Worship Details

Worship Resources will be provided here each week:-

PENTECOST, WHIT SUNDAY 31st MAY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR PENTECOST, WHIT SUNDAY: 
Acts 2: 1-21;   1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13;   John 20: 19-23;   Psalm  104: 25-35, 37

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Seventh Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for Pentecost on Sunday. Follow the you tube link:-  https://youtu.be/53syT2B77aE

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “Pentecost”
City Church Cardiff is normally a busy city centre church - one of the largest in Wales - and on Pentecost Sunday would be drawing together a global mix of worshippers young and old to celebrate a day of foundational importance to the denomination.
Living out a community life inspired by the Holy Spirit takes on new challenges in the context of Coronavirus. In a service led by Stephen Gibson, City church leaders Dominic and Catherine De Souza, plus members of the congregation, look at the hope offered by the Holy Spirit - especially when life does not go according to plan.
With music and hymns recorded at City Church prior to lockdown.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.00am   2020: A Celebration for Pentecost
Members of King’s Church in Manchester mark the festival of Pentecost with a live service from the unique setting of Gorton Monastery. With most faith communities still unable to meet in their own buildings, the former Franciscan friary offers space amid its world-renowned Gothic architecture for a small, but safely socially distanced group from King’s Church to lead a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Music includes In Christ Alone, Build Your Kingdom Here, and His Eye is on the Sparrow.

iii).  BBC 1 at 11.00am  “Sunday Worship”  Pentecost, Whit Sunday
The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Richard Jackson, leads a service for Pentecost Sunday from the city’s historic cathedral, with hymns recorded by Songs of Praise in 2017. The service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.
The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website: -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jrxc

iv).  Sunday Morning Stories BBC 1 at 11.30am   Series 1  Hope
During challenging times, stories often emerge of ordinary people using their own personal experiences to help others. Kate Bottley introduces uplifting stories of people making a new start, including the punching preacher who chose boxing as a way to provide a new pathway for others to follow.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Pentecost
The Rev Kate Bottley celebrates Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. The bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, reveals the meaning and relevance of Pentecost. JB Gill meets a tree surgeon who revealed how his faith helped him to overcome drug addiction. Kate visits Loch Leven in Kinross and finds out why the wild goose is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Celtic Christianity. With hymns recorded before church buildings closed.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
Church at Home Pentecost Service this Sunday, 31st May at 10am.
The Church at Home service for Pentecost at 10am, which takes place 50 days after Easter Sunday, marks the end of Eastertide. Pentecost also marks the birth of the Church because it celebrates the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples. The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, presides and the address comes from the Revd Kate Seagrave, Mission Priest at St Frideswide Mission Community.
To download the order of service and to watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:- 
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
Those unable to watch the service online can now call 01865 920930 and participate by telephone. There is the option to listen to the full service with worship and the Eucharist, or a shorter version without (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Once an option is selected, it takes a couple of seconds of silence before the service starts. Standard call rates apply. Please pass this message on to those who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

(5). Church of England On-line:
Worship at Home “Thy Kingdom Come - Pentecost Sunday Service” at 9.00am
Archbishop Justin Welby leads the service and introduces it by saying “It is my great joy that, despite the physical restrictions we’re all living within, we are able to gather together to worship on this Pentecost Sunday, the day we rejoice in the most wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit who brings to birth the Christian church. Since Ascension ten days ago many in this country and across the world have been praying fervently for a fresh empowering of the Holy Spirit as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, waiting for God’s power to renew us that we might faithfully witness to Jesus Christ.
To celebrate the day we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, UK Church leaders and a message from His Holiness Pope Francis click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/Pentecost%20OOS%20VF%20AFN.docx.pdf


BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“Lord heal me for my bones are racked”
“Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” is a new series of reflective podcasts and online audio by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. The series aims to resource the Church during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Episode 6: In our journey through the Psalms we come now to a psalm which focusses on illness, on anxiety and on healing. The episode begins with the opening lines of Psalm 6, beautifully set to music by Orlando Gibbons.
To listen to the podcast go to:-   https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/lord-heal-me/


SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 24th MAY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: 
Acts 1: 6-14;   1 Peter 4: 12-14, 5: 6-11;   John 17: 1-11;   Psalm  68: 1-10, 33-36

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Seventh Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service on Sunday celebrating Ascension (Luke 24: 44-end). Below is the you tube link:
https://youtu.be/qgXT7nRSc9M

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “Living Well While Waiting”
Catherine Fox and the Bishop of Sheffield Pete Wilcox reflect on living well during this time of waiting. For people yearning for things to be 'normal' again it seems like there'll be a long time to wait. Many people's plans for the summer, including weddings and ordinations have been cancelled, so what can we do to stay positive in this period of continued hoping and uncertainty? The Miraculous Catch of Fish (John 21:1-7) leads them to suggest that old plans and hopes can be transformed by Jesus. After Jesus' resurrection the disciples had gone back to what they knew, fishing, but they didn't catch anything, until the risen Lord appeared and they caught more fish than they could cope with.

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.45am  “Sunday Worship”  Seventh Sunday of Easter
To celebrate the Sunday after Ascension Day, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads a service from Bangor Cathedral in North Wales. The preacher is the Right Reverend Andy John, the bishop of Bangor. Interspersed with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in March 2018, this service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings.
The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website: -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jk44

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Islands of Faith
Katherine Jenkins introduces uplifting stories of faith amidst spectacular scenery as she looks back to when Songs of Praise has explored islands around our beautiful coastline. She begins by looking back to her visit to Caldey Island off the coast near Tenby in south Wales. One of the monks there, Brother David, tells her about the rich Christian history of the island that stretches back over 1,400 years. She also discovers that one of the ways the present community of monks remain self-sufficient is by making their own chocolate – and Katherine happily volunteers to help out.
There’s also another chance to see Aled Jones setting sail with Christian sailors off the coast of the Isle of Wight to find out why being out on the ocean brings them closer to God. Aled also looks back at his visit to the Isle of Sheppey off the coast of Kent, where he joined in with teenagers from the local high school as they showed Christian love in action at their award-winning dementia cafe.
With great hymns and songs recorded before the current restrictions, including a rousing modern classic from the Isle of Wight proms and a spectacular performance from Katherine Jenkins of How Great Thou Art.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
The Venerable Stephen Pullin presides at our 10am Church at Home service this Sunday, 24th May at 10am. To download the order of service and to watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:- 
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
Those unable to watch the service online can now call 01865 920930 and participate by telephone. There is the option to listen to the full service with worship and the Eucharist, or a shorter version without (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Once an option is selected, it takes a couple of seconds of silence before the service starts. Standard call rates apply. Please pass this message on to those who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

(5). Church of England On-line:
Worship at Home Sunday Service at 9.00am for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Duke of Cambridge urges people who are concerned about their mental health or that of others to reach out and start a conversation, in a contribution to the Church of England’s national online service.
The service, led by Rev Professor Gina Radford, Vicar in Devon and a former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, includes a series of prayers for all those whose mental health has been affected, their relatives, friends and carers. Go to the following page:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online


BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“I Will Come Into Your House”
Episode 5: Samuel Wesley’s beautiful setting of Psalm 5.8 is my starting place this week. Wesley crafts a peaceful song of trust out of the middle of a Psalm which refuses to hide from life’s difficulties.
“Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” is a new series of reflective podcasts and online audio by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft who says “For each edition I will be talking with someone I’ve come to know in my travels about their faith, their work and their story. I’ll will be asking what it means to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world.”
The series aims to resource the Church during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To listen to the podcast go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/i-will-come-into-your-house/


ASCENSION DAY, THURSDAY 21st MAY:-

Radio 4:-  A Celebration for Ascension Day at 8.00pm.
Every year Radio 4 listeners fill the pews of St Martin-in-the-Fields for Radio 4's broadcast celebration of Ascension Day. But this year congregations gather remotely, for a different kind of service constructed from contributions from people across the country recording from their own homes. It’s a celebration but also a time to reflect on the present and find hope for the future.
Novelist and priest, the Revd Marie-Elsa Bragg offers a series of reflective meditations. She explores the fundamental place of physical touch in human experience and considers the nature of relationships built at a distance. She reflects on how people approach death, grief and despair, and provides a poetic vision of the future which acknowledges the triumphant power of love.
The service, led by the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Revd Dr Sam Wells, is a tapestry of words and music. It culminates in a new recording of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and voices of Radio 4 listeners recorded from their own homes in lock-down around the country. 
The BBC Philharmonic, the Daily Service Singers, St Martin's Voices and solo artists are also brought together, recording remotely, to create unique versions of hymns and anthems for Ascension Day.

Oxford Diocese Live Streaming:
There will be an online service for Ascension Day at 8.15pm on Thursday.
To watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/


"THY KINGDOM COME":-

We are approaching the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ call to prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost, 21st to 31st May. The website is here:- https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
and the resources include a booklet for daily prayer during that time, to buy a printed copy, or download (free):- https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/common-worship-daily-prayer-thy-kingdom-come


THE BIBLE SOCIETY:-

The Bible Society is releasing weekly videos of Bob Hartman (author of the “Open the Book” resources) telling a Bible story:- https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/open-the-book/stories-with-bob-hartman/


SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, ROGATION SUNDAY 17th MAY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: 
Acts 17: 22-31;   1 Peter 3: 13-22;   John 14: 15-21;   Psalm  66 verses 7-18

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Sixth Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service to celebrate Rogation Sunday. The you tube link is:- https://youtu.be/f6JXQxn8Z7Q 

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”
Discovering the gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Rev Dr Alison Jack of New College, Edinburgh, and Fr Dermot Preston SJ of St Aloysius' RC Church, Glasgow

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am  “Sunday Worship”  Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones leads the service on the sixth Sunday of Easter from St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. With hymns recorded for Songs of Praise, July 2019.
The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jbqs
Followed by Sunday Morning Stories at 11.15am  “Community”
This week Kate Bottley is enthused by the people lending a helping hand in their community. And whether they are spurred on by their faith in God or simply by the human spirit, she uncovers some extraordinary stories to give everyone hope and joy.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Modern Hymn Writers
Aled Jones meets Songs of Praise conductor Ken Burton to discuss why, in times of difficulty and trouble, the singing of Christian hymns can lift our hearts and soothe our souls. We revisit Sean Fletcher’s meeting with Graham Kendrick, who talked about writing his generation-defining song Shine Jesus Shine in the 1980s. Aled also recalls Pam Rhodes’s meeting with Catholic hymnwriter Bernadette Farrell, and American singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner Michael W Smith reflects on his career and friendship with evangelist Billy Graham. Hymns from the recent Songs of Praise archive. Recorded before current restrictions.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
The Revd Canon Sue Booys, Rector of Dorchester Abbey, will be leading the Church at Home service on Sunday 17th May at 10am; and that the Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, will deliver the sermon. To download the order of service and to watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:- 
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
Those unable to watch the service online can now call 01865 920930 and participate by telephone. There is the option to listen to the full service with worship and the Eucharist, or a shorter version without (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Once an option is selected, it takes a couple of seconds of silence before the service starts. Standard call rates apply. Please pass this message on to those who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

(5). Church of England On-line:
Weekly services are streamed each Sunday at 9.00am. Go to the following page, which also lists a range of resources to help walking with Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world:     https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online


BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“My Extraordinary Family – Be Still”
Episode 4: The lockdown is an invitation and an opportunity to come deeper with God, to address our spiritual poverty, to dare to explore that inner space, to be still and to wait for the winds and the earthquake and the fire within to pass and then to listen for that still, small voice speaking in the silence. Psalm 4 is our guide as we dare to explore this inner space.
“Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” is a new series of reflective podcasts and online audio by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft who says “For each edition I will be talking with someone I’ve come to know in my travels about their faith, their work and their story. I’ll will be asking what it means to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world.”
The series aims to resource the Church during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To listen to the podcast go to:- https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/series/my-extraordinary-family/


FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 10th MAY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: 
Acts 7: 55-60;   1 Peter 2: 2-10;   John 14: 1-14;   Psalm  31 verses 1-5, 15-16

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:-  Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service on Sunday, “Do not let your hearts be troubled". The you tube link is:- https://youtu.be/xsciaYRT2Zc  

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “What sort of victory?”
Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, asks how our nation can rise to its present huge challenges as it seeks to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is taking place as the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. VE commemorates victory on the battlefield after uncountable suffering and loss, but the 1945 Victory in Europe also marked the beginning of a social transformation, in health, education and housing. Recently we have seen another herculean national effort invoking the name of the nation's most famous nurse, who also forged her reputation and skills in a time of national crisis. What are we building today? What does the moment require of us, not just in solidarity now but in the years to come, in shaping a more compassionate world? The service will be lead by the Bishop of London and one time Chief Nursing Officer Dame Sarah Mullally, who will speak about the significance of Florence Nightingale for NHS workers today.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am  “Sunday Worship”  Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, leads the service for VE Day from Hereford Cathedral, filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. Featuring hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in 2017.
The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website: -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j4vn

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  75th Anniversary of VE Day
Katherine Jenkins marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, bishop of Dover, tells us about the role churches played in bringing people together to give thanks when peace was declared. We pay tribute to the forces sweetheart Helen Clare in an interview recorded in 2015, three years before she passed away, and there is another chance to find out how the code crackers at Bletchley Park helped to bring the war to an end. We revisit the Royal Hospital Chelsea to see the stunning chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren and discover what life is like for the Chelsea pensioners who live there. There are performances from Katherine and Britain’s Got Talent winner and Chelsea pensioner Colin Thackery and hymns from around the country. Recorded before church buildings closed.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
The diocesan service at 10am on Sunday 10th May will mark the start of Christian Aid Week and also VE Day. This week Bishop Steven will be presiding and there will be a reflection from the new Archdeacon of Oxford, the Venerable Jonathan Chaffey CB.
To watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
To download the Order of Service from the website:-  Click Here 
To download the Intercessions from the service:-  Click Here
Those unable to watch the service online can now call 01865 920930 and participate by telephone. There is the option to listen to the full service with worship and the Eucharist, or a shorter version without (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Once an option is selected, it takes a couple of seconds of silence before the service starts. Standard call rates apply. Please pass this message on to those who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

(5). Church of England On-line:
Weekly services are streamed each Sunday at 9.00am. Go to the following page, which also lists a range of resources to help walking with Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world:     https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online


BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

I will lie down and sleep… because the Lord sustains me”.
Episode 3 of this series explores Psalm 3, a psalm from the middle of a crisis.  What can we learn from the psalmist in the current crisis and when we are feeling overwhelmed?
We are undoubtedly living through one of the greatest crises of our lives. “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” is a new series of reflective podcasts and online audio by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft.
The series aims to resource the Church during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To listen to the podcast go to:-  https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/because-the-lord-sustains-me/   


RESOURCES FOR VE DAY, FRIDAY 8th MAY:

Resources to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8th May can be found on the following link:-https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/worship-resources-ve-day-2020


WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES:-

(1).  Resources on the Diocese of Oxford website:-

Reflections and prayer from Easter to Ascension - the reflections include links to Bible text if you wish to look more closely at the story. There are also audio files to listen to.  The Easter Reflections are:
1:-  Very Busy disciples       2:-  Mixed Feelings       3:-  A Long Walk for 2 Disciples    
4:-  Fish Supper                 5:-  The Holy Spirit       6:-  Thomas has Doubts
7:-  The End of the Age       8:-  Miracles
To download these reflections and bible reading and songs, go to:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/schools/resources-pps-2-2-4/easter-to-ascension/

(2).  The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education has also produced a range of resources for children and families to use during lockdown. To view the materials available, go to:-   https://www.oxford.anglican.org/schools/

(3). “Frog & Gnome” have produced Bible Verse Colouring Sheets and Bible Based activities. These can be found on the link:-https://www.frogandgnome.com/collections/colouring-sheets/products/7-colouring-sheets-for-anxious-times?fbclid=IwAR3-SFdmxsNqRB5PbsOeL3VPGUvsBy9HzuQKU82HYV7oMQ8q5cjcAQsatr0

(4).  “Exploring Faith Books” – information about these books is contained in the two PDF files:-
               Books for Children     Books for Young People

(5).  DIDDY DISCIPLES: Stories for Strange Times (For ages 0 – 10)
Diddy Disciples have audio stories, colouring sheets and a host of creative ideas to help explore stories with children. In a time when everything has changed, telling stories together as a family can help children (and adults!) make sense of the world around them. The Bible has some wonderful stories that can speak to us during these strange times. Choose from one of these short interactive times of storytelling and let the audio track lead you in telling the stories together. Remember children love repetition, so don’t just tell these stories once! Tell them ‘Again! Again!’ until they become your family’s stories!
Click on the following link:-  https://www.diddydisciples.org/tcahstoriesforstrangetimes


FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 3rd MAY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: 
Acts 2: 42-47;   1 Peter 2: 19-25;   John 10: 1-10;   Psalm  23

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:-  Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service on Sunday, “The Good Shepherd and a sheep named Dennis”. The you tube link is:- https://youtu.be/0YUAdww7YSI

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship”   “Unless the Lord builds the house...”
The Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam marks the 800th anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral and its move from Old Sarum. The original Salisbury Cathedral was completed at Old Sarum in 1092 under Osmund, the first Bishop of Salisbury. In 1220 the foundations were laid for this Cathedral on the 'New Sarum' site and within 38 years the main body of the building was completed. Bishop Nicholas and the Cathedral's Canon Precentor, the Revd Anna Macham, reflect on what this very special building means for the people of God in the city and diocese, and the vision, faith and human ingenuity that not only saw this building raised, but eight centuries on ensure it remains open, if only virtually.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am (subject to change)  “Sunday Worship”  Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads the service for the fourth Sunday of Easter from Bangor Cathedral in Wales, with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in March 2018. The service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.
The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website:-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hyq6

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise”  Faith and Farming
The Rev Kate Bottley looks back on some of Song of Praise’s most moving and uplifting stories from across the farming community. Kate has cream team with a bishop at one of the largest agricultural events in the UK, the Great Yorkshire Show. JB Gill finds out about a church set up in the middle of a farm, and Aled Jones has a go at duck herding. With hymns and worship songs to raise spirits and comfort the soul, including a special performance of a traditional blessing by soprano Margaret Keys. All recorded before the current closure of church buildings.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
Bishop Colin will be presiding at the next online Diocesan service at 10am on Sunday 3rd May, with a reflection from The Venerable Judy French. To watch the service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
For a PDF of the Order of Service, Click Here:- https://www.oxford.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DOX-044-4th-Easter-Sunday-OoS-v3.pdf
For those without the internet the Church at Home services from the Diocese of Oxford can now be accessed by telephone. Dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Normal call rates apply. Please pass this message on to those who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

UK Prays:- Bishop Olivia will be among the contributors this Sunday for an inclusive unifying moment of prayer for humanity. This online event takes place at 1.00 -1.30pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdozSCNgK4M&feature=youtu.be  

(5). Church of England On-line:
Weekly services are streamed each Sunday at 9.00am. Go to the following page, which also lists a range of resources to help walking with Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world:     https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
 

BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

The second episode in a new series of reflective podcasts by Bishop Steven explores Psalm 2. The series aims to resource the Church during the crisis. Listen online:-     https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/you-are-my-son/


EASTER PIGRIM:

Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu are inviting the whole Church to take 40 days this Easter season to explore the Lord’s Prayer as the world endures the coronavirus pandemic.

Each day for the 40 days of Easter, from Easter Sunday 12th April to Ascension Day, Thursday 21st May there is:
⁃ A short Bible reading that explores part of the Lord's Prayer and what it tells us about the Christian vision for human life,
⁃ An invitation to reflect on the reading,
⁃ A prompt to pause and consider what this might mean for you, your life and your discipleship,
⁃ A suggestion of how to pray,
⁃ Full audio for each day's entry, with a daily hymn

Pilgrim Journeys: The Lord’s Prayer is available as a free app with new content from Bishop Steven for 2020. Alternatively sign up for a daily email or listen to the daily reflections. To find out more follow the link below:-.
https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/easter-pilgrim
 

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, 26th APRIL:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER: 
Acts 2: 14a, 36-41;   1 Peter 1: 17-23;   Luke 24: 13-35;   Psalm  116: 1-3, 10-17

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:-  Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Third Sunday of Easter:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The title for Revd Val Plumb, Rural Dean for Mursley Deanery’s 15-minute Sunday Service is "Sometimes being broken helps us understand things better!" The link is:-  https://youtu.be/IpNh1Upxp7w 

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship”   "We had hoped ...."
“But we had hoped…” The words of two of Jesus’ disciples to a stranger on the road to Emmaus. In times of grief and disappointment, there is one thing left to cling to; that thing is hope. Professor Jennifer Strawbridge of Mansfield College, Oxford and the Revd, Dr Steve Nolan, Chaplain at Princess Alice Hospice, lead a reflection on where we find hope in times of despair. They explore Jesus' appearance to his two disciples on the Road to Emmaus and how that encounter speaks to us today.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am “Sunday Worship”
A service for the Third Sunday of Easter from Hereford Cathedral led by the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, with hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in 2017. The service was filmed before the closure of all church buildings.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise”  Christian Pilgrimage
Sean Fletcher introduces highlights of journeys Songs of Praise has made to ancient places of pilgrimage. He looks back at his own journey, walking barefoot across the sands to the breathtaking abbey of Mont St Michel in northern France, where he discovered why it has been one of Europe’s most important sacred sites for well over 1,000 years. Further south in France, there is another chance to see Kate Bottley joining the six million pilgrims who visit Lourdes each year. She learns more about the visions of the Virgin Mary that first began drawing people to the site in the 19th century and shares a special experience with a pilgrim who has come to bathe in the waters. Claire McCollum learns more about the spiritual significance of pilgrimage as she climbs Crough Patrick in western Ireland, and Pam Rhodes discovers the unique story of Walsingham – a place of deep spirituality for both Anglicans and Catholics.
With wonderful hymns and songs recorded before the current restrictions, celebrating the theme of pilgrimage.

(4). Bishop Olivia will be presiding at the next Diocesan live-stream service at 10am.
To watch the service live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/   
From this week it is also available to people dialling in by phone. The number to dial each week is 01865 920930. Press zero for the short service and 1 for the full Church at Home service. After a few seconds to retrieve the recording the service will start.

(5). Church of England information about possible worship opportunities:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-church-england-adapting-plans-holy-week-and-easter-meet
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, 19th APRIL:-

To download a PDF file with the full worship details:-  Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter:- Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The link for Revd Val Plumb, Rural Dean for Mursley Deanery’s 15 minute Sunday Service is:-  https://youtu.be/ylWZ3kVx_Us

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship” Meeting in the Lockdown
Immediately after the crucifixion the disciples were in ‘Lockdown.’ Fearing for their lives, perhaps there is a parallel with our current situation.
ii).  BBC 1 at 10.00am “Sunday Worship”
A service for the second Sunday after Easter from St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. With hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation recorded in July 2019.
iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise”  Strawberry Field
Filmed before the current restrictions, Aled Jones visits Strawberry Field, which was a Salvation Army children’s home in Liverpool around the corner from where John Lennon lived as a child.

(4). The next Diocesan live-stream service will be at 10am. For the Order of Service:- Click Here
To watch the service live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

(5). Church of England information about possible worship opportunities:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-church-england-adapting-plans-holy-week-and-easter-meet


HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP:-

To download a PDF file with all the worship details:-  Click Here

EASTER SUNDAY:

THE RECTOR  has written a brief reflection and prayer for Easter Sunday:- Click Here for the PDF file

BBC TELEVISION - Britain's Easter Story:-   Episode 2 of 2   BBC 1 at 10.10am
Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson uncover more of the history, music and traditions linking Britain to Easter, in the second of two special programmes. They travel across the country to explore how celebrations have changed over the centuries, taking in sites as varied as Whitby, Glastonbury, Hampton Court and Leeds. They discover how a medieval marital spat sparked change in the British church forever, why Easter was banned and by whom, and the story behind an Easter hymn by the nation’s most prolific hymn writer Charles Wesley. And they’re joined by the Kingdom Choir for an inspirational musical performance.

BBC TELEVISION - Urbi et Orbi   BBC1 at 11.00am
On this the eighth Easter of his pontificate, Pope Francis gives his Easter message and blessing to the city and to the world. Martin Bashir sets the scene.

BBC TELEVISION - Easter Sunday Worship   BBC 1 at 11.25am
To celebrate Easter Sunday, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones leads a service from Bangor Cathedral in north Wales. The preacher is the Right Reverend Andy John, the Bishop of Bangor. The programme includes Easter hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation recorded in March 2018, and was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.
To download the Order of Service:-   https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hbq5

BBC TELEVISION - Songs of Praise   BBC 1 at 1.15pm 
Katherine Jenkins is in Birmingham to celebrate Easter Sunday, in an episode recorded before the current restrictions came into effect. She hears how a new church, St Luke’s Gas Street in the heart of Birmingham, has grown in just four years. She meets its leader, Tim Hughes, and a member of its young congregation whose life has been transformed by Christianity. Sean Fletcher talks to former Birmingham City footballer, now pastor, Ricky Otto and hears his story from prison to pitch to pulpit. Sean also learns the skills of making stained-glass windows with a father and son who have been doing it all their lives. With Easter songs and hymns from across the country and a special rendition of a hymn from St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.

RADIO 4 - Something Understood at 6.05am
Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, explores reunions and recognitions in the context of the Easter narratives.
The Sunday after Easter, traditionally known as Low Sunday, is a time when Christians reflect more deeply on the celebrations of the previous weekend. Rowan Williams describes the human story as full of creating, breaking and restoring relationships and illustrates his thinking with powerful moments of reconciliation in War and Peace when Natasha seeks forgiveness from Prince Andrei, and in King Lear where the King is revisited by his daughter, as well as with the reuniting of Jacob and Esau in Genesis.
It is this mending of brokenness that Dr Williams uses to link in to the Easter stories. “They move us – and challenge us as well,” he says, “because they echo these deep feelings around finding and losing, separating and reuniting, recognising and failing to recognise and discovering that what seemed completely lost has not been destroyed. They are good news for us because they say that there is no relationship beyond mending in God’s providence and God’s time – that even the most final of separations or the most bitter of betrayals will not stifle the possibility of the reconciliation we long for."
The programme also features the poetry of Wilfred Owen, as well as Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro where the unfaithful Count is forgiven by his wife, accompanied by music, which has been described as the sound of God absolving the world.

RADIO 4 - Sunrise Service at 6.35am
A service of celebration for Easter morning with award winning gospel group Volney Morgan & New-Ye, exploring love and the ultimate sacrifice shown through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Music will include gospel classics and hymns like 'Lord I Lift Your Name on High' and How Deep the Father's Love, and songs from Volney Morgan & New Ye, ‘You Are Worthy’ and 'Everlasting God'.
Reading: John 20:11-18.

RADIO 4 -Sunday Worship at 8.10am.  Christ is risen!
The Archbishop of Canterbury cannot this year give his Easter Message as usual to a packed Canterbury Cathedral. Instead he is speaking to the nation as part of Easter Sunday Worship, which will also include an intimate communion service with his wife from the Archbishop's own kitchen at Lambeth Palace. Easter music sung by massed voices in happier times includes 'Jesus Christ is risen today, and This Joyful Eastertide. “Thine Be the Glory” was recorded this week by a virtual congregation of the homebound. The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin shares something of what churches in the Diocese of Canterbury are doing to enable prayer and worship while Christians are unable to gather together in church buildings. Readings: Acts 10.34-43; John 20: 1-18.

THE EASTER DAY DIOCESAN live-stream service is:- 
10.00am  Diocesan Eucharist. Bishop Steven presiding.
To watch the services live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

EASTER EVE, Saturday 11th April:
The diocesan live-stream service:- 

8.00pm  A Vigil for Our Times - see rumoursofhope.co.uk
To watch the services live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

GOOD FRIDAY:

THE RECTOR has written a brief reflection and prayer for Good Friday:- Click Here for the PDF file

RADIO 4 - Good Friday Meditation at 3.00pm
The cross is a place and a moment of isolation – on ‘A green hill far away’. At the same time, it stands close to the heart of every Christian believer and community. With worshipping communities scattered, and communal worship impossible – Baptist minister the Revd Richard Littledale asks whether the cross stands further from us or closer to us in current circumstances. Neil McGregor has been enthralled by Salvador Dali’s depiction of the cross since he was a boy. As Director of the National Gallery, he would bring the painting to London as a key element of the Seeing Salvation exhibition, but he believes it speaks into every context even especially our current isolation. Richard also speaks to a medic on the front line of treating the COVID 19 infection and asks, when sickness, and even death loom larger to all of us, whether they think the cross seems closer to us or further away?

BBC TELEVISION - Britain's Easter Story:-  Episode 1 of 2   BBC 2 at 3.00pm
In the first of two special programmes for Easter, choirmaster Gareth Malone and gospel choir conductor Karen Gibson travel round the UK to uncover the stories, music and traditions that have marked this most important of Christian festivals both in the past and today. From the stunning island of Lindisfarne to a Welsh mountain with a unique connection to Good Friday, Gareth finds out what links Easter to some of the country’s most stunning historic sites. Meanwhile, Karen unravels the origins of one of the best-known Good Friday hymns and, with her mum, revisits some of the traditions she grew up with. And, as the pair join the preparations for events in York and Birmingham, they explore Easter’s relevance in Britain today.

THE DIOCESAN live-stream service:- 
A series of six short addresses from Bishop Steven with hymns and prayers.
To watch the services live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

MAUNDY THURSDAY:
The Rector
has written a brief reflection and prayer for Maundy Thursday:- Click Here for the PDF file
The diocesan live-stream services are:- 
        11.00am The renewal of vows for parish and ordained ministry
        8.15pm Diocesan Eucharist. Bishop Colin presiding.
To watch the services live, or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

CHURCH OF ENGLAND - Live Streaming throughout Holy Week & Easter Sunday:-
For information about possible worship opportunities, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-church-england-adapting-plans-holy-week-and-easter-meet
 

Sister Hazel Eucharist:-

Sister Hazel is celebrating daily Eucharist at Paddock House. She has been given dispensation from the Bishop to celebrate alone and will continue to do this, seven days a week for as long as she has permission to do so.

A recording of the Eucharist can be followed on you tube:-

Go to youtube.com and in the Search, enter:-  youtube.com/watch?v=duh6tBj5AkU


Readings, Prayers & Services for Palm Sunday & Holy Week:-

For a PDF file giving the readings and prayers for the Palm Sunday and Holy Week services that we had planned:-  Click Here

Holy Week and Easter this year will be like no other we have experienced. Live-streamed worship will be available for everyone across the Diocese of Oxford. For details of all the services:-  Click Here
 

Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday:-

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:-

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for tomorrow:- Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship”
Walking alongside Jesus - Fr Dominic Robinson SJ and Dr Theodora Hawksley reflect on the way Jesus accompanies Christians spiritually when facing times of trial, suffering and bereavement.
ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am “Sunday Worship”
As Holy Week begins, The Dean of Hereford, The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, leads a service for Palm Sunday from the city’s historic cathedral. The service features hymns recorded for Songs of Praise in 2017 and was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.
iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise”
Sean Fletcher visits Glasgow Cathedral to talk about Holy Week and visits a mission where they put Christian faith to work helping others, recorded before the lockdown.

(3). The Palm Sunday diocesan live-stream Eucharist Service led by Bishop Olivia Graham will be at 10am. Some people experienced difficulty connecting to the stream at the start of last week’s service. Alternate links are available on Sunday to prevent this from happening again:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

(4). Church of England information about possible worship opportunities:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-church-england-adapting-plans-holy-week-and-easter-meet

Creative Ideas. The many donkeys used by churches to celebrate the story of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem will be getting a rest this year. And we won’t be able to hand out the traditional palm crosses. People are being encouraged to be more creative – see the link below to the Diocesan website for ideas for people of all ages:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/palm-sunday/

Make a Palm Cross” - to download a PDF file showing how to do this:-  Click Here


Sunday 29th March, Passion Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent:-

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:-

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for tomorrow:-  Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship”, a recorded service
ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise” with Aled Jones

(3). The next diocesan live-stream will take place at 10am on Sunday, 29 March - Eucharist led by three of our bishops working together, each from their own homes. The broadcast can be followed on the following link:-   
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

(4). Church of England on-line service at 9am, a 'front room' service with the Archbishop of York, recorded at Bishopthorpe Palace:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

(5). Through Churches Together in England, the lighting of candles and prayers will again happen at 7pm on Sunday:
https://www.cte.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=571088


A Call for Daily Prayer:-

Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer:

The Lord our Shepherd is with us through this crisis giving rest to the weary, comfort to the bereaved and guidance to the perplexed. Bishop Steven is asking everyone across the whole diocese, every disciple of Christ, to pause at 11.00am each day, if your work permits, and say Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer.

The Divine Shepherd - a Psalm of David:-

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
    he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.


Sunday 22nd March, Mothers' Day:-

There are various ways of sharing in worship:-

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for Mothers’ Day:-  Click here for the PDF file

(2). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available to watch live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am “Sunday Worship”, a recorded service for Mothers’ Day
ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm “Songs of Praise” with Kathryn Jenkins

(3).  Bishop Steven will preside at the Eucharist this Sunday and offer a brief reflection to the whole Diocese from Christ Church at 10 am. In keeping with the restrictions, only a handful of people will be able to be present. The link for this is:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/#toggle-id-4-closed

(4).  A special service from the Archbishop of Canterbury for Mothering Sunday, was recorded earlier this week at Lambeth Palace. It will go live at 9am tomorrow:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/online-church

(5). Light a candle of hope: The national call to prayer (as shown in the image above).  Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday to light a candle in a window, at 7pm on Sunday:https://www.cte.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=569010