Sunday 3rd April 2022 – Extravagant Love

April 1, 2022
01 Apr 2022

John 12:1-8

This Sunday we learn of how Mary shows extravagant love by pouring expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus, and are challenged to think about how we can show extravagant love to Jesus.

Our Easter Message

April 5, 2021
05 Apr 2021

John 20 1-18

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them,“They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

3Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.

8Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. 9For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

11But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

14Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

16Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

17Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ” 18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

Our Weekly Message Matt 21 1-9

March 30, 2021
30 Mar 2021

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 All a this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Our Weekly Message John 1: 1-5

December 30, 2020
30 Dec 2020

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Our Weekly Message

March 25, 2019
25 Mar 2019

Isaiah 55:1-9
Invitation to the Thirsty

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

In this passage the prophet Isaiah describes a gift that is both “the richest of fare” and free of charge; a gift that satisfies when nothing else does. He is describing the Holy Spirit which is given freely by God and which refreshes our souls in the same way that water refreshes our bodies. We know when we need water because we feel thirsty, but how do we know when our soul is in need of refreshment?

Feelings of hopelessness, low self worth or depression may well be a sign of this thirst and are common symptoms of our reliance on worldly things and lack of knowledge of God. Be assured though… He does want to help us. Why not come along to one of our services or a Friday Special meal to find out more.

Our Weekly Message

February 3, 2019
03 Feb 2019

The Life of the First Church

Acts 2 42-47
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church a daily those who were being saved.

The book of Acts tells us not only of the deeds and achievements of the apostles, but also something of how the early church was run. They prayed and ate together, they sold what they owned and shared with each other, according to need, so all had enough and nobody would go without. They also had no fixed place of worship, instead praying in both the temple and in the various houses they visited. They didn’t just do these things one morning a week either; they lived the Gospel of  Christ and as a result of their example, many joined them.

Our Christmas Message

December 24, 2018
24 Dec 2018

Luke 2:8-20
The Witness of the Shepherds
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The true Christmas story should need little introduction but sadly many are not so familiar with it any more, with people associating Christmas more with Santa Claus than with Jesus. St Nicholas was indeed an early Christian saint and a follower of Christ though he was not born until around 270 years later. Others – more worryingly – don’t even know what they are celebrating. Here is a short video that Lisa found that explains it all in an easy to understand way – a Nativity play from a new perspective. Remember that to enter God’s Kingdom we must accept Him with the same innocence and trust that a child accepts a parent.

Our First Advent Message

December 3, 2018
03 Dec 2018

Luke 21:25-36
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 people will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

These words from Luke may fill one with a sense of foreboding yet these signs are a herald to the return of Jesus Christ, who will put an end to all suffering and misery on Earth. Do these signs refer to our own time? Have a look at the short video below or read the news reports of climate change, natural disasters, war and injustice in the news and make up your own mind. The message here is to be ready and to have faith that God will fulfill his promise.

A message not of despair but of hope…

Do not get bogged down in the material things that are thrust upon us at this time of year or stressed by the TV ads telling us to spend money we don’t have. Instead remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas which is that Jesus came to save us and that he intends to keep that promise. Sadly many throughout the West have forgotten this and are left with only the empty and meaningless commercialism that pervades our TV screens. Help them to remember by simple things such as giving traditional Christmas cards, supporting your children’s Nativity play or attending your local church’s carol service. There is plenty on at St James’ over Christmas so why not come along?

Let’s put Christ back into Christmas!

Our Weekly Message

September 8, 2018
08 Sep 2018

James 1 

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:


Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.


We all face trials, tests and temptations at some point and they can come in many forms. We get those days when nothing seems to go right and sometimes we can feel like giving up. Tempting though that may seem at the time – there that word tempting again – Don’t! These trials are not from God but instead seek to separate us from Him and giving up would simply facilitate that. Instead of letting things get to us and cause us stress, ask God for help. It need not be a long or eloquent prayer – a simple few words from the heart will suffice – and He will help.

So do all the problems disappear then? Sadly not. We will still face both trials and temptations but God gives us the strength through the Holy Spirit that they are no longer able to harm us or affect us in the same way.

If you have any questions about anything here then please come along to one of our services; Sunday morning, Wednesday evening or Friday Special at 6.00pm and we will be glad to help. Peace be with you!


Our Weekly Message

July 6, 2018
06 Jul 2018

Mark 5:21-43
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Here Jesus performs two miracles, healing the woman and raising Jairus’s daughter on the same day. The sick woman and Jairus were of very different backgrounds being at the opposite ends of the social spectrum of the day. The woman would have been a virtual outcast, while Jairus was well respected as a leader of the synagogue and yet they both had the faith to come to Jesus for help at the same time. Jesus helped both of them to show that it was their faith that was important regardless of social standing. In addition the woman, who would have been at the edge of society, was cured visibly in front of the crowd while Jairus’s daughter was raised in private and away from the public eye.

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