Our Worship

Here are some random excepts of the material we have been using in our gatherings. Mainly things we have created ourselves, but with some links to other material we have used (copyright permitting) which we think may be of interest or use to a wider audience. Please do let us know if you find anything useful or interesting. 

Our worship is led by various members of the congregation and friends. Our starting place is usually the set Bible readings for the day and those leading reflect on these passages alongside what is going on in the life of the Church and the world and their own experiences. Thus what we share is very context dependent and not always consistent from person to person or from time to time. We are a diverse community and we celebrate the variety of views and perspectives amongst us.

  • Relatable Thomas

    Relatable Thomas

    Luke 24 13-31 John 20:19-31 On what we call Good Friday, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and most of his closest followers seem to have gone missing.  But by the time the Jewish Festival of Weeks came round, 50 days later, they had regrouped and become reinvigorated, and Simon Peter performed one of the most…

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  • Lent Series 2022

    We will be meeting via Zoom for a series of reflections remembering the life of Jesus through events and stories as recorded in the Gospels.

  • Light and renewed vision

    A lovely rendition of “Ring out wild bells”, a poem by Tennyson put to music by Alana Levandosky which we used as our intercessions: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,   The flying cloud, the frosty light:   The year is dying in the night;Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring…

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  • For the turning of the year: A prayer in a photograph

    For the turning of the year: A prayer in a photograph

    Our pre-Christmas walk – an easy stroll along the high ridge from Pym’s Chair to the top of Shining Tor in the Peak District. On the very top of Shining Tor, just yards from the trig point, in a sodden bog we find this small tree. One of several “Christmas trees”, presumably wind-blown seeds from…

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  • Rage and Hope for a New Year

    Rage and Hope for a New Year

    Ouur first eGathering of the year took the theme of Rage and Hope [see review]. Hope not as wild optimism, or some future life beyond this world, but as a wilfull re-imagining of this world as it could be. Picking up Andy’s theme from the week before  we shared Steve Earle’s prophetic song “Jerusalem”: (There…

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  • Magnificat: Reflections on Sumud

    Magnificat: Reflections on Sumud

    A response to the story of a strong, defiant Mary Luke 1:39-55 Reflections on Sumud I went to a talk this week; an annual lecture remembering Tom Hurndall, an MMU photography student shot and killed by an Israeli soldier in 2003, when trying to rescue a child. The lecturer was Lara Sheehi, a Lebanese psychoanalyst.…

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  • Poetry not Prose

    Poetry not Prose

    Poetry not prose. [Job 38:1-7, (34-41); Psalm 91:9 -16; Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 ] Over the past few weeks those of us who lead services and use the lectionary have been offered a choice of Old Testament readings – two parallel streams, one of which claims to be “thematically related” to the NT…

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  • Prayer for the City: A prayer in a photograph

    Prayer for the City: A prayer in a photograph

    A prayer in a photograph…. One of the consequences of the various lockdowns is that we have been walking much more in the hills that surround Manchester, rather than going off into Derbyshire. From these hills you often glimpse in the distance the distant city.    The city of the plains. When the light strikes…

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  • Rewinding Creation

    Rewinding Creation

    2 Corinthians 13:11-13: Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love…

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