Recent Events

 

29th  January 2023

Being a fifth  Sunday and Robert  taking some time off, we were delighted  to  welcome back  to  Immanuel,  Revd Tony Barnes, a retired methodist  preacher and  former  miniuster  at  Bath Road.  For some strange reason  the early  part of the service  failed to  record and as a result we pick  up the service in  the middle of the second hymn.  The readings are by Liz Gibney  and Jean Batten.

Micah 6: 1-8

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

The anthem  by the choir using words from  John’s Gospel “I give you  a New Commandment”   music by Peter  Aston.

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28th January  2023

Aldbourne Band Concert

The Aldbourne Band  have been  coming to  Immanuel on the last  Saturday of January  for the past  55 years: this year  they  promised us a “Night at the Movies”  and true to  their word,   took  us through  a dozen  or more pieces from  film  soundtracks from the 1940s to some more recent blockbuster  films. Undoubtedly they    proved that  they  fully deserve the accolades heaped  upon  them: it really  was band music at its best   – no  wonder they  are ranked at  number  11  in the world!!!

A packed church  was reluctant to  let them  go but after  an  exciting encore we ended the evening with a rousing rendtion of “The Day  Thou Gavest”

 

15th  January 2023

Today’s worship was a special  service devised by Geoff Gleed:  readings and music to  mark the start of the New Year.  It is  led by Don Macarthur.  Other  voices you  will  hear are those of Jean  Batten, David Leadbeater, Steve Brain, Wally Knight and Irene Chesterman.

Pianist: Shelley Morgan

Organist: Geoff Gleed

Music by the choir:

“Torches”                                                words: J.B. Trend                  music: John Joubert

“A Great  and Mighty Wonder”          words: trad                             music: Michael  Pretorius

“The Sans Day  Carol”                          words: Cornish  trad             music: John Rutter

“Midwinter”                                           words: Christina  Rosetti     music: Bob Chilcott   

“The Work  of Christmas”                  words: Howard Thurman     music: Dan Forrest 

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8th  January 2023

“The fourth  Gift”

The service today  is introduced by duty  elder, Helen  Marson and is led by the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan.  Other voices you  will  hear   giving readings are those of Steve Brain and Pam  Western. It is a communion service,  so there are moments  when  these is no speech –  music only  as the elements are distributed.

Readings:

The Journey  of the Magi        TS Elliott

Matthew 2   1-12

Music by the choir:

Introit:       Of the father’s Love Begotten                 Words: Prudentius       Music:  plainsong  melody

Anthem:    Song for the New Year                              Words: traditional        Music: Benjamin Britten

 

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New Year’s Day 2023

Our service today  is introduced by Mike Gordon,  the duty  elder  for the day, who  also  reads the lesson from  John’s gospel. The theme of the service is “Peace?…. Really?”

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Christmas Day 2022

Unfortunately we have no  recording of the service but 40   or so  members and friends attended a very  joyful  time together  when  we shared  the wonder  of the Good News as well  as various gifts that  we had  received. Below a photo of Geoff and Robert in their Christmas splendour (Robert  was advertising the forthcoming church pantomime and felt he  would make a good Prince Charming!)

He also  wanted  to  show once of his Christmas presents….not the six pack…. just  a fancy  apron!!!

Christmas  2022

Our thanks to June Smythe and her  band of helpers (I can’t call them  little elves as one is over  6ft tall!) who  erected  and so  beautifully  decorated the Christmas trees  in the church  and atrium — they  offer  a lovely  warm  welcome on the coldest  of winter days!

December 18th: Lessons and Carols

4th Sunday in  Advent

Today’s special  service is introduced by  duty  elder, Don Macarthur. Other  voices you  will  hear  in the recording include those of the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan, David Leadbeater, Helen Thomas, Anne Farrow, Mike Gordon, Steve Brain, Liz Gibney, and Helen  Marson.

Music by the choir:

Introit:       Infant Holy

Anthems:  I sing of a maiden                       soloist: Tom Hartshorn

                    Ding Dong Merrily  on  High

                    Carol of the Bells

                    In  thr Bleak  Midwinter            soloists: Linda Tindall/ Vivienne Blakesley  and John Blakesley

 

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December 11th: Morning Worship

On this, the 3rd Sunday  of Advent, the service is introduced by our duty  Elder, Maria Kawonga and the service led by the minister.  The readings from  Isaiah and Matthew  are read by Helen  Marson.

Note: It  is a communion  service,  so  towards the end there are moments of silence as the elements  are distributed  to the congregation

Music by the Choir

Introit: Hark  a trumpet  call is sounding

Anthem|: Lo how a Rose is growing

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November  6th 2022: Morning Worship

Today’s service with  an  unusual  theme “stew”,  was led  by the minister and is introduced in the recording by the duty  elder, Don Macarthur, who  also  reads the Old Testament lesson  from  Genesis. The New Testament reading from  Acts  is read  by  Pam  Western  and the other  voice you  will  hear is that  of Anne Farrow who  leads our prayers of intercession.

Readings: Genesis 25  vv 9 – 33

                    Acts 9  vv 14 – 24

Music by the choir:

Introit:  Verses from  Psalm  19   chant: Thomas Norris

Anthem: “Grant us Light”   words: May Sarson      music: Eric Thiman

     

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October 23rd 2022: Morning worship

Being the fourth  Sunday  of the month, the minister  was preaching at  our sister  church  in Highworth and we were delighted  that Stuart Benjamin (one of our own  members) volunteered to  lead the service. In the recording, our worship  is introduced by  Mike Gordon, the duty  elder, and the other  voice you  will hear  is that  of Jean Batten,  who reads the lesson  from  2 Corinthians.

 

Introit:  “When  my love to  God grows weak”            Words: J R Wreford              Music: Orlando Gibbons

Anthem: ” Lord give me Faith”                                         Words: John Oxenham       Music: Kathleen Robson

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

October  16th 2022: Morning Worship

This morning’s worship is led by the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan, and includes the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Other voices you  will  hear  in the recording are those of Anne Farrow, duty chaplain, who  introduces the service, Irene Chesterman  who  reads both  Bible lessons and  Wally  Knight who  leads the prayers of intercession.

Readings:

Jeremiah 31  vv 34 – 37

Luke  18  vv  1 – 8

Theme: “Remember  no  more”

Music by the choir:

Introit:     “The Peace of Christ”     words: a Celtic Blessing             Music: Geoff Nobes

Anthem: ” My Eyes for Beauty Pine”   words: Robert  Bridges      Music: Herbert  Howells

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October 9th 2022: Morning Worship

Our service today  was led by the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan  and is introduced by the duty  chaplain Helen Marson. She also  reads the new testament lesson from St Paul’s letter  to  Timothy, and the old testament reading  from Jeremiah is read  by  Eddie Thomas.

Readings:

Jeremiah 29; vs 1 and 4-9     

2  Timothy 2; 8-13

Theme:  Not what they hope for

Music by the Choir:

Introit: Psalm 16   chant: E J Hopkins

Anthem: “Jubilate Deo”   music by George Thalben-Ball

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

 

October  2nd 2022: Morning Worship

 

Today’s harvest service was led by the minister, Revd Robert  Jordan and is introduced on the recording by Maria Kawonga, the duty  chaplain  for the day. Other voices you  will hear  are those of Janet  Leadbeater  who reads the day’s lessons from  Habbakuk and the gospel of St Luke, and Liz Gibney  wh0  devised  and read  the prayers of intercession.

In a very  unfortunate circumstance, towards the end of the service we suffered  a power  cut  and most  of final  hymn  was not recorded… you may  hear some delightful  unaccompanied singing!. We hope it  does not spoil your enjoyment of the service.

Readings:  Habbakuk 2  vv 1 – 5

                    St Luke     17  vv 5 – 6

Music by the choiur:

Introit: verses from  Colossians 1  vv15-20  in  a chant  by Ian  Forester

Anthem:         “Pleasure it  is…”                      Words:  old English  W Cornish      Music: Cecil Cope

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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

Whilst,  sadly,  the national  celebrations for our 50th  anniversary  had to  be postponed,  the URC churches of the Swindon  area did manage to  meet  up to  mark  the occasion….albeit a week  earlier…. and   24th  September  saw a well-attended gathering at Immanuel.   During the special  service  we used material for local  churches  prepared  for the Jubilee by the URC  that included the prize-winning hymn by Stephen  Newell  and Naomi Sharp.   With contributions from  several  local  churches, including our local  partnership, some rousing singing led by an  excellent choir and a thought-provoking sermon by  SW Synod Moderator,  Ruth  Whitehead,  the jubilee was duly celebrated.  In  good URC tradition,  tea and cake  in the church  hall afterwards, rounded off a very  festive occasion.

 

 

 

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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Just  a small  section  of the large number that turned out  from  across our URC area to  celebrate the golden  jubilee and afterwards enjoy each others’ company in  time-honoured fashion  with  tea and cake!

At the end there were lots of comments along the lines  of “We must  do this again” “How good to meet up like this”

Who knows…perhaps next  year…??

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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