Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Back to school

 

"Good morning Gary, Good morning everybody, Good morning Father God' they chorused.

After 18 months when we have only appeared at assembly via video it was wonderful to be back at St James's School for face to face assemblies with our children in key stage 2 (shown here getting ready) and key stage 1, to be able to actually ask them questions, hear their replies and, best of all, hear them sing.
 
How we have missed them and how good it was to be back.
 

 

Monday, 20 September 2021

Sunday catch-up

Here is the first of our new Sunday Catch Up videos.

Each video will include two songs, a prayer and a shortened version of Sunday’s sermon. It is designed for those who cannot get to church for any reason and for anyone who would like to listen again to the Sunday sermon message

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Blessing for the nations

 


He took him outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “will your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5
 
Today we began a new sermon series on Abraham begining with Genesis 12.1-3 and God's plan to bless all the nations.
 
Today I thought it would be interesting to see which nations were represented in church today. 
 
We come up with Australia, Brazil, India, Canada, Kenya, the US, St Lucia, Ireland, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Italy, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, England, the Channel Islands, Ghana, Hungary and France just for starters.
 
The plan was being worked out before our eyes.
 
After the sermon it was moving to sing:
 
Your're the author of creation, 
you're the Lord of every man; 
And your cry of love rings out across the lands
 
and then:
 
From each tribe and tongue and nation you are leading sinners home.'

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Open Air Church


 Open Air Church. St Anne's. St James. Revelation chapter one. The mighty Saviour. Ice creams. Covid recovery. Sunshine. Lots of chat. Kids running around. To God be the Glory.

 Here is part of the passage from Revelation 1 that Jacob spoke from as we focussed on the living reigning Lord Jesus:

10 On the Lord's day the Spirit took control of me, and I heard a loud voice, that sounded like a trumpet, speaking behind me. 11 It said, “Write down what you see, and send the book to the churches in these seven cities: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

12 I turned around to see who was talking to me, and I saw seven gold lampstands, 13 and among them there was what looked like a human being, wearing a robe that reached to his feet, and a gold band around his chest. 14 His hair was white as wool, or as snow, and his eyes blazed like fire; 15 his feet shone like brass that has been refined and polished, and his voice sounded like a roaring waterfall. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth. His face was as bright as the midday sun. 17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand on me and said, “Don't be afraid! I am the first and the last. 18 I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead. 19 Write, then, the things you see


Thursday, 9 September 2021

Southwark curates

 

 It was good to  have the second year Southwark curates with us for a day in Bermondsey today, focussing on estates ministry, hearing about the national estates ministry strategy, having a tour of part of the parish and hearing about some of the things we are doing here to reach out with the Gospel to our local communities.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Congrats Ruth & Jeff

 


She's not just our administrator (though she is a brilliant administrator). She is also a pastor who cares for everyone and evangelist who loves to share the Good News, and offer a warm welcome to all visitors in the name of Christ. 
 

Today our beloved Ruth got married, there was much rejoicing from both churches and Karowei the Bishop of Woolwich, preached. 
 

 
 Just after the happy couple had exchanged their vows it was moving to sing:
 
O perfect Love, all human thought transcending
Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending
Whom thou forevermore doest join in one