SUNDAY DECEMBER 6

Welcome.

As we continue to anticipate the coming birth of Jesus, today we light the second Advent candle: the candle of peace. As we do, we reflect together on another reading from the prophet Isaiah.

Peace to you in this challenging but beautiful season.

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29

 

Welcome to CSBC as we celebrate the first Sunday in the season of Advent.

Advent is a time of anticipation, waiting, hoping and longing. By observing this time of preparation we are able to move toward the good news of Christmas with intention and prayerfulness.

Today Simon Holt leads us in Advent liturgy and prayer, and Carolyn Francis reflects on one of the traditional readings for this Sunday from the book of Isaiah.

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22

Welcome to CSBC Online.

Today marks the final Sunday in the church year. Next week, the season of Advent begins and a new year commences.

This Sunday is traditionally known as “The Reign of Christ” Sunday. Carolyn Francis reflects on a passage from Matthew 25 and considers what that might mean in the 21st Century.

We are led by members of the community in prayer, scripture reading and music. The service finishes with an Organ Postlude composed and performed by David Cundy.

Peace be with you.

 

 

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15

 

Welcome to CSBC Online this week.

Carolyn Francis talks about Jesus, the cursed fig tree, and asks whether we have a problem with hope. Is it too easy to replace true hope with wishful thinking or delusions?

Members of our CSBC community offer prayers of gratitude and longing, and Geoff Maddock and some of the cross-cultural workers from Global Interaction invite us to join them in their weekend of prayer.

Thanks for joining us!

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8

 

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome our friend, and former CSBC Minister, Rev Tim Costello to CSBC Online.

Carrying on from last week’s teaching on the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Tim reflects on Matthew 5 with global issues in mind.

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1

 

Today we observe All Saints Day – a date in the calendar of the church for remembering and honouring those who have served the church and the world in the past.

In this video Simon shares some memories of some of the wonderful people who have been part of the CSBC community in the past and Carolyn reflects on today’s New Testament reading: the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.

We look forward to some of you joining us for Communion and our Annual General Meeting via Zoom at 11am today. The details have been sent via email.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25

Welcome to this our 32nd week of CSBC Online.

Today we reflect together on one of the most quoted psalms of the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 8. We do so to hear afresh its extraordinary encouragement and its unsettling challenge.

Wherever you are, peace be with you!

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

Welcome to CSBC online.

Carolyn leads us today with prayers and reflections on the connection between justice and worship and includes the compelling call of the prophet Amos: “let justice roll down like a river”.

While we look forward to a time when we can gather together again in person, we are so grateful to be able to share this experience of virtual church with you today.

With peace and hope,

Carolyn and Simon

SUNDAY OCTOBER 11

Today, Carolyn reflects on Jesus’s teaching from John’s gospel on the vine, the branches and the invitation to “abide in me”.

After watching the video you are invited to join us for a communion service via Zoom at 11am. Details have been sent via email.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4

Welcome.

Today we continue our two-week reflection on living well within limits.

As restrictions continue to constrain our movements, we consider ways to embrace the most immediate contexts of our lives as places of God’s presence.

Last Sunday we explored the home and today the neighbourhood.

Peace be with you.