Service for 19th Sunday after Trinity

Recorded at St. Andrew’s, Congresbury on 18th October, 2020.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 19th Sunday of Trinity –

15th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  • Spirituality – Part A: Journeying to the Source

(John 7:37-44)

Sunday 18th Oct 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Reading:

John 7:37-44:  If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – simply click the link:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+7%3A37-44&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Isaiah 45:1-7 – It would have come as a great shock to the Israelites of Isaiah’s time to learn that God used a neighbouring King, a great warrior King, King Cyrus of Persia, as his instrument of justice and transformation.  Surely God loved his people and would instead use them.  We can face the same issue today – do we think God only works through us as Christians or does He also work through many others to bring about His purposes even if they do not know Him?

1Thessalonians 1:1-10 – Paul clearly delights in the young Church in Thessalonica.  Interestingly, he says the community there received the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit.  It is one thing to believe, it is yet another to do so with joy, conviction, and surrender.  These are the work of the Spirit, turning hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.

Matthew 22:15-22 – “Pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s!” so says Jesus in response to the Pharisees’ trickery.  Some have therefore said this means the world of politics and economics should therefore be separate to the sphere of faith, with faith being resigned to being more of a personal and private matter.  This could not be further from Jesus’ message and just shows how we love to try and put God in a box, place limitations on how much He seeks to have influence in my life and so control Him, as if we could.  Instead, Jesus is challenging the Pharisees and all of us to see that indeed Caesar and all other governments, wise and flawed, along with the whole of each of us, in all aspects of our life, comes under His just, gentle, but also challenging gaze and rule.  It’s what makes God, God.  Nothing under heaven is beyond His care.  

Hymns and Songs for 19th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “Spirit of God, unseen as the wind” – set to the Skye Boat tune with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GkOKql5ogw
  • “Holy Spirit, living breath of God” – by Keith and Kirsten Getty.  Version with interplay with the theme music of the film, “The Mission” and St Patrick’s Breastplate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8FKZIz97AU
  • “There is a Higher Throne” – speaking of the Great Banquet and Temple of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation – again by Keith and Kirsten Getty with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvDSG4s5FJw

During Communion:

  1. “Just as I am, without one plea” – Songs of Praise version with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcFp0-4RZzc
  1. “Agnes Dei” (Lamb of God) – Barber. Version by Voces 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuBQZFOnk7s

Modern:

So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

After the Livestream:

  1. “Audition of Tokio Myers” – Britain’s Got Talent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIyTDegX9Bs&t=153s

Other songs:

  1. “The River” – by Jordan Feliz. Great new song. Lyrics version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maT4phfTXR4
  1. “Beyond the Veil” version by Sherdonna Denholm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9SCRavZr_0
  1. “Soul’s Anthem (All is Well)” – Tori Kelly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIzFBzdXEcI
  1. “Heaven on Earth” – Micah Stampley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7D40LltlE0

Videos:

  1. “Holiness” – by the Bible Project gives a very good description of Ezek 47 and Rev 22 as a metaphor of God’s great dream of a healed and transformed world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9vn5UvsHvM

18.         “Untold Archaeology of the Temple Mount — Rare Footage” – latest Sergio and Rhoda footage – gives a great taste of some of the history underneath this incredible place – from which the Ezekiel and Revelation prophecies are meant to be fulfilled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3W9iX0SnCo

And from last week:

Film/TV Series

  1. “The Chosen” (TV mini-series) – this is a courageous project to tell the story of Jesus as a TV series.  Financed by crowd funding around the world, it has attracted record viewing numbers in the order of 59 million.  Well worth watching – Series 1 now released.  (You might find you wish to fast forward over the Director/Producer’s quite lengthy introductions at the beginning and reflections at the end.) Available on YouTube and downloadable as an App from the App store to come straight to your phone or tablet.  Episode 1 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craeyJdrCsE

Annual All Souls’ Day Service – a Time of Remembering:

Each year we remember those how have gone before us, and particularly this year, it has an added poignancy both for those who have sadly lost loved ones during this time of the pandemic and also for those who have felt the loss of loved ones during this time from years past more acutely because of the Lockdown and isolation.

We are going to be holding two All Souls’ Day Services over the coming weeks:

For Banwell on the Sunday 25th October at 4.00pm

For Congresbury on Sunday 1st November also at 4.00pm

Anyone is very welcome to join us online as Kirsty and the Technology Team will be Livestreaming both services.  (As to how to do this Please see Kirsty’s instructions below)  PLEASE ALSO have a candle available to light at home as part of the service.

We also have space for a small number of people to attend physically, based on the usual Worship Guidelines for both Churches. But, PLEASE you will need to let us know, in advance that this is you wish.  You can do so via email, phone, or by dropping us a line (see details below).

If you would like your loved one’s name read out as part of the service, please can you let us know again by email, phone, or by dropping us a line.  Due to the service being online as well this year, we can only read out those names we have been given permission to read so WE NEED YOU to get in touch and let us know – doing so complies then with GDPR rules.

To get in touch re names, and/or wishing to attend in person, please contact:

  • for email – Lisa Stannard at lisa.stannard@newcreationchurches.org.uk
  • for phone – Congresbury Church Office (for both Banwell and Congresbury) on 01934 833126. PLEASE include the names you wish to have remembered, and leave ALSO YOUR name and phone number, and also which Church you are wishing to attend, so we can get back to you.
  • For written replies – Congresbury Church Office (for Banwell and Congresbury), Station Road, Congresbury, North Somerset BS49 5DX. Again, PLEASE include the names you wish to have remembered, and leave ALSO YOUR name and phone number, and also which Church you are wishing to attend, so we can get back to you.

 To join us online:

You can access the Services by watching LIVE via the “New Creation Facebook Page” : https://www.facebook.com/NewCreationChurches/ or catch up later via the New Creation website: http://www.newcreationchurches.org.uk/  or New Creation YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXn34qIXlXBeOAmO1M1KbBw/

Please pass these details on to anyone you feel being part of such a service may be helpful.

Thank you.


Matt Thomson.

Special Service for Harvest

Recorded live from St. Andrew’s, Banwell and St. Andrew’s, Congresbury on Sunday 11th October.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for Joint Harvest Festival –

14th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Joint Harvest Celebration”

( Matt 6:25-34 and “the Canticle of the Creatures” – Francis of Assisi)

Sunday 11th Oct 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Reading:

Matt 6:25-34:  If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – simply click the link:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+6%3A25-34&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Isaiah 25:1-9 – This is one of Isaiah’s great speeches, embodying the hope that God will come, in the form of His Messiah, and put things right in the world, lifting up the lowly and humbling the proud.  As Christians this is something we have both seen in Jesus’ first coming but also long to see completed by His second coming.

Philippians 4:1-9 – Paul is giving instructions and seeking to inspire perseverance in the little Philippian Christian community.  He thereby encourages us to do likewise, letting our hearts be filled with thanksgiving, praise and prayer, these change us and how we then see the world.

Matthew 22:1-14 – This is one of the most powerful of Jesus’ parables and has just as much edge for today as it did in former times.  The wedding banquet is the new Kingdom that God is seeking to usher in.  Like the Israelites in the wilderness after the Exile, they/we need to be prepared for that Kingdom.  Those invited first, are those in any age who think they have a ‘right’ to be there – the Jewish elite and religious types in Jesus’ day, those of us who would claim to be ‘faithful’ and go to Church in our own.  But unless we allow our hearts to be changed our clothes remain as they always were.  Wedding clothes are given by the Groom’s Father at a Jewish wedding – will we truly receive and wear the Cross of Jesus?   Only then, are we worthy to enter the wedding banquet.  So often I find, those who don’t think they are worthy are the ones Jesus speaks so favourably of in this parable, and those who think they have somehow got there have much yet to learn.

Hymns and Songs for Harvest Festival:

Traditional:

  1. “Come, ye thankful people, come” Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3n7IUCdqAM
  • “For the fruits of His Creation” version with Lyrics:

Children’s Harvest song:

  1. “Harvest talk for schools” by Rob Waldron (Diocese Rural Affairs Advisor) – great to watch with children about modern farming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiIZ27NcaQo&feature=youtu.be

During Communion:

  1. “Sing of the Lord’s goodness” – sung by the Jazz Church:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9fsAKZHq-w
  2. Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGE6ZOumLQM

Modern:

So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

As the Service begins:

  1. “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IlVfkY5q54

After the Livestream:

  1. “Creation sings the Father’s song”” by Keith and Kirsten Getty with Lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyED26qgRrA

Other songs:

  1. “So will I” – acoustic version of this well-known Bethel Music song by Tori Kelly (we played this a couple weeks ago after the Livestream): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuedrKMVbFk
  1. “Psalm 42”– a version “As the Deer” by Tori Kelly with Kirk Franklin on piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGgsmCEgf4w
  1. “Worthy is the Lamb” by Hillsong – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-cd5prE4f0

Videos:

  1. Talk about Harvest by Rob Waldron (Diocese Rural Affairs Advisor): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MruI8wCEvBg&feature=youtu.be

Film/TV Series

  1. “The Chosen” (TV mini-series) – this is a courageous project to tell the story of Jesus as a TV series.  Financed by crowd funding around the world, it has attracted record viewing numbers in the order of 59 million.  Well worth watching – Series 1 now released.  (You might find you wish to fast forward over the Director/Producer’s quite lengthy introductions at the beginning and reflections at the end.) Available on YouTube and downloadable as an App from the App store to come straight to your phone or tablet.  Episode 1 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craeyJdrCsE

Special Harvest Service THIS SUNDAY 11th October

Join us this Sunday 11th October for a special joint Harvest Service at 10.30am.

We will be LIVE in both Churches, St. Andrew’s, Banwell and Congresbury with a video link between the two which will also be Live-streamed to our Facebook page and will be available to view here on the website afterwards.

This is the first time we’ve attempted anything like this so please do bear with us, but we hope to bring Harvest blessings to our physical and online communities.

We will be collecting donations of food, specifically long-life items e.g. rice/pasta/sauces as well as snacks crisps/biscuits and drinks tea/coffee for the Foodbank and Somewhere to Go.

Donations can be dropped off at either church either the days before the service (please note that the churches will be closed on Saturday for cleaning as per COVID regulations) or for the week following the Harvest service.

Service for the 17th Sunday after Trinity

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 17th Sunday of Trinity –

13th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Feast of St Francis”

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  • Relationships – Part B (John 15:1-17)

Sunday 4th Oct 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Reading:

John 15:1-17:  If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – simply click the link:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15%3A1-17&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Isaiah 5:1-7 – Isaiah’s great cry that Israel has not been faithful comparing it to a Vineyard which was hoped would produce a great crop but which produced only ‘wild grapes.’  Very topical given our Bible Reading for our theme today – Jesus therefore came to be the “new Vine,” to be ‘Israel’ for Israel, because she couldn’t be.

Philippians 3:4b-14 – one of the great writings and teaching of Paul.  Pure poetry and faith, putting Christ at the centre.  Nothing Paul has experienced in his past compared or prepared him for knowing Jesus.  And yet, he also goes on to say, there is still so much more to experience and discover.  How things are is but the beginning.

Matthew 21:33-end – – Jesus’ powerful prophecy and parable about the Vineyard and what will happen to those who don’t look after it.  It is a parable, in that it was talking not a bout a Vineyard as such, but about the nation of Israel and how it had been uncared for and hijacked by religious leaders who simply wanted power.  It is also a prophecy, in that all that Jesus said came to pass, both regarding His own death but also about the Vineyard being taken away from those charged with caring for it – see the destruction of the Temple and the sacking of Jerusalem in AD70 and then again in 135AD.

Hymns and Songs for 17th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “O, the deep, deep love of Jesus” Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TliCy09D3v0&t=126s
  2. Also version with a strong Russian flavour from Simon Khorolskiy, a passionate young Christian singer seeking to bring the Gospel and Christian music to his native land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLTu1xv2-Us
  •  “There is a Redeemer” – by Keith Green – Songs of Praise version with Lyrics:

Communion Prayer:

During Communion:

– as per last week, an original arrangement and version by Sarah MacLauchlan with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFkjdFgqOY4&feature=youtu.be

6. “Romance” from the Gadfly – by Dmitri Shostakovich (played by Laura Heathcote): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDW4VJGKLAQ

Children’s Song:

7. “Wide, wide as the Ocean” – with Lyrics and Actions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9KnSK680yg

Modern:

We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church.  So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

As the Service begins:

  1. “Weep with me” by Rend Collective lyrics version:

After the Livestream:

  1. “Jacob’s song” by Br Isaiah SSF (Franciscans of the Renewal) – in celebration of the Feast of St Francis:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9WFac5WEDg

Other songs:

  1. “Open Space” – by Housefires – Gemma writes, “‘Open space’ is a song by ‘Housefires’ (sorry I love them)   And it tells our relationship with Jesus and when he shows us he’s there for us we really feel his presence in all we do ! And we are stronger because we are all united in Jesus Christ! The backing music behind the lyrics too makes it such a peaceful song to listen too”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpdloYnlQJU&app=desktop
  1. “O come, O come, Immanuel”– by Joshua Aaron (in English and Hebrew) live recording in the Tower of David, in Jerusalem – in celebration of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – God with us!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoFOZmSIfY

Videos:

  1. Example of Selfless love – Diego Mentriga helps British Triathlete, James Teagle to claim his 3rd place after James crashes out.  Remarkable:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NjRL-K5RM0
  1. A celebration about all things Franciscan: “From Bronx to Bradford.” A great insight into the power and action of God at work through love:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL9TGKRaVpA&t=1098s

And from last week:

  1. “Love: Agape” – Word Study by the Bible Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slyevQ1LW7A
  1. “Love: Ahavah” – Word Study by the Bible Project:

Film/TV Series

  1. “The Chosen” (TV mini-series) – this is a courageous project to tell the story of Jesus as a TV series.  Financed by crowd funding around the world, it has attracted record viewing numbers in the order of 59 million.  Well worth watching – Series 1 now released.  (You might find you wish to fast forward over the Director/Producer’s quite lengthy introductions at the beginning and reflections at the end.) Available on YouTube and downloadable as an App from the App store to come straight to your phone or tablet.  Episode 1 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=craeyJdrCsE

Film:

  1. “The Sultan and the Saint” a documentary film, crowd funded across the world, looking at the historic and legendary meeting of St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Al-Kamil in 1219.  Brilliantly put together with many insights we could all learn from in today’s world.  Can be purchased via Amazon (comes form the US).

Service for 16th Sunday of Trinity

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 15th Sunday of Trinity –

11th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  1. Justice – Part B (John 16:1-15)

Sunday 20th Sept 2020

Link to watch Sue Hoskins’ Ordination (yesterday): https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2396144370679532&extid=MhlVRUrB29jTD5Du

Alternatively, go to “Bath and Wells” website and scroll down to Ordinations in Newsfeed

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 17:14-26:  If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – simply click the link:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+17%3A14-26&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25

Philippians 2:1-13 

Matthew 21:23-32

Hymns and Songs for 16th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “Lord of all Hopefulness” Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCBjxVP6GWE&t=15s
  • “Make me a channel of your peace”

– well known Songs of Praise version with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daGWdbrSGBM

– an original arrangement and version by Sarah MacLauchlan with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFkjdFgqOY4&feature=youtu.be

Modern:

  1. “Behold the Lamb” by Stuart Townend, and Keith and Kirsten Getty lyrics version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlgd_uT3mmM
  1. “Love Theory” by Kirk Franklin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aD8OK07iIY

Videos:

  1. “Love: Agape” – Word Study by the Bible Project:
  1. “Love: Ahavah” – Word Study by the Bible Project:

Books:

“The Flame of Sacred Love” by Br Ramon SSF. Available from Eden or  Amazon.

Service for Sunday 20th September the 15th Sunday of Trinity

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 15th Sunday of Trinity –

11th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  1. Justice – Part B (John 16:1-15)

Sunday 20th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 16:1-15:  If you would like to look up the whole reading for yourself – simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A1-15&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 – Jonah was sent to Nineveh to pronounce God’s judgement on the great city.  But they repented when they heard the message.  Rather than be delighted Jonah is grumpy because God has shown mercy beyond judgement. How do we respond to God’s graciousness both towards calling us to forgive others and to allowing ourselves to be forgiven.  Goes to the heart of the Lord’s Prayer.

Philippians 1:21-end – Paul speaks to his fellow brothers and sister in the Church in Philippi with such compassion but also such certainty of his destiny to the point where he would rather be with Christ through death than to remain in this world.  Out of this closeness of relationship though Paul then speaks of the need for the Church to stand shoulder to shoulder as one worshipping and following the Lord Jesus. 

Matthew 20:1-16 – Jesus speaks both into the human condition but also into the specific situation of many of those from Jewish descent.  For the Jewish community had been faithful to following in the footsteps of Abraham, their spiritual father figure and to the keeping of the Mosaic Law for thousands of years.  But here is Jesus saying, those who have come to faith most recently, and more than that, those who have been rejected by society and thrown of the rubbish heap, they in their thankfulness and humility, those who could not believe they would possibly be invited to the party and treated as an equal, these are those who will lead the parade into the Kingdom.  For it is gratitude, generosity, and humility, not piety, works, and badges that are God’s currency of what aligns a person’s heart with His own.

Hymns and Songs for 15th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “Jesus Christ is waiting ” by John Bell (Iona Community) with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CSzEviUc_o

Children’s Song:

Modern:

We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church.  So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

  1. “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. One of the greatest protest songs. With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G58XWF6B3AA
  1. “Inner City Blues” by Rodriguez. One of the best protest singers to come out of the US.  His story is quite remarkable (see film recommends).  A story of God’s justice at work.  He is one of his early videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXAaLXWY6RM&list=PLvrWACVuHe6rImJAkWvF03xoGjwZkfYYo&index=9  
  1. “Justica” by The Porter’s Gate.  Created during Lockdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzEB3NKsNv0&feature=youtu.be
  1. “Justice will roll down” by Sandra McCracken with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhkXpaMrNFk&feature=youtu.be

Played during Communion:

  1. “Romance” – by Shostakovich, from “The Gadfly” played by Laura Heathcote.
  2. You can find a YouTube version of this by clicking the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDW4VJGKLAQ

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “This is Amazing Grace” version by Christopher Duffley of Northland Church.  Christopher has Autism and was born blind due to drug addiction from his mother at birth.  His story and the story of his faith are incredible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXYTHbS3-RU
  2. See his first video at age ten, “Open the eyes on my heart, Lord,” which we have played before.  It’s innocence and simplicity are truly humbling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXYTHbS3-RU&list=RD-F_W_zl61bI&index=4

Videos:

  1. “Justice” – Word Study by the Bible Project:

Films:

“Searching for Sugarman” the story of Sixto Rodriguez.  This is the story of a singer songwriter, living in the depths of poverty, passed over by his own, only to be discovered and heralded six thousand miles away without him even knowing it for twenty years.  Until one day.  Rodriguez has been compared as a lyricist to the like of Bob Dylan, and in a foreign land, he was bigger than the Beattles.  Great watch (especially if you’re a music buff or like a story of injustice with a happy ending).  Available from Amazon or to rent on Amazon Prime.

Service for Sunday 13th September – 14th Sunday after Trinity

Recorded at St. Andrew’s, Banwell at 10.30am on Sunday 13th September.

Apologies for the abrupt cutoff after communion – unfortunately the computer froze and we were no longer able to stream video. All that is missing is the notices and blessing. All notices can be found in this week’s New Creation Pew News.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 14th Sunday of Trinity –

10th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Themes in John’s Gospel.”

  1. Justice – Part A (John 12:20-33)

Sunday 13th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 12:20-33 – “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John12:24) The great paradox of the ‘God story.’

If you would like to look up the whole reading for yourself – simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A20-33&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Genesis 50:15-21 – Realizing that Jacob had died, Joseph’s brothers feared that Joseph might take revenge for their actions of seeking him harm.  They plead for forgiveness and to their amazement they discover Joseph shows them only kindness.  They are indebted to him, and therefore the prophecy that he, Joseph would one day be their shining star is strangely fulfilled.

Romans 14:1-12 – Paul is trying to sort out what can seem almost a very modern problem.  Some people want it this way, and some that.  Each can seek to judge and blame the other and then place Paul in the impossible position of ‘playing Solomon’ – in other words having to choose between the two.  Paul rephrases the whole situation – its not whether you eat meat or not that is important, it’s who you eat it, or refrain from eating it, for?  Is it self, and self-importance, or puritanical status, or is it as an act of loving devotion to God?  Unless it’s the latter, whether you eat meat or refrain from eating, it has no merit. 

Matthew 18:21-35 – Here is Jesus as a storyteller at His best.  In an age which increasingly “does not do God” the great danger is that we will forget that we too are in need, and have indeed been, forgiven.  Without that knowledge we will continue to demand our rights, we will continue to demand ‘justice,’ sadly sometimes as a mask for retribution, but we will find it increasingly hard to go beyond judgement and justice, and to reach out for mercy, for forgiveness and for grace.  And so, the great danger is the world will be hot on ‘right’s language and on ‘demands for justice,’ but cold on compassion and love.

Hymns and Songs for 14th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “When I survey the Wonderous Cross” Songs of Praise version with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEp6WKSXYQg
  2. Increasingly well-known and popular version by Chris Tomlin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC1IllbwX4w&list=RDqC1IllbwX4w&index=1
  •  “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy” – with Lyrics:

Modern:

We have been told by Facebook that unfortunately we are not able to play recorded artists during the actual “Livestream” itself at present, so we are playing certain videos either Before or After as a physical Church.  So that everyone can share in a full experience of the breadth of the worship life of the Church details of this music is given here:

  1. “Cornerstone” by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrk-erhDdk&feature=youtu.be

The person who sent this in said, “I love the lyrics in this song, “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness” and later “weak made strong in the saviour’s love”. I’m reminded the world is fallen and full of injustice, but in Jesus we no longer put our faith in the transient things of this world, we have it all already in Jesus.”

  1. “54-46 That’s my number” by Toot Hibbert and the Maytals (Live at Reggae on the River): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhI3iVQfJ1g
  2. Toots was himself wrongly put in Prison (54-46 was his number) and the song is a protest about injustice.  Toots is regarded as the founder of Reggae (a distinctive worldwide phenomenon) and he passed away this week.
  1. “Thank you, Lord” by Bob Marley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmAiVSuC9o
  2. In celebration of the fusion between faith and Reggae music
  1. “The Blessing” – version of the epic song of Lockdown by the Christian Reggae Band Christafari – released 4 days ago:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcXJ1b3O8uA
  1. “Revelation Song” – by Christafari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjDg6H5Ehrs
  2. Probably this Christian Reggae band’s most well-known song

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “Thank you, Lord” by Bob Marley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmAiVSuC9o
  2. In celebration of the fusion between faith and Reggae music

Book recommends:

“From Menace to Miracle” by Larry Harvey (Chaplain of Horfield Prison) available from Eden and Amazon, and also as an ebook from Amazon Kindle.  A remarkable story.  All proceeds to Southmead Hospital Neurological Dept.

Service for the 13th Sunday after Trinity

Recorded at St. Andrew’s, Congresbury on Sunday 6th September.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 13th Sunday of Trinity –

9th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“Introduction to John’s Gospel: John’s story of King Jesus.”

(John 1:1-18)

Sunday 6th Sept 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 1:1-18 – John introduces Jesus as the King of the Universe born in human flesh.

If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – or simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-18&version=NIVUK

Set Readings for today:

Ezekiel 33:7-11 – God informs Ezekiel he must speak the truth as God’s prophet.  He must tell the people the error of their ways.  But in a rare insight God shares with Ezekiel why.  It’s because God knows that when the people live by other priorities, by other values, and worship other gods, this will lead them not to life but to death, and God wants to save them from the outcome He can foresee.

Romans 13:8-end – Paul, following Jesus, sums up all the Old Testament Commandments in the two that Jesus used, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And love your neighbour as yourself.”  He gives this teaching added emphasis by contrasting it as the difference between walking in the way of the Light, which is to walk according to the Spirit, and walking in the way of darkness, which is to follow simply human desires.  Don’t delay, says Paul, choose Light.

Matthew 18:15-20 – Jesus gives a similar teaching to that given by  God to Ezekiel, this time the disciples and the early Church.  The desire here is not for retribution or punishment of the person who has done wrong, but for restoration, both of the individual and the wider community; that the person be shown the error of their ways and be offered the opportunity to change.  For God delights in one person who changes.  He wants to see nobody lost.  God seems to be a passionate believer is what has come to be known as ‘restorative justice.’

Hymns and Songs for 13th Sunday after Trinity:

Traditional:

  1. “Jesus is King” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQWP5LYtiZA

For Children and Families:

Modern:

  1. “My world needs you right now” by Kirk Franklin (2017 Stellar Awards Performance): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0WRd4QTTC0
  1. “Atah Gibor” (You are Mighty) Live – Praises for Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv30TWM6Efs 
  2. This recent song (Jan 2020) from this modern Messianic Jewish Christian community, beautifully phrased lyrics.
  1. “Waymaker” – the original version was composed by an African American artist, Sinach.  It has become a modern classic and has been covered by many Christian artists and translated into more than fifty languages.  This original version alone has had 156M views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4XWfwLHeLM

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “King of Kings” by Hillsong United (Passion 2020 version) – just released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avBnNQ44yn4
  2. “Passion” is an annual large interstate Christian music convention for College students held in big stadiums throughout the US.
  3. Version with Lyrics so you can sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OnfQpZr030 

Live Service for the 12th Sunday of Trinity

Recorded on Sunday 30th August at St. Andrew’s Church, Banwell.

Hymns, Songs, Readings and other links for 12th Sunday of Trinity –

8th Sunday of Re-opening – A New Church for a New Society:

“The song of our hearts” – the story of the Woman at the Well

(John 4)

Sunday 30th August 2020

Bible Readings:

Key Bible Readings:

John 4:1-26 – Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well

If you would like to look up the reading for yourself – or simply click the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John4%3A1-26&version=NIVUK

  • The Worship and Music Group took the line from Jesus’ lips, “the time is coming, and has now come, when you will worship in Spirit and in truth” (verse 23) as the inspiration for how we approached choosing our worship today.

Set Readings for today:

Jeremiah 15:15-21 – Jeremiah is sometimes regarded as “the miserable prophet,” and not without cause.  But his was painful vocation, to stand alone and for God when it would have been so much easier to give in.

Romans 12:9-end – Gosh, it’s as if Paul wrote these words fresh for these times that we are going through.  Such is Paul’s timeless call to a high standard of Christian love and vocation.  And it is when the Church has sought to live out this vocation that it has stood out throughout history as the ambassador of the King.  As Francis of Assisi used to say, “Go out and share the message of the Gospel to the four corners of the world, and if you have to, use words.”

Matthew 16:21:end – By powerful contrast, Jesus reminds us that even His best friend, Peter will fail all too easily in his task of following.  And, so will we.  That is why we have the Cross.  But better to try and fall short, than not to try at all.  Then in this way, our many little failures, our many little ‘deaths’ to self and to ego, will strangely not only make sense, but indeed become the path to understanding the Way of Love and the Way of the Cross. 

Hymns and Songs for 12th Sunday after Trinity:

This week, in light of our Bible Reading, we chose to approach how we chose hymns and songs differently.  Inspired by the verse “the time is coming, and has now come, when you will worship in Spirit and truth,” (John 4:23) we have sought to share with one another and with everyone else below, key hymns, songs and pieces of music that have truly spoken to us or inspired us in our own lives in the belief that here, by worshipping in Spirit and in truth, we meet with God Himself.

There is a lot of material here, and many stories, each worth exploring, each like a precious offering.  Please enjoy and receive what is offered in the same Spirit in which it is shared.

Traditional:

  1. “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” with Lyrics:
  • Ruth Wratten writes, “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” – Such meaningful words. “Drop Thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease.”
  1. “My song is love unknown” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7OZSoA22w
  • Ruth writes, “My song is Love unknown” – same reason. Powerful words.
  1. “The Power of the Cross” by Stuart Townend with Lyrics:
  • Liz Chappell writes, “It’s an amazingly moving hymn, taking us movingly through the Passion story. Verses 4 and the Final chorus bring us directly into the magnificent drama 

Oh to see MY name written in the wounds….. Death is crushed to death…. We stand forgiven at the Cross.

This always moves me to tears.”

  • Rosemary Bailey writes, “I sang this (O to see the dawn- the power of the cross) at a Stuart Townsend concert that Jan Martin invited me to. It was a pivotal moment as it brought home that this was truly “about me”

Singing “Oh, to see my  name written on the cross” and “through Your suffering I am free” made me realise that I was included in this Grace & it set me on a different path of “being a Christian.”

(Around that time was also a very powerful sermon from Kay that affected me in a similar way)

  1. “There is a hope that burns within my heart” with Lyrics:
  • Liz writes, “Hugh would like to nominate ‘There is a hope that burns within my heart. He says that he gets very excited about his faith when he hears it played on the Piano.”
  1. “Father God I wonder” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuXltxvza5A
  • Kay Friend writes, “When I first started to come to Church we sang “Father God…” tears streaming down my face….
  1. “In Christ alone” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENtL_li4GbE
  • Kay writes, “it was dear Jan Denley’s favourite also.”
  1. “A Mighty Fortress is our God” with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XUYZoguhEQ&t=25s
  • Howard writes, my hymn is Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”
  1. “The Vicar of Dibley theme:” (Psalm 23) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZN1oVir5A&t=62s
  • Baz Nottage writes, “This version was sung by the college choir at the valedictory when I completed my theology course. I love the hope it brings, it reminds me that peace is found in still waters, a place Jesus leads me to. A place where he takes care of my needs, the struggle of this world being insignificant. In the tough points in my life I play this and I’m reminded that he is with me and this brings comfort. Then the best bit of all, knowing that I will dwell in the house of the Lord all my days. For myself, psalm 23 and this version is all about life and the friend we have in Jesus.
  1. “Be still for the presence of the Lord” sung by Aled Jones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJMaOxdu6B4
  • Kirsty writes, “This was always my favourite hymn at school and the hymn I sang solo for my audition to join the choir. It reminds us that God is everywhere-wherever we are, He is with us and we can find time to be still in His presence at any moment.”
  1. “Come, Lord Jesus, with Healing Hands,” The Fisherfolk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FLoWz-BGU0&feature=youtu.be
  • Caz writes, “This one is from me this time. It is one that I used to love when I was much younger and the words always spoke to me about being one with each other and with Jesus. How through his healing hands we could all live together in his love.”

Inspired from popular culture:

  1. “I see the Light” from the Disney film “Tangled”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILRs2r6lcHY
  • Kirsty writes, “Rapunzel sings of how she had never truly seen the world before leaving her tower, or finding love. I quoted this song in my application to Pioneer Ministry, ‘At last I see the light and it’s like the fog has lifted…All at once, everything is different, now that I see You.’ I used this to demonstrate how God fills one’s life with the purpose that He has for each of us and until we see that purpose, we can feel as if we’re stumbling in the dark. I also sang this as part of the first talk I gave at a Communion service, so I find it very poignant.”
  • Kirsty has also recorded her own recording which you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOPj9ZXL5q4&feature=youtu.be

Instrumental Pieces:

  1. “Concierto d’Aranjuez” – here as part of the film “Brassed Off:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo8hIc7DpuE
  • Matt writes, “I still remember when I first saw this film it spoke so powerfully of the struggle ordinary men and women face and who are so easily forgotten. Pete Potherswaite for me was, and is epic – the dignity, the passion and the fragility.  Very powerful. The film is brilliant and is still available on DVD from Amazon or on Amazon Prime.
  • And here a more traditional version by the Spanish guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano who is just incredible and plays purely by ear as he was blind since birth. My wife Jan particularly loves this version.  Such a talented outpouring of pure artistry and spirit.  His flamenco guitar playing at the end is well, breathtaking:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyPVzN4oyY

During Communion:

  1. “Boldly I approach” a powerful reflective song from Rend Collective – speaking out the message of the Samaritan woman after meeting Jesus her Messiah, and ours. Lyrics version thanks to Rend Collective – one of the few bands to allow Churches to use their music as part of Livestream services): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx94Fg4qZr8

 Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic:

  1. The epic version sung in Jesus’ own language Aramaic, sung here before Pope Francis by the Cathedral in Georgia. Apparently, the strength of the male voice reminded him of the human spirit in prayer, while the clarity of the young girl’s voice which begins and ends the song reminded him of the voice of the Spirit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=locW-9S00VU
  • Matt writes, “all I know is pretty much every time I watch and listen to this video it makes the hairs on the back of my neck tingle. Although it is so different to so much else I listen to, there is something about it which speaks almost from another place.”

Modern:

  1. “I will trust in you” by Lauren Daigle with Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXMPNXXnCls
  • Jen Nottage writes, “Charlotte and Hayley’s worship song is” Trust in you” by Lauren Daigle. They have chosen this song because “when God doesn’t answer prayers the way you want Him to, we have to trust that there is a bigger picture. This helps us through life in general.”

Played before the Livestream

  1. “No longer Slaves” by Bethel Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k&app=desktop
  • Gemma Stocker writes, “This song has such a Beautiful message that the we are all children of God and how God is with us on our journey of life and when we feel pain we don’t have to fear as God has given  us this perfect love. The tune is rocky and I think is such a modern Christian song that would appeal to young Christians. I was introduced to this song while working on a Salvation Army Christian camp last summer in America and whenever I hear it, it reminds me of my time and also the children I looked after.”

Played after the Livestream:

  1. “The Kingdom Choir – Blinded by your Grace – Part 2” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciy7XqZZmY0
  • Matt writes, “I still remember when I first heard and saw Stormzy’s video of his original live recording. It was so moving, we played it at the Congresbury Carol Service that year and I remember people came up to me afterwards in tears – the truth of Christmas makes the story and hope of this wonderful song real.
  • Stormzy’s original 2018 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPuj6UISMhs
  • Stormzy’s epic 2019 Glastonbury performance – 130,000 all singing along. I’m sure it made God smile (Big time): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxsjQ967kV8
  • And, of course, “Amazing Grace” the original hymn from which so many versions have been recorded, and is still the most requested and popular hymn, ever. Here again the much appreciated version of 50 countries during this time of Lockdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA7pdABvpnc

Further Videos

  1. From the 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. But even more than that, the story of hope and healing over pain, suffering and injustice.  I watched it again on Friday evening and it is truly inspirational.  (Only available till Tuesday 1st Sept)
  2. “Shechem: a visit to the place of Jacob’s well and where the woman at the well story took place” – this video by an Australian pastor for a Mexican Mission helps to show many of the sites of this difficult to access place, which today is called Nablus, and is deep in the West Bank. Next time though, when we go to Israel? Enjoy:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v81pj8__ZqA&feature=youtu.be
  3. The story of Jesus and the woman at the well has been one of the most loved and most acted out of all Bible stories. Here is one of many accounts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThEGO0uMCIM