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Talks from Marlow Meetings 2020-21

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   2019

Patrick Regan Being Loved
Patrick Regan     12th September
Another short talk from the founder of Kintsugi Hope based on the story of the Prodigal Son.
Patrick Regan Journeying With Others Through Crisis - Kintsugi Hope
Patrick Regan     5th September
'Kintsugi' is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means 'golden joinery' in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.

Kintsugi Hope was founded by Diane and Patrick Regan OBE after a series of operations and events that took them to the brink; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They faced illness and loss in their family and community.  They wrote a book and produced a DVD about their experiences. Through opening up about their struggles they realized how many people have felt alone in theirs, and the great need for each of us to be vulnerable, open and honest when life is hard. Only when this happens, healing can start to truly take place.
  Pioneer Values videos (for a text summary click here)

Paul Wratten Bringing Light To The World
Paul Wratten     1st August
Paul talks about how we bring the light we carry to the world. 

Andy Read 2019 JSG10: The Death-destroying God
Andy Read     4th July
Andy brings the final talk in the 'Jesus-shaped God' teaching series: Jesus' resurrection means that we need not fear death. 

Anthea Wratten Facades & Foundations
Anthea Wratten     27th June
Anthea explains that God is inviting us to drop our facades and use this time to build deep foundations to prepare for what He has for us next.

Colin 2021 JSG 9: The Intimate God
Colin Barnes     20th June
Colin invites us to look again at the Lord's Prayer, reminding us that God isn't disapproving and distant, but always wants to be close, living in intimacy with us.

Nigel Rivers JSG 8: The Volunteer God
Nigel Rivers     13th June
"We need to do what only we can do". Do you know what actions God is asking / has asked you to take? NB He will only ever ask us to do things which He's ready to help us with..

Jonny Ruffell JSG 7: The Healing God
Jonny Ruffell     6th June
Along with a very personal testimony Jonny uses the example of Jesus healing the woman with long-term bleeding to show that God is interested not just in healing physically, but just as importantly He also wants to build relationship with us and to address our emotional needs.

Jill S JSG 6: The Searching God
Jill Stonehill     30th May
Based on the Gospel account of Zacchaeus, and Parables including that of the Lost Sheep, Jill describes how Jesus revealed a God who wants everyone to find their way home.

Colin 168 JSG 5: The Storytelling God
Colin Barnes     23rd May
Colin considers the fact that God could have given us His Word in the form of an instruction manual, but He didn’t. Instead, He gave us a book full of stories and songs. Why was that?

Andy Read 2019 JSG 4: The Forgiving God
Andy Read     16th May
Andy reminds us of the COMPLETE freedom that we can find in God, through the TOTAL forgiveness that He offers to everyone. Jesus keeps ABSOLUTELY NO RECORD of our wrongs!

Ceri 2019 JSG 3: The Childlike God
Ceri Davies     9th May
Ceri brings part 3 in our teaching series, focusing on Jesus being tempted in the wilderness after his baptism. Let's be dependent on God, choosing daily to live in childlike trust and to stay close to Him through prayer and immersing ourselves in His word.

Tina 2021 JSG 2: The Human God
Tina Oldham     2nd May
Tina describes how Jesus, the God who became human to lead us home, continues to stoop down to reach out to us where we're at.

Colin JSG 1: The Jesus-Shaped God
Colin Barnes     25th April
Colin introduces this new teaching series whose aim is to help us better understand who God is, not through what we have absorbed from our upbringing, through philosophical ideas, or even through some well-worn church traditions, but solely through Jesus Himself.

Ness Wilson Link to River Together talk
Ness Wilson     18th April
It's Time to Shine!
1 Trusting Through Pain - Let Hope Arise
Paul & Sarah Deriaz     11th April
On the 20th anniversary of their 8 year old son Joshua's death from a brain tumour, Paul & Sarah reflect on and share about what God has done with them, in them and through them since that devastating event.

Andy Read 2019 Jesus The Light Of The World
Andy Read     4th April (Easter Sunday )
Andy's Easter message focuses on the Light which can never be extinguished, one of the key themes of the Gospel of John.

Colin The Raising of Lazarus
Colin Barnes     28th March
Can we see hopeless situations turned around for good? Colin explains how the raising of Lazarus can help us become resurrection people, who walk through pain into glory.

Anthea Wratten The Healing Of The Man Born Blind
Anthea Wratten     21st March
This miracle is an unprecedented act of redemptive restoration, with Jesus demonstrating once again that He is God. Anthea explores the story and how Jesus challenges our assumptions and prejudices and asks: what have you seen that you can’t un-see?

Ceri 2019 Freedom From Fear
Ceri Davies     14th March
Miracle 5: Jesus walking on water. Ceri takes a look at the problem of fear, the root of fear, and the solution to fear! Although we were born as spiritual orphans, now we are dearly-loved children, and can trust in the goodness and kindness of our Father God.

Ness Wilson Future: Now
Ness Wilson     7th March
Ness delivers the concluding talk of this year's Pioneer Annual Leaders Conference with an inspiring word to all Pioneer churches about being ready for the next 12 months (if the "start mid-way through" setting doesn't work then manually skip to -1:14:45).

Colin The Feeding of the 5000
Colin Barnes     28th February
Colin considers this miracle in a talk subtitled 'In Partnership With God'. He concludes by asking three questions: Are you an orphan or a child of God? When was the last time you brought your sandwiches to Jesus? And how might you live inspirationally each day?

Andy Read Living by Law or Love
Andy Read     21st February
The healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda is amazing as a miracle. But in the story of this healing, in looking at how Jesus approached the man, cared for him and dealt with criticism we can see some important principles for life in God’s Kingdom.

Tabby Crawforth Healing The Official's Son
Tabby Crawforth     14th February
Tabby examines the second miracle of Jesus in John's gospel - Healing the official’s son (John 4:43-54) - and asks three key questions: Do I still trust God? Do I believe God can do big things? Where / for whom is He asking me to pray?

al2020 Heartfelt Compassion
Alistair Bullen     7th February
Al talks about courageous optimism, generous creativity and heartfelt compassion in the context of our all-powerful God who made the cosmos.

Colin New Creation People
Colin Barnes     31st January
Colin introduces a new teaching series which will take us up to Easter, called 'Signs of New Life'. Discover how John frames the Gospel in terms of New Creation: God dwelling with us as a light to driving out the darkness and bringing orphans home to their Father. 

Ceri 2019 The Transforming Power of Sabbath
Ceri Davies     24th January
Ceri describes how her own understanding of Sabbath has totally changed over the past few years, what it is (and isn't), and its importance and relevance to us all today. It's a gift from God - a chance to reconnect more deeply with Him, to delight in Him and a way to reorder our lives around His rhythm.

Paul Wratten The Light Is Coming
Paul Wratten     17th January
Paul encourages us to prepare - we don't know what 2021 is going to be like, but we know the world will continue to need to see our light. Be practising, be prophetic and be patient.

  Click here to watch / listen to the River Together meeting     10 January 21   
Steve Clifford Our Help In Times Of Trouble
Steve Clifford     3rd January
Steve outlines four keys which can help us to overcome in difficult times: don’t deny the trouble; do not fear; determine to continue to worship Him; and put your trust in God, our ever-present help.

Jonny Ruffell Peace On Earth 
Jonny Ruffell     20th December
Jonny reminds us that the key message of Christmas is "Peace On Earth", complete with an inspiring picture she recently created on this theme.
Colin 168 Living Joyfully 
Colin Barnes     13th December
Colin shares 3 tips on how we can live joyfully even in these times in which there are so many reasons to despair.
Andy Read 2019 People of The Spirit 10: Spirit-led Witnessing (to the ends of the earth) 
Andy Read     6th December
Andy rounds off the 'People of the Spirit' series considering what it means to be Spirit-led in our witnessing. He poses questions including who or what is setting our priorities and how we can be (rather than just speak about) Good News.
Tabby Crawforth People of The Spirit 9: Grace Through Trials
Tabby Crawforth     29th November
Drawing on personal experience Tabby tells her 2020 story and how she has found blessing and experienced grace through very difficult circumstances.
Sami Watts We Are His Masterpiece
Sami Watts     22nd November
Sami encourages us not to be despondent if we're feeling squished or even shattered by circumstances - our Father, the master potter, can lovingly remould us to create something new and beautiful.
Colin 168 People of The Spirit part 8: The Breakthrough Spirit
Colin Barnes     15th November
In these lockdown days, many of us are feeling a bit beaten up and constricted by life. Colin shares some keys to help us partner in God’s breakthrough.  Listen and step into new freedom!
Andy Read 2019 Generosity
Andy Read     8th November
Speaking from Acts, Andy calls us to generosity: at all times, but especially in this period of extra pressure caused by lockdown, let's be generous in forgiveness, with our time, and with our money.
Nigel Rivers People of The Spirit part 7: No More 'Them and Us'
Nigel Rivers     1st November
Speaking from Acts 15, Nigel leaves us with two key questions: who are the ‘Them and Us’ in our lives, and how do we bring Kingdom Inclusiveness to everything we do.
Jonny Ruffell People of The Spirit part 6: Spirit-led Mission
Jonny Ruffell     25th October
Jonny urges us to invite the Holy Spirit to make us bold to share our faith at His prompting, because what we carry is way too special to keep to ourselves.
Colin Barnes People of The Spirit part 5: Witnesses To The Gentiles
Colin Barnes     11th October
Colin celebrates God's outrageous grace demonstrated in using the persecutor Paul to bring the Good News to the non-Jewish world, and in breaking down barriers time and again to reach every people group. Are we showing the same kind of grace to those we meet?
Andy Read 2019 People of The Spirit part 4: Living In The Unexpected
Andy Read     4th October
Our readings this week (Acts 8-9) describe the early church encountering difficulties as well as tremendous growth. Andy challenges us to be open to God leading us to places we haven't anticipated and meeting unexpected people.
Alison Hopkinson People of The Spirit part 3: Witnesses in Judea
Alison Hopkinson     27th September
Ali speaks on the theme of mission as she considers our readings last week in Acts 3-7. Let's aim to bring unstoppable PASSION for the love of God, be PREPARED through prayer, and be PROACTIVE in stepping out of our comfort zones for God.
Simon Tempest 2020
People of The Spirit part 2: God's New Humanity?
Simon Tempest     20th September
Simon explores Acts 2.
Anthea Wratten
Paul Wratten
River Marlow - What Next?
Paul & Anthea Wratten     20th September
Paul & Anthea explain what the Marlow team sees as the challenges for the next 3-6 months and how we can respond.
Colin 168 People of The Spirit part 1: The Longing of The Father
Colin Barnes     13th September
Colin kicks off the new term and 'POTS' teaching series with an encouragement to us all to be filled with the Holy Spirit (whether for the first time or once again), and to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by Him. It's time to practise His presence again.
Linda Ward Spread Out, Think Big, Don’t Hold Back
Linda Ward     6th September
Guest speaker Linda (Leader of Bless Community Church in Brentford and of the London Region of Pioneer) exhorts us to love our towns and communities back to life by exploring different ways of connecting with them; and at every opportunity to create places where His presence is welcome.
Pete Enns Re-imagining God
Pete Enns     30th August
Pete is an American biblical scholar and theologian (see In this TheoEd talk he questions how we can or should re-imagine God. To consider what is He like here and now is THE question of faith (and indeed of theology).
3 Ecochurch and Climate Change Update
Karen Feakin     23rd August
Karen and friends give an update on Ecochurch and the River Marlow 'Down to Earth' group, and talk more generally about climate change and what we can do in response both individually and as a community.
3 Peace, Hope, Creativity & Wisdom
Alistair H, Sally L, Paul D     16th August
Nigel & Jean led a time of sharing: Sally L and Paul D take part, with a theme of prayer emerging.
Rich Wilson Cruise Control Is Not An Option
Rich Wilson     9th August
Al Bullen interviews his long-time friend Rich (Open Heaven, Loughborough and Leader of to explore some of the themes of his book A Call Less Ordinary - Why your purpose matters. "We are his creative masterpiece, we are his work of art, we are his epic poem, crafted to be read by the world so that others too will learn to walk with God"
Jonathan Merritt TheoEd Talk: The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Speech
Jonathan Merritt     2nd August
Acclaimed journalist Jonathan Merritt explores what it takes to talk about faith in ways that are honest, authentic, and understandable in an increasingly pluralistic society.
Brian Heasley 2020 Peace Through Trust
Brian Heasley     26th July
Guest speaker Brian - International Prayer Director for 24-7 - asserts that we can know deep peace because God's word is true, His presence is assured and His peace is powerful. The challenge for us is in what extent this peace affects those around us.
Paul Wratten What Now?
Paul Wratten     19th July
Paul considers the challenges we face as we emerge from lock-down. Whatever our experience over the last 4 months, how do we move forward now both to bring and to be good news to our friends, neighbours and community? "I believe this can be a time of growth, if we can learn to be real with God and let go of our illusion of control, to learn again that our dependency needs to be on the Holy Spirit, to be open to Him surprising us and pushing our boundaries, and to keep living in the expectation that our greatest surprises are ahead of us".

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Colin 168 Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted Because Of Righteousness
Colin Barnes     5th July
Colin unpacks the last Beatitude, revealing how Jesus calls us to be culture changers through doing good. Those currently in power may feel threatened and persecute us, but many will see and turn to God.

Jonny Ruffell Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Jonny Ruffell     28th June
Jonny considers how we can find an inner peace that overflows to the people around us, exploring our aims, limits and possibilities to see God’s will.

al2020 Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
Al Bullen     21st June
"What bliss you experience when your heart is pure! For then your eyes will open to see more and more of God". Al reminds us that our mandate is to bring life wherever we go.

Anthea Wratten Press Reset, Not Play
Anthea Wratten     14th June
Anthea encourages us to take forward positive change from lock-down by extending the time we spend with Jesus each day.

Colin 168 Blessed Are Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness
Colin Barnes     7th June
Colin explains how Jesus unpacks this timeless beatitude in his Sermon on the Mount. It's a timely message that speaks directly to our response to the Black Lives Matter movement, providing hope that the dividing wall of racism may be torn down after hundreds of years of injustice, just as the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain suddenly fell after decades.

Nigel Stock Get Ready to Catch the Wave
Nigel Stock     31st May
Nigel encourages us to watch for signs of a new wave of the Spirit and to open ourselves to be saturated by Him. Let's be ready to catch the wave rather than being caught out unprepared by its arrival.

Dave Bull The Indestructible Church
Dave Bull     24th May
Guest speaker Dave (All Saints Marlow) talks about the Indestructible Church. We have an inheritance that can never spoil or fade, and we are shielded by God through the gift of resurrection life and a living hope which brings freedom from fear. Let's be bold to reach out and invite others to come to know His love too.

Colin 168 Kingdom Values for God's People: Blessed Are The Meek
Colin Barnes     17th May
Meekness is a very misunderstood virtue that has nothing to do weakness. Colin encourages us not to be cowardly or controlling, but to be meek, like God, who is patient, long-suffering, courageous and continually working for good in all things.

Anthea Wratten Kingdom Values for God's People: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Anthea Wratten     10th May
Anthea encourages us in these times of collective grief to Weep, Wait and look for Christ’s comfort.

Andy Read 2019 Kingdom Values for God's People: Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Andy Read     3rd May
In the Kingdom of Heaven, true wealth is recognising our need of God. Let's look out (around us), look in (to ourselves) and look up (to Jesus).

Link to The Blessing UK video in which 65 churches participated.
Simon Tempest 168 Kingdom Values for God's People: Ascend the Hill
Simon Tempest     26th April
Simon introduces season 5 of 'The People of God' teaching series. From now until early July we will be looking at various Kingdom values, this week, Simon introduces The Beatitudes. Now is not the time to shrink back: the world needs the Kingdom of God more than ever. Will we choose to ascend the hill of the Lord, to sit at His feet and to apprentice ourselves to Him again?

Colin 168 Resurrection 2020
Colin Barnes     12th April
Colin brings an Easter message about the God who through Jesus' resurrection has rescued us and reunited us with Him. No one need be excluded from this good news! Therefore let's live fearlessly.

  Here is the Churches Together in Marlow 'socially distant' Good Friday act of worship (no walk of witness this year!)

Cat Sweet, Newfield Community Church   /   Paul Wratten, River Church   /
Sarah Fitzgerald, All Saints Bisham & St John the Baptist Little Marlow   /
Nick Thompson, Marlow Methodist   /   David Downing, Marlow URC   /
Roland Slade, All Saints Marlow   /   Graham Watts, The Lantern, Marlow Bottom   /
Dave Bull, All Saints Marlow   /   Anthea Wratten, River Church
Phil Stewart God and Me
Phil Stewart     5th April
Our God is amazing - we will get through this time with Him by our side, but we do need to give time to building our relationship with Him. If we do, we'll be in a much better place to love those around us.

Nigel Rivers People of God 4.8: Isaiah part 2 - What do you See / Hear / Believe
Nigel Rivers     29th March
Nigel picks up where Nigel S finished last week, looking at more aspects of Isaiah's various messages to his nation.
Nigel Stock People of God 4.7: Isaiah - The Man Who Spoke To Kings
Nigel Stock     22nd March
As well as listening to the audio file linked above, you can also watch not just the talk but the entire meeting...... (the talk starts at 30:43)
Colin 168 Hope Carriers
Colin Barnes     15th March
In a last minute departure from his planned talk, Colin addresses the developing COVID-19 situation and encourages us to seek to become contagious with love and hope rather than allowing fear to affect our behaviour.
gj People of God 4.6: The Widow of Zarephath - The Woman Who Invited Miracles
Gary Jones     8th March
Using this story from the life of Elijah Gary reminds us that the greatest miracle of all is salvation and that God will meet us in our greatest times of need. We need to be courageous and trust in Him, because when we do so He releases miracles.
Ceri 2019 People Of God 4.5: Elijah - The Man Who Stood Up
Ceri Davies     1st March
Ceri examines three key lessons we can apply from Elijah's time of conflict with Ahab, Jezebel and the prophets of Baal: we too need to Say (speak God's word with boldness), Pray (with persistence and boldness) and Obey God when He asks us to act.
Sandra Bullen When One Hurts We All Hurt
Sandra Bullen     23rd February
Sandra explores some of the themes of Paul's "Marlow Vision 2020" talk of 5 January, in particular considering the stark difference between Secularism and Christianity and how this impacts our attitudes to one another.
Colin Barnes People of God 4.4: Samuel - The Man Who Heard God
Colin Barnes     16th February
Colin considers how Samuel learned to hear God’s voice, and how using his example we can learn to hear Jesus more clearly today.
Sue Singh Passion for Jesus
Sue Singh     9th February
Having passion means that you can barely contain your feelings. Sue reminds us that Jesus has our backs at all times, so no matter what we go through He is with us, and encourages us all (particularly those over 55) to stir our passion and continue to exercise and develop our spirituality.
Andy Read 2019 People of God 4.3: Jabez - The Man Who Was Blessed
Andy Read     2nd February
Andy uses the example of Jabez to speak about PREMISE of Prayer - God is a loving Father; the PROMISE of Prayer - God loves to give us the very best; and the PROCESS of Prayer - God cares about what is going on inside of us as we pray.
Anthea Wratten People of God 4.2: Sarah -The Woman Who Laughed
Anthea Wratten     26th January
Anthea draws three key lessons from the life of Sarah: God’s timing might not be our timing; we can’t engineer God’s ways to help him along; and what God has promised often looks nothing like we think it will!
Colin 168 People of God Season 4 Episode 1 - Noah
Colin Barnes     19th January
Colin explains the key lessons of the story of Noah: that God is good; that we shouldn't ever declare judgement; and that we live in God’s favour. He invites us individually to consider what's holding us back, and what is He calling us to?
Paul Wratten
Marlow Vision 2020
Paul Wratten     5th January
The Marlow vision for 2020 is for us all to go deeper with God together. We are called to be Jesus-Looking mirrors; to love God and others; and to transform ‘one by one’. What is your 'show and tell', and are you ready to share it?