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First Full Recorded Services from St Peters – Easter Sunday – Sinclair Ferguson on John 20 and Luke 23

Last Sunday was a great Easter Sunday in St Petes – and for the first time we recorded the whole service.   This is an experiment so please do let us know what you think – e-mail me at      If enough people appreciate and make use of it we will continue.

I most certainly do as I missed this service and adult baptism (note that this was not recorded because of the nature of the baptism involved and the inappropriateness of the person being baptised being named on the internet).

If you prefer to listen to the sermon only you can here it Here 

It was wonderful to listen to it from my hospital bed.  Personally I think doctors should prescribe Sinclair sermons and St Petes worship!  The recording quality is extraordinary – I have already shared it with one of my nurses who was very impressed!

I will miss St Peters today and sadly another baptism -but I will still worship with my brothers and sisters.

It is of course a bit discouraging to still be here, even though I am getting better and thankful that the procedure has worked.   It was lovely to be nursed last night by one of our members, Isla,  and to be ‘doctored’ by a lovely Christian from CBC, Craig.  Fellowship with the Lord’s people can be had everywhere.  And it was great for John’s parents to send me a photo of him all dressed for his baptism!

And then almost a miracle – I put on Radio 4 to listen to the morning service, not with a great deal of anticipation.  And it was wonderful – all the songs were ones we sing at St Petes.  It was so refreshing.

So I’ve met some of the people of God, sang his praise and then in my reading got the following.

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.”

And finally this from the BCP :

” O Lord, look down from heaven, behold, visit, and relieve this thy servant.  Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy, give him comfort and sure confidence in thee, defend him from the danger of the enemy, and keep him in perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

The Lord is with his people, on his Day, through his Word and Spirit – whatever our circumstances. `So much to be thankful for…

And for a bonus – here’s the evening –



  1. It’s encouraging that you are encouraged, that with evidence, in the words of Schaeffer, “God is there and He is not silent,” that you are receiving from him, through his people and through bringing scriptures to your attention and even through the BBC service, and particularly through a marvelous “God incident” in the choice of gospel reading.

    In the hope of further encouragement, here is a link to, “When Trials come” by Keith and Kristyn Getty:

    It is more appropriate to the Trials and Temptation sermon: tested faith more precious than gold.

    Lastly, what is more encouraging than infant baptism, but adult baptism, in this day and age where the church is becoming devoid of those baptised in infancy. But I don’t want to get you started, as you’ve already been there, done that subject.

    So far, I’ve only listened to part of the full service. But the comments I’d make would be enveloped in the overview impression: yes, the recording quality is very good, almost, like being there. There is a naturalness, where no one is seeking to put on a performance, to stand out, to make an impression – just a desire to worship together, unadorned.

    I’ve been to the Keswick Convention when it was being recorded for Radio 4 Sunday Service, when there were multiple “takes” with even “silences” being specifically recorded. The final edited result was more like listening to an event as an outsider, rather than being enjoined in a worship service , in contrast to the St Peter’s service, which has the authenticity of immediacy.

    You’d be able to do a much more recent comparison, having listened today to the Sunday Service on radio 4.

  2. My husband and I really appreciated listening to the full service. thank you for sharing it.

  3. Yes I appreciate the full menu, and having attended St Pete’s I can confirm that this is close to actually being there, very relaxed and natural. It puts the sermon more in context with the backdrop of prayer, praise and bible reading. I have sent the link to a friend who is also in a hospital bed.

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