It’s now almost six weeks since the lockdown was announced by the government. For some of us, time will have flown by, others may feel that time is going really slowly, but we are all trying to make the best of it.
The most challenging part is to learn to live with uncertainty: when will this be over? Will life ever go back to normal again? The story of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in John 10 tells us that Jesus leads us and we are asked to follow him. He leads us into a new place at this time. He teaches us to live this time well and even to live life to the full. It is so moving to hear testimonies from congregation members about how they are coping in very creative ways. We are so impressed by people’s resilience and their ongoing compassion and love for others. As followers of Jesus, we are asked to be aware of others at this time and not to curl up in our own comfort zone. It doesn’t take much to pick up the phone to ring someone or to send someone a card. Please also pick up the phone if you need help or a chat. We are aware that mental health can be a real issue for people at this time, especially if they live alone or in abusive households. Please reach out! You are not alone and we are here to help.
This Sunday, 3rd May, there will be an online Worship Service with Holy Communion, a talk, hymn, song, a Taize chant, prayers and readings. This service will be available as one video on our YouTube channel from 9am on Sunday morning. Here is the service booklet which can be used in conjunction with this service.
The Sunday Xtra Service also has a service booklet with links to songs, prayers, a reading, talk and other video clips – some of which are to our own YouTube channel.
In the evening, a Taize Service will be available to watch on our YouTube channel from 6pm. This is a reflective and peaceful service with Taize songs, silence and prayers. Taize is a monastic community in the South of France with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It brings people together from all denominations and cultures around the world.
There are also many other resources and services to be found online, some of which you will find below. Take the time to explore and find resources which help you in your faith and your walk with God.
give skill, compassion and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them and us with your Holy Spirit.
May many be restored to health,
may all find your peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.
- Weekly@ are lectionary based children’s resources aimed at 5-11 year olds. These resources can be printed out and used at home on a weekly basis by those who wish to do so. This Sunday’s theme is Know His Voice.
- Shepherd Song YouTube video
- The Shepherd and his Sheep word search
- “I Am” The Gate crossword
- Good Shepherd colouring activity
Other Worship Resources
- Diocese of Leeds with a list of churches who live stream services: https://www.leeds.anglican.org/easter-2020/streaming
- Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/
- Learning to Pray (Church of England): https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/learning-pray
- Sacred Space for online daily prayer: https://www.sacredspace.ie/
Daily Hope Phone Line: offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line, which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044, has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during this time in mind.