Monday, 12 September 2016

Building the church in Battersea & Bermondsey

The sun shone brightly for our open air service in St James's Churchyard yesterday.

It was the second day of our United Benefice church weekend at home.

St Anne's and St James joined together to sing God's praise and hear his word.

The previous day, Captain Nicholas Lebey, from Church Army, led our morning of worship and teaching on the theme of discipleship at St Saviour's, Battersea.

We had intended to spend the afternoon relaxing in Battersea Park but the weather thought otherwise. However, Sunday's weather more than made up for it, and, after a post-church picnic, we were able to enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Bermondsey Summer Fete in the grounds of the old Scott Lidgett School.

It was a good weekend of being together, of learning, and worshipping. On the Sunday morning Paul spoke from Ephesians 2. 11-22 about how, through the cross, God is bringing together a family drawn from every race, tribe, language and nation.

As it happens St James's Church is modelled on a Greek temple. But there is another temple, another building that God is building in Bermondsey. It is a building made of of people, built with Christ as the cornerstone.

One of the songs we sang just about summed that up: We are being built into a temple, fit for God's own dwelling place, into the house of God, which is the Church, the pillar and the ground of truth.

Here are some more pictures of the weekend (thanks Jos and Pat):

Nicholas Lebey at St Saviour's

Worshipping at St Saviour's
At St Saviour's, Battersea

Summer Fete

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