The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

Good Friday Service 2020

Welcome to these Good Friday devotions.  We are very grateful to  The Right Reverend Edward Holland, who is an Assistant Bishop in both the London Diocese and the Diocese of Europe, for leading our online reflections today. Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be […]

Palm Sunday Service – 5th April 2020

On Palm Sunday it would have been clear to the many Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover that the wandering rabbi from Nazareth was making a statement by the way he was entering the city. It was the way of the long-expected King, God’s Messiah, to enter the city the way […]

Palm Sunday – A Sermon from the Rev’d Bryan Apps – Choices

Palm Sunday                                  Choices                                    Matthew 21. 1 – 13 It is estimated that over two million people crowded into Jerusalem for the Passover Festival and a very large number of them enthusiastically greeted Jesus, waving branches of palm and crying, “Hosanna” or “Save now,” as he rode on a donkey into the city with a handful of his […]

Passion Sunday – Short Address from the Rev’d Bryan Apps

Lent 5                          Passion Sunday                   John 12. 20 – 33. In this morning`s Gospel, we meet some Greeks who wanted to see Jesus. They had made their way to Jerusalem at the time of the Passover because, like many people today, they travelled the world to see new places, and to find out how other people live. They […]

Passion Sunday Service

Passion Sunday Reflection – March 29th 2020 Good morning and welcome to our video service. Even though church buildings are closed and public worship is suspended – with us all doing our best to keep safe, and to live safely and with consideration for others, in this time of the Coronavirus – God isn’t ‘closed down […]

Mothering Sunday Sermon

This is our first quickly pulled together service – so although not a polished performance – has the important messages, so please enjoy and keep watching each week. Be safe Welcome to these reflections on Mothering Sunday.Whilst we have got used to worshiping together in the same building, if we pause at around 10am each […]

Lent 2 – 8th March 2020

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.’ John Have you heard of the pen paradox? “It doesn’t matter how fast it’s moving it’ll still be stationery.” Or try the Swiss Cheese Paradox: “Swiss […]

Lent 1 – 1st March 2020

Today’s Gospel shows Jesus being tempted.  Temptations don’t always come before us as clear-cut choices, between obvious good or evil, rather they are attitudes that we can slip into – normalising attitudes which form our behaviour – quite often choices between two good things, one a bit low level and one ‘higher level’ good thing.  […]

Christmas Day Message 2019

The Sermon For Christmas Day 2019 Luke 2: 8 “And there were shepherds, living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I […]

Dec 22nd 2019 – Any Dream Won’t Do!

I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain To see for certain what I thought I knew Far far away, someone was weeping But the world was sleeping Any dream will do Jason Donovan’s song was about Joseph, with the techni-coloured dream coat.  We read about him in Genesis 37:19-20 when his brothers see him coming […]