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Remote Church – Easter 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 11am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.

This Sunday, 12th April, is Easter Day. Welcome to our service!

We’ll shortly add 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

We start with an Easter welcome from Fr Jeremy. The video for this is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x-_JAmLZWY

Sing along to our first hymn, “Thine be the Glory”. The organ accompaniment, from the BBC, is below, and the words and music are here.

The Old Testament reading is Jeremiah 31.1-6 Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Sally Batty. The text is available online here.

The psalm is Psalm 118.14-24. 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 Acts 10.34-43. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Sheila Croton. The text is available online here.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 28.1-10. The text is available online here, and the text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon can be found here:

The video of the gospel and sermon is now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyrPSOja5yw

One of our congregation, Alan Tang, leads our prayers. Click the triangular play button below to hear the prayers.

We have the Eucharistic Prayer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkbYs8U9VXo,

Some members of the choir have recorded an anthem, separately in their homes, with the recordings then combined. “This Joyful Eastertide”, arranged by Charles Wood.

Finally, a hymn and a blessing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkBWGrYc0IU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4HTl7i4D38.

We have an organ voluntary to end the service, an archive recording made in 2010 by Sebastian Thomson, our Director of Music. This is what he would have played in St Mary’s on Easter morning:  Choral-Improvisation sur le “Victimae Paschali” by Charles Tournemire. There’s more information on this piece here.

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.

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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