we choose to do different, sometimes even the opposite.  Paul wrestles with himself and his inner conscience in and through this passage – isn’t great therefore to discover we’re not alone? We too can struggle to live out our internal desire to follow Christ even when it is tough and full of self-doubt. 

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end – Jesus describes to His audience how fickle people can be – some complaining about John the Baptist and his ministry, others criticising and contrasting him for “not being more like John the Baptist,” almost the day after.  And yet, in amongst our blindness, hardness of heart, and our easy judgementalism, Jesus speaks out these words, “Come to me, all you that are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I shall give them rest.”

Jesus lifts people out of the situations they are in, even if they are of their own making, and seeks to set them out on the road in the sure and certain knowledge they are a ‘forgiven people.’

Against all odds, Jesus chooses this moment to reveal His true identity to the world and the enormity of what these words would truly cost Him.

Hymns and Songs for 4th Sunday after Trinity:


  1. TRY AND LISTEN TO THIS – the well-known classic, that captures so well King and Servant from Graham Kendrick “From heaven you came, helpless babe”:
  • See also a live version by Graham Kendrick himself at a “Songs of Praise” concert from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey (1996):
  • Graham Kendrick talking himself about what inspired him to write this song – fascinating insight into the work of the Spirit in and through one of this country’s most popular singer/songwriters:
  • “We are marching in the light of God” (Siyahamba) – here is a very colourful medley version.  Hard for anyone not to smile and even to start tapping or dancing to the beat.  We all need to have our spirits lifted:

Song for Refection:

Thank you again to Liz Chappell and her grandsons, Hugh and Toby who have kindly recorded their version of John Stainer “I saw the Lord” (based on Isaiah 6)  –

Modern Music:

  • The calling and life story of Taya Smith – one of the lead singers and worship leaders of “Hillsong” (an international if not a worldwide worship phenomenon) – her remarkable story of humble inspiration and servant ministry –-
  1. “King of Kings” – Hillsong (Acoustic Version) – recorded Mar this year (2020):
  1. And from our young people a film clip and song called “Touched by an Angel – Psalm 151” – a power testimony to song, love and prayer.  Thank you for this:
  1. Lastly, “I will follow” – Chris Tomlin –


  1.  Thinking of the role of Kingship – probably the closest we know to such a spectacle is the Coronation.  In a rare interview the Queen revealed something of what it was like to be her on such a great occasion:
  2. A short piece about wearing the Crown –
  3. An American news piece which talks to the English commentator who interviewed the Queen and describes her qualities (recorded in 2018 when Harry and Megan were based in the UK):
  • And my personal favourite, which captures the Queens spirit of both servanthood and fun was the epic arrival and opening the Queen gave to the Olympics in 2012.  Interestingly, the helicopter used on this memorable occasion was flown by Peter Hall of Iwood Manor in Congresbury.  Enjoy:
  1. Isaiah ch53 – the “Suffering Servant” – Here are two separate interviews given by Jewish people for an organisation called “One for Israel,” and each explains how Isaiah ch53 (the Suffering Servant) is central to them and to their story as Jewish people who became believers in Yeshua (Jesus).  Amazing and humbling testimonies:

Live Stream Church for Sunday: “Continuing the story of being a new Church for a New Age – “the inspiration and ‘blueprint’ of Mark ch1” plus an AGAPE CELEBRATION – part of the journey of walking for 40 days with the Holy Spirit – 10.30am

Last week, we looked at the rich story that lies behind the image of Hope “the Tree of Jesse” offers us in Isaiah ch11 and 12.  This week, we are going to explore how Mark, in his opening chapter about the life and ministry of Jesus, Mark ch1, gives us both inspiration and a bit of a ‘blueprint’ as to what some of the key qualities a Church could include as we emerge from Lockdown.  This follows from the fact that two of our readings this week in our “Daily Blog,” looking at the life and work of the Holy Spirit, have also come from Mark ch1.


An Opportunity to “Share an AGAPE CELEBRATION together” as part of our Livestream Service.  All you will need is:

  • Some Bread – this can be an ordinary bread from around the house, or you may wish to make some; maybe some pitta bread, a bread roll, something gluten free? – This can be a great activity to do with others.
  • Some grapes or fruit of some kind – which can be for you ‘the Fruit of the Earth,’ whatever you have to hand.
  • And a glass of water or whatever is your favourite drink.

Look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.

And afterwards, join us for the ‘Virtual’ Coffee Morning and catch up.  Afterwards, why not join us for the next of our ‘virtual’ Coffee and catch up?  See the “New Creation Facebook Page” for details of how to join.


Update on the opening of Church Buildings for Worship, Occasional Offices – Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, as well as Personal Individual Private Prayer:

Following the announcement last week that “Places of Worship” could open for Public Worship as from the 4th July, this week Guidelines and further advice has been forthcoming from both the national Church and from the Bath and Wells Diocese.

We are looking at how we can implement these Guidelines in our two Church Buildings and what Risk Assessments etc might look like.  From these proposals will emerge and need to be discussed by the two PCCs.  Please bear with us and we hope to announce news of when Public Worship can begin and what it will look like just as soon as we can. 

Please continue to pray for the whole Church community at this time.  Thank you.

Matt Thomson

Churches open for Private Prayer

We are happy to report that from today, our churches will be open during the day for private prayer. Our hope is that this brings tangible hope not only to the Christian community, but also to the wider villages as it has been so hard for the doors to be shut as they have been for so long. We kindly ask that those visiting the churches respect the guidelines on social distancing and the safety protocols that have been put in place for the well-being of us all.

Churches Opening for Private Prayer and New Creation Pew News

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that “Places of Worship” will be open for Private Prayer as from Monday 15th June, we have received various guidance and advice both from the national Church and the local Church in Bath and Wells. 

After a Joint virtual meeting with the Standing Committees of both our Churches on Friday, we are working through things in the hope of being able to open the two Church buildings for personal individual Private Prayer as from Sunday 21st June.  For many, being able to drop into the Church Building and light a candle, have a moment of calm and prayer, and feel the comfort of old familiar surroundings will be important in our journey of realising hope during these times.

Please bear with us, we are trying to do all that we can to make this possible but as you can appreciate there is lots of paperwork and practical things we are needing to sort out in order to make things as safe as possible.

We will try and keep people updated during the week on website and New Creation Facebook Page and there will be a further announcement in New Creation Pew News next weekend.  I would like to thank the Wardens and the Standing Committee for their wiliness and hard work to seek to make this possible.

Our hope is that it brings tangible hope to not only the Christian community but also to the wider community as it has been so hard for the doors to be shut as they have been for so long.

Matt Thomson  

For all other news for this week – download the latest edition of the New Creation Pew News here.