8am and 9:30am on Sundays Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU

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

Church at Home – Sunday after Ascension Day

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, 24th May, is the Sunday after Ascension Day. 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 “The head that once was crowned with thorns”, recorded by some members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now:
A royal diadem adorns
The mighty victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords
Is his, is his by right,
The King of kings and Lord of lords,
And heaven’s eternal light;

The joy of all who dwell above,
The joy of all below,
To whom he manifests his love,
And grants his name to know.

To them the cross, with all its shame.
With all its grace is given:
Their name an everlasting name,
Their joy the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below,
They reign with him above,
Their profit and their joy to know
The mystery of his love.

The cross he bore is life and health,
Though shame and death to him;
His people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
Their everlasting theme.

(Thomas Kelly 1769-1854)


A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glfKhB4dnXU

The Epistle is Acts 1, verses 6-14. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by Jill Edwards, one of our congregation. The text is available online here (there are slight variations in the text).


The psalm is Psalm 68, verses 1-10 and 32-35. The text is available online here.


The Gospel reading is John 17, verses 1-11. 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=Px42D7Yr9_4

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


Intercessions are led for us today by Sue Hockley, 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=PKMsSqvvFF0


The conclusion of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr5_Q-fjNiM


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.