We can’t gather at St Mary’s for our usual Sunday service, but we can all join a collective act of worship from our homes. You can do this at 9:30am or 11:15am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.
This Sunday, 22nd November, is the feast of Christ the King. Welcome to our service!
Our organist, Sebastian Thomson, has recorded Gordon Slater’s Prelude on St Botolph, as an introduction to our service. Click the triangular play button below to hear it.
Sing along to our hymn “Crown him with many crowns”, sung for us by members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:
Crown him with many crowns, The Lamb upon his throne;
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own:
Awake, my soul, and sing Of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.
Crown him the Virgin’s Son, The God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won Which now his brow adorn;
Fruit of the mystic Rose, As of that Rose the Stem;
The Root whence mercy ever flows, The Babe of Bethlehem.
Crown him the Lord of love! Behold his hands and side,
Rich wounds yet visible above In beauty glorified:
No angel in the sky Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye At mysteries so bright.
Crown him the Lord of peace, Whose power a sceptre sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease, Absorbed in prayer and praise:
His reign shall know no end, And round his piercèd feet
Fair flowers of Paradise extend Their fragrance ever sweet.
Crown him the Lord of years, The Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, Ineffably sublime.
Glassed in a sea of light, Where everlasting waves
Reflect his throne – the Infinite! Who lives – and loves – and saves.
Matthew Bridges 1800-94
A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QgCuDfFs0E
Our first reading today is Ezekiel 34, verses 11-16 and 20-24. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by Sue Hockley, one of our congregation. The text is available online here.
Our second reading today is Ephesians 1, verses 15-23. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by Rob Ellerby, one of our congregation. The text is available online here.
The Gospel reading is Matthew 25, verses 31-46. The text is available online here.
The video of the gospel and sermon are now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bFb5i4m5yQ
The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon is now available here: http://www.stmaryshenley.org.uk/cpt_sermons/christ-the-king/
Intercessions are led for us today by Alan Tang. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.
The rest of the service can be found on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yHln-Ep9z0
Those who wish to make an act of spiritual communion whilst participating in online worship can use the following Prayer for Communion in Separation:
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giver and good physician, here you meet me in our need. In a world marred by corruption and marked by death, draw me into true life. By your selfless sacrifice, help me to live for others and not myself. May I, who cannot now receive you sacramentally, embrace you more fully in my heart, mind and soul. Help me unite myself to you in spirit, so that I may be drawn closer to those from whom I am isolated in body. Through sharing your life given up in death for us all, may we grow together in love into a richer and more profound communion of life. Amen.
Sebastian concludes our service with Langlais’s Hymne d’actions de grâces “Te Deum”:
Church at Home is an experiment, an attempt to keep our community together while the Covid-19 virus disrupts our normal life. If you have suggestions on how to improve this, or would like to record part of next week’s service, please do let us know by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.