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(Sunday 8 November)


Led by Revd Bryn Rickards

All Age Worship


Hymn and Songs

Traditional, congregational:

Modern rendering:

We won't fear the battle, we won't fear the night

We will walk the valley with You by our side

You will go before us, You will lead the way

We have found a refuge, only You can save


Sing with joy now: our God is for us

The Father's love is a strong and mighty fortress

Raise your voice now, no love is greater

Who can stand against us if our God is for us


Even when I stumble, even when I fall

Even when I turn back, still Your love is sure

You will not abandon, You will not forsake

You will cheer me onward with never-ending grace


Neither height nor depth can separate us

Hell and death will not defeat us

He who gave His son to free us

Holds me in His love


Words and Music: Michael Farren, James Ferguson, Tiarne Tranter, Jesse Reeves, Jonny Robinson, James Tealy & Rich Thompson © 2018 CityAlight Music


00:00 / 01:33

‘Our Father in heaven:
    May your holy name be honoured;
may your Kingdom come;
    may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need.
Forgive us the wrongs we have done,
    as we forgive the wrongs

       that others have done to us.
Do not bring us to hard testing,
    but keep us safe from the Evil One.

For yours is the kingdom,

    and the power, and the glory forever.


Introduction: Angry??

Reading: Jeremiah 7:1-7

Read by Elaine Goh in the Good News Version

00:00 / 01:12

The Lord sent me to the gate of the Temple where the people of Judah went in to worship. He told me to stand there and announce what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, had to say to them: “Change the way you are living and the things you are doing, and I will let you go on living here. Stop believing those deceitful words, ‘We are safe! This is the Lord's Temple, this is the Lord's Temple, this is the Lord's Temple!’

“Change the way you are living and stop doing the things you are doing. Be fair in your treatment of one another. Stop taking advantage of aliens, orphans, and widows. Stop killing innocent people in this land. Stop worshiping other gods, for that will destroy you. If you change, I will let you go on living here in the land which I gave your ancestors as a permanent possession.


Reading: Matthew 23:1-7, 16-26, 37-39

Read by Elaine Goh in the Good News Version

00:00 / 03:54

If you're looking at this with the kids, you might just want to read the text with blue highlighting.

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples. “The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpreters of Moses' Law. So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don't practise what they preach. They tie onto people's backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren't willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads. They do everything so that people will see them. Look at the straps with scripture verses on them which they wear on their foreheads and arms, and notice how large they are! Notice also how long are the tassels on their cloaks! They love the best places at feasts and the reserved seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to have people call them ‘Teacher.’

“How terrible for you, blind guides! You teach, ‘If someone swears by the Temple, he isn't bound by his vow; but if he swears by the gold in the Temple, he is bound.’ Blind fools! Which is more important, the gold or the Temple which makes the gold holy? You also teach, ‘If someone swears by the altar, he isn't bound by his vow; but if he swears by the gift on the altar, he is bound.’ How blind you are! Which is the more important, the gift or the altar which makes the gift holy? So then, when a person swears by the altar, he is swearing by it and by all the gifts on it; and when he swears by the Temple, he is swearing by it and by God, who lives there; and when someone swears by heaven, he is swearing by God's throne and by him who sits on it.

“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give to God one tenth even of the seasoning herbs, such as mint, dill, and cumin, but you neglect to obey the really important teachings of the Law, such as justice and mercy and honesty. These you should practice, without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain a fly out of your drink, but swallow a camel!

“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of what you have gotten by violence and selfishness. Blind Pharisee! Clean what is inside the cup first, and then the outside will be clean too!

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me! And so your Temple will be abandoned and empty. From now on, I tell you, you will never see me again until you say, ‘God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Questions for Families to Talk About

Why was Jesus upset with the religious leaders (the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees)?

Do you think we ever do similar things? What? How?


Here's a story Jesus tells that helps us to see what the problem was and what God wants from us...

For the Young (and Young at Heart)

Here's a page to colour in - it's the fruit that Jesus can grow in us by his spirit - when we stop pretending!

(Click or tap to download)

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Message: Great Speech #5 - 'Rotten Religion'


Offertory Prayer

00:00 / 00:50

Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Jan Dicks

00:00 / 05:52

 ...or 'Dress Up' Prayers

00:00 / 01:31

Hymn or Song

Traditional, congregational:

Modern rendering:

Sending & Blessing

00:00 / 00:41

Post Service Chat

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MINISTER: Revd Bryn Rickards

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WEB: Tom Gordon


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