St Andrew’s Church, Woodmansterne Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2DD
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Our main act of worship is Parish Eucharist at 9.45am on Sunday mornings, with high quality music from our versatile robed choir.
There is a small Junior Church for younger members which runs at the same time as the Parish Eucharist. Children start off in Church, leave for their own activities at the time of the bible readings, returning for Communion and their “show and tell”.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, our young people lead a less formal Renew Service with more modern songs and accessible story telling of the Gospel.
“We are not to let our hearts be troubled.”
Genesis 8: 1-
Acts 7: 55-
John 14: 1-
‘Oh, come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.’ Psalm 95:6
5th Sunday of Easter
Why do we worship?
Not because God is an egomaniac! We don’t go to church for God’s sake, but for our own.
As the old saying has it, ‘Don’t join a perfect church – you’ll ruin it!’ We try to be a group of authentic, creative people who live lives that reflect the love of God in Jesus Christ. We don’t always get it right, and we need a lot of help – which is the essence of why we meet together.
Sharing ideas, experiences, learning from and with each other is the most difficult and the most rewarding task of life -
The writer Anne Lamott says that there are really only three essential prayers: ‘Help’, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Wow’. Each of these provide a good starting point for thinking about worship. We meet together to pray together for the needs of the world and for our individual circumstances. We meet together to express our gratitude to God for his gift of life and the many blessings that accompany it. We meet together in wonder at the miracles that meet us each day and trace a path of grace through our shared lives.
Our central act of worship is Holy Communion, a sharing together in bread and wine at which we believe the Risen Christ is present with us. However, arguably the most important part of this act comes right at the end when we are sent out to ‘love and serve the Lord’. This is where the word ‘Mass’ comes from. As Jesus told his disciples: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (John 20:21). We are not only to be those who attend church, but those who are church, sharing the good news of God’s love with those outside our walls through our daily lives.
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