We hope that you enjoyed our home-grown Easter service last Sunday. Putting it together was a joint effort and it has been lovely to receive so many positive comments about it. However, we don’t have the capacity to do a big service like this every week, so this week’s services will be a bit more ordinary (if there is such a thing). Here are a few Easter photos sent in by members of the congregation to remind us all of new life. They featured in our online Easter Sunday Service last week, and we thought we would share a selection of them with you here too.
This Sunday, 19th April, is traditionally called ‘low Sunday’. People (including clergy) are usually on holiday or take some time off and church attendance is typically low. This year, however, everything is different. Nobody is away on holiday at the moment and we are all connecting online for our services.
On Sunday, there will be a 10am Holy Communion Service with a few hymns, prayers and a talk. Here is the service booklet. The service booklet contains 8 direct links to our YouTube channel. When you click on these links either in the booklet or in the PDF file that you may have received via email, it will take you directly to the relevant video clips on our YouTube channel. The Sunday Xtra Service works in the same way – please click on the links in the Sunday Xtra Order of Service to be taken to YouTube. You can even mix and match between both services. We call upon you all to be creative in how you worship at home: alone or as families. There are many other resources and services to be found online. Take the time to explore and find resources which help you in your faith and your walk with God.
The Easter season is a beautiful time, full of promise and hope. We read in the Bible that the disciples were behind locked doors after Jesus’ resurrection because they feared that they would be killed too as Jesus’ followers. Jesus came through the locked doors and appeared amongst them. He is doing the same to us today. No lockdown, no self-isolation, no stress, no fear, no death, not anything in life can prevent us from meeting with Jesus.
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.
- The Bible Society has made available a lovely video clip for children called Three Friends and the Miracle Man. It is just five minutes long and tells the story of three children at the time of Jesus who met him after the resurrection. Please show it to your children!
- 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 Faith and Doubt.
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/