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, 18th November:

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

This Sunday, we return to our series in the Acts of the Apostles, as Paul leaves the city of Ephesus after a stay of some two years and revisits a number of the churches he had founded earlier in his travels, “speaking many words of encouragement to the people”.  Do come and join us!

 

Word for the Week

So much conflict in our world is brought about by a struggle for power,.  Whether we look back at the two World Wars in the last century, or Korea, Yugoslavia, and even the battles that continue today in Syria, Iraq, the Yemen and parts of Africa, the deadly attraction of power continues to provoke fearful conflict and bring about widespread death and destruction.

The Jewish nation of Jesus’ time was looking forward to a Messiah who would raise up an army of patriots and lead them in a victorious struggle to expel the occupying Romans from the land of Israel and bring freedom to the Jews.  One of Satan’s temptations to Jesus was a subtle invitation to take power, as he showed Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour”, if only Jesus would just acknowledge him, Satan, as Lord.

Jesus knew that the greatest power on earth is the power of love, a love that sacrifices self for the benefit of the other person.  “Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…” as we heard today in our first reading.  And that is what He did.

Our readings this week remind us of the power of love in human life.

 

Monday   Psalm 63
Tuesday   John 13:34-35
Wednesday   Ephesians 3:14-21
Thursday   Colossians 1:3-8
Friday   1 Peter 1:17-24
Saturday   1 John 3:16-24

 

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, 18th November:

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