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THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Church at Home – Easter 4 – Remote Church

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, 3rd May, is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Welcome to our service!

You will soon find links to parts of the service which Fr Jeremy has recorded on video. Our Youtube channel, containing our videos, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF0WRLKWtkgWJjZw_d4S6Mw

Sing along to our hymn “Faithful Shepherd”, recorded by some members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

Faithful Shepherd, feed me
In the pastures green;
Faithful Shepherd, lead me
Where thy steps are seen.

Hold me fast, and guide me
In the narrow way;
So, with thee beside me,
I shall never stray.

Daily bring me nearer
To the heavenly shore;
May my faith grow clearer,
May I love thee more.

Hallow every pleasure,
Every gift and pain;
Be thyself my treasure,
Though none else I gain.

Day by day prepare me
As thou seest best,
Then let angels bear me
To thy promised rest.
(TB Pollock 1836-96)



A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc96yzw2WgI

The Epistle is Acts 2, verses 42-47. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Joe Croton. The text is available online here.


The psalm is Psalm 23. One of our choir, Gill Aitchison, has recorded a version set to music by Bach. The text is available online here.


The Gospel reading is John 10, verses 1-10. The text is available online here.

The video of the gospel, sermon and is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMGKr_lJEic and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itLPDZ_a6I8

The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon can be found here: http://www.stmaryshenley.org.uk/cpt_sermons/the-fourth-sunday-of-easter-life-in-abundance/


Intercessions are led for us today by Joan Edwards. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.


The service concludes on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K67pzSD5zsc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SizXhfZZKs



Church at Home is an experiment, an attempt to keep our community together while the Covid-19 virus disrupts our normal life. We thought the new name “Church at Home” was a bit more welcoming than “Remote Church”. 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 info@stmaryshenley.org.uk.

Many thanks to those of you who attended last week’s Church at Home and left comments and suggestions for how it could be improved.

The Oxford Diocese have a livestreaming page which can be accessed at www.oxford.anglican.org and there will be a Diocesan Eucharist livestreamed this Sunday at 10 am. The service from Christchurch Cathedral can be found at https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/oxfords-cathedral/online-worship.

Sacred Heart will be livestreaming Mass on Sunday morning (10.30 a.m.). See Sacred Heart’s website.