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

Mission Unstoppable: An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is the companion volume to Luke’s Gospel. Both books are addressed to Theophilus (see Luke 1v3 & Acts 1v1). Some would like to rename the Book, ‘the Acts of the Holy Spirit’, because, as they point out, the Holy Spirit is mentioned sixty-one times! But this might give the impression that Jesus’s work is over & He ceases to be central. Rather, Acts tells how the ascended Jesus continued to work through His Spirit-empowered apostles & people.” Rodger Crooks – One Lord, One Plan, One People

The Writer

The writer of the book is Luke, a physician and historian of remarkable ability. In his book, Church on the Move, Peter Williams says, “It is not difficult to see what we owe to Luke. Without his history, we should know little, if anything, of the origin and progress of the church, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the organisation of the church and its methods of evangelisation. Also, in a more general way, Acts serves as a link between the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.”

Contents

Calvin describes The Acts as “a vast treasure”. Peter Williams’ book is called “Church on the Move” and the IBS Study booklet calls the Book, “Mission Unstoppable!”. The NIV Study Bible refers to it as “a bridge that ties the church with each succeeding age”. All of these descriptions are helpful to us in getting to grips with what the Book is going to tell us.

Luke, in his Gospel, shows what Christ began to do on earth; Acts shows what He continued to do by the Holy Spirit through the disciples. The ascension of our Lord is the closing scene in Luke. It is the opening fact in Acts.

  • The Gospels set forth the Son of Man, who came to die for our sins. Acts shows the coming of the Son of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Gospels tell of the crucified and risen Saviour. Acts portrays Him as the ascended and exalted Lord & Leader.
  • In the Gospels we hear Christ’s teachings. In Acts we see the effects of His teachings on the Apostles.

Acts is not a record of the acts of all of the Apostles, as no extensive accounts are given of any of the Apostles except Peter & Paul! It records the acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles. His name is mentioned about seventy times. Look for some of the Holy Spirit in every chapter of this book.” H. Mears – What the Bible is all About

Timeline (All dates are approximate)

Acts 1 – 8:

  • 30AD Ascension of Christ. Pentecost and beginnings of the New Testament Church.
  • 32AD Martyrdom of Stephen. Missionary journey of Philip and conversion of the Ethiopian.

Acts 9:

  • 34AD Conversion of Saul of Tarsus.
  • 35AD Paul visits the Jerusalem church for the first time

Acts 12:

  • 44AD James is martyred. Peter is miraculously freed from prison.

Acts 13:

  • 47AD Paul begins his first missionary journey with Barnabas (& for a time, John Mark).

Acts 16:

  • 49AD Paul begins his second missionary journey with Silas (& later, Timothy & Luke).

Acts 19:

  • 52AD Paul begins his third missionary journey with Timothy & Titus (& others joining them at various points).

Acts 22-23:

  • 56AD Paul imprisoned in Jerusalem and then in Caesarea.

Acts 27 – 28:

  • 59AD Paul imprisoned in Rome.

Not recorded in Acts:

  • 61AD Paul makes his final travels.
  • 64AD Great fire at Rome – many Christians put to death.
  • 64AD or 67AD both Peter & Paul are martyred

A Summary

In the preface to Gordon Keddie’s commentary, he refers to three key areas that the Book of Acts demonstrates for us, namely:

  1. The history of the work of the Holy Spirit.
  2. The setting out of the doctrine of the church.
  3. The striking “evangelistic impulse that bursts out of every page”.

Relevance for us today:

“Here, most personally and immediately are our own ‘roots’ as the followers of Jesus.” Gordon Keddie – You are my Witnesses

“It is both thrilling and wonderful… to think that Jesus did not leave this world and return to the Father’s glory without first making arrangements for the on-going work of the gospel here below. What makes it thrilling is that He did not entrust that work to angels or divine beings but to ordinary men like the Apostles and through them to ordinary people like ourselves. There is a real sense therefore in which we can say that the ministry of Jesus never ends, and is being continued to today in the lives and witness of all Christian believers through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the church. What a great privilege and enormous responsibility we have therefore in being part of the body of Christ in the world.” Peter Williams – Church on the Move

3 Essentials to begin:

There are three essentials that occur at the beginning of “mission unstoppable”. They set the scene for the rest of the story!

  1. The promise of the Holy Spirit (1 v 4 – 8)
  2. The ascension of the Lord Jesus (1 v 9 – 11)
  3. The necessity of corporate prayer (1 v 12 – 14)

Useful Commentaries:

In addition to those written by Peter Williams & Gordon Keddie which are mentioned above, other good commentaries include those by John Calvin, Richard Lenski & Joseph Alexander.

These notes accompany the sermon series preached at Castlefields Church in 2020. Click here to listen to the whole series for free!

Click here to download this article as a pdf.

Virtual Services: Sunday 25th October

David Fielding

Our morning service is led by Pastor David Fielding. David continues his series in the book of Acts in chapter 20, “A Framework For a Church & Its Leaders”.

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Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. This week our evening service is on Zoom, by invitation only at this stage. The audio of the evening sermon will become available during the week.

You can listen to the morning message on the website front page or via this link: AM “A Framework For A Church & Its Leaders”

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Virtual Services: Sunday 18th October

David Fielding

Our morning service is led by Pastor David Fielding. David continues his series in the book of Acts in chapters 19 & 20, “Gospel Progress in a Hard Place”.

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Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. The hymn words have been sent round to our mailing list. This week our evening service is moving onto Zoom, by invitation only at this stage. The audio of the evening sermon will become available during the week.

You can listen to the morning message on the website front page or via this link: AM “Gospel Progress in a Hard Place”

Download the children’s activity sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 11th October

David Fielding

Our services today are both led by Pastor David Fielding. In the morning, David resumes his series in the book of Acts. In our evening service, he delves into Psalm 77 with a sermon entitled “Trouble, Doubt, Faith & Awe”.

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Please note: the morning service is available as audio or video. The evening services are available as audio only. The hymn words have been emailed round our regulars.

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM “Filling in the Gaps” & PM “Trouble, Doubt, Faith & Awe”.

Download the children’s activity sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Services: Sunday 4th October

Pete Young
David Fielding

Our services today are led by Pastor David Fielding and Pete Young. In the morning, David opens up Psalm 133, exploring the blessings that come through church unity. In our evening service Pete delves into Psalm 25.

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

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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 Fielding & PM from Pete Young.

Download the children’s activity sheet.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Morning Service: David Fielding
Reading: Exodus 28 v 1 – 4, 
Exodus 30 v 22 – 33,
Psalm 133
Title: Unity & Blessing

A safe stronghold our God is still,
A trusty shield and weapon;
He’ll keep us clear from all the ill
That hath us now o’ertaken.
The ancient prince of hell
Has risen with purpose fell;
Strong mail of craft and power
He weareth in this hour;
On earth is not his fellow.

2. With force of arms we nothing can,
Full soon were we down-ridden;
But for us fights the proper Man
Whom God Himself hath bidden.
Ask ye ‘Who is this same?’ 
Christ Jesus is His Name,
The Lord Sabaoth’s Son;
He, and no other one,
Shall conquer in the battle.

3. And were this world all devils o’er,
And watching to devour us,
We lay it not to heart so sore;
They cannot overpower us.
And let the prince of ill
Look grim as e’er he will,
He harms us not a whit;
For why? his doom is writ;
A word shall quickly slay him.

4. God’s Word, for all their craft and force,
One moment will not linger,
But, spite of hell, shall have its course;
‘Tis written by His finger.
And though they take our life,
Goods, honour, children, wife,
Yet is their profit small;
These things shall vanish all:
The city of God remaineth.

How beautiful the sight
Of brethren who agree
In friendship to unite,
And bonds of charity;
‘Tis like the precious ointment, shed
O’er all his robes, from Aaron’s head.

2. ‘Tis like the dew that fills
The cups of Hermon’s flowers;
Or Zion’s fruitful hill,
Bright with the drops of showers,
When mingling odours breathe around,
And glory rests on all the ground.

3. For there the Lord commands
Blessings, a boundless store,
From His unsparing Hands,
Yea, life for evermore:
Thrice happy they who meet above
To spend eternity in love!

Evening Service: Pete Young
Reading: Psalm 25
Title: Caution!

O God beyond all praising
We worship You today
And sing the love amazing
That songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder
At every gift You send,
At blessings without number
And mercies without end;
We lift our hearts before You
And wait upon Your Word,
We honour and adore You,
Our great and mighty Lord.

2. Then hear, O gracious Saviour,
Accept the love we bring,
That we who know Your favour
May serve You as our King;
And whether our tomorrows
Be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows
And rise to bless You still:
To marvel at Your beauty
And glory in Your ways,
And make a joyful duty
Our sacrifice of praise.

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. O let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3. O let me hear Thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

4. O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee,
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servants be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
O give my grace to follow
My Master and my Friend.

5. O let me see Thy footprints,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then in heaven receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.

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Virtual Services: Sunday 27th September

Peter Leyshon-Jones
Richard Carvell

Our services today are led by Richard Carvell and Peter Leyshon-Jones. In the morning, Richard is taking us through Psalm 103 in our harvest service. In our evening service Peter continues his series in the Gospel of Mark.

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 Richard Carvell & PM from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

Download children’s activity sheets: AM sheet, PM younger & PM older.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Morning Service:  Richard Carvell
Reading: Psalm 103
Title: Don’t Forget to Remember

Come, ye thankful people come,
Raise the song of harvest-home:
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied:
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest-home.

2. All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear:
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final harvest-home:
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
There, for ever purified, 
In Thy presence to abide:
Come, with all Thine angels come,
Raise the glorious harvest-home.

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
O my soul;
Worship His holy Name.
Sing like never before, 
O my soul,
I’ll worship Your holy Name.

The sun comes up; 
It’s a new day dawning;
It’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass 
And whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing 
When the evening comes!

Bless the Lord…

2. You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger.
Your name is great 
And Your heart is kind.
For all Your goodness 
I will keep on singing;
Ten thousand reasons 
For my heart to find.

Bless the Lord…

3. And on that day
When my strength is failing,
The end is near 
And my time has come;
Still my soul will sing 
Your praise unending;
Ten thousand years,
And then for evermore!

Bless the Lord…

Evening Service: 
Peter Leyshon-Jones
Reading: Mark 5 v 1 – 20
Title: Chaos Theory

Above the voices 
Of the world around me,
My hopes and dreams, 
My cares and loves and fears,
The long-awaited call of Christ 
Has found me,
The voice of Jesus echoes in my ears:
‘I gave My life 
To break the cords that bind you,
I rose from death 
To set your spirit free;
Turn from your sins 
And put the past behind you,
Take up your cross 
And come and follow Me.’

2. What can I offer Him 
Who calls me to Him?
Only the wastes of sin 
And self and shame;
A mind confused, 
A heart that never knew Him,
A tongue unskilled 
At naming Jesus’ Name.
Yet at Your call, 
And hungry for Your blessing,
Drawn by that cross 
Which moves a heart of stone,
Now Lord I come, 
My tale of sin confessing,
And in repentance 
Turn to You alone.

3. Lord, I believe; 
Help now my unbelieving;
I come in faith 
Because Your promise stands.
Your word of pardon 
And of peace receiving,
All that I am 
I place within Your hands.
Let me become 
What You shall choose to make me,
Freed from the guilt 
And burden of my sins.
Jesus is mine, 
Who never shall forsake me,
And in His love 
My new-born life begins.

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Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come;
Into Your freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to You.
Out of my sickness into Your health,
Out of my want and into Your wealth,
Out of my sin and into Yourself,
Jesus, I come to You.

2. Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Your cross,
Jesus, I come to You.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Your balm,
Out of life’s storm and into Your calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to You.

3. Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come;
Into Your blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to You.
Out of myself to dwell in Your love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward ascend on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to You.

4. Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Your home,
Jesus, I come to You.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Your sheltering fold,
Ever Your glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to You.

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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.

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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)

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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.