Recent Events

September  25th: Morning Worship

With the minister  preaching at  Highworth  today, our organist and choirmaster, Revd Geoff Gleed led both  the music  and the morning service, moving between  organ  and pulpit in his inimitable style.  Other voices you  will hear in the recording are those of the duty  elder, Eddie Thomas who  introduced the  service, Helen  Marson who read  from  Mark’s Gospel, and Don Macarthur who gave both offertory  dedication and the final  blessing.

Reading: Mark 1  14 – 20

Music by the choir:

Introit:   Psalm  23                           Music:  T.A. Walmisley

Anthem: “Ye Servants of God”     Words: Charles Wesley             Music: Thomas Coleman

 

 

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September  24th: A service to  celebrate 50 years since the founding of the United Reformed Church

 

 

 

The service is introduced by Stephen  Brain, Church  Secretary at  Immanuel. Others taking part  are the minister  Revd Robert Jordan, Daniel  Pitt, Revd Gerald England, Revd Rachel  Collins,  Bryan  Elkington, Revd Ruth  Whitehead (the Moderator of S.W. Synod)  and Joy Mattis.

 

 

 

Hymns during the service

All Creatures of our God and King                         words:  W H Draper            Tune: Lasst uns Erfreuen

Together through  the Father’s Love                     words:  Stephen  Newell    Tune: Naomi Sharp

There’s a Spirit  in the Air                                       words: Brian  Wren             Tune: Lauds    John Wilson

God is our strength  and Refuge                            words: Richard Bewes        Tune: Dambuster’s March

Music by the choir:

Introit: Christ  is our Cornerstone:   David Thorne

Anthem: Rejoice the Lord is King :     Malc0lm Archer

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September 18th 2022: Morning Worship

Today’s service saw the launch  of Immanuel’s  annual  Harvest  Appeal, our worship  was led by the minister, Robert  Jordan and was introduced by duty  elder, Mike Denton.  The reading was given  by Wally Knight and the prayers of intercession  were devised and read  by John Blakesley. The address was given  by David Moynagh, a representative of “Tools for Self Reliance”. 

For further  details of our project  this year, see the  “Beyond Immanuel”  page.

Reading: Mark 6 vv 30 – 44

Music by the choir

Introit: “Holy Spirit Truth  Divine”                    words: Margaret  Cropper       Music:      French  Traditional

Anthem: “Jesus’ Hands were Kind Hands”     words: Samuel  Longfellow      Music L.G. Hayne

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September  11th 2022: Morning Worship

 


Today. our worship was led by Revd Tony Barnes,  a retired Methodist minister and we are grateful to  him  for adapting his planned  service in the light  of the sad news of the death  of Queen  Elizabeth  ll.  The recording is introduced by the duty  elder, Paddy Hayes and other  voices you  will  hear  are those of  the church  scertary, Steve Brain reading a prayer,   and Pam  Western who  reads both  Bible lessons.

Please  note that early  on  in the recording there is a minute’s silence.

 

Readings:

Isaiah 33:  13 – 22

John 3:  22 – 36

Music by the choir:

Introit: “Jesus stand among us”                Words: William Pennefather     Music:  “Bemerton” Friedrich Filz

Anthem: “I vow to  Thgee my Country”  Words: Cecil Spring-Rice             Music: “Thaxted”  Gustav Holst

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Sunday 4th September  2022: Morning Worship

Our minister  conducted  morning worship  today  and the recording is introduced by  duty  elder, Anne Farrow.  The Bible lesson  from  Jeremiah is read  by David Bevan and the prayers of intercession  were devised and read  by David Leadbeater.

The theme of the service: “Wonderfully made”  (The text  of the sermon  can  be found on “Weekly Reflection”)

Reading: Jeremiah 18: vv 1 – 11

Music by the choir

Introit: “Blest  are the Pure in Heart”:  Words:  John Keble. Music:’Franconia’  German 18th century  

Anthem: Psalm  23 – “Brother  James’s Air   – Scottish  traditional

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Sunday  28th  August 2022: Morning Worship

With  our minister  preaching at  Highworth  today  we were delighted  to  welcome back  to  Immanuel former  minister of Immanuel,  Revd Dr Martin Camroux. The recording of the service is introduced by Don Macarthur,  duty  elder  for the day,  who  also  reads the lessons from  Matthew and St Paul’s letter  to the Hebrews.

The theme of our worship  today was ” Keeping up  with  Jesus”

Readings: 

Matthew 5: 43 – 45

Hebrews 13: 1 – 8

Music by the choir:

Introit: “God is Forgiveness” :  Words and music from the Taizé Community

Anthem: “Like a Might River  Flowing”  Words : Michael  Perrry      Music: Quem  pastores laudavere (15th  C. German)

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Martin and Jenny in  deep  conversation over  coffee after the service.

 

Sunday  21st  August: Morning Worship

The recording of today’s service is introduced by the duty  elder, Steve Brain who  also  reads the Old Testament lesson  from Jeremiah. The New Testament reading from  Luke, is read by Edith  Watson. Our prayers of intercession  were devised and read  by Liz Gibney  and the service is conducted by the minister,  Revd Robert  Jordan.

Music by the choir:

Introit: “Behold the Tabernacle of God is with  men…..”                   music: William  Harris

Solo: “In native worth”                                                                             from  “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn

Soloist: Tom Wheeler

Accompanied: Shelly  Morgan

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Tuesday 16th  August: Tea and Chat

As you  can  see, August’s Tea and Chat  was well-attended with  25  folk turning out to  enjoy  a cuppa and lots of fellowship –  though it looks as if confidences were being exchanged as well!

The highlight of the afternoon was springing a surprise on  Nancy  Self who  celebrated  her  99th  birthday   that  week… as the minister  pointed  out ” a little cake for a little lady”  but we have promised her a much grander cake next  year  when  she reaches that  milestone 100th!

 

 

 

As you  can  see, this relatively new venture for the church  is proving very  popular and looks to become a permanent feature in the monthly diary

 

 

 

 

Sunday  14th August  2022: Morning Worship

Today’s service is conducted  by our own  Revd Geoff Gleed and includes the sacrament of infant baptism.  The recording is introduced bu the duty  elder, Liz Gibney and the reading from  Psalm 95 is given  by Alison  Macarthur. We were delighted  to  welcome Kate and Marcus Cobden  who  had  brought baby Amelie for baptism…as Geoff Gleed explains during the service, they  and the family have long links with  the URC and Immanuel going back many  years.

Music by the choir:

Psalm 100 :    setting by  C.V. Stanford

“Look at the World”:   words and music by John Rutter

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Sunday 7th August: Morning Worship

This morning our minister, Robert  Jordan,   was back  from  his vacation  and conducted  worship. The service is introduced by the duty  elder, Mike Gordon and other  voices you  will hear are those of Irene Chesterman,  who  reads both  the Old and New Testament lessons (Isaiah 1: vv 10 – 20  and Hebrews 11 vv 1 – 3), and Wally Knight who  leads the prayers of intercession.

Music by the choir:

Jubilate Deo:  music from  Taizé

Ave Verum:  music Edward Elgar

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Some of the  congregation after  church enjoying a cup of tea and a good chat  in the sunshine of our garden.

Currently  we are only able to  serve teas after  morning worship on the first  Sunday  of the month  (shortage of helpers!)  It would be great  if we could do  it  more frequently, so  if you  feel  you  could spare the time after  the morning service, have a word with  Anne Farrow  who  organises the rota –  she would love to  hear  from  you

 

(note: I don’t think  they  are really  haloes round the heads…just  the heat  haze catching the camera lens….but then again, you  never  know, they  are a saintly  lot!)

Sunday  31st July: Morning Worship

Our service today  was conducted  by one of our own  members, Stuart Benjamin, and we are grateful  to  him  for covering during the minister’s absence. Other  voices you  will hear in the recording are those of the duty elder  Helen  Marson and Steve Brain who were  the readers today. We were also  delighted  to  have Tom Wheeler  with us during his vacation from Canterbury  University  and he added to the service with  a solo.

Readings:

Psalm  138   read  by Steve Brain

Luke  11  vv 1 – 13    read  by Helen  Marson

Solo: “As the Deer  pants for the Water”.    Music and words by Martin J Nystrom  sung by Tom Wheeler

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Tuesday  26th July: Tea and Chat

Twenty or more members and friends gathered today  expecting  a sociable cup of tea and biscuits but to  their delight found that  they  were being treated to  a ‘cream  tea’.

Sue, Jan  and Steve had decided that  on  a grey  summer’s day  we all  needed cheering up.

 

 

 

 

 

It was good that  some of our older  friends felt able to  join us and seemed to thoroughly enjoy catching up  with  one another and we were delighted to  see one or two  newcomers too.

We hope to  organise another  afternoon’s tea and chat later  in August ….but I suspect  by then  the jam  and cream will  have run out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th July: Morning Worship 

Worship today  was led by  old friend of Immanuel, Revd Tony Barnes,  Tony had been  a member  of our Partnership  clergy  based at Bath Road Methodist  Church.  The service is introduced by  the duty  elder, Maria Kawonga. The other  voice you will hear  is that  of Pam  Western  who reads both Bible  lessons.  

For those of you  listening at  home, at the start  of the service Maria found she had a candle that  refused to  light – hence the moments of silence and the strange comments  and asides!

We are grateful to Julie Dyer  who  accompanied the hymns and played  for us  today.

Bible Readings:

1 K1ngs Ch 8 vv 22-24, 27-30

Mark Ch 6 vv 1-6

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Saturday 25th June :  Singalong

A report  below tells of the event that  took  place  at Immanuel  but the latest  news  is that a total  of £1597 was raised as a result of the day’s efforts…lots of good singing, lots of fun and lots of money  raised for a  worthy  charity. Well done to  Sarah  Summers who organised  the day…Lets hope there will be another  next  year!

Sunday 17th July: Morning Worship

We were delighted  to have with us today  leading our worship, Margaret  Williams MBE.  Margaret  is a member of the partnership team   at  Christ Church, a great  ecumenist  and friend of Immanuel. The service is introduced by  the church  secretary, Steve Brain,  who  is duty  elder  for  the day and who  reads  the two  Bible lessons.  The other  voice you  will hear  is that  of Wally  Knight who leads the prayers of intercession.

We are grateful to  Michael  Dismore who  leads the music of the service.

Readings: Luke 10  vv 38 – end

                   Colossians 1  vv 15 – 28

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Sunday 10th July: Morning Worship

Our recording today  is introduced by  Mike Denton, the duty Elder and the service is led by the Minister, Revd Robert Jordan. The other  voice you  will hear  is that  of Mike Gordon who reads the lesson  from the letter  to the Colossians.

We are grateful  to  Shelley Morgan  for leading the music during the service at a time when  the organist  and choir are taking a break.

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Sunday 3rd July: Morning Worship

Today’s recording is introduced by the duty  elder, Paddy Hayes and the service is led by  the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan.  Today’s Bible reading from  Luke’s Gospel is read by Wally Knight. Our prayers of intercession  were evised by  John Blakesley – sadly unable to be with   us a#for the service (covid strikes again!).

With  the choir and our organist  on holiday during July, we are grateful  to  Michael  Dismore for leading the music  today.

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Sunday  26th June: Morning Worship 

Unfortunately technical  issues dogged  our  sound desk  this morning and the recording of the service failed to  materialise…our apologies for the loss of the recording. The text  of the morning’s sermon is available elsewhere on this site –   click  above on  ‘Weekly Reflection’ to  read  what  Geoff Gleed had to  say  to us.

Saturday 25th June :  Choirs in  Concert

Strictly speaking this wasn’t an Immanuel  event,  but  our own  church  choir took  part together  with  friends from  Christ Church  choir….

Choirs from  all  over the area had  been  invited to  sing,  each  one  just  for 30 minutes  between  9.30  am  and 10.00 pm… so  a non-stop twelve and  a half hours of music making to  raise funds for the Brighter  Futures Appeal (GWHospital). During the day  there was music to  suit  all  tastes – madrigals,  pop, songs from the shows, classical  numbers  and Immanuel  held its own  with a selection of  anthems  ranging from  Pitoni and Mozart through  to  Rutter.

Geoff compered our slot in his inimitable style!

A friendly, relaxed atmosphere  pervaded the whole premises and the kitchen  did a roaring trade in teas and coffees to wash  down  some delicious cakes and biscuits.

Watch  this space to  see how much  was raised……

 

Sunday 19th June 2022: Morning Worship

Today  saw a pulpit exchange within  our Partnership of churches and Immanuel  was pleased  to welcome Revd Norma McKeny  from  Christchurch;  as well  as Revd  McKemy , you  will hear the voices of Eddie Thomas, the duty  elder,  Helen  Marson  who  reads the Gospel lesson   and that  of David Leadbeater  who  leads the prayers of intercession.

St Luke 4  vv 14 – 21

Music by the choir:

Introit:  “Jubilate Deo”                        music from  Taizé

Anthem: “Ave verum”                          music: W.A Mozart 

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Sunday 12th June 2022: Morning Worship  for Trinity Sunday

Our worship  this morning is conducted  by  Stuart Benjamin and other  voices you  will hear  are those of Anne Farrow the duty elder,  who  introduces the recording, and Peter  Beale who  reads the two  lessons for the day:

Proverbs 8 v1-4 and v22-31
John 16 v12-15

Music by the choir:

Introit: “A New Commandment”                                         Words John 13 vv 34-35    Music arranged by  Lawrence Bartlett

Anthem: “The Peace of God”                                                John Rutter

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Sunday  5th June 2022: Morning Worship: Pentecost Sunday

Special  arrangements to  mark the Queen’s platinum Jubilee

(Immanuel  is so  blessed with  our floral  artists!)

Today’s service is led by the minister Revd Robert Jordan and is introduced by the duty Elder, Liz Gibney. Other  voices you  will hear the recording are those of Pam  Western who reads the lesson for the day  and Wally Knight who  leads the prayers of intercession. 

Reading: Romans 8: 12 – 27

Note: as this service coincides with the national  Jubilee celebrations we conclude with the singing of the National Anthem

Music by the choir:

Introit: “Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness”  by Christopher  Idle  (Sing Praise Nº 95)

Anthem:  “Day by  Day” – Prayer  of Richard of Chichester   by Martin How

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Sunday  29th May  2022: Morning Worship

Today’s service is introduced by  duty  elder, Mike Gordon and other  voices you  will hear in the recording below are those of David Bevan  who reads the Gospel  lesson  from  Matthew, Steve Brain  and of course Geoff Gleed who  leads our worship  today  and also  all the music for the service.

Music by the choir: 

Introit: “Praise the Lord” –  an adaptation of Psalm 113 by Marjorie Jillson

Anthem: “The Lord’s My Shepherd” –  a modern  version  of Psalm  23 by  Stuart  Townend  (Sing Praise  Nº 314)

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Wild Flower  Garden  at  Immanuel

Well its not exactly a ‘recent event’  as it was set out and seeded last  autumn, but the wild flower  strip at the rear of our lawn is beginning to  develop nicely.  OK if may  look  like a load of weeds to  some people but  before long we   hope it  will be a ablaze with  colour and attracting all  sorts of wildlife…already  someone tells me that  spotted  a snakes head  fritillary a few weeks ago… personally  I’m not  totally convinced, but it  would be great  to  find some unusual  plants taking root there. Its all  part of Immanuel  ‘going green’….and in case  you’re worried, we still have a very  large  lawn  that  is kept beautifully  mowed  where people can  sit  out !

Wednesday 25th May: Tea and Chat

A new  venture for Wednesday  afternoons?  In the absence of our Women’s Fellowship and Luncheon  club that  have yet  to  recommence  in this ‘post-pandemic world’ we opened the church  doors for any who fancied an afternoon  cup of tea or coffee (with  biscuits or cake, of course!)  and an opportunity  to  simply  sit  and chat.

The result?   more than  thirty members and friends turned up to  make the most of the occasion and the church  hall  buzzed with the sound of chatter and laughter!  The verdict  of everyone?   – just  like Oliver  Twist…. “please  can  we have some more?”  “Once a month is not  enough! ”   “Can  we do  this every  week?”      So it sounds as if there will be repeat  opportunities… so look out for notices in Weekly News and on this site.  

 

Morning Worship 22nd May  2022

Our service today was conducted  by Revd. Geoff Gleed who also led the music from the organ stool!  The recording is introduced by duty  elder,  Mike Denton, and other  voiced  you  will hear  are those of  Irene Chesterman who  read  today’s lesson  from the Gospel of John, and that  of Steve Brain who  stood in for Geoff at several  points.

All the hymns are from  “Rejoice and Sing”

114  Let  all the World in Every Corner  Sing                    Tune: Luckington

301 Holy Spirit Truth Divine                                               Tune: Buckland

310 Gracious Spirit Holy Ghost                                          Tune: Charity

257 The Head that once was Crowned with  Thorns     Tune: St Magnus

Introit bu the choir: Cantate Dominum                                   by Pitoni

Anthem bu the choir: Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain   by R S Thatcher

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Morning Worship 15th  May  2022

Today’s worship  concluded with  Holy Communion and was led by the minister Revd Robert Jordan. It is introduced in the recording by the duty  elder, Eddie Thomas who also reads the lesson  from Revelations 22. The other  voice heard durting the service is that  of Wally  Knight  who reads the prayers of intercession  that  were composed by  Revd Roy Lowes.  Geoff Gleed presides at the organ and music by the choir was:

Introit: Jesus is Risen.   Music a Tanzanian  melody  arranged by JohnBell 

                                            words by Bernard Kyamanywa    (79 in Sing Praise)

Anthem:  Holy Holy Holy  by  W.A.  Mozart

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Annual General  Church Meeting  12th  May  2022

Today  was the occasion of the church  AGM  – not perhaps the most  exciting event  in Immanuel’s calendar but it  was important in that   it saw the election of three elders – Maria Kawonga,  Helen Marson  and Don Macarthur. All three have served in that  capacity  before but we are delighted to  have them  back on the  eldership.

In addition a very  important vote took place that  may  have implications on the ministry  at  Immanuel,  for those who may  be unaware our Minister is approaching a ‘milestone birthday’  – one by which,   technically,  he should be retiring for a variety  of reasons he has applied to the URC for an  extension  to his ministry  and the AGM saw a unanimous vote of support  to  that  application  for extension. All being well, providing it is accepted by the SW Synod and the Ministries Committee of the national  church he will remain as minister  at Immanuel  and Highworth  for a further  three years…phew!

Steve Brain and Sue Goodall  were once again  returned as Church Secretary  and Church  Treasurer respectively.

Easter  Sunday  17th  April

Morning Worship 

Our congregation was greeted  by  some magnificent floral  decorations, as yet  again the floral  artists at Immanuel  ‘came up trumps’

The service is introduced by duty  elder, Paddy Hayes and other  voices you  will  hear  in this recording (other  than the minister  who  led the service)  are this of Edith  Watson (reader) and Wally  Knight (prayers of intercession). As this was  the occasion  of our monthly communion  there is a time of quiet  music as the elements are being distributed and again  when  we resumed a long tradition at Immanuel of decorating our Easter  Cross…


For many years (though not  in the last  two  years),  the congregation is invited  to  bring a simple flower or small  posy which  is twined around the bare rugged  cross 0-  an  old Christmas Tree  fashioned into  a cross.

 

This year we did try  to be more ‘socially  distanced’ than  used to be the practice  which  did prolong the process  but the end rsult was the same ….

A really  colourful statement of the risen  Christ  that  afterwards was placed outside the church   for the neighbourhood to  be reminded of the Festival Period

 

Order of Service 17 April 2022

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Good Friday 15th  April

It is some years since the joint choirs of the Partnership  have been  able to  sing together – pandemic rules prevented  so  much!  But we came together On Good Friday  in  a performance of Stainer’s “Crucifixion”. 

With local  soloists,   Clifford Friend (bass) and Sir Peter  Beale (tenor) the joint choir managed to muster  enough  singers to  put on  what  was quite a startling performance – only one rehearsal a few hours prior  to the  evening meant that  everyone was  on their toes and watching  every  beat of the conductor  (Geoff Gleed).

A  quick  snap  taken  at  rehearsal 

Special  thanks must  go  to the organist who  took  us flawlessly  through  rehearsals and  performance –  Tim Eyles the Director of Music at  Christ had tested  positive for covid and so  at the last  moment Ian  Crabb  stepped in.

We are so  fortunate in the partnership to  have such  dedicated  singers and musicians who  can  produce  such  a calibre of performance .

The congregation  in a well-filled Christ  Church  that  evening was highly appreciative.

 

Maundy  Thursday  14 April

After  a break  of two  years  the Partnership of Churches in Old town  resumed its traditional  Maundy  Thursday  communion. This year  Immanuel played  host and although numbers were lower  than  on previous occasions  all  our churches were represented as we sat  to  share a simple supper  of home made soup  and crusty  bread.

In itself it  was moving to  be able to share socially  with  others from  across our partnership and there was a lively  buzz of conversation  through out the meal.  This was followed by a communion service led by  Immanuel’s minister  Revd Robert  Jordan 

Our thanks to  those who  prepared  some  delicious soups and to  those who  served us

 

 

Sunday  10th  April: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday: John August Swanson (Swedish- Mexican artist)

Morning Worship

This Palm Sunday  service is introduced  by Church Secretary and duty Elder, Steve Brain, who also  reads the two  lessons for the day.  The worship is led by the minister  Robert  Jordan

Order of Worship 10th April 2022

Music by the choir:

Introir:  “My Song is Love Unknown”   words: Samuel Crossman  music: John Ireland

Anthem:” I give you  a new Commandment”   music: Peter Aston

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Sunday 3rd April: Passion Sunday: Lent 5

Morning Worship

This morning’s service is led by the minister, Revd Robert Jordan  and is introduced by the duty  elder, Anne Farrow.  Other voices you  will hear are those of Tom Hartshorn  who  reads both  Bible lessons and David Leadbeater  who  leads the prayers of intercession.  In addition Revd Geoff Gleed makes an statement in support  of the minister’s reflection.

Music by the choir:

Introit: “Beloved  let  us love ”  –  Orlando  Gibbons

Anthem: ” When  my love to  God grows weak”     words –  JR Wreford,  music Orlando  Gobbons

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Sunday  27th  March: Mothering Sunday: Lent 4

Morning Worship

Flowers specially  arranged for the day

Reading Hosea 11 vv 1 – 4

“The many  faces of God”

The service is introduced  by the duty  Elder, Liz Gibney  who also  reads the Old Testament Lesson  from  Hosea.  Our worship is conducted  by former minister of Immanuel, Revd Dr  Martin Camroux. The other  voice that  can  be heard is that  of Helen  Marson  who  reads  an interesting ‘job spec’ for the role of mother…..

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Order of Service 27th March 2022

Liz and Sue act  as flower distributors during the service

 

(even  the men of the congregation received  a small  bunch  – well we are a very  inclusive church!)

 

 

 

Sunday  20th March  2022:  Lent 3

Morning Worship

Reading: Isaiah 55 vv  1-13

“Lavish and Free”

Mike Gordon, our duty  elder  for the day,  introduces this morning’s service and it is led by the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan.  The other  voice you  will hear  is that  of Wally Knight who  reads the prayers of intercession.

Music by the choir:

Introit:  “God is the living image of the unseen  God”        Ian  Forrester

Anthem: “Jesu the very  thought  of Thee”                           Simon Lole

Order of Service 2022.03.20

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Sunday  13th March 2022: Lent 2

Morning Worship

Reading: St Luke Chpt 13 vv 31 – 36

Now that  the gremlins have been  sorted out,  at last  we can  resume our practice of  providing a recording of our morning worship.  Today our service is introduced by Mike Denton, the duty  elder and it is led by the minister Revd Robert  Jordan.  You will  also  hear  the voices of Steve Brain who  reads the lesson  from  the Gospel of St Luke and also  that of Geoff Gleed who gives a short  introduction  to the choir’s anthem.

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Sunday 6th March 2022:  Lent 1

Morning Worship

We are really sorry  to  say  that the gremlins that  affected  the recording of our last  two  weeks  services are still in the system,  and despite the efforts of two  of our sound engineers (and others offering advice!), after  much  head  scratching,   today’s worship  failed to  record yet  again.   We are calling in the professionals and hope that  normal  service will be resumed as soon  as possible! The text  of the sermon IS there however  on our Weekly Reflection page!

 

Sunday 20th February 2022

Morning Worship

“Difficult and Mysterious”

The service  this morning that included Holy Communion, was led  by the minister Revd Robert Jordan and introduced by the duty  elder, Steve Brain ( who also  reads the Gospel  reading from St  Luke. Prayers of intercession  were prepared by  Wally  Knight. We were once again indebted  to Shelly  Morgan  who played  the piano  for us in Geoff’s absence.

Immanuel. Order of Service2022.02.20 (1)

All words and music are reproduced under Immanuel’s copyright licence: CCLI 547036

Sunday 13th February

Morning Worship

” Have Faith despite the odds”

Today’s service was the result of plans that had gone  astray: Geoff Gleed had been due to lead  our morning worship but, taken ill, was unable to be with us, so church secretary, Steve Brain, agreed to take his place and lead our  morning worship  using Geoff’s notes. Don Macarthur stepped up to take Steve’s place as duty  chaplain and Shelly  Morgan readily agreed to take charge of the music from the piano. (Its great  when  a plan  comes together!)  So  voices you will hear in the recording are those of Don Macarthur, Steve Brain and Peter Beale who reads from the book of Psalms.

Order of Service 13th Feb 2022

All words and music are reproduced under Immanuel’s copyright licence: CCLI 547036

 

Sunday 6th February 2022

Morning Worship

“In for Out”

Today’s service is introduced by Don Macarthur , our duty  elder for the day , who also reads the New Testament lesson. Our worship is led by the minister, Robert Jordan. Other  voices you  will hear  on the recording are those of Irene Chesterman  who reads the Old Testment lesson and that  of Wally Knight who leads the prayers of intercession that  were prepared by John Blakesley.

Order of Service 6th Feb 2022

All words and music are reproduced under Immanuel’s copyright licence: CCLI 547036

 

&lT;p>Sunday 30th January 2022

Morning Worship

We were delighted to welcome  Stuart Benjamin to our pulpit this morning to  lead  our worship. Stuart is one of our church members and has helped out on several occasions recently when the minister  has not be available. In the recording you are welcomed to the service by church secretary Steve Brain who also reads the Old Testament Lesson from  Nehemiah.

Order of Service 30th January 2022

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Saturday 29th January

Today saw the return to Immanuel of the Aldbourne Band for their annual visit to the church. This would have been the 60th occasion of their January concert that  for them marks the start of the new year – sadly last year’s covid restrictions  and subsequent cancellation of the concert mean that the ‘Diamond Jubilee’  will have to wait to 2023!

From the very first chords of a ‘Jubilee Overture’ the audience was left in no doubt as to the complete mastery of the band : the quality of their playing has certainly not diminished despite the shortage of rehearsal time  in the covid lock-downs!

A ‘sneaky shot’ taken of the band during their last  minute rehearsal in the church –  testing out the acoustics. Could the roof take the strain of the volume produced when they were ‘flat out’?

 

 

 

For those who don’t know about this magnificent band,  even though they rehearse in a tiny village 10 miles from  Swindon, they are no second-rate  village band!  They  have earned their place in the premier league of Brass Bands and are counted among the best in the world!

With guest artists from the Kentwood Show Choir  (accompanied by Sheila Harrod) the audience was treated to an absolutely first class evening of wonderful music  that (with a  moving  tribute to past member, Jesse Jones)  even included a prize-winning multi-media performance.

Make a note in  your diaries for January 28th 2023!

right: the band in action in a multi-media presentation.

 

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Morning Worship

With the minister  preaching at our sister church in Highworth, this morning we were delighted to welcome  Bryan Elkington who once again led our worship. The service is introduced by Anne Farrow, the duty elder,  who also reads the New Testament lesson from Luke’s Gospel. You will also hear the voice of Norman Goodall who reads the Old Testament Lesson, Psalm 1.

Music is provided by our organist Revd Geoff Gleed.

As always,  a shortened form of the sermon is available as a text to read by clicking on “Weekly Reflection’ above.

(Note: there were some initial problems with the preacher’s microphone, but they are rectified quite quickly – please bear  with the recording)

Order of Service 23 Jan 2022

All words and music are reproduced under Immanuel’s copyright licence: CCLI 547036

 

Sunday 16th January 

Morning Worship

Today was something of a special occasion at Immanuel – a baptismal service, the first for many  a long time! Lucy Hartshorn Hunt (whose family is long associated with the life of Immanuel) and husband Richard brought baby Harry  for baptism…..sadly,  as you can see, he was slightly ‘camera-shy’!

For lovers of family history, the christening gown he wore is well over 100 years old and has been  worn at  baptismal services by generations of the family – his mother wore it at her baptism,  as did his grandfather and great grandmother! It  made for a very lovely occasion not just  for the family but for the whole congregation.

The service  was led by the minister, Revd Robert Jordan but is introduced on the recording by the duty elder, Liz Gibney who also reads the lesson from Corinthians.  Other voices you will hear in the recording are those of David Leadbeater (prayers of intercession)  and baby Harry Hunt, who at one point certainly made his feelings known to everyone!

Music is provided by our organist Revd Geoff Gleed.

Order of Service 16 Jan 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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