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

Church at Home – Easter 6

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, 17th May, is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Welcome to our service!

You can now 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 “Now the green blade riseth”, recorded by some members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, Like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, Like wheat that springeth green.

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain,
Quick from the dead, my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, Like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts, that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, Like wheat that springeth green.

(JMC Crum 1872-1958)


A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRW_hC9XGYE

The Epistle is Acts 17, verses 22-31. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by Blanche Tayler, one of our congregation. The text is available online here.


The psalm is Psalm 66, verses 8-20, and is sung for us by Gill Aitchison, one of our choir. The text is available online here.


The Gospel reading is John 14, verses 15-21. The text is available online here.

The video of the gospel and sermon is now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NirJ7rKOl_o

The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon is now available here: http://www.stmaryshenley.org.uk/cpt_sermons/the-sixth-sunday-of-easter/


Intercessions are led for us today by Terry Grourk, one of our congregation. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.


The Eucharistic prayer is now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-2cZHcuQ5E


The service concludes on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOgmU9WgMbc


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.

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