Last Sunday after Trinity / Bible Sunday


WELCOME  by Francis

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

Angel voices ever singing

COLLECT for Bible Sunday:

Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Paul explains his motivation for declaring the gospel.

Wendy reads 1 Thessalonians 2: 1 - 8

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Rise and hear! The Lord is speaking


Jesus trades questions with the Pharisees.

Liz reads Matthew 22: 34 - 46

SERMON  Preached by Martha
Commanded to love

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   Lord, I have made thy word my choice,
      my lasting heritage:
    there shall my noblest powers rejoice,
      my warmest thoughts engage.


   I'll read the histories of thy love,
      and keep thy laws in sight,
    while through the promises I rove
      with ever-fresh delight.


   'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,
      where springs of life arise,
    seeds of immortal bliss are sown,
      and hidden glory lies.

   The best relief that mourners have,
      It makes our sorrows blest;
    Our fairest hope beyond the grave,
      And our eternal rest.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

PRAYERS  Led by Peter Essex

Let us join with Francis, saying

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.


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Ye holy angels bright

BLESSING given by David

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