The United Church Ashford Podcast

Providing a thought for the week for members of the South Kent Methodist circuit.

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In this podcast, Roy Hollands considers what it is to be salt and light in the world, and Christine Slater reads to us from the prophet Isaiah and Matthew’s gospel. The readings are Isaiah 58:1 - 8 and Matthew 5:1 - 20. One hymn is from Singing the Faith, number 134 “Christ whose glory fills the skies”, the other is from Songs of Fellowship, “Here I am, wholly available, as for me, I will serve the Lord”, number 167.

Saturday Jan 28, 2023

“The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom”, Revd. Helen Hollands provides the reflection for this week’s Worship Podcast. Paul Missin reads the reading, (1 Cor 1:18-31). The podcast is introduced by Hugh. Songs are from Singing the Faith, number 611, “Brother, Sister let me serve you” and “Sing hey for the carpenter”, 462.

Saturday Jan 21, 2023

Dave is joined by Revd Paul Dean on this episode of the podcast service.  We think about the call of the first disciples and how that challenging call echoes through to us in the modern world, how should we answer the call and become fishers of people with justice and equality.
Our hymns are all from Singing the Faith; 59 - Shine, Jesus, Shine; 673 - Will you come and follow me; 495 - Dear Lord and Father and 251 - Jesus Christ is waiting.

Friday Jan 13, 2023

In this episode Dave Tocher is joined by the Revd. Gill Songer.
The Bible reading is John 1:43-51, and it is read by Richard Giles.
The hymns are:
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Roy Hollands thinks about the journey of the wise men and how we find the right way in life.
Ruth Bamford reads the readings: Isaiah 60: 1 – 6 and Matthew 2: 1 - 12
The songs are from Singing the Faith: 227 “Brightest and best of the sons of the morning” sung by the choir of York Minster; and 224, “As with gladness men of old”, sung by Hugh, who also introduces the Podcast.

Thursday Dec 29, 2022

In this first podcast of the New Year, Revd. Helen Hollands tells the story behind the Hymn “Amazing Grace”, and helps us to think about the promises we make in Methodist Covenant Service Prayer. Liz Talbot reads Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 15:1-10. The songs are 508 and 440 in Singing the Faith, “Purify my Heart” and “Amazing Grace”, sung by Hugh Burnham and the Housegroup from Wye.

Christmas Day 2022

Sunday Dec 25, 2022

Sunday Dec 25, 2022

Happy Christmas and welcome to our Weekly Devotions for Christmas Day 2022 - Dave is joined by Revd Malcolm Peach. We talk about finding God in the ordinary through the reading of Luke 2: 1-14, read by Stewart.  Carols for this morning are Come and Join the Celebration, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy to the World and O Come all Ye Faithful.

Friday Dec 16, 2022

In this episode Dave Tocher is joined by the Revd. Dr Paul Dean.
The Bible readings are:Isaiah 7:10-14 (NRSV) Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV) These are read by Christine Slater.
The hymn recordings have been provided by Joy and Ruth Everingham:O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)Christ be our light (Longing for light, we wait in darkness) (StF 706)

Friday Dec 09, 2022

The Revd. Kevin Taylor considers Matt 11: 2 – 11, and Psalm 146, and what kind of Messiah John the Baptist expected Jesus to be. The readings are read by Paul Missin and Hugh Burnham leads the singing. Songs are Singing the Faith 272, “From heaven you came” and 404 “He sent me to give the good news to the poor” which is sung by the Ecumenical Housegroup in Wye.

Friday Dec 02, 2022

Hugh Burnham presents today’s Podcast. Judy Muxlow considers Isaiah 52: 7 – 10 and asks “Whatever happened to wonder?”  Rowena Dean reads our Reading and we have Advent songs and a hymn from Singing the Faith, numbers 173 and 171 “Into the Darkness” and “Hark the Glad Sound”.

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