Sunday Themes

The Church of England has a scheme of bible readings for services (a "lectionary"), and we follow this most of the time. The PCC has given its consent for the vicar to make variations in the scheme, and will be consulted as new proposals appear on this page.

2020: Readings as set out in the lectionary:

Jan 5th: "Jesus the light for all people." Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

Jan 12th: "Jesus commissioned." Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-end.

Jan 19th: "You all belong to God." 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42.

Jan 26th: Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1,4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 (all requested by our visiting preacher).

Feb 2nd at 8am: "You are all in Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Luke 2:22-40.

Feb 2nd at 10.30am: "Going God's way." Part of the book of Jonah.

Feb 9th: "You all have the Spirit." 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Matthew 5:13-20.

Feb 16th: "Pray to God the Creator." Genesis 1:1-2:4, Matthew 6:25-34.

Feb 23rd: "A vision of Jesus' glory." 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:9-23

Mar 1st at 8am: "The victor over temptation." Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11.

Mar 1st at 10.30am: "The most important commandment." Mark 12:28-34.

Mar 8th: "A new life by faith." Romans 4:1-5,13-17, John 3:1-17.

Mar 15th: "Satisfying our thirst" Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42.

Mar 22nd: "Seeing more clearly" Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41.

Mar 29th: "Receiving new life" Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45.

April 5th: "Jesus enters his city" Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11.

April 12th: "Jesus is risen" Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10.

April 19th: "Genuine faith - tested by fire" Exodus 14:10-31 & 15:20-21, 1 Peter 1:3-9.

April 26th: "Genuine faith - believing in the resurrection" 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35.

May 3rd at 8am: "Genuine faith - Christ our example" 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10.

May 3rd at 10.30am: The Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-24.

May 10th: "Genuine faith - built on the Living Stone" 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14.

May 17th: "Genuine faith - doing good without fear" Genesis 8:20-9:17, 1 Peter 3:13-22.

May 24th: "Jesus is ascended" - Acts 1:6-14, John 17:1-11.

May 31st: "Jesus sends his Holy Spirit" - Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23.

The underlined readings are the ones we will be focusing on as the themes of the services (but sometimes we don't make a specific choice until very close to the time itself). On the first Sunday of each month our two services may have different themes, and we may not plan the theme of the 10.30am Family Service until very close to the time itself.

Family Services.

As a rough guide to thinking, we are considering using the following themes at Family Services on the first Sunday of each month in 2020:

January: Jesus the Light of the World.

February: Jonah.

March: The most important commandment (Mark 12:28-34)

April: Palm Sunday

May: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)

June: Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

July: Joseph (in Genesis)

August: Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4:35-41)

September: The miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11)

These are not set in stone, but they might serve as a guide for the zones in our services.

This page was last updated on 2nd March 2020.