News & What's On:
If you feel you would like to support Christ the Lord financially (perhaps you would previously have made
a cash donation on Sunday), you may like to make use of this on-line
facility we have set up at this time.
We are grateful to have received a grant of £3300 towards our Parish Nurse project from Allchurches Trust as part of its Hope
Beyond thematic programme.
Morning Worship for Sunday 9th May - The 6th Sunday of Easter:
Service of Holy Communion for the 2nd May - The 5th Sunday of Easter:
Morning Worship for Sunday 25th April
Morning Worship for Sunday 18th April
If you would like to attend our 4pm church service today please let me me know. Thank you.
Last hour at the Cross Service - Special thanks to Holy Trinity church, Tilgate
Town Wide Love our Neighbour Good Friday link above:
South Crawley Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Service - 1st April
Palm Sunday service - 28th March
Morning Worship for Sunday 21st March
Mothering Sunday 14th March Holy Communion:
Morning Worship for Sunday 7th March
Morning Worship for Sunday 28th February
Morning Worship for Sunday 21st February
The South Crawley Parish Ash Wednesday Holy Communion - Wednesday 17th February
Morning Worship for Sunday 14th February
Morning Worship for Sunday 7th February
Sunday 31 January The theme of the service is actually about being totally amazed by Jesus Christ
Holy Communion Service for 24th January:
Morning Worship for 17th January:
Morning Worship for 10th January:
This Sunday we are invited to join in with a Parish wide Service - 3rd Jan 2021 - Happy New Year!
This Sunday we are invited to join in with a Parish wide Service hosted by Holy Trinity, Tilgate
Christmas day Holy Communion
Nativity 20th December 2020
Morning Worship for 13th December:
Christ the king Sunday - Holy Communion Service 22 November 2020
Morning Service for 15th November 2020 - The Parable of the Talents
CtL Remembrance Sunday Service.
Morning Service for 1st November 2020 - All Saints' Day
Morning Service for 18th October 2020 -Health Care Sunday
Morning Service for 11th October 2020
Harvest Service for Sunday 4 October 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 27th September 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 20 September 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 13 September 2020
Service of Holy Communion for September 6:
Morning Worship for Sunday 30th August 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 23rd August 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 16th August 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 9th August 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 2nd August 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 26th July 2020. The last in a series looking at the
Biblical book of Hebrews.
Morning Worship for Sunday 19th July 2020. The sixth in a series looking at
the Biblical book of Hebrews.
Holy Communion for Sunday 5th July 2020. The 5th in a series looking at the Biblical book of Hebrews.
Morning Worship for Sunday 5th July 2020. The forth in a series looking at the Biblical book of Hebrews.
Morning Worship for Sunday 28th June 2020. The third in a series looking at the Biblical book of Hebrews.
Holy Communion - Sunday 21st June 2020
Morning Worship for Sunday 14th June 2020. The first in a series looking at the Biblical book of Hebrews.
Morning Worship for Trinity Sunday 7th June 2020
Pentecost Service - 31st May 2020
Morning Worship Service - 24th May 2020:
Morning Worship Service - 17th May 2020:
Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Holy Communion 10 May 2020:
Music taken from Worship Lyric Videos - all rights reserve. - CtL has the license to post these
Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Worship 3 May 2020
The church has recently received a grant of £10,000 from the Lottery Community Fund towards the new window
project and £700 from the Longley Trust towards the running of the new Monday Munch in the foyer. We are very
grateful for both of these.
Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Worship 19th April 2020:
Service leader: Howard S. Preacher: Wendy C
Howard's thought for the week:
Is there anyone, anywhere, who has not suffered? I suspect not and you might even
think it is a silly question. We don’t have look too hard to realise that suffering is all around us in one form
or another. I often wonder how non Christian people deal with suffering without the Lord’s help. Of course,
Christianity is not a mere crutch to life’s problems. To follow Jesus often means taking the narrow way, which is
counter cultural and hard at times.
Jesus was a human being like you and me in all things, except he never sinned. It
one thing to think of Jesus as fully divine and another to think of him as fully human as he suffers in the garden
of Gethsemane, as it makes the pain harder to reflect on, at least for me. Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed
with sorrow to the point of death.” (Mark 14.34). It is hard to imagine the sheer depth of pain Jesus knew to
the close of his earthly life.
Jesus must have felt so alone, as his friends were sleeping, despite his sorrow. It
hard to imagine the fear of suffering after Judas, Jesus’, friend gave him the kiss (in betrayal) indicating this
is the one. Jesus knew his death loomed over him and prayed, “Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take
this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14.36)
This was not a cry in despair or hopefulness, but a struggle with total acceptance and
obedience to his father’s will and plan.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that an angel came to strengthen Jesus and how his sweat fell
to the ground like drops of blood.
Jesus was mocked, despised, humiliated, rejected, beaten and died a criminal’s death
outside the city wall and yet for some it is as though the Crucifixion had never happened and for some Christians,
it is, in practice, as if it have never been. I feel as some Christians wish to photo-shot the pain and
Crucifixion out of Christianity. Please never treat God’s grace cheaply because it cost Jesus his life. Jesus’
self empting is also a challenge to our self centeredness.
We see Jesus’ suffering as we read the Gospel accounts, but also his redeeming
love. We can know a love that will not fail us despite everything else in life. This love can captivate our
hearts and lives as we grow closer to Jesus. Let us come to know that vast love more and more in our lives.
Jesus’ prayer that night brought Jesus the strength to accept his Father’s will,
allowing him to overcome. Hebrews 4.15 states, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with
our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin”
It seems to me just as God sent an Angel to strengthen Jesus, so God will send someone
or something to strengthen us (possibly an Angel) and what a friend we have in Jesus who is there for us.
Don’t waste your Lent.
It is wonderful to see how people prepare for a big day such as a wedding, a big
birthday of some other special occasion. For most people the idea of not preparing for a wedding would be odd or
even terrible. In the church calendar we have Advent to help prepare to celebrate Christmas where we rejoice in
the incarnation, that is ‘Emmanuel’ God with us. Thankfully, we have Lent as a preparation for Holy week and
Easter. Lent calls us or invites us to prepare our hearts and minds ready for the heart of Christianity, which is
the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Where Advent is a season of‘anticipation’ and we pray, ‘Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus’
in eager expectation.Lent is seen as a time of solemn observance. For the six weeks of Lent many fast, give extra
money to the church and or give something up some luxury such as alcohol, chocolate, television, social media or
meat and other dairy products. Many Christians decide to follow a Lent course, like we are doing on Wednesday
evenings at 7.45pm in the church, and spend more time in prayer, devotional reading and study.
Lent follows the church calendar so the exact date varies, but it beings with Ash
Wednesday until Easter day. This is 46 days (40 fasting days and the 6 Sundays). In Lent where we might focus on
fasting or the solemn observance we also need to see Sundays as important. Sunday is always to be a day in
remembrance of what Christ achieved for us on the cross and Sunday was the day Jesus rose from the grave. Of
course we have both Mothering Sunday in Lent (the forth Sunday of Lent) and at the start of Holy Week we have Palm
We often think about Jesus in the wilderness at this time, but the main theme is
The observance of Lent was first undertaken by candidates for Baptism and those
wanting to come back into the church after falling away. It is a good time to pray for those being admitted or
readmitted in the Churches life. Over the years the Church has come to understand that Lent is beneficial to all
Christians in our Christian walk and if followed makes Easter so much more special.
I invite you to observe Lent using self examination, repentance, prayer and devotional
May God grant us strength to follow a Holy Lent.
2020 a new decade:
This year is the churches fortieth anniversary so hopefully as we go through the year we can acknowledge in a
number of ways. When I think of 20-20 my minds goes to vision – perfect vision. Many of you will be familiar
with the options term of 20/20 vision. This is a term used to express normal visual sharpness, that is the
clarity or acuity of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20
feet what should normally be seen at that distance.
I read this verse which I felt was right for CtL: 2 Chronicles 20.20 and it is so amazing the reference is
20.20 – It states:
“Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and
you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”
We are told to have in twice in this verse, that is firstly, to have faith in the Lord our God and then secondly
to have faith in his prophets. Let us declare of faith as a church and individuals this year and let us also
have faith in his prophets. Please note the promise of success and being upheld attached to this verse.
Today we look to what the prophets taught us mainly by looking in the word of God, the Bible. Over last few
months we have had the In Touch sheets and on the church screen promises taken from the Bible. Scripture tells
us, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians
This why we share Bible verse on the screen and in our In Touch sheet as there is real blessing in looking and
following them. We will do well to learn these verses and as we enter this. May I encourage you to look to your
Bible’s ideally daily as we enter into 2020. The words offer food to our souls and show us how to live God’s way
which leads to us being upheld by the Lord. There are different Bible reading notes or iphone apps some like to
follow, helpful books to read or different Bible reading plans. The other thing that many find helpful is joining
a home group which looks at various book or themes in the Bible. We have some groups in the church, so do ask me
the vicarif you would like to join one.
May I wish you a blessed 2020 and may we deepen in our relation
and encounter with the Lord on the fortieth year of our church.
"All work, all sound and all locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone
may be concentrated on reverent Remembrance of the Glorious Dead" - King George V, 1919
Made by the congregations and friends of the churches of Christ the Lord
The church lighting project has now been completed and we are grateful to the following for financial support
There once was a strongman in a circus sideshow who demonstrated his strength before large audiences every
night. Towards the end of one performance, he squeezed all the juice from a lemon by just using his hands, he
then offered £200 to anyone who could get another drop of juice from the lemon. A frail little lady picked up
the lemon, she squeezed, and out came a teaspoon of lemon juice. The strongman was amazed and duly paid the £200
but asked the lady what the secret of her strength was. "Practice," she replied, "I have been the
treasurer of my church for forty-two years!"
I have not been the treasurer of CtL for quite that long, but I do at times rather feel like the lady in
For example, our income during the year 2018 was £22050 but our expenditure was £24300, a shortfall of £2250.
A bit of squeezing had to be done!
For those not familiar with the church finances it may be useful to tell you a bit about our regular costs and
our sources of income to cover these. Our biggest items of expenditure are our Ministry Costs, which is our
contribution to the Diocese amounting to £15000 for 2018, plus the Council Tax and water rates of the vicarage,
and £3575 per annum for heating and lighting the church. Then there is the cost of insurance, copyright licence,
telephone and broadband and maintenance costs.
The source of income? This cost is met solely by you our congregation for which we are continually grateful.
If you feel you can contribute to these costs, do please come and see me.
We are very fortunate to have Juliette as our Parish Nurse. She does an excellent job signposting, educating, and
listening. She is very dedicated and gives more than the hours she is paid for.
If you feel that you would like to support this project on a regular basis, please see Neil Stewart (Church
Warden), Peter Stroud (Treasurer) or Howard (Vicar).
As a church, I know that we have all been praying for funding to allow Parish Nursing to continue at CtL and I
now think that we can move forward and look to a positive future
"Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 14.13)
Prisoner 16770 - Executed! The evil death camp Auschwitz, known many to us today because of the killings during
WWII and the horror of the gas chambers where the largest numbers of European Jews were killed by the Nazis. Here
Prisoner 16770 who was executed. His name Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan Polish priest, who died on August 14,
When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal. One
of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: "My wife! My children! I will never see them
again!" At this Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place. This substitution surprised many, but
his request was indeed granted. Observers believed in horror that the commandant would be angered and would
refuse the request, or would order the death of both men. The commandant remained silent for a moment. What his
thoughts were on being confronted by this brave priest we have no idea. Amazingly, however, he agreed to the
request. Apparently, the Nazis had more use for a young worker than for an old one. Gajowniczek was returned to
the ranks, and the priest took his place
Kolbe was sent to the death camp for offering shelter to 3,000 Polish refugees, among whom were 2,000 Jews. The
friars shared everything they had with the refugees. They housed, fed and clothed them in line with Jesus'
teaching and the early Church.
One day an SS officer abused him terribly and when he collapsed he was thrown him in the mud and left him for
dead. His companions managed to smuggle him to the camp infirmary where he recovered. The doctor, Rudolph Diem,
recalled, "I can say with certainty that during my four years in Auschwitz, I never saw such a sublime
example of the love of God and one's neighbour."
Gajowniczek later recalled, 'I could only thank him with my eyes. I was stunned and could hardly grasp what
was going on. The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers
his life for me - a stranger. Is this some dream?
I was put back into my place without having had time to say anything to Maximilian Kolbe. I was saved. And I owe
to him the fact that I could tell you all this. The news quickly spread all round the camp. It was the first and
the last time that such an incident happened in the whole history of Auschwitz.
For a long time I felt remorse when I thought of Maximilian. By allowing myself to be saved, I had signed his
death warrant. But now, on reflection, I understood that a man like him could not have done otherwise. Perhaps he
thought that as a priest his place was beside the condemned men to help them keep hope. In fact he was with them
to the last.'
Kolbe's body was removed to the crematorium and without ceremony was disposed of with no dignity.
I read that Gajowniczek died in 1995 in Poland, aged 93.
As I heard about this account at school for the first time it was instrumental for me coming to faith as Kolbe
offered me such an example of Jesus Christ who took our punishment and our place on the cross at Calvary, died a
criminals death that we might be free and have a relationship with out heavenly Father.
Further reflection below: