Virtual Services: Sunday 20th September

Nathan Clarke
David Sherwood

Our services today are led by David Sherwood and Nathan Clarke. In the morning, David is continuing his series in the Book of Hebrews. In our evening service Nathan is taking us through part of John 21.

Below are all the details you will need to join in with our services, including hymn words and activity sheets for children.

Every blessing.

Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. The evening services are available as audio only.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets (scroll down to view on this page instead).

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from David Sherwood & PM from Nathan Clarke.

Download the children’s activity sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Morning Service – David Sherwood
Reading: Luke 12 v 13 – 34, Hebrews 13 v 5 – 6
Title: Important Lifestyle Choices

Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.

2. O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name;
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.

3. Of His deliverance I will boast
Till all that are distressed
Take comfort from God’s help to me
And find in Him their rest.

4. The hosts of God encamp around
The dwellings of the just;
Deliverance He provides for all
Who in His mercy trust.

5. O taste his goodness, prove His love!
Experience will decide
How blessed are they, and only they,
Who in His truth confide.

6. Fear Him, you saints, and you will then
Have nothing else to fear;
His service shall be your delight,
Your needs shall be His care.

I’ll praise my Maker while i’ve breath;
And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
My days of praise shall not be past,
While life and thought and being last
Or immortality endures.
 
2. Happy the one whose hopes rely
On Jacob’s God, who made the sky,
The earth, the sea, the night and day;
His truth for ever stands secure,
He saves the oppressed, He feeds the poor,
And none who seeks is turned away.
 
3. The Lord gives eyesight to the blind,
He calms and heals the troubled mind,
He sends the wounded conscience peace;
He helps the stranger in distress,
The widow and the fatherless,
And grants the prisoner glad release.
 
4. I’ll praise Him while He lends me breath,
And when my voice is lost in death
Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
My days of praise shall not be past
While life and thought and being last
Or immortality endures.
 
(based on Psalm 146)

Evening Service – Nathan Clarke
Reading: John 21 v 15 – 25
Title: Jesus’ Fireside Talk

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been Thou for ever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see!
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided – 
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all Nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
How He left His home in glory
For the cross on Calvary.
I was lost; but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray;
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.

2. I was bruised; but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me:
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me;
Sorrow’s paths I often tread;
But the Saviour still is with me;
By His hand I’m safely led.

3. He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet:
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

CCLI: Licence No: 1992817

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus: The Story Behind the Hymn

Isabella Lilias Trotter (1853–1928)

This devotional hymn was written in 1918 by Helen Lemmel, an accomplished hymnwriter and soloist, the daughter of a Methodist Minister. She was moved to write the words and music after reading a small booklet by Lilias Trotter entitled “Focussed” and hearing of her life story. She titled the hymn “The Heavenly Vision” but it is best known by the first line of the refrain, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus”.

Both the hymn and the booklet that inspired it have been a challenge to the focus and devotion of Christians over almost a century. The life of Lilias Trotter is of great interest. Her own devotion to her Saviour, faith and labour of love speak volumes in our day of easy going Christianity.

In her biography of Lilias Trotter, Patricia St John describes the home life into which Lilias was born in 1853 as, “… the happy disciplined life of the Victorian upper classes; godly, serious, kind to the poor… sheltered… a stable home surrounded by beauty and culture.” Lilias wanted for nothing. She had a good education, travelled widely, she had a bright and inquisitive mind and loved the beauty of plants, flowers and nature. Her father was a wealthy banker and they lived in high society in the very best part of London.

Sadly, when Lilias was only 12 years old, her Father died and she was devastated at this great loss. However it was through this time of sadness that she was cast upon God for comfort and consolation and came to know Jesus Christ as her Saviour and friend. One biographer says that, “Through the very hardest thing in her life God brought her soul into blossom.” The change in her life through her conversion to Christ saw her develop a great gift of love and sympathy that was boundless in its expression.

As she grew into a young woman, that love for others was channelled into work in London with the YWCA among many unfortunate women who found themselves alone, penniless and exploited.

At the age of 23 she travelled with her mother to Venice and by God’s providence came into contact with John Ruskin, the famous writer and art critic. Ruskin was tremendously impressed with her ability to draw and paint and she spent time in his company at his home in the English Lake District. He was convinced that, “if she would give her life to painting she could become the greatest painter of the nineteenth century and do things that would be immortal.”

After the death of her mother in 1878 and considerable wrestling of heart, Lilias became convinced that God was calling her to serve Him. Interest in foreign missions was high following the Moody and Sankey missions and the remarkable commitment of seven Cambridge graduates to pioneer missionary work in China. It was at a missionary meeting that she felt the clear call of God to go to bring the Gospel to the Arab tribes of Algeria.

Despite a heart condition diagnosed prior to her departure, on the 5th March 1888 she left for North Africa and spent the remaining 40 years of her life working among the Arab Muslims of Algeria. Her work was truly remarkable. As a European white woman working mainly with other female colleagues in a pioneer mission among strongly traditional Muslims, the chances of her achieving any success were considered impossible. One biographer remarks that two words characterize Lilias’s work “inexhaustible and indiscourageable”.

Eventually using up all of her own wealth, she founded and maintained the Algiers Mission Band. Her ability in drawing and painting became an integral part in the communication of the gospel, illustrating tracts and booklets specifically designed to reach the Arab culture. Her incredible ability to learn languages, breakdown cultural barriers, organise, write and travel long distances across difficult terrain put her into the same category as other “unique” female missionary names such as Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward etc.

An extract from her booklet “Focussed”, which inspired this hymn, is quoted below and in reading it we might ask ourselves just how focussed on Jesus Christ we are today. How great is our need to turn our eyes fully upon Him.

“… if the Sun of Righteousness has risen upon our hearts, there is an ocean of grace and love and power lying all around us, an ocean to which all earthly light is but a drop, and it is ready to transfigure us…Gathered up, focussed lives, intent on one aim – Christ – these are the lives on which God can concentrate blessedness. It is “all for all” by a law as unvarying as any law that governs the material universe.

We see the principle shadowed in the trend of science; the telephone and the wireless in the realm of sound, the use of radium and the ultra violet rays in the realm of light. All these work by gathering into focus currents and waves that, dispersed, cannot serve us. In every branch of learning and workmanship the tendency of these days is to specialize – to take up one point and follow it to the uttermost.

And Satan knows well the power of concentration; if a soul is likely to get under the sway of the inspiration, “this one thing I do,” he will turn all his energies to bring in side-interests that will shatter the gathering intensity.

And they lie all around, these interests. Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen good harmless worlds at once – art, music, social science, games, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the “good” hiding the “best” even more effectually than it could be hidden by downright frivolity with its smothered heart-ache at its own emptiness.

It is easy to find out whether our lives are focussed, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day? Does this test not give the clue? Then dare to have it out with God – and after all, that is the shortest way. Dare to lay bare your whole life and being before Him, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focussed on Christ and His glory. Dare to face the fact that unfocussed, good and useful as it may seem, it will prove to have failed of its purpose.

What does this focussing mean? Study the matter and you will see that it means two things – gathering in all that can be gathered, and letting the rest drop…

Are we ready for a cleavage to be wrought through the whole range of our lives… All aims, all ambitions, all desires, all pursuits – shall we dare to drop them if they cannot be gathered sharply and clearly into the focus of “this one thing I do”?

Will it not make life narrow, this focussing? In a sense, it will – just as the mountain path grows narrower, for it matters more and more, the higher we go, where we set our feet – but there is always, as it narrows, a wider and wider outlook, and purer, clearer air. Narrow as Christ’s life was narrow, this is our aim; narrow as regards self-seeking, broad as the love of God to all around. Is there anything to fear in that?

And in the narrowing and focussing, the channel will be prepared for God’s power – like the stream hemmed between the rock-beds, that wells up in a spring – like the burning glass that gathers the rays into an intensity that will kindle fire. It is worthwhile to let God see what He can do with these lives of ours, when “to live is Christ.”

Turn full your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him, and the Divine “attrait” by which God’s saints are made, even in this 20th century, will lay hold of you. For “He is worthy” to have all there is to be had in the heart that He has died to win”.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more has dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

(Refrain)

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

(Refrain)

Words & music by Helen Howarth Lemmel based on the writing of Isabella Lilias Trotter (1853–1928) – pioneer Christian missionary to the Arab Muslims of Algeria & founder of what is now known as Arab World Ministries

Virtual Services: Sunday 13th September

Ben Scotton
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Our services today are led by Peter Lesyhon-Jones and Ben Scotton. In the morning, Peter is continuing his series in Mark’s Gospel. In our evening service Ben is exploring the fullness of God in Jesus.

Below are all the details you will need to join in with our services, including hymn words and activity sheets for children.

Every blessing.

Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. The evening services are available as audio only.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets (scroll down to view on this page instead).

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones & PM from Ben Scotton.

Download activity sheets: older children & younger children.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Morning Service
Reading: Mark 4 v 21 – 41
Title: Kingdom and Creation

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen, all that is needful hath been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness and sin are abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation.

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?
    Strong to save, faithful in love
    My debt is paid and the victory won
    The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flowers each promise of His Word
When winter fades, I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation.

In times of waiting, times of need
When I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?

And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise, He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation.

    Who is like the Lord our God?

Glory be to God the Father, 
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
The Lord is our salvation

Glory be to God the Father, 
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
The Lord is our salvation
The Lord is our salvation

Evening Service
Reading: Colossians 1
Title: The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ

Who has held the oceans in His hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at His voice,
All creation rises to rejoice.

    Behold our God seated on His throne,
    Come let us adore Him.
    Behold our King, nothing can compare,
    Come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His Words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

    Behold our God seated on His throne…

Who has felt the nails upon His hands,
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave,
Jesus, Saviour risen now to reign!

    Behold our God seated on His throne…

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest. (repeat)

Dear Name! the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never-failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!
Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring. (repeat)

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.
Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death! (repeat)

CCLI: Licence No: 1992817

Virtual Services: Sunday 6th September

David Sherwood
Pastor David Fielding

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and Message titles for our services.

Also attached is the “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children.

We continue with our VIDEO format in the morning (which includes the children’s talk and Bible Reading), and on AUDIO in the evening.

We have a theme that runs through the day – that of human marriage and the picture that gives of the marriage of Christ & the Church.

We trust that the Lord will bless His Word to all who watch and listen.

Every blessing,

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM from David Sherwood.

Download children’s worksheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 30th August

Pastor David Fielding

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and Message titles for Sunday.
There is a “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children too.

The morning service is available in video format. This includes a children’s talk and Bible Reading – NOTE: if you use the audio version these are not included.

The evening service is in audio format.

Every blessing,

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM from David as well.

Download children’s worksheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 23rd August

Pastor David Fielding
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the details of hymns, Bible Readings and message titles for our services tomorrow.

Also attached is the ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the morning service and additional activity sheets for “older” and “younger” children for the evening service too.
The morning service is in video format and includes a children’s talk. The evening service is in audio format.

We trust that the Lord will bless his Word to us all.

In Christ.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

Download worksheets: AM children’s sheet; PM younger children’s sheet; PM older children’s sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 16th August

Pastor David Fielding
Richard Carvell

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the details of our services in the usual format, namely:

A list of the hymns, Bible Readings & Message Titles for the morning (video) & evening (audio) services.

A “Junior Learning Together” sheet for the children. (This week, finding the answers will probably require some parental help as it is a little more tricky than usual!)

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Richard Carvell.

Download Children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 9th August

Pastor David Fielding is leading both services today.

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details which include Hymns, Bible Readings and Message Titles.

Also there is a ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the younger ones.  

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Pastor David Fielding.

Download Children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 2nd August

Pastor David Fielding
Peter Leyshon-Jones

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details which include Hymns, Bible Readings and Message Titles.

There are also activities for the children for both morning & evening services.

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

Download activity sheets: AM children’s sheet, PM children’s sheet (YOUNGER), PM children’s sheet (OLDER).

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 26th July

Pastor David Fielding
Stephen Weale

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Here are the usual details of hymns, Bible Readings and message titles for both of our services.

Also there is a ‘Junior Learning Together’ sheet for the children.
Once again, the morning service is available in video format & now includes the Children’s Talk.

The morning passage in Acts 15 is quite lengthy and detailed but we hope that the application is helpful to all.

Every blessing.

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee.

Download AM & PM hymn sheets.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message from Pastor David Fielding & PM message from Stephen Weale.

Download children’s activity sheets.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.