Harvest Sunday – Sunday 18th September 2016

Once again this year we will be supporting https://bradfordnorth.foodbank.org.uk/

with donations from our harvest services. Please add an extra item to your trolley this week if you can.

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Live @ Costa – Sunday 2nd October 2016

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Our next Live @ Costa guest performer is Chris Milner from York. Chris has been performing around the county for many years with great success and impressive revues. Here is some blurb from his website.

Described by the late Keith London of Hinkley Act as a ‘true journeyman’, Chris Milner epitomises the classic, semi-professional singer-songwriter.

In recent years Chris has played to audiences in Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, Turkey and Africa, as well as at music festivals throughout Britain and Europe, but his career spans over thirty years performing in venues as diverse as bars, folk clubs, church and village halls, and theatres.

His natural voice and guitar playing can hold the audience spellbound with his original melodies, compelling lyrics and stunning vocal virtuosity.

The inspiration for his work is wide-ranging and eclectic, and while it is rooted in his own experiences of life and his travels, the sheer poetry of his lyrics captures and conveys the universality of love and faith.

Chris plays two guitars: a mellow Gibson J200 and a much-loved 1972 Yamaha FG 180.

His musicianship and professionalism are appreciated by audiences and fellow musicians alike.

Here is a sample of his work for you to enjoy.

https://youtu.be/MDt710IPlzM

Everyone Welcome

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Week Commencing – Sunday 11th September 2016

It was our Communion Sunday this week (at both morning services). It was good to see so many people returning from holiday. We also began our autumn theme based around the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was faced with the task of restoring the people of Jerusalem by rebuilding the city wall and giving hope back to those who were leaving in the ruins. This it seems to me is our task here in Wrose, in Bradford. We are being called by God to restore people to God and to themselves and give them hope. Nehemiah gives us much practical insight into the process. I have attached both of the messages given yesterday (Colin – 9.15am and Steve 10.30am).

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In the evening, Ikon programme returned with a time of soaking prayer. God tells us through Job to ‘Listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.’ (Job 33:33). We heard the words of Henri Nouwen on the value of silence.

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Our primary task in solitude, therefore, is not to pay undue attention-to-the many faces which assail us, but to keep, the eyes of our mind and heart on him who is our divine saviour. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature. As we come to realise that it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us, that he is our true self, we can slowly let our compulsions melt away and begin to experience the freedom of the children of God. And then we can look back with a smile and realise that we aren’t even angry or greedy anymore” (From The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen)

The experience of entering into silence for about 20 minutes again proved extremely valuable and there was a real sense of the presence of God in the place. Our Prayer of the Week this week is taken from the St. Hilda Community and was used to help us enter in to the time of silence.

PRAYERS OF THE WEEK

Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Alone, Empty
Before your God
Say nothing
Ask nothing
Be silent, Be still
Be silent, Be still
Let your God look upon you
That is all

He knows, he understands
he loves you with an enormous love
he only wants to look upon you with love
Quiet, Still, Be.

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Live @ Costa – Sunday May 1st 2016

Now that Easter has come and gone and it looks a little spring is here, we bring you some more good music at Live @ Costa. We are delighted to welcome local band ‘Repeat Prescription’ for their first appearance at our venue. Fronted by Pete Stoodley their aim is to rock out for the night. Sunday 1st May 7.30pm – Everyone Welcome.

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Weekly Update – 11th April 2016

Sunday seemed quite calm after all the excitement of the past weeks and it was good to welcome one or two new faces to our worship. This week we began a new teaching series entitled ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ which will be the subject for our midweek Life Groups for the next few weeks. When we considered the weakest areas of our church life at the end of last year, we agreed to teach on the four weakest during 2016. So far we have looked at prayer and now we are considering evangelism. I know that most of us struggle with this as a concept and even more practically but our hope is that by sharing together on this subject we might have more confidence to talk about our faith.

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Our Ikon service focussed on the Benedictine approach to prayer which is to do in community. We shred in a form of the service of Compline which is one of the seven hours of prayer introduced to shape the monastic life by Benedict. Benedict believed in communities of prayer whose duty was to bring before God constantly the needs of the world. Prayer often feels like a solitary experi­ence, something we do by ourselves, out of sight, personal and private. The truth is, however, that we never pray alone. Countless millions of people are praying at any given moment and our prayer is just one drop in the vast river of prayer which is always flowing towards God. Even if we are praying quietly in our own room, we are doing so in the company of a huge number of others all over the world.

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Our prayer this week comes from Benedict of Nursa (480-550AD) Benedict is credited with the development of the monastic system that still exists today. He believed that prayer was the real work of the Christian and that communities of praying people made it more effective. This prayer reveals the nature of his seeking after God and would be a helpful way for us to start each day this week.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Gracious and holy Father,

please give me:

intellect to understand you;
reason to discern you;
diligence to seek you;
wisdom to find you;
a spirit to know you;
a heart to meditate upon you;
ears to hear you;
eyes to see you;
a tongue to proclaim you;
a way of life pleasing to you;
patience to wait for you;
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me:
a perfect end,
your holy presence.
A blessed resurrection,
And life everlasting. Amen

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Weekly Update – 4th April 2016

Hi Everyone

So the busyness of Easter was replaced last week by the relative tranquillity of the first week of the school holidays. Some twenty people were away enjoying the delights of Skeggie the venue for Spring Harvest this year. Apparently they had a brilliant time, enjoying wonderful worship and teaching and even the weather was kind.

The weekend was marked by the latest in our Cafe Church programme. This month we were joined by a number of folk from Colin’s previous church ‘GraceSpace’. It was lovely to have them with us and they appeared to be having a great morning especially as they had chosen a soup Sunday to visit. Even though there were one or two regular people missing this Sunday the numbers at the service were still remarkably high. The theme of the morning was to explore the question ‘Where Do You Come From?’ It appears a simple question on the face of it but as we discovered where we come from and the things that have happened to us on our journey all effect the way we see the world and act within it.

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In the evening we repaired to Costa Coffee in Shipley for some very melodic entertainment by ‘Chilling With The King’. Four members of the six strong jazz ensemble from York University provided us with some delightful tunes with which to pass the evening. Our thanks go to them for their willingness to join us.

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Our prayer this week comes from John Cosin a 17th century Anglican Bishop of Durham. The prayer is divided into two halves. In the first author asks Jesus to be everything to him. In the second his response is to offer himself completely to God. It is an equation that we need to remember. If we want more of God then we must allow him to have more of us.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Lord Jesus, be a light to my eyes,

music to mine ears, sweetness to my taste,

and full contentment to my heart.

Be my sunshine in the day, my food at table,

my repose in the night, my clothing in nakedness,

and my succour in all necessities.

 Lord Jesus, I give you my body,

my soul, my substance, my fame,

my friends, my liberty, and my life.

Dispose of me and all that is mine

as it may seem best to you

and to the glory of your blessed name. Amen.

 

John Cosin

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Weekly Update – 28th March 2016

Hi Everyone

What a week – Monday to Thursday were all about preparation. As the days passed boxes were filled and resources collected in preparation for the events that would follow over the weekend.

On Thursday evening we gathered to remember the events of the Last Supper. After the complexities of last year’s Passover Re-enactment, the Agape (Love Feast) was a gentler affair. We shared together the practice that the early Christians enjoyed as recorded in Acts 2. There was good food, conversation, some art was created and bread was broken.

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Good Friday began with our Messy Easter event. Over 140 people (adults and children) came through our doors to share in songs, games, stories and crafts. Finally everyone shared in some wonderful food, lovingly prepared by Graham and served up by our great team. It was delicious. The Co-op had provided hot cross buns for everyone for afters.

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In a complete change of pace, there was our ‘Hour By The Cross’ service. We reflected on the things that Jesus carried to the cross. We discovered that we were carried by him into his death and therefore into his resurrection. In dealing with our sins, Jesus also dealt with the whole of our lives. This was illustrated by sharing in the thorns and bloody bandages of the passion.

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Good Friday evening saw us participating in the Tenebrae. The Tenebrae is an adaptation of a service that was used in the early church. It is a meditation on the shadows that gradually grew darker and finally enveloped Christ in darkness as he journeyed towards the Cross. The service is therefore in a restrained and solemn mood. Readings from scripture are interspersed with music and periods of silence. Each of the eight movements through the shadows of anguish, humiliation, separation and death is played out through scripture readings, music, dramatic action and silence.

One candle after another is put out as the sign of the darkness closing in on Jesus. In retracing the steps of Jesus towards the Cross we meditated on his obedience to God. We also thought of our own life of sacrifice for Christ and those for whom he died. “If any person will come after me, let him deny himself and take up the cross and follow me. Whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it.” It was a really moving evening.

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At 7.00am (6.00am in real time) over 100 folk from all the local churches gathered together outside Church on the Way to give praise to Jesus for his resurrection. We sang with joyful hearts and broke bread together as family. This was followed by a wonderful breakfast. The porridge was particularly good! Our thanks to David and his team for their hard work.

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Our Sunday morning service was ably led by one of Worship Teams, with Stewart providing a powerful message about emptiness. Again we were joined by some of our new Iranian friends. We were delighted to offer baptism to Aboozar, Reza, Hossein and Reza. The two women we had hoped would join us had unfortunately been transferred to London – we pray that they will find a Christian welcome in their new place. The service proved to be very joyous and full of worship. All ages shared together in the occasion.

Our prayer this week follows the theme of Easter and was used at the beginning of our Sunday morning service.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

We thank you
that Easter is not about a people,
but all people,
that your love and your Salvation
are for all who confess
with voices, hearts and lives
that the tomb is empty
because Jesus is risen,
that we might know forgiveness,
that lives might be reborn
and your name glorified
now and for eternity.

Amen

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Live @ Costa – Chilling With The King – Sunday 3rd April 2016

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Our next offering at Live @ Costa the dulcet tones of ‘Chilling With The King’ led by our own Emma Allison. So if you need something smoooth after the busyness of Easter.then this is the place for you!

Sunday 3rd April 7.30pm

Everyone Welcome.

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Weekly Update – 21st March 2016

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It has been quite a week here at St. Cuthbert’s. On Tuesday there was a Bishop’s Study Day attended by Jane, Stewart and myself. This was followed by two days of Re:Wind to Easter during which over 200 children from four of our local schools were presented with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our thanks go to all our wonderful volunteers and cake makers without whom the event would not be possible. Then on Thursday Sandra, Stewart, Janet and I found ourselves at another meeting with Bishop Toby, who brilliantly outlined his understanding of how we are to relate to those of different cultures and faiths. There was much to learn.

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On Saturday our final Lenten Prayer breakfast saw us fill the Chapel to overflowing. Their minister Kevin encouraged us to rejoice in God’s greatness and shared something of their work in the local schools and community.  Yet again our joining together in prayer with the other churches has been well supported and wonderfully rewarding. We are now looking forward to the early morning service at Church on the Way for Easter Day. This was followed by the penultimate gathering of our Growing Leaders Course during which we considered how to keep our Leadership fresh.

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And so Holy Week 2016 has finally arrived. Our Sunday service was led by our Young People who shared with us some of the events of Palm Sunday including performing science experiments and creative acts of prayer. They achieved this with very limited organising time and our thanks should go to them for a delightful service.

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Again we were joined by some of our new Iranian friends. This Sunday we shall be offering baptism to four men and two women. It should be a wonderful time of worship and will be led by one of our worship teams.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Lord Jesus Christ,
in this sacred and solemn week
when we see again
the depth and mystery of your redeeming love,
help us to follow where you go,
to stop where you stumble,
to listen when you cry,
to hurt as you suffer,
to bow our heads in sorrow as you die,
so that, when you are raised to life again,
we may share in your endless joy. Amen.

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Easter Services – March 2016

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