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Sunday Worship – 24th May

Below are the resources for this week, the Sunday morning services and five sermons for your enjoyment, but first the notices:

Notices

If you missed it, please take a look at Ascension – a brilliant service by Kris and Maxine.

We have a birthday to celebrate – Jenny Bull on 22nd May:

Also – we really need your help… Next week is Pentecost and it is a special service where we dedicate ourselves to serving the world. Please can you record yourself saying these responses and send them to Alan by Wednesday, If you haven’t done this before, instructions can be found by clicking here.

Responses

  • and also with you
  • He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
  • fill us with your Spirit
  • His Spirit is with us
  • nothing can separate us from your love.
  • fill us with your saving power
  • bring strength, healing, and peace
  • Let us praise and bless God for ever
  • and fill us with your spirit
  • Blessed be God for ever
  • By the Spirit’s power, we will
  • We will
  • Amen
  • Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia

Plus send us a video of you lighting a candle

Resources

Here are the resources for adults at home this week.

Here are the resources for families at home this week.

Services

Sermons

Lesley’s BCP Sermon

Lesley and Alan’s Easter 7 Sermon

John Evans’ Friday Sermon

Maxine’s Ascension Sermon

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come – words so many of us know from the Lord’s Prayer, and, since 2016, the name given to the days between Ascension and Pentecost (this year May 21-31) which are set aside by many churches and individuals as a time of prayer.

We are joining in – church closures can’t get in the way of prayer! Every day we will be posting a video below, and, at midday you will find a version of the Lord’s Prayer spoken (or sung) by a member of the parish. There are also loads of wonderful resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website, including an app for Apple and Android.

Then there is a fun, interactive prayer map (the Archbishop of Canterbury is said to be a bit of a fan),  with a daily podcast , a prayer journal, a Novena (a guide for nine days of prayer), and other ideas. It will end on Pentecost Sunday when we will be having three services – 9.30am formal, 10.30am informal, and 6pm all-sung (even the sermon!).

Day 11: This Pentecost is very different from last year’s but it is the same Spirit! Here are some highlights from last year:

Day 10: Can you meet God in silence?

Day Nine:

A touching video about what adoption into God’s family means:

Day Eight:

Pope Francis prays ‘Thy Kingdom Come’:

Day Seven:

Faith on a different frontline.

Christian Armed Service workers share about the power of faith on the frontline and how it sustains them through difficult times.

Day Six: The power of prayer.

Methodist Youth president, Thelma Commey reflects on God’s love through praying and serving others.

Day Five: Watch Eye Can Talk author Jonathan Bryan reflect on what it means to offer our lives to God irrespective of our circumstances.

Day Four and a moving story about the life-giving, transforming, rescuing power of Jesus, with us in real darkness, in light and in everything:

Day Three and two videos. In the first, Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church talks about giving thanks and in the second emergency workers talk about prayer:

Day Two, focuses on praise and a new hymn for Thy Kingdom Come:

Day one of Thy Kingdom Come:

Pentecost Service – Your part!

May 31 is Pentecost and the services have more congregational responses than most services.  Please would you video yourself doing the Responses  (below) and send them to Alan by Tuesday 26th May using FileMailTransferXL or PCloud (works better on mobiles).

All responses should be in one take with a good space between them to make editing easier.

If you haven’t done this before, instructions can be found by clicking here.

Thanks

Responses

PLUS… send us  a video of you lighting a candle

Changes to services from 31st May

From the 31st May (Pentecost) we are going to try something slightly different with the Sunday morning online services. So far we have had:

  • 9:30am St John’s
  • 10:00am St George’s
  • 11:00am St Mark’s

In the same way as we did in real life.

However we would like to try instead:

  • 9:30am A more traditional service
  • 10:30am An all-age service

This is because it is quite difficult to explain what the services are like new people who are coming along who haven’t been to a service in one of the buildings. Also, people aren’t coming to the ‘right’ service, especially fringe members – St Mark’s people attending St John’s and St George’s, St George’s people attending St John’s…

Two services will also mean that they will be very different (with different sermons and hymns etc) so those who like to watch more than one service will have a bit more variety. We hope that people from all three churches will be involved in the two services so we should be seeing a variety of faces and voices.

If this is of concern please get in touch with us.

Lesley

Sunday Worship – 17th May

Below are the services, but first… here is something new for you:

Resources for Adults on this week’s bible readings, and

Resources for Families on the readings.

Also – Anne will love this – on the Children’s page is a lovely story and craft for Adventurers, but we can all enjoy it.

Services

Sermons

Alan

Bishop Andrew

 

Look up to the sky for Ascension Day

Next Thursday (May 21), we will be celebrating Ascension Day online with a special service for all ages which will be available on this website from 7.30pm.

Ascension Day is a Christian festival which takes place 40 days after Easter Sunday, and which celebrates the story of Jesus ascending to heaven as told in the Bible in the book of Acts, Chapter 1.

The service will incorporate many of the elements which will be familiar to followers of the parish – hymns on fiddle, double bass and keyboard, photos of members of the church looking up to the sky (they may even be wearing tea towels on their heads in time-honoured fashion), prayers, a story about the impact of Jesus on the life of his disciples and a talk about the impact he still has. There will be contributions from people from all across the parish.

We do still need a bit of help though. Can you pop a tea towel or scarf on your own head and transport yourself back 2,000 years to the time just after Jesus died and rose again? Imagine you are one of the disciples and you are with Jesus when he ascends to heaven. Look up to the sky and take a selfie.

Maxine Everitt, who is organising the service along with Kris Lawrence, explains a bit more: “We would like you to imagine what it would have been like to watch Jesus ascend into heaven; the tea towel or scarf is to help you get into character.

“What would you be thinking? Can you capture that in an expression? Individuals, couples and families including youngsters would be great too –  Please!”

Once you have taken your selfie, send it to Alan, then join us here on Thursday, May 21, from 7.30pm or on Facebook.