Services & Sermons
Below are extracts from recent services and sermons given at Temple
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
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
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
Sunday 1st March 2020
First Sunday of Lent led by Rev Mike Parsons
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
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
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