Worship Details

WORSHIP RESOURCES will be provided here each week:-

At the start of the lockdown, ..........


From 13th June churches were allowed to reopen and from 4th July churches were allowed to open for public worship.

During the second lock down churches had to remain closed from 5th November except for private prayer. From the end of the lock down period on 2nd December churches were allowed to re-open for worship and remained open at the start of the third lockdown period on 4th January.

Following notification from the Director of Public Health for Buckinghamshire Council and from the diocese that communal worship should not continue during lockdown, all church services were further suspended on 20th January until further notice.

With the continuing success of the vaccination programme and the large drop in local COVID-19 case numbers, the Wardens of the four parishes, along with the Rector, agreed that live services in church would re-start on Palm Sunday, 28th March.
 

CHURCH SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE:



At present there is generally one service each week in one of the four churches in the Benefice. 

THIS SUNDAY, 13th JUNE:- Second Sunday after Trinity:
10.00am Holy Communion Service at Bow Brickhill
Due to the limit on numbers, those wishing to attend please advise Warden, Stuart Leeming:-
email:
stuleeming@aol.com  or  01908 372032  

ON LINE WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:


SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 13th JUNE 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Ezekiel 17: 22-24;   2 Corinthians 5: 6-10, 14-17;   Mark 4: 26-34;   Psalm 92: 1-4, 11-14

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 13th June:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection plus this week's story, “Seeds and Stories”. These were filmed at colourful locations in a garden in Great Brickhill.
The recordings can be found on the following links:  

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   Woven
The Revd Michaela Youngson leads a service on Storytelling - God’s Story, Our Story, Every Story. The London District Methodist Theme for 2019 - 2022 is Woven. An exploratory celebration of our story and God’s story being woven together because God is interested in the smallest detail of our lives. The theme of storytelling will be explored through testimonies, spoken word and popular Methodist hymns.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.30am  Sunday Morning Live   Series 12: Episode 1 of 20
Topical magazine show hosted by Sean Fletcher, covering the week’s talking points and exploring the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat and special guests, the show also shines a light on thought-provoking and inspiring stories from around the UK.

iii).  * BBC 2 * at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Durham Pilgrimage
The Rev Canon Kate Bottley heads off to the north east of England to join pilgrims on one of six new walking routes to Durham Cathedral and to hear about the many ways the experience can enrich people’s lives. The bishop of Durham and the bishop of Jarrow explain why this particular pilgrimage route is called the Way of Learning and is one of the new northern saints trails that celebrate the lives of local saints such as Cuthbert, Hilda and Bede. The group stop for lunch at the Refuse cafe in Chester-Le-Street, where their Christian ethos means you can pay for a meal not just with money but also by donating your time and skills. They also stop at Finchale Priory, where Kate finds out from fellow pilgrim, writer and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey how pilgrimage helped him to make sense of his life after he and his wife tried unsuccessfully to have a child. The pilgrims are welcomed at their final destination by Durham Cathedral’s Rev Canon Charlie Allen, who presents them with a special token to mark their journey. Music from around the country on the theme of pilgrimage, and Aled Jones performs a song he has written called Believe.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Discontinued:-
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, the Diocesan Church at Home Services have been discontinued.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
A service for the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell fire

The service this week marking the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell fire is led by Rev Gareth Wardell. This online worship comes from St Clement and St James Church, and includes a sermon from the Rt Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.
Join the weekly online service, streamed each Sunday at 9am.
To watch the sevice, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/service-fourth-anniversary-grenfell
 

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 6th JUNE 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Genesis 3: 8-15;   2 Corinthians 4: 13 -  5: 1;   Mark 3: 20-35;   Psalm 130

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 6th June:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Andrew Smith has recorded the story, “A Sad Day”. These were filmed near the Forest School in Great Brickhill.
The recordings can be found on the following links:  

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- How can Satan cast out Satan?
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/4iWC_WRdgsI

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   A Centenary of Note
Mattins from St George's Chapel, Windsor, marking the centenary of the birth of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh this week. The promise of Resurrection, living by faith, and a building from God eternal in the heavens, are themes of the New Testament reading in this first broadcast service from the Chapel since the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest there just weeks ago. Sermon: The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd David Conner, KCVO. Order of service:  Let all the world in every corner sing (Luckington); Preces & Responses (Radcliffe); Psalm 100 (Ouseley); 1 Sam 8:4-11; Benedictus in C (C.V. Stanford); 2 Cor 4:13-5.1; The Call (Vaughan Williams); Guide me, O thou great redeemer (Cwm Rhondda); National Anthem; Organ voluntary: Nun danket alle Gott (Karg-Elert)

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   The Power of Music
Katherine Jenkins visits Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the power of music in our lives and in our worship. At the cathedral's grand piano, she is joined by renowned composer Howard Goodall to share some favourite hymns and explore why they continue to move and inspire each new generation. Laura Wright meets a new generation of Christian musicians honing their skills at the Nexus Institute of Creative Arts in Coventry. She joins a group of musicians experimenting with harmonies on a classic hymn and speaks to staff and students about the importance of pursuing excellence in the context of their Christian faith. Back at the cathedral, Katherine goes back to her chorister roots to celebrate 30 years since Salisbury became the first English cathedral to introduce a full girls’ choir, separate but equal to the boys. And the director of the Royal School of Church Music talks about celebrating church worship on their Music Sunday.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Discontinued:-
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, the Diocesan Church at Home Services have been discontinued.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Celebrating Corpus Christi

Fr Oliver Coss leads the worship for the First Sunday after Trinity. From All Saints' Northampton, this online church service celebrates Corpus Christi, the day of thanksgiving for the sacramental gifts of Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion.
Join the weekly online service, streamed each Sunday at 9am.
To watch the sevice, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-corpus-christi
To download the Order of Service, click on the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-06/OOS%20Corpus%20Christi%206th%20June%202021%20AFN%20VF.pdf
 

FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS FROM BISHOP STEVEN:

Come and Eat – A series of fortnightly podcasts from Bishop Steven
Come and Eat is a new podcast series on Holy Communion, the profound, wonderful meal at the heart of our faith. Bishop Steven explores how we can hear afresh, and then pass on, an invitation from our risen Lord to come and eat, to gather again around the table of the Lord, to reset our common life and especially our sacramental life? Bishop Steven offers us a way of framing and thinking about our calling through the coming months, as we begin to regather as a church and restore something like our normal common life.
To find out more about “come and Eat” and to listen to the 15-minute podcast, follow the link:-    https://www.oxford.anglican.org/our-faith/come-and-eat/
 

TRINITY SUNDAY, 30th MAY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY:
Isaiah 6: 1-8;   Romans 8: 12-17;   John 3: 1-17;   Psalm 29

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 30th May:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Julia Turner has recorded the story, “Jesus is Baptised”. These were filmed at a farm in Great Brickhill. The recordings can be found on the following links:  

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   Doing Justice
A Service of Reflection marking the Anniversary of the murder of George Floyd - from the New Testament Church of God Community, Brixton. An array of senior Church leaders from across the United Kingdom will remember the death of George Floyd and challenge churches and communities in Britain and Ireland to stand up for justice, and against racism, ignorance, and hatred. The ecumenical service, initiated by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland features the IDMC Gospel Soul Choir and soloists HURU and Davinia Robinson, and contributions from an array of senior Church leaders. The preacher is the Revd Les Isaac, OBE, founder of Street Pastors in the UK. The New Testament lesson is read by the Most Revd and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York. The service will feature the IDMC Gospel Soul Choir - directed by John Fisher - singing Walk with me, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah and Turn It Around.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.00am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 8 of 8
The Rev Kate Bottley shares a collection of uplifting stories from people who have used their faith to make a fresh start in their lives. She hears from a man who found religion and denounced violence, and a cathedral helping people back on to their feet and into the workplace.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Newstead Abbey
Aled Jones visits Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire to explore its 850 years of history. Curator Simon Brown explains how the abbey began as an Augustinian priory and it is thought one of the priests was Friar Tuck, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men. Recently, Newstead Abbey has looked into its 19th-century links to black history and the connection to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Aled talks to two women whose faith has motivated them to bring to light this little-known, difficult chapter from the abbey's past. Aled also meets volunteers who work in the house and gardens to hear how their faith inspires them. YolanDa Brown meets Emerald O’Hanrahan, who plays Emma Grundy in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, to hear about her personal prayer space. There is music from Nottingham’s Albert Hall, Margaret Keys performs Ave Maria, and Aled performs one of his favourite hymns, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, in Newstead Abbey’s Japanese garden.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Discontinued:-
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, the final Diocesan Church at Home Service was held last Sunday, 23rd May.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
God is revealed through the Trinity

This service for Trinity Sunday, led by Rev Rebecca Mathew, vicar of St Nicholas Church, Allestree and St Paul’s, Quarndon in the Diocese of Derby, and the sermon from Rev Shemil Mathew, Chaplain for Oxford Brookes University, explores the way in which God is revealed to us through the Trinity and how we are reminded of our own relationships, communities and global networks.
Join the weekly online service, streamed each Sunday at 9am.
To watch the sevice, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/god-revealed-through-trinity  
To download the Order of Service, click on the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Trinity%20Sunday%2030th%20May%202021%20AFN%20VF.pdf
 

WHIT SUNDAY - PENTECOST, 23rd MAY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR PENTECOST:
Acts 2: 1-8, 12-18;  Romans 8: 22-27;  John 15: 26-27;   Psalm 104: 25-35, 37

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 23rd May:- Click Here

(1). Jeremy Hopkinson, LLM, has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
Jeremy has recorded a video version of this reflection and Suzanne Cook has recorded the story, “The Helper Arrives”. These were filmed in a garden in Great Brickhill. The recordings can be found on the following links:  

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   The Breath of Life
Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John and Archdeacon of Bangor, the Venerable Mary Stallard, lead a service for Pentecost from St Tudno's Church on the Great Orme peninsula.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.30am   Sunday Worship 2021   A Celebration for Pentecost
A joyful and uplifting service, live from All Saints' Church, Woodford Wells, to mark the Christian festival of Pentecost. The service is introduced by the Rev Paul Harcourt, Becky Harcourt and Yasmin Omotosho. Songs and hymns include This Is Amazing Grace, Spirit Break Out, Waymaker and How Great Thou Art, sung by members of All Saints’ worship group, led by Martin Donovan.

iii).  BBC 1 at 11.30am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 7 of 8
Kate Bottley shares stories of faith, hope and spirituality, including the Jewish fire chief who is hoping to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Pentecost Sunday
On Pentecost Sunday, Sean Fletcher learns about life in a monastery at the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. He meets older and younger brothers who have committed themselves to a simple life of daily devotion and prayer. Sean discovers more about the story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit empowered the first Christians to share their faith 2,000 years ago. Also in the programme, Pam Rhodes joins musician Pete James and actor Martha Shrimpton, who have helped to create Cheeky Pandas, a cartoon series teaching children about the Bible. Ultra-marathon runner Rohan Kallicharan explains how a simple but profound encounter brought him a life-giving faith in Jesus, enabling him to overcome major mental health battles. Hymns and songs with a Pentecost theme come from across the country. 

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the  Final Diocesan Church at Home Service at 10am:-
Pentecost

“ Welcome to this very special final service of Church at Home. Since the pandemic restrictions began, we have prayed, lamented, rejoiced and lifted our hearts in worship together. We have been led by readers, intercessors, presidents, preachers, musicians, liturgists and more from homes, churches, offices, chaplaincies, schools, convents, cathedrals, colleges and playgrounds across the diocese.
Now, we celebrate all God has done in and through Church at Home and give thanks especially for those who have come to faith, returned to faith, and deepened their faith through these services.
On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate God pouring out the Holy Spirit on the gathered disciples and pray that we would also be filled afresh. God has given each of us gifts for the building up of the kingdom, and every one of these gifts is needed as we seek to rebuild our communities and to build up one another in love.
This special service is an hour long, after which there’s some worship to enjoy and sing along with, and a thank you to everyone who’s been involved in Church at Home.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Pentecost Sunday

“In this week's service, with the Archbishop of York and Thy Kingdom Come, we pray for more people to find their joy within God's Church.”
Join the weekly online service, streamed each Sunday at 9am.
To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/pentecost-sunday  
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/OOS%20for%20Pentecost%20Sunday%20VFF%20AFN.docx.pdf
 

SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION DAY, THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 16th MAY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Ezekiel 36: 24-28;   Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26;   John 17: 6-19;   Psalm 1

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 16th May:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Alison Packer has recorded the story, “Down through the Roof”. These were filmed inside Little Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   A Name Above All Names
In his letter to the Philippians, St Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” so describing Christ as humble in his humanity but glorified in his divinity. In live worship from Lichfield Cathedral, Residentiary Canon and Assistant Bishop, The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, reflects both on the crucified Jesus and the risen and ascended Christ. From one of the places of worship involved in the provision of the Covid vaccines she asks how we might live differently as a result of the pandemic and in the light of the Ascension of Christ. The worship is led by the Canon Precentor, The Revd Canon Andrew Stead. Music comes from Lichfield Cathedral Choir, directed by Ben Lamb, with Ascensiontide hymns and anthems, featuring the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020, Highly Commended Award winner, Josie, to launch the 2021 competition.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.30am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 6 of 8
Kate Bottley hears from people who have given up their time to help others, including a couple who offered their home to a Syrian refugee so he could pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Exeter
Aled Jones visits the cathedral town of Exeter in Devon. He explores the underground passages that brought water from Saint Sidwell’s Well to the cathedral. We meet Mark Edwards, a cyclist who makes a 25 mile round trip every Sunday to deliver DVDs to fellow members of his church’s congregation who don’t have access to its online services. It’s also Dementia Action Week, and YolanDa Brown meets Jo Earlam, a local woman who has mapped the city to create safe routes to encourage those living with dementia to get out and about. At St David’s Church, we hear how they’ve turned lockdown into an opportunity for a different sort of Bible study group, and there’s also music from there, led by hymn writer Graham Kendrick. Aled performs Pie Jesu with the current BBC Young Chorister of the Year and launches the search to find the next winner of the competition. 

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service at 10am:-
Sunday after Ascension - Seventh Sunday of Easter

“Welcome to this week’s Church at Home service, which brings together contributions from across the diocese. The service is led by the Ven Jonathan Chaffey, archdeacon of Oxford, and the reflection is given by Revd Jenni Williams, vicar of St Matthew’s Oxford. Today’s Gospel takes us to Jesus’ wonderful prayer for his disciples ahead of his journey to the cross. They reveal some of Jesus’ own heart for prayer, and his desire for us as his children to be held in prayer. Let us all pray that God would speak to us through the service today. Between Ascension and Pentecost, many churches participate in the global Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. This call to pray takes different forms, but at its heart encourages Christians of all ages and stages to spend time in prayer with God.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

Final Church at Home Service now 23rd May
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, our final Church at Home will be next Sunday, 23rd May. 

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
National Sports Sunday

Warren Evans, CEO of Sports Chaplaincy UK, speaks in the extract below from the service for National Sports Sunday. The full online service is led by James Lusted, Sports Chaplaincy UK Ambassador.
To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/national-sports-sunday   
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/National%20Sports%20Sunday%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

DAILY PRAYER FOR THY KINGDOM COME:

THE GLOBAL WAVE OF PRAYER, 13-23 MAY 2021:-
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (13 May) and Pentecost (23 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come is a great way to set up regular, daily patterns of prayer to hold these people in prayer – whether doing so on your own, as a household, or joining with a small group or as a church virtually.
The resource is available in a range of offline and free online formats
i).  The booklet. In full-colour and complete with services, psalms and readings – is available now from Church House Publishing for just £1.99 when you order online (with bulk discounts on 10s and 50s).
ii).  The free app for iOS and Android. Containing audio for Morning, Evening, Day and Night Prayer from the booklet for all 11 days. The Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come app has been updated with 2021 Sunday psalms and readings and the ability to set reminders for any or all the services at times that suit you. Download for Android or iOS.
iii).  Smart speaker. From Thursday 13 May (Ascension Day), you can also get Alexa and Google Home to ‘Ask the Church of England for today’s Thy Kingdom Come’ to hear a short service of Prayer During the Day (before 7pm) and Night Prayer (after 7pm) throughout the 11 days.
For more information, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/daily-prayer-thy-kingdom-come
 

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 9th MAY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Isaiah 55: 1-11;    Acts 10: 44-48;    John 15: 9-17;    Psalm 98

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 9th May:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Diane Webber has recorded the story, “The Lost Coin”. These were filmed at the rear of the Stoke Hammond churchyard. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- The love of Christ.  Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/h7CO6M5s4C0

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   How to Pray
The American monk, Thomas Merton wrote "The secret of prayer is hunger for God. The will to pray is the essence of prayer". In this service from Bishopthorpe, the official residence of the Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. Stephen Cottrell explores the question of how to pray. It is prayer that sees many believers through the hardest times but it is not always an easy practice to maintain. He reflects on the Lord's Prayer, the meaning of the words and the impact of them as they are spoken.

ii).  **BBC 2** at 12.45pm   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 5 of 8
The Rev Kate Bottley shares stories of people who have used their religion, self belief and determination to overcome adversity.

iii). ** BBC 2** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Swansea
Brenda Edwards visits Swansea to explore the Welsh Revival, when Christianity spread rapidly through Wales, and she discovers a new church that is reviving an old chapel.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service at 10am:-
Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Welcome to Church at Home on the sixth Sunday of Easter. We are delighted to have the Rt Revd Olivia Graham as our president today, with a reflection by the Ven Canon Stephen Pullin. A huge thanks to everyone from across the diocese who has contributed ideas, prayers and action – you have made this service possible. Our gospel reading this week calls us to a fruitful love of the other, like Jesus does us – a love that’s in it for the long haul. The Jesus of the gospels lived at the edges of polite society. He was out in the wild, untamed places of the community, searching for the ones who didn’t ‘belong.’ The Jewish leaders of his day could not get their heads around such love – a love that not only frolics with lambs, but wrestles with wolves too. As we worship, let us reflect on the costly love of the ‘other’ that we celebrate in Eastertide, calling to mind the love that flows from God through Jesus. Let us summon the courage to live it, as we participate in the abundance of that goodness in every moment of the day, now and always.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

Final Church at Home Service now 23rd May
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, our final Church at Home will be on Sunday 23rd May. 

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Loving and following Jesus through music, prayer and reflection

Tim Hughes speaks of loving and following Jesus, in this online worship. From Gas Street Church, Birmingham, the service features prayer, music and reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/loving-and-following-jesus-through   
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Easter%206%20OOS%209th%20May%202021%20VF.pdf
 

FORTNIGHTLY PODCASTS FROM BISHOP STEVEN:

Come and Eat – The new series of fortnightly podcasts from Bishop Steven
Come and Eat is a new podcast series on Holy Communion, the profound, wonderful meal at the heart of our faith. It focuses on the Eucharist and on resetting our sacramental life as we face the months ahead, looking at different sections of John 6 and Jesus’ invitation to his disciples in John 21 to ‘come and eat.’
Episode two of Come and Eat, Bishop Steven focuses on Jesus as the bread of life.
To listen to the 15-minute podcast, follow the link:-  https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/
 

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 2nd MAY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Acts 8: 26-40;    1 John 4: 7-12;    John 15: 1-8;    Psalm 22: 24-30

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 2nd May:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Andrrew Smith has recorded the story, “Philip and the Ethiopian”. These were filmed by the font at the entrance, and by the Cradle Roll in Great Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship” 
100 years - reflecting on the past - building a future together
A Service led by the members of the Church Leaders’ Group, Ireland, marking of the Centenary of the partition of the island of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland and exploring how to build a future marked by peace, commitment to the common good, in Christ, in whom all things hold together. Taking part will be the Right Rev David Bruce, Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly, the Rev Tom McKnight, President of the Irish Methodist Church and the Archbishops of Armagh, the Most Rev Eamon Martin and the Most Rev John McDowell.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 4 of 8
Kate Bottley shares inspirational stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality. How specially trained therapy dogs are helping schoolchildren with their reading, and the UK’s first Muslim ballet school, which teaches the importance of looking after yourself.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Northern Ireland’s 100th
Claire McCollum marks the Partition of Ireland and formation of Northern Ireland 100 years ago, meeting Christians from across the denominations to discuss the past and their hopes for the future. She finds out how the Union Theological College in Belfast became the first parliament building, and meets two theology students - one Protestant and one Catholic - to hear their perspectives. We learn how the Belfast Community Gospel Choir was created, and Sean Fletcher meets Danielle Gault, a young Christian whose faith and health have been challenged. With music from Enniskillen, Down Patrick and Dungannon, and a special performance by Daniel O’Donnell filmed on the Causeway Coast.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service at 10am:-
Fifth Sunday of Easter

“This week’s Church at Home brings together two vivid stories from the New Testament: Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch from Acts 8 and Jesus’ declaration that he is ‘the vine’ from John 15. These stories speak to us both of a God whose spirit is powerfully at work among us and of the importance of our remaining connected to the work of the Spirit. The service is led by the Revd Liz Jackson, associate archdeacon of Berkshire, with the reflection offered by the Rt Revd Gavin Collins, Bishop of Dorchester. Wherever you are joining us from this morning, our prayer is that you would encounter God afresh and hear the still, small whisper of his voice. Christ is risen. Alleluia.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

Final Church at Home Service 16th May
With onsite worship now taking place in many parishes and hundreds of churches offering their own online services, our final Church at Home will be on Sunday 16th May. 

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Exploring transformative conversations

“Hear from Rev Prebendary Sarah Schofield in this extract from our weekly worship. From the University of Wolverhampton, the full online service explores transformative conversations with students and staff, alongside music and prayer.” To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/exploring-transformative-conversations  
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/Easter%205%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

ADDITIONAL FROM DIOCESE OF OXFORD:

Come and Eat - New series of podcasts from Bishop Steven
Come and Eat is a new podcast series on Holy Communion, the profound, wonderful meal at the heart of our faith. It focuses on the Eucharist and on resetting our sacramental life as we face the months ahead, looking at different sections of John 6 and Jesus’ invitation to his disciples in John 21 to ‘come and eat.’ The first in this short series of podcasts on Holy Communion is “The Exhausted Prophet”,   the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19.
To listen to the 15-minute podcast, follow the link:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/come-and-eat-exhausted-prophet/
 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 25th APRIL 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Genesis 9. 8-17;   Acts 4. 5-12;   John 10.11-18;   Psalm 23

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 25th April:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and Stuart Leeming has recorded the story, “A Special Promise”. These were filmed at the new Church Community Hall in Brickhill. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service for this Sunday:- St. George Day, 23rd April. Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/ks3OW1d5X4A

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  To Have And To Hold
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, former royal chaplain Rev. Canon Ann Easter leads a service reflecting on the gift of relationships. As lockdown restrictions slowly lift we consider the relationships that have helped us through the past year, those that have been tested and challenged, those just beginning or being picked up again as gathering and travelling become more possible. Three pairs (a grandma and grandson, a husband and wife, and two friends) reflect on their relationships throughout the pandemic and how God has been working through them. Theologian and social entrepreneur Dr Krish Kandiah preaches on partnering with God in our relationships to love and serve those around us. With traditional hymns and modern worship songs.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 3 of 8
Kate Bottley shares inspirational stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality.

iii). ** BBC 2 ** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Springtime Joy
Rev Kate Bottley visits the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford. She joins volunteers planting seeds and bulbs in the gardens, due to open to the public in May, and reflects on the signs of hope this represents. Christian author Ruth Valerio tells Kate how gardens are symbolic of the Christian faith throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Gifted Christian mouth artist Ian Parker describes how faith and painting have inspired him since teenage years. And Gemma Hunt visits Nigel and Rachel Stephens in Stockport, whose community project Fit and Fed has brought fun to families through cooking. Hymns and songs come from across the UK.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Fourth Sunday of Easter at 10.00am
“A warm welcome as we worship God together on the fourth Sunday of Easter. We are delighted that our president is the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, and that our address is given by the Revd Richard Lamey, rector of the Parish of St Paul, Wokingham. Jesus says: ‘I am the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep’. Jesus calls us to follow him, offering us love and life and hope, meeting us in very ordinary and even extraordinary ways and places in our lives. Where will you meet Jesus this week? We pray that you do and that you will know the power and gentleness of the Holy Spirit in your life today. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas, prayers, words and music for this week’s Church at Home as we continue our Eastertide celebrations.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Meeting the Good Shepherd where we are

Rev Rachel Mann speaks of meeting the Good Shepherd where we are in our online worship. The service celebrates The Fourth Sunday of Easter, with prayer, music and praise from St Nicholas Church, Burnage, Manchester.. To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/meeting-good-shepherd-where-we-are
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/Easter%204%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, 18th APRIL 2021:-

A PRAYER FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND THE OXFORD DIOCESE ON THE DEATH
OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH   
(10 JUNE 1921 - 9 APRIL 2021)

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.
Amen.

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Zephaniah 3: 14-20;    Acts 3: 12-19;    Luke 24: 36-48;    Psalm 4

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 18th April:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this reflection and also recorded the story, “On the Road to Emmaus”. These were filmed in Great Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Walking Together
Exploring the rich story of the Road to Emmaus with the Rev Philip Blackledge and Claire Nicholson of Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Melrose. Reading: Luke 24: 13-35

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 2 of 8
Kate Bottley shares inspirational stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   York
Katherine Jenkins interviews Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, about his first eight months in office and the role of the Church of England after lockdown. Comedian Frank Skinner talks to Sean Fletcher about his Roman Catholic faith. Sean also discusses the two-year renovation of the grand organ at York Minster with assistant director of music Ben Morris and the Minster’s precentor, the Rev Canon Vicky Johnson. Social worker Carol Lawson, who is based in the York area, reflects on the challenges she and her colleagues have faced while caring for people during the Covid-19 pandemic. The music is a mix of hymns and worship songs, including Praise to the Holiest in the Height, Faithful One, He Who Would Valiant Be and, to mark St George’s Day, Jerusalem.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Third Sunday of Easter at 10.00am
Join us at 10am to worship together on the third Sunday of Easter. We are delighted that Revd Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham, will be presiding for us, with the Revd Will Pearson-Gee, Rector of Buckingham, preaching. This week our Gospel passage shows the disciples reacting to the appearance of the Risen Christ – their fear and doubts are quelled by Christ’s words. In our passage from Acts, Peter addresses the crowd having healed a lame man: he explains what the power of God can do through his followers and offers the opportunity to repent. Together these readings show us what it means to follow Christ and to be Easter people.
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/#tab-id-3
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh: A Sunday Service with the Archbishop of York

You are invited to remember HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. From Bishopthorpe Chapel, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell leads this online service of remembrance and prayer. To watch the service, follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/remembering-duke-edinburgh-sunday
To download the Order of Service as a PDF file, follow the link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/ABY%20Easter%203%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.pdf
To download the reflection as a PDF file, go to:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/ABY%20Easter%203%20Reflection%20AFN%20VF.pdf
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, 11th APRIL 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER:
Exodus 14: 10-22;    Acts 4: 32-35;    John 20: 19-31;    Psalm 133

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 11th April:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Alison Packer has recorded the story, “The Great Escape”. These were filmed in the Lady Chapel and, for the prayer, beside the Easter garden at Little Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  A service of thanksgiving from Westminster Abbey
A Service of Morning Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, recorded in Westminster Abbey.
Jesu, the very thought of thee (Bairstow)
Be still, my soul (Finlandia)
Lamentations 3: 22–33;   Psalm 90 (Lang);   John 14: 1-7
O God, our help in ages past (St Anne)
The address (The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean)
Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening
The Lesser Litany, Lord's Prayer and responses followed by the prayers and Grace
Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening (Harris)
Blessing followed by the National Anthem
Elegy (Thalben-Ball) (played by Sub-Organist: Peter Holder)

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.30am   Sunday Morning Stories   Series 2 Episode 1 of 8
Kate Bottley shares inspirational stories rooted in faith, hope and spirituality.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   The Duke Of Edinburgh
This special Songs of Praise pays tribute to and remembers His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Aled Jones looks back at the Duke’s long life, the role faith played in it and his sense of duty, dedication and love for Queen and country. With interviews from leading faith figures and those who knew him well, including the former Dean of Westminster and Gyles Brandreth. We explore Prince Philip’s legacy including meeting some of the many millions of young people who have taken part in the award scheme bearing his name.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Second Sunday of Easter at 11.00am
“Join Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, for a Sung Eucharist service from 11am, with the Revd Paul Cowan, Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, preaching. We gather as a community, both in the cathedral and in our own homes, and we continue to pray together, to hear God’s word together, and to worship together, wherever we are.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/#tab-id-4
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Knowing Jesus in doubt, 11th April

Rev Jessica Smith, Curate at St Francis of Assisi Church, Strood, presides in the online worship. The service, for Low Sunday, explores knowing Jesus in doubt.
Click on the following link to watch an extract and for the full service:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/knowing-jesus-doubt
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/Low%20Sunday%20OOS%20April%202021%20VF.pdf
 

AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR:
The Rector has recorded an Easter message, filmed amongst daffodils in Great Brickhill.
The You Tube link is:-  https://youtu.be/ySrxMFcrnqs

 

EASTER SUNDAY, 4th APRIL 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR EASTER SUNDAY:
Isaiah 25: 6-9;    Acts 10: 34-43;    Mark 16: 1-8;    Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Easter Sunday 4th April:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection for Easter.  Click Here  for the PDF file.

Instead of recording the weekly reflection, the Rector’s sermon at the Easter Day service at Great Brickhill will be recorded and uploaded to You Tube shortly after the service. The link will be on the Home page of the website.

Suzanne Cook has recorded a story for Easter “A Happy Day”, filmed in a garden in Great Brickhill. The You Tube link is:-  https://youtu.be/3uR7mlkvnf0

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Easter Day! Death is not the end.
Follow the link:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfnOGGKOxM

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4  Sunrise Service at 6.35am
An Easter morning celebration of Christ’s resurrection, exploring the themes of transformation and restoring hope. With music from Manchester, and speech from West Yorkshire. The service includes a reading from the gospel of John describing the moment when the resurrected Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene. Led by Arianna Walker and Debbie Harvie from Mercy UK, a Christian charity based in Bradford, that helps women with life-controlling issues. With uplifting hymns and worship music all performed by ‘Voices Beyond’ gospel choir, recorded in lockdown.

ii).  Radio 4 at 8.10am   Easter Sunday Service (as per the BBC1 service at 10.00am)
The Most Revd Justin Welby shares his Easter message of hope and resurrection, in a joyful celebration, live from the stunning setting of Canterbury Cathedral. Following Covid-safe guidelines, members of Canterbury Cathedral Choir, directed by David Newsholme, sing well-loved hymns and anthems including Jesus Christ is Risen Today, This Joyful Eastertide and Thine be the Glory and the Mass setting is Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B Flat. With Gospel music from Junior Garr and members of the Spirituals Choir and readings and prayers from the Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover and members of the Community of St Anselm.

iii).  BBC 1 at 9.00am   Fern Britton's Holy Land Journey
Fern Britton travels to Jerusalem on a life-changing journey of faith in search of the real story of Jesus's final days, from his triumphal arrival to his brutal crucifixion. It is an emotional trip which culminates with Fern's decision to mark her pilgrimage in a way she will remember forever. Ever since Sunday school, Fern has known of the events that took place in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Now, as an adult and a committed Christian, she wants to truly grasp their significance - how Jesus entered Jerusalem at the height of his mission, only to be betrayed, abandoned by his closest followers and condemned to suffer the cruellest of deaths on the cross. Fern wants to understand the humanity of Jesus to get a sense of what he went through during those final days. How did Jesus's crucifixion come about? What he was feeling? And what did it all mean? To find out, she meets local experts and experiences the sights and sounds of the places where Jesus once walked.

iv).  BBC 1 at 10.00am   Easter Day Eucharist (as per Radio 4 above)
The Most Rev Justin Welby shares his Easter message of hope and resurrection in a joyful celebration, live from the stunning setting of Canterbury Cathedral. Following Covid-safe guidelines, members of Canterbury Cathedral Choir, directed by David Newsholme, sing well-loved hymns and anthems including Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, This Joyful Eastertide and Thine Be the Glory. The mass setting is Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B Flat. With gospel music from Junior Garr and members of the Spirituals Choir, and readings and prayers from the Rt Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, bishop of Dover, and members of the Community of St Anselm.

iv).  BBC 1 at 11.00am   Urbi et Orbi
On the ninth Easter of his pontificate, Pope Francis gives his Easter message and blessing Urbi et Orbi – to the city and to the world.

v).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Easter Sunday
Katherine Jenkins celebrates Easter Sunday from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. She finds out about the meaning behind the Paschal candle, lit especially at Eastertime, and performs one of her favourite hymns, the Sanctus, to Elgar’s stirring tune Nimrod. Echoing the theme of the Easter story, James Lusted meets a vicar who has turned his life around from darkness into light. With favourite Easter hymns and songs from Llandaff Cathedral Choir, Vocal Creation, The Voice UK winner Blessing Annatoria and a special performance from one of Wales’s finest - Sir Bryn Terfel.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service, Easter Sunday, 10am:-
Alleluia, Christ is risen! Bishops Steven, Olivia, Gavin and Alan wish you a happy Easter Day as we celebrate together from every corner of the diocese and beyond. Easter marks the beginning of a journey of faith, hope and love as we give thanks to God for raising his Son from the dead. It is also characteristic of the Easter Mass that Christians join in a renewal of the rites of baptism. You may wish to have some water in a bowl, safely away from your digital device, to join in this act of renewal. As Saint Augustine said, ‘We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song’, so please do join in the service with great enthusiasm as we celebrate the majesty of Christ and the faithfulness of God.
To download the order of service and to watch this service, live or at a later time, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/#tab-id-5
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Service Easter Sunday, 4th April at 9am:  
“You are invited to join our online community in worship on Easter Sunday from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the theme of Resurrection. They will premiere here on the Church of England website, Facebook and YouTube. They will also be shared across BBC services; local radio (8am), Radio 4 (8:10am) and BBC 1 (10am) – see above."
https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-easter-sunday-and-holy
 

PALM SUNDAY OF LENT, 28th MARCH 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR PALM SUNDAY:
Isaiah 50: 4-9a;   Philippians 2: 5-11;   Mark 14: 1 - 15: 47;   Psalm 31: 9-16

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 28th March:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and James Northen has recorded the story, “The Great Parade”. These were filmed along the path and next to the cross in the choir stalls at Great Brickhill Church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Palm Sunday
Methodist minister Revd Dr Calvin Samuel leads us in a celebratory service marking the first day of Holy Week, known as Palm or Passion Sunday. Featuring a dramatic gospel reading of the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The sermon comes from the winner of the 2021 Theology Slam, a national competition to find engaging young voices, aged 18-30, who think theologically about the contemporary world. With a variety of music including traditional Palm Sunday hymns such as ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honour’.

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.00am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 6
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a service for Palm Sunday from All Saints Church in Hale Barns, led by the Rev Clair Jaquiss. Sarah Small reflects on what Palm Sunday might mean for us today, and hymns include Were You There, from the Adventist Vocal Ensemble, and My Song Is Love Unknown, sung by Katie Ritson.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Finding Hope
On Palm Sunday, Aled Jones visits Oxford to celebrate stories of hope and meets Professor Andy Pollard, one of the leading scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. At St Cross College, Professor Pollard shares how his Christian faith and the prayers of people all over the world have helped and inspired him, and how he finds great hope in the way scientists and volunteers in many nations have worked together to make the vaccine possible. Aled also visits the city’s largest vaccination centre to witness the hope the jab is bringing to the community. Young mum Louise Blyth shares her story of how miraculous answers to prayer led her to find faith and hope in the darkest days of grief. And YolanDa Brown meets the Christian friends using their gifts in medicine and music to help doctors facing burnout. With hymns for Holy Week and a performance of a new blessing for carers.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Palm Sunday at 10.00am
“Join us to worship together on Palm Sunday. Revd Sarah Nesbitt, of the United Benefice of Shiplake, Dunsden and Harpsden, is our preacher this morning, with Revd Ross Meikle and the Taylor family leading a special procession of the palms. The service features a dramatic reading of Christ’s Passion from the Gospel according to Mark. We hope it carries you into the drama of Holy Week and helps you to engage with the joy of Palm Sunday, followed by the desolation and bewilderment that precedes the excitement and anticipation of Easter for Christians around the world. You may wish to have or make a cross to help you focus your prayers, which Bishop Alan will bless in the service.”
To download the order of service and to watch this service and other services during Holy Week, live or at a later time, follow the link:- https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES:-   (the link to these services is as above)
Maundy Thursday
11am:-   Chrism Eucharist livestreamed from Christ Church, Oxford. 
Good Friday 10am, 2pm and 6pm
“Hear the Cathedral choir sing the solemn liturgy from 10am and join a choral meditation from 6pm, featuring a sermon from the Archdeacon of Oxford.
At 2pm we're highlighting a virtual walk of witness taking place in Cookham; one of hundreds of Holy Week activities taking place across the diocese.”

PLUS:  THE LAMB OF GOD” available from Maundy Thursday
“A series of six short addresses from Bishop Steven, which include hymns and readings, as we journey to the cross together once more. As we come to the cross on Good Friday, we come as we are - with all our doubts and denials, with the darkness in our hearts. And we do our best to bring these things into the light: to open our lives afresh to the grace of God.”  Listen online at Bishop Steven’s blog:- https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/ 

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Palm Sunday, 28th March   Learning to be the Church again

Worship and pray with us, in this full online church service for Palm Sunday. From St Paul's Church Scotforth in Lancaster, our online act of worship is led by Rev Dr Rebecca Aechtner, with a sermon from Rev Dr Anderson Jeremiah. Click on the following link to watch the clip and for the full service:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/palm-sunday-learning-be-church-again  
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Palm%20Sunday%202021%20OOS%20V3.pdf

PLUS: 
Stations of the Cross:

The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion for many centuries because they offer a particularly vivid way of following in the steps of Jesus on the way to the Cross. To find out more about the Stations of the Cross, go to:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/what-we-believe/lent-holy-week-and-easter/stations-cross
Worship at Home Services for Holy Week, follow the link:
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-easter-sunday-and-holy
 

N.B.  NATIONAL DAY OF REFLECTION, 23rd MARCH:-

The Church of England is supporting the National Day of Reflection on 23rd March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate this tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.
For prayers and resources, go to:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/national-day-reflection
 

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, 21st MARCH 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT:
Jeremiah 31: 31-34;   Hebrews 5: 5-10;   John 12: 20-33;  Psalm 51: 1-12

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 21st March:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Diane Webber has recorded the story, “God's Friend”. These were filmed at the altar steps and the font in Little Brickhill Church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
There is no recorded service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Lost Years
As the nation is about to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown, Debbie Thrower - broadcaster and founder of Anna Chaplaincy which promotes the spiritual welfare of older people - marks the loss of more than 125,000 lives to the pandemic in the United Kingdom. Many of those who died were in their later years – some living in care homes. There are currently 160 or so Anna Chaplains (and others in equivalent roles) in the national network ministering to older people across the UK. Named after the widow, Anna, in Luke's gospel, the chaplains help older men and women reflect on the narrative of their lives, to seek meaning and purpose and to foster hope and resilience in old age. The Anna name reinforces the fact that much of the work is with those who have suffered loss and bereavement. Yet it is a hope-filled ministry, highlighting the tradition of older people having prophetic voices. It recognises that many in retirement have wisdom to impart to younger generations, and key life lessons to share spiritually and in other ways. Appropriately, for a ministry that is a gracious offering from church to the community, the name Anna means ‘gift’ or ‘grace’. Preacher: The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester, and with a Moment of Remembrance led by the Archbishop of York. Reading: Luke 7:11-17

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.15am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 5
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a service for Lent from St Martin’s Church in Maidstone, led by the Rev Joyce Addison, with writer and broadcaster Chine McDonald. Music includes All My Days (Beautiful Saviour) and There Is a Hope, sung by Nicki Rogers, along with There Is a Balm in Gilead from the Adventist Vocal Ensemble.

iii).  **BBC 2** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   The Rev Kate Bottley’s Favourite Moments
Rev Kate Bottley visits Roche Abbey in South Yorkshire, a place where she loves to walk, as she shares her love of the great outdoors and some of her favourite moments on Songs of Praise. Kate looks back on her walk along the Cleveland Way, one of Britain’s national trails. She recalls the time she spoke to inspiring Christian, Charlie Duke, who was the tenth and youngest man to walk on the moon but who believes his ‘walking with Jesus’ has been a lot more important. Kate also talks about one of her greatest passions, open water swimming, and how being in the cold water brings her closer to God. There’s also music from across the UK, including performances from Katherine Jenkins and West End star Marisha Wallace.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Passion Sunday at 10.00am
“On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we turn with Jesus towards Jerusalem and the end of his earthly life: suffering, the cross, and death. But this is only part of the story. We face with Jesus suffering and death, but we face them with the promise that death is not the end. A year after the first national lockdown, as we are reminded of the pain, loss and grief that the last year has brought, we are also reminded that Jesus promises new life, new hope, and a love that continues. One year ago today, the first diocesan Church at Home service was broadcast live from the Cathedral. Since then, thousands of people have tuned in to services from across the diocese each week. It is fitting that Church at Home returns to Christ Church Oxford today and, wherever you are joining us from, may God bless you as we worship him together.”
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Passion Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 21st March

Join with our worshipping community in our online church service.
This week, we're marking Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent.
Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/passion-sunday-fifth-sunday-lent
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/OOS%20Passion%20Sunday%202021%20VFF.pdf
 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, MOTHERING SUNDAY, 14th MARCH 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE MOTHERING SUNDAY:
Exodus 2: 1-10;   Colossians 3: 12-17;   Luke 2: 33-35;   Psalm 34: 11-20

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 14th March:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Alison Packer has recorded “The Secret Baby”, a version of the birth of Moses from Exodus chapter 1-2. These were filmed at the altar in Little Brickhill Church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Mothering Sunday.
Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/cQoszMfHLG8 

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Fourth Sunday of Lent
Rev Cheryl Meban, the Presbyterian Chaplain to Ulster University and Helen Warnock, the Principal of Belfast Bible College consider how Jesus reached out to the thirsty at the Wedding Feast in Cana and how he reaches out today.   John 2: 1-11; 4: 4-15.  A link to accompanying online materials from the Ignatian Spirituality Centre can be found on the BBC Sunday Worship web page.

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.15am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 4
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a church service to celebrate Mothering Sunday from St Cuthbert’s Church in Preston, led by the Rev Mark Bradford. Hymns and songs to mark the fourth Sunday of Lent include The Servant King and Forever Jesus, sung by Katie Ritson and Faye Simpson, and writer and broadcaster Andrew Graystone reveals the amazing coincidence that taught him about the meaning of love.

iii).  **BBC 2** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Mothering Sunday
We visit a new Christian community grocery run by a Manchester-based charity where shoppers pay a small annual fee to fill their shopping baskets twice a week for just £3. Brenda interviews choir leader and Songs of Praise conductor Audrey Mattis about the power of singing together in church. The music is a mix of hymns and worship songs including Tell Out My Soul and Sing Unto the Lord from St. Elisabeth's, You Restore My Soul from Gorton Monastery and special performances from both Brenda and Northern Irish soprano Margaret Keys.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday at 10.00am
" Welcome to this service of Church at Home as we join together, from across the Diocese of Oxford, in worship. The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker presides and Bishop Olivia gives our reflection. Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent on which falls ‘Mothering Sunday’. This Sunday marks a slight lightening of the solemnity of the Lenten season (you will notice the president wearing rose coloured vestments rather than the usual purple) as we look forward, with growing anticipation, to Easter. Traditionally on this day people would visit their ‘Mother Church’ and servants were given the day off to be at home with family; sometimes bringing a bunch of flowers home to give to their mothers too."
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Mothering Sunday from Gloucester Cathedral, 14th March

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, leads the weekly worship. From Gloucester Cathedral, the full online church service for Mothering Sunday also features Pam Rhodes, and real-life stories of mothering. Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/mothering-sunday-gloucester-cathedral
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Mothering%20Sunday%20Lent%204%2014th%20March%202021%20VF.docx.pdf
 

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, 7th MARCH 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT:
Exodus 20: 1 - 17;   1 Corinthians 1: 18 - 25;   John 2: 13 - 22;   Psalm 19

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 7th March:- Click Here

(1). A simple 30 minute Holy Communion Service was filmed in Great Brickhill church during the week. The recording has been uploaded to You Tube and is available for viewing via the following link:-
https://youtu.be/8rHAylbEUwU

To download the Order of Service:-  Click Here

The Rector’s reflection and prayer for this week is included in the Holy Communion service – the written version of the reflection is in the document below. The reflection on its own can be seen via the following link:-
https://youtu.be/LCtkj6zF_pY

For the Rector's written reflection and prayer for this Sunday:- Click Here for the PDF file.

The story for the Third Sunday of Lent, "The Kind Stranger", based on the parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10, is read by Andrew Smith. The recording was filmed overlooking the village of Great Brickhill and can be found via the following link:-
https://youtu.be/-GKQ_af_m0Y

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Turning tables!
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/VMl5NBjsqqE

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Young People in Lockdown
Throughout the pandemic children and young people across the UK have faced increased pressures, worries and difficulties – from anxiety over exams and future employment, to dealing with grief, to increased concerns for the climate, or living with mental health illnesses. In Norfolk, a group of Christian youth workers have come together to transform the site of a 150 year old convent into the UK’s first bespoke ecumenical Christian community focused on young people. One of the community’s leaders, Jamie Cutteridge, shares why he believes loving and serving our young people must be a priority amongst the church, especially in this current season. The community’s newly appointed dean, Rev. Canon Jutta Brueck, preaches on the spirit speaking through young people. We also hear from a couple of teenagers about their experiences in lockdown and how they have navigated their faith in such challenging times.

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.15am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 3
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a church service for the season of Lent. The service comes from All Saints Church in Hale Barns, led by the Rev Clair Jaquiss. Sarah Small talks about finding courage to do seemingly impossible things, and hymns old and new include Great Is Thy Faithfulness and You Call Me Out Upon the Water (Oceans) sung by Faye Simpson and Katie Ritson.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Personal Prayer
On the third Sunday of Lent, Katherine Jenkins explores the theme of prayer with young Christians living at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex, a Christian prayer centre. She hears how resource director Hannah Latty and her team incorporate different forms of prayer into their community life. Gemma Hunt meets Pete Greig from the 24-7 Prayer movement to find out how prayer changed his life. To mark the upcoming International Women’s Day, Katherine hears the remarkable story of two Christian sisters, Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton, whose pioneering work led to the formation of the charity Save the Children. In Leeds, community campaigner Marvina Newton reveals how persistent prayer helped to save her from poverty and homelessness. Hymns and songs, old and new, come from across the UK.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
i).  Third Sunday of Lent at 10.00am
“ Welcome as we worship God together from across the diocese. We are thrilled to have as our president the Revd Janet Binns, rector of St Nicholas’ Hedsor and St Mark’s Bourne End, with the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, giving our reflection. Lent is the season in which we are called to leave bricks and mortar behind and join that great movement of the God of hope, who for our sake came to live among us. We journey with him to the unexpected culmination of his time with us – a deep darkness which then dawned to reveal our salvation. Lent is also the principal time for preparing new Christians for baptism. We continue to invite you along with us on this journey of self-examination and discovery in this season; Come and See.”
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Third Sunday of Lent, 7th March 2021

The weekly worship is an online service marking the Third Sunday of Lent with the theme 'Overturning the Tables'. From the Crypt Chapel in Lambeth Palace, there is an this exclusive clip from Rev Canon Chris Russell.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/overturning-tables
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Lent%203%207th%20March%2020201%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, 28th FEBRUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT:
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16;    Romans 4: 13-25;    Mark 8: 31-38;    Psalm 22: 22-30

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 28th February:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Stuart Leeming has recorded “Jesus and the Tax Man”, the story of Zacchaeus, from Luke 19. These were filmed at the altar in Bow Brickhill Church. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Get behind me Satan!
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/kfFhxRH65EY

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  St David's Day
The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend John Davies, marks St David's Day in a service for the Second Sunday of Lent, recorded under lockdown conditions at Brecon Cathedral. The service is led by the Dean of Brecon Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr Paul Shackerley. 

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.15am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 2
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces a church service for Lent from St Martin’s Church, Maidstone, led by the Rev Joyce Addison, with writer and broadcaster Chine McDonald. Well-loved hymns for the season include The Lord’s My Shepherd and Steal Away to Jesus, sung by Nicki Rogers, Faye Simpson and the Adventist Vocal Ensemble.

iii).  ** BBC 2 ** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Tintern Abbey
Ahead of St David’s Day, Sean Fletcher explores beautiful Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, which has stood on the bank of the River Wye for almost 900 years. He hears about the daily life of the Cistercian monks who lived there and how they dedicated their lives to God through prayer, study and working the land. To mark the 150th anniversary of the first rugby union international, Sean meets international players from the 1990s Emyr Lewis, Garin Jenkins and Byron Hayward; each of them came to the Christian faith when their playing days were over. Sean speaks to them about how they came to faith, their love of rugby and what the sport means to Wales. James Lusted visits Beaumaris on Anglesey to meet the vicar who volunteers for his local lifeboat crew. He reflects on this new challenge, what the lifeboat means to the community and how heading out to sea has deepened his faith.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
i).  Second Sunday of Lent at 10.00am
“Welcome as we worship God together from across the Diocese. We are delighted that our own Bishop-designate and episcopal vicar for the Dorchester area Gavin Collins will be presiding for us, for the first time since he joined the Diocese. Our preacher is the Revd David Tyler, associate archdeacon of Dorchester. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas, prayers and action to the service. This week, our readings focus on Christ’s prediction of his own passion, which serves as a reminder of what Holy Week will hold as we continue through this time of preparation and fasting together”.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Second Sunday of Lent, 28th February 2021

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby leads worship for the Second Sunday of Lent. With contributions from Hannah Steele and Stephen Hance, this online church service explores how we can #LiveLent.
(#LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story -  Daily Lent reflections from the Church of England)
Click on the following link:- https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/second-sunday-lent-0
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Lent%202%2028th%20Feb%202021%20OOS%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, 21st FEBRUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT:
Genesis 9: 8-17;    1 Peter 3: 18-22;    Mark 1: 9-15;    Psalm 25: 1-10

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 21st February:- Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Julia Turner has recorded this week's story, "A Long Journey". These were filmed on a very windy day among the snowdrops in Great Brickhill, which has unfortunately affected the sound. It may be helpful to read the written text of the Rector’s reflection as well as listening to the video. The recordings can be found on the following links:      

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- I can avoid everything, apart from temptation!  Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/XyR5Tgo6TZE

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Lent 1 - Jesus and the Father: United
Marking the first Sunday in Lent, with Father Dermot Preston SJ of St Aloysius’ RC Church in Glasgow, and spirituality guide, Mary O’Duffin. During Lent, Radio 4 Worship programmes take inspiration from Jesuit spirituality – an ancient form of prayer and bible contemplation pioneered in the 16th Century by St Ignatius of Loyola and used widely today. Fr Dermot explores the theme of Jesus’ Temptations, reflecting on the challenges to our own instincts and choices, and the ‘discernment of spirits’ in Ignatian spirituality.
Readings: John 12 / Matthew 4: 1-11

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.00am  “Sunday Worship 2021”   Lent Worship 1
The Rev Kate Bottley introduces the first in a series of church services for the season of Lent. This week’s service comes from St Cuthbert’s Church, Fulwood, Preston, led by the Rev Mark Bradford. Hymns and songs for the season include In Christ Alone, Standing in the Need of Prayer and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, sung by Faye Simpson, Katie Ritson and the Adventist Vocal Ensemble.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Faith and Hospitality
Katherine Jenkins visits L’Abri fellowship in Hampshire to explore Christian faith and hospitality. She finds out about L’Abri’s history and meets a family from Australia who are volunteering there. Radzi Chinyanganya meets a former stockbroker who found faith and changed career to help house the homeless. Music comes from congregations across the UK, including O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness and Table of the Lord, and Songs of Praise presenter Laura Wright joins the choir of Royal Holloway to perform Can You Hear Me?

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
i).  First Sunday of Lent at 10.00am
Join us to worship together for the first Sunday of Lent. The president this week is the Revd Andrew Lightbown, rector of the Winslow Benefice, and our address is given by the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading. The season of Lent invites us to prepare ourselves to take in the Good News of Easter, through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting and good works. This Lent, with the vaccination programme in full swing, we have so much to be thankful for. Each vaccination taken up is an act of love for those around us – a way of showing our gratitude to all those that have made it possible.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
First Sunday of Lent, 21st February 2021

Hear from Rev Canon Paul Cartwright, in our weekly service. From St James the Great, Ryhill, the online church service marks the First Sunday of Lent.
Click on the following link:- https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/first-sunday-lent
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/First%20Sunday%20of%20Lent%2021st%20Feb%202021%20OOS%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT, 14th FEBRUARY & ASH WEDNESDAY, 17th FEBRUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT:
2 Kings 2: 1-12;    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6;    Mark 9: 2-9;    Psalm 50: 1 - 6

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY:
Isaiah 58: 1-12;    2 Corinthians 5: 20b- 6: 10;    John 8: 1-11;    Psalm 51: 1 - 18

To download a PDF file with the full worship details for Sunday 14th February & Ash Wednesday, 17th February:-  Click Here

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and also this week's story, "The True Glory of Jesus". These were filmed on the steps to the pulpit in Great Brickhill church. 
The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has not been well enough this week to record her normal weekly 15-20 minute service.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Facets of Love
‘This is love’. Those are the words of John, the ‘beloved disciple’ - seeing out his latter years with the congregation of his beloved church in Ephesus. In the centuries since, poets and musicians of every hue have been happy to complete the sentence for him. To Han Suyin it was a ‘many splendored thing’, to Freddie Mercury it was a ‘crazy little thing’, and to William Thackeray it was a thing which makes fools of us all. Maybe all are true, but St John himself does not leave it undefined. With Baptist Minister the Revd Richard Littledale. Reading: 1 John 4: 7 – 21.

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Love and Lent
To mark the beginning of Lent, Sean Fletcher visits historic Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire and hears from its dean, the Very Rev John Dobson, on the variety of ways the cathedral building, founded by seventh-century saint Wilfrid, has inspired others through the centuries. Sean also reflects on the themes of love and Lent in the current times with the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Rev Helen-Ann Hartley. To mark Valentine’s Day, we hear from a young Christian couple, Ben and Kristen, who proved that love is stronger than lockdown, and whose wedding finally went ahead at the fourth attempt in December 2020. Katie Piper visits Leeds to talk to Joe Walsh, the founder of Faith In Operation, an initiative encouraging organ donations for anonymous recipients. Hymns and songs, old and new, come from across the UK, reflecting the start of the season of Lent.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - the Diocesan Church at Home Service:-
i).  Sunday next before Lent at 10.00am
As we mark Racial Justice Sunday, we are reminded that each of us is made in the image of the God of love, who calls us to show his love to others in our words, actions and relationships. In the Gospel reading, we hear God say of Jesus, ‘this is my Son, the beloved’. Jesus is the One who reveals the face of God to us; the One who invites us all to ‘Come and See’ what life can be like, living in the knowledge of God’s love for us. We in turn invite you to come and see and look deeper with us.
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-19-2/livestream/#tab-id-3
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.
ii).  Ash Wednesday, 17th February
Celebrate Ash Wednesday with churches around the Diocese. Join the United Benefice of Shiplake, Dunsden and Harpsden for an Ash Wednesday service at 10am. An order of service will be available.
Or join Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, for a Holy Communion service at 6.05pm. Christ Church is the cathedral church for the Diocese and is home to a vibrant worshipping community. An order of service will be added shortly. For details of the above, follow the link:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/#tab-id-4

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Sunday next before Lent, 14th February 2021

Rev Helen Shannon leads a service to mark the Sunday next before Lent. This online church service comes from Church@Five.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/sunday-next-lent
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Sunday%20Next%20Before%20Lent%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.docx%20%281%29.pdf
 

SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT, 7th FEBRUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT:
Proverbs 88: 1, 22-31;    Colossians 1: 15-20;    John 1: 1-14;    Psalm 104: 25-37

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

(1). A simple 30 minute Holy Communion Service was filmed in Great Brickhill church during the week. The recording has been uploaded to You Tube and will be available for viewing on Sunday 7th via the following link:- https://youtu.be/rufpY5pKD9E
To download the Order of Service:-  Click Here

The Rector’s reflection and prayer for this week is included in the Holy Communion service – the written version of the reflection is in the attached document. The reflection on its own can be seen via the following link:- https://youtu.be/2kj_97xtbTw
For the Rector's written reflection and prayer for this Sunday:- Click Here for the PDF file.

The story for this week is “The Good Shepherd”, based on the parable of The Lost Sheep, and is read by Julia Turner. The recording was filmed at Rectory Farm in Great Brickhill and can be found via the following link:-
https://youtu.be/abXUG5NHkkA   

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- this week - John 1: 1-14 in the pandemic, in all this pain, Is God is still with us?
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/8uqWevq21d4

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Chinese New Year
Marking Chinese New Year and what is likely to be the largest UK immigration from outside Europe since Windrush, from Hong Kong. Chinese Christians have been worshiping in the UK for at least 70 years. Today the Chinese Christian community flourishes with congregations preaching in English, Mandarin and Cantonese in most major towns and cities across the country. As Chinese New Year approaches Rev Henry Lu of Chinese Overseas Christian Mission leads today’s worship, exploring the themes of hospitality and welcome, particularly in anticipation of the many immigrants expected to arrive in the UK from Hong Kong in the coming months. Preacher: Rev Connie Yu.

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Gospel Singer of the Year - Final
Mark De-Lisser hosts the final of our Gospel Singer of the Year competition. Three talented finalists sing to win the title at the stunning Gorton Monastery in Manchester. Making the all-important decision are the judges: pop and West End musicals star Alexandra Burke, vocal coach and gospel expert David Grant and singing legend Heather Small. There’s also a guest performance from Shaun Escoffery, singing his single River.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for the Second Sunday before Lent 
at 10.00am
This week marks the start of two weeks of ‘ordinary time’ before we enter the penitential season of Lent. These weeks are not without meaning; they offer us the chance to see God in the here and now, to recognise his grace all around us. The readings speak of the God who ‘was from the beginning’ but is also close to each and every one of us – the God who is at once transcendent and imminent. It is a delight to have the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, preside at this service, and to have the Revd Hannah Hobday, vicar of St Peter’s, Earley, to share her reflections on the readings. With just three words, Jesus invites each of us into a lifelong journey of discovering who he is, and who he says we are. May we all hear the invitation from Jesus to ‘come and see,’ and may we be lost in wonder, love, and praise at that which we behold.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Second Sunday before Lent, 7th February 2021

The weekly service, led by Rev Liz Clutterbuck, comes from Emmanuel Holloway Church, London. The service marks the Second Sunday before Lent.
Click on the following link:- https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/second-sunday-lent
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/7th%20Feb%202021%20Second%20Before%20Lent%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

PRAYER FOR THE NATION: 

A message from Bishop Steven in light of the Covid-19 death toll
On 26 January 2021, the UK’s Covid-19 death toll sadly reached 100,000 people. In an interview with BBC Radio Oxford, Bishop Steven shared his sympathies and encouraged listeners to join in with Prayer for the Nation, a daily prayer initiative from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
To listen to the podcast, go to:-  https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/prayer-for-the-nation/
A Prayer for the Nation:-
We remember before God those who have died
and we pray that God's love will surround all who mourn them, now and always.
Gracious God,
as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Amen.
 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY, 31st JANUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR CANDLEMAS, CELEBRATING THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE:
Malachi 3: 1-5;  Hebrews 2: 14-18;   Luke 2: 22-40;  Psalm 24: 1-10

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for this Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and also this week's story, "Simeon's Waiting is Over". These were filmed near the altar in Great Brickhill church. 
The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Candlemas: Why is waiting so hard?
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/uue1uKEzaMM

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Belfast, a City Shaped by the Sea
The Very Rev Stephen Forde, Dean of Belfast whose cathedral stands not far from Belfast’s docks reflects on those who go down to the sea in ships, and do business in great waters. With Canon Mark Niblock and Gillian McCaughey. Jonah 1. 3-13 & Mark 4. 35.41

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Gospel Singer of the Year - Semi-Final
Mark De-Lisser hosts the semi-final of the brand new competition to find the Gospel Singer of the Year 2021. In the first of two programmes celebrating gospel music, five talented amateur singers take to the stage at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. Deciding who goes through to next week’s final are three celebrity judges: pop sensation and West End musical star Alexandra Burke, singer and leading gospel vocal coach David Grant and singing legend Heather Small, who closes the show with her hit song Proud. The semi-finalists are Monique McKen from Birmingham, Kieron Bygraves from Huddersfield, Lois Kirby from Bedford, James Morrison from Lincoln and Tara Goddard from Halifax. Which singer will be your favourite?

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 
at 10.00am
Welcome to our service for the fourth Sunday of Epiphany. A huge thank you to everyone from across the diocese who has made this service possible. Forty days ago, we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Now we recall the day on which he was presented in the temple, when he was offered to the Father and shown to his people. In this eucharist, we celebrate the joy of his coming as we look back to the day of his birth and forward to the coming days of his passion. Today, we focus on vision. We continue to extend the invitation to ‘Come and See’ – to encounter Christ and be welcomed, just as Simeon and Anna recognised Jesus as Lord in the temple. We invite you to have a candle nearby that you can light as we finish our celebration.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Presentation of Christ in the Temple, 31st January 2021

Rev Tiffer Robinson leads this week's online service for Candlemas. This marks the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Jesus was offered to his Father and revealed as the future Saviour of all people.
Click on the following link:- https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/presentation-christ-temple
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/31st%20January%202021%20Candlemas%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.pdf
 

THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY, 24th JANUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR  THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY:
Genesis 14: 17-20;    Revelation 19: 6-10;    John 2: 1-11;    Psalm 128

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 Epiphany.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Diane Webber has recorded this week's story, "From Water to Wine". These were filmed near the altar in Stoke Hammond church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Water into Wine
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/gfd6K3thBCk

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Be the light in the darkness!
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Special Advisor for Reconciliation Programmes, Canon Sarah Snyder, and Reverend Julia Hedley, Chaplain to the Rose Castle Foundation, mark this time of Holocaust Memorial. The global pandemic has reminded this generation of the fragility of human life. But down the ages, and particularly in the last century, millions have been indiscriminately killed, not by disease or natural disaster, but by the targeted barbarism of their fellow beings. Witnesses and speakers from a variety of faith and political perspectives are associated with the Rose Castle Foundation, devoted to reconciliation across all kinds of divides, based at the 800-year old seat of the bishops of Carlisle. Sarah Snyder sees in its thick defensive walls an opportunity to invite strangers in, rather than shut them out, to welcome potential enemies from both sides of a divide - to live and learn together.

ii).  BBC 2** at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Celebrating 60 Years
Marking the year Songs of Praise turns 60, Aled Jones celebrates at St George’s Chapel in Windsor with Christian stories that exemplify the spirit of the series. Aled and long-serving presenter Pam Rhodes recall past favourite moments, including the Queen’s celebrated appearance on the programme in 2018, and the moment Pam and Aled first met on screen in 1995. Gospel music pioneer Karen Gibson shares how Songs of Praise came calling in 1996 to feature her choir, which became the Kingdom Choir who shot to fame in 2018 singing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for the Third Sunday of Epiphany 
at 10.00am
Today’s reading tells the story of Jesus turning water into wine. It was the earliest of Jesus’ miracles – a time when people first started noticing that there was something a bit different about him. Over the course of the pandemic, many people have been asking deep questions about faith. Perhaps you have noticed some glimmers of excitement that God might be at work here – maybe a loved one that has become more curious about the Christian faith, or maybe you yourself are questioning, and you now want to go a bit deeper. Near the beginning of John’s gospel, Jesus offers an invitation to two disciples who are curious about him: “Come and see.” Come and see what faith has to offer….
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Living with Difference, 24th January 2021

Rev Dr Paul Goodliff speaks of living with difference in our weekly service, which marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, featuring contributions from Chemin Neuf and led by Rev Charles Hadley. 
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/living-difference
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Epiphany%203%20OOS%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

A Reminder of:-  TIME TO PRAY APP (via the Church of England website): 

Time to Pray presents everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. The app, which is free, is compatible with smartphones and tablets (iPhone/iPad iOS 9.0+ and Android 5.1.1+). There is now a “Time to Pray” podcast - daily audio for Common Worship Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer services to accompany the Time to Pray app.
For details go to:-   https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray
 

DIOCESE OF OXFORD - COME AND SEE: 

Many people are asking deep questions of faith. “Come and See” is an invitation from our Bishops to local communities to take the first steps in exploring faith. It all starts on Sunday 24 January – so why not walk with us, as we walk with Jesus… and come and see. For details go to :- 
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/come-and-see/
Who is it for?
Come and See is an invitation to everyone, for everyone. It’s for anyone who feels adrift in this pandemic, whether or not they know anything about the Christian faith. Click below to hear an invitation from the Bishop of Oxford, recorded on 20th January, to Come and See:- 
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/come-and-see/
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY, 17th JANUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR  THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY:
1 Samuel 3: 1-10;    Revelation 5: 1-10;    John 1: 43-51;    Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Second Sunday of Epiphany.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and James Northen has recorded this week's story, "Samuel Hears a Voice". These were filmed near the lectern in Great Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:-  Baptism of Christ. Why?
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/udzg2ebGgFU 

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  I will sing with the Spirit
From All Saints Leighton Buzzard with Alexander, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2020. Last July ten young people competed for the coveted title BBC Radio 2 and Songs of Praise Young Chorister of the Year. Today Sunday Worship visits the parish church where Alexander's family worships. A former cathedral chorister, you can hear Alexander's magical voice as soloist and with his parish choir - where he first started singing. Preacher: The Revd Cate Irvine; Director of Music: Paul Dickens.
Note the location in Leighton Buzzard, the local Chorister of the Year and the Director of Music, Paul Dickens who has played for us on many occasions.

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Faith in Action
Singer Brenda Edwards presents her first Songs of Praise. She is in east London, joining the Bonny Downs Baptists on their Sunday 'walking church' around the Flanders Field memorial garden, finishing with Holy Communion in their community garden. She also joins their walking football team to hear about the benefits of fun, faith and footie. Katie Piper meets the Rev Chris Lee, whose 60-second online sermons have gone viral, attracting over 170,000 followers. Katie also meets two award-winning women whose charity, Wave, brings those with and without learning disabilities together in friendship. There’s music from around the country, including a performance from Brenda Edwards.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for the Second Sunday of Epiphany 
at 10.00am
Welcome as we worship together on the second Sunday of Epiphany. We are delighted that the president today is the Revd Dr William Lamb, vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, and that our address is given by the Revd Martin Williams, co-area dean for Amersham. Today, we focus on the invitation to ‘Come and See’, made by Philip to Nathanael as he invites him to follow Jesus. We all are offered that same invitation to come and see today, to encounter Christ and be welcomed. Thank you to everyone from across the diocese who made this service possible, including clergy and people from Oxford, Dorchester, Amersham, Newbury, Reading, Waltham St Lawrence and Henley.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
How God is revealed through Jesus, 17th January 2021

Rev Matt Hogg leads worship for the Second Sunday of Epiphany. Join our online community in watching this online service from St Alban's Church, Fulham.
Click on the following link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/how-god-revealed-through-jesus
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Jan%2017th%20Epiphany%202%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

TIME TO PRAY APP (via the Church of England website): 

Time to Pray presents everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. The app, which is free, is compatible with smartphones and tablets (iPhone/iPad iOS 9.0+ and Android 5.1.1+). For details go to:-   https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray
 

FIRST SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY, 10th JANUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR  THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY, CELEBRATING THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST:
Genesis 1: 1-5;    Acts 19: 1-7;    Mark 1: 4-11    Psalm 29

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the first Sunday of Epiphany.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Alison Packer has recorded this week's story, "The Helpful Servant". These were filmed near the font in Little Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service:
The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- What is an Epiphany?  
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/83SCHA3KtqY

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Our Common Home
"If you believe in God…then you should feel a responsibility to care for His Creation" (the Duke of Edinburgh). This insight led Prince Philip as International President of the World Wide Fund for Nature to invite today's service leader Martin Palmer, to help him bring together in Assisi, Italy, the birth place of St Francis, for the first time in 1986, five of the world’s major faiths and key environmental organisations to explore how the faiths could become partners with the conservation movements in protecting what Pope Francis calls “our Common Home”. Now a member of the Pope's Covid Commission and CEO of FaithInvest, a new organisation that helps faiths invest in a values-based environment, in this morning's service Martin puts the horrifying statistic of the death of 160 species across the last ten years into a spiritual perspective. He's joined in the 4th century church of St Martin's North Stoke, Somerset, by Indian writer, poet, and opera writer Sangita Lakhanpaul. The preacher is Lorna Gold, Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and also a member of the Pope’s Covid Commission. The programme draws on insights from major world faiths, but is grounded in the Christian hope of renewal and regeneration with readings from Exodus 3, Psalm148, and Colossians chapter 1.

ii).  BBC 1 at 12.25pm  “Songs of Praise”  Stirling
Claire McCollum is in the historic city of Stirling in central Scotland. She visits Stirling Castle, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son, King James VI. Adjacent to the castle lies the Church of the Holy Rude, where James VI was crowned in 1567, making it one of the only churches in the UK to have held a coronation and still be active today. Claire discovers how the James commissioned a translation of the scriptures, known as the King James Bible, which became one of the most widely used bibles in the world. We meet a ceramics artist in Stirling whose clay creations are inspired by both her faith and the city’s unique architecture and landscape. JB Gill talks to worship singer Steph Macleod about his powerful testimony of finding Jesus whilst battling addiction, and Steph performs a special song written about his journey of faith. Plus hymns and worship songs from across Scotland, including brand new recordings from the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home services for this Sunday 
at 10.20am & 10.30am
Sunday 10th January - this weekend’s Church at Home services are hosted by two of our local churches. We hope you will join us in celebrating the baptism of Christ with them.
-  Join St Mary’s, Cogges, at 10.20am for a Sunday service from home.
-  Join St Mary’s, Amersham, at 10.30am for a traditional Eucharist.
We look forward to seeing you when the usual Diocesan online service returns next Sunday, 17th January.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
Plough Sunday, 10th January 2021

Discover the celebration of Plough Sunday in this online service. Led by Rev Lindsay Yates, the service comes from Octagon Parish near Chichester and features a sermon from Rev Will Adam, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Adviser.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/plough-sunday
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Plough%20Sunday%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.pdf
 

EPIPHANY SUNDAY, 3rd JANUARY 2021:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR EPIPHANY SUNDAY:
Isaiah 60: 1-6;   Ephesians 3: 1-12;   Matthew 2: 1-12   Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for Epiphany Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Suzanne Cook has recorded this week's story, "The Wise Men's Visit". These were filmed near the three kings in Great Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb's Sunday Service.
No details have been received for the Rural Dean’s weekly recorded 15/20-minute service.

All the material below can be viewed live or at a later date:-

(3). The following BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Monday 28/12 – Friday 1/1, five episodes of fifteen minutes at 9.45am
A History of the Bible by John Barton, read by Hugh Bonneville

John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and the New Testaments.

ii).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Through Change and Chance
"Through change and chance He guideth, only good and only true."
Robert Bridge's translation of Joachim Neander's hymn "All my hope on God is founded" expresses faith and trust in God throughout the changes and chances of this fleeting world. At a time of uncertainty, Canon Angela Tilby and Canon Stephen Shipley reflect on the changes and chances in their own lives; the personal challenges they have faced and how these have had an impact on their health, well-being, faith and vocation. Through the writing of St Ignatius, Francis Thompson, John Henry Newman, Thomas Merton and GK Chesterton they explore the place of faith in unpredictable times. They focus on the central message of The Feast of the Epiphany, a revelation that transforms all knowledge and throws the world into a different perspective.

iii).  BBC 1 at 10.00am  "Sunday Worship"  The Second Sunday of Christmas
The Very Rev Henry Hull leads an ecumenical service for the second Sunday of Christmas from Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. With hymns from the Songs of Praise archives from across Northern Ireland.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  St Paul's Cathedral
Katherine Jenkins explores this hugely iconic cathedral, a masterpiece of design by Christopher Wren. Katherine learns that one of the newest additions to the building is a porch dedicated to those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Music includes hymns sung by St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and special performances by Daniel O'Donnell, Aled Jones and The Priests, and Katherine sings two of her favourites, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Amazing Grace.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Epiphany Sunday 
at 10.00am
The parish church of St Stephen and St Agnes in Windsor is delighted to welcome you to this week’s Church at Home livestreamed service for Epiphany Sunday. St Stephen and St Agnes has modern catholic style and the congregation ranges from babies to 98-year-olds. St Stephen and St Agnes is part of the New Windsor Team Ministry, which includes Holy Trinity, Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and All Saints.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services at 9am
A service with the Archbishop of York on New Year's Eve

May we be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Join the Archbishop of York, Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, as he looks back at 2020 with both thanksgiving and sorrow, and prays that we will all know the peace of Christ in this new year. Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-service-archbishop-york
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/NYE%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.pdf

Worship at Home - Epiphany with Embrace the Middle East, 3rd January 2021
"This child of Mary is God's only son, both human and divine. He's also the king of kings." - Bishop Hosam Naoum. Our service for Epiphany comes from the UK and the Middle East, in partnership with Embrace the Middle East. Hear Father Boulos Khano, St Mark's Syriac Monastery in Jerusalem, sing the Gospel and the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, as we celebrate the revelation of the incarnation in Jesus Christ. Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-epiphany-embrace-middle
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Epiphany%20OOS%20VF%20AFN%20%281%29.pdf
 

CHRISTMAS 2020:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY:
Isaiah 9: 2-7;    Titus 2: 11-14;    Luke 2: 1-14     Psalm 96

FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS, 27th DECEMBER:
Isaiah 61: 10 –  62: 3;   Galatians 4: 4-7;   Luke 2: 15-21     Psalm 148

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection for Christmas. Click Here for the PDF file.
Instead of recording the weekly reflection, the Rector’s sermon at the Christmas Day service at Great Brickhill will be recorded and uploaded to You Tube on Boxing Day. The link will be on the Home page of the website.

Andrew Smith has recorded the story “The First Christmas”, filmed near the Christmas tree in Great Brickhill Church. The You Tube link is:-  https://youtu.be/D5E6_xwIze4  

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- 2020 a Christmas Day like no other! Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/sGgw0tiqIjI

(3). BBC services available live or via iPlayer:

 i).  RADIO 4:

Christmas Eve at 3.00pm   A Festival of nine lessons and Carols 
Recorded in the majestic beauty of the 15th century chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols signals the beginning of Christmas for millions of listeners across the world. The service consists of a series of Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God, interspersed with both new and traditional hymns and carols sung in the majestic beauty of the 15th century King’s College Chapel.
This year's service marks the musical contribution (through their arrangements and descants) of several former Directors of Music, including Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger and Sir Stephen Cleobury, as well as the current Director, Daniel Hyde.
The English twentieth century composer Elizabeth Poston features in the service, as well as arrangements by polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and former chorister Bob Chilcott. The service has been broadcast live from a packed chapel on Christmas Eve for over 90 years, but for safety reasons this year it has been recorded without the presence of a congregation.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at 11.30pm    
The Mass of the Nativity of the Lord, live from Manchester Cathedral.

Christmas Service: Born for us Today at 9.00am
The Rev Richard Carter leads a socially-distanced retelling of the Christmas story starting with a donkey in Hackney City Farm’s most draughty stable. Angels appear at the Annunciation, shepherds “in-the-fields” and Joseph does finally agree to let everybody in, all in agreement with latest Church of England guidance! The preacher is the Vicar, the Rev Dr Sam Wells. Music is provided by St Martin’s Voices and Strings directed by Gabriella Noble with organist Ben Giddens.

Sunday Worship, 27th December 8.10am   "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby marks the 850th anniversary of the murder of his predecessor Archbishop Thomas Becket on the altar of Canterbury Cathedral. The 'turbulent priest' was the Archbishop and the infamous quotation is attributed to the King at the time, Henry II. Their utterance by the King encouraged four loyal knights to travel from the Royal court in Normandy to Canterbury Cathedral, and confront Archbishop Thomas Becket, murdering him in the process. No one believed that Henry directly ordered Becket to be killed, but his words started a chain of events that are fused within the collective memory and illustrate the law of unintended consequences that are still quoted today. The service is led in Canterbury Cathedral by the Dean Dr Robert Willis.

ii).  BBC TELEVISION:

BBC 2 Christmas Eve at 5.30pm  Carols from Kings
A solo chorister begins to sing Once in Royal David's City, in the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, and the well-loved celebration of the Christmas story begins once more. This year, the young choristers are joined by The King’s Singers, singing within separate bubbles and filmed without a congregation, to protect against coronavirus.

BBC 1 Midnight Mass from Clifton Cathedral BBC 1 at 11.45pm
The traditional Christmas Eve service, led by the bishop of Clifton, the Rt Rev Declan Lang.

BBC 1 Christmas Morning from Birmingham at 10.00am
Christmas morning worship with a gospel flavour, live from the Church of God of Prophecy in Birmingham. The service is led by the senior pastor, Bishop Paul McCalla, and Peter Sutcliffe, senior pastor at the Nechells Outreach Centre. Leading the service with them is a small group of singers and musicians – all socially distanced in compliance with Covid 19 regulations.

BBC 1 Sunday Worship 27th December at 9.10am  The First Sunday of Christmas
On the first Sunday of Christmas, the Rev Canon Mark Preece, Canon Precentor, leads the morning worship from Llandaff Cathedral in south Wales. With hymns and carols from the Songs of Praise archives and a new recording from the Cardiff-based choir Côrdydd.

BBC 1 Songs of Praise 27th December at 1.20pm  Mica Paris's Faith Journey
Renowned choir director and vocal coach Mark De-Lisser joins soul legend Mica Paris as she shares her journey of faith. It’s a story that took Mica from a childhood in church, through fame and fortune, love and loss and ultimately back to gospel music. Mica takes Mark to the Pentecostal church in south London where her grandparents were pastors and where, as a child, she spent time every day of the week. She recalls those happy years when she discovered her gift of singing, quickly becoming a child sensation and touring churches all over the UK.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - The Diocesan Church at Home services

Christmas Eve - Midnight Service at 11.30pm
Celebrate the first choral eucharist of Christmas from Christ Church Cathedral, with music, readings, prayer and worship. Christmas 2020 will be like no other, but the one thing we do know is that we will celebrate this very special season with messages of love and good wishes to our friends and families. We will celebrate in our hearts and souls.

Christmas Day at 10.00am
It is an enormous pleasure to worship with you on Christmas morning. We know that many people are separated from family members due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that many will also be mourning the loss of loved ones. But we acknowledge with praise and thanksgiving the One who has come into the world, the Light who triumphed over darkness. We are delighted that the president and preacher today is the Right Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford. He is assisted by the deacon, the Revd Claire Browes, curate at St Mary and St John’s Church, Cowley.

Sunday 27 December at 10.00am
Today, we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the final Sunday of this unusual year. Whether you are spending Christmas alone or gathered with others, you are welcome as we reflect together in our worship on the meaning and hope of Christ’s incarnation amid so much loss and uncertainty. We are delighted that the president today is the Revd Canon Richard Peers, sub dean at Christ Church Cathedral, and that our address is given by the Venerable Stephen Pullin, Archdeacon of Berkshire. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas, prayers and action to this week’s Church at Home.

To download the order of services and to watch any of the above services, live or at a later time, follow the link:-  https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/

To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, Online Services:-

24/12/20 Midnight Mass with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover
Gather with us for Midnight Mass as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ into the world, led by the Bishop of Dover with a Christmas message from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Celebrate the first service of Christmas online from St Martin's, Canterbury, the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world, as we pray for God's comfort and joy to be born afresh in our lives.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-midnight-mass-archbishop
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Midnight%20Mass%20OOS%20VF%20AFN.docx.pdf

27/12/2020 the First Sunday of Christmas with Church Army
Celebrate the First Sunday of Christmas with us, joining this service in partnership with Church Army. "God is ever present, silently and patiently waiting, longing for us to respond once more to the gentle call of the Christ child." Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-first-sunday-christmas
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Christmas%201%20-%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.docx.pdf
 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, 20th DECEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT:
2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16;  Romans 16: 25-27;  Luke 1: 26-38;   Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26

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 Advent.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Alison Packer has recorded this week's story, "Mary and the Angel". These were filmed near the Advent wreath and by the crib set in Little Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Advent 4 - Mary, Christ is born in us every day.  Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/AvJkl4ctDkg

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Cities of Promise - A place for the Saviour
During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it's become a place of fear of contamination - a place to get away from, no longer a sought after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships - a place of beauty and worship of the living God. Sunday Worship comes from the UK's smallest city, St David's in Pembrokeshire. Dean of St David's Cathedral, Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, reflects on how Jesus came to the tiny city of Bethlehem, and how we can find the Saviour in our cities today.

ii).  Sunday Worship BBC 1 at 11.30am   Fourth Sunday of Advent
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Rev Canon Roland Riem leads the morning worship from Winchester Cathedral. With carols from the Songs of Praise archives and a special performance from the boys’ choir Libera.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  The UK's Favourite Carol
From the glorious surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Aled Jones counts down the top ten carols, as voted for by viewers in a UK-wide online poll. With an array of star guests including Sir Cliff Richard, Katherine Jenkins, the Kingdom Choir, The Priests, the Choir of St Paul’s and one of the finest voices in the world, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli. A panel of carol enthusiasts, including Gareth Malone, Karen Gibson, the Director of Music at St Paul's, Mark De Lisser and Pam Rhodes, reveal their favourites as well as some of the fascinating histories behind some of the UK’s best loved carols.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Fourth Sunday of Advent
 at 10am
In the final Sunday of the season of Advent, the Church turns her attention to Mary: the God-bearer. She is the only person in Scripture who is called the “servant of the Lord”. In that spirit, we are grateful to have represented in our service a member of the Community of Mary the Virgin, Wantage, reading the Gospel. Likewise, our intercessions are led by Fr Richard Peers, who in addition to his role as Sub Dean at Christ Church Cathedral is the Superior of the Sodality of Mary Mother of Priests, a worldwide Marian community of clergy who look to Mary for inspiration and intercession. With thanks to the Bishop of Buckingham for presiding and to the Revd Becky Bevan for preaching in this service.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
The Fourth Sunday of Advent with Marie Curie

Introduced by Rev Kate Bottley, this online service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is in partnership with Marie Curie, paying tribute to those suffering from illness, bereavement and mental health setbacks.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-fourth-sunday-advent-marie
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Advent4-BlueChristmasOOSVF.pdf
 

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, 13th DECEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT:
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11;  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24;  John 1: 6-8, 19-28;   Psalm 126

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 Advent.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Diane Webber has recorded this week's story, "Jesus is Baptised". Both were filmed near the Advent wreath in Stoke Hammond church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Advent 3 – Advent Calendars, more than just chocolate!  Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/SiW9rBOxafY

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Cities of Promise - A place in the heart
During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it's become a place of fear of contamination - a place to get away from, no longer a sought after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships - a place of beauty and worship of the living God. On the 3rd Sunday Advent, the theme is A Place in the Heart. Father Martin Magill and the Rev David Compton reflect on what this means for the City of Belfast.

ii).  Sunday Worship BBC 1 at 11.30am   Third Sunday of Advent
On the third Sunday of Advent, Father John Dickson, Catholic chaplain, leads an ecumenical service from the chapel of Royal Holloway, University of London. With hymns and carols from the Songs of Praise archives and a new recording from the university’s chapel choir.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Christmas in Norfolk
The Rev Kate Bottley visits Thursford in Norfolk to experience a Christmas light show - a four-acre lantern extravaganza. She visits the local church to light the Advent wreath and discuss the meaning behind Gaudete Sunday. Following the service in St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this week, remembering those who have lost their lives as a result of Covid-19, Kate meets a family facing a Christmas like no other. Katie Piper visits a church in north London where their Christmas angel hampers are bringing some festive cheer to families in need. Featuring favourite Christmas carols with performances from Collabro, Marisha Wallace and opera star Andrea Bocelli.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Third Sunday of Advent
 at 10am
This is the week we hear of John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming of Christ, and our reading from Isaiah reflects the promise that the Messiah will bring the ‘oil of gladness’ and so then prophet exults us to ‘rejoice in the Lord.’ It may have seemed as strange to those hearing John’s words along the banks of the Jordan in the first century as it seems to us now to rejoice in midst of a turbulent time, marked with such grief. But we rejoice precisely because it is into a troubled and broken world that God chose to come and comfort his people; not only with words and promises, but with his very presence walking among them. The Revd Serena Tajima from St Mary’s, Banbury, presides, with the Revd David Tyler, associate Archdeacon of Dorchester, preaching. 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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
The Third Sunday of Advent: A Christingle service with The Chidren's Society

The whole country is invited to join The Children’s Society’s first ever online National Christingle Service in partnership with the Church of England. The service will include Royal President of The Children’s Society, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is sharing a message of support along with the charity’s Vice-Chair of Trustees, the Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane. Mark Russell, CEO of The Children’s Society, shares the address.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-third-sunday-advent
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Advent%203%20-%20Children%27s%20Society%20OOS%20VFFF%20.pdf
 

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP STEVEN FOR ALL CHILDREN:

Calling all children…  Bishop Steven needs your help!

Bishop Steven writes:-
This is a message for all the children in the Diocese of Oxford: in our churches and in our schools. There are more than 60,000 of you – that’s a lot – and all of you are very special. I want to ask for your help.
To read more about this and to listen to a 4-minute podcast from Bishop Steven, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/christmas-children-message/
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, 6th DECEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT:
Isaiah 40: 1-11;    2 Peter 3: 8-15a;    Mark 1: 1-8;    Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13

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 Advent.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and Julia Turner has recorded this week's story, "Ruth Finds a New Home". Both were filmed near the Advent wreath by the steps of the pulpit in Great Brickhill church. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service:- Advent 2 – Crying out into the wilderness!  Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/7L4OmeMHbrs

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Cities of Promise - A place for nature
During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it's become a place of fear of contamination - a place to get away from, no longer a sought after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships - a place of beauty and worship of the living God. Such an understanding of the potential of the city might have inspired Sir Ebenezer Howard who, in 1920 founded Welwyn Garden City, a planned town that was intended to combine the benefits of city and countryside whilst avoiding the disadvantages of both. With the Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Rector of Digswell, Welwyn Garden City. Reading: Revelation 21: 22 - 22:5.

ii).  Sunday Worship BBC 1 at 11.30am   Second Sunday of Advent
The Rev Alan Miller leads a service for the second Sunday of Advent from the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, Scotland. With hymns from the Songs of Praise archives from across Scotland.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Young Chorister of the Year - Final
The Rev Kate Bottley presents the final of the very first joint Songs of Praise and Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition. As it is the second Sunday of Advent, six of the best girl and boy choristers in the UK perform their chosen Christmas carols or songs for judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson before one is crowned 2020 champion. The programme includes a performance of O Holy Night by Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins and all the finalists.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Second Sunday of Advent
 at 10am
The president on Sunday is the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, and the address is given by Bishop Fredrik Modéus, Bishop of Växjö – Oxford’s link diocese in Sweden.
Advent is a time when Christians are called to ‘keep watch’ – to prepare for God’s coming among us in Christ. Such watchfulness is about noticing God at work, and also noticing the ways our world falls short of God’s intention. One vast injustice which many have become conscious of this year is gender-based violence. As the world retreated inside during lockdown, reports showed an alarming increase in violence against women and girls in their own homes, including in the UK.
Since 2012, the Anglican Consultative Committee has called on all Anglican churches to mark the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence (which runs from 25 Nov to 10 Dec) in liturgy, prayer and study.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
The Second Sunday of Advent with HOPE Together

HOPE Together lead the Comfort and Joy online service for the Second Sunday of Advent. The service is led by Rev Yemi Adedeji and Rachel Jordan-Wolf preaches on the theme of waiting. 
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-second-sunday-advent-hope
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Advent%202%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S LATEST PODCAST, RECORDED ON 2nd DECEMBER:

Final Episode 8:-  You Shall Go out With Joy

Bishop Steven writes:-

So we come to the final chapter, Isaiah 55. This chapter is about comings and goings, and they set a profound rhythm for the life of God’s people which flows through the worship of the Church. The first verses of Isaiah 55 offer the most gracious and powerful invitation for thirsty, weary souls: Come. But our prophet turns this into a fuller and deeper invitation still.  To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/you-shall-go-out-with-joy/
 

ADVENT SUNDAY, 29th NOVEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR ADVENT SUNDAY:
Isaiah 64: 1-9;   1 Corinthians 1: 3-9;   Mark 13: 24-37;   Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18

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

(1). Jeremy Hopkinson, LLM, has written a brief reflection and prayer for Advent Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
Jeremy has recorded a video version of this reflection and Stuart Leeming has recorded this week's story, "The Big Spender". Both were filmed at the altar in Bow Brickhill church, the venue in normal times for the Advent Sunday Carol Service. The recordings can be found on the following links:        

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service – Advent 1: Are you ready for Christmas?  Are you ready for life?
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/a9psABdoP60

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Cities of Promise - A place for good news
During this era of Covid the city seems to have been devalued as a place of human flourishing. Instead it's become a place of fear of contamination - a place to get away from, no longer a sought-after place to live. But the biblical view is of a redeemed city, a place where human culture is valued alongside restored relationships - a place of beauty and worship of the living God.
Theologian and scholar of Celtic Christianity, Gilbert Markus, marks the eve of St Andrew’s Day with an exploration of how places of pilgrimage became bustling places of human interaction, how spiritual pilgrims medieval and contemporary might share a vision of a heavenly city, and how cities have always represented a mix of the worst and best of humanity - but places where good news can always be found.
Reading: John 1: 35-42, John 1: 1-18

ii).  Sunday Worship BBC 1 at 10.30am   First Sunday of Advent
The Very Rev Dr Paul Shackerley leads a service for the first Sunday of Advent from Brecon Cathedral in Wales. With hymns from the Songs of Praise archives from across Wales.

iii).  BBC 1 at 12.20pm  “Songs of Praise”  Young Chorister of the Year - Boys' Semi-Final
Aled Jones presents the boys' semi-final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition from Gorton Monastery in Manchester. Five of the best boy choristers in the UK compete to impress judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson and win one of three remaining places in the final.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Advent
 Sunday at 10am
Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. Today the first Advent candle is lit and we recognise the Advent of Christ, the light of the world.
As we prepare for Christmas in our hearts and in our lives, in the very particular context of COVID-19, prayer is likely to be our focus. There are resources we can draw on that are commended by Bishop Steven. Click the Discovering Prayer link, below.
Presiding is the Venerable Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham. The address is given by the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
The First Sunday of Advent from St Martin-in-the-Fields

Mark the First Sunday of Advent with this online Comfort and Joy service. From St Martin in the Fields with Rev Sam Wells, the service observes the start of Advent with music, reflection and prayer.
Click on the following link:- https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/worship-home-first-sunday-advent-st
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Advent%201%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.docx_0.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S LATEST PODCAST, RECORDED ON 25th NOVEMBER:

Episode 8:-  Lamb of God

Bishop Steven writes:-
Three times now, the unknown prophet has sung to us of the servant of God. The fourth song is a reflection on the suffering of the nation and the way God will raise up his people again, no matter how difficult the circumstances or how far we have fallen.
How are we to hear these words of Isaiah afresh today as we walk through the pandemic, as we re-assess our lives and the life of the church and the life of the nation?
To listen to the podcast, go to:- https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/lamb-of-god/
 

SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT, CELEBRATING CHRIST THE KING, 22nd NOVEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT, CELEBRATING CHRIST THE KING:
Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24;   Ephesians 1: 15-23;   Matthew 25: 31-46;   Psalm 100

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Sunday next before Advent.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer for this week, marking Christ the King and a related story "The Sheep and the Goats". These were filmed at the lectern and near the pulpit in Great Brickhill Church. They can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has recorded a 15/20-minute service – Christ the King
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/8Tsp7DVLEKI

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Student Life in Lockdown
With our lives impacted by the rules of lockdown, many are struggling with loneliness and the absence of people we love. With tight restrictions prescribed for university students particularly, how are they finding some semblance of normal life?
This live service from Holy Trinity, Platt in Manchester explores these issues through the lens of faith. The church lies on the doorstep of the student village, usually a bustling hub of activity, but now the students are isolated in their halls of residence. Recently tensions flared up as temporary fences were erected and subsequently pulled down by students protesting the move.
The Rector, the Revd Dr Paul Mathole and the Youth and Children's Minister, Sarah Bradley, reflect on their ministry to students as they face rules and restrictions. They explore the hopes and fears felt by those who are looking for solace in these testing times. They reflect on what it means to be content throughout good times and bad as students from the congregation describe the way their faith has helped them.

ii).  BBC 1 at 2.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Young Chorister of the Year - Girls' Semi-Final
From Gorton Monastery in Manchester, Katherine Jenkins launches the very first joint Songs of Praise and Radio 2 competition to find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Chosen from hundreds of entries, five talented girl choristers hope to impress expert judges John Rutter, Laura Wright and Carl Jackson, and go through to the final.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for
the Sunday next before Advent at 10am
The festival of Christ the King stands at a crossroads, with one liturgical year behind us and the promise of a new year ahead, beginning with Advent next week, which will bring a new energy as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.
This service of Christ the King borrows liturgical elements from previous Church at Home services and from Diocesan school assemblies, beginning with the very first Call to Worship from March 2020.
Let us be mindful of the words in that call: ‘I lay at the foot of the Cross all my fears.’ Those words begin our service. They echo as true today as they did in March, as they have done for centuries, and will echo true into the new liturgical year and beyond.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
A service of Prayer for the Nation

This online service of Prayer For The Nation comes from Durham Cathedral. The service, marking Christ The King, is led by the Bishop of Durham, with contributions from the Dean of Durham.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/service-prayer-nation
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Christ%20the%20King%2022nd%20Nov%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S LATEST PODCAST, RECORDED ON 18th NOVEMBER:

Episode 7:-  A Word for the Weary
Bishop Steven writes:- We often think of comfort as something soft and soothing, like a big hug. But to comfort someone is not simply to wrap them up in cotton wool and tenderness. Comfortable words are words which restore our strength, our core, our backbone. The next three months or so may well be the hardest of the COVID journey – how can we find the resources to give strength to our communities when we are already tired and worn down? 
To listen to the podcast, go to:- https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/a-word-for-the-weary/
 

SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT, 15th NOVEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT:
Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18;  1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11;  Matthew 25: 14-30;  Psalm 90: 1-12

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 before Advent.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Julia Turner has recorded this week's story, "Big Bags of Money" based on the parable of the talents. They were filmed at the altar in Great Brickhill Church. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has not recorded her usual 15/20-minute service for this Sunday.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  It's Complicated
The Rev Dr Doug Gay, Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow, and Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, Chaplain to Glasgow University, explore the mixed feelings experienced when faith has to reckon with the complexities of life.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 20 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Aled Jones' Faith Journey
Aled Jones is back on home turf in north Wales as he takes a journey exploring how his faith has shaped his life and his singing. He catches up with some old friends on the journey, including composer Howard Goodall and the Rev Canon Mark Oakley, sings a couple of songs that are special to him and picks his favourite hymns for the programme, including Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah and How Great Thou Art.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for
the Second Sunday before Advent at 10am
The theme of the Church at Home service this week is Encouraging Talents. The God revealed in Jesus calls us to grow our gifts and talents out of love not threat, in freedom not fear. With the coming of the pandemic, many church communities have responded in extraordinary ways, recognising new talents among themselves in the process.  Yet, sometimes – even in COVID-19 times – we don’t always know which gifts we have, or how they could be a part of our healthy growth as disciples. This service ends with a short film about a tool designed to help you in your everyday faith.
As we prepare to worship, may we give thanks for all who have encouraged us; may we share encouragement; and let us pray that all who have experienced discouragement this week, this month, this year, may be built up, restored, and learn again of the gifts they have to share in the grace of God.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
Celebrating friendships that cross continents

Join us in celebrating friendships that cross continents, with this online service from the Anglican Communion. Led by Bishop Anthony Poggo, the service includes a sermon from Sheran Harper, President of the Mother’s Union, and reflects on how communities in different parts of the world support one another in both good and hard times.  Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-friendships-cross
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/15th%20November%202020%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.pdf
 

CHURCH OF ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 2020:

A Call to Prayer for the Nation
On Wednesday 4 November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Bishop of London called the Church of England to prayer for the nation throughout the month of November. For daily prayer themes and resources, go to:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, 8th NOVEMBER:-

READINGS FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY:
Micah 4: 1-5;   John 15: 9-17

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for Remembrance Sunday.
Click Here  for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of this week's reflection for Remembrance Sunday and also a story for Remembrance, filmed near the War Memorial in Stoke Hammond Church. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for Remembrance Sunday.
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/i0akolcAaOg

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Seek Higher things
A service for Remembrance from the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in its centenary year. Preacher: The Revd (Air Vice Marshall) John Ellis, Chaplain in Chief RAF; Leader: The Revd (Wing Commander) David Norfield, RAF, the College Chaplain. RAF personnel speak of their experience of the place of God in their life of service - a nurse looking after COVID patients; a junior officer whose fast jet pilot father lost his life on active service. Readings: Isaiah 55 (from verse 6)  Matthew 25. Recordings from RAF music services.

ii).  Ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph, Whitehall   10.30 – 11.45am
The solemn ceremony in Whitehall when the nation remembers the sacrifice made by so many in the two world wars and in other more recent conflicts. The traditional music of remembrance is played by the massed bands. After the Two Minutes Silence and Last Post, wreaths are laid at the foot of the Cenotaph by members of the Royal Family, political leaders and representatives of Commonwealth countries, before a short Service of Remembrance. The number of veterans in the March Past is reduced this year, and the streets are not lined by the usual crowds, but the familiar music and movements of the ceremony remain. As the nation marks anniversaries of The Battle of Britain, VE Day, VJ Day and The Korean War, and also reflects on the response to Covid-19, veterans, military personnel, historians and people affected by conflict share their thoughts.

iii).  BBC 1 at 10.15 - 11.45am   Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph
David Dimbleby presents live coverage from the Cenotaph. The royal family, the government and the armed forces will gather in Westminster for the National Service of Remembrance. The ceremony has been adapted for social distancing, and the traditional march-past will not take place. The 11 o’clock two-minute silence will be followed by wreath-laying as the nation remembers all those who died serving their country.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”   Remembrance Sunday
Aled Jones visits the Brecon Beacons in Wales, where the British military has trained since the Second World War. Aled meets Jules Hudson, broadcaster and military historian, to find out about Brecon’s military connections, including being the home of the Royal Welsh. We mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act and the impact it has had on the lives of many members of the armed forces as well as civilians in the UK over the last two and a half decades. James Lusted finds out more from an organisation called the Soldier's Arts Academy that works with servicemen and women who have been injured whilst serving their country. James speaks to Christian Maurillia Simpson, who served in Iraq but retired from the army due to injury. She shares her story of finding peace through the medium of singing and her faith. We celebrate 150 years of the British Red Cross by meeting one of its longest serving volunteers, who felt called to start helping with the charity during the Second World War, when she was just seven years old. And Aled Jones is reunited with D-Day veteran Harry Billinge, who featured in the Songs of Praise episode to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. Harry tells Aled about receiving his MBE from the Queen for services to charitable fundraising and reveals his reflections about Remembrance Sunday. With brand new music performances, including from military veterans, and hymns to mark Remembrance Day.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Remembrance Sunday, 8th November at 10am

This year Remembrance Sunday will be significantly changed for many, as England enters a second period of lockdown, and we will mark the occasion in ways very different from those we have been familiar with in the past. Yet, however we mark the day, be it in public or in the privacy of our own homes, we will each find our own way to keep silence, to pray and to remember. Remembering is at the very heart of the Christian faith and it is the central act around which our worship revolves as we celebrate the Eucharist together. Today, as we remember with gratitude, let us each resolve to pray, seek and act to bring the peace of Christ to all whose lives we touch.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
Remembrance Day 2020

The Church of England will broadcast a national online service to mark Remembrance Sunday from the Royal Military Chapel (Guards’ Chapel) in London.  A special page has been created to allow you to reflect and remember, wherever you may be, on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
To view this special page, and to view the service, go to:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/remembrance-day-2020
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S LATEST WEEKLY PODCAST, RECORDED ON 6th NOVEMBER:

Will You Come and Follow Me?
Bishop Steve writes:- The prophet sings of love and forgiveness, of new hope and strength in God, to rekindle courage in the hearts of God’s people. The prophet sings of a new kind of leadership, based on humility and gentleness. The prophet sings to tell us not to be afraid even in the face of death. These are comfortable words the whole world needs to hear afresh in this season. The Comfortable Words I want to explore today unfold a mystery which is at the centre of the universe: that Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, calls women and men into a relationship of love and entrusts us with a purpose for our lives and a mission to God’s world.
To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/will-you-come-and-follow-me/
 

ALL SAINTS' DAY, 1st NOVEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR ALL SAINTS' DAY:
Revelation 7: 9-17;   1 John 3: 1-3;   Matthew 5: 1-12
ALL SOULS:-  Isaiah 25: 8-9;   John 20: 1-9

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for All Saints Day.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Stuart Leeming has recorded this week's story of "The Pharisee and the Tax Collector". They were filmed inside the church at Bow Brickhill, which is dedicated to All Saints. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for All Saints’ Day.
Follow the link:- https://youtu.be/NeCfBOloBXA

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  All Saints' Day: All That Endures
In a year of upheaval when the familiar patterns of life have been overturned and so many people have been unexpectedly taken from us, the Rev Dr Alex Wimberly, leader of the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland, reflects on the memory and influence of the love and compassion of those we have lost.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 19 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Dundee
Claire McCollum is in Dundee, the first time Claire has returned to the city since studying at the university, and she takes in the sights, both old and new, from the top of the hill known as Dundee Law. She discovers why Dundee has historically been famous for textiles, confectionery and publishing and also finds out about its religious history and how Dundee played a crucial role in the Scottish Reformation.
Radzi Chinyanganya’s mother hails from the city and he visits the Catholic church where he was baptised. From there he heads north to the Compass Christian Centre, set in the stunning scenery of Glenshee. For over 50 years, the centre has been providing outdoor activities for young people from Dundee and beyond and sharing the story of Jesus.
Dundee is the home of characters of comic books, the Beano, the Dandy and The Broons. We meet Christian graphic artist and novelist Siku, who grew up reading those comics and went on to produce an entire Bible in the manga cartoon style.
Back in Dundee, Claire meets local parish nurses who combine their medical skills with their faith to help people on the road to recovery from addiction.
There’s brand new music from Barbara Dickson and Sir Cliff Richard and songs from Dundee Steeple Church, all recorded within government guidelines.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for All Saints’ Day, 1st November at 10am

The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, presides and the address is given by the Revd Keith Dunnett, Vicar at Christ Church, Abingdon. No Christian is solitary. Through baptism we become members one of another in Christ, members of a company of saints whose mutual belonging transcends death. All Saints’ Day and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed on All Souls’ Day both celebrate this mutual belonging. As we celebrate All Saints and remember the baptismal belonging of all Christians in Christ, we pray with and for the people of France, following Thursday’s terrorist attack at a church in Nice, in which three people were killed.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
A service of thanksgiving, hope, and remembrance for All Saints’ Day

Join us for our All Saints’ online service, and be comforted that "God is with us in our pain and fear". The Bishop of London, Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullally, leads this special service of thanksgiving, hope, and remembrance from St Paul’s Cathedral.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/service-thanksgiving-hope-and  
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/All%20Saints%201st%20November%202020%20OOS%20AFN%20VFF.docx.pdf
 

BIBLE SUNDAY, THE LAST SUNDAY OF TRINITY, 25th OCTOBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE LAST SUNDAY OF TRINITY, CELEBRATING BIBLE SUNDAY:
Nehemiah 8: 1-4a, 8-12;   Colossians 3: 12-17;   Matthew 24: 30-35;   Psalm 119: 9-16

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for Bible Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and James Northen has recorded this week's story of "A Time to Build". They were filmed near the building work and in the choir stalls inside Great Brickhill church. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, has not been able to record her usual 15/20-minute service this week due to health issues.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Bible Sunday
Join Revd Dr Sam Wells and St Martin’s Voices, directed by Andrew Earis, as they explore the difference between reading the Bible, thinking we know what it’s saying, and letting the Bible read us, allowing our idea of ourselves and the world to be turned upside-down. They look closely at the Old Testament story of Israel in slavery in Egypt, and the way the story transforms our hearts and our lives. Live from St Martin-in-the-Fields.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 18 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Remembering Black History
For Black History Month, guest presenter Mark De-Lisser visits the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool to find out about Britain’s involvement in the slave trade and the role the church played at the time. Mark meets the museum’s historian-in-residence to hear about his ambition to create what could become the country’s first memorial to the enslaved. The rector of Liverpool, Rev Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, shares why he is passionate about offering the grounds of St Nicholas’ Church, which was once the city’s main burial ground, as a home for the memorial.
Classical pianist Alexis Ffrench speaks about his love of music and how he felt as a child being Britain’s youngest black church organist. There is a special performance of Alexis’s own composition inspired by the faith poem Footprints in the Sand. The daughter of Christian peacemaker Nelson Mandela shares what she feels her father would have thought about the Liverpool garden being built in his honour, and we hear about the vision for the garden from two members of the community who help run the charity behind the project, Mandela8. Music comes from across the UK, including poignant hymns written during the period of the slave trade.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home service for Bible Sunday, 25th October at 10am

The Revd Katie Tupling, Disability Advisor to the Diocese, presides for this service from the chapel in Church House, and Bishop Steven preaches from his home.
The original Bible Sunday was initiated by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and took place on the Second Sunday of Advent. That is why the beloved Collect for Advent 2 has its focus for the prayer that we should “hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” the Scriptures. Now we celebrate Bible Sunday on the last Sunday of Trinity Season.
Before the service begins, there is a video from the Pilgrim course on the Bible, featuring our very own +Steven back when he was Bishop of Sheffield!
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
A celebration of Bible Sunday

From Holy Trinity Kendal, the Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson, the Bishop of Penrith, is joined by people from across Cumbria, including two newly ordained clergy, in this celebration of Bible Sunday.  Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebration-bible-sunday
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/Bible%20Sunday%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.docx.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S LATEST WEEKLY PODCAST, RECORDED ON 16th OCTOBER:

WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH YOU
Bishop Steven writes:- One of the oldest books on my shelf is John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the famous allegory of the Christian life published over 300 years ago. The famous hymn Who Would True Valour See is taken directly from his text. I first read Bunyan as a young Christian and have returned to Pilgrim’s Progress many times. At the very end of Christian’s journey, after many twists and turns and trials, he arrives at last at a great river, symbolising death. There is no bridge over this river and no way around it…
To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/servant-leadership/
 

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 18th OCTOBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, CELEBRATING St LUKE'S DAY:
Isaiah 35: 3-6;    2 Timothy 4: 5-17;    Luke 10: 1-9;    Psalm 147: 1-7

Harvest Readings:-
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18;   2 Corinthians 9: 6-15;   Luke 12: 16-30 or 17: 11-19

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

(1). Jeremy Hopkinson has written a brief reflection and prayer for St Luke's Day.
Click Here for the PDF file.
Jeremy has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Diane Webber has recorded this week's story of "The Kind Stranger", both filmed in St Luke's church in Stoke Hammond. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity - We are all called to mission .
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/v81rf_lvW1U

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  The one who heals
A celebration of the eucharist, live from Croydon Minster, on the Feast of St Luke, patron saint of physicians. As well as being the author of the gospel that bears his name - and of the Acts of the Apostles - St Luke was also a physician. His feast day within the church is particularly significant this year as it falls during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It provides an opportunity to give thanks for those who work in healthcare, and to call to mind those who continue to struggle with the effects of the virus in their own lives, and in the lives of others.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 17 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Cheddar Gorge
Aled Jones visits Cheddar Gorge in Somerset to hear the origins of the hymn Rock of Ages, inspired by a rock set into the striking local landscape. He also travels to Devon to explore the Beer Quarry caves, stone from which has been used in cathedral and church buildings across Britain. At Cheddar Baptist Church, Aled reflects on faith in God with lifelong member Barbara Merrick, who has been attending the church for 77 years.
With new music specially recorded under current guidelines, we hear songs from worship leaders Martin Smith and Christian group Bright City, both of whom are from Brighton.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
The Diocesan Church at Home services continue this week for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, 18th October 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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Weekly Service at 9am
A cross-cultural celebration of St Luke

From the Diocese of Blackburn, the service is led by Rev Sarah Gill, featuring contributions from the Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, and the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/cross-cultural-celebration-st-luke
 

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 11th OCTOBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 25: 1-9;    Philippians 4: 1-9;    Matthew 22: 1-14    Pslam 23

Harvest Readings:-
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18;   2 Corinthians 9: 6-15;   Luke 12: 16-30 or 17: 11-19

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Stuart Leeming has recorded this week's story of "The Big Party", both filmed near the altar at the church in Bow Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Where is the church during Covid 19?
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/N3KBya7gk10 

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  The priory and the pottery
Ewenny Priory in the Vale of Glamorgan is one of the UK's most remarkable Norman buildings, this year marking the 900th anniversary of its dedication. Nearby Ewenny Pottery has been worked in by the same family since at least the 1600s.
As we're shaped by our own turbulent times, the historic continuity of a place like Ewenny can be a source of strength and inspiration. In this service led by Canon Edwin Counsell, the Bishop of Llandaff the Rt Rev June Osborne reflects on the way our history and context shapes us, while father and daughter potters Alun and Caitlin Jenkins share their experiences of working with clay.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 16 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Prisons Sunday
Claire McCollum is in the Clink restaurant in Styal near Manchester, where inmates from the nearby prison are being given the chance of a fresh start in life by being trained in a fine dining restaurant.
Pam Rhodes meets former politician, now ordained priest, Jonathan Aitken in London to hear about his journey from prison to the pulpit. At Lambeth Palace, Pam finds out about the Church of England’s free Daily Hope phone service, now also available in prisons across the country.
As the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, calls for a change in attitudes towards asylum seekers, we meet the Christian charities helping refugees on the south coast.
With congregational singing recorded before the current restrictions, as well as specially recorded hymns from singer Mary Jess and vocal ensemble Tessera.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, 11th October at 10am.

We worship God together from across the communities of the Diocese of Oxford. The President is the Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon of Oxford, and the address is given by the Revd Tina Molyneux, Diocesan Discipleship Enabler.
This week the focus is discipleship and what it means to follow Jesus Christ today. The Diocesan vision is to enable the whole people of God to feel confident and equipped to become more Christ-like for the sake of God’s world. It’s about renewing and re-igniting the faith of every person to find and follow God in everyday life.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Celebrating chaplaincy in care homes

Debbie Thrower, founder of Anna Chaplaincy, leads the service, with contributions from care home chaplains and residents, as well as a poetry reading from Bob Weighton, once the oldest man in the world.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-chaplaincy-care-homes
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/Trinity%2018%20-%2011th%20October%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.docx.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S PODCAST RECORDED ON 9th OCTOBER:

        Brother, sister, let me serve you
        Let me be as Christ to you
        Pray that I may have the gift to let you be my servant too.
The servant song by Richard Gillard is one of the most popular contemporary worship songs, sung by churches of many different traditions. It’s often chosen for services of ordination and licensing new ministers. The song captures something vital about the way of discipleship. As Christians we are called to a life of service together, to love and support one another in all the joys and sorrows of our lives. But where does that idea come from?
To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/servant-leadership/
 

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 4th OCTOBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 5: 1-7;    Philippians 3: 4b-14;    Matthew 21: 33-46;    Psalm 80: 7-14

Harvest Readings:-
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18;   2 Corinthians 9: 6-15;   Luke 12: 16-30 or 17: 11-19

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Alison Packer has recorded this week's story of "The Parable of the Tenants", both filmed near the font at the church in Little Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Are We ready for the kingdom of God?
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/bnKiUBG7sNA 

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Song of the Prophets
This Black History Month the service explores the theme that Black Lives Matter everywhere through the lens of climate injustice, poverty and inequality around the world. Leader: Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO of Christian Aid which is marking its 75th anniversary year; Preacher: Professor Robert Beckford with reflections by Bob Kikuyu (Kenya), and Solomon Woldetsadik (Ethiopia). Prayers: Dionne Gravesande. Readings: Colossians 1:15-20, Romans 8:18-25.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 2 (not BBC 1) at 10.00am   Episode 15 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Kate's Faith Journey
The Rev Kate Bottley goes on a very personal journey across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to share the story of her Christian faith through the people, places and music that have shaped and inspired her.
Kate begins by returning for the first time to the church in Sheffield where she was baptised as a baby. She shares her firm belief that God had his hand on her life from that point on, even though faith was not part of her childhood and it would be years before she set foot in a church again. She then meets the school friend who first invited her to a church youth club, and together they recall the day a teenage Kate became a Christian and decided to share her excitement with the whole school!
Back at her old university in Leeds, Kate gets her boots on to meet up with her old rugby teammates and reflects on the friendships forged on the pitch and in the chapel. She then travels to the beautiful Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. It was here Kate was ordained as a priest 11 years ago, and she reflects on her calling to the priesthood and discovers what she was really like a young curate when she meets up with the priest in charge of her first parish.
And we discover how a surprise dance routine at a wedding where Kate was officiating turned into a viral video and changed Kate’s life completely. It was the moment that began the newest chapter in Kate’s faith journey, in the world of television and radio. As we go behind the scenes at BBC Radio 2, Kate reflects on the experiences of the last few years, hearing other people’s faith stories and striving to share the love of God over the airwaves.
With favourite hymns and songs all chosen by Kate for the special meaning they hold for her family and her ministry.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home 4th October - Bishop Colin lays down his ministry as Bishop of Dorchester

Bishop Colin will retire in November having served with great distinction as Bishop of Dorchester for the last twenty years. This Sunday we have two very special services available online. At 10am Bishop Colin will preside at our regular Church at Home online service. At 3pm, we join the live stream from Dorchester Abbey as we say farewell to Bishop Colin and Sarah, giving thanks for all they have shared with us over the last twenty years. All are welcome. Do join us online for both services.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Celebrating 'forgotten heroes' of Covid-19 pandemic

This online service celebrates those who have helped keep food on our plates during the pandemic. Sarah Spencer, from the Diocese of Lincoln, and Nick Shepherd, from the Diocese of Southwark, lead the service, with contributions from farmers, lorry drivers and supermarket workers.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-forgotten-heroes-covid
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/Trinity%2017%20-%204th%20October%202020%20-%20OOS%20%20AFN%20VFF.docx.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S WEEKLY PODCAST:

DO NOT BE AFRAID. Bishop Steven writes:- Look back over the last six months and reflect for a moment. What part has fear played in your own life and your life’s journey? What part is anxiety playing now in the key decisions of your life? Does it have too loud a voice? Does all of that fear and caution have the support of reason? Are there inner fears which you are keeping buried deep inside and cannot name or talk through with those closest to you? Are those chains of fear shaping the decisions you make in your work or your Christian service? If that is the case, listen to the word of the Lord to you: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand”.
To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/do-not-be-afraid/
 

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 27th SEPTEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Exekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32;   Philippians 2: 1-13;   Matthew 21: 23-32;   Psalm 25: 1-9

Harvest Readings:-
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18;   2 Corinthians 9: 6-15;   Luke 12: 16-30 or 17: 11-19

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for Harvest.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer for Harvest and Julia Turner has recorded this week's story of "The Man Who Came Back", both filmed on a very windy day at Rectory Farm in Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Worrying is the way of the world; Freedom is the way of the Father!
Follow the link:-    https://youtu.be/ePBnRv5vDxQ

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  A new heaven and a new earth
Traditionally harvest is a time to celebrate and offer thanksgiving for God’s bounty in nature. Rachel Mann leads today’s service and reflects on what harvest might mean for those of us who, even in a covid-shaped world, live in a busy urbanised environment. After months of tiring but necessary restrictions on our lives, what do we have to be thankful for? What ‘harvest’ do those who live in urban settings have to offer to those who don’t? What might a new 'holy city' and 'new earth' look like for urban and country dweller alike? Rev. Grace Thomas will share how she's been instrumental in helping congregations in south Manchester think about how they can cherish God’s creation and address the climate emergency. Reading: Revelation 21: 1-5.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 14 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Saltaire
Claire McCollum explores the beautiful Victorian village of Saltaire near Bradford in Yorkshire, now a Unesco World Heritage site. The vision of Christian industrialist Sir Titus Salt, and built to house the workers for his enormous textile mill, Saltaire was famous around the world when it was completed. Although the concept of providing accommodation for workers was not new, the scale and high standard of Saltaire was groundbreaking, with 850 high-quality houses alongside shops, schools, recreational facilities and a beautiful church, all built in the shadow of the mill.
In the company of historian John Styles, who was born in Saltaire, Claire explores Salts Mill – one of the largest buildings in the world when completed – and discovers that Titus Salt was strongly motivated by his Christian faith in providing so generously for his workers. She also explores what many call the centrepiece of Saltaire, the Grade-I listed church that Titus Salt built in a beautiful Italianate style. The church was damaged in recent storms, and Claire meets the Christian architect in charge of the restoration and a member of the current congregation who has been kneeling in prayer outside the church each week since it closed for lockdown.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, 27th September at 10am.

This Sunday we celebrate Harvest, an opportunity to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy and to consider how we can share these. Our thanksgiving is particularly focused around the food which sustains us and those who work to feed us, while remembering those locally and across the world who live with food insecurity.
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, presides. The reflection is given by The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Associate Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford. William helps to lead our intercessions and like many leaders, such as Moses and King George VI, speaks with a stammer. William was glad to participate in this service, together with his friends from Roots youth group, St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Celebrating Harvest and the Season of Creation
Join Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley for this week's Harvest Festival service. This online service includes reflections on climate change, farming and the beauty of nature.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/celebrating-harvest-and-season
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/Trinity%2016%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S WEEKLY PODCASTS CONTINUE:

THOSE WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD WILL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH
The world around us has learned to respond to suffering and pain and difficulty. The temptation is to numb negative emotion, to overlay it, to disguise it through shopping or social media or food or alcohol or other addictive behaviours. We numb. In normal times that can set in motion slow but destructive cycles of behaviour in our lives. We keep afloat but only just. But in times of crisis and difficulty, it is not enough to numb. The pain around us overwhelms our defences. Something much deeper is needed…
To listen to the podcast, go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/those-who-wait-for-the-lord-will-renew-their-strength/
 

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 20th SEPTEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Jonah 3: 10 – 4: 11;   Philippians 1: 21-30;   Matthew 20: 1-16;   Psalm 145: 1-8

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Andrew Smith has recorded this week's story of "Jonah the Groaner", both filmed in garden locations in Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity celebrating Harvest – “Always put your hope in God” - Hosea 12: 6
Follow the link:-    https://youtu.be/9mqYmfFcHHA

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  Where shall we put our trust?
At a time of enormous uncertainty with so much that was familiar swept away, many people are worried, apprehensive about what will happen to individuals, communities and nations as the result of Covid 19 and about the possibility of environmental catastrophe. In what for large numbers of people is an atmosphere full of fear, Father Brian D’Arcy asks where we can put our trust.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 13 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Harvest in Saddleworth
Rev Kate Bottley marks Harvest by visiting a Christian-run farm in Saddleworth, on the Yorkshire Lancashire border. She meets curate Aaron Moffat-Jackman and his wife Gemma, who quite literally tend to their flock - they have sheep on a field next to their church and use their farm to educate others about looking after God’s creation.
In her first appearance on Songs of Praise as a presenter, Katie Piper visits a farm in Carmarthenshire to meet Eileen Davis, an archdeacon in Wales who has been inspired by her faith to set up a helpline for other farmers who are finding it difficult to cope.
In the urban district of Trafford in Manchester, Rev John Hughes explains how his church has become a hub for green-fingered enthusiasts who are growing their own food and as a result are making friends which cross faith boundaries.
Hymns and songs from across the country reflect the Harvest theme, including several from The Priory, Little Wymondley in Hertfordshire, recorded before lockdown.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 20th September at 10am.

We are delighted to welcome as our president the Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton, Chaplain to Worcester College Oxford and Vicar of the Parish of Black Bourton. The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, is giving the address from his home.
This weekend deacons across the diocese will be ordained to the priesthood. So our service celebrates the theme of Vocation – remembering that each of us are called by God by our common Baptism.
Please pray especially this weekend for our curates ahead of their ordination and all are welcome to watch live streams of the ordination services.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Everyone is made in the image of God
Watch this exclusive extract of Rev Zoe Heming's online sermon, recorded as part of the Church of England's national online service, celebrating the gifts of Christians with disabilities.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/everyone-made-image-god
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/Trinity%2015%20-%2020th%20September%202020%20-%20OOS%20VF%20-%20AFN.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN'S PODCASTS RESUME:

Welcome back to a new series of podcasts for the autumn: comfortable words.
The title is taken from the opening verses of Isaiah 40-55 (and also for a well-known part of the Prayer Book liturgy for Holy Communion). Each episode will begin from a passage of scripture taken from this part of the Book of Isaiah which begins with the unknown prophet’s call:
“Comfort, O comfort my people says your God
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her….”
The focus of the songs in Isaiah 40-55 is helping God’s people to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land. I hope and pray the podcasts will be helpful to the Church across the Diocese of Oxford and more widely as we find our voice again in the midst of the pandemic.
Three songs that Bishop Steven listened to as he prepared the podcast this week:-
The first is the opening section of Handel’s Messiah, which sets this passage to music. The second is Prepare ye the way of the Lord from the musical Godspell, and the third is Emilie Sande’s brilliant live performance of Our Version of Events III at the close of the 2012 Olympic games, heard briefly at the beginning and end of this episode.
To listen to the podcast, go to:-   https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/comfort-o-comfort-my-people/
 

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 13th SEPTEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Genesis 50: 15-21;   Romans 14: 1-12;   Matthew 18: 21-35    Psalm 103: 1-7, 8-13

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and also this week's story of "The Unforgiving Servant", filmed in the Lady Chapel at Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity:- Discipleship – Jesus says it as it is!
Follow the link:-   https://youtu.be/LKBH-rnGmlg

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  400th Anniversary of the Mayflower
Four hundred years ago this week, a small ship set sail from Plymouth to the New World. Its passengers were in search of a better life. Some were seeking religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land. The Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, reflects on the story of the Mayflower and the significance of this voyage for today's world.

ii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Mayflower
Aled Jones is in Plymouth where 400 years ago, a group of Christians embarked on an epic journey across the Atlantic that changed American history – the voyage of the Mayflower. He hears stories of the intrepid Christians who braved dangerous seas and the challenges of the New World to fulfil their calling. Aled discovers how this remarkable voyage has left its mark on political and religious life on both sides of the Atlantic.
In search of the pilgrim travellers’ roots, Kate Bottley travels to Nottinghamshire to meet a living relative of William Brewster, one of the elders of the group and finds out all about his motivation.
There are musical performances from Plymouth, featuring local folk musician Seth Lakeman and tenor Russell Watson, as well as congregational singing from across the UK, recorded before the current restrictions were put in place.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 13th September at 10am.

The Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene and Assistant Archdeacon of Oxford, presides and the reflection is by The Revd Canon Richard Peers, Sub Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. This service explores the theme of forgiveness; celebrating the boundless mercy and grace of God, who calls us into right-relationship with him, with others, with the world and within ourselves. Forgiveness is perhaps one of the most counter-cultural and revolutionary of all Kingdom values. It cannot be commanded of us by others, nor can it be demanded by us, of them. It can only ever be a gift; freely offered out of love. And it is from the Source of Love itself, that forgiveness is offered to us.
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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Come together to serve in God's name
This week's service is from All Saints Kings Heath, in south Birmingham.
Reflecting on the theme of forgiveness, the service includes contributions from Professor Nicola Slee, poet and theologian.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/come-together-serve-gods-name
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/trinity_14_-_13th_september_2020_oos_afn_vf.pdf
 

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 6th SEPTEMBER:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Ezekiel 33: 7-11;   Romans 13: 8-14;   Matthew 18: 15-20    Psalm  119: 33-40

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Stuart Leeming has recorded the story of "A Sad Day", filmed in the churchyard at Bow Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). There will not be a short service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “Heaven is a Noisy Place”
Neil MacGregor finds spiritual inspiration in the religious art of the National Gallery. The former Director of the National Gallery and British Museum is accompanied on his walk round the gallery's Sainsbury Wing by the Revd Lucy Winkett.
After months of Covid and confinement, today's service considers how community — within society and across time — has traditionally been fostered by close contact with the saints. For centuries the saints gave shape to the calendar and cohesion to communities. They helped individuals in distress, constantly affirming that we are never alone. They made the universal local and individual — and they were flawed humans, just like us. Virtually everybody had their own name saint, as did every trade, town and community. Looking at these paintings is like joining a really good party: You immediately recognise a lot of the guests, wearing not name tags, but symbols — Peter and Margaret, Catherine and George — and you know what bits of life they can help you with. They are shown with realism or fantasy, with admiration or humour, as people we have come to know well, and can relax with.
Crivelli’s Madonna of the Swallow is an intact Renaissance altarpiece. In its small, lower scenes, it shows the love of God among fallen humanity. On top of the altar perches a swallow — who builds her nest in the temple (Psalm 84) and who, for centuries symbolised the Incarnation, as out of the dirt and mud of her nest, she soars to heaven. The community of saints includes the natural world, as well as the living and the dead.
Finally, the saints are shown by Jacopo di Cione making music in heaven with all sorts of instruments, even bagpipes. Heaven is being with other people and heaven is a noisy place.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.00am   Episode 12 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Eden Project
Claire McCollum visits the Eden Project in Cornwall, where founder Sir Tim Smit tells her how he created a garden paradise out of a clay pit. Claire speaks to one of the Eden Project’s gardeners to hear how she worships God whilst looking after the two million plants on site.
An open-air theatre stages a socially distanced performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, a musical based on the New Testament gospels, and a Christian cast member shares what it means to be involved in a performance that explores the life and death of Jesus.
JB Gill goes surfing with a man who came back to faith whilst catching waves, and who is now part of Christian Surfers UK – an organisation celebrating its 30th anniversary. We also visit a church in Newquay that has adapted its Sunday services during the pandemic by becoming England’s first drive-in church.
With brand new music recorded at the Eden Project according to government guidelines, and congregational hymns captured before current restrictions.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming.
Church at Home for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 6th September at 10am.

The Diocesan Church at Home services resume this Sunday, 6th September. 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-19-2/livestream/
To access by telephone, dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Standard call rates apply.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Recognising teachers and school staff as unsung heroes
Featuring contributions from St Thomas CofE Academy, this online service is led by Rev Tim Bateman from Gas Street Church, recognising teachers and school staff as unsung heroes and praying for the start of the new school year. The Dean of Birmingham, Matt Thompson, preaches and Sarah Smith, Director of Education for the Church of England in Birmingham, shares a reflection.
Click on the following link:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/recognising-teachers-and-school
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/Trinity%2013%20OOS%20VFF%20AFN.pdf
 

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 30th AUGUST:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Jeremiah 15: 15-21;   Romans 12: 9-21;   Matthew 16: 21-28    Psalm 26: 1 - 8

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
Jeremy Hopkinson, LLM, has recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer for this week and Alison Packer has recorded the story of "Jesus and the Tax Man", filmed at locations in Great Brickhill and Little Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). There will not be a short service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “Wild at home”
Greenbelt looks 'Wild at Home' in digital form this summer 2020, with Paul Kerensa, Molly Boot and Greenbelt's Creative Director Paul Northup. From livestream performance to reflective blogs; from archive talks to special artist features, Greenbelt is so many things to so many different people. But for everyone, it's somewhere to believe in.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.00am   Episode 11 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 12.25pm (earlier than usual)  “Songs of Praise”  Blenheim Palace
Aled Jones visits Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Winston Churchill and an important World Heritage site. The sister of the current duke, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, explains the history of this remarkable building and shows Aled the private chapel that means so much to her. One of the most impressive features of the interior of the palace is the Willis organ, and the resident organist, Andrew Patterson, demonstrates its particular sound. Blenheim’s estate director, Roy Cox, shows Aled some of the famous trees on the estate, including the Cedar of Lebanon, which appears in a Harry Potter film.
Laura Wright joins Oxford's Soundabout Inclusive Choir for a virtual hymn singalong and to hear how being part of the choir helps those with learning disabilities.
The Blenheim estate provides a stunning backdrop for this week's music, which was recorded especially for the programme. There are performances from Laura Wright, new all-female group Stellina, gospel choir IDMC and Aled Jones, who sings one of his favourite hymns, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - Church at Home during August
The team are taking a break for August but churches across the Diocese will be welcoming the regular Church at Home congregation for worship during this time - a range of family, all-age, modern and traditional services is available on the following link:-   
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
For those unable to access a church service online, dial 0800 804 8044 for daily hymns, reflections and prayers.
The Diocesan service returns to its regular 10am slot online from Sunday 6 September.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
He gave his life for us

Prepare for the new term with this week's service from Holy Trinity Platt. In his sermon, Rev Dr. Paul Mathole reminds us that the way to find true life is to give our life to Jesus, just as he gave his life for us.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/he-gave-his-life-us
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/trinity_12_oos_vff_afn.pdf
 

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 23rd AUGUST:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 51. 1-6;  Romans 12. 1-8;  Matthew 16. 13-20    Psalm 138

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has again recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and James Northen has recorded the story of "Jesus' Special Friends", filmed at by the font at Great Brickhill Church. These can be found on the following links:

(2). There is no short service this week from the Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “The Inspiration of Listening"
Exploring the inspiration of listening with Anna Magnusson and Pádraig Ó Tuama. During this strange summer, the usually busy travels of poet and theologian, Pádraig, and writer and broadcaster, Anna, have been replaced by more stillness, offering opportunities to find solace in time spent listening deeply - to voices of the past, to nature, to breath and to spirit.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.00am   Episode 10 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Celebrating the Salvation Army
The Rev Kate Bottley visits the Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm in Essex to meet the staff and find out about the work of the farm in the past and the present. One thing Hadleigh has been doing during the current pandemic is food distribution, and we see that in action at a local corps in Basildon, where Lizette and Paul Williams hand out food to those who need it. Kate also meets Daniel Holland, an officer in the Salvation Army homelessness unit who has been working as a nurse on a Covid-19 ward. He ended up catching coronavirus but has now fully recovered. We find out about the challenges and rewards this experience has had on his faith.
We talk to two members of the International Staff Songsters (ISS), the current conductor, Dorothy Nancekievill, and Lesley Nicholson, who is also a prison chaplain, about the effect music can have on audiences. Kate also joins Zena Österberg and her dance group to take part in Timbreltastic, a joyous combination of dance, music and praise. Plus music from congregations across the country, with hymns including Strength Will Rise and For the Beauty of the Lord, and the Salvation Army’s International Staff Songsters performing three hymns especially for us.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - Church at Home during August
The team are taking a break for August but churches across the Diocese will be welcoming the regular Church at Home congregation for worship during this time - a range of family, all-age, modern and traditional services is available on the following link:-   
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
For those unable to access a church service online, dial 0800 804 8044 for daily hymns, reflections and prayers.
The Diocesan service returns to its regular 10am slot online from Sunday 6 September.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
We Are Never Alone 

Rev Fergus Butler-Gallie leads Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer for this online service. His sermon reflects on how we are never alone and that God walks with us through life's journey.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/we-are-never-alone
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/OOS%20Trinity%2011%20AFN%20VFF.pdf
 

CHURCH OF ENGLAND RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

FAITH AT HOME:- 

Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.  It seeks to provide:

  • Experiences that inspire parents and families to grow in faith together in the ‘new daily normal’ of the home
  • Resources that equip children and young people to explore faith together and feel supported pastorally as part of school and church communities
  • Networks that connect school leaders, church leaders, chaplains to share great practice and build community together focused on the faith development of children and young people

To find out more follow the link:- 
https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home
 

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 16th AUGUST:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8;    Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32;    Matthew 15: 21-28;    Psalm 67

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has again recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Suzanne Cook has recorded the parable of the great feast, the story of "The Big Party", filmed at a location in Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity, celebrating the  Blessed Virgin Mary:- No analysing, just trusting.
Follow the link:-    https://youtu.be/6_oZv1Dh8pc

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “When Our Plans Change"
A service led by Rev Dr Stephen Wigley, chair of the Wales synod of the Methodist church, reflecting on what happens when our plans change, and marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Readings are from Psalm 67, Isaiah 56 and Matthew 15. The music used in the service was recorded prior to lockdown.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.00am   Episode 9 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Trentham Gardens
Claire McCollum visits Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, discovering the rich religious history of this beautiful estate. She hears about Trentham’s connection with Saint Werburgh, who ran a convent on the site back in the seventh century. Claire finds out about the Two Saints Way, an ancient pilgrimage route through the Gardens, revived in recent years to help people connect with God through nature. We also speak to the couple running the parish church situated at the top of Trentham’s flower gardens, to find out how worship is still a huge part of life there today.
Just south of the estate, Radzi Chinyanganya tries his hand at beekeeping with a vicar who has taken up the hobby as part of his calling to care for creation. And we meet the Christian sisters celebrating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when the Japanese surrender ended the Second World War. They talk about their father, who was a prisoner of war in the Far East and reveal how he organised the building of a church at the Chungkai camp, so that prisoners could worship together. The episode includes special performances recorded in Trentham Gardens from AMC Gospel Choir, the Salvation Army’s International Staff Songsters, and soprano singer Olivia Safe.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - Church at Home during August
The team are taking a break for August but churches across the Diocese will be welcoming the regular Church at Home congregation for worship during this time - a range of family, all-age, modern and traditional services is available on the following link:-   
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
For those unable to access a church service online, dial 0800 804 8044 for daily hymns, reflections and prayers.
The Diocesan service returns to its regular 10am slot online from Sunday 6 September.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am 
Wisdom from the Psalms

This online service is led by the community of Mucknell Abbey, located near Worcester, in the West Midlands.  The Abbey is part of the Order of St Benedict, and the service includes contributions from Sister Jessica, Brother Stuart, Brother Adrian, Sister Gregory and Brother Thomas.
Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/wisdom-psalms
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/Trinity%2010%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.pdf
 

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 9th AUGUST:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
1 Kings 19: 9-18;    Romans 10: 5-15;    Matthew 14: 22-33;    Psalm 85: 8 - 13

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has again recorded a video version of his reflection and prayer and Diane Webber has recorded the story of "Samuel Hears a Voice", filmed outside the church at Stoke Hammond. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity:- "How do we really see things? The Transfiguration”.
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/CwRkd5qWmyc

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “The Cross and Black Liberation"
Chine McDonald, a writer on race and faith, leads a service exploring the cross as a symbol of black liberation. The murder of George Floyd and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement have been pivotal moments; forcing institutions and society to stop and take stock - to highlight the inequality and racism that's prevalent, but also to look forward in hope. Archdeacon of Croydon Rosemarie Mallet, Anglican ordinand Augustine Tanner-Ihm and Baptist speaker and co-founder of Street Pastors, David Shosanya will explore the cross through the lens of black experience. As Black Liberation Theology highlights, whilst the cross is a symbol of suffering, it is also one of hope and liberation - promising emancipation and reconciliation to the oppressed.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.00am   Episode 8 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  National Trust
With brand new music performances filmed under government guidelines in July 2020, the Rev Kate Bottley visits Coughton Court in Warwickshire to hear how the National Trust was founded by Christian social reformers 125 years ago. She also finds out about the site’s rich 600-year history as a family home that sheltered persecuted Catholics during the 16th century Reformation.
As many historic organisations, including the National Trust and the Church of England, examine their past links to slave traders, Gemma Hunt visits Bristol. She joins its Christian mayor Marvin Rees and Dr Madge Dresser of Bristol University to reflect on the city’s relationship with known slave trader Edward Colston. Also, award-winning young preacher Augustine Tanner-Ihm describes his journey from Chicago to the north east of England, and how an experience of rejection led him to preach about his own Christian faith in the context of diversity and inclusion.
The programme’s brand new music performances include vocal ensemble Voces8, singer Shaun Escoffery and male vocal quartet Tessera.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming - Church at Home during August
The team are taking a break for August but churches across the Diocese will be welcoming the regular Church at Home congregation for worship during this time - a range of family, all-age, modern and traditional services is available on the following link:-   
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
For those unable to access a church service online, dial 0800 804 8044 for daily hymns, reflections and prayers.
The Diocesan service returns to its regular 10am slot online from Sunday 6 September.

(5). Church of England Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am 
God's Kindness and Mercy

This week's online service is led by Rev Dr Lee Gatiss, the Director of Church Society. In his sermon, Lee reflects on God's kindness and mercy. The prayers are led by Ros Clarke, with readings from Gideon Emmanuel and Niv Lobo.  Click on the following link:-  
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/gods-kindness-and-mercy
To download the Sermon for the Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/trinity_9_sermon_-_afn_vf.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

For his weekly “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, is recording a series of reflections on Philippians. In this, the final episode of series 4, Bishop Steven explores how to live out this extraordinary command to rejoice.
No 4.  Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice.
Finally my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me and for you it is a safeguard.
For questions for discussion from Philippians 4 and to listen to the podcast, go to:-:
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/series/my-extraordinary-family/
 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES PLANNNED FOR JULY / AUGUST :-

DATE:

VENUE

SERVICE

Monday, 27th July

Virtual via Zoom

7.00pm.  Evensong

Sunday, 2nd August

Stoke Hammond

11.00am. Holy Communion

Sunday, 9th August

Great Brickhill

11.00am. Holy Communion

Sunday, 16th August

Little Brickhill

11.00am. Family Service

Sunday, 23rd August

Bow Brickhill

11.00am. Holy Communion

Sunday, 30th August

Virtual via Zoom

11.00am. Service details tbc


VIRTUAL SERVICE OF EVENSONG ON MONDAY, 27th JULY AT 7.00pm:-

Following the successful virtual Evensong service on 5th July, Jerry Breslin is arranging an Evensong service via Zoom this Monday 27th July when the choir would normally be holding their weekly practice session.
If anyone is interested in joining in this virtual service via Zoom please contact Phillipa Cook for the log-in details:
pjcook6@gmail.com
 

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 26th JULY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
1 Kings 3: 5-12;  Romans 8: 26-39;  Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52   Psalm 119: 129-136

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 after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
There is a recording of this week's reflection and prayer, plus a recording of the story of The Precious Pearl, filmed inside the church at Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity celebrating the Feast of Mary Magdalene. Follow the link: https://youtu.be/UzDcExMyVUI

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
A service preparing for a "Virtually Keswick" Convention, taking place in the last week of July. The theme is hope. At this time of great uncertainty, in the midst of a global pandemic, there is hope in Jesus Christ. Preacher, the Revd Dr Chris Wright, takes the text of a well known hymn, “Great is thy faithfulness; morning by morning new mercies I see…” which comes from the middle of the darkest book in the Bible - Lamentations. The biblical poet describes the sacking of the city of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, king of the mighty empire of Babylon. Yet out of utter despair comes hope...such is the character of God. Leaders: John Taylor and Anna Putt. Readings; Lamentations 3:17-24, 1 Peter 1:3-9; with Emu Music and soloist Cathy Burton.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 6 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Crosby Beach
The Rev Kate Bottley is on Crosby Beach celebrating the 15th anniversary of the iron men sculptures created by artist Antony Gormley. Kate speaks to local Christians who have been inspired by the statues to create their own artworks, including paintings, photography and performance. James Lusted meets one of the founding members of Crossbeats, a Liverpool-based band credited with helping to bring Contemporary Christian Music to the UK back in the 1960s. Kate travels just along the coast to Formby, hoping to see the rare red squirrel. She visits the prayer centre there, right in the heart of the National Trust conservation area.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Church at Home
A Service for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 26th July at 10am.

The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese, presides. The address is given by the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham. The service has been recorded in Cuddesdon’s Edward King Chapel.
This week the Diocese is supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee’s COVID-19 Appeal. The pandemic has badly hit a number of countries, including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. The effects of this have been especially felt in refugee camps and amongst displaced people who have little access to medical care, basic food, shelter and water. By supporting the DEC appeal there is a chance of protecting millions of vulnerable people and saving many lives. At the end of the service there will be an opportunity to donate to the appeal online, but donations may be made at any time using the link on this service page on the website.
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-19-2/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 Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Nothing can separate us from the love of God

This week the online service comes from the Diocese in Europe. Filmed at Holy Trinity Brussels, the service reflects on the theme that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/nothing-can-separate-us-love-god
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/26%20July%202020%20-%207th%20after%20Trinity%20OOS%20-%20AFN%20VF.pdf 


BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

For his weekly “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, is recording a series of reflections on Philippians.
No 3.  Finding Strength from the Centre
Week 3 brings us to Chapter 3 of Philippians and Paul takes us deeper still in this lockdown journey ……
To listen to the podcast from Philippians 3, go to:-  https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/


VIRTUAL SERVICE OF EVENSONG ON MONDAY, 27th JULY AT 7.00pm:-

Following the successful virtual Evensong service on 5th July, Jerry Breslin is arranging an Evensong service via Zoom for Monday 27th July when the choir would normally be holding their weekly practice session. The invitation to join in this service is being extended to all those who would like to participate. If you are interested in joining in the service please contact Phillipa Cook for the log-in details:- pjcook6@gmail.com
 

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 19th JULY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 44: 6-8;   Romans 8: 12-25;   Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43    Psalm 86: 11-17

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
There is a recording of this week's reflection and prayer, plus a recording of the story of the Weeds in the Wheat, filmed in the wild area of the churchyard at Great Brickhill. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity:-  “This is a very challenging time and we need to keep as close to God as we can” - this week’s offering is “Jesus says; Get some rest!”  Follow the link: https://youtu.be/KcGpccO5WcY

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “A Word for All Seasons”
2020 is the ‘Year of the Word’ in the Catholic Church in England and Wales – to celebrate, share and live out faith through deeper Scriptural engagement. Dioceses have taken on different projects as part of this initiative, and Sunday Worship this morning comes from the Diocese of Leeds where Priests and Parishioners have been exploring the ‘Word Unlocked’. Fr Michael Hall will lead the service, "A Word for All Seasons", to reflect on the way that "the God who speaks" meets us in all the changing circumstances of our lives, especially significant at a time when many Christians will have been turning to the Bible for comfort over the last few months. We’ll hear passages that have particular emphasis on the importance of the ‘Word’ of God. Fr Michael Hall is Parish Priest in the West Yorkshire towns of Brighouse and Elland, and the homily will be given by Fr Henry Longbottom, the Diocese of Leeds’ newest priest who ministers in the East Leeds Parish of St John Henry Newman. Worship includes hymns and motets previously recorded in Leeds Cathedral.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.30am   Episode 5 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Eyam
Rev Kate Bottley visits Eyam in Derbyshire, where 355 years ago residents took the brave decision to lock down their village to prevent the spread of the bubonic plague, saving countless lives across the rest of northern England. Local historians Francine Clifford and Owen Roberts describe how this act of self-sacrifice was inspired by two rival clergymen in an act of unity. The current rector, Rev Mike Gilbert, explains how the church’s current activities have striking parallels with the past and reads the moving letter his 17th-century predecessor William Mompesson wrote after his wife’s death from the plague. In the city of Derby, Sean Fletcher meets Julio Abraham, whose charity, Derby City Mission, is at the forefront of helping the city’s homeless people in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kate hears how recovered addict Sam is using faith and furniture-making to help redeem the lives of others. Hymns and songs, recorded before lockdown, come from St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell in Derbyshire, also known as the Cathedral of the Peak, as well as other UK churches.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Church at Home
A Service for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 19th July at 10am.

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester presides and the address is given by Revd. Verena Breed, Team Rector of Bicester.
The Gospel is read by the Rt Revd Eggoni Pushpa Lalitha, Bishop of Nandyal. Nandyal, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is one of our international link dioceses. Like us, it has been working on new forms of ministry during lockdown – and now both has an online presence through its cathedral and is beginning to re-open its church buildings, which are located in communities that range from large cities to rural villages. We pray for each other in these endeavours.
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-19-2/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 Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Suffering is not the final word

Students from Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) and Ridley Hall in Cambridge and St Hild College in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, will explore what it means to minister through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/suffering-not-final-word
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/19th%20July%20Service%20Trinity%206%20-%20OOS%20VF.pdf


BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

For his weekly “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, is recording a series of reflections on Philippians.
No 2.  How to face enormous problems
The Bishop says the more I’ve read Philippians over the last few weeks, the more I’m seeing it through the lens of anxiety. The Church in Philippi is a fearful and anxious church: a small community in a hostile and difficult place, worried for their own future, concerned for Paul, who taught them their faith and concerned for their future. Paul does everything he can in his letter to calm this anxiety, but he offers them something much more important than an answer…
To listen to the podcast and for questions for discussion from Philippians 2: go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/how-to-face-enormous-problems/


FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 12th JULY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Isaiah 55: 10-13;  Romans 8: 1-11;  Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23   Psalm 65: 1-8, 9-13

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 after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
There is a recording of this week's reflection and prayer, plus a recording of the story of the Parable of the Sower, filmed on location at Rectory Farm. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity:-  When life gets tough, God is faithful.  Follow the link:  https://youtu.be/-roGKXa9n0w

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:

i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “Sowing in a time of uncertainty"
The parable of the sower is one of Jesus' best known stories - and one which speaks especially clearly to a time of uncertainty. Seeds are sown into an unknown future, and the conditions in which they will grow are something we can't always predict. As the end of a most unusual term approaches this year students, pupils and teachers across the UK will be wondering just what kind of fruit may lie ahead. Rev Dr Rosa Hunt, co-principal of the South Wales Baptist College reflects on the message Jesus parable offers today in a service led by Rev Dr Craig Gardiner and including contributions from staff and students at the College.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.45am   Episode 4 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  The UK's Favourite Hymn
From Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, Aled Jones counts down the UK's top ten favourite hymns as voted for by you. The ten hymns were recently chosen as the UK’s most popular by Songs of Praise viewers in an online vote and include three by living hymn-writers, each of whom takes part in the programme. But which one will be the UK’s favourite? A congregation of a thousand voices joins Aled, and there are special performances of hymns from all around the UK, including Katherine Jenkins and Wynne Evans singing in St. David’s Cathedral, Daniel O’ Donnell performing In Christ Alone on the coast of Northern Ireland, and Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader singing Amazing Grace on the coast of Scotland. The star of Hollywood blockbusters Black Panther and Venom, Sope Aluko, talks about her love of hymns and how much comfort she gains from them, and poet John Cooper Clarke and comedian Lloyd Griffith each talk about their own particular favourites.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Church at Home
A Service for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 12th July at 10am.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, is giving the address and Revd Catherine Butt, Vicar of the Water Eaton benefice, Bletchley is presiding. The service opens with Amazing Grace, arr. S. Grahl (b. 1979), sung by The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, recorded by choristers and clerks in their homes during June 2020. This week’s service involves some of the new curates. Ordinarily they would have been ordained deacon at Christ Church last weekend but due to the pandemic this is postponed until Michaelmas (26–27 September). Bishop Steven authorised them as lay workers and commissioned them in a moving online service last weekend.
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-19-2/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 Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell – The Power of Prayer  

A Eucharist service on the Fifth Sunday after Trinity. Chaplains from a hospital and a hospice join the newly-elected Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, as he leads worship from York Minster for the Church of England’s weekly online service.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/power-prayer
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/Trinity%205%20-%20OOS%20VF.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

For his weekly “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, is beginning a new series of reflections on Philippians.
Living is Christ and dying is gain
Almost two thousand years ago, a man we know as Paul sat down in his prison cell and wrote a short letter to his friends in a place called Philippi. He is writing to say thank you for their love and support. He is writing to encourage them. He is writing most of all because he can’t be there to support them. Paul is in lockdown….
To listen to the podcast and for questions for discussion from Philippians 1: go to:-
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/living-is-christ-and-dying-is-gain/
 

VIRTUAL EVENSONG ON SUNDAY, 5th JULY AT 6.00pm:-

A virtual Evensong is being held this Sunday at 6.00pm, with thanks to Jerry Breslin who is setting this up via Zoom. The choir have held a couple of these very successfully and so we are pleased that we are able to extend this to the wider members of the Benefice. It will be different from our usual Evensong services but it will be a long time until we can hold any services in church with any singing.
If you would like to participate then please get in touch with Jerry who will send the link with the log in details and other information about the service
:-  jerrybreslin@hotmail.com
 

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 5th JULY:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY:
Zechariah 9: 9-12;  Romans 7: 15-25a;  Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30   Psalm 145: 8-15

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 after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and prayer, plus a recording of a story from the Children’s Storyteller Bible. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, is on leave this week and so there will be no 15/20-minute service from the Rural Dean this week.

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”   “Speaking into trobled times”
The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, and composer Bob Chilcott explore the power of music to speak into troubled times.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.45am   Episode 3 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Celebrating Florence Nightingale and the NHS
In the year of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary and to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the NHS, Katherine Jenkins is in central London to pay tribute to all carers on the frontline.
Outside St Thomas’ Hospital, where they celebrate pioneers like Florence Nightingale and her contemporary Mary Seacole, Katherine meets Christian nurses who have been caring for people with Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. She also meets the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has been volunteering as a chaplain at St Thomas’ during lockdown. He speaks about the role of Christian faith at such a time of loss and uncertainty, and he reflects on the care NHS staff have given to patients, which he has witnessed first-hand.
Speaking with Rev Mia Hilborn, head chaplain at St Thomas’, Katherine learns more about the extraordinary legacy of Florence Nightingale, born 200 years ago this year, and how her faith was central to all that she did. And Christian artist Sophie Hacker shows Katherine her design for a new Florence Nightingale window for Romsey Abbey, depicting the moment a young Florence felt God’s call.
Rev Kate Bottley meets a young man in Manchester to pay tribute to his late mother, a nurse who died of Covid-19 in the hospital in which she worked. He tells Kate of his mother’s determination to serve others with Christian love and how his own faith is helping to keep him strong.
James Lusted meets a Christian firefighter from north Wales who is now recovering from Covid-19 after many weeks in intensive care. He and his wife reflect on the care he received, the support of their church and the strength they took from knowing that people all around the world were praying for them.
With hymns and songs from across the UK, including a very special new performance from Katherine Jenkins in tribute to the carers on the frontline. All filming was carried out in accordance with government guidelines and all congregational music was recorded before lockdown.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Church at Home for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 5th July at 10am.   A special service in honour of the NHS
The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, presides from his home and the address is given by the Revd David Walker, Vicar of Greyfriars, Reading, one of five resourcing churches in the Diocese of Oxford. As the National Health Service turns 72 years of age, many of the contributions to our church at home service this weekend are from people working in the NHS.
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-19-2/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 Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am
“United in hope and prayer and praise”

The service will be the first online prison church service broadcast by the Church of England. Led by Rev Helen Dearnley, the service comes from HMPs Stocken, Low Newton and Pentonville.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/god-welcomes-us-all
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/Trinity%203%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.docx.pdf


BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

The “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, have been paused this week. News of Episode 11 will appear next week.
 

ADVANCE DATE - VIRTUAL EVENSONG ON SUNDAY, 5th JULY AT 6.00pm:-

Jerry Breslin has been working very hard with the Benefice choir every Monday evening – in a couple of their virtual practices they have held a service of Evensong. The invitation to join in the service planned for next Sunday evening is extended to all those who would like to participate.
Please contact Jerry for the Zoom log-in details:-  
jerrybreslin@hotmail.com


THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 28th JUNE:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY: 
Jeremiah 28: 5-9;   Romans 6: 12-23;   Matthew 10: 40-42;   Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18

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

(1). The Rector has written a brief reflection and prayer for the Third Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Click Here for the PDF file.
The Rector has also recorded a video version of this reflection and prayer, plus a recording of the story of the Good Samaritan from the Children’s Storyteller Bible. These can be found on the following links:

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Third Sunday after Trinity:-  The feast of the birth of John the Baptist
Follow the you tube link:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdhFnSzVV58&t=7s

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship” 
“Looking to the future hopefully, with John Bell of the Iona Community”
As part of Radio 4’s Rethink for a post pandemic world, John envisions how we might live differently with what we have learned during lockdown, drawing from the wisdom of the prophets and the presence of Jesus to acknowledge the past, admit to the present and reimagine the future. Including music from the Wild Goose Collective, Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, the Gaelic Psalms, and a special recording by Mhairi Lawson of a song by Hans-Olav Moerk and John Bell.

ii).  Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 at 10.45am   Episode 2 of 20
Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.

iii).  Sunday Morning Stories BBC 1 at 11.45am   Series 1  Sharing and Giving
Kate Bottley looks at what happens when we strive to be the best we can be, sharing stories of people who, by playing to their strengths, are making a real difference in their communities, including artists of different faiths who are finding common ground, and the former Buddhist monk who now shares his mindfulness techniques with millions.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Northern Ireland
Claire McCollum shares her love of her home of Northern Ireland by looking back on some of Songs of Praise’s best faith stories from across the region. She revisits the time she spent with a Christian geologist at the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, and when she met a former professional footballer who was called to the priesthood. There is also another chance to see when Katherine Jenkins found out about thriving faith in the historic Titanic Quarter in Belfast, and when JB Gill took to two wheels cycling in Antrim with a group of Christian bikers. With hymns, old and new, recorded across Northern Ireland before the current restrictions.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming Church at Home Third Sunday after Trinity, 28th June at 10am.
Revd Shemil Mathew, Chaplain to Oxford Brookes University, presides from his home and the address is given by the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester. The service begins with a prayer from the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, to honour and mourn those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attack in Reading. 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-19-2/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 Worship at Home, an Online Service at 9am “God Welcomes Us All”
Rev Chris, vicar of St Saviour’s in Wendell Park, will lead this week's national online service, exploring the welcome that God offers us to experience His love. The service features contributions from the Choral Scholars of St Martin in the Fields in London and from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester, and reflections on welcome and hospitality from Bristol University engineering student Tom and Fiona, team manager of nine churches in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire.
Click on the following link:-  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/join-us-church-online/weekly-online-services/god-welcomes-us-all
To download the Order of Service, follow the link below:-
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/Trinity%203%20OOS%20AFN%20VF.docx.pdf


BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“The River of Life” Episode 10: This week’s “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. If you listened last week you might be expecting Bishop Steven to begin a new series of reflections on Philippians. He has allowed himself to linger for one more week in the Old Testament as we look forward and begin to rebuild. The passage for his reflection is taken from Ezekiel.
To listen to the podcast go to:- 
https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/the-river-of-life/

A reminder of last week’s special podcast, Episode 9:   “Emerging from Coronavirus”
To listen to the podcast and download the toolkit, go to:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/emerging-from-coronavirus/


SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 21st JUNE:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY: 
Jeremiah 20: 7-13; Romans 6: 1b-11; Matthew 10: 24-39;  Psalm 69

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 after Trinity.
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the Second Sunday after Trinity:- PUSH = Pray Until Something Happens!
Follow the link:-  https://youtu.be/lNwLax_LYjs

 Follow the you tube link:-  

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “Images of Fatherhood”
Ben Lindsay, Guvna B and Lord Hastings explore what it means to be a ‘father’ and share their experience of fatherhood. Although the biblical language of God as Father can be difficult for some, the idea it presents of a God with an unconditional love for all his children is a powerful one. How do we raise children in light of the murder of George Floyd in America and the subsequent protests and discussions about racism? Ben Lindsay, a Pastor in London, who also runs a charity which works to prevent knife crime will lead the service, and will lead a dialogue around what fatherhood is and hopes for the next generation, especially around fighting against injustice and racism.
Reading: Luke 15: 11-23 (The Prodigal Son).

ii).  BBC 1 at 11.45am  “Sunday Worship”  Second Sunday after Trinity
A service for Father’s Day from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester led by the Rector, Rev Dr Paul Mathole, filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced. With songs and hymns recorded by Songs of Praise in 2017. The Order of Service can be downloaded from the BBC website:-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kbrv

iii).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Father's Day
For Father’s Day, Sean Fletcher looks back on stories of inspirational dads and father figures putting their Christian love into action. He begins with the story of a London dad whose gift of a kidney saved his son’s life, and how their faith not only sustained them but inspired them to raise awareness about organ donation. There’s also another chance to see how a love of making music together cemented the bond of one father and son and took them all the way to a star appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, and JB Gill meets the Christian youth worker who has spent 58 years being a father figure to young people on the Isle of Sheppey. Sean also reflects on meeting a truly inspirational mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, who spoke about her long fight for justice for her son Stephen, how it impacted her faith and about the hymn that has brought her comfort. With a mix of traditional and modern hymns from churches around the UK celebrating the love of God. Filmed before the Covid-19 lockdown.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
Church at Home Second Sunday after Trinity, 21st June at 10am.
The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, presides and the address is given by Revd Dr Will Lamb, Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.
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, an Online Service at 9am “Ending the Sin of Racism”
The weekly service is led by Father Andrew Moughtin-Mumby, Rector of St Peter's Church, Walworth. Recognising Windrush Day, the online service includes a minute’s silence to lament the racism experienced by the Windrush generation and other black and minority ethnic people. Contributors include the Bishop of Dover, Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who gives the final blessing before a video to mark Father's Day.
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/2020-06/Trinity%202%20OOS%20VFF.pdf
 

BISHOP STEVEN - THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“Emerging from Coronavirus” Episode 9: This week’s “Reflections for a Church in Lockdown” by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft offers a toolkit to aid reflection, loosely framed by the Anglican Five Marks of Mission. The tool, which can be downloaded below, invites you to look at each mark of mission and reflect on what has been lost through the pandemic which we need to grieve, what has been reduced that we need to let go of, what has been reduced that we need to build up again, what has emerged that we need to respond to.
To listen to the podcast and download the toolkit, go to:-
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/emerging-from-coronavirus/


FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, 14th JUNE:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY: 
Genesis 18: 1-15;   Romans 5: 1-8;   Matthew 9: 35 - 10: 8;   Psalm  100
Also celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thanksgiving for Holy Communion):-
Genesis 14: 18 – 20;   1 Corinthians 11: 23-26;   John 6: 51-58;   Psalm 116: 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 First Sunday after Trinity:-
Click Here for the PDF file

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for the First Sunday after Trinity. Is there a point to suffering? Follow the you tube link:-   https://youtu.be/l3oEvRJ_JeA

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi live from Westminster Cathedral. For countless believers unable to get to church, a live celebration of Mass is of the greatest importance, especially on this feast celebrating the Real Presence of the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. Whilst some Catholic churches have been streaming masses on the internet, this will be the first live radio broadcast, and the first radio outside broadcast of a church service in the UK, since the lockdown. The service will take place behind closed doors apart from concelebrant (Fr Daniel Humphreys) and a single reader. The music for the mass will be played from recordings from a BBC studio, to experience the music of the Mass in context. The Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus will be sung to a setting "Ave Regina Caelorum" by Victoria, recorded in 2004 by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral. The communion anthem will be Byrd's Ave verum corpus. The readings will be Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16 and John 6:51-58. 

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am  “Sunday Worship”  First Sunday after Trinity
A service for the First Sunday after Trinity from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester, led by Sarah Bradley, youth and children’s minister. The preacher is Rev Dr Paul Mathole. The service includes songs and hymns recorded by Songs of Praise in 2017 and 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/m000k572

iii).  Sunday Morning Stories BBC 1 at 11.15am   Series 1  Kindness
Kate Bottley explores the value of kindness, discovering the remarkable generosity of individuals who offer their compassion and the purest form of love to help others, regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Worship in the Great Outdoors
Aled Jones is in Pains Hill Park in Surrey, looking back at stories of people who find spiritual inspiration in the great outdoors, including the Christian couple Claire McCollum met last summer, who take people for trips around the Yorkshire Dales on their motortrike to places including the stunning Jervaulx Abbey.
There is another chance to see Rev Kate Bottley raft-building with the group of young people at the YMCA’s National Centre Lakeside in Windermere. JB Gill takes to the water in a kayak with the minister who is spiritually inspired by the River Tay in Perthshire. We also explore the beauty of God’s creation through the lens of a group of photographers at the beautiful Eycott Hill Nature Reserve in Cumbria. Katherine Jenkins performs Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, and there are hymns from around the country. Recorded before church buildings closed.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
Church at Home First Sunday after Trinity, 14th June at 10am.
Bishop Steven is giving an address on Philippians and the Gospel of Mathew, and the Revd Skye Denno is presiding from her home in Old Marston.
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, an Online Service for Corpus Christi at 9.00am
Jesus meets us in our darkest hour. Marking the feast of Corpus Christi, Rev Richard Springer will speak of the agony of the crucified Christ and draw parallels with the pain of those who suffer racism, hunger and homelessness. 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/2020-06/Corpus%20Christi%202020%20AFN%20OOS%20VFF.pdf


BISHOP STEVEN - REFLECTIVE PODCASTS FOR A CHURCH IN LOCKDOWN:

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them?”
“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 8 COVID-19 is terrible: the pandemic has taken lives and robbed people of loved ones and has threatened our way of life for a time. We are still in the middle of it. But if Psalm 8 gives us a perspective on human life, it is that this pandemic is not the greatest challenge of our generation…   To listen to the podcast, go to:-https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/what-are-human-beings-that-you-are-mindful-of-them/


TRINITY SUNDAY 7th JUNE:-

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY: 
Isaiah 40: 12-17, 27-31;   2 Corinthians 13: 11-13;   Matthew 28: 16-20;   Psalm  8

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

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

(2). The Rural Dean, Revd Val Plumb, will be recording a 15/20-minute service for Trinity Sunday.
Follow the you tube link:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOoaVtkH6ho

(3). The regular Sunday BBC services will be available live or via iPlayer:
i).  Radio 4 at 8.10am  “Sunday Worship”  “The Comfort of the Trinity”
Sunday Worship from Northern Ireland is a reflection on the how the Trinity – what Christians believe to be God’s three in oneness - comforts us in our troubles with Jonathan Rea, Creative Chief Executive of New Irish Arts.

ii).  BBC 1 at 10.45am  “Sunday Worship”  Trinity Sunday
The Reverend Canon Leigh Richardson, sub-dean and precentor, leads a service for Trinity Sunday from St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. With hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation in July 2019, the programme 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/m000jyy7

iii).  Sunday Morning Stories BBC 1 at 11.15am   Series 1  Unity
Kate Bottley takes a look at the inspiring stories of people working to unite the people around them to make life better for all. This week, Kate finds out how football has drawn fans of all backgrounds together, including those who once didn’t feel welcome. She also hears from the community where the faithful have swapped the church for the streets in a bid to unite a housing estate of all faiths and none.

iv).  BBC 1 at 1.15pm  “Songs of Praise”  Faith and Music
Sean Fletcher explores how music and faith can help us through the darkest of times, interviewing Bishop Dr Joe Aldred about the Christian response to the death of George Floyd in the USA. There’s another chance to see memorable stories of faith and music coming together from recent years, as Sean meets people from across the globe, all keen to learn more about gospel music. Julian Lloyd Webber discusses organ music with Sean at the Methodist Central Hall in London, and Kate Bottley meets a Welsh hospital chaplain who touches the lives of patients with dementia by singing Elvis hits. With hymns and songs from all over the UK, recorded before the current closure of church buildings.

(4). Oxford Diocesan Live-streaming
Church at Home Trinity Sunday, 7th June at 10am.
Bishop Alan presides from his home and Revd Dave Bull, Area Dean for Wycombe Deanery, is preaching on the Gospel according to Matthew and the words of the Great Commission. Trinity Sunday is the day when we look back at the journey we have taken from Advent and Christmas, at the start of the liturgical year, through to Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension and, last week, Pentecost. It is the Sunday when we are finally able to proclaim that the true God is three persons in one being. Trinity Sunday is also a light which gets brighter and brighter until we are dazzled and blinded, but reassured by Jesus’ words, ‘I am with you always to the end of the age’.
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 Trinity Sunday Service” at 9.00am
Trinity Sunday Service with the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, a farewell service for the Archbishop who will be joined by representatives of charities he founded, BBC News presenter Huw Edwards and Tariro Matsveru, a student at Cranmer Hall.
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:

“God is a righteous judge”
“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.
At the heart of the riots in the United States is a cry for racial justice and a fair world.
Episode 7 explores Psalm 7: centred on the radical truth that God is just and calls the world to be fair.  To listen to the podcast, go to:-https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/podcast/god-is-a-righteous-judge/


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 Pentecost, Trinity Sunday:-
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.

v).  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