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

Next week’s services

Sunday, 25th February, 2018

These are our services this Sunday, the second Sunday in Lent:

  • 8.00 Holy Communion – St James’s
  • 9.00 Sunday@nine – Cross House
  • 10.30 Holy Communion – St James’s

During the season of Lent, over the next 5 weeks, our services are focusing on what it means to be committed to Whole-Life Worship.  This week we shall be thinking about how worshipping offers us fresh insight on our everyday life… how our “gathered worship” in church on Sunday equips and prepares us for “scattered worship” in the outside world Monday to Saturday because it helps us to see things God’s way, through God’s eyes.

Do come along and join us at one of the 3 services above – quiet and reflective at 8.00, lively and informal at 9.00, or sociable but a bit more formal at 10.30: one of them will certainly suit you!

On Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm during Lent we meet at the Vicarage for a half-hour of prayer for our services.  Everyone is welcome!  Please do come and join us.

Word for the Week

Sometimes the apostle Paul says something totally unexpected.  For 11 chapters of his letter to the church in Rome, he explores all that God has done to rescue a world that rebelled against His designs and desires.  He knows that this is the Good News, the gospel.  He knows that once we embrace the gospel we will want to worship.  So far, so expected.

But for people who think they know what worship should look like, Paul’s words at the start of Romans 12 are surprising.  Both devout Jews and pagan Gentiles would have had their own ideas of what constituted worship in temples, with offerings and sacrifices.  But Paul’s message to both groups is that worship is much more than religious activities: it involves our whole being, our ordinary body, soul, mind, spirit.

That would have been a shock to both Jews and Gentiles.  Spirit, yes, certainly.  But body?  Mind?  And what about the temple and the sacrifices?

Paul is saying that true worship is not just an inward, private, spiritual activity. Our worship should not be divided between sacred and secular.  True worship takes place through our attitudes, our finances, our politics, our leisure, our work and our play.  All these things can be done in God’s presence, in God’s ways and for God’s glory as we are transformed through the renewing of our minds by His Holy Spirit.

Our readings this week take these ideas further as we stretch our thinking about the meaning of true worship in our lives.

 Monday   Micah 6:6-8
Tuesday   Matthew 15:1-9
Wednesday   Colossians 3:12-24
Thursday   Romans 12:3-8
Friday   Philippians 2:12-18
Saturday   1 Peter 4:7-11

 

 

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.

There is just one service at the other churches in our Benefice this Sunday, 25th February:

  • 10.00am – St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Together in Worship