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

Remote Church – Lent 5

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 11am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.

This Sunday, 29th March, is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Welcome to our Remote Church service!

Sing along to our hymn “There is a green hill far away” with this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23rHbE27YuQ

We’ll shortly add links to parts of the service which Fr Jeremy has recorded on video. The first part is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYV6iZIA21Y


The Old Testament reading is Ezekiel 37.1-14. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation. The text is available online here.


The psalm is Psalm 130. Click the triangular play button below to hear it sung by one of our choristers. The text is available online here.


The New Testament reading is Romans 8.6-11. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation. The text is available online here.


The gospel reading is John 11.1-45. The text is available online here, and the Gospel and sermon can be heard here. The text of the sermon is here.

One of our congregation leads our prayers. This week, we are particularly praying for all of those affected by the Covid-19 virus. Click the triangular play button below to hear the prayers led by one of our congregation.


The Eucharistic prayer follows here.


As an anthem, we have a performance of “I will wait for you”, a paraphrase of psalm 130, words and music by Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend.

Anthem Lent 5

The service ends with a prayer and blessing from Fr Jeremy.


Remote church 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 info@stmaryshenley.org.uk.

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

Friends at other churches are doing similar things – if you prefer, try https://www.augustinetooting.co.uk/remote-church or http://www.stmarksholbrook.org.uk/online-service.html or plenty of others!

Closer to home, 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 a.m.

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

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