Castle Methodist Church - Colchester

Castle Methodist Church - Colchester
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Following agreement by the Circuit Preachers Meeting access to recent sermons, or other remarks, delivered at Castle Methodist Church can now be gained on this page. The most recent will be at the top of the list. Details of the date, the preacher and the readings for the service at which that sermon was delivered are given. For a variety of copyright reasons it is not considered appropriate to put the whole of the service onto the web.

On Sunday 15 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, a service celebrating the Harvest Festival, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowsted. In the early partof the service plastic cups were distributed to the congregation Following the sermon, during the singing of the fourth hymn, sunfower seeds were given out to be put into the cups, each filled (as described at the start of the sermon) with compost. The readings were the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13 verses 1 to 9 and verses 18 to 23, and the letter of Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 5 verses 22 and 23. The sermon was entitled, What sort of soil are you?

On Sunday 8 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Joanne Eckersley. The readings were Jeremiah Chapter 18 verses 1 to 11 and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14 ersesv 25 to 33. The sermon was entitled, There's no such thing as a free lunch.

On Sunday 1 September 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowsted. The readings were the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 11 verse 1 and verses 7 to 14, and the letter of Paul to the Hebrews, Chapter 13 verses 1 to 8 and 15 and 16. The sermon was entitled, Do not forget to do good.

On Sunday 11 August 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Ronald Smith. The readings were Jonah 1 verses 1 to 3 and Jonah 3 verses 1 to 3 followed by the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 11 verses 29 to 32. The sermon was entitled, An alternative tail.

On Sunday 4 August 2013, the preacher for the morning service of Holy Commubon, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Psalm 49 verses 1 to 12 and the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12 verses 13 to 21. The sermon was entitled, Soulless wealth.

On Sunday 28 July 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Charlie Connor. The readings were, Ephesians Chapter 5 verses 21 to 30 and Hosea Chapter 1 verses 2 to 10. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 21 July 2013, the preacher for the evening service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10 verses 38 to 42. The sermon was entitled, The better choice.

On Sunday 21 July 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Mike Bowstead. The reading was the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10 verses 38 to 42. The sermon was entitled, Discerning service.

On Sunday 14 July 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Ann Brook. The readings were, Jeremiah Chapter 1, verses 4 to 10 and Acts, Chapter 20, verses 17 to 24. This was a family service and specifically focused on young people and the officers of the Boys' Brigade, three of whom have announced their intention to retire having between them completed 75 years of service to the organisation. The sermon was entitled, You are unique.

On Sunday 7 July 2013, the preacher for the evening service, was Rev'd Michael Parker, a Methodist Minister attached to Colchester Garrison as a military chaplain. The readings were, Genesis Chapter 29, verses 1 to 20 and the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6, verses 7 to 29. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 7 July 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. The reading was, Pauls letter to the Galatians, Chapter 6. The sermon was entitled, Seeds of God's new creation.

On Sunday 30 June 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd Ctherine Bowstead. The readings were from, Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 1 and 13 to 25. The sermon was entitled, Called to freedom.

On Sunday 23 June 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Peter Wright. The readings were from, Psalm 145 , Chapter 1, verses 8 and 9 and 14 to 21. The sermon was, based on the Gospel reading.

On Sunday 16 June 2013, the preacher for the evening service, was Rev'd Ctherine Bowstead. The readings were from, Galatians, Chapter 2, verses 15 to 21. The sermon was entitled, Living in Christ.

On Sunday 16 June 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Jane Alison. The readings were from, the first bok of Kings, Chapter 17, verses 8 to 16, The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 7 verses 11 to 5, 36 to 39 and 44 to 48, and the letter of Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 2 verse 15 to 21. The sermon was, based on the reading from Galatians.

On Sunday 2 June 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from, Paul's letters to the Galatians, Chapter 1, verses 1 to 12. The sermon was entitled, Good News.

On Sunday 26 May 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Jonathan Sparkes. The readings were from, the Second book of Paul's letters to the Corinthians, Chapter 2 verses 4 to 18 and, The Gospel of John, Chapter 16 verses 4b to 15. The sermon was, based on the readings.

On Sunday 19 May 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Mike Bowstead. It being Aldersgate Sunday (a particularly Methodist recognition) a short talk was given by church member, Jane Dansie, on the subject of Charles Wesley.
The readings were from, The Gospel of John, Chapter 14 verses 15 to 27, and Acts, Chapter 2 verses 1 to 21. The sermon was entitled, The Church's witness in the spirit.

On Sunday 5 May 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Peter Mortlock. The readings were from Revelation chapter 21 verse 10, then verse 22 to Chapter 22 verse 5, Acts, Chapter 16 verses 9 to 15 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 5 verses 1 to 9. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 28 April 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. David Harper. The readings were from The Gospel of John, Chapter 21 verses 15 to 22 and Acts, Chapter 1 verses 1 to 8. The sermon was entitled, 40 days from Easter to Ascension.

On Sunday 21 April 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from Acts, chapter 9 verses 32 to 43 and The Revelation of John, Chapter 7 verses 9 to 17. The sermon was entitled, Transforming lives.

On Sunday 14 April 2013, the preacher for the morning family service, was Rev'd. Ruth Ridge. The reading was from Act 9 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 21 verses 1 to 19. There were two talks, the first was entitled Mending broken things, the second was, Forgiveness.

On Sunday 7 April 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Joanne Eckersley. The reading was from The Gospel of John, Chapter 20 verses 11 to 31, and the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 5 verses 27 to 32. The sermon was entitled Keep calm and carry on.

On Sunday 31 March 2013, Easter Sunday, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from the Gospel of, The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24 verses 1 to 12. The sermon was entitled He's alive!.

On Sunday 24 March 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Jane Allison. The readings were Isaiah Chapter 53 verses 1 to 9, The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19 verses 28 to 40 and Pauls letter to the Phillipians Chapter 2 verses 5 to 11. The sermon was entitled Turning the world upside down.

On Sunday 17 March 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Phil Bingham. The readings were Phillipians Chapter 3 verses 4a to 14 and from The Gospel of John, Chapter 12 verses 1 to 8. The sermon was based on the reading from Phillipians.

On Sunday 3 March 2013 at the morning service, the congregation at Castle was joined by five members of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulcre, from their base at Greenstead, Colchester and who at this time are celebrating the 370th year of their founding and who for the past two days had held an exhibition about their order at Castle Church. The preacher for service was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. During the early part of the service the Cannonesses were asked to give information about themselves. The reading for the service was from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15 verses 1 to 3 and 11b to 32 (the story of the Prodigal Son. The sermon was entitled Sibling rivalry? Following the sermon Sister Teresa a time of reflection led related to the weekend exhibition which had taken place at Castle Church outlining the history of the order.

On Sunday 24 Febuary 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The readings were Psalm 27 and from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 13 verses 31 to 35. The sermon was entitledTowards Jerusalem.

On Sunday 17 Febuary 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Eddie Lansdown. The readings were Zechariah Chapter 13 verses 7 to 9 and from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4 verses 1 to 13. The sermon was entitledAppetites and Temptation.

Sunday 10 Febuary 2013, was a Family Service where members of the Boys' Brigade were present. The service was led by Mrs. Ann Brook, a Boys' Brigade officer. As this was the Sunday before Lent, the theme was the temptation of Jesus. The first talk was called, More Pancakes! This was followed by a reading from from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4 verses 1 to 13. The second talk which involved the youngest members of the Boys' Brigade demonstrating work they had been doing recently was called, Temptation! The third talk, Health and Safety , involved a boy being dressed in a multitude of safety clothing. This was followed by several boys dressing up in home made body armour accompanying a reading from Pauls letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 6 verses 10 to 17. This then led to the fourth talk, Ready for battle! During this talk an adult Boys' Brigade officer was dressed by another officer in actual armour.

On Sunday 3 Febuary 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The reading was from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4 verses 14 to 30. The sermon was entitledCalled to action.

On Sunday 27 January 2013, the preacher for the morning service, was Charlie Commor. The readings were from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 1 verses 10 to 18 and The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4 verses 12 to 23. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 20 January 2013, in recognition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the preacher for the morning service, was the Town Centre Vicar, Rev'd Mark Wallace. The reading was The Gospel of John, Chapter 17. The sermon was entitledPraying that they may be one.

On Sunday 13 January 2013 the preacher for the morning service, a family and parade service, was Phil Bingham. The reading was from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 3 verses 1 to 5, 15 to 17 and 21 to 29. The theme of the service was, 'Repentance'. There were three talks, the first was entitledThe past, and focussed on Jason Robinson a rugby international. The second talk was entitledThe present, and focussed on John Newton, Sea Captain and hymn writer. The third talk was entitledThe future, and focussed on a boxer, Tyson Fury.

On Sunday 6 January 2013 the preacher for the morning service, the Annual Covenant Service, was Rev'd Catherine Bowstead. The readings were the ones set for the Covenant Service being, Deuteronomy Chapter 29, verses 10 to 15, Jeremiah Chapter 31, verses 31 to 34, The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, Chapter 12 verses 1 and 2 and The Gospel of John, Chapter 15 verses 1 to 10. The sermon was entitledChrist has many services to be done.

On Christmas Day, 25 December 2012 the preacher for the morning service was Michael Clegg. The reading was from the Gospel of Luke , Chapter 2 verses 1 to 7 read from the King James version of the Holy Bible. The sermon was based on the opening word of that reading, the word 'AND'.

On Sunday 23 December the preacher for the morning service was Anne Worker. The readings were, Micah, Chapter 5, the Gospel of Luke , Chapter 5 verses 2 to 5a and The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 verses 39 to 45, and 46b to 55. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 16 December the preacher for the morning service was Dr. Christine Jones. The readings were, a book of the Apocryphe, Baruch, Chapter 5, the Gospel of Luke , Chapter 3 verses 2 to 18 and Pauls letter to the Phillipians Chapter 4 verses 4 to 7. The sermon was based on the readings.

On Sunday 9 December the preacher for the morning service was Rev'd. Catherine Bowstead. The readings were, Malachai, Chapter 3 verses 1 to 4. This was followed by a talk related to, the Prophets , and a long service presentation to three Methodist Local Preachers from the congregation at Castle. The second reading was Pauls letter to the Phillipians Chapter 1 verses 3 to 6 and 9 to 11, this was followed by a short talk, Getting Ready.

On Sunday 2 December the preacher for the morning service was Rev'd. Keith Lovell. The readings were, Isaiah 52.7-10; and the Gospel of Luke 21.25-33. The sermon was entitled Just believe.