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

Church at Home – Advent Sunday

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, 29th November, is Advent Sunday. Welcome to our service!


Our organist, Sebastian Thomson, has recorded Jeanne Demessieux’s Rorate Coeli, as an introduction to our service. Click the triangular play button below to hear it.


Sing along to our hymn “Come, thou long expected Jesus”, sung for us by members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free,
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a king,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts alone,
By thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley 1707-88


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

Our first reading today is Isaiah 64, verses 1-9. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by George Constantinidi, one of our congregation. The text is available online here.


Our second reading today is 1 Corinthians 1, verses 3-9. 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 80, sung for us by Gill Aitchison and Stephen Nichols. The text is available online here. Click the triangular play button below to hear it.


The Gospel reading is Mark 13, verses 24-37. The text is available online here.

The video of the gospel and sermon are now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PJ3hin8vDw

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

Intercessions are led for us today by Carol Brook-Partridge. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.


The rest of the service can be found on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9lIrCgOMGM

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 JS Bach’s Wachet auf:


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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