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Talks from Marlow Meetings 2019

This page provides access to audio files of talks recorded at Marlow Sunday meetings this year. Click on the title to Listen Now, or to Download for later.

Previous years' talks are also available: 2004-06   2007-08   2008-09   2009-11   2011-13   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018    

Al 2015 We are the People of God 6 - Every Member in Ministry
Al Bullen     10 November
Al explains that as we come to understand our value in God's eyes, we can be truly empowered and find our place of ministry in the communities of which we are a member.
Ceri 2019 We Are The People of God 5 - Building Relational, Radical, Inclusive Communities
Ceri Davies     03 November
Ceri considers what is means for us as a church to be relational, radical and inclusive.
1 Up, In, Out     YouTube video
Phil Stokes     27 October
Guest speaker Phil is leader of The Well Community Church, Camberwell (part of the Pioneer Network in London). He talks about the journey The Well has followed to create a church culture where new disciples in turn create more new disciples through missional community (small) groups.
Colin We Are The People Of God 4 - Live Like Heaven Is Near
Colin Barnes     06 October
Colin considers what it means to live like Heaven is near - to bring abounding love, freedom and joy in both supernatural and practical (natural) ways to the people we meet and to the situations in which we find ourselves.  The Bible Project video Colin mentioned can be seen here.
Andy Read 2019 We Are The People Of God 3 - Love Everyone We Meet
Andy Read     29 September
Andy focuses on the second of the River values, to love everyone in the same way that God has loved us - love which is practical, patient and inclusive.
Anthea Wratten We Are The People Of God 2 - Look On The Face of Christ
Anthea Wratten     22 September
Anthea considers the meaning of River's first core value (to look on the face of Christ) - which includes Intentionally entering God’s presence through Spirit-filled corporate gatherings and individual devotions.
Colin 168 We Are The People Of God 1 - Why does River Church exist?
Colin Barnes     15 September
We are the people of God, but what does that mean? Not that he’s chosen us instead of others, but to reach others. Not that we’re saved and everyone else isn’t, but that he’s called us to a mission and given us a job to do. That mission is filling creation with life! Now he calls us his partners and has given us a part to play in accomplishing that great task.
Andrew Green 'Always Hope' - CAP Sunday
Andrew Green     08 September
Andrew, CAP Centre Manager, talks about the work of the Maidenhead / Windsor / Marlow CAP Centre, describing the impact it's had in the past 2 years, and encourages us all to consider how we can help to bring hope to those in debt in our town.

River members who are logged in to the website can also listen to the CAP testimonies, and see the photo slideshow of the meeting and the baptisms by the Thames, by visiting the Marlow blog
Anthea Wratten Spiritual Disciplines
Anthea Wratten     01 September
Anthea reflects on the subject of sacred spaces and spiritual disciplines. Where are your sacred spaces? Let's be inspired to go deeper into our relationship with God.
1 The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
John Mark Comer (about)     25 August
Our guest speaker delivered his talk via YouTube. If like many of us you live with a low-grade fatigue and chronic anxiety that rarely, if ever, goes away, rushing through your days at breakneck speed, and wonder where God is in the fray, then this is a message for you.  John Mark asserts that most of us are just too busy to live an emotionally healthy and spirituality vibrant life. Hurry is incompatible with the way of Jesus. The love, joy, and peace that form the nucleus of Jesus’ kingdom are all impossible in a life of speed.

Colin Living Under God's Favour
Colin Barnes     18 August
Everything becomes possible when we really understand that we (along with the rest of humanity) are God's favourites!
Sandra Bullen Navigating Change
Sandra Bullen     04 August
How do we build our faith in a changing world? Sandra encourages us to stay engaged, curious and humble; to be committed towards our own spiritual maturity;, and to work out what part God wants us to play.
Colin God’s Not Finished With You Yet!
Colin Barnes     28 July
Colin brings a reminder that God loves every one of us incredibly deeply - if only we all really understood what He thinks of us! He also brings a challenge - how hungry are we right now for the Kingdom to come?
Andy Read 2019 Priscilla & Aquila: An Army of Ordinary People
Andy Read     21 July
Priscilla & Aquila were "just" ordinary people but played key roles as church leaders and missionaries in the early church, using their giftings in business and ministry.
Pete Gadsdon People of God 28 - Paul: Prisoner and Evangelist
Pete Gadsdon     14 July
Pete's three points are: 1) understanding the identity of the church and who we are in Christ; 2) Participating with Christ, and being part of the Body; 3) Dreaming dreams, big and small, and challenging the Powers and Principalities
  Link to recording of Ceri Davies' This is US! talk given at River Together  07 July
Simon Tempest People of God 27 - Paul: Out of Adversity
Simon Tempest     30 June
Simon discussed three key questions about the suffering that Paul chose to endure for the Gospel's sake; what did he do that brought so much persecution, how did he manage to keep going; and what did all his experiences develop in him?
Phil Stewart People of God 26 - Paul the Missionary: Called to Go and Share
Phil Stewart     23 June
Phil encourages us to step into action just like Paul did after he had encountered Jesus and spent time getting close to God to prepare himself to fulfill his calling.
Graham Watts Creation, the Environment and our place in it
Graham Watts     16 June
Rev Graham Watts considers the causes of environmental damage and what the resulting actions of the Church should / could be. Recorded at the Love Marlow / Churches Together Service in Higginson Park. Includes an interview with Emma Hawkins about the Marlow Wombles.
Andy Read 2019 People of God 25 - John the Seer: A Revelation of Jesus
Andy Read     09 June
Andy picks a way through the poetic and symbolic language of the Book of Revelation, identifying the three themes of persecution, perseverance and perspective.
Jonny Ruffell People of God 24 - John the Beloved
Jonny Ruffell    02 June
Jonny explains how John was transformed by God's love. It’s also true for us today that the knowledge of that love can bring freedom from any kind of bondage.
Andrei Four Images of The Church
Andrei Blinkov     26 May
Guest speaker Andrei, the pastor from Moscow with whom River first connected in 2004, talks about four aspects of the Church - it is (we are) the house of God, it's the Temple of God, it's a Body, and will be the Bride of Christ.
Colin People of God 23 - John: from Thunderer to Beloved
Colin Barnes     19 May
John started off wanting to be more special than others, and to bring judgment - but eventually realised that everyone could be special in God's eyes. Will we be people who always show love, or do we tend to act as "sons of thunder"?
Anthea Wratten People of God 22 - Peter: The Jew Who Welcomed Gentiles
Anthea Wratten     12 May
Anthea takes our final look at Peter in the current series, leaving us with three challenges: who are our 'gentiles'; what is our 'swerve to rot'; and in what areas do we need God's revelation in our lives?
Al 2015 People of God 21 - Peter: from Fisherman to Fisher of Men
Alistair Bullen     05 May
Al encourages us to become life-catchers, to identify what our individual story is and learn to share it succinctly.
Colin Justice, Freedom and Love     Slides
Colin Barnes     21 April
In this Easter message Colin explains how Jesus' death and resurrection has brought justice, freedom and love.
Graham Watts Believe, Become and Behave
Graham Watts     14 April
Speaking from Luke's account of what we call Palm Sunday, Graham challenges us not just to believe in Jesus the King but also to become like Him and behave like Him.
Nigel Stock People of God 20 - Peter: Faith at the Crossroads     Slides
Nigel Stock     07 April
Nigel focuses on Peter in the period between Gethsemane and Jesus cooking breakfast for the disciples on the beach , and explains the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Does our worldview need to change? Do we need to have a 'reconciling conversation' with Jesus? Or do we need to hear his call again and re-position ourselves to receive from Him.
Paul Wratten People of God 19 - Mary Magdelene: Apostle to the Apostles     Slides     Video
Paul Wratten     31 March
Paul explains Mary Magdalene's central role in the accounts of the Resurrection, You might think she was the least likely person to announce the Good News first, and therefore to launch 2,000 years of Christian witness, but in fact she was one of the most devoted and brave of the disciples (both male and female) and consequently a role model for us today.
Colin People of God 18 - Mary, Mother of Jesus: Belief in Action     Slides
Colin Barnes     24 March
Mary treasured what God spoke to her through Gabriel despite having also to embrace the promise and reality of future painful times in her life. Let's live out of the moments when God speaks to us rather than from pain and doubt.
Andrew Southwood People of God 17 - Daniel     Video
Andrew Southwood     17 March
Andrew draws a key challenge from the story of Daniel: if we describe someone as our enemy, this may say more about our attitude and hang-ups than anything they've done.
Alison Hopkinson People of God 16 - Hosea: The Ultimate Love Story     Slides     Video
Alison Hopkinson     10 March
Ali unpacks the book of Hosea, which at its heart reveals that God wants a deep personal relationship with us - whatever we've done, He loves each of us like there's no tomorrow.
Anthea Wratten People of God 15 - Esther: For Such A Time     Slides     Video 1     Video 2
Anthea Wratten     03 March
Anthea questions whether the Book of Esther is a 'princess' story in which God installed a Jewess as Queen so that His people could be saved; perhaps it would be more accurate to consider it an account of egos, hatred, violence, and good & bad influence. This book doesn't even mention God - so what are its lessons for us today?
Colin Jonah - An Old Testament Parable     Slides
Colin Barnes     24 February
Colin presents Jonah as a parable and a tale of the unexpected which challenges our assumptions.
Al 2015 People of God 14 - David: Power and Purpose     Slides
Alistair Bullen     17 February
Al draws several themes from David's time as King and applies them to our lives today. This deeply flawed man brought purpose to his own life and to the Nation, and radiated power. But at the same time he showed humility and utter passion in serving God, even when it made him look silly.
Laurence Singlehurst How to Communicate the Good News in 2019
Laurence Singlehurst     10 February
How can we ensure the Gospel is communicated to today's society in a language that can be more easily understood? The "Billy Graham" style message of the 50's just doesn't work in 2019. Speaking from Colossians 2, guest speaker Laurence Singlehurst outlines the issues and gives some suggestions on how we might be smarter in our approach.
Ceri Davies People of God 13 - David: A Promise Challenged     Slides
Ceri Davies     03 February
How do we respond when waiting for God to move? Let's learn from David; who rather than letting pride and fear rule him said in Psalm 27 “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; Be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for He will never disappoint you!”
Colin - Pyrenees People of God 12 - David: A Promise Given     Slides
Colin Barnes     27 January
Colin teaches from David's early life: it's a fantastic story, with big themes including how God works with normal people to achieve His purposes. Some key lessons are that we’re all anointed, empowered, watched over for good and we can all prophesy.
Andy Read People of God 11 - Ruth: Grace & Redemption     Slides
Andy Read     20 January
Andy looks at Grace and Redemption as demonstrated in the book of Ruth. These themes appear in the human story involving Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, in the parallel bigger story of Jesus' birth and death, and we're left with the challenge of showing kindness to each other and to the marginalised.
Anthea Wratten
Paul Wratten
New Year Message 2019
Paul & Anthea Wratten     6 January
Anthea and Paul share some of their thoughts and hopes for 2019 for the congregation. The Marlow team's vision is that we should be an authentic, passionate, praying community of Jesus followers who are impacting our area with God's love; not to be 'reclining' but rather being radical, intentional and focused, with prayer weaving through everything, and as a result to thrive and grow.