Services & Sermons

Below are extracts from recent services and sermons given at Temple

(see also Order of Service and Home Worship pages for worship contributions)

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Lenten Liturgy Fourth Sunday in Lent - Mothering Sunday

The fourth Sunday in Lent is Mothering Sunday. We place a Methodist Orb on the cross - a symbol that declares that the love of Christ reaches round the globe. It is for all.

John 3 v16 & 17. For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved.

Prayer: Help us to live God as people who know that we are loved not condemned. Amen

Thought for Mothering Sunday From David Clitheroe

The Vine at Home - Mothering Sunday

Sunday 15th March 2020

Third Sunday of Lent led by Rev Mike Parsons

Lenten Liturgy Third Sunday in Lent - Coins

On this third Sunday in Lent we scatter coins at the foot of the cross to remember the cleansing of the temple.

John 2: 13-16. The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

Prayer: Help us God to love you and your ways: to respect the wisdom of our elders, protect the lives and reputations of those around us, cherish the relationship entrusted to us, and learn the value of enough. In Jesus name. Amen

Readings: Malachi 3: 1 - 4, 1 Corinthians 1: 10 - 25, John 2: 13 - 22

Hymns: StF 470 Lord, for the years you love has kept and guided

StF 354 Jesus is the name we honour

StF 286 What kind of love is this

StF 255 The Kingdom of God is justice and joy

StF 564 O thou who camest from above

Link to audio of worship

Sunday 8th March 2020

Second Sunday of Lent led by Edward Hosken

Lenten Liturgy Second Sunday in Lent - Red ribbon

On the second Sunday in Lent we place a red ribbon round the Lenten Cross as we remember that the call upon Jesus and upon us is not an easy one – it is costly and often counter cultural.

Mark 8 v34 & 35. If anyone wants to follow me he must first forget about himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever is willing to lose his life for my sake and the Gospel will be saved.

Prayer: Most holy God, give us the desire to reject evil no matter how profitable or popular it appears, to seek to do the right thing even though it costs us dearly. Amen


‘The paradox of Lent’

‘Dominion over the works of thy hands’

‘Restoring a world that cannot save itself’

‘Alive to new realms’

‘One great fellowship of love’

‘Responsibility for the world, others and self’

Readings: Psalm 8, Romans 4: 1 - 5 & 13 - 17, John 3: 1 - 17

Hymns: CH 238 Lord bring the day to pass

CH 488 Teach us O loving heart of Christ (Tune: St Peter)

CH 617 Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose (Tune: Hyfrydol)

CH 624 In Christ there is no East or West (Tune: Kilmarnock)

CH 710 I have a dream

Link to audio of worship

Sunday 1st March 2020

First Sunday of Lent led by Rev Mike Parsons

Lenten Liturgy

The Lenten Cross

Made from the trunk of a Christmas tree, the Lenten Cross reminds us God's love given to us though the birth of Christ. Throughout Lent we add symbols to the cross.

On Easter Sunday, we bring flowers representing those we would like to remember in our time of worship.

The cross will be transformed from a symbol of death into a symbol of new life.

First Sunday in Lent - Stones

On the first Sunday in Lent as Jesus endures the temptations and decides to put his trust in God of the covenant rather than take the easy or even sensible way we place stones at the foot of our Lenten Cross.

Mark 1:11-15. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Prayer: God of covenant help us not so much to focus on what we ‘give up’ this Lent as on how much we ‘give in’ to your ways. Amen

Readings: Exodus 15: 22 – 16:15, Deuteronomy 6: 4 - 9 & 16 - 25, Matthew 4: 1 - 11

Hymns: StF 499 Great God, your love has called us here

StF 157 God has spoken by his prophets

StF 237 Jesus, tempted in the desert

StF 595 Lord, we have come at your own invitation

StF 336 Son of God, if thy free grace

Link to audio of worship

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Transfiguration / Cuttack Sunday led by Rev Chris Brown

Readings: Exodus 24: 12 - 18, 2 Peter 1: 16 - 21, Matthew 17: 1 - 9

Hymns: StF 364 O for a thousand tongues to sing

StF 20 Be still

StF 382 Holy Spirit, come, confirm us

StF 442 Beneath the cross of Jesus

StF 503 Love divine, all loves excelling

Link to audio of worship

Link to 'It Is Well, You Make Me Brave' - Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music Youtube Video

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(StF Sing the Faith, CH Church Hymnary)

Other recordings

Rev Mike Parsons & Rev Dr Susan Durber, 2nd February 2020

Glenys Allinson, 26th January 2020

Rev Mike Parsons, 19th January 2020

Rev Robin Hutt, 12th January 2020

Rev Mike Parsons, 5th January 2020

David Clitheroe, 3rd Sunday in Advent, 15th December 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 1st Sunday in Advent, 1st December 2019

Jennie Sleep, Violence Against Women Sunday, 24th November 2019

Rev Tony Cox, Remembrance Sunday, 10th November 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 3rd November 2019

Chris McCallum, 20th October 2019

Rev Robin Hutt, 13th October 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk & Rev Dr Susan Durber, 6th October 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, Harvest Festival, Sunday 29th September 2019

Rev Tony Cox & Rev Deborah Kirk, Battle of Britain Sunday 13th September 2019

Rev Anthony Huxtable, 1st September 2019

Rev Robin Hutt, 25th August 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 4th August 2019

Adrian Veale, 28th July 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 21st July 2019

David Clitheroe, 14th July 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 7th July 2019

Glenys Allinson, 30th June 2019

Jennie Sleep, 23rd June 2019

Rev Tony Cox, Trinity Sunday 16th June 2019

Rev Ruth Whitehead, Pentecost & Church Anniversary 9th June 2019

Merlyn Brown, 26th May 2019

Glenys Allinson, 19th May 2019

Robert Thompson, 12th May 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, 5th May 2019

Rev Deborah Kirk, Easter Sunday 21st April 2019