Val Whiteman and Felicity Hawke lead the service, with Val giving the talk: she leads us through the Pharisees and the Herodians challenging Jesus with a trick question, then asks, well what is Caesar's? And what is God's? ... and provides some answers.
After Emma has read Philippians 4:1-9 and John has read Matthew 22:1-14, Rob Latham first addresses the epistle, and explains what a chiasm is. You'll then be asking yourself, where else have I seen a chiasm in the Bible? He then comes to the more important gospel passage about the parable of the wedding banquet, comparing it with some wedding invitation experiences of his own, and then asks (a) are we presuming too much that we're in the 'in crowd' and (b) whether we are resisting the change of clothes that our Lord is offering.
Meditative thoughts, prayers, music and hymns from Ann and Lynda, music being provided by Hull Minster, Sovereign Grace and Worship Lyric Videos, all by permission, with pictures of harvest from the fields near a church remarkably like Kenilworth's St. John's.
In the second passage, Jesus shows himself to take the religious leaders on their own terms, and to be honest and humble with those who are honest and transparent. In the first passage, Andrew uses this letter from Paul to show how Jesus' "emptying of himself, taking the form of a servant" is not something He is reluctant to do, but how it embodies His very nature, and then shows Paul asking us to "have the same mind as Jesus" and to be humble and servant-like too, with the cost that entails.
Felicity Hawke leads the service, Ann Gibbons reads Matthew chapter 14, verses 13 to 21, and Val Whiteman invites us to be one of the crowd alongside 5,000 men plus women and children as Jesus performs a miracle.
After the reading of Romans chapter 8 verses 26-39 by Gill Heath, Andrew Haines gives the talk. First, because these verses sum up all of what has gone before in this letter, he summarizes chapters 1 to 8, and then leads us through the actual verses, showing how Paul answers the four questions in them.
The second part is available via the button below. It includes Karen Mills's retelling of the passage from Luke 8:42b-48 followed by Andrew Attwood, who leads us through the story verse by verse, showing us how the Holy Spirit and Jesus work together, and asking the questions
- Do you think healing is for everyone else but not yourself?
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Andrew Attwood leads the service, Mike Dayus says what the Cross means to him, and our guest speakers are Dave and Liz Johnson, speaking from Cumbria on spreading the Gospel in the context of holiday letting and a church congregation scattered around an area.
When was the first time you heard about Jesus? When did the penny drop that he loves you personally? Was it through people who talked to you about Jesus? Read Romans 10:8-15 (especially 14-15) and think: can you do the same for someone else that these people did for you? Listen to Michelle Harris explain how important this is, and what you can do about it. Phil Sewards reads the main passage and gives a short prayerful response at the end.
The service includes a short reflection by Penny Bryans on Jesus' Indescribable Love, Andrew Attwood introduces the Bible reading of Nehemiah 1:1-10 and then Lindsey Attwood explores her personal journey of discipleship using the Nehemiah passage as a Biblical background.
As in many of our services, songs from Hillsong are included by permission.
Transcript of Penny's contribution, the talk and the interview - follow this link.
Who is the Gospel for, and how does it work in practice?
Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Luke 10:1-12,
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
Speaker: Revd. Andrew Attwood
Leader: Denise Coomber and Fiona Dowle
Are we ashamed of the Gospel? How can we share it in different contexts? Who are people of peace? Who is receptive? What does it mean, to sow the seed, and to experiment with how one presents the Gospel? Andrew touches on all these aspects today.
Transcript of the Fiona's introduction, Andrew's talk and Denise's prayerful response - follow this link.
Hearing and applying the Gospel again to ourselves
Kim Matthews leads the service, Roger Homes gives the talk, Rosie Lee reports on how "Quiet Space" has touched people, Heather Homes reads one of the passages, Charlie Palmer says what Christ's forgiveness means to him and Jenny Matthews leads the intercessions.
Roger talks about three aspects of Hebrews 9:11-15 and Galatians 6:12-15 - forgiveness of our sins through Christ's eternal sacrifice, why we should boast in nothing but only in the Lord, and how we are all equal in God's sight through Christ.
Transcript of the talk with all the Bible references, and Rosie's and Charlie's contributions - follow this link.
Service led by Michelle Harris, talk by Andrew Attwood,
Notice & reading by Kim Matthews,
Andy Collins on what the Cross means to him.
The main reading is Matthew 7 verses 13-14: the narrow gate. The Gospel Message is exclusive - it is only through faith in Jesus dying on the cross, rising again to life and through this making us right with God, that we are saved. But the message is for everyone.
Follow this link to Andrew's leaflet mentioned in his talk - "The Message Of The Cross"
For transcript of the notices, reading and talk (with lots of Bible references) plus Andy Collins' thoughts - follow this link.
How do you see God? Creator of the universe? The Lawgiver? The Provider? The Rescuer? Father? Jesus says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. In St. Peter's second letter in the Bible, in 2 Peter 3:9, he says the Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. In St.John's first letter, in 1 John 3:16, he says, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us". So listen to Val Whiteman as she guides us through some ideas about getting to know the God who loves the whole world.
Lindsey Attwood leads the service, Roger Homes tells us what the Cross means to him, and Jane Garsed leads the intercessions.
The service is led by Denise Coomber, it includes a video that sums up the Gospel in the simplest terms, Jeremy Bryans tells us briefly what the Cross means to him, Denise reads Mark 1:14-15 and 1 Corinth's 15:1-5 and Andrew goes into detail about what the Gospel message is, with many references: for these see the transcript - follow this link for the transcript.
There are two Hillsong songs - they have been kind enough to give us permission to use their songs in our services.
Revd. Andrew Attwood explains how much we need the salvation of Jesus through His death on the cross and resurrection, because without His sacrifice we come under God's judgement.
Lindsey Attwood leads the service, reading Romans 3:21-26 before Andrew's talk. Andrew has about 20 other references to the Bible in his talk, including Luke 16:19-31. For the other references, see a transcript.
Before the reading, Elizabeth Maylor says what the Cross of Jesus means to her.
Kevin Dowle starts by looking at a definition of faith, based on Hebrews chapter 11, verses 1 to 3 and 6, then looks at an example of faith - Peter waling on the water - in Matthew chapter 14, verses 22 to 32.
Mary Rai gives two examples of faith in practice in her own life.
Fiona Dowle leads the service, Vicki Anderson prays at the beginning, Malcolm Jones and Nathan Jones (no relation) read the passages and Kal Rai prays at the end.
For a transcript of the talk and Mary's examples - follow this link.
For a transcript of the full service - follow this link.
Do you feel so insignificant that Jesus can't use you? Think about the boy who brought the loaves and the fish to Jesus. We all need each other, and we need to be different from each other to help each other and thus serve God. Lindsey Attwood leads this service, Chris Waters homes in on the 2nd part of that message (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and Penny Bryans talks about the 1st part (John 6:5-13). Karen Jackson and Ellie Bryans read the passages,
Lindsey Attwood shares her journey of faith by exploring this unusual book of the Bible, otherwise known as the Song of Solomon - for Christians, a picture of the love of Jesus for His Church.
Lindsey, in exploring chapter 2, talks about the invitation we all have to follow Jesus, to trust Him, to come back if we slip away, to give our heart to Him, to yield to Him and thus become His disciple.
Other references: Philippians 4:6-7 ("do not be anxious ... and the peace of God ... guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus"), Luke 8:22-25 (Jesus commands the disciples to cross the lake in a storm), Matthew 17:22-23 (Jesus knows he is going to die and rise again), Revelation 1:18 ("I was dead, and now look! I am alive for ever")
The service starts at 12 mins 50 secs into the video and lasts 34 minutes