Wesley Church

Worship series

Time to worshipOur worship team, consisting of minister, preachers, worship leaders and other interested members, meets to pray and plan forthcoming worship.

We regularly plan series of services that follow a theme. Past series have included spiritual gifts, mountains, rivers, Bible characters, and 'Belonging Together: Jesus for the world', as well as for Advent and Lent.

Sunday evenings: 
Rev. David Shaw is preaching on the gospel of Luke

Previous series:

Summer 2016: Life eternal
17 July: Resurrection. Peter Frank
24 July: Eternal life is now. Stephen Appiah
31 July: Judgement 1. Rev. David Shaw
7 August: Judgement 2. Tony Bell
14 August: Funerals: where's the hope? Rev. David Shaw

Lent 2015: Share the Feast
During Lent morning worship at Wesley followed the theme 'Share the Feast', reflections on the Last Supper and our celebration of Holy Communion. The service themes were:
22 February: Sacrifice: for you. Rev. David Shaw
1 March: Presence: his presence makes the feast. Anthonia Allen
8 March: Thanksgiving: he gave thanks. Peter Frank and Rev. David Shaw
15 March: The work of the Spirit: pour out your spirit. Patrick Stonehewer and Anthonia Allen
22 March: Anticipation: a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. Stephen Appiah
29 March: Palm Sunday. Patrick Stonehewer

Autumn 2014 mini-series:
Stephen Appiah led morning worship during September on 'The Kingdom of God, the church and the world'. 

Peter Frank led a series on 'The Means of Grace' during October.

“By means of grace I understand, outward signs, words or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, top be the ordinary channels whereby he might convey to people preventing, justifying or sanctifying grace” (John Wesley, Sermons, “The Means of Grace”)

This mini-series explored how it is that by approaching God in prayer, through the study of the Bible, and in receiving the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Spirit may flow through those “ordinary channels” to bring us to salvation and eternal life, and to enliven our sense of being saved.

Anthonia Allen led a series on the first Sundays, December 2014 to February 2015:
7 December Light for the People. Luke 2.32
4 January Word for the People
1 February Hope for the People. John 1. 1-8; Isaiah 60

During Advent 2014 we followed the theme 'Light of the World': Light in the darkness, Light for all people, Light for all places, Light for all time - eternal light (carol service)

Leading up to Lent 2014 we thought about the Holy Spirit: prayer, freedom, assurance, guidance, power, and transformation.

During Advent 2013 we considered Jesus the Light of the World

During Lent 2013 we looked at the prayers of Jesus as recorded by Luke 
Luke 4:1-8 – the temptations: prayer and fasting
Luke 6:12-16 – calling and sending of the disciples
Luke 10:17-24 – thanksgiving (Traidcraft Sunday), followed by an international bring & share lunch
 prayer for healing (Mothering Sunday)
Luke 22:39-46 – Gethsemane (Passion Sunday)
Luke 19:28-44 – lament over Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

During Advent 2012 we looked at prophecies about the birth of Jesus Christ
- the righteous Branch from David's line (Jeremiah 33:14-16)
- comfort for God's people (Isaiah 40:1-11)
- to us a child is born (Isaiah 9:2-7)
- out of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2-5) 

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  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG1 4BW

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