Thursday, 30 April 2020

**ADVANCE WARNING**

Our Eucharist on Sunday 10th May will have an all ages together, informal sort of feel and will start slightly later than normal at 10am. I will send out an order of service to follow on the day at home.

In preparation for the service, could you all spend a little time finding on the internet and printing out 1 dwelling place, a home, from a different community around the world and be ready to talk about what you like about it or how you think it might feel to live in.


It would be wonderful if one of the younger members of the church family would be willing to commit to read our reading for us please? It's John 14:1-6 and you can download it here but do tell Simon that you are willing! First come first served!

I'll explain in due course how we might share in the reading and pictures together.

The other thing you will need is a small glass of water. Again I'll explain in our service.

Thanks!

Said Eucharist - 30/04/20


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Said Eucharist - 28/04/20


Virtual Coffee Morning

A little short notice but, we will be holding a virtual coffee morning this morning (Tuesday 28th April) at 11am. We will use the Zoom website (or you can use the app from your app store) to gather,

If you would like to join us please email, text, WhatsApp, or Facebook message me and I'll send you the details.

We will begin that time joining our nation in a minute's silence to remember all keyworkers who have died due to COVID-19 in these days of pandemic.


Sunday, 12 April 2020

Alelluia! Christ is Risen!

Happy Easter!

This will feel a strange Easter indeed.

Christ is raised and we are filled with hope; but we also wait in hope for our current life in pandemic to end, but we do not know yet when this will come.

As people seeking to live the eternal life that the risen Jesus offers us, we must live hopefully that the world is and will be different because the old certainties of life, where the dead stay dead, are gone because of the resurrection. 

Experience says though that life remains largely unchanged, but we are called to be people who wait and live in that hope.

Aside from Easter greetings, I also wanted to send you some further resources to aid your worship at home. Please find attached the liturgy for Morning and Evening Prayer and a table of readings to take you through to the end of the month.



This morning at our 7.00 am service I remembered that whilst we live in hope we still keep vigil with a world waiting for this hope to be a reality.

We keep vigil: 

with those at the sides of hospital beds or waiting anxiously by the phone in the hope of face-timing a dying loved-one

with those who will be up with small ones in the wee hours changing nappies and comforting cries

with those whose days will be long and lonely in quiet houses on quiet streets with all but quiet minds to keep them company

with those who will be at the fireside of buildings collapsing because someone left the toaster on next to the book they were reading to take their minds off this whole, consuming unknown

with those who will be kept in snuggly beds with the ones they love, as they mend broken hearts and stretched relationships with the gift of uninterrupted presence 

with those who will be in pain because it’s chronic not acute and so others have run out sympathy for them just like the pharmacy ran out of paracetamol

with those who will be stacking shelves in preparation for the onslaught of panic-buying after a day-long rest at last

with those in the design tech classroom at school printing bits of medical kit on a machine you thought was just a bit of fun for the students but told your head of department was cutting edge and essential - well that came true real quick

with those who will be yearning for parents and partners, family and friends who you fear are bewildered as they shield in the institutions which have closed doors to protect them

with those who will be together but apart because this sickness has no respect for those already going through the mill right now.

with those who will read the Bible for comfort
with those who will pray for the first time
with those who’ll dismiss all that crap because it feels good to push back but secretly hope they don’t get overlooked by whatever benevolent force may or may not hear them
with those who mark their doors with tears, pleading  that the angel of death passes over
with those still in the garden of agony
with those denied a fair trial because the video link broke up and they were de-prioritised while the state-sponsored lawyer was off in self-isolation
with those whose lives feel no different
with those whose normal only got worse
with those who no longer bother to cover the bruises
with those who noticed spring for the first time in years

We watch, we wait, we pray, we hope…
A new Day has Dawned but when will that new day dawn?

Keep vigil with me
In your pj’s or PPE
On zoom or twitter or the old dog and bone,
In silence or chatter
I don’t care
But keep vigil with me

As a new day dawns, let's wait, work, love and pray in hope for that New Day to dawn!


Easter Sunday Eucharist and Sermon - 2020

Dawn Vigil and the First Mass of Easter

Friday, 10 April 2020

The Liturgy of Good Friday 2020



You can listen to the music used in this service on Spotify here

The Liturgy of Good Friday - A Notice


Music for this afternoon's Liturgy of Good Friday is available here:

Please stop the video to listen to sections of the music at the relevant sections of the Order of Service which you already have but is available in the Holy Week booklet here:

Some suggested timings though:

Seven words from the Cross - 2 or 3 minutes

The Reproaches around 5 minutes.

The service will be available (fingers crossed) from 2pm

The Crucifixion According to Radiohead

At Midday on Good Friday we would usually be lead in the Stations of the Cross. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is something we cannot do. In many ways neighbourhoods and nations are carrying a cross and facing death.

I love the music of Radiohead. It may not be your bag, sorry if it's not.

Why not join me in walking with Jesus the Way of the Cross using this visual meditation curated by Scott Erickson?

You can read about how the project came to be here


The Crucifixion According to Radiohead from Ecclesia Houston on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Rumours Of Hope - A Vigil For Our Times


More than 50 priests, bishops, lay leaders and ordinands will come together on Easter Eve to lead a virtual vigil.

Rumours of Hope 2020: A Vigil for Our Times will offer creative reflections, poetry, art and prayers throughout the night beginning at 8pm and ending at dawn. The purpose is to help people weep, watch and pray together as we yearn for Easter light amidst the darkness of our coronavirus-hit world. For more information please see:

https://www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk/uploads/coronavirus/rumoursofhope2020.pdf

To take part go to www.rumoursofhope.co.uk

Said Eucharist for Tuesday in Holy Week with Sermon - 07/04/20

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Good Friday

For those of you hoping to share in our worship on Good Friday, I have curated a playlist on YouTube of all of the hymns we will sing and the music we will listen to.

Some of the pieces are very long - the Macmillan for example - I am proposing we listen to some of it only.




We will listen to St John's account of the Passion. You can listen to it read here

Palm Sunday - 05/04/20



You can also listen again to the Passion Gospel here.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Online Worship for Holy Week and 2020.

Here are the full details of our worship. You can share in services streamed live on our parish Facebook page here.

The services will be uploaded here also shortly after they have finished for you to participate in, in your own time.

Said Mass - 04/04/20