Welcome

Welcome to the website of St James, Bramley.  We hope you will find it helpful and informative, and would be delighted to welcome you to come and worship God with us on a Sunday soon.

To find the church with a SatNav, use the postcode RG26 5DF

This Week’s Services

These are the services in Bramley and Little London this coming Sunday, 19th August:

  • 8.00 Holy Communion – Little London
  • 9.00 Sunday@nine – Cross House
  • 10.30 – Morning Worship – St James

During the month of August we are reflecting on four of Jesus’ parables whose meaning and message need careful thought and teasing out… we’re calling the series Parables that Perplex.

We do hope you will come and join us at our service this coming week, when we’ll be grappling with Jesus’ Parable of the Talents, from Matthew 25:14-30.

Word for the Week

Last week we were reflecting on the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, where Jesus urged his followers to be use money shrewdly, not naively, with the aim of ensuring that our financial resources, however much or however little, accomplish His  most important spiritual priority: communicating the Gospel, the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness, to as many people as possible so that they will ultimately live forever in “eternal dwellings”, as Jesus put it.

But it’s also clear from the accounts of His life that the poor and needy of society had a special place in Jesus’ heart.  So it’s no surprise to find that in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Jesus makes it clear that the genuineness of our faith is evidenced, among other things, by our attitudes and actions towards those in need: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the oppressed.

When Jesus was asked which of the Commandments was the most important, He answered without hesitation, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  That is certainly His top priority for us.  But immediately behind it comes the command, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”  How should these two commands affect our priorities, our actions towards those in need?

Monday Matthew 26:6-13
Tuesday Luke 19:1-10
Wednesday Mark 6:30-44
Thursday Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Friday James 2:14-26
Saturday 1 John 3:16-23

 

Other Services in our Benefice

Our parish of Bramley and Little London is part of a group of parishes known as a Benefice. We work together, sharing resources and helping one another out when needed, while also retaining our individual styles and preferences as we worship the living God.

These are the services in other churches in our Benefice this coming Sunday, 19th August.

  • 10.00am, St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Holy Communion & Sunday Club
  • 6.30pm, St Mary’s, Hartley Wespall: Evensong