Christmas services 2016

Christmas services 2016 poster

Second Sunday

SSlogo01aIt’s Second Sunday this week

Join us for worship, learning and lunch

We change our programme a little every second Sunday of the month at DBC. We start as usual at 10.30am with worship but our service is shorter and is for all ages. Creche space is available but we invite the children and young people to stay in with us. Young Church happens later, at 11.45, after a coffee break. The adults and young people also meet together at this time for a teaching and learning session. This week we will be discussing Christ and other faiths. After that we have a bring-and-share lunch. So the schedule this Sunday will be:
10.30 all age worship
11.15 tea and coffee
11.45 teaching and learning session and Young Church
12.30 bring-and-share lunch
Please feel free to join us for any or all these activities.

Wednesday night is Church night

Beginning on 9 January there will be a new series of midweek meetings, on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.  These will take place until the end of March, replacing the current homegroups. If you are interested in attending and would like more information please contact us – details on the left. The programme is:

January 9. Learning how to worship
What am I meant to do when someone says, “Let us worship God”?

January 16. Drawing close to God
How shall I approach God? The importance of praise and prayer

January 23. Learning how to listen for God
If God is speaking in the Bible and the sermon, how can I listen for His voice?

January 30. Responding to God
What kind of response to God can I begin to make in worship?

Thursday February 7. The worship is over, the service begins
How can we relate worship and everday life?

February 13. Ash Wednesday
A service of worship at the start of Lent

February 20. Three cheers for the poor and meek
We begin a short series of reflection son the Beatitudes

February 27. Three cheers for the mourners and the merciful

March 6. Three cheers for the hungry and the pure in heart

March 13. Three cheers for the peacemakers and the persecuted

March 20. Subverting our anxieties

The programme for Holy Week will be published later.

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 Hebrew verse from Jerusalem Pottery

Psalm 23 Hebrew verse from Jerusalem Pottery

In our Sunday morning service yesterday we organised our worship around the 23rd Psalm. We read the Psalm, our singing group gave a beautiful recital of Goodall’s, the Lord is my Shepherd and we sang Townend’s version of the Psalm together. I spoke about alternative ways of reading Psalm 23 and I concentrated on the image of God as travelling companion. My approach was greatly influenced by that of Dr Tom McDaniel whose brilliant Psalms course I attended at Palmer Theological Seminary in the early 1990s. In preparing for my sermon I also found these resources from James Charlesworth, Karl Jacobson and  Rabbi Harold Kushner to be very helpful. Have a look for yourself and let me know what you think.

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