‘Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him’ Psalm 34:8
2nd Sunday after Epiphany – 16 January 2022
Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
Gospel: John 2: 1-11
The Collect for today: Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Our Sunday Eucharist is at 9.45am.
- We are asking all those attending services to continue to wear face coverings unless exempt.
- The physical Sign of Peace will remain suspended.
- Holy Communion will continue to be given in one kind only. The celebrant and altar server(s) will continue to sanitise their hands before handling the elements (bread and wine) and the celebrant will wear a face covering whilst distributing the bread.
- Congregational singing has resumed, but it is recommended that face coverings are worn whilst singing if others are nearby.
- Social distancing: space will be kept on either side and directly in front of seats that are being used in the main body of the church.
- Service books and sheets will be handed out by a Welcomer who will wear a mask.
- The one way system is no longer be in force, but please ensure that you leave sufficient distance between yourself and the next person, particularly when approaching the altar for communion.
- Hand sanitiser will continue to be available for use on entry and exit.
- Windows and doors will continue to be kept open for the duration of the service.
- Coffee after the service is available after the Service. Biscuits will be individually wrapped, with tables well spaced out around the hall. It is recommended that those entering the hall wear face coverings when queuing for coffee.
All are welcome to our Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and music led by our versatile robed choir and talented organists. Service starts at 9.45 am.
We offer Junior Church for our younger members on the 1st Sunday of the month. We are lucky to have an excellent team of leaders who offer creative craft ideas to help younger people engage with the gospel. There is the opportunity to ‘show and tell’ after Holy Communion is shared.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, our young people lead a less formal Renew Service with more modern songs and accessible story telling of the Gospel.
On Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am, there is a traditional Book of Common Prayer said service, with sermon, held in church. On the third Wednesday of the month we have a Common Worship Communion with prayers for healing.
Why do we worship?
Not because God is an egomaniac! We don’t go to church for God’s sake, but for our own.
As the old saying has it, ‘Don’t join a perfect church – you’ll ruin it!’ We try to be a group of authentic, creative people who live lives that reflect the love of God in Jesus Christ. We don’t always get it right, and we need a lot of help – which is the essence of why we meet together.
Sharing ideas, experiences, learning from and with each other is the most difficult and the most rewarding task of life – and we believe this is what God calls us to do. As Timothy Radcliffe reminds us in his excellent book, ‘Why go to Church’: “Because of the deep insecurity of our society, we seek the assurance of the like-minded. But no community of the like-minded is a sign of the kingdom of God… intolerant forms of Christianity have lost the plot.”
Three essential prayers
The writer Anne Lamott says that there are really only three essential prayers: ‘Help’, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Wow’. Each of these provide a good starting point for thinking about worship. We meet together to pray together for the needs of the world and for our individual circumstances. We meet together to express our gratitude to God for his gift of life and the many blessings that accompany it. We meet together in wonder at the miracles that meet us each day and trace a path of grace through our shared lives.
Sharing Holy Communion
Our central act of worship is Holy Communion, a sharing together in bread and wine at which we believe the Risen Christ is present with us. However, arguably the most important part of this act comes right at the end when we are sent out to ‘love and serve the Lord’. This is where the word ‘Mass’ comes from. As Jesus told his disciples: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (John 20:21). We are not only to be those who attend church, but those who are church, sharing the good news of God’s love with those outside our walls through our daily lives.
Some of our young people preparing for 1st Communion – July 2018
Why not come and share with us? You will be very welcome.