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.

[NOTE: from this point on Churches were closed for worship.  In subsequent services (on YouTube) we did not read the whole of the lectionary provision, but only the part of it which formed the theme for the service - and this practice will continue until we reopen.]

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: 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 (Pentecost): "Jesus sends his Holy Spirit" - Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23.

June 7th (Trinity Sunday): Luke 19:1-10 (Zacchaeus)

June 14th: Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:8

June 21st: Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1-11.

June 28th: Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42.

July 5th: The story of Joseph (in Genesis 37-50)

July 12th: Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.

July 19th: Genesis 28:10-19, Romans 8:12-25.

July 26th: Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

August 2nd: Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms the storm)

August 9th: Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33

August 16th: Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2,29-32.

August 23rd: Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20.

August 30th: Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28.

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).

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, and these are incorporated into the scheme above:

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 15th May 2020.