Details of the services at our morning and evening Sunday services this month are shown below, with an outline of the sermon series at the bottom of the page. See the Sunday Worship page for a description of each of the services.
+ indicates which service has Holy Communion
* indicates an All Age service where the children stay in (no childrens/youth groups) otherwise there is Creche in the Watney Room, The Rock and EYC Sunday in the Centre for all children at 9.15am service.
|9.15am and 11am services
THE DISTINCTIVE MESSAGE OF MATTHEW
PLAYING THEIR PART
|1st December||Shepherd (9:15am +)
Luke 1:39-45, 56-66
|8th December||Bridegroom (11am+)
|15th December||10am All Age Carols *
All Age Team
|Carols by Candlelight
|22nd December||10am Contemplative Christmas *
|29th December||10am Visitors *+
From the Sunday before Advent to the Sunday before Lent (24th November to 23rd February) our readings are taken from Matthew’s gospel. The passages we are looking at are all passages that have no parallel in the other gospels, or which are distinctively different from the corresponding passage in Mark or Luke. Through them we will hear, and endeavour to discern, some of the distinctive message of Matthew. We begin with the often neglected genealogy with which Matthew opens (different from the one given in Luke 3, in that it claims a different line of descent from David to Joseph, it does not go back beyond Abraham, and in other ways). On the first two Sundays of Advent, we consider two parables of Christ’s return (from ch.25), presenting Christ as bridegroom and shepherd. On 22nd December we return to ch.1 for Matthew’s distinctive birth narrative, followed by the visit of the Magi, the escape into Egypt and the return to Nazareth. (Matthew appears to know nothing of any prior association of Joseph or Mary with Nazareth.) We then turn to four extracts from the Sermon on the Mount, deliberately choosing parts that have no parallel in Luke (apart from the Lord’s Prayer, which has a different context in Luke). The fourth of these (from Mt 7) is coupled with a parable making a similar point about authenticity, saying what we mean and meaning what we say. To end the series we look at three short parables of the kingdom from ch.13 (the treasure, the pearl and the net) and two other parables that are found only in Matthew.
We will begin with a two-part series on Zechariah and Elizabeth; two fascinating characters who played such a huge role in the life of John the Baptist and Jesus. Then in the new year we will be thinking about peace, something that our world, and nation, are particularly in need of at present.
Sermons at our morning and evening services are recorded and can be downloaded on the sermon downloads page.