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Church at Home – 2 before Advent

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, 15th November, is the Second Sunday before Advent. Welcome to our service!

Our organist, Sebastian Thomson, has recorded Healey Willan’s “Choral Prelude”, as an introduction to our service. Click the triangular play button below to hear it.

Sing along to our hymn, “All praise to thee”, sung for us by members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,
Didst yield the glory that of right was thine,
That in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine:

Thou cam’st to us in lowliness of thought;
By thee the outcast and the poor were sought,
And by thy death was God’s salvation wrought:

Let this mind be in us which was in thee,
Who wast a servant that we might be free,
Humbling thyself to death on Calvary:

Wherefore, by God’s eternal purpose, thou
Art high exalted o’er all creatures now,
And giv’n the name to which all knees shall bow:

Let ev’ry tongue confess with one accord
In heav’n and earth that Jesus Christ is Lord;
And God the Father be by all adored:

F Bland Tucker 1895-1984 based on Philippians 2:5-11

The first part of the service, is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYjSS4HDbaA.

The first reading today is from Zepahaniah, chapter 1. The text is available online here, and is on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWVUXALIgZs

The text of the gospel from Matthew 25:14-30 is available online here, and the service continues on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5V7FPx_82o.

The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon can be found here.

Today’s intercessions were written by members of Junior Church, and include the updated Junior Church prayer. They are led for us today by Terry Grourk and Blanche Tayler. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.

The final part of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcS0chVG60s.

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 Karg-Elert’s “Nun danket alle Gott”:

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 info@stmaryshenley.org.uk.

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