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Church at Home – Easter 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 11:15am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.

This Sunday, 10th May, is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Welcome to our service!

You will soon 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 “Love’s redeeming work is done”, recorded by some members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

Love’s redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal,
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
Death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened Paradise.

Lives again our glorious King;
Where, O Death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
Where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
Thee we greet triumphant now;
Hail, the Resurrection thou!
(Charles Wesley 1707-1788)

A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo91OyzWlZQ

The Epistle is Acts 7, verses 55-60. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by Louis Bell, one of our congregation. The text is available online here.

The psalm is Psalm 31. The text is available online here.

The Gospel reading is John 14, verses 1-14. The text is available online here.

The video of the gospel and sermon are available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h5J6dEJLcA

The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon can be found here: http://www.stmaryshenley.org.uk/cpt_sermons/the-fifth-sunday-of-easter/

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

The Eucharistic prayer is now available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxmN7tuVJMI

We also have an anthem, “The Call”, words by George Herbert, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The words echo the message of today’s gospel; the performance is by Stephen and Paula Nichols.

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

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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