Morning Service for Trinity 3 2021

Morning Service for Trinity 3 HYMN O worship the king NEH433 – Hanover 1 O WORSHIP the King All glorious above; O gratefully sing His power and his love: Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of days, Pavilioned in splendour, And girded with praise. 2 O tell of his might, O sing of his grace, […]

The order of service for the Family Service

Welcome Hymn Opening Responses When we are happy When we are full of fun and laughter All God welcomes us. When we are angry When people let us down and make us sad All God welcomes us. When we are tired When we need to stop and curl up and rest All God welcomes us. […]

Trinity Sunday 2021

Morning Service for Trinity Sunday HYMN Father of heaven, whose love profound NEH 358- Rievaulx 1 Father of heaven, whose love profound A ransom for our souls hath found, Before thy throne we sinners bend: To us thy pardoning love extend. 3 Eternal Spirit, by whose breath The soul is raised from sin and death, […]

Grief, Bereavement and Loss

Words from The Church of England Website and a recent interview with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Chief Rabbi Ephraim which may offer some comfort at times of loss …… Grief, Bereavement and Loss “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and […]

Pentecost

Psalm 104 v1 “Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great;    you are clothed with splendor and majesty”

Fifth Century Prayer

St Augustine of Hippo – a fifth century prayer……. “Grant me, even me, my dearest Lord, to know you, and love you, and rejoice in you….. Let the love of you grow every day more and more in me, that my joy may be full in you.”

Fragile World

These words and the short film seem to connect spirituality with the fragile earth………….. Ephesians 1:17-19“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you […]

Peace

Peace I bequeath to you My own peace I give you A peace the world cannot give, This is my gift to you Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid John 14 : v 27

The simplicity of prayer

St Bernard of Clairvaux,12th century “Keep the word of God in that way for ‘blessed are they who keep it’.  Let it pierce deep into your inmost soul and penetrate your feelings and actions. Eat well and your soul will delight and grow.  Do not forget to eat your bread or your heart will wither, […]

Reflection – Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Accredited to Broadway Church of Christ. This video was […]

Reflection – Psalm 23

Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ is a favourite psalm often turned to in times of trouble.  A recent discovery is that in 2020 the Bible Society commissioned the Garden Designer Sarah Eberie to create a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show on the theme of Psalm 23.  The garden is intended to be rebuilt at […]

Reflection -Good Friday

Isaiah 53:2-5 ‘He grew up before him like a tender shoot,    and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like […]

Reflection – Grace

Mary saying ‘yes’ to God in sorrow and suffering is overwhelmingly graceful. “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,”  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, […]

Reflection – Betrayal

“If an enemy were insulting me,    I could endure it;if a foe were rising against me,    I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself,    my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship    at the house of God,as we walked about    among the worshipers.” Ely Cathedral Choir sing the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Reproaches’ by the composer […]

Reflection – Take up thy cross

Luke 9:23 ‘Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  The words to this hymn are peaceful and a reminder of not carrying a cross alone. All to Jesus, I surrenderAll to Thee I freely giveI will ever love and […]

Reflection – Humble

Zechariah 9 “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!See, your king comes to you,    righteous and victorious,lowly and riding on a donkey,    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” A journalist and author called Danielle Nadler last Easter produced an artistic guide for Holy Week – this year it can be used again. Holy Week 2020 Will be […]

Reflection – Forgiveness

This music is beautiful. Gregorio Allegri Miserere Mei Deus The Choir of Claire College Cambridge Timothy Brown. Album: Goosebumps Classics Licensed to Youtube by: Kontor New Media Music (on behalf of Brilliant Classics); LatinAutor – UMPG, EMI Music Publishing, Public Domain Compositions, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, UMPI, LatinAutor – PeerMusic, LatinAutorPerf, […]

Reflection – If Ye Love Me (Tallis)

The Lay Clerks of Ely Cathedral sing Thomas Tallis’ moving work, If Ye Love Me, as part of the Cathedral’s #LiveHolyWeek​ campaign Phlippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” 1 John 4:7-13 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love […]

Reflection – A poem by George Croly

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;And make me love Thee as I ought to love. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,No sudden rending of the veil of clay,No angel vision, no op’ning skies;But take the dimness of my […]

Reflection – Stress

These timeless words speak comfortingly in times of stress. Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my […]