Sunday, 25th July 2021

There is a service in church at 10.00a.m. today, so we are posting some music and readings here and will add the sermon after the live act of worship for those who have not been able to join us.

Feel free to add your own prayers as you feel appropriate to make this a really personal act of worship and not just a 'performance'

The service will be led by our minister, Rev. Sharon Gardner.

Prayers of adoration and confession

Sermon:  It's Jesus' job to feed the multitude - all we need to do is turn up with the loaves and fishes

Eularia Clarke sets the feeding of the five thousand in modern dress and follows Matthew’s account in which women and children are present. The multitude has sat down in the grass, as Jesus requested, and is eating, not the fish and bread referred to in the Bible but, as in so much of Clarke’s work, a twentieth Century equivalent, fish and chips. The scene is more reminiscent of a church picnic than the biblical miracle. Tea is brewing in the lower right corner, bicycles and footballs are discarded, children and babies are remarkably well behaved, some people doze, others pay attention to the priest – or Jesus (whose head and shoulders are uncomfortably cut off by the edge of the painting). The artist said: ‘I daren’t paint Christ, I put in a pulpit, the priest is reading the notices before the sermon.’

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.

Eularia Clarke (1914-1970)    The Five Thousand

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Prayers of intercession and the Lord's Prayer