Sunday 26th November 2017 10am – Theme: Christians for the World
Readings: Psalm 104: 1-31 and Matthew 25: 31-46
Graham considers three aspects of what it means to be ‘World Christians’:
- Our care for creation
- How we continue the mission of Jesus – drawing alongside people
- Recognition that we are part of the worldwide family of God
Duration: 17 minutes 18 seconds
Saturday 25th November 2017 – Otley Prayer Day
Two short talks by Jimmy Lawrence introducing sessions at the Otley Prayer Day
Talk 1: As we think about prayer for our world / God’s world, can we recognise that “the whole world becomes our home” and we have the authority of Christ to pray for it.
Talk 2: Jimmy discusses the relationship between our prayers and our actions in the world
- Prayer and Action
- Prayer as Action
- Prayerful Action
Duration: 20 minutes
Sunday 12th November 2017 10am – Theme: Remembrance
Readings: Amos 5: 18-24 and Matthew 25: 1-13
Referring to the 2 bible readings, Jimmy suggests that remembrance is much more than just looking back. It is being aware that we are part of a much bigger (God’s) story which has a past a present and a future. He urges us to be rooted in the present, acting wisely as the people of God, having learnt lessons from the good and bad in the past but moving into the future with wisdom, humility and peace and with hope.
Duration: 24 minutes 34 seconds
Sunday 29th October 2017 10am – Theme: The Reformation
Reading: Romans 3: 21-24
To mark the 500 year anniversary since the start of the reformation, there is a dramatised account of the early life of Martin Luther and how he came to see the significance of God’s grace as described in the Bible reading from Romans. Graham then reflects on how we can respond to that grace and finally the need for the Church and our own lives to be constantly reformed by God.
Duration: 18 minutes 28 seconds
Sunday 22nd October 2017 10am – Theme: The Golden Calf
Readings: Exodus 32: 1-14 and Matthew 22: 15-22
From the Exodus reading Roger speaks about how the Children of Israel lost focus on living as the community of God and worshiped a golden calf instead. In the face of increasing secularisation in society today, how do we, as a Christian community remain focused and show to the World that a direct relationship with God is possible and he can be trusted to walk with us in all things.
Duration: 24 minutes
Sunday 8th October 2017 10am – Theme: The Wicked Tenants
Readings: Isaiah 5: 1-10 and Matthew 21: 33-46
From these readings Graham speaks about God preparing his people so they can show the world what the Kingdom of God is like. We are challenged to be people who serve others in the power of the Holy Spirit and to demonstrate the Kingdom values of Justice, Righteousness and Love.
Duration: 28 minutes 10 seconds
Sunday 1st October 2017 10am – Theme: Harvest
Readings: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 and Luke 12: 13-31
From the gospel reading (Parable of the Rich Fool) Jimmy asks us to examine the desires of our hearts. Like the rich fool, do we seek self-sufficiency and security with power and control over our lives? Instead, Jesus encourages us to seek God’s Kingdom, characterised by generosity, gratitude and a new perspective.
Duration: 29 minutes 18 seconds
Sunday 10th September 2017 10am – Theme: Forgiveness
Readings: Exodus 12: 1-14 and Matthew 18: 21-35
Jimmy tackles the difficult subject of “Forgiveness” looking at these questions:
- What is forgiveness?
- Why should we forgive?
- How do we forgive?
Duration: 31 minutes
Sunday 3rd September 2017 10am – Theme: Moses and The Burning Bush
Reading – Exodus chapter 3, verses 1 to 15
From this passage, Jimmy brings out 5 points which apply to us today:
- God shows up
- God knows our name
- God draws near
- God sends out
- God comes with us
Duration: 15 minutes
Sunday 28 May 2017 10am – Theme: Jesus Ascends to the Father
Readings – Acts 1: 1-11 and John 16: 12-15
John celebrating 10 years of ministry at Otley Parish Church as he now looks forward to retirement.
Duration: 19 minutes
Sunday 23 April 2017 10am – Theme: The Risen Lord
Readings – Acts 2: 14a, 22-32 and John 20: 19-31