Sunday Worship, 23rd August
In our Gospel reading this Sunday, Jesus challenges his disciples – and us –
to accept a way of living which turns the values of the world upside down.
Led by Poppy.
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Who was St Bartholomew?
Our readings this week mark the Feast Day of St Bartholomew – one of the disciples in our Gospel reading. Like so many of us, he has got the “wrong end of the stick” and Jesus is asking him – and us – to think again. In church history it is assumed that Bartholomew is the same person as Nathaniel, but we are not sure. The gospels speak of Philip bringing Nathaniel to Jesus, who calls him an Israelite worthy of the name. He is also present beside the Sea of Galilee at the resurrection. Although Nathaniel seems initially a somewhat cynical man, he recognises Jesus for who he is and proclaims him as Son of God and King of Israel.